William Andrew Porter

Male30 August 1861–28 December 1890

Brief Life History of William Andrew

When William Andrew Porter was born on 30 August 1861, in Allegany, Maryland, United States, his father, Josiah Porter, was 61 and his mother, Sarah Porter, was 45. He married Margaret E Rephann about 1883. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in District 5, Allegany, Maryland, United States in 1870 and District 12, Allegany, Maryland, United States in 1880. He died on 28 December 1890, in Eckhart Mines, Allegany, Maryland, United States, at the age of 29, and was buried in Eckhart Mines, Allegany, Maryland, United States.

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William Andrew Porter
Margaret E Rephann
Marriage: about 1883
Oliver T Porter
Hattie Porter
Harriet Hattie Porter

Sources (3)

  • William Porter in household of Josiah Porter, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William A Porter, "Find A Grave Index"
  • William A Porter in household of Josiah Porter, "United States Census, 1870"

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  • Marriage
    about 1883
  • Children (3)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (13)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

    Age 2

    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

    Age 9

    Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name for the gatekeeper of a walled town or city, or the doorkeeper of a great house, castle, or monastery, from Middle English and Older Scots porter(e), port(o)ur ‘doorkeeper, gatekeeper’ (Anglo-Norman French port(i)er, portur, Latin portarius). The office often came with accommodation, lands, and other privileges for the bearer, and in some cases was hereditary, especially in the case of a royal castle. The name has been established in Ireland since the 13th century. In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other languages, for example German Pförtner (see Fortner ) and Poertner .

    English: occupational name for a man who carried loads for a living, especially one who used his own muscle power rather than a beast of burden or a wheeled vehicle. This sense is from Middle English port(o)ur, porter ‘porter, carrier of burdens’ (Anglo-Norman French portur, porteo(u)r).

    Dutch: variant, mostly Americanized, of Poorter, status name for a freeman (burgher) of a town, Middle Dutch portere, modern Dutch poorter. Compare De Porter .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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