Mary Porter

1 October 1637–after 1700
Felsted, Essex, England

The Life of Mary

When Mary Porter was christened on 1 October 1637, in Felsted, Essex, England, her father, John Porter, was 43 and her mother, Anna White, was 37. She married Samuel Grant on 27 May 1658, in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She died after 1700, in East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 64.

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Samuel Grant
Mary Porter
Marriage: 27 May 1658
Samuel Grant Jr
Noah Grant I
Abigail Grant
Sarah Grant
John Grant
Matthew Grant
Josiah Grant
Nathaniel Grant
Mary Grant
Sarah Grant

Spouse and Children

27 May 1658
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America


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World Events (2)

1642 · The English Civil War

A series of conflicts regarding England's governance during the years 1642 to 1651 is now known as The English Civil War. Charles I summoned supporters to join him against his enemies in Parliament. In October 1642, nearly 10,000 men fought for Charles I and chased Parliament across the River Tamar. Fighting continued for years and was finally ended at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, with a Parliamentarian victory.
1688 · Glorious Revolution

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.

Name Meaning

1 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 porter ‘doorkeeper’, ‘gatekeeper’ (Old French portier). 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. As an American surname, this has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other European languages, for example German Pförtner ( see Fortner ) and North German Poertner .2 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 Old French porteo(u)r (Late Latin portator, from portare ‘to carry or convey’).3 Dutch: occupational name from Middle Dutch portere ‘doorkeeper’. Compare 1.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Porter, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Mary Porter, "England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997"
  • Mary in entry for Sara Grant, "Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"

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