Mary Porter

about 1674–6 October 1741 (Age 67)
Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Mary

When Mary Porter was born about 1674, in Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas Porter, was 20 and her mother, Mrs Thomas Porter, was 20. She married William Summerfield Jr. on 14 May 1702, in Northamptonshire, England. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 6 October 1741, in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 67, and was buried in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom.

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Family Time Line

William Summerfield Jr.
Mary Porter
Marriage: 14 May 1702
Elizabeth Sumerfield
Thomas Sumerfield
Mary Summerfield
William Summerfield III
Ann Sumerfield
William Summerfield

Spouse and Children

14 May 1702
Northamptonshire, England


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Porter


    Mrs Thomas Porter




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 Sumerfield, "England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977"
  • Mary Sumerfeild in entry for An Sumerfeild, "England, Northamptonshire, Non-conformist Records, 1840-1894"
  • Mary Sumerfield in entry for Ann Sumerfield, "England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977"

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