Lydia Jane Sodders

about 1840–before 1860 (Age 20)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Lydia Jane

When Lydia Jane Sodders was born about 1840, in Illinois, United States, her father, John Sodders, was 26 and her mother, Phoebe Minerva McCasle, was 26. She married Sandford Williams Porter on 11 June 1857, in Sullivan, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Honey Creek Township, Adams, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Iowa, United States in 1870. She died before 1860, at the age of 19.

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Family Time Line

Sandford Williams Porter
Lydia Jane Sodders
Marriage: 11 June 1857
Provy Jane Porter
William Sandford Porter

Spouse and Children

11 June 1857
Sullivan, Missouri, United States



    William Sandford Porter


Parents and Siblings

    John Sodders


    Phoebe Minerva McCasle




    David Lee Sodders



    James H Sodders


    Emeline Sodders


    Martha Ann Sodders


+4 More Children

World Events (4)


Age 6

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 6

Iowa is the 29th state.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 16

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

Probably English, a variant of an unexplained Lancashire name Sudders.

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

Sources (3)

  • Loviniah Porter in household of Sanford N Porter, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Lydia I Sodders in household of John Sodders, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sydy Jane Sorders in entry for Sandford Williams Porter, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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