Mary Janet Porter

5 November 1870–5 January 1949 (Age 78)
Ontario, Canada

The Life of Mary Janet

When Mary Janet Porter was born on 5 November 1870, in Ontario, Canada, her father, James Porter, was 25 and her mother, Janet Young, was 21. She married George Otha Crites on 19 May 1897, in Stormont, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She died on 5 January 1949, in Cornwall, Stormont, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

George Otha Crites
Mary Janet Porter
Marriage: 19 May 1897
Bertha May Rosamond Crites
Pearl Kathleen Crites
Oinda Evelyn Crites
Garnet Orval Crites

Spouse and Children

19 May 1897
Stormont, Ontario, Canada


Parents and Siblings

    James Porter


    Janet Young




World Events (5)


Age 1

British Columbia joins the confederation.
1883 · Mining Boom

Age 13

In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.
1906 · Hydro-Electric of Ontario

Age 36

Ontario Hydro was established in 1906. It is the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.

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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  • Legacy NFS Source: Mary Jane "Jennie" or Janet Porter - Government record: Census record: birth: 5 November 1870; Ireland
  • Legacy NFS Source: Mary Jane "Jennie" or Janet Porter - Government record: Marriage record or certificate: birth-name: Mary Jane "Jennie" or Janet Porter

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