Lewis Porter

Male10 August 1813–October 1894

Brief Life History of Lewis

When Lewis Porter was born on 10 August 1813, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Thompson Porter, was 22 and his mother, Rebecca Hardesty, was 23. He married Letitia Hardesty on 24 January 1833, in Hamilton, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Allen Precinct, Hamilton, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died in October 1894, in Hamilton, Illinois, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Gholson Cemetery, Hamilton, Illinois, United States.

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Lewis Porter
1813–1894
Letitia Hardesty
1817–1884
Marriage: 24 January 1833
Nancy Porter
1835–
Margaret R. Porter
1836–1862

Sources (5)

  • Louis Porter, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Lewis Porter, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Lewis Porter, "United States Census, 1860"

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  • Marriage
    24 January 1833Hamilton, Illinois, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (14)

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    World Events (8)

    1818

    Age 5

    Illinois is the 21st state.

    1818 · Jackson Purchase

    Age 5

    The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.

    1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

    Age 26

    By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

    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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