Melvin Porter

1805–8 February 1872 (Age 67)
Wilkes, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Melvin

When Melvin Porter was born in 1805, in Wilkes, North Carolina, United States, his father, Francis Joseph Porter, was 23 and his mother, Malinda Johnson, was 20. He married Camelia Johnson on 10 March 1828, in Roane, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Monroe, Tennessee, United States for about 10 years and Philadelphia, Loudon, Tennessee, United States in 1880. He died on 8 February 1872, in Elliott, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 67.

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Melvin Porter
Camelia Johnson
Marriage: 10 March 1828
Harvey Haywood Porter
Harry Porter
John R Porter
Liba C Porter
Melvin F Porter
Joel L Porter
Martha Porter
Nancy Elizabeth Porter
Presley Cleveland Porter
Rebecca Caroline Porter

Spouse and Children

10 March 1828
Roane, Tennessee, United States


    Harvey Haywood Porter


    Harry Porter


    John R Porter


    Nancy Elizabeth Porter


    Presley Cleveland Porter


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World Events (8)


Age 3

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1812 · Kentucky Bend Created

Age 7

During the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, the Kentucky Bend or New Madrid Bend was created. It is located in the southwestern corner of Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi River.
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 20

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

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)

  • Melvin Porter, "United States Census, 1870"
  • M Porter, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Melvin Porter, "United States Census, 1850"

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