James Porter

Bruton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

The Life of James

When James Porter was born in 1816, in Bruton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom, his father, Charles Porter, was 39 and his mother, Jane Bull, was 26. He married Ann Lacey on 22 September 1845, in Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England, United Kingdom for about 40 years.

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James Porter
Ann Lacey
Marriage: 22 September 1845
Ellen Porter
Eliza Ann Porter
Frederick A Porter
Fanny Porter
Charles J Porter
William Christopher Porter
Frances Susanna Porter
Arthur Henry Porter
Walter J Porter

Spouse and Children


    Ann Lacey


22 September 1845
Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England, United Kingdom


    Ellen Porter


    Eliza Ann Porter


    Charles J Porter


    William Christopher Porter


    Frances Susanna Porter


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+5 More Children

World Events (7)


Age 7

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 17

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.
1854 · The Crimean War

Age 38

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

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)

  • James Porter, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • James Porter, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • James Porter in household of Robert Puckett, "England and Wales Census, 1841"

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