Zilpha Isabelle Porter

1879–1955 (Age 75)
Jefferson, Jefferson, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Zilpha Isabelle

When Zilpha Isabelle Porter was born on 17 June 1879, in Jefferson, Jefferson, Arkansas, United States, her father, James Alexander Porter, was 41 and her mother, Sarah Adeline Shelton, was 39. She married James Knox Polk Fancher on 25 November 1893, in Carroll, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in James Township, Stone, Missouri, United States in 1900 and Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States in 1910. She died on 8 February 1955, in Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States.

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Zilpha Isabelle Porter
James Knox Polk Fancher
Marriage: 25 November 1893
Charles Rosseau Fancher
Bessie May Fancher
Flo Belle Fancher

Spouse & Children

25 November 1893
Carroll, Arkansas, United States


Parents & Siblings



  • William Stuart Porter


  • Nancy J. Porter


  • Margaret Alice Porter


  • Agnes A. Porter


  • Finis Andy Porter


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1883 · The Mosaic Templar is Founded

Age 4

The Mosaic Templar is an African American fraternal organization founded in Little Rock. it was founded by former slaves, John Edward Bush and Chester W. Keatts. It was part of a movement that was going on at the time, where everyone was forming fraternities and sororities. The main departments for this one where endowment, monument, analysis, uniform, rank, recapitulation, records, and a juvenile division.
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 21

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

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.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Zilpha Fancher in household of James K Fancher, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Zilpha Fancher in household of James K Fancher, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Zephy I Porter in household of J A Porter, "United States Census, 1880"

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