Ruth Porter

Brief Life History of Ruth

When Ruth Porter was born in October 1869, in Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Josiah Porter, was 39 and her mother, Caroline Hamilton Rice, was 36. She married Brigadier General William Emile Doster on 28 June 1888, in Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Bethlehem Township, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States in 1900. She died in 1917, at the age of 48, and was buried in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Brigadier General William Emile Doster
1837–1919
Ruth Porter
1869–1917
Marriage: 28 June 1888
Wadsworth Doster
1889–1954
Alexis Doster
1890–1979
Dorothy Doster
1892–1980
Beatrice Doster
1894–1969

Sources (8)

  • Ruth Foster in household of William E Foster, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ruth Porter, "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940"
  • Ruth Porter Doster, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

1877 · First National Strike in U.S. Begins In Pittsburgh Against Pennsylvania Railroad

Coming out of an economic crisis, everyone was worried when cuts started happening in the railroad. They went on what would the great railroad strike of 1877.

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

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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