Olive Margaret Porter

19 June 1899–7 November 1986 (Age 87)
Linden Township, Cavalier, North Dakota, United States

The Life of Olive Margaret

When Olive Margaret Porter was born on 19 June 1899, in Linden Township, Cavalier, North Dakota, United States, her father, Andrew G. Porter, was 41 and her mother, Elizabeth Blair McKay, was 35. She married Thomas Leroy McKnight on 1 December 1920, in Cavalier, North Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in North Dakota, United States in 1935 and Leroy, Lake, Indiana, United States in 1940. She died on 7 November 1986, in Merrillville, Lake, Indiana, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Merrillville, Lake, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Leroy McKnight
Olive Margaret Porter
Marriage: 1 December 1920
Victor Porter McKnight
Thomas Richard McKnight
Mary Olive McKnight

Spouse and Children

1 December 1920
Cavalier, North Dakota, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Andrew G. Porter


    Elizabeth Blair McKay




    Mildred E Porter


    Ernest C Porter


    Andrew G Porter



    Wilfred H. Porter


World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 7

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 24

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

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)

  • Olive M J Porter in household of Andrew C Porter, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Olive M Porter in household of Andrew Porter, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Olive Mcknight in household of Thomas Mcknight, "United States Census, 1940"

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