William Harvey Porter

28 June 1826–23 June 1885 (Age 59)
Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of William Harvey

When William Harvey Porter was born on 28 June 1826, in Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Alexander Porter, was 29 and his mother, Esther Gibson, was 27. He lived in Pulaski, Pulaski Township, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850. He died on 23 June 1885, at the age of 58.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Porter
1797–1850
Esther Gibson
1799–1884
Samuel R. Porter
1822–1870
Frank Gibson Porter
1824–1879
William Harvey Porter
1826–1885
Elizabeth Mary Porter
1831–1899
Alexander Wright Porter
1834–1907
John Wilson Porter
1836–1895
Alexander Porter
1847–

Parents and Siblings

    Alexander Porter

    Male1797–1850Male

    Esther Gibson

    Female1799–1884Female

siblings

(7)

    Samuel R. Porter

    Male1822–1870Male

    Frank Gibson Porter

    Male1824–1879Male

    Male1826–1885Male

    Elizabeth Mary Porter

    Female1831–1899Female

    Alexander Wright Porter

    Male1834–1907Male

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World Events (7)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 4

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 4

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.
1846

Age 20

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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 (2)

  • William H Porter in household of Alexander Porter, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William C. Porter - Government record: Census record: birth-name: William C. Porter

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