Mehitable Porter

Brief Life History of Mehitable

When Mehitable Porter was born on 18 July 1715, in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Experience Porter, was 38 and her mother, Abigail Williams, was 41. She married Thomas Barrows II on 30 April 1741, in Mansfield, Windham, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 25 March 1742, in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 26.

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Thomas Barrows II
1716–1802
Mehitable Porter
1715–1742
Marriage: 30 April 1741
Experience Barrows
1742–1747

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  • Mahitabell Porter, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Mehetable Porter, "Connecticut, Marriages, 1630-1997"
  • Mehetable Porter, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"

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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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