James Otis Porter

Male11 August 1875–3 May 1956

Brief Life History of James Otis

When James Otis Porter was born on 11 August 1875, in Lagro, Lagro Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States, his father, George Wesley Porter, was 30 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Miller, was 20. He married Eliza Lizzie Mearing on 26 October 1899, in Wabash, Noble Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Chester Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States in 1880 and Wabash, Noble Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States in 1910. He registered for military service in 1899. He died on 3 May 1956, in San Diego, San Diego, California, United States, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

James Otis Porter
Eliza Lizzie Mearing
Marriage: 26 October 1899
Harriet Bernice Porter
Dorothy Alice Porter
Crystal Porter
Eldon Emanuel Porter
Howard Leon Porter
Mary Grace Porter
Ruth Arlene Porter

Sources (29)

  • James Porter in household of George Porter, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James O Porter, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • James Otis Porter, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    26 October 1899Wabash, Noble Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)

    1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

    Age 1

    The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.


    Age 18

    Historical Boundaries: 1893: Wabash, Indiana, United States

    1898 · War with the Spanish

    Age 23

    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

    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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