Samuel R Porter

31 May 1820–24 October 1896 (Age 76)
Hopewell Township, Muskingum, Ohio, United States

The Life of Samuel R

When Samuel R Porter was born on 31 May 1820, in Hopewell Township, Muskingum, Ohio, United States, his father, William Robert Porter Jr, was 36 and his mother, Mary Richey, was 31. He married Sarah Griffith about 1844, in Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Gratiot, Muskingum, Ohio, United States in 1860 and Hopewell, Muskingum, Ohio, United States for about 10 years. He died on 24 October 1896, in Hopewell Township, Muskingum, Ohio, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Brownsville, Licking, Ohio, United States.

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Samuel R Porter
Sarah Griffith
Marriage: about 1844
Edith E Porter

Spouse and Children


    Sarah Griffith


about 1844
Ohio, United States


    Edith E Porter


Parents and Siblings

    William Robert Porter Jr


    Mary Richey






    Margaret Porter


    William Porter


    Jane Jeannette Porter


+9 More Children

World Events (7)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1836 · Kirtland Temple Dedicated

Age 16

On March 27, 1836, the Kirtland Temple was dedicated.

Age 26

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 (3)

  • Samuel R Porter, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Saml Porter in household of Joseph Porter, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Samuel R Porter, "United States Census, 1880"

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