John Robert Porter

13 December 1807–27 June 1877 (Age 69)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of John Robert

When John Robert Porter was born on 13 December 1807, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, William Robert Porter Jr, was 23 and his mother, Mary Richey, was 18. He married Amanda Malund Fitz Allen on 26 October 1837, in Muskingum, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Falls Township, Muskingum, Ohio, United States in 1860 and Kansas, United States in 1870. He died on 27 June 1877, in Stanton, Miami, Kansas, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Paola, Miami, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Robert Porter
Amanda Malund Fitz Allen
Marriage: 26 October 1837
George Washington Porter
Frances Pamela Porter
John O Porter
Hulda Jane Porter
Mary J Porter
Amanda Louise Porter
William A Porter
Joseph Lawson "Levi" Porter

Spouse and Children

26 October 1837
Muskingum, Ohio, United States


    George Washington Porter


    Frances Pamela Porter


    John O Porter


    Hulda Jane Porter



+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    William Robert Porter Jr


    Mary Richey






    Margaret Porter


    William Porter


    Jane Jeannette Porter


+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1810 · Change of capital city

Age 3

Zanesville becomes the new state capital.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 5

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 23

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.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Tom Porter, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Porter, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John K Porter, "United States Census, 1870"

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