James Porteous

4 October 1815–2 July 1883 (Age 67)
Kirkmuirhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of James

When James Porteous was born on 4 October 1815, in Kirkmuirhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, John Porteous, was 39 and his mother, Janet Tweedle, was 35. He married Janet Steel on 7 June 1835, in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1852 and lived in Calaveras, California, United States for about 10 years and Judicial Township 7, Shasta, California, United States in 1880. He died on 2 July 1883, in West Point, Calaveras, California, United States, at the age of 67.

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James Porteous
Janet Steel
Marriage: 7 June 1835
John B Porteous
James Porteous
Lilias M Porteous
Janet Porteous
James Steele Porteous
Ann Porteous

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    7 June 1835Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
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    World Events (8)

    1817 · Dryburgh Abbey Bridge
    Age 2
    Dryburgh Abbey Bridge was a cable-stayed footbridge that connected the villages of Dryburgh and St. Boswells, across the River Tweed. Before its construction, A ferry crossing service had existed here for centuries. It was originally 79 meters long and was undergoing a period of rapid growth in popularity. The Bridge was completed on August 1 but a few months later it collapsed. Very shortly after the collapse, another bridge was built further downstream. A new bridge, which still stands today, was constructed after the first World War.
    Age 8
    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.
    Age 28
    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English and Older Scots port(e)hors, portas, porte(i)s, portos, portus, porthous, porteus, portewas ‘portable breviary, prayer book’. It is a borrowing of Old French porte-hors, Anglo-Norman French porteose, porteho(r)s, port(h)eus, literally something ‘carried out of doors’. The surname may have been given to someone who habitually carried such a book, or for a scribe employed to write them. In modern times it is chiefly a Scottish surname, which probably accounts for its presence in northern England, but the name is also well evidenced in southeastern England in the medieval period and in northern Lincolnshire since the 17th century. The Scottish surname became established in Ireland by the mid 16th century.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (23)

    • Porteous in entry for William W Porteous, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • James Burtis, "United States Census, 1850"
    • James Porteons, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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