George Washington Porter

26 January 1801–21 December 1860 (Age 59)
Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of George Washington

When George Washington Porter was born on 26 January 1801, in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Jonathan Porter, was 55 and his mother, Phebe Abbott, was 50. He married Elizabeth Hall on 17 February 1824, in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He died on 21 December 1860, in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 59.

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George Washington Porter
Elizabeth Hall
Marriage: 17 February 1824
Elizabeth Augusta Porter
Helen Porter
Frances Porter

Spouse and Children

17 February 1824
Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (6)


Age 2

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1803 · The U.S doubles in size

Age 2

The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 18

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

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)

  • George N Porter, "United States Census, 1850"
  • George W Porter, "United States Census, 1860"
  • George W Porter, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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