Nahum Bisbee Porter

16 June 1831–12 February 1895 (Age 63)
Ossian, Ossian, Livingston, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Nahum Bisbee

When Nahum Bisbee Porter was born on 16 June 1831, in Ossian, Ossian, Livingston, New York, United States, his father, Abraham Porter Jr, was 24 and his mother, Marcia Maria Bisbee, was 25. He married Rachel Ann Murray on 21 October 1851, in Ossian, Ossian, Livingston, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. He lived in Allegany, New York, United States in 1855. He died on 12 February 1895, in Preston, Oneida, Idaho, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Preston Cemetery, Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

Nahum Bisbee Porter
Elizabeth Frances Shaffer
Marriage: 3 August 1882
George Marion Porter
William Porter
Albert Edward Porter
Ernest Shaffer Porter
Marcia Esther Porter
Frances Porter
Eleanor Shaffer Porter

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 August 1882Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 1
    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 5
    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
    Age 32
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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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    Biography of Marcia Mariah Bisbee Porter

    (Old typed story, with no author) No great soul appears suddenly. Mental and moral capital are treasurers invested for us by our forefathers. The greatness of man or woman is determined by the intel …

    Sources (56)

    • Saham Porter, "New York, State Census, 1855"
    • Nahum in entry for Henry Doritz and Eleanore Porter, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • Nahum B. Porter in entry for Albert Edward Porter (1886-1928), "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"

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