Sanford Colson Porter

25 December 1845–2 December 1898 (Age 52)
Charleston, Lee, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Sanford Colson

When Sanford Colson Porter was born on 25 December 1845, in Charleston, Lee, Iowa, United States, his father, John President Porter Sr, was 27 and his mother, Nancy Rich, was 24. He married Olive Melvina Kilbourn on 3 October 1868, in Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Davis, Utah, United States in 1850 and Morgan, Morgan, Utah, United States in 1870. In 1880, at the age of 35, his occupation is listed as stock dealer in Porterville, Morgan, Utah, United States. He died on 2 December 1898, in Porterville, Morgan, Utah, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Porterville, Morgan, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Sanford Colson Porter
Olive Melvina Kilbourn
Marriage: 3 October 1868
Sanford Orin Porter
William Ozias Porter
Electa Lunette Porter
Nancy Melvina Porter
Olive Adella Porter
Wellington Porter
Frank Grantier Porter
Joseph Ray Porter
James Eldred Porter

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 October 1868Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 5
    Named after the early pioneer leader Daniel C. Davis the County was established as a territory in 1850.The territorial legislature created Davis County in 1852 and designated its County seat at Farmington-midway between boundaries-the Weber River on the north and the mouth of the Jordan River on the south. Westward the County includes a portion of the Great Salt Lake-its largest island on which Antelope Island State Park is now located.During first half-century Davis County grew slowly.It supported a hardy pioneer people engaged in irrigation agriculture and raising livestock.The Utah Central Railroad(now the Union Pacific crossed the County from Ogden on the north to Salt Lake City on the south in 1870 and offered welcome transportation links to bring manufactured products.This was the beginning of a transition in the County's history that led to mechanized agriculture, a surge of commerce, banking, and local business along with improved roads, new water systems, and the electrification of homes and business
    Age 18
    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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    Story Highlight

    1885 - Narrow Escape from Snow Slide Feb 12, 1885 Deseret News, page 13 As told by L. W. Porter

    Porterville Feb. 12, 1885 I send you an account of a narrow escape of four men from death by a snow slide in Mill Creek Canyon, Morgan County, Utah, February 11th, 1885 as narrated by two of the par …

    Sources (28)

    • Sanford Chipman in household of John Porter, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Samuel C. Porter in entry for Nancy Melvina Holmburg, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Sanford C Porter, "United States Census, 1870"

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