John B Porteous

28 December 1835–22 July 1892 (Age 56)
Kirkmuirhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of John B

When John B Porteous was born on 28 December 1835, in Kirkmuirhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Porteous, was 20 and his mother, Janet Steel, was 21. He married Martha Park on 8 June 1864, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He immigrated to New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States in 1848 and lived in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1841 and St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States in 1850. He died on 22 July 1892, in West Point, Calaveras, California, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in West Point, Calaveras, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

John B Porteous
Martha Park
Marriage: 8 June 1864
James Park Porteous
David Brooks Porteous
Ann B. Porteous
Hugh Thomas Porteous
Jenette Porteous
Ellen Barbara Porteous
Joseph Porteous
Lillie Alice Porteous
Rhode Porteous
Mabel Porteous
Newman Steel Porteous

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 June 1864Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 1
    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.
    1838 · Jenners Department Store Opens its doors
    Age 3
    Jenners was founded by Charles Jenner as a department store for the community. The original building was destroyed by a fire in 1892 but, with a new design in mind, the store was reopened in 1895 with new features. It was named Harrods of the North after it was given Royal Warrant in 1911 and was visited by Queen Elizabeth II on its 150th anniversary. It was sold to the House of Fraser in 2005, which in 2008, made much needed improvements to the store.
    1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway
    Age 19
    Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.

    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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    Story Highlight

    This information is from Find a Grave Website

    Came to the US via the Mormon Migration on the SS Sailor Prince with his parents and siblings. Sailed from Liverpool to New Orleans in 1848. Sailed from New Orleans to St. Louis with his parents and s …

    Sources (12)

    • John B. Porteous, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • John Burtis in household of James Burtis, "United States Census, 1850"
    • John Porteous, "United States Census, 1880"

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