Mary Katherine Porter

1847–
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Mary Katherine

When Mary Katherine Porter was born in 1847, in Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Thomas Porter, was 26 and her mother, Margaret McNinch, was 21. She lived in West Finley, West Finley Township, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Porter
1821–
Margaret McNinch
1826–1873
Caroline Porter
1844–
Lawson Porter
1846–1873
Mary Katherine Porter
1847–
Lewis C. Porter
1852–1919
Andrew Jackson Porter
1852–
Martha Jane Porter
1856–1936
Nancy Blayney Porter
1858–1925
Anne Porter
1859–
Isabelle Porter
1861–1942
Viola Porter
1867–1937
Thomas McNinch Porter
1868–1930
Alexander C Porter
1872–1873

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World Events (3)

1863

Age 16

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 16

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

Age 16

The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.

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 (2)

  • Catharine Porter in household of Thomas Porter, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary H Porter in household of Thomas Porter, "United States Census, 1850"

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