Thomas Stanley Porter

1 April 1683–7 August 1752 (Age 69)
Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Thomas Stanley

When Thomas Stanley Porter was born on 1 April 1683, in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Reverend Samuel Porter, was 47 and his mother, Hannah Stanley, was 43. He married Thankful Babcock on 13 November 1707, in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America in 1663. He died on 7 August 1752, in Coventry, Windham, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 69, and was buried in Nathan Hale Cemetery, Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

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Thomas Stanley Porter
Thankful Babcock
Marriage: 13 November 1707
Mercy Mary Porter
Mary Mariah Porter
Jonathan Porter Sr.
Noah Porter
Elizabeth Porter
Thomas Porter
Samuel Porter
Sarah Porter
William Porter
Maria Porter
Bethiah Porter
Nathaniel Porter

Spouse and Children

13 November 1707
Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America


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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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  • Capt. Thomas in entry for Rebekah Porter, "Connecticut, Deaths, 1640-1955"
  • Thomas in entry for Mary Porter, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Thomas Porter, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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