Amos Porter

25 May 1713–
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Amos

When Amos Porter was born on 25 May 1713, in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Nathaniel Porter, was 53 and his mother, Deborah Buell, was 47.

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Family Time Line

Nathaniel Porter
1660–1747
Deborah Buell
1665–1713
Elinor Porter
1711–
Amos Porter
1713–

Parents and Siblings

    Male1660–1747Male

    Deborah Buell

    Female1665–1713Female

siblings

(2)

    Elinor Porter

    Female1711–Female

    Male1713–Male

World Events (3)

1776

Age 63

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 63

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 68

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.

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)

  • Amos Porter, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Amos Porter, "Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"

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