Mercy Porter

22 May 1760–April 1808 (Age 47)
Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Mercy

When Mercy Porter was born on 22 May 1760, in Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, United States, her father, Jonathan Porter Jr., was 22 and her mother, Lois Richardson, was 18. She married Samuel Robertson Jr on 29 June 1780, in North Coventry, Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She died in April 1808, at the age of 47.

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Family Time Line

Samuel Robertson Jr
1747–1797
Mercy Porter
1760–1808
Marriage: 29 June 1780
Neal Robertson
1784–
Sarah Anne Robertson
1786–1855

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
29 June 1780
North Coventry, Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, United States
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World Events (6)

1776

Age 16

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 21

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.
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 26

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

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 (3)

  • Mercy in entry for Neal Robertson, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Mercy in entry for Sarah Anne Robertson, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Mercy Porter, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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