James Garfield Porter

12 October 1880–17 February 1964 (Age 83)
Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of James Garfield

When James Garfield Porter was born on 12 October 1880, in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Sgt. Cyrus Alexander Porter, was 39 and his mother, Mary Jane McCombs, was 32. He married Marion Abigail Vose on 10 September 1910, in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Salt Lake City Ward 1, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1940. He died on 17 February 1964, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Garfield Porter
Marion Abigail Vose
Marriage: 10 September 1910
John M Porter
James Garfield Porter

Spouse and Children

10 September 1910
Macomb, McDonough, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Sgt. Cyrus Alexander Porter


    Mary Jane McCombs




+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 1

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1896 · Utah becomes a state

Age 16

After three prior attempts to become a state, the United States Congress accepted Utah into the Union on one condition, that all forms of polygamy were to be banned. The territory agreed, and Utah became a state on January 4, 1896.
1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 22

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.

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)

  • James G Porter, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James G Porter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James Garfield Porter, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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