John Porter, farmer, Leland Township, was born in Pennsylvania in 1826; remained in that state as a teacher and farmer till 1854, when he came to Leelanaw, then Grand Traverse County, and was employed by the Presbyterian board of missions as a teacher among the Indians. He was engaged in teaching till the spring of 1861, when he bought his farm on Section 11 in Leland Township of the government. He owns 356 acres, has good buildings, orchard, etc.; has been supervisor one term, justice of the peace several years, also held the offices of township treasurer and highway commissioner; is at present (1884) county surveyor. Married in 1852 to Annis McElvain, a native of Pennsylvania. They have two sons and three daughters.
From "The Traverse Region, Historical and Descriptive with Illustrations of Scenery and Portraits and Biographical Sketches of some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers" Chicago: H. R. Page & Co. 1884.