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Oliver Porter of KY

Posted: 11 Apr 2001 5:49PM GMT
Edited: 20 Nov 2006 11:51PM GMT
You might be connected to these Porters who were in Butler Co., Ky in early 1800's.

Ancestors of Oliver Cromwell PORTER

Generation No. 1

1. Oliver Cromwell PORTER, born 1787 in VA; died 1863 in KY. He was the son of 2. John Jr. PORTER and 3. Sarah "Sally" CLARK. He married (1) Jane "Jennie" BRACKEN February 20, 1809 in Sumner Co., TN. She was born 1790 in NC, and died 1860 in KY. He married (2) Rebecca DAVIS February 10, 1814.

Notes for Oliver Cromwell PORTER:
Oliver Cromwell Porter was quite a noted character during his lifetime. He was a man of fine sense, and good address. Was a great trader...amassed largely and lost heavily...so that at his death in 1863 or thereabouts his estate was insolvent. He built the first house in Cromwell (now Porter's Landing) KY, in 1835. Town name was supposedly changed to honor him.

Generation No. 2

2. John Jr. PORTER, born 1759 in Prince Edward Co., Virginia1; died September 28, 1833 in Butler Co., KY2. He was the son of John PORTER and Mary (Polly) ANTHONY. He married 3. Sarah "Sally" CLARK January 03, 1785 in Charlotte Co., VA.
3. Sarah "Sally" CLARK, born 1764 in Charlotte Co., VA; died June 12, 1832 in Butler Co., KY. Sarah was the child of John CLARK and Ann PAULETT.

Notes for John Jr. PORTER:
John Porter, Jr. served in the 5th VA Regiment of the Continental Line February 1776-77 commanded by Cols Scott & Parker, crossed the Delaware with Washington (26 Dec 1776), transferred along with step-brother Revolutionary Tommie CARSON to then Col. Daniel Morgan's Rifles in May/June 1777- fought at Freeman's Farm (19 Sept 1777); present at Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga (17 Oct 1777); at Valley Forge when enlistment ended Feb 1778; reenlisted 1780. Participated with brothers William, Nathaniel and Oliver in the 1781 Carolina Campaign of Gen Nathaniel Greene as part of Gen Morgan's division. Morgan had resigned in 1778, but rejoined in 1780 with promotion to meet crisis in the South after the defeat of Gen. Gates at Camden SC (16 Aug 1780). Campaign included: Cowpens (17 Jan), Guilford Court House ( 9 Feb), Seige of Ninty-Six (May-June), Eutaw Springs (8 Sept) and Yorktown (28 Sept-19Oct) and attaining the rank, I think of Colonel in the militia later -. Neither John PORTER, Jr or Revolutionary Tommie received military landgrants because they did not serve three contiguous years as the VA requirement came to be interpreted .

In the year 1796 or 97, he moved to Kentucky and settled in Butler then Logan County about ½ mile from his brother William, and about 1 mile from Sugar Grove, on the Little Muddy Creek. (That place is now owned by Mrs. Martha Sweatte). After reaching KY, John PORTER and his brothers were instrumental in naming the Butler County seat "Morgantown" for Gen Morgan. John PORTER, Jr. was elected to six terms as representative to the KY House of Representatives - first for Logan then Butler Counties. He served with the 66th Rgmt in the 1813 Thames Campaign under Gen. Harrison in which Tecumsah was killed during War of 1812. He was also, I think well off in goods, having a goodly number of slaves.

Children of John PORTER and Sarah CLARK are:
1 i. Oliver Cromwell PORTER, born 1787 in VA; died 1863 in KY; married (1) Jane "Jennie" BRACKEN February 20, 1809 in Sumner Co., TN; married (2) Rebecca DAVIS February 10, 1814.
ii. John William PORTER, born May 12, 1790; died October 15, 1846 in Porter's Prairie, Burleson Co., TX; married Susan W. EATON 1822 in Butler Co., KY; born July 14, 1801 in TN; died May 13, 1855 in Caldwell, Burleson Co., TX.
iii. Benjamin Clark PORTER, born 1795 in VA or KY; died Bef. 1860; married (1) Mary PROCTER; married (2) Elizabeth "Betsy" EWING; married (3) Matilda Jane WILSON June 29, 1824 in Butler Co., Kentucky; born 1804.

Notes for Benjamin Clark PORTER:
Ben's other wives were: Mary Proctor and Betsy Ewing. He married Matilda Wilson when he was 29 years old. It is not known the sequence of these marriages. Ref: 1860 US census, Chance's Prarie, Burleson Co., Texas. Sh# 22, dwelling # 141, family # 140.


Marriage Notes for Benjamin PORTER and Matilda WILSON:
The marriage is recorded in the book, "History of Butler County, KY". Matilda PORTER and children were recorded without Benjamin in the 1860 census of Burleson County, Texas. No evidence that he ever moved to Texas. It is assumed that he must have died before 1860. He had many wives.

Another unverified web source says they married on 27 Aug 1824??



iv. Elijah PORTER, born Abt. 1800; married Nancy ROYSTER December 01, 1818.

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judy porter 26 Jan 2001 9:09PM GMT 
williamz1 11 Apr 2001 11:49PM GMT 
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WDGorman 10 Jul 2002 7:58AM GMT 
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