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Picking up the Porters

Posted: 9 Mar 2013 12:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm searching for the father to John Davidson Porter 1818.He was my ggggfather,married to Martha Bunner VA.

Re: Picking up the Porters

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 8:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ancestry.com Family Trees:

John Davidson PORTER (17 June 1817, Monongalia Co., VA - 6 Oct. 1869, Monongalia, WV; bu. Blaney Cem.) was son of Basil PORTER (ca. 1775 - 1840) & Susanna DARNELL (ca. 1791 - 1870). Basil & Susanna married 30 July 1811. John D. PORTER m. 1841, Martha BUNNER (17 Feb. 1821/2, VA - 20 Sep. 1899, Monongalia, WV) dau/o James BUNNER (1784 - 1860) & Susannah FERRELL, b. 1796.

John D. PORTER & Martha had, in Monongalia County
Elma J. (1842 - 15 Sep. 1873)
James F. (6 Mar. 1844 - 23 Jan. 1921) m. 1865, Lydia BEATTY (Jan. 1846, VA - 1909, Monongalia, WV), bu. Blaney Cem.
Susanna (Oct. 1845 - 16 Mar. 1864) bu. Blaney Cem.
Alfred, b. 1848 [2 in 1850 & 12 in 1860]
Mary Jane, aged 7 mo. on 1850 census, not listed in 1860
John (9 Mar. 1853 - 22 May 1857)
Martha E. (17 Jan. 1855 - 17 Dec. 1877, Valley Pt., Preston Co., WV) m. 16 Oct. 1872, WV, Horace Greeley JENKINS (11 Oct. 1851 - 1 Mar. 1952, Monroe Co., WV).
Mary Jane (Dec. 1856 - 26 May 1857)
Basil Darnell (Oct. 1857/8 - 28 Sep. 1906, WV)
Eliz. M. (16 Mar. 1861/3 - 19 Feb. 1921, WV)
Charles E., b. Jan. 1865, m. Anna C., b. 1867, WV.

The family was on the 1850 & 1860 censuses of Monongalia County.
In 1870, Martha, 50; Martha, 16; Bassel, 12; & Elizabeth, 7; & Charles, 7.
In 1880, Martha, 53; Bazzle, 21; Elisabeth, 17; & Charles E., 15.

Martha was 28 in 1850, 38 in '60, so she should have been 48 in '70 & 58 in '80.

Sorry, I haven't verified this, but it should provide you some clues. Nobody seems to know who the parents were for Basil, b. ca. 1775.

Re: Picking up the Porters

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 8:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you so much for your response.James F. was my gggfather. Basil is my roadblock,for some reason I want to say he is from Ireland.My search continues...
Posted: 14 Mar 2013 9:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
You're welcome. The name Basil doesn't sound Irish to me. I believe it was originally from the Mediterranean area and is more common in England than in Ireland.

There is still a possibility that you're connected to my line that starts with Peter PORTER 1,2,3. The first migrated to Jamestown, VA, where he is found on the 1624 census "at the Eastern Shore" and in 1625 at Elizabeth City, VA, having come on the Tiger in 1621. He later moved to Anne Arundel Co., MD.

Wm. Arthur PORTER published a book on Peter's family, but for the first three generations, only those named Peter are included. Of the names in your family, I only see Charles in my early Porter families.

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