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I have a solid granite brickwall on my grandmother's family. Her name was Nevora Porter b. 04 Jul 1871 in KY. Her parents were John & Mary Porter, no further info has come forth after 10 years of ardent research. I recently took an Autosomal DNA test and now know that we are descendants of Patrick Porter and Susannah Walker; but, I still cannot prove it with documentation. I am particularly interested in the Porters of Floyd and Pike Counties in KY. I would love to find the documentary connection; but, have slim hopes unless I happen to meet someone with the right Bible records. I own a copy of the book "Picking Up the Porters"; but, could find no connection there, even though I did find a very interesting possible family in that of John Porter and Mary Scott of Pike County, Kentucky. This particular family was very interesting to me because my mother had always told me that her mother's family had relations in the McCoy family. Mary Scott who married John Porter was a McCoy relative. Even though I still have not found the provable connection, I now know, thanks to DNA, which is the correct branch of Porters and that everything my mother told me about her family is 100% true. That is worth a lot to me.
Hi Bill Fort,
We are cuzzies. My grandfather is the 4th son of Martha Isabelle/Issabella "Mattie" and William Cicero. I have quite a bit on the family. I have researched with a cuzzie who is on the Cooper side. I would love to compare. Franmuse@aol.com
My John Porter was born 1759 in England. He came to America abt 1773 and was in New York in 1776 when he was in the Queens American Rangers as a drummer. He was in many skirmishes from Pa to So.and No. Carolina, Va, NJ back to Pa. and NY. He was a Loyalist. in Oct 1783 he and his wife Mary were rafting up the St. John River in New Brunswick when he mysteriously slipped of the raft and drown. There was a Hessian with them named Johann Christian Fuchs. Mary was pregnant and after John Porter drown she and Johann who changed his name to John Christian Fox married and when he couldn't get Porter Sr's land he made Mary give up the baby who was born in Spring of 1784 as the land grant went to Seniors son John Porter, Jr.
We have no idea where in England he was born or his parents but there was a Thomas Porter that came with John and Thomas was also in the Queens American Rangers as a private.
My connection to PORTER is my Great-Grandfather, twice removed, Rev. John A Porter. His daughter, Martha Isabella, married my great-great-grandfather, William Cicero McMillan, Sr. Rev. Porter's first wife, Emily Cooper, is buried at Washington Street UMC in Columbia, SC, where I live. I have been looking for further information to extend the family tree into the past.
My Porters begin with Patrick Porter, born in Ireland about 1759, married Margaret Harkness and emigrated to Pennsylvania about 1794, then moved on to Ohio. His son John S. Porter, born 1792 in Ireland moved to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and then Illinois. His son Joseph was my great grand father. His son Edwin Carl Porter, my grandfather, moved to Wichita, Kansas.
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