Asa Porter (1742 - 1818)

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Place of Burial: Newburyport
Birthplace: Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in North Haverhill, Grafton , New Hampshire, United States
Occupation: Merchant, Landowner
Managed by: Erica Howton, (c)
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About Asa Porter

Son of Moses Porter. Sixth generation form the emigrant Samuel Porter and his wife who came from the west of England in 1622 and settled at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

From History of Newbury, Vermont edited by Frederic Palmer Wells 

Graduated at Harvard College in 1762 and became a merchant at Newburyport. He came to Haverhill before 1771, and settled on Horse Meadow, where he built a large, old-fashioned house on the Southard place, which was his farm. He was a man of great influence, and a large land owner, at one time, it is said, owning over 100,000 acres. He was a prominent tory duringthe Revolutionary war, and for his losses and sufferings, received from the crown, a grant of township of Broome, in the Province of Quebec. He owned a great part of Topsham, and large tracts of land in Newbury, which still go by the name of the "Porter lots." He was Lieutenant Colonel in the colonial militia, and held many positions of trust. In his religious views he was an Episcopalian.

Col Porter was tall and spare in his figure. He was largely conversant with men, and a great many of his pithy sayings were repeated.

m Mehitabel Crocker


  1. - John Porter, settled in Broome
  2. - Benjamin Porter (1771-) m Martha Olcott
  3. - Mary Porter m Daniel Farrand
  4. - Elizabeth Porter m Thomas W Thompson
  5. - Sarah Porter m Mills Olcott


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Col. Asa Porter's Timeline

May 24, 1742
Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 19
Age 28
August 23, 1773
Age 31
Age 38
December 28, 1818
Age 76
North Haverhill, Grafton , New Hampshire, United States
Age 75
North Haverhill, Grafton , New Hampshire, United States