John Porter (1634 - 1684) MP

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Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Danvers, Essex, MA
Occupation: Mariner
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About John Porter

Occupation: a mariner. No known marriage or children

At his trial, he was noted to have taken two loads of tanned hides to Barbados, becoming the first to export hides.


Was in prison in 1665, for abuse of his parents; in fact he was a bad fellow. His case was taken up against the colony by the royal commissioners, which made a great stir among the people at the time. In June 1683, when giving evidence in court, he stated his age to be 65. In 1681, he gave it as 52; and his counsel before the royal commissioners, in 1665, stated his age to be about 30, which was probable correct.


  • REF: Savage: Imprisoned 1665 at Boston for abuse of his parents. Got 150 pounds from father's will - less than one 15th part of the estate


  1. The History of Salem Massachusetts, volume II, 1638-1670 by Sidney Perley. Page: p161


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John Porter's Timeline

March 16, 1684
Age 50
Danvers, Essex, MA