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John Porter, Farmer

Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Death: Died in Hopkinton, Washington, RI, USA
Place of Burial: Hopkinton, Washington Co, Rhode Island,
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Porter and Lois Stanley
Husband of Desire Porter; Mrs. Rebecca Porter and Mrs. Thankful Porter
Father of Nathan Porter; Tacy Witter; Timothy Porter; Samuel Porter; Sarah Porter and 6 others

Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About John Porter, Farmer

John Porter was born 1710 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States and died 1769/1785 - Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island. He died, probably in probably in mid-1771, at Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island. His will was probated on 08 JUL 1771 in Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island.

Parents: not known


  1. Desire Sanford b. 12 Feb 1707 Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States d. 2 Jan 1795

Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island, United States [1]

  1. Apr 1725 Rebecca (not confirmed)
  2. Thankful (not confirmed)

9 children of John and Desire (Sanford) Porter: Timothy Porter[10], born 15 Dec 1725 at Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island[11]; death date unknown. Hannah Porter[12], born 7 Nov 1728 at Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island[13]; died 17 Jul 1784. John Porter[14], born 25 Nov 1730 at Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island[15]; md. 1754 at Palmer, Massachusetts[16], Ruth Merrick[17]; died in New York, death date unknown. Desire Porter[18], born 11 Feb 1732 at Westerly, washington, Rhode Island[19]; death date unknown. Sarah Porter[20], born 19 Aug 1735 at Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island[21]; death date unknown. Samuel Porter[22], born 9 May 1737 at Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island[23]; died at Augusta, Oneida, New York[24], death date unknown. Thankful Porter[25], born 7 Dec 1739 at Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island[26]; death date unknown. Nathan PorterA,[27] born 26 Jun 1742 at Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island[28]; md. (1) 29 Nov 1764 at Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island[29], Hannah Witter[30], daughter of John and Annie (Davis) Witter[31]; md. (2) 26 Jun 1785 at Union, Tolland, Connecticut, USA[32], Susannah (West) Tanner[33], daughter of Thomas and Susanna Amie (Colgrove) West[34], widow of Nathan Tanner[35]; died Dec 1815 at Vershire, Orange, Vermont, USA[36]. Esther Porter[37], birth and death dates unknown.


  • Stevenson, Porter Family History, Vol 1, p.83. This information may be incorrect as it was taken from an autobiography of Sanford Porter, grandson of John Porter. At the time of the writing, Sanford thought his grandfather's name was Timothy, not John. It's been speculated that Sanford's father, Nathan, was partially raised by his older brother Timothy, thus causing the confusion.
  • On 18 Jul 1764, a John Porter sold 30 acres of land in Hopkinton to Nathan Porter for 360 pounds. The wife of this John was named Rebekah.[5]
  • On 19 Jan 1769, a John Porter sold 25 acres of land in Hopkinton to his son Nathan Porter for 150 Spanish Milled Dollars[6], which Nathan then leased back to John on the same day. The wife of this John Porter is named Thankful Porter on the lease, and Nathan calls her his mother-in-law.[7] This is thought by Joseph Stevenson to be the same John Porter as Desire's husband.[8]
  • After his death, an inventory of John Porter's estate was taken at the request of his widow, who remains unnamed, and entered into record on 8 Jul 1771. On 5 Aug 1771, Nathan Porter was appointed by the Hopkinton Town Council as the adminstrator of his father's estate.[9]


[4] Desire was a member of the Sabbatarian Church in Hopkinton, and is listed as an active member of the governing commitee until 1742.


Sources [4] Stevenson, Porter Family History, Vol 1, p.244.

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John Porter, Farmer's Timeline

Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Age 14
Of Westerly, Washington Co, Rhode Island,
April 1725
Age 15
Hopkinton, Washington, RI, USA
December 15, 1725
Age 15
Westerly, Washington Co, Rhode Island,
November 7, 1728
Age 18
Westerly, Washington Co, Rhode Island,
November 25, 1730
Age 20
Westerly, Washington Co, Rhode Island,
August 19, 1735
Age 25
Westerly, Washington Co, Rhode Island,
March 9, 1737
Age 27
Westerly, RI, USA
May 9, 1737
Age 27
Westerly, Washington Co, Rhode Island,
December 7, 1739
Age 29
Westerly, Washington Co, Rhode Island,