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John Porter

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Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Porter; Samuel Porter; Hannah Woodbury and Hannah Porter
Husband of Lydia Porter
Father of Lydia Porter; Samuel Porter; John Porter; Hannah Kimball; Elizabeth Porter and 17 others
Half brother of William Woodbury; Samuel Woodbury; Thomas Woodbury, Jr; Israel Woodbury; Hannah Ober and 13 others

Occupation: Malster, Farmer
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About John Porter

In 1692, during the witchcraft delusion, he and his wife Lydia were witnesses at court, and testified against one Goody Bibber, who accused Sarah Wildes of bewitching her, "and that said Bibber was an unruly, turbulent woman, would have strange fits when crost, was double tonged, very idle in her calling, mischief making, very much given to speaking bad words against her husband, obscene in her language, and could fall into fits when she pleased, etc."


He lived on the farm he inherited from his father. During his life he deeded land to his sons and requested them to pay a certain amount to each of their sisters. Samuel received his house and homestead and Nehemiah received 46 acres in Ipswich. John and Lydia were witnesses in 1692 at court testifying against Goody Bibber who accused Sarah Wildes of bewitching her. [From The Porter Family of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia p. 9.]
Birth: 1658 Hingham Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA Death: Mar. 8, 1753 Wenham Essex County Massachusetts, USA


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Spouse:
 Lydia Herrick Porter (1661 - 1737)

Children:
 Benjamin Porter (1692 - 1778)*
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Inscription: . . . . . . . . . . HERE LIES BURIED THE BODY OF MR JOHN PORTER WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 8th 1753 IN THE 95th YEAR OF HIS AGE . . . . . . . . . .

 

Burial: Wenham Cemetery Wenham Essex County Massachusetts, USA

John Porter

•Sex: M •Born: 1658 in Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts1 •Died: 8 MAR 1753 in Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts •Buried: in Old Wenham Graveyard2 •Event: 1692 in Testified for defense in witch trial •Occupation: Maltster, farmer •Notes: John & Lydia lived in Salem during the Witch Trials. They were part of the group who opposed the trials and testified against one Goody Bibber, who accused Sarah Wildes of bewitching her. The Porters are mentioned in many books about the Salem Witch Trials. Representative to General Court 1712, 1724, 1726. Moderator of town meetings 1723-24, 1727-29.

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 56 )
Sarah Bibber
(John Porter and Lydia Porter v. Sarah Bibber)
The Testimony of John porter: And Lidia porter
The Testimony of John porter, who Testifieth & sayth that
Goodwife Biber sometime living amongst us I did ovserve her to be
a woman of An unruly turbulent spirit; And shee would often fall
into strange fitts; when shee was crost of her humor: Likewise Lidia
porter Testifieth, that Goodwife Bibber And her Husband would
often quarrel & in their quarrels shee would call him, very bad names,
And would have strange fitts when she was crost, and a woman of
an unruly turbulent spirit, And double tongued
(Reverse) Jno Porters Evidence in behalfe of the p'rsones in Invali-
dating -- Sarah vibber #[copy] copied
From: "Genealogy of the descendants Richard Porter who settled at Weymouth, Massachusetts, 1635, and allied families:also some account of the descendants of John Porter, who settled at Hingham, Massachusetts, 1635, and Salem, Massachusetts, 1644," by Joseph W. Porter, of Burlington, Maine, 1878.
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John Porter, of Samuel Porter, of John Porter, of Wenham; probably born there in 1658,--his father's farm, which he inherited and upon which he lived and died, being
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in that town; his lands extended from Wenham Lake to Pleasant Pond. In May, 1716, he and wife Lydia, gave a deed to John Ober and als., of Beverly, of three-eighths of third division in east part of Wenham, laid out to said Porter. May 28, 1741, by deed of gift to son Samuel, of three acres; April 23, 1723, deed of gift to son John, of forty acres in his possession, and four acres of meadow called Denman's lot, seven acres meadow called Fiske's lot, and one common right in great swamp. "May 20, 1746 for five shillings, to son Jonathan four acres salt marsh, ten acres wood land, west side Wenham Pond, all other lands bought of John Newman, all my other lands joining what was part of Mr. Fiske's farm; one common right in great swamp; also œ100." July 2, 1739, "deed of gift to sons Benjamin, of Boxford, and Nehemiah, of Ipswich, eighteen acres upland and meadow, on the river running out of Wenham pond, on condition they pay their six sisters, Lydia, Hannah, Elisabeth, Mehitable, Mary and Sarah, œ5 each within twelve months after my decease." Aug. 1, 1738, to son Samuel his house and homestead on west side of road leading to Wenham meeting house; five acres salt marsh, ten acres north part of my land on west side of Wenham pond, on condition he pay his six sisters œ30 each within two years after my decease." April 23, 1723, to son Nehemiah, of Ipswich, gift of forty-six acres of land in his possession. In 1692, during the witchcraft delusion, he and his wife Lydia were witnesses at court, and testified against one Goody Bibber, who accused Sarah Wildes of bewitching her, "and that said Bibber was an unruly, turbulent woman, would have strange fits when crost, was double tongued, very idle in her calling, mischief making, very much given to speaking bad words against her husband, obscene in her language, and could fall into fits when she pleased, etc." He was a man of high respectability; representative to General Court 1712, '24, 26; moderator of town meetings, 1723, '24, '27, '28, '29; maltster and farmer; he married Lydia,3 daughter of Henry2 and Lydia Herrick, of Beverly; born 1661; died Feb. 12, 1737, in the seventy-seventh
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year of her age. He died March 8, 1753, in the ninety-fifth year of his age. No will or administration on his estate, it being divided among his children during his lifetime. The ages of eleven children at their death, 955 years; average, 87 years.
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John Porter's Timeline

1658
August 1658
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
1680
February 17, 1680
Age 21
1680
Age 21
Weham, Essex County, Massachusetts
1681
February 17, 1681
Age 22
Wenham, Essex, MA, USA
1683
July 21, 1683
Age 24
Wenham, , Essex, Massachusetts, USA,
1683
Age 24
1685
1685
Age 26
1687
November 24, 1687
Age 29
November 26, 1687
Age 29
Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony