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Margaret Porter (Lang)

Also Known As: "Margaret (---) Odding Porter", "Margaret Lange", "Margaret Lang", "Margaret Odding (1m)", "Margaret Porter (2m)"
Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Colchester, Borough of Colchester, Essex, England
Death: Died in Portsmouth, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Lang and Joanna Lang
Wife of William Odding and John Porter, of Narragansett
Mother of Sarah Sherman and Hannah Wilbore

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In May 1665, at the same time that George Gardiner appeared before the Assembly in Newport to answer the petition of Herodias, an "ancient woman" named Margaret Porter complained to the Assembly in Kings Town that her husband, John Porter, had left her, leaving her in such a necessitous state that she had become dependent on her children for her daily support, "to her very great grief of heart."[10]

Porter was a very prominent and wealthy citizen of Portsmouth, who was one of the five original purchasers of Pettaquamscutt from the Indian sachems, a huge tract of land that would become South Kingstown, Rhode Island.[10] Porter's estate, both real and personal, was secured by the Assembly until he made adequate compensation to his wife, which he did the following month, apparently to her satisfaction, and he was thus released from the restraint.[10]

From Rebel Puritan: John Porter: The Older Man

John Porter’s English origins have not been found.  His birth year is estimated between 1590-1608.  While in England he married Margaret (___) Odding/Oddyn, whose first husband was William Odding, will proved 12/3/1612 at Braintree, Co. Essex, England.  The Oddings had a daughter, Sarah, who was still a minor when her father died.  John and Margaret apparently had just one child, a daughter named Hannah.

John brought his family to Boston in 1633 and they settled in nearby Roxbury.  Like William Dyer, he was disarmed in November 1637 as a supporter of Anne Hutchinson and relocated to Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Educated and well-respected, Porter filled many town and colonial offices.  When land was laid out for Portsmouth’s settlers, William Coddington and William Hutchinson received 400 acres, but poor men got 30-80 acres.  Porter must have been affluent, for he was granted 240 acres.

Porter did not follow William Coddington to Newport.  He remained in Portsmouth, where he was a leading citizen.  

In light of John’s exemplary life in Portsmouth, Herodias Long must have been a very tempting woman to seduce John from his respectable career.

John Porter and Horod Long were called to court several times between 1666 and 1668 to answer charges of cohabitation and living "in way of incontinency."  Full details are found on the "More" page.  Both of them pled illness, but at last Porter appeared to defend himself, and as Horod's attorney.  They were found not guilty.  Perhaps they married after Margaret Porter's death, for the name "Horad Porter" is found on several land deeds between 1671-1673.  



  1. "Reconstructing Sarah (Odding) Sherman" Patricia Law Hatcher  The American Genealogist Vol. 73:80 The Coggeshall Family in America  Charles P. Coggeshall, Thelwell R. Coggeshall  1930
  2. The Gardiners of Narragansett: being a genealogy of the descendants of George Gardiner, the colonist, 1638.  By Caroline E. Robinson. Ed. with notes and index by Daniel Goodwin.  Published 1919 by The Editor in Providence, R.I . Page 2.

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Margaret is George W. Bush's 11th Great Grandmother.

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Margaret Porter's Timeline

Colchester, Borough of Colchester, Essex, England
June 12, 1612
Age 16
Braintree, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Age 40
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
June 27, 1665
Age 69
Portsmouth, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations