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Samuel Porter, Sr.

Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Orange County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Death: between circa 1797 and circa 1803 (35-49)
Russell County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Patrick Porter, I and Susanna Ann Porter
Husband of MaryPolley (Alley porter and Polly Porter (Alley)
Father of Samuel Jr. porter; Susanna Cole; Elizabeth Porter; Joseph Porter; Alexander Porter and 3 others
Brother of Jane Green Kilgore; Susannah Shenandoah Montgomery; John Walker Porter, I; Catherine Carter; Patrick Porter, II and 4 others

Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Samuel Porter, Sr.

DAR Ancestor #: A091304 Soldier, service with 1) CAPT JOSEPH MARTIN, COL EVAN SHELBY 2) MOORS FORT, WASHINGTON CO

Samuel Porter(5) was born on 7 FEB 1757 in Orange Co, NC. Samuel, and the other Patrick Porter children are recorded as having been born in Guilford Co, NC. Guilford County, however, was not formed until 1770. Therefore, they were presumably born in Orange Co, NC. He died btwn 1797 & 1803 in Russell Co, VA. (Some researchers indicate Samuel died in Scott Co, VA, but Scott County wasn't formed until after 1810)

Parents: Patrick Porter and Susannah Walker.

He was married to Mary "Polly" Alley in 1777 in Johns Creek, Floyd, KY.

Children were: James Porter, Susanna Porter, Elizabeth Porter, Jane Porter, Samuel Porter Jr, Alexander Porter, Joseph Porter.


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More info is here: including this interesting excerpt: Samuel (1757 - ca. 1800) = ca. 1777 - ca 1880 Mary "Polly" Alley, daughter of Thomas Alley.

Samuel was born in February 1757 (127), most likely in modern Rockbridge Co. Va., and died between 1799 (128) and 1800 (129) in Scott Co. Va. (Some records mentioning Samuel Porter may refer to a man by the same name who was an early settler in Castle's Woods, living at Temple Hill, relationship to Patrick Porter unknown.) Thomas Carter, a nephew of Samuel, stated that In the spring of 1774 Samuel went to Kentucky with Daniel Boone; in 1778 he is also supposed to have gone to Boonesboro with others to relieve the siege. Samuel married Mary "Polly" Alley, daughter of Thomas Alley. Samuel owned 200 acres on the Clinch just north of Fall Creek and bordering the property of James and Thomas Alley on the East and North (130). (This property may have originally belonged to Charles Kilgore who moved from the area c. 1783-87. It probably lay within the Sinking Creek watershed; the property of James Alley included a feature known as "Sinking Spring"). In 1777, prior to their marriage, Mary was captured by Indians at Osborne's Ford (131). She was taken north along with another captive. She eventually escaped, made her way home, and later married Samuel. Their date of marriage is not known, but we would assume it must have been between 1777 and 1780 or so. Samuel acquired rights to 300 acres of land in Ky, perhaps due to his Revolutionary War service; there is no evidence that he himself took possession of the land; the land may actually have been settled by several of his children who later sold their rights to Thomas Bevins, husband of Elizabeth Porter (132). Samuel is supposed to be buried near the old mill site at Porter's Fort on Fall Creek (133).

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Samuel Porter, Sr.'s Timeline

February 7, 1757
Orange County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Age 22
Age 27
Age 29
August 2, 1789
Age 32
Pike County, Kentucky, United States
Age 32
Cabell County, West Virginia, United States
Age 35
Age 36
Russell, VA, United States
Age 39
Russell County, Virginia, United States