Biography of Mrs. H. P. Porter

Porter, Mrs. H. P., p. o. Rochester, N. Y.-The late Henry P. Porter was born in North Bloomfield, Ontario county, N. Y., January 7, 1821, and educated in the public schools. He was a clerk with Wells & Seymour of Batavia, and removed to Corfu in 1841, where he was a successful merchant until 1882, when he retired from business. He was for many years one of the first citizens of Genesee county. His business career was very prosperous. He was a Democrat, and his advice was always sought in the councils of his party. He died July 6, 1892. In 1851 he married Fidelia 0. Hastings of Corfu; they had one adopted daughter, Marion, who married Frederick J. Smythe of Rochester; they have one son, Henry Porter. Mrs. Porter's father, Solomon Hastings, was born in Charlemont, Mass., in the year 1790, and came to Genesee county with his parents through the wilderness with the ancient teams of that day. He was educated in the schools of that day and followed the honorable occupation of farming. He married Sally Darrow, formerly of Northampton, Mass.; they had five children: Alonzo F., Olivia A., Amanda M., Diana E., and Fidelia 0. Diana E. married Austin B. Waterman; they had one son, Clifford H., who now occupies the old Hastings homestead. Amanda M. married Truman C. Waterman. Mr. Hastings died in 1860 and his widow in 1868. Ancestry of family is English and Scotch.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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