Biography of Joshua Porter
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Porter, Joshua, was born August 9, 1771, and was a native of Franklin county, Mass. He came to Onondaga county early in the present century. After four years he went to Ontario county, locating in the old town of Seneca. His wife was Jane Luce, born May 18, 1771, and to them were born the following children: Lucinda, who married Thomas Ottley; Allen; Betsey, who married George Gates; Elkanah; Poily, who married Ira Peek; Joshua. now living in Phelps and aged ninety years; Jane (deceased), and Samuel. In 1815, Joshua Porter, the pioneer, came to the old town of Barre and located three farms, which were taken and improved respectively by his sons, Allen, Samuel, and Elkanah, though the latter did not come to the town till several years later. Allen and Samuel cleared their land and built a log house, and 1816 they became permanent residents of the town. Allen was born August 24, 1795. He served in the War of 1812. December 22, 1819, he married Electa Scott, and to them were born ten children, five of whom died young; those who grew to maturity were: Eliza, who died at 28; William H., of Knowlesville; Wells, of Minnesota; Sarah J., who married Sheldon E. Warner; and Henry S., of Albion. Allen Porter died on the old farm in December, 1883, and his wife in 1866. Mr. Porter was one of the foremost men of the town, and was active in political affairs, holding office as constable and justice many years. Elkanah Porter was born August 18, 1799, and came to old Barre (now Albion) January 20, 1829. In Ontario county he married Miranda, December 31, 1828, daughter of William and Submit Dinsmore and to them were born seven children: Carlos D., born September 26, 1831, Willis, born December 19, 1832, who died October 17, 1854, at twenty one; Miron, born August 10, 1834, of Medina; Mary, born May 30, 1838, who married John Stocking, of Barre, died March 7, 1874; Perry, born April 30, 1836, who died October 21, 1858, at twentyone; George W., born December 26, 1840, died in Michigan, in 1893, and Esther, born April 4,1872, who married Jared Stocking. Elkanab Porter lived on his farm only a short time that his father took up, but later traded with his brother Allen and took the farm where Carlos D. Porter now lives; and on this place he died December 16, 1875, and his wife died January 31, 1888. Carlos D. Porter was born September 26, 1831. At the age of twenty one he began for himself working out by the month the first year, worked the home farm for two years, and three years later bought forty five acres from his father and still later bought the old homestead, and from that small beginning has become one of the most successful farmers of the town. On February 7, 1856, be married Olarisa B. Lee, born March 31, 1834, and to them these children were born: Willis M., born June 2, 1857, who died April 30, 1858; Nettie L., born April 20, 1858, who died April 6, 1873; Cora B., born November 28, 1860, wife of David L. Parker, and Alice M., born July 21, 1863, wife of Artimas Gooding of Barre. Mrs. Porter died October 6, 1889.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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