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    Ok, I did a search here and came up with two pages of hits for this surname.

    He is on my moms side, which has unknow spoken native decent somewhere in her lines.

    Since his parents and birth date and state are uncertain to me,

    I hope to get some leads maybe. If anyone has info for my Porter, please do jump in.

    John A Porter

    Birth (December 5, 1829 in Wayne, Ohio? tree info) Find a grave says Feb. 11, 1826 . Death September 14, 1864 in Georgia, USA.

    He was born in OH or IN records conflict. Married to one of my Smith lines.

    He is one of my three known civil war vets.



    I did a search, and found a John of his age on OH census, so it may or may not be him.

    1850, possibly him…no father in the household.

    Name:John A Porter


    Birth Year:abt 1830


    Home in 1850:Blanchard, Putnam, Ohio

    Household Members:

    Nancy Porter 52

    John A Porter 20

    Thomas Porter 16

    Elizabeth Porter 15

    Charles Porter 13

    William D Porter 7

    By 1860 he is in IN

    Name:John Porter

    Age in 1860:30

    Birth Year:abt 1830

    Birthplace:Indiana < conficts of course Home in 1860:Harrison, Kosciusko, Indiana Household Members: John Porter 30 Elizabeth Porter 25 < She is a Smith by maiden name. Elsy J Porter 6 Hannah P Porter 3 Name:John A Porter Residence:Indiana Enlistment Date:18 Aug 1862 Rank at enlistment:Private State Served:Indiana Was Wounded?:Yes Survived the War?:No Service Record: Enlisted in Company K, Indiana 74th Infantry Regiment on 18 Aug 1862.Promoted to Full Sergeant. Mustered out on 14 Sep 1864. Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana The Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War


    Sad side note with this family…

    I traced my Hannah, his daughter to her grandparents on next census.

    She marries young to a Murphy, and dies young.

    He is found widowed on the next census with his two young children.


    Two generations in a row didn’t see their children grow up…

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