b.4 January 1731
Facts and Events
Patrick Porter first appears on Borden's Grant in the early 1750's. He and Susannah Walker (1739-?) married about 1756, probably within the Walker Creek watershed in Augusta (now Rockbridge) Co., VA. This marriage occurred about the same time that Susannah's parents moved to Orange County NC. Patrick and Susannah either went with her parents, or came to Orange County after them, perhaps as late as c1760. They eventually settled on property owned by Susannah's father (John Walker III (c1705-c1776) on Moon Creek, a tributary of the Dan River, in what was then Orange Co. (now Caswell Co.). The location of this plantation has not been determined, but road assignment records for the county that mention Patrick, suggest that it was probably near the mouth of Moon's Creek where it enters the Dan River. The dates of birth of the children of Patrick and Susannah indicate that most were born in North Carolina.
About 1771 John Walker III and his family moved to southwest Virginia, settling on Sinking Creek. Patrick and Susannah moved with him, settling nearby on Fall Creek where Patrick constructed a mill. Between 1757 and 1776 they bore eight children. Patrick and Susannah lived out the remainder of their life on Fall Creek, and are thought to be buried in the family cemetery near the location of their original Forthouse. Land records show that Patrick died about 1806, [data needs to be rechecked on DOD], but we have no clear date of death for Susannah. Some of their children moved on to Kentucky in the 1780's and 1790's. Others remained on the Clinch River or moved eastward across Copper Ridge to settle on Copper Creek. Their descendants are still found near Fall Creek.
Patricks parents are unknown. However, they are known NOT to be the commonly cited "Benjamin Porter and Ann Campbell". [explication needed] Benjamin Porter left a very explicit will in which he named his children. Patrick was not among them, thus there is no reason to think that Patick was one of his sons.