Facts and Events
The following needs to be fleshed out, and sources provided. Hamilton's Atrocity series has some of the needed information.
Samuel Porter settled in Castles' Woods in 1769. in 1779 he and his extended family went to settle in Kentucky. Shortly thereafter he and his family were taken prisoner by a British led force Native Americans. They were taken north to Detroit and were not released until close to the end of the war. Afterwards Porter did not return to Kentucky, but resettled in Castle's Woods, where he lived out his life, dying there in 1820.
Samuel's wife is commonly identified as Elizabeth Duncan, thought to be a relation of the Duncan's that settled at Osborne's Ford, opposite the mouth of Fall Creek where Patrick Porter lived. There is widespread speculation that Patrick and Samuel were closely related, but the connection has not been found.
Many identify Samuel as the son of Thomas Porter and Sarah Sanders of Lancaster County Virginia. Direct evidence for this is needed. Others give his POB as Clarion PA, Knox PA, Guilford County NC, and Ireland. Those who cite a POB in Guilford Co, usually also give a DOB of 1757, which may indicate a confusion with Samuel Porter son of Patrick, wh is bleieved to have been born in that area about that time. Interesting, Samuel's eldest son was named Hugh, and there is a Hugh Porter who settled in Guilford County, about 20 miles distant from where Patrick Porter is thought to have settled c 1756-1760.
Elizabeth is commonly identified as the daughter of Thomas Duncan of Lancaster County PENNSYLVANIA. It seems likely that Samuel was also from that general area. Some confusion may have crept into these lines because of the similarity of names of Counties---Lancaster County PA, and Lancaster Co VA.