Notebook:Porter Family of Red Lion



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From Calendar of Delaware Wills (with some regularization of data). Additional porters are listed in other wills, which will be added to this list (eventually)

pagePersonLocationWrittenProbateFinder DataWifeSonsDauOthersAdmins
David Porter NC Jan 28 1751 Feb 5 1751 G 456 wife Anguish Sons Alexander David Patrick daus Elinor Jane Exc sons Alexander and David
John Porter Farmer Red Lyon Hd Nov 14 1763 Dec 2 1763 Misc 1.401 Wife Katriane sons Robert and Samuel daus Jean and Sarah Exc wife Katriane son Samuel
Patrick Porter Yeoman Red Lyon Hd Nov 15 1765 Mar 4 1766 Misc 1.402 son DavidDaus Mary and JannetExc David Porter
Jonas Porter Red Lion Hd Sept 9 1794 Mar 21 1795 O 59 wife Margaret sons Alexander Jonas and David Daughters Mary Nancy and Hannahbrother Alexander Exc wife Margaret and brother Alexander
Robert Porter Red Lion Hd Aug 21 1796 Apr 17 1797 O 222 son DavidDaughters Martha Porter Anne Maria Porter and Mary Porter cousin Ann Glenn uncle Richard Pensh of Phila Exc William McMeehen

Land Records

Parick Porter, Red Lyon 1753

Source:Egle, 1894:196

7th June 1753 Patrick Porter enters a Caveat against the Acceptance of a Survey made for Thomas Tobin for abt 40 as of Land and Marsh in Red Lyon Hundred New Castle County by Warrant of the 20th May 1752 and prays that a Patent may not issue to said Tobin till the parties be heard at the Land Office for RICHARD PETERS Sec ry ROBERT LEVERS To Nicholas Scull Surveyor General

Dan Welch

From Dan Welch, personal communication, 29 May 2009

I am seeing some interesting information posted about my Gillespies that ties to the Porters thru the Ewings. The Ewings can be traced to Blount County via way of Prince Edward County, Virginia. These are the same Ewings that link with the Porters in Pennsylvania. Please recall the Delaware Porter that owned a mill and had a son named Patrick that can not be correctly traced. These same Ewings tie with Gillespies in early Lancaster (Dauphin?) County Pennsylvania. The gist of my comment is that unresearched Wills in Bount County and Prince Edward County may shed light on Delaware connections.

From User:Dan Welch:

As I recall a prominent Alexander Porter of Red Lion, Delaware built a mill on Delaware's Mill Creek where the "main road" crossed the creek. Please recall that Christopher Houston whos daughter Ann Houston married John Walker lived on Mill Creek. Porter the miller had a son named Patrick that some researchers claim died without issue. A second Patrick Porter of Red Lion died leaving a Will so do not confuse the two men. I do think these two Porter families of Red Lion were related and that researchers have confused the two lines. These two Porter lines are ripe for research and a comprehensive written analysis. Some Ewings lived on Mill Creek that later appear in Lancaster (Dauphin/Drumore?) County. This can be shown thru some old records. It is this set of Ewings I believe the Blount County researchers are reporting removed to Tennessee via first passing thru Prince Edward County. The Blount County researchers give only the notion (legend?) that these Ewings first settled in Pennsylvania. However, one reseacher is reporting that William Gillespie (of the 3 brothers that settled Blount County) took gardianship of Margret (Porter) Ewing in her old age at the time William himself was 81. The reseacher notes that this seems a very unusual circumstance. I have previously noticed that a Gillespie family lived neighbor of the Ewing family in early Pennsylvania. No Gillespie DNA Results are available for this family of Gillespies but I do have a legend that my Gillespies 1st settled in Pennsylvania for a short time before moving to Augusta County, Virginia. Gillespie DNA Results do show a mysterious Thomas Gillespie appeared in late 1790s Blount County, Tennessee and married his cousin Sally Gillespy. No known Thomas Gillespie can be connected to the Gilliespies (of the 3 brothers) that settled Tennessee. So there is some unknown Gillespie family connection somewhere and our sole clue is the Ewing/Porter connection. And as an added detail I should note that I had an uncle Gillespie with the given name of Porter. Given so that we would not forget the Porter family connection - however, the connection is now lost to memory. Another odd connection is the Bracken family that descended from William Bracken of 1680s Mill Creek Delaware. William's son John Bracken settled neighbor of John Walker in present Caswell County, North Carolina and grandaughter Magdalene Bracken married a Gamble and settled neighbor of John Walker on Little River in Blount County. The Gambles (Gamells?) are believed early residents of Mill Creek as well.