Person:Eleanor Porterfield (2)

Eleanor Porterfield
b.est. 1745-1760 Virginia
m. Bef 1750
  1. Eleanor PorterfieldEst 1745 to 1760 -
  2. Col. Charles Porterfield1750 - 1781
  3. Gen. Robert Porterfield1752 - 1843
  • HWilliam HeathEst 1740 to 1755 -
  • WEleanor PorterfieldEst 1745 to 1760 -
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Name Eleanor Porterfield
Gender Female
Birth? est. 1745-1760 Virginia

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William Heath Att. Gen of Ky and Eleanor Porterfield ronwharper1 (View posts) Posted: 14 Nov 2001 8:40PM GMT Classification: Query Edited: 6 Jun 2002 5:13AM GMT Surnames:

Looking for information on William Heath, Attorney General of Kentucky in the 1800's and his wife, Eleanor Porterfield. Eleanor was born in Virginia, William might have been born in Virginia also. They moved to Kentucky and raised a large family. Eleanor's brothers were General Robert Porterfield and Lt. Colonel Charles Porterfield, both of Virginia. I am collecting family history information on Eleanor's Porterfield family.

  1.   McIlhany, Hugh Milton. Some Virginia families: being genealogies of the Kinney, Stribling, Trout, McIlhany, Milton, Rogers, Tate, Snickers, Taylor, McCormick and other families of Virginia. (Staunton, Virginia: Stoneburner & Prufer, Printers, 1903)
    Page 30 to 32.

    This family, which settled originally in Pennsylvania, is said to be of Scotch-Irish descent. Two brothers, Charles and William, removed to Frederick County, Virginia, at an early date, the latter being the ancestor of Col. G. A. Porterfield of Charlestown, W. Va., and of numerous other descendants living in the lower Valley. Charles Porterfield had at least four children:

    1. Charles Porterfield, Jr., distinguished himself in the War of the Revolution, attaining the rank of Lieut-Colonel, and died from the effects of a wound received at the disastrous battle of Camden. He never married.

    2. Eleanor Porterfield married William Heath, Attorney -General of Kentucky, but left no children.

    3. Rebecca Porterfield lived with her brother Robert, and died at an old age unmarried.

    4. Robert Porterfield, known as General Porterfield, was also highly distinguished in the Revolutionary Army. His military service, as recorded at the War Department and given in Heitnian's "Historical Register" of the officers of the Continental Army, was as follows:— "2nd Lieut. 11th Va., 24th Dec, i776; 1st Lieut, 1st June 1777; Adjutant, 19th Apr. 1778; transferred to 7th Va, 14th Sep. 1778; Capt. Lieut., 2d July 1779; Capt., 16th Aug. 1779; taken prisoner at Charleston, 12th May, 1780; transferred to 2d Va., 12 Feb, 1781, and served to close of War". He then settled in Augusta County, on Oct. 8th, 1784 purchasing a fine estate below Waynesboro on South River, which he called "Soldiers' Retreat". Here he died Feb. 13, 1843. There is in the possession of Dr. C. P. Kinney of Crossville, 111., an old parchment signed by George Washington, being the certificate of membership of Capt. Robt. Porterfield in the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization instituted by the officers of the American Army at the close of the Revolution. He was at one time Colonel of the state militia, and during the War of 1812 was commissioned

    The Porterfield Family. 31

    Brigadier General of Virginia Volunteers; hence the title by which he was commonly known. He married Rebecca Farrar, daughter of Peter Farrar of Amelia County, by whom he had four children:

    (1). Charles Porterfield; died unmarried.
    (2). Mary C. (or Polly^ Porterfield, b. June 10, 1789; d. April ]6, 1852; m. June 18, 1818, Lewis Wayland of Augusta County (b. in 1787; d. Grant County, Ky., Feb. 4, 1857). They left a large family who have removed to Kentucky. Their daughter Rebecca Wayland married Robert H. Kinney; see §8.
    (3). John Porterfield married Betsy McCue, a sister of John and Col. Franklin McCue, and had only one child, Robert Porterfield, who married a daughter of John Wayt, and left one son, Robert Porterfield of Lewisburg, W. Va., who married a Miss McClung of Greenbrier County and had several children.
    (1). Rebecca Farrar Porterfield, married WiLLiAM Kinney;
    see §10.

    The line of descent of Rebecca Farrar, wife of General Rob-
    ert Porterfield, has not been certainly established in every point,
    but the following is taken from the sketch of the family given in the "Virginia Magazine of History and Biography":

    I. John Farrar of Hertford, England. His son,

    II. Nicholas Farrar or Ferrar, merchant of London and member of the Virginia Company, m. Mary Woodnoth.
    Their son (?),

    III. William Farrar or Ferrar, Member of the Council 1623 to 1633, m. Mrs. Cicely Jordan (?). His son,

    IV. William Farrar, Burgess 1659-'60, '61-'76, m. Mary. Their son,

    V. Maj . William Farrar, Burgess 1700-'02, m. Priscilla Baugh. Their son,

    VI. William Farrar, m. Judith Jefferson, first cousin of Thomas Jefferson. Their son, almost certainly, was —

    VII. Peter Farrar, b. June 6, 1730; m. Jan. 17, 1754, Mary Magdalene Chastain (b. Aug. 23, 1827; widow of James Cocke of Malvern Hills, and daughter of Dr. Stephen…