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  • Born: 1663, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia, USA
  • Marriage: Mary
  • Died: 3 Jul 1712 aged 49

bullet  General Notes:

Extract from "The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register: Vol. I" edited by J.R.B. Hathaway (1900)
John Porter's will July 3, 1712; Augt. 3rd, 1713. Wife Mary, sons Edmund, John and Matthew, son-in-law John Lillington and daughter Sarah, daughter Elizabeth, wife and son John, Executors. (Daughter Elizabeth married 1st Capt. Thomas fry, of Bath, 2nd Dr. Patrick Maule [his 2nd wife]).

Extract from "Dictionary of North Carolina: Vol. V" by William S. Powell (1994)
Porter, John (1663-1712), colonial official and ring-leader of Carey's Rebellion, was born in that part of Lower Norfolk County, Va., which after 1691 became the county of Princess Anne. He was the son of John Porter, who with an elder brother with the identical name, appeared in Virginia by 1642. The two brothers were differentiated in the records as Sr. and Jr., respectively. There is strong evidence that they were the sons of one Edmund Porter and of the family of Porter of Tapenhall, Parish of Claines, Worcestershire, England. The two brothers were early converts to Quakerism.

Extract from "Abstract of North Carolina Wills" by J. Bryan Grimes (1910)
Porter, John. Merchant. Albemarle County.
January 8, 1712. August 7, 1712.
Wife: Mary, lands in Chowan precinct.
Son: Edmund, lands in Chowan after death of wife.
Son: John Porter, tract of land in Bath County called "Chocowinateh".
Son: Joshua, land called "Quarry's".
Son: Matthew Porter, 2,000 acres in Bath County, "on other side of river", bought of Richard Smith.
Son-in-law: John Lillington and wife Sarah, mentioned.
Daughter: Eliza, three negroes.
Executrix: Mary Porter.
Witnesses: John Allen, M.D., John Webber.
Notary Public: Joane Mills (WCH.). Original missing. Recorded in Book of Wills No. 2, page 5. This will is proven before Jona Thomas, Mayor, of Bridgewater, in Somersett County, England, on the ____ day of February, 1712.


John married Mary. (Mary died in 1718.)

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