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2 John Henry Porter—Page 2

John Henry Porter’s second wife was Anna H. Goff, married March 13, 1879 in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois (see Volume 00F, page 0019, Lic. 00005176).  Anna was born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa in about 1857.  Her father was Rockwell Goff from New York, her mother was Mary Emma Braden from Ireland.

At the time of this wedding, Henry lived in Wataga, Illinois, working as a miner.  Anna lived in Victoria, occupation unknown.

The Oklahoma Land Run for the Unassigned Lands was on April 22, 1889 and John Henry and Mary Emeline Porter were there as homesteaders in Logan County, claiming Lots 5 and 6 and the south half of southeast quarter of section thirty three (33) in township twenty (20) north of range three (3) west, containing 113 acres.  His home is listed in Smith’s 1890 City Directory of Rural Homesteads.   Henry and Mary sold the land to James Case on January 3, 1895 for $1,300.  Henry’s big sister Rhoda homesteaded the quarter section across the fence line to the south.

John Henry Porter and Mary Emmaline Goff.

This picture was taken about 1900.
Standing, left to right:
Lucinda Porter Furgeson (fourth child of Amelia),
Mary Ann Porter Hartzell (only child of Anna H. Porter and niece to Mary Emmaline),
William Oscar Porter  (seventh child of Amelia).
Sitting:  Mary Emmoline Goff Porter , John Henry Porter.

John Henry Porter died July 26, 1915, of heart failure, in Pawhuska, Osage County, Oklahoma.  The death certificate was witnessed by his oldest son Charles Henry Porter of Guthrie, Oklahoma.  John Henry Porter is buried in Pawhuska Cemetery (Section 5, lot 44, grave 2).

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Photo circa 1910

In the June 1, 1880 census in Victoria, Knox County, Illinois, records the following.  This is especially interesting in that it suggests that Amelia was reported to have been born in (Vermont) (parenthesis probably meant they were not sure where she was born).

Obituary, John Henry Porter
The Osage Journal—Pawhuska, OK—August 5, 1915

DIED
J. J. Porter died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Hartzell, in this city on July 26 at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 26 days.  Mr. Porter was born in Ohio in 1841.
The family wish to extend their thanks to neighbors and friends who assisted by many kindly deeds during the illness and death.

Below is a portion of the July 2, 1900 Census from Ripley, Payne County, Oklahoma.  Married for 20 years.  Wife Mary reported her age as 43, born August 1856 in Illinois.   Daughter Mary is 19 years old, born May 1881 in Illinois. Mary was actually her niece.
Also interesting is that John reported his occupation as “Baker”.  Family notes indicate he was a “bread maker” or baker.

Below is a portion of the May 18, 1910 Census from Cimarron Township, south of Ripley, Payne County, Oklahoma.
John Henry Porter is 70 years old.

Image from Google Earth.

 

Red box is homestead of
John Henry Porter.

 

Blue  box is homestead of Rhoda Porter Stewart Cackler.

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Anna Sarah (Ann) Goff Porter died in a fire, and John Henry married her sister, Mary Emmoline Goff on January 11, 1881 in Stark County, Illinois (see Volume 003, page 0030, Lic. 00000740).

John Henry and Anna had one child: Mary Ann Porter.

Below from the March 1885 Kansas State Census, recorded in Creswell Township, Cowley County (Post Office at Arkansas City), page 19.   Hester is new to the family, female, 6 years old.  Could she be adopted?  The census records that Henry is from Ohio, everyone else from Illinois.  It also records that the family moved to Kansas from Illinois.

Name

Born

Where

Died

Where

Mary Ann Porter

05-24-1880

Peoria (Lord’s Hill), Knox County, Illinois

05-1961

 

Name

Age

Birth
Place

Occupation

Father
Birthplace

Mother
Birthplace

Henry Porter

38

Ohio

Farmer

NY

NY

Anna Porter

23

Iowa

 

NY

Ireland

Charles H. Porter

17

Illinois

Working for himself

Ohio

(Vermont)

Jane Porter

15

Illinois

At home

Ohio

Otis Porter

14

Iowa

Working Out

Ohio

Lucinda Porter

11

Illinois

At Home

Ohio

Frank Porter

9

Illinois

Attending School

Ohio

Willis Porter

6

Illinois

At Home

Ohio

Oscar Porter

5

Illinois

Living away from home

Ohio

Mary Ann Porter

1/4

Illinois

At Home

Ohio

Iowa