Descendants of Homer Porter


Generation No. 1

1. HOMER 2 PORTER (THOMAS 1 ) was born November 20, 1813 in Colchester, Vermont, and died December 24, 1901 in Colchester, Vermont. He married DOLLY BATES, daughter of NORTON BATES and BETSEY SWEET. She was born 1822 in Westford, Vermont, and died in Great Falls, Montana.

Children of HOMER PORTER and DOLLY BATES are:

       i. NORTON L.3 PORTER, b. 1847, Colchester Vermont; d. 1899, Montana.
2.   ii. CELIM HOMER PORTER, b. May 11, 1849, Vermont; d. March 23, 1898, Big Stone, South Dakota.
     iii. HATTIE PORTER, b. 1851.
     iv. BERNARD PORTER, b. 1854.
      v. ABIGAIL (ABBEY) PORTER, b. 1856, Colchester VT.
     vi. WYLLIS PORTER, b. 1854.

Generation No. 2

2. CELIM HOMER 3 PORTER (HOMER 2 , THOMAS 1 ) was born May 11, 1849 in Vermont, and died March 23, 1898 in Big Stone, South Dakota. He married CLARA DAVIDSON, daughter of TITUS DAVIDSON and HANNAH UNKNOWN.  She was born January 24, 1849 in Vermont, and died October 27, 1924.

  i. GEORGE C.4 PORTER, b. June 10, 1872, Colchester VT; m. MABELLE HOPF, June 20, 1895, Arangee,   Fremont Co. Idaho; b. 1879, New York; d. Bef. 1917, Idaho.

Some data is from the 1900 census of Fremont County, St. Anthony Precinct Idaho. There is also data taken from two letters shared by Ellen Dimberg, written by wife Mabelle W. Hopf (as she calls herself). Cora thought her maiden name was Holf. The Marriage date comes from the official Western States Marriage List as published in U.S.GenWeb records. Cora gave an altered date of April 1895, which would cover up the "early" birth of the first child, said to be born in Big Stone, SD. There is no mention of the baby Marvin as listed on Cora's paper. This baby was probably born at a different time, because the second child was George M. born Dec. 1898.
Cora lists 3 named children and 3 unknown infants, apparently either stillborn or prematurely born and died at birth. Perhaps the only one of these babies which lived long enough to be named is the one labelled Marvin in Cora's record. The family has not been found again in Idaho census records as of June 2003, but there is another marriage for George C. Porter in the Western States Marriage List, in which George married Myrtle May Short at Boise, Ada County Idaho on th 13 of October 1917.

Her maiden name is given as Holf in the notes of Cora Porter Vandervelde, but in the Western States Marriage List, she is listed as Mabel Hopf. Cora also altered the date of the marriage making it April 1895 instead of the Marriage List's June. I think the List is correct.

ii. FRANK PORTER, b. November 17, 1874, Vermont; d. October 04, 1903, South Dakota.
iii. ROY G. PORTER, b. December 16, 1877, Vermont; m. (1) ANNA SWANSON, November 18, 1899; b. May 1875, Sweden; d. October 05, 1910, Omaha Nebraska; m. (2) LOTTIE GILMAN, September 20, 1911, Omaha, Nebraska; d. 1924, Omaha Nebraska.
iv. CORA PORTER, b. December 15, 1881, Kerkhoven, Minnesota; d. February 06, 1954, Big Stone, SD; m. THOMAS VANDERVELDE; b. September 16, 1864, Town Eight, Wisconsin; d. July 04, 1935, Big Stone, SD.

Notes for CORA PORTER:
Cora did not care about her family history, referring to her ancestors as those Vermonters, but for this genealogy she is found in the 16 generation of Porter s. This old, very respectable New England family has been traced as far back a s John Bates who reportedly fought at the Battle of Agincourt. Some sources say it was his father who did that. William Shakespeare used the name "John Bate s" for one of the three common soldiers who represent the units of foot soldier s in the army of King Henry V in his play "Henry V", written in 1600. The battle was a disaster for the French, giving every english soldier armour, weapon s and enemy horses to be dived and given out to the soldiers, so John Bates too k home a solid inheritance for his children.

Born in the Dairy State, Thomas trained as a dairyman, and was recruited to become the head buttermaker for the new farmers' cooperative butter and cheese factory in Big Stone, South Dakota. He became manager of the factory, and was financially successful, doing private banking, mortgaging and investing in real estate from his home. He ran a farm and supported his family very prosperously.

v. L(ONLY) WILLIS PORTER, b. March 28, 1884, Big Stone Grant Co. SD; m. (1) JOSEPHINE STATER, November 1908; b. 1886, Texas; d. July 09, 1913, California; m. (2) UNKNOWN, 1914, California.

L was a favorite of his nephew Celim Vandervelde who always spoke well of him. After Celim Porter died, Clara moved to California where she is found in the 1910 census in the household of L and wife Josie. According to a written record by Cora Josie died shortly after having a baby which died a month after its birth. She is listed as having been born in Texas of parents born in Germany. It is a family legend that L worked as a cowboy down in Texas.

Both of Josephine's parents were born in Germany, according to the 1910 census. Cors's listing state that Josephine died in July after her baby which was born in May and died in June.


Submitted by Isabel Vandervelde on July 11, 2003.

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