|Birth: ||Jun. 28, 1808|
|Death: ||Jul. 30, 1885|
Col. 4th Ia. Vol Cav.
PORTER, ASBURY B., COL., retired; born in Bourbon Co., Ky., June 20, 1808; when 21 years of age, his father died, leaving a wife and nine children; Asbury being the oldest, upon him devolved the care of the family; they removed to Illinois and located in Vermilion Co.; while living here, he became acquainted with Miss Martha A. Brazleton, a native of North Carolina; she came to Illinois at an early age, and they were married Jan. 18, 1835; the same year Col. Porter came to Iowa and bought land in Henry Co., raised a crop and went back to Illinois for his family, they arrived here in October, 1836, and were among the earliest settlers; there being only a few now living in the county who were here at that time. He was elected Clerk of the Courts in 1847; re-elected to the same office in 1849; was elected and represented this county in the Territorial Legislature; was re-elected and served for three terms; was engaged in the mercantile business for twenty years; was Captain of a military company---"The Mt. Pleasant Grays"--- and when the war broke out, at the first call for 75,000 men, this company enlisted in the three-months service, and Capt. Porter went with them to Keokuk; while there, was elected Major of 1st Regt., Iowa V. I., the only Iowa regiment that answered the first call for 75,000 men; when the term of service for which they enlisted had expired, there was a prospect of a battle, and Gen. Lyon requested the regiment to remain; a vote of the regiment was taken and they unanimously decided to stay, and did remain until after the battle of Wilson Creek was fought; about one week before the battle, Gen. Lyon wrote the Secretary of War, recommending Maj. Porter for promotion to the rank of Major in the regular army, and requesting that he be assigned to duty under him; but he preferred to remain in the volunteer service; upon the expiration of the three-months service, he received authority from the Secretary of War to raise the 4th Regt. Iowa Cav.; was commissioned Colonel; he was also authorized by the Secretary of War to select, inspect and buy the horses for the regiment without restrictions; the only instance known where this privilege was given the Colonel of any regiment during the war; Col. Porter selected and inspected every horse; the regiment was composed of battalions of horses of matched colors, and left for the field twelve hundred strong, and was with Gen. Curtis in Missouri and Arkansas; Col. Porter was obliged to resign his commission in 1863, on account of his eyesight. After the war, he held the office of Revenue Inspector in this Congressional District. They have seven children---Watson B., with the C., B. & Q. R. R.; Emily D., now Mrs. Dr. McClure; Louzenia W., now Mrs. Capt. Beckwith; Sallie E., at home; Frank P., contractor on the C., B. & Q. R. R.; Jennie C., now Mrs. Bean, of Albia; Asbury B., civil engineer on the C., B. & Q. R. R.; lost one son---Samuel A.
From "The History of Henry County, Iowa.
Western Historical Company, 1879.
Martha Ann Brazelton Porter (1818 - 1895)
Watson Brazelton Porter (1836 - 1929)*
Emily Conaway Porter McClure (1839 - 1921)*
Luzenia Wallace Porter Beckwith (1842 - 1880)*
Sarah Elizabeth Porter Beckwith (1845 - 1935)*
Samuel Asbury Porter (1847 - 1851)*
Frank Perry Porter (1850 - 1915)*
Asbury Bird Porter (1859 - 1945)*
Jane Craig Porter Bean (1864 - 1896)*
Forest Home Cemetery
Plot: Section Cb, Row 15
Created by: No Reins
Record added: Apr 10, 2007
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