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David Porter
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Birth: Mar. 8, 1780
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 1849
Fort Hall
Bingham County
Idaho, USA

When David migrated to Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois, most of his travel was done in the saddle. Some was probably by boat (when he migrated from Tennessee to Missouri). Many miles were no doubt by oxen teams. David also had the reputation of being a good story teller, and was said to be a man of "infinite jest."
David was of English/Scotch background.

David's 1st wife was Mary Elizabeth Hopkins, who is the mother of his firstborn son, James Porter. She died 9 days after the birth of James, in 1807. Another researcher said her death date was 1806, but the Goodspeed document stated she died 9 days after the birth of James. Using the photo of his gravestone, I am assuming that her death date is 1807

In the spring of 1849 David, along with his son-in-law, Samuel Gibson Sitton (and husband of Rebecca), joined a wagon train at Independence, Missour, his destination believed to be the gold fields of California or Oregon. Several of his married children migrated to Oregon the previous year. He got as far as Fort Hall, but was then stricken and died of a stroke. He was buried somewhere along the Oregon Trail. Samuel returned to Pike County, Illinois, delivering to Nancy, David's widow, the shaving kit she had given him for the journey. 
Family links: 
  Nancy Culton Porter (1784 - 1867)*
  James Porter (1807 - 1888)*
  Mary Bowen Porter Gibson (1808 - 1861)*
  William Porter (1812 - 1899)*
  Joseph Woods Porter (1814 - 1908)*
  Stephen Porter (1819 - 1890)*
  Nancy Porter Holmes (1822 - 1904)*
  John Porter (1824 - 1895)*
  Reese Porter (1827 - 1847)*
*Calculated relationship
Buried N.W. of Soda Springs ID
Blue River Cemetery
Pike County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Dan Harvey
Originally Created by: Michele Bailey Brady
Record added: Nov 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31510480
David Porter
Added by: Michele Bailey Brady
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- Rachel Gillooly
 Added: May. 28, 2015
My 4th great-grandfather David Porter's father was William A. Porter (Rev War) and his mother was Mary Bowen.
- Phyllis Mitchell Sway
 Added: Apr. 13, 2014
"David Porter has a memorial inscription on the back of Nancy's tombstone; he actually died in Idaho on the Oregon Trail."
- Michael Harrington
 Added: Oct. 14, 2012

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