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Pvt Samuel Porter

Pvt Samuel Porter

Ohio, USA
Death 21 Jan 1883 (aged 49–50)
Lacon, Marshall County, Illinois, USA
Burial Henry, Marshall County, Illinois, USA
Plot Govt stone no dates, Co H 104th Illinois Inf
Memorial ID 15090961 · View Source
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Samuel served in Company H of the 104th Illinois Infantry. He joined up on 11 Aug 1862 for 2 years. Info shows that his residence was Osage, LaSalle Co, IL. He was 30, a native of Carr County, Ohio. He was married and worked as a farmer. Samuel was tall for the time, 6'2" had dark hair & eyes.

Samuel was discharged from the Union Army at Bowling Green, Ky as disabled on 30 Nov 1862.

Note Illinois Veterans records show 15 different name Samuel Porter(s). Three of them also were also from LaSalle County.

The 1860 Census for Ottawa, LaSalle County, IL (the county where our Samuel enlisted. It shows a younger & single Samuel (age is 23 not 27) living with his parents. Who were shown as being born in VT, not NY & KY per 1880 census below.

A Samuel porter was found in the 1870 Census living in Wenona, Marshall County, Illinois.
Samuel Porter. 37, laborer, b. Ohio
Sarah Porter, 55, keeping hse, b. Ohio
Franklin Porter, 14, b Iowa
Ida M Porter, 13, b. Iowa
Martha Porter, 8, b. IL
Hattie Porter, 5, b. IL
Leroy Porter, 1, b. IL
Is the our Samuel?

The census in 1880 Samuel was living in Hopewell twp, Marshall County, Illinois:

Samuel Porter 47, farm laborer, b. Ohio, Father b. MD, Mother b. VA.
Mary E. Porter, wife, 27, b. KY, Father b. NY, Mother b. KY
Charles R. Porter, son, 4, b. IL,

The Illinois Marriage index shows a PORTER, SAMUEL W & BARNARD, MARY J, were married 1867-09-11 in LaSalle County. Because of the middle initial W. this is probably one of the other Samuel from LaSalle County.

Samuel died in 1883 at the age of 50. What happened to his young wife Mary and son Charles?

There certainly were a lot of Samuel Porter(s)


Update from The Henry Republican, Thursday 4 Jun 1885, pg 4,
Lacon Post 184 recently received 24 headstones to be placed over soldier graves ... Forbes Cemetery Samuel Porter

The Civil War Pension Index shows Samuel died on Jan 21, 1883 in Lacon, IL.

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  • Added: 30 Jul 2006
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Samuel Porter (1833–21 Jan 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15090961, citing Forbes Cemetery, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by The Ancestor Hunter (contributor 46853198) .