David Porter

Photo added by Michele Bailey Brady

David Porter

  • Birth 8 Mar 1780 Rockbridge County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 16 Jul 1849 Fort Hall, Bingham County, Idaho, USA
  • Burial Detroit, Pike County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 31510480

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.


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Buried N.W. of Soda Springs ID


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  • Maintained by: Dan Harvey
  • Originally Created by: Michele Bailey Brady
  • Added: 18 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31510480
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Porter (8 Mar 1780–16 Jul 1849), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31510480, citing Blue River Cemetery, Detroit, Pike County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Dan Harvey (contributor 47193576) .