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Samuel Porterfield Sr. (1726 - 1789)

Samuel Porterfield Sr.
Born in County Donegal, Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Atkinson Mills, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Jan 2014 | Last significant change: 30 Sep 2020
13:25: Stephanie Ward edited the Biography for Samuel Porterfield Sr. (1726-1789). (location name in bio corrected--immigration destination not called USA until 1776) [Thank Stephanie for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Samuel Porterfield Sr. migrated from Ireland to United States.
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private Samuel Porterfield Sr. served in the Cumberland County Militia during the American Revolution
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Samuel Porterfield was born in 1726 in County Donegal, Ireland. He came to America with his parents and 7 siblings around 1730. The family initially lived in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Samuel moved to Lancaster County and eventually settled in Cumberland County. He passed away in 1789. [1]

Samuel served as a private in the Revolutionary War in the Cumberland County Militia. He served under Captain Robert Shannon. [2]

Tax records of 1779 and 1785 have Samuel in Cumberland, Pennsylvania.[3][4]

And index of a land warrant in Cumberland from 1784 exists.[5] Land Warrants of 224 acres place Samuel in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in 1788.[6]

He died in 1789 and was buried at Atkinson Mills Methodist Cemetery in Atkinson Mills, Pennsylvania.[7]

Samuel is one of six Porterfields recognized as a DAR Patriot. His son Samuel Porterfield is also listed as a DAR patriot.[8][9]

Research Notes

There are two separate Samuel Porterfields mentioned in the Pennsylvania Archives Muster Rolls. This one served under Colonel James Dunlap. Samuel's son William married Mary Shannon, daughter of Robert Shannon. The other Samuel, listed as a horseman, is Samuel's son.


  1. Frank Burke Porterfield, The Porterfields (Roanoke, Virginia: Multiprint Inc, 1947), p. 60, 165, digital images,;view=1up;seq=68. Hathi Trust Digital Library ( accessed 24 October 2019).
  2. Pennsylvania Archives, Muster Rolls relating to the Associators and Militias of the County of Cumberland (1874), pp. 16, 67, 402, 428, 436, 446, 628.; digital image, Open Library (
  3. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4; Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762-1794; Microfilm Roll: 324.
  4. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4; Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762-1794; Microfilm Roll: 325.
  5. Pennsylvania, Land Warrants, 1733-1987 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Index of Early Pennsylvania Land Warrants, 1733–1987, from the Pennsylvania State Archives. Stevens, Pennsylvania: Ken McCrea, 2010.
  6. Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data: Warrant Applications, 1733-1952. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania State Archives. Land Warrants. Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, PA.
  7. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 11 April 2016), memorial page for Samuel Porterfield, No headstone picture.
  8. DAR Patriot Index (Washington D.C.: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1966), p. 543
  9. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed 13 March 2016), "Record of Samuel Porterfield, Sr. ", Ancestor # A091369.

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  •, Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2012),,

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