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Hugh Porter of North and South Carolina

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An attempt to sort information on the Hugh Porters of North Carolina and South Carolina.

1 -- Hugh Porter, 1715 (?) - 1795. Allegedly born in Ireland, to parents who seem to have spent their lives in Pennsylvania. (I remain skeptical.)
A. These sons were born in Ireland, but not to Nathaniel & Violet; or
B. They are the sons of Nathaniel & Violet, but were born in Pennsylvania.

2 -- Hugh Porter II. 1733 - 1808. Probably the son of #1. He, of course, had the following as son -

3 -- Hugh Porter III, 1763 - 1836.

4 -- Hugh Porter, ????-1813. There is a will for a Hugh Porter who died in 1813. Probably the Hugh married to Mary Elizabeth Witherspoon, and father of Mary Ann Porter, who was appointed a guardian in that estate file. Update - found images of the first part of the file, which names wife Mary Elizabeth Porter several times; as well as naming John Tarrant, who became her second husband.
Hugh is named as Rev. Hugh Porter.
Update - see research notes on profile, indicating this Hugh may have been born much later than the 1730's.

5 -- Hugh Porter, 1765 - 1813. Died in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, so not to be confused with #4.

6 -- Hugh Porter, father of Rev. Alexander Porter, who was born in Abbeville District, South Carolina. Died when Alexander was young, possibly 1780-1781.
Appears to be DAR patriot A091036, died 1782 in South Carolina. His wife was Elizabeth, and she appears to be the Elizabeth Porter whose will was proven in 1806.

7 -- Hugh Porter, the son of Rev. Alexander Porter.

8 -- Hugh Porter, ???? - 1824. His 1824 probate package is identified as Box 76 Pack 1861. Estate of Hugh Porter, dec'd. 1824. His wife's name was Sarah. There does not seem to be a WikiTree profile yet. One of the witnesses to his will was Hugh Porter 2nd.

9 -- Hugh Porter, son of the Samuel Porter, whose 1833 will was probated in Abbeville, South Carolina. He cannot be identified with any of the Hugh Porters above.

10 -- Hugh Porter, ???? - after 1814. Named as the son of John Porter in John's 1798 will, proven in Abbeville, South Carolina, in 1803. John's widow is Elizabeth. Mentioned in probate papers as late as 1814, so he is not the Hugh who died in 1808 or the Hugh who died in 1813.

11. Hugh Porter, Jr. -- brother to a John Porter, approved as one of his executors in 1824, in Abbeville.

Unassigned records

Records naming a Hugh Porter, that cannot yet be assigned to a specific Hugh. *sigh*

1790 census, Abbeville, South Carolina -
Head, Hugh Porter
Free white males, 16 and up: 2
Free white males, under 16: 4
Free while females: 4
"United States Census, 1790," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 August 2021), Hugh Porter, Abbeville, South Carolina, United States; citing p. 480, NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 11; FHL microfilm 568,151.


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