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Querying which Joseph Porter married Dorcas Gardner in 1796

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Date: [unknown] [unknown]
Location: Taunton, Somerset, England, United Kingdommap
Surname/tag: [[Porter-16175|Joseph Porter]], [[Gardner-13372|Dorcas Gardner]]
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Currently, Joseph Porter born in 1778 is shown as marrying Dorcas Gardner in 1796.

Based on that assumption, the Porter line ascends to:

William Porter (b.1740)
George Porter (b.1718)
George Porter (b.1684)
Robert Porter (b.1643)
Robert Porter (b. abt 1625)

However, there is a possibility that this is the wrong Joseph.

An alternative might be a Joseph Porter born in Taunton about 1752. He had a brother William[1] (b. 1750), and another brother Joshua[2] (b. abt 1754). It is probable that Joseph and Joshua married two sisters Mary Pain[3] and Sarah Pain[4]. Joseph was widowed in 1791 and might then have married Dorcas Gardner in 1796.

Argument against the Joseph born in 1752
Joseph's brother Joshua and Sarah Pain, having married in 1779, had the following children: Rachel[5] in 1783, John[6] in 1785, and Sarah[7] in 1788.

However, Joseph and Mary Pain, having married in 1774, do not appear to have had any children. Then, if it was he who married Dorcas, Joseph at the age of 48 has nine children in the period 1880 - 1818, by which time he was 66.

Argument in favour of the Joseph born in 1752
If it is accepted that Joseph and Joshua are brothers, due to their respective marriages to Mary and Sarah Pain, then the approximate date of 1752 used for the birth of Joseph fits well between the births of his brothers William and Joshua. He would have been 44 when he married Dorcas in 1796 and quite capable of fathering nine children by the age of 66. He lived beyond 1838, but had died before the 1841 Census.

Another reason in support of the 1752 Joseph is the ancestor names used in his family - Benjamin 1673, William 1706, William 1729[8], brothers William 1750[9] and Joseph about 1752, and brothers Joseph 1803 and Benjamin 1818. There is not a Robert or George in his family.

For the Joseph born in 1778 the ancestor names were - Robert 1625, Robert 1645, George 1687, George 1718, brothers George 1738 and William 1740.

Joseph (b. 1752) was the son of:

William Porter (b. 1729)
son of William Porter (b. 1706)
son of Benjamin Porter (b. 1673)


  1. William Porter's christening 6th March 1750/1 FreeReg
  2. Joshua Porter's christening 29th January 1755 FreeReg
  3. Marriage of Joseph Porter and Mary Pain 16th August 1774 Ancestry
  4. Marriage of Joshua Porter and Sarah Pain 11th January 1779 Ancestry
  5. Rachel Porter's christening 23rd July 1783, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 FamilySearch
  6. John Porter's birth 7th August 1785, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 familySearch
  7. Sarah Porter's christening 16th January 1788, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 FamilySearch
  8. William Porter's birth 1729, FreeReg
  9. William Porter's birth 1750, FreeReg

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