Strong Porter Ancestors

The first Porter Ancestors in America were John Strong and John Porter. Each sailed to Ameria with their sons John. Each sailed the “Mary and John”
 
The “Elder John Strong” was born in England in 1605. He came to New England as a young man, return to England, and married his sweet heart. He sailed back to Dorchester with his wife and one year old, John Jr in 1635. He died on April 14, 1699, at Northampton and is buried at the Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton  Mass
 
John Porter came to New England in 1630  with his family. John Porter 2nd was nine years old. The Porters first ettled in Dorchester, moved to Hingham and finally settled in Windsor, CT. John Porter 2nd grew up in Windsor and married Mary Stanley.
 
John Porter died April 14 1699.  John Porter 2nd died Feburary 20 1697/98

Jedehiah Strong 1637-1733

Jedediah Strong was born on 7 May 1637 and was baptized at Dorchester. He was the second son of John and Abigail (Ford) Strong.He was one on sixteen children born between 1636 and 1665.

Jedediah Strong was a farmer at Northampton until 1709, when at the age of 70 years and upwards he moved with his family to Coventry, Ct., where 24 years afterwards he died at the aged of 96. During the years 1677-9, he was paid 18 shillings a year for blowing the trumpet on Sunday to summon the people to church. He lived with his first wife 19 years, with his second 7 years, and with his third wife 9 years. Notwithstanding his three marriages he spent 33 years as a widower, and 61 years unmarried.
By the time Jedediah Strong got married in 1662, at the age twenty-five, he had fourteen younger siblings .On 18 November 1662 Jedediah Strong married Freedom Woodward. Freedom was the daughter of Dr. Henry and Elizabeth Woodward from Dorchester. Henry Woodward came from Lancashire, England on the ship "James", with Richard Mether and Captain Taylor, on 16 August 1635. Henry and Elizabeth settled at Dorchester in 1639. The Woodwards had three daughters born between 1640 and 1643; first Freedom, then Experience and last Thankful. In 1659, the Woodwards moved to Northampton, where Henry was one of the founders of the first church there and had become one of the "seven pillars". Henry Woodward died in 1685. He was " killed by lightning at the upper corn mill,"  He (Henry)  was "licensed to keep ordinary and sell wines and liquors', as respectable then as any other business, His business florished each year for several years successively (1665-81) during which time he regularly 'entertained the court' which sat each year in Northampton."
 
Jedediah Strong was a farmer at Northampton. He and Freedom Strong had thirteen children. Their first Elizabeth was born in June 1664, Abigail was born in July 1666. Jedediah Strong Jr was born at Northampton, Mass. in 1667. Freedom Strong had another baby, Ford, born on 2 September 1668, and died on 1 November 1668. The following year another baby was born and died as an infant.  Freedom had two more children: Hannah was born in 1671, and Thankful was born in 1672. Freedom Strong had another child. John was born 1673, and died within a week...  and another - Lydia was born 1675. Freedom Strong still had more . . . . Mary (their 14th childwas born 1677, and died young. Experience was born on 19 August 1678, and died on 16 September 1678. Freedom Strong apparently can't say "NO" to Jedediah!  Preserved was born on 29 March 1680. John was born on 10 May 1681.
 
Freedom Strong died on 17 May 1681. Jedediah Strong found himself a widower with nine surviving children. The oldest child was 18 and the youngest was only a week old. Jedediah next married, on 28 December 1681, to Abigail Stebbins, the widow of John Stebbins. She was born on 6 September 1660 as the daughter of Robert Bartlett. Jedediah Strong and his second wife, Abigail Stebbins, became proud parents of a baby girl in 1683.
 
Jedediah Strong Sr. had taken the oath of allegiance on 8 February 1679. In 1683, Jedediah was made a Constable at Northampton, and was admitted as a Freeman in 1690. Jedediah Strong's second wife, Abigail, died on 15 July 1689, and his third marriage was, on 5 January 1691, to Mary Hart (the widow of John Lee of Farmington, CT). She was the daughter of Stephen Hart and died on 10 October 1710.
His 3rd wife Mary died from the injury which she received the day previous by the fall off the horse on which she was riding (on a pillion behind her husband), when just started well upon their way to Coventry, together, to visit their children The record reads thus at Northampton: "Oct. 9, 1710, Jedehiah Strong and wife set out early in the morning to visit their children, at Coventry; but when they came against the Falls (at S. Hadley) among the broad smooth stones, the horse's feet slipped up and he fell flat on the off side and by the fall killed the woman: though she was not quite dead then, but had life in her until the next day - yet never spoke a word."
 
Jedediah was a farmer at Northampton, Mass. until 1709. He then moved to Coventry, CT at the age of 72. He lived there until his death at the age of ninety-six in 1733
Jedediah Strong, Jr. (1667-1709)
Jedediah Strong Jr was born at Northampton, Mass. in 1667. He was the oldest son of Jedediah and Freedom (Woodward) Strong. His father was married three times and he had many half-brothers and sisters.
 
On 8 November 1688, Jedediah Strong Jr married at Northampton to Abiah Ingersoll. She was born on 24 August 1663 to Abigail Bascom, the second wife of John Ingersoll. Jedediah and Abiah Strong had eight children between 1689 and 1704. Their first child, Azariah, was born on 7 October 1689, and died on 30 October 1689. Jedediah was a farmer at Northampton 1696, when he moved to Lebanon, CT Jedediah had received a good quantity of land from his father, his father-in-law and bought from others in Northampton, but he was attracted to the land available in Lebanon, CT.
 
Was he killed by Indians at Wood Creek during  the 1709 Canadian Expedition?
At that time there were only four white families living in Lebanon. Abiah and Jedediah Strong Jr had seven children. Stephen Strong was born 1690. David was born 1693. Eleazer Strong was born, at Northampton, Mass., 1695. Supply Strong was born at Lebanon in 1697. Jedediah Jr's grandfather, John Strong, died at Northampton on 14 April 1699, as a large landholder who possessed considerable wealth. John Strong was ninety-four at the time of his death. Jedediah Strong's youngest brother, Jerijah, married in 1700 to Thankful Stebbins. Jedediah 3rd was born 1700. Ezra Strong was born 1702, and Freedom was born 1704.
 
The French-Indian War broke out in 1709 as a result of the Queen Anne’s War. Jedediah Strong Jr died at White Creek, NY. on 12 October 1709 during the French-Indian War. Francis Nicholson and Samuel Vetch, with some financial and logistical support from the queen, organized an ambitious assault against Canada in 1709. The plan involved an overland assault on Montreal via Lake Champlain and a sea-based assault by naval forces against Quebec. It is thought he was part of the 1709 Expedition against Canada.
 
By the early summer Colonel Francis Nicholson, with some fifteen hundred men, lay fully equipped in camp on Wood Creek near Lake Champlain, ready to descend on Montreal as soon as news came of the arrival of the British fleet at Boston for the attack on Quebec. Summer came and then autumn and still the fleet did not arrive. Many men became sick and died from the poor conditions in the camps as the summer dragged on without any news of the fleet. Supplies ran short the men became mutinous and began deserting. Finally, in October Nicholson learned that, due to circumstances in Europe, the fleet's participation had been canceled in July.
 
He was only 42. His wife, Abiah was a widow with seven children. The oldest was nineteen and the youngest was five. Eleazer Strong was fourteen when his father was killed. He and his two older brothers were left to run the farm. His brother, David, died in 1712. Abiah Ingersoll died in 1732. Abiah remarried Joshua Wills. The following letter was written to his son Stephen (then aged 19), a few months previous to his death.

"Son Stephen:
"Hearty love to you, hoping you are well; as I am, blessed be God for it. I have nothing of news to write to you. I wrote a letter to your mother yesterday, and therein all the news I have: but yet I gladly take the opportunity to write a word to you, as a testification of my love to you. I hope you will be mindful of the advice I left you. Be tender of, and obedient to your mother. I hope you take care of affairs at home; they are but little in my thoughts; but I daily mind you, and God forbid that I should cease to pray for you daily. I want such opportunity for it as I had at home. Dear son, pray for yourself and for me also. Give my respects to your mother. What I here say to you, I herein say to the rest of my dear ones. Also my affectionate love to my dear daughter. Naught else.
I remain your affectionate father,
JEDEDIAH STRONG." July 19, 1709.
 
[This letter written in a clear, fair hand, was in Jan. 1871, in the possession of Learned Hebard, Esq., of Lebanon, Ct. Learned Hebard was the husband of Peris Elizabeth Straong, the daughter of Daneil Strong born in 1807..
Eleazer Strong 1695 - 1780
Eleazer Strong was born, at Northampton, Mass.,1695. He was the second son of Jedediah Strong Jr. His father moved to Lebanon, CT in 1696 where he grew up. His father was killed in 1709. His mother was a widow with seven children
 
On 23 November 1720, Eleazer Strong married Jemima Stiles, who was born on 7 October 1700 to Robert Stiles and Ruth Bridges. The Stiles were from Boxford Mass. Jemima Stiles was born there in October 1700. Robert Stiles had purchased 200 acres of land at Lebanon, CT in 1718. Lebanon was bordered by Hebron. Ruth Bridges was from Ipswich, Mass. where her grandfather, Edmund Bridges, had lived. Edmund Bridges was a Quaker and had emigrated to Lynn, Mass about 1636, where he was   a blacksmith by trade.
 
Eleazer and Jemima Strong lived in Hebron, CT and had eight children between the 1729 and 1745. Eleazer Strong Jr, our ancestor, was born in 1729. Jesse was born in 1730, Joel and Amos were born in 1733, Jemima was born in 1735, Irene was born in  1736 and died in 1742. Peter was born in 1742 and Deborah was born in  1745.
 
Eleazer Strong Sr. was a farmer at Hebron and at Glastenburg, CT, where he died about 1780.
Eleazer Strong Jr   ~1730 - 1822
Eleazer Strong Jr was born 1729, the son of Eleazer and Jemima (Stiles) Strong.  He was the oldest of eight children born  about 1730.  Eleazer Jr. married Abigail Howard in 1748 at Hebron .
 
Abigail was born at Hebron in 1731 to Noah Chappell and Abigail Howard. Eleazer was nineteen and Abigail was only seventeen when they married. Abigail Chappell's great-uncle was Thomas Newberry, who married the "merry" widow Ann (Scott) Ford back in 1677.
 
As an adult Eleazer Strong Jr was a large man, weighing over 200 pounds of a light florid complexion and of dark blue eyes. He had a farm at Hebron. They had eight children. Their first child, David Strong, was born on 27 July  1748. Abigail was born on 1 September 1750, but died two days later. Little Abigail was born 9 June 1754 and named the same as their deceased child after Abigail Strong. Next came Ruth was born on 16 June 1754. Phineas was born on 7 June 1756. Phebe was born on 25 August 1760, and then Sibyl and Mary.
 
Abigail and Eleazer Strong Jr. raised their eight children on the Hebron farm. They both lived to see children marry and grandchildren grow up. Little Abigail married Nehemiah Porter. [Remember David Porter was one of the first settlers of Hebron and had eight children; so there were a lot of Porters running around!] Abigail Strong died in 1806. Eleazer Strong Jr. died in 1822 at his farm.
David Strong   1748 - 1818
David Strong was born at Hebron, CT 1748 and married in 1773 to Amy Carver, who died without having any children. David Strong married again in  1776 to Leah Bissell, who was born on 13 January 1749. Leah'a parents, Benjamin and Elizabeth Bissell lived at Hebron since before she was born.
 
Benjamin Bissell was first married on 4 September 1735 to Rachel Post. They had a baby girl born in June 1936. Benjamin's wife, Rachel died the following month. Benjamin married again to Elizabeth Sawyer on 6 July 1738. Benjamin Bissell died in 1751 at the age of 40. Elizabeth died in 1804 when she was 87 years old  Leah Bissell was only two years old when her father died. Leah grew up in Hebron with her widowed mother. I believe Leah was the only child.
 
David was twenty-eight and Leah was twenty-seven when they married. David was a big man; he was over six feet tall, weighing 300 pounds. Like his father, David Strong, he was a farmer at Hebron.
 
David and Leah  had seven children, all born, grew up and married at Hebron. Eleazer was born on 19 May 1777.  Amy was born in 1780. Lydia was born in 13  1782. Benjamin was born in 1784. Mary "Polly" Strong, our ancestor, was born on 29 June  1787. David was born in December 1788.  Wealthy was born in 1790. 
Mary "Polly" Strong   1787
Mary "Polly" Strong and Bela Porter married at Hebron in 1805, lived at Hebron and raised their six children: William, Mary, Benjamin, Cephas, Bela Jr. and Emily. Emily Porter was born in 1806.
 
Bela Porter died on 11 November 1818, at the age of thirty-six. Mary was a widow with six young children; Emily was twelve and the youngest must have been a baby. Mary (Strong) Porter married again at Hebron in 1823 to John S. Porter (a cousin of Bela).

John Porter 2nd   1620 - 1699

John Porter 2nd was born in England about 1620 and was baptized at Essexshire. The Porter family sailed on the ship "Mary and John" to New England. John Porter moved his family to Hingham, Mass. The Porters had twelve children, with the first nine being baptized at Holy Cross, Felsted, England and three born in Hingham.
 
While the Porters were raising their family in Hingham, events were happening in Connecticut. In 1637, the colony's General Court changed the name of the settlement from Dorchester to Windsor, Hartford Colony. Windsor is only eight miles north of Hartford.
 
The Porter family moved to Windsor with Rev. Ephraim Hewett about 1637. Nathaniel Porter was born in at Windsor. Hannah (Anna) Porter, their youngest child, was born in1642. It appears that John Porter's home was located near the Little River, at its junction with the Connecticut River. 
John’s father was a man of considerable wealth and died at Windsor on 21 April 1648. His mother died ten days later.  At the time of his parents' death, young John Porter 2nd was twenty-eight years old. The Porter's oldest child, Anna, had married William Gaylord on February 24, 1645. Sarah Porter had married in 1644 to Joseph Judson. In 1650 John Porter 2nd marries Mary Stanley, daughter of Thomas Stanley.
 
Thomas Stanley and his wife, Benedicta Tritton emigrated from Kentshire, England in May 1634. Their daughter, Mary Stanley, was less than a year old. Thomas, and his family, came to New England with his brothers, Timothy and John Stanley. John Stanley died at sea in April 1634 while enroute. Thomas adopted John's son and Timothy adopted John’s daughter. The Stanley family settled first at Lynn, Mass. where Thomas was chosen as a Constable and Deputy to the General Court in 1635. He was not just a proprietor but one of the 25 "adventurers" who came with Rev. Hooker to settle in Hartford.
 
In June 1636, the Stanley’s moved to Hartford, CT, where Thomas was assigned two 40-acre parcels near the Little River. Thomas Stanley was a juryman in 1639 and again in 1643. He was a Constable in the Hartford Colony during 1644, 1647 and 1653. It was during this time that John Porter 2nd met Mary Stanley.
In 1650 John Porter 2nd married the young lass, Mary Stanley, at Hadley, Mass. Mary was about eight-teen years old and John was thirty. It is unclear why the marriage was in Hadley; however Thomas Stanley and his family moved to Hadley in 1659.  After their marriage, John Porter 2nd and his wife, Mary, settled in Windsor, CT.  They had twelve children between 1651 and 1675. Their first child, John Porter 3rd was born 3 January 1651. John Porter and Mary Porter's second child, and first daughter, Mary was born on 17 July 1653, and will marry in 1673 to Joseph Phelps. John and Mary Porter's third child, Sarah, was born on 5 September 1655. James was born on 22 December 1657. Nathaniel was born on 20 April 1660.
 
John and Mary Porter's sixth child, Hannah, was born on 1 January 1663. Hannah was named after her father's youngest sister. Mary joined the church at Windsor on 10 May 1663 and had six of her children baptized at the same time. Aunt Hannah Porter married in 1663 to John Coleman, who was killed by Indians on 20 September 1677. Samuel was born on 5 March 1665. John and Mary Porter's eighth child, Rebecca, was born on 8 March 1667. John Porter was named as a deputy to the General Court in 1668. Ester was born on 1669. John Porter 3nd married Johanna Gaylord in 1669
 
John and Mary Porter had more children after young John's wedding: Ruth was born in 1671. Hezekiah Porter was born in 1673. John and Mary Porter's twelfth child, Joseph was born at Windsor in 1675.
 
Mary (Stanley) Porter died in 1688; their youngest child was thirteen years old while John 3rd was thirty-seven.
John Porter 2nd died January 1699.

John Porter 3rd  1651 -

John Porter 3rd  was born 3 January 1651 to John Porter and Mary (Stanley) Porter.
 
By the time young John Porter 3nd married Johanna Gaylord in 1669, he had five younger sisters and three younger brothers. Young John Porter and Johanna Gaylord were married on 16 December 1669. Johanna was only sixteen and John was only eighteen years old.
 
Walter and Mary (Stebbins) Gaylord had five children. Johanna was born in 1653. Life at Windsor was great for the Gaylords until 1657. Walter's mother, Ann Gaylord died at Windsor on 20 June 1657. Walter's youngest child, Isaac was born the next day. Walter's wife, Mary, died at Windsor on 29 June 1657 just eight days after Isaac was born. Walter was now a widower with five young children. Walter Gaylord remarried Sarah Rockwell on 22 March 1658, Walter and Sarah Gaylord had three children together. Sarah Rockwell Gaylord died at Windsor in 1683. Walter Gaylord died, at Windsor, on 9 August 1689.
 
John and Mary Porter had more children after young John's wedding: Ruth was born in 1671. Hezekiah Porter was born in 1673. John and Mary Porter's twelfth child, Joseph was born at Windsor in 1675. Grandparents and children were having babies at the same time!
 
John 3rd and Johanna Porter had eleven children between 1670 and 1689. Their first child was born 1670. Then John, Mary, Sarah, Anna, and Daniel. David Porter was born in 1685.  Johanna gave birth to twins in 1687 and another set of twins in 1689.
 
By 1700 the Porter older children were grown. Only Daniel, David and the two sets of twins remained at home. Daniel was nineteen; David Porter was fifteen. Isaac and Martha were thirteen. Lydia and Esther were eleven. In 1707 both Daniel and David got married.

David Porter  1685 –

John 3rd and Johanna Porter had eleven children between 1671 and 1689. Their first child was born 1671. David Porter was born in 1685. His mother gave birth to twins in 1687 and another set of twins in 1689. David had several older siblings that were all married by 1700.
 
On 3 January 1707 David Porter married Anna Phelps, who was born on 2 October 1686 to Capt. Timothy Phelps and Mary (Griswold) Phelps. The Phelps also lived in Windsor CT.  Anna Phelps was second to youngest of twelve children. Anna's mother had died in 1700; her father remained at Windsor with the unmarried children. By 1707 only three daughters were unmarried; the youngest being nineteen. Anna's father, at the age of sixty-eight, went on expedition to the Great Falls after Anna and David's wedding. In 1709 Capt. Timothy Phelps served under Col. William Whiting and Capt. Mathew Allyn in the Queen Anne War.
 
David Porter was one of the first settlers at Hebron, Tolland County CT. Hebron is twenty-miles northeast of New Haven. Hebron will become the homestead for many generations of "Porter" families as well the "Strong" and "Beach" families. David and Anna Porter lived in Hebron and had eight children. Their first child, David, was born on 13 September 1708, and Anna was born on 25 September 1710. Jerusha was born on 15 September 1712, and John was born on 18 September 1714. Tabitha was born on 11 November 1716. Pelatiah was born on 30 May 1719. Increase Porter was born on 18 February 1722. Lydia was born in November 1724. 
The Town of Hebron is located in east central Connecticut, founded on lands willed by descendants of the Mohegan Sachem Uncas Indians to settlers consequently called the Saybrook legatees. The area did not become settled until 1704 when William Shipman of Saybrook and Timoth Phelps of Windsor arrived. The town was incorporated and named in 1708, although boundary disputes continued until 1738. In 1786 the town was transferred from Hartford to Tolland County.

Increase Porter  1722 - 1788

Increase Porter was born on 18 February 1722 at Hebron, CT to David and Anna (Phelps) Porter.  David Porter was one of the first settlers at Tolland County ,CT.  Hebron is twenty-miles northeast of New Haven. Anna (Phelps) Porter’s father was Timothe Phelps, mentioned above.
 
Increase grew up in Hebron with his three older brothers [David, John and Pelatiah], his three older sisters [Anna, Jerusha and Tabitha] and younger sister [Lydia]. The children were all born every two years between 1708 and 1724.
 
Increase Porter married in 1750 to Mary Niles, who was born in 1728. Mary was the only child of Increase Niles Jr. and Sarah (Littlefield) Niles. The Niles were early settlers of Braintree Mass. Increase Nile Jr.'s grandfather, John Niles, was a weaver in Wales and came to America aboard the ship "Speedwell" and arrived at Dorchester Mass. in September 1634, where he was granted land. John Niles was at Braintree in 1636 and was a Freeman there on 26 May 1647. Increase Niles was born at Braintree on 16 December 1646. Increase Niles Jr. was born in 1681 and grew up in Braintree with his older brother (John), younger brother (Ebenezer) and younger sister (Mary). Increase Niles Sr.  died on 11 May 1751 or 12 May 1752. Her mother remarried to Noal Hayward.
 
Increase and Mary Porter had eight children. Their first child, Increase Porter Jr. was born on 26 February 1751. Abigail was born in 1753. Aaron was born in 1755 and Mary was born in 1757. Next came Anna, Lydia and David born in 1759, 1761 and 1763. Clarinda was born on 31 May 1765. Increase Jr. was fourteen years old when his youngest sister was born. His mother, Mary Porter, died on 4 June 1765, four days after bearing her eighth child, Clarinda, who died two months later.. Most websites claim Mary died 1764 and her youngest child was born in 1765.
 
1766 Increase remarried Abigail Kellogg 9 Aug 1766. They had son Asahel, born  22 Sep 1767
 
Increase's mother, Anna (Phelps) Porter, died at Hebron on 24 January 1767.
His step-mother, Abigail (Kellogg) Porter died in 1798
 
Increase Porter Sr. was a Private from Connecticut during the Revolutionary War; he would have been over fifty years old at the time of the revolution. Increase Porter Sr. died on 8 June 1788.

Increase Porter Jr.  1751 -

Increase Porter Jr. was born on 26 February 1751 at Hebron CT to Increase and Mary (Niles) Porter. This is the third generation of Porters to live at Hebron, Tolland County CT.  Hebron is twenty-miles northeast of New Haven.
 
 
Increase Porter Jr. married Lydia Woodworth on 1 March 1773. He was twenty-two at the time. Lydia Woodworth was born at Lebanon, CT, in 1751. Increase's sister, Abigail Porter, married Levi Washbourne in 1775. The Washbornes are also ancestors and were early settlers of Stamford CT and Hempstead LI. William Washbourne came from England before 1644. His daughter, Agnes Washbourne, married Robert Jackson in 1644 at Hempstead.
 
Little Lydia Porter was born on March 1776; Aaron was born in 1778. Next came Bela Porter who was born in 1782. Then came Asahel, Clarinda, and Amelia. Increase's father died 8 June 1788 before his granddaughter, Harriet, was born.
 
Lydia (Woodworth) Porter died on 14 March 1792 leaving Increase Porter Jr. a widower with eight children. The oldest child was eighteen and the youngest was about two. Lucy probably took care of her younger brothers and sisters until she married. Life sure repeats itself. Increase Porter Jr's father was also left a widower with eight children.
 
In 1798 Increase's oldest child, Lucy, married Thomas Tarbox. At that time Lydia was twenty and Bela was sixteen. However Lydia did not stay home either! Lydia Porter was married at Hebron, CT, on 1 June 1798 (or January) to John Beach. He was born 30 January 1773 to Capt. Elisha Beach and Desire Taylor of Hebron.
 
 
This left the boys, Aaron and Bela, to take care of the younger children. Bela stayed home until the age of twenty-three. In 1805 both Bela and Clarinda were married. This left Increase Porter Jr. with only the two youngest children: Amelia was seventeen and Harriet was fifteen. Increase Porter Jr. lived until 1838.
 
 
 

Bela Porter  1782 - 1818   Emily Porter  1806 - 1895

The Porters lived at Hebron CT. Bela Porter was one of nine children born to Increase Porte Jr and Lydia Woodworth Porter. Their first child, Lucy, was born on 20 February 1774. Two years later a baby boy, Benjamin, was born but died young. Little Lydia Porter was born on March 1776; Aaron was born in 1778.  Next came Bela Porter who was born in 1782. Then came Asahel, Clarinda, Amelia.and Harriet. Lydia and Bela were very close

Bela’s mother, Lydia (Woodworth) Porter died on 14 March 1792 leaving his father a widower with eight children. The oldest child was eighteen and the youngest was about two. Lucy probably took care of her younger brothers and sisters until she married.
This left the boys, Aaron and Bela, to take care of the younger children. Bela stayed home until the age of twenty-three. In 1805 both Bela and Clarinda were married. This left Increase Porter Jr. with only the two youngest children: Amelia was seventeen and Harriet was fifteen. Increase Porter Jr. lived until 1838.

Lydia Porter married John Beach in 1798 and lived at Hebron. They had four children. Their first child was named Nelson John Beach; he was born at Hebron on 20 September 1800.

In 1805 Bela Porter married Mary "Polly" Strong. Mary "Polly" Strong. The Strong family lived on the family farm in Hebron  Like Bela's sister’s wedding, it was well attended by Strong, Porter and Beach families. Lydia (Porter) and John Beach brought their three young children. Maybe Bela's five year old nephew, Nelson Beach, was ring bearer and his three year old niece was flower girl.
Mary and Bela Porter lived at Hebron and raised their six children: William, Emily, Benjamin, Cephas, Bela Jr. and Mary. Emily Porter was born in 1806. . Bela Porter died Nov. 11, 1818.

Mary and Bela Porter lived at Hebron and raised their six children: William, Emily, Benjamin, Cephas, Bela Jr. and Mary. Emily Porter was born in 1806.
Emily Porter was born in 1806. Mary and Bela Porter lived at Hebron and raised their six children: William, Emily, Benjamin, Cephas, Bela Jr. and Mary. Emily Porter was educated in private schools, mainly in the select school of Catharine Beecher, in Hartford, Conn. When eighteen years of age, in 1824, she became the first preceptress (headmistress) of Lowville Academy, which position she held until her marriage to Nelson Beach in 1829.
 
Yes, she married her cousin. The ceremony being performed by Rev. Isaac Clinton, first principal of Lowville Academy. Like Bela's sister’s wedding, it was well attended by Strong, Porter and Beach families. Lydia (Porter) and John Beach brought their three young children. Maybe Bela's five year old nephew, Nelson Beach, was ring bearer and his three year old niece was flower girl.
 
As a teacher, Miss Porter ranked among the first, and the reputation she gained during the years of a teacher's experience extended through all her life, and the interest she felt in education never abated, even in the declining years of old age.
 
Emily Porter Beach died Oct. 25, 1895, aged eighty-nine years.
Her children:

Lowville Academy

Amelia S., born Sept. 3, 1830.
George Byron, mentioned below.
Josephine, July 8, 1834.
Mary Porter, Feb. 12, 1837.
Lydia Ann, August, 1838; died in infancy.
Henry Harrison, September, 1840.
Anna Lydia, Sept. 9, 1842.
Henrietta, March 2, 1845.
George Byron, son of Nelson J. and Emily (Porter) Beach, was born in Watson, Lewis county, N.Y., April 2, 1832, died July 27, 1870. He was educated in the public schools and Lowville Academy. He studied civil engineering in an office in Boonville, Oneida county, N.Y. His first work in engineering was on a feeder at Little Falls conveying water from the Mohwak river to the Erie canal at that place. Later, in 1863, he had charge of the building of a lock and dam at Bush's Landing above Beach's Bridge. His experience in that line of work was quite extended, and was always done to the satisfaction of his employers. He was a member of the Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, attended the Presbyerian church, and in politics was a Republican.

George married, Dec. 8, 1859, Julia, daughter of Lester and Emily (Herkimer) Greene, of Danube, Herkimer county, N.Y. Julia received her early education in the public schools, later attending Little Falls Academy and Fort Plain Institute. She followed teaching for a short time in the public schools, and after the death of her husband in 1870 she resumed work as a teacher and taught public and private schools for many years, in which vocation she was very successful.

Both the Herkimer and Greene families descended from revolutionary sires. Nicholas Herkimer, the hero of the battle of Oriskany, Oneida county, N.Y., who lost his life there in 1777, was a brother of George Herkimer, father of Joseph, father of Emily Herkimer. Among the early Greenes was William, who lived in Suffolk county, Long Island, whose son Ambrose, living in the same place, was the father of John Greene, who was born April 6, 1744. He served in the revolutionary war in the Fourth Albany Company.

John Greene married Gulaelma Lester, and moved to Danube, Herkimer county, N.Y. in 1795, living there until the time of his death in 1837. Lester Greene, son of John and Gulaelma (Lester) Greene, was born in Danube, Nov. 19, 1808; married, Feb. 23, 1832, Emily Herkimer; children: Oliver, Alonzo, Horace and Julia. Julia Greene, only daughter of Lester and Emily (Herkimer) Greene, was born in Danube, July 12, 1837, died March 18, 1907; Julia Greene married, Dec. 8, 1859, George Byron Beach, son of Nelson Beach and Emily Porter Beach.
 
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
 

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