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 Porter Family
Contributed by Dr Carol Hodes

Porter family notes
My Grandparents were George Albert Price and Pearl Pricilla Porter Price (b 1888-d 1960).
Great Grandparents, Pearl's parents: Anna Ellen (Annie) Brandt Porter (d 1925) and Charles Franklin Porter (d 1888?). I can't locate Charles Franklin's burial-the Chas Evans plot in Reading PA was not owned then.
Great-Great Grandparents, Charles' parents, were Calvin (1814-1861) and Thankful Weeks Porter (1818-1857) of central Massachusetts. They had 8 children, gr-gr grandfather Calvin was killed in the civil war and I have a letter he wrote to the children shortly before he was shot. Legend has it that he was shot while camped on the banks of the Potomac and he was one of several bodies that fell into the river and were never recovered.
Calvin's parents were Asa Porter (1779-1855) married to his 2nd wife, Eunice Dimock. They had 3 sons. After our great-great-great-grandfather Asa Porter, the genealogy gets fuzzy-Asa, Asahel and Asabel are all common names, as was Porter. The Weeks family is better documented than the Porters.
Family records state that we are descended from John Porter of Weymouth, England who sailed on March 20, 1635. He settled in Salem (now Danvers) MA in 1640, had 8 children. He was a farmer. He died Sept 6, 1676 at age 80.
We are trying to connect John Porter to an Asahel Porter who is listed on the Minuteman Memorial on the Lexington Green in Lexington MA. The family legend always says we are descendants of this Asahel Porter, but there is no concrete evidence. This link gives information Again, I have a great-great-great-grandfather Asa Porter (Calvin's father) but things are fuzzy in the generations between Asahel and Asa.
Also, is there any connection to an Alexander S Porter, a prominent real estate developer in Boston during the last half of the 19th century with an office at 27 State St. ? I found a note saying that James Roosevelt bought his home on Campobello Island from Alexander Porter, who was one of the businessmen from Boston who developed the island. Also there was reference to a George M Porter, esq, who was involved, possibly Alexander's son. Another son was an Alexander S Porter, Jr. This was a very prominent family in Boston. I need to connect them to Asa and Eunice Porter.

It would be great to connect all this to John Porter of Weymouth.
Porter and Campobello Island.

In June, 1881, the island was purchased by a few New York and Boston gentlemen, who organized the Campobello Company, with a capital of one million dollars. The organization of the company is as follows:
Incorporators. - Quincy A. Shaw, Henry L. Higginson, Francis B. Beaumont, Alexander S. Porter, Edward C. Pike.
President. - Samuel Wells.
Treasurer. - Francis B. Beaumont.
General Manager. - Alexander S. Porter.
Directors. - Samuel Wells of Boston, Francis B. Beaumont of Boston, George A. Goddard of Boston, Alexander S. Porter of Boston, Edward E. Chase of New York.

The roads, for the most part, are smooth and pleasant. More than thirty miles have been built;' and the drives in every direction are delightful. Since the year 1767 to the present time the property has been in the hands of an English family. It has been treated as an English estate, the land being leased to tenants, chiefly fishermen and farmers, who have built their own dwellings, and pay a ground-rent annually. There are about thirteen hundred tenants, most of them industrious and thrifty.

As soon as the property was acquired, a new hotel called*' The Owen " was built; and, though hot opened till the latter part of August.
Alexander Porter (top of steps at right?) with guests at the Tyn-y Coed, one of several resort hotels built in the 1880's on Campobello Island. The carriage once belonged to Admiral William Owen, whose family occupied the Island as a feudal estate for over a hundred years. It is now on display at the Campobello Museum, along with many other key Island artifacts.
Alex. S. Porter's had a real estate office (at least from mid-1850-1882) in the Brazer Building on 27 State St in Boston. A plaque above the State Street entrance to the Second Brazer Building marks the site as the location of Boston's first meeting house, a thatched roof structure which stood there from 1632-1640. Quaker Lane, which borders the building on its south and east facades, is a remnant of the city's colonial street pattern. Isaiah Rogers, a prominent Boston architect, designed a three-story granite commercial building for this site in 1842. Known as Brazer's Building, this was a restrained Greek Revival/Boston Granite structure replaced by the present building. The (first) Brazer's Building contained offices of insurance companies, lawyers, and real estate agents. Alexander S. Porter, identified with real estate deals of great magnitude, had offices there.

John Brazer of Boston acquired land here in the 1820's from several heirs of Thomas Dawes. He was listed in City Directories of the 1820's as "merchant, 13 Franklin St." After Brazer's death, the property passed to his daughter Sarah L. (wife of John Brooks). The property was transferred to subsequent
Brazer heirs, including the next generation, John Brazer Brooks and Alice Brazer Norris (nee Brooks).
The Brazer Building Trust was formed in May of 1896 for the purpose of purchasing the old Brazer building, erecting and managing a new building. Total capital was $625,000 represented by 6,250 shares at $100 each. Trustees were Thomas H. Russell of Boston, Moses Williams of Brookline, and Arthur H. Russell of Winchester. Initial subscribers included the Municipal Real Estate Trust (Trustees Samuel Wells, James M. Codman, Jr.; Henry Parkman, Moses Williams) ($250,000); Sadie L. Brooks ($5,000); Fannie E. Russell ($500); Alice L. Mathews ($7500); Arthur H. Russell as guardian of Louis de Relgram Cole ($1,000); Alex S. Porter ($1,000); Alice Brazer Norris of Milwaukee
(Thomas H. Russell as Trustee) ($200,000).

In Boston newspaper? James Thompson Bixby {William, Thomas, Thomas, Daniel,
Joseph), born 10 Sept., 1784, at Litchfield, N. H.; died 17 Oct.,
1847, at St. Stephens, N. B.;- married there 4 Sept., 1814, Eliza-
beth Anne Porter, born 17 March, 1796, at St. Stephens, died
there 25 Dec, 1880, daughter of Joseph and Betsy (Marks) Porter. ^

James T. Bixby settled in St. Stephens, where he was a merchant.
Children, born at St. Stephens:

1 Charlotte Ann Porter, born 27 April, 1818; died 9 April, 1893, at
St. Stephens; married there 8 Feb., 1857, John Marks, born there 3
Aug., 1817, died there 9 July, 1896, son of Col. Nehemiah and Sarah
(Thompson) Marks. No issue.

2 WiLLUM Joseph, born 19 April, 1821; died 22 July, 1845, at St. Stephens.

3 Sarah Ann, born 26 May, 1823; died 12 Sept., 1879, at St. Stephens,

1 Francestown records.

" Information of Miss Annie W. Bixby (12366.16-4).

Is this Alexander's son-Alex Jr's grave?
Birth: Feb. 6, 1873
Death: Mar. 19, 1934

Family links:
Elizabeth B Porter (1836 - 1863)*

*Calculated relationship
Alexander S Porter Jr
Feb 6, 1873 - March 19, 1934
Warm Summer Sun
Blows Surely Here
Green Sod Above
Lie Lightly Lie Light
Gone Night Dear Heart
Elizabeth B Porter
Oct 15, 1836
Jan 30, 1863

Burial: Mount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Walnut Ave., Tulip Path, Lot 1912

Created by: Leilani. Record added: Jun 08, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 131060867

Calvin Porter Civil War Letter during time in Harvard regiment
The letter below was written in 1861 or 1862 by Calvin Porter who served in Company D of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, also known as the Harvard Regiment, during the civil war (source is p 472 of George A Bruce's "The twentieth regiment of Massachusetts volunteer infantry, 1861-1865" published in 1906, also
The letter was written to his two sons, Charles and Roscoe (Russell) among the eldest of 8 children, from "behind enemy lines northwest of Washington DC" while encamped along the Potomac River. Calvin was killed in the Battle of Balls Bluff, which is well documented although he is not mentioned by name; it is written that some of the men were hit and fell into the river, never to be recovered or properly buried. The original letter is very fragile, and I may have only part of it, but the body of is transcribed here:
. . .a few lines to let you know where I am and that I am well and hope this will find you the same. We are having very easy times now but expect to have some fun very soon. Think that I shall be at home next ? to make a visit but cannot tell yet. You must be a good boy. Go and see Harriet and the rest of the children as often as you can be of you. Ask you do the best you can and all will be well. i have not got my money yet but should have some soon. Then if you want that dollar I can send it to you. you had better not get a pistol yet. When I come home, I will fetch you a good one.
Calvin was born Oct 22, 1814 in Norwich MA, joined the Massachusetts volunteer infantry on August 26, 1861, and was killed on the banks of the Potomac on Oct 21, 1862 at Balls Bluff. I think the letter was written in 1861 because he mentions not having been paid yet. Calvin 's wife was Thankful (maiden name Weeks born 8-10-1818 in Norwich MA) and their 8 children were (birth location/birthdate):
Harriet Thankful, b Norwich MA, 2-4-1838
Calvin Roscoe (Russel), b Westhampton, MA, 3-30-1840
Mary Jane, b Norwich, MA, 4-30-1842
Judith Vinera, b Norwich, MA, 2-19-1846
Chas Franklin, b Norwich, MA 8-5-1847 - d 10-19-1888 in Harrisburg, PA. (he marries Anna Ellen (Annie) Brandt Porter (d 1925) - these are my Grammy Price's parents)
Eunice, b Norwich, MA, 1-24-1850
Evelyn Marion, b Huntington, MA, 9-20-1853 (one source of this information was her memoir)
Joseph Wellington, b Huntington, MA, 2-3-1857 (Thankful, his mother died shortly after)

The mystery remains why a widowed man of his age with 8 children at home would leave them to fight so far away? Later records show that orphaned sons Calvin and Charles came to the Dauphin-Lebanon County area of PA and settled there, which is when the family came from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania. I think Charles is buried somewhere near Harrisburg, but I have yet to locate the site.

Weeks Family
Contributed by Dr Carol Hodes

Hezekiah Weeks' (my 4th great grandfather?) was the grandfather of great-great grandma Thankful Weeks who was wife of Calvin Porter. Calvin died in Oct 1862 shot by confederates on the bank of the Potomac at the Battle of Ball's Bluff during the civil war. I have a very fragile handwritten letter from Calvin to his eldest sons (Charles Frederick (my gr grandfather) and Roscoe (Russell)) dated 1861. They had 8 children and last child of Calvin & Thankful was Joseph Wellington Porter born Feb 3, 1857, the date of his mother's death (although some sources say Thankful's death & funeral were not until May).
Hezekiah Weeks was born about 1738 in Dorchester, MA. Married Ruth Cole in Kingston, MA Mar 31 1763. Served briefly in the Revolutionary War under Capt. Daniel Pomeroy. Had at least 8 children. Was originally buried in Indian Hollow Cemetery which was desecrated to make way for the Knightville Dam and Resevoir area. Tombstones and a shovel of dirt from each grave were reinterred in Norwich Bridge Cemetery. He died Apr. 22, 1819 in Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA. Is the Indian Hollow Cemetery a native American cemetery?? This article sheds some light-the 3rd paragraph gives a picture of life in that time where native and colonists lived closely also toward the end there is a quote from a Theodore Weeks (I googled him and there is a history professor by this name).

Hezekiah's wife: Ruth (Cole) Weeks - married March 31, 1763 in Kingston, MA. I was able to find reference to a Cole cemetery: and this about her parents: and

Hezekiah was father of Samuel Weeks, William Weeks, Cynthia Mary Weeks, Ruth Weeks, Lemuel Weeks, Barber Weeks, Ebenezer Weeks and Eunice Weeks.

Some of Hezekiah's Children dates:
Samuel Weeks (1764 - 1843)*
Lemuel (born May 21 1777, died Dec 1 1850) who married Judith Ford; and his son was also Lemuel ? (1841-1916). I think Thankful's parents were Lemuel and Judith. I read that Thankful's grandfather Ford fought in the revolutionary war.

Hezekiah was son of William C Weeks (Mar 23 1688- before 1755) and Mary Uln (born 1690)
Brother of Mary Weeks, Martha Weeks, Subbiah Weeks, Elizabeth Weeks (possibly the 3rd wife of Joshua Hemenway of Roxbury MA) and Lemuel Weeks

Hezekiah's Grandchildren: son Lemuel's daughter was Elizabeth Weeks born May 16 1802 and died Jan 1, 1852; she married Eben Knight.
Hezekiah Weeks' grandparents were John Weeks (23 Feb 1652-aug 7, 1730 of Dorchester MA) and Sarah Hammond (born 1655).
Hezekiah Weeks' great grandparents were William Weeks (1628- 13 Dec 1677 of Salcombe Regis, Devon England-not Massachusetts colony?) and his wife Elizabeth Atherton (28 Sep 1628 - 15 May 1678 Winwick, Lancashire, England) And Francis Hammond and his wife Sarah (she was born circa 1629 - 29 Sep 1705 Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts).
Hezekiah Weeks' great great grandparents were George Weeks (born Feb 23, 1600- d 27 Oct 1659) who married Jane Clapp (1604-aug 2 1668) and Humphrey Atherton (16-7- Sep 16 1661) and his wife Mary Wales (30 Apr 1613 - 17 Aug 1672). And his maternal great-greats were William Hammond (Oct 10 1575-Oct 8 1662) and his wife Elizabeth Paine (Sep 11 1586-Sep 14 1676). Original location for this family was Devon-Devonshire England.
Family documents say that George (and Jane?) Weeks came to America from England in 1629 and settled in Massachusetts in 1635, which is a date I had also heard from my late mother.


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