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852. John Sargent PORTER279 was born on 26 April 1826.319 He died on 16 June 1876 at the age of 50.319

John said to have married Sarah Borland. The marriage record on FamilySearch, gives the date of 26 Sep 1849, Shelby Co KY; the bride was Sarah J. Bowland; her father William D. Bowland. In a census the surname was spelled Bouland.

She is said to have died, but no date given. John died 16 Jun 1876. Children listed in the Porter book as Christopher Ball Porter, died in infancy - John's sister had married a Christopher Ball - and daughters Mary Bean and Martha.

There's a daughter Martha, born March 1, 1855, shown to John Porter and Sarah nee Bowland in Shelby County, Kentucky in the Kentucky marriage records.

1850 Census. Shelby Co, KY, District No. 1, Hh 349
Hotel, perhaps run by E. B. Sam.
S. Porter, female, 23, b. KY
J. S. Porter, male, 24, Printer, b. KY
M. Bouland, female, 20, b. KY
H. T. Bouland, female, 17, b. KY
W. P. Bouland, male, 26, b. KY

I don't know if this is John, or not:
1860, Simpsonville, District 1, Shelby Co ,KY
Living with the family of H. F. Middleton, editor. Hh 699
J.F. Porter, age 35, Printer, b. KY

John S. Porter served in Co E, 21st KY Infantry, Union Army
He was 35 in 1862 . Enlisted Nov 15, 1861 at Richmond KY [Lexington crossed out] for three years - was in Capt Hobson's unit Jan 1862
Sick in the hospital at Bowling Green for a time, Fall of 1862
Otherwise present and accounted for.
At Shell Mound, Tenn. Jan 1864 - age 37, mustered out and Re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer
Continued to be present
Begin Nov-Dec 1864 & Jan-Feb 1865 - had Detached Service at HdQrs, 2d Brig, 1st Div, 4"A.C.
Mar-Apr 1865 - present with his unit
May-Jun 1865 - absent on Furlough
Jul-Aug 1865 - present with his unit
Mustered out of service at Victoria, Texas, Dec 9, 1865 - last paid in Apr 1865.  He was due $29.59.  He had Bounty coming - he had been paid $20 out of $210 due.  Originally entered service at Lexington KY, Nov 15, 1861.  He was always a private.
There is a copy of his re-enlistment documents with his own signature, front and back, pages 28 & 29 and 30 & 31.  One of these is very clear, the other blurred.  I though at first it was a retake, but they are different. One of these documents nicely solves the problem of what John did for a living, in spite of the different spellings of census enumerators. He stated his occupation as that of Printer.
Physical description was grey eyes, light hair, fair complexion, five feet, ten inches tall.


I found this in 1870. Tates Precinct, Casey Co KY, Hh 240
Saml H. Porter, age 51, carpenter, b. KY
Elizabeth 33.
Nathaniel H. age 2
Ann, age 10
John S., age 44, painter [printer]

John is buried Glenwood Cemetery, Liberty, Casey Co, KY.

John Sargent PORTER and Sarah J. BOWLAND were married on 26 September 1849 in Shelby County, Kentucky. Sarah J. BOWLAND was born in 1827 in Kentucky.