Gabriel McKenzie Porter

Gabriel McKenzie Porter

Male 1776 - 1842  (65 years)

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  • Name Gabriel McKenzie Porter 
    Born 17 Sep 1776  Carrollton, Carroll County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Apr 1842  Tinsman Station, Fayette County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • This is from Sheryl Kelso:

      The information for Gabriel's line comes from Phyllis Roslay, with this note attached, dated September 5, 2012:
      "I forgot that years ago that Phyllis Davidson in Ohio had sent me a lot of her research on the Porter family. It is much more reliable than the Porter book. Phyllis Davidson co-authored the book "Western Maryland Catholics", with Dick Koch."

      This information was forwarded to Michael A. McKenzie by Scott Carter Williams in August 2018:

      The name "Gabriel McKenzie Porter" appears as early as 1889 in the book entitled "Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of fayette County, Pennsylvania" by Samuel T. Wiley. The original viewed by ths writer reflects that it is in the Cornell University Library and also is available through Google Books. The page number is 396 in the electronic version and 374 in the actual book.

      He is buried in the Porter Cemetery.

      The followig information was sent to the writer, Michael A. McKenzie in August, 2018, by Alan Williams:

      To the best of my knowledge we have no document of John Porter’s (b. 1737) marriage to Nancy McKenzie, but there is the clear indication of a family interaction in the name of our 3xGreat Grandfather Gabriel McKenzie Porter. He was John (and Nancys?) fourth son. Its possible he’s named for his grandfather, or for a Porter neighbor, as the ‘old country naming traditions’ certainly broke down at some point.

      For a while we were confused by Gabriel Porter McKenzie’s residence in Allegany County and death in PA. What we learned is this: His move to PA was preceded by his son Moses (b. 1804), who moved to present day Fayette County PA, apparent home of his wife’s family, the Wades. The Wades are also related by marriage to the Lindley’s and Gabriel McKenzie Porter’s estate showed he did in fact owe end of life Doctor’s bills for services of Dr. Lutellus Lindley. One of Moses children is named for that doctor, and another child attended medical school under Dr. Lindley’s guidance.

      Tracking this, I found Moses Porter’s grave (1804-1880) in what is now an abandoned graveyard in PA, called “Owensdale” but which had locally been called the “Stickler/Porter burying ground”. Moses is one of the final burials there, and we think it’s likely that also marks Gabriel Mckenzie Porters resting place. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2234359/owensdale-cemetery

      Neither Moses, nor so far as we could find, his father Gabriel McKenzie Porter, owned slaves, although Gabe’s brother Squire Jack, did. That may have been part of the decision to move to PA, we cannot know for certain.

      From what I’ve gleaned in other emails this past few days, a number of McKenzie’s (including Catherine Winters husband Jesse) seem to be recorded as PA birth. My brother, Scott Williams, is far advanced in understanding the Porter brothers movements back and forth across the MD/PA border, which will hopefully help us narrow down the point at which the two families ‘hooked up’, whether at Hobsons, McKenzie’s Discovery, or some later point.

      Alan

      Alan Williams sent the following to the writer, Michael A. McKenzie in August 2018. The subject deals with Gabriel McKenzie Porter's middle name and whether there were/are any source documents which corroborate the "McKenzie" portion of the name.

      Alan wrote:

      In all Instances of documents included in Gabriel Porter’s probate, he is given either as G.M. Porter or Gabriel M. Porter. The only instances I recall of him without his middle initial are listings in census. For whatever reason, the “M” seems to be important to his name! And to the best of my knowledge, we had no other Gabriel Porters around the landscape for him to distinguish himself from.

      Scott Williams sent the followig to the writer, Michael A. McKenzie concerning the same subject also in August 2018:

      See attached reprint from an 1889 book of Biographical Sketches of Fayette County PA. He is the only one of John Porter Jr's children to have a middle name in SDP's book and it is "McKenzie".

      Here is the link:

      Biographical and portrait cyclopedia of Fayette County, Pennsylvania

      Biographical and portrait cyclopedia of Fayette County, Pennsylvania

      Writer's note: this book states at the beginning that it is located in the library at Cornell University. Scott obtained it via Google Books and sent it to the writer.

      Per Nathan Williams September, 2018:

      To the question of Gabriel McKenzie Porter, I found two things in Western Maryland Catholics by Koch and Davidson. Number 1 is a reference to a person in the book called "Kenzie Porter" who sponsored the baptism of Josiah [Price] McKenzie, son of Moses and Margaret McKenzie in 1828. P. 89. The authors of the book amended the record to read as follows [Gabriel Mc]Kenzie Porter. I would consider this (as well as the communion record captured below) as record primary source evidence that Gabe Porter's middle name was McKenzie.

      Gabriel McKenzie Porter only appears in the church records twice. Once is the first communion record, the other is sponsoring the baptism listed above. His marriage record to Rebecca Frost by Father Galitzen is included as well, that date is recorded as May 10, 1797.
    Person ID I00655  McKenzie Genealogy
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2021 

    Father John Thomas Jr. Porter,   b. 1737, Carrollton, Carroll County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1810, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Nancy Ann McKenzie,   b. Hopson's Choice, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1789, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1767  Carroll County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00106  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebecca Frost,   b. 1774, Frostburg, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1813, Eckhart, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 11 May 1797  Mt. Savage, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jane Porter,   b. 1797, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1826, Danville, Knox County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)  [natural]
     2. Josiah M. Porter,   b. 1 Oct 1799, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1880, Claysville, Allegany County. Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
     3. Margaret Agnes Porter,   b. 10 Jan 1804, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1890, Cresaptown, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     4. Moses Porter,   b. 10 Jan 1804, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1880, Fayette County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
     5. John G. Porter,   b. 1805,   d. UNKNOWN  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2021 
    Family ID F00383  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Cyclopedia of Fayette County Biographies
    Cyclopedia of Fayette County Biographies
    This document provides a good synopsis of this family's line. Since it is a secondary source, the author cannot guarantee its accuracy.
    News Article - Porter Family
    News Article - Porter Family
    Letter to Orphan's Court - Gabriel M. Porter
    Letter to Orphan's Court - Gabriel M. Porter
    List of Attendees for Easter Services May 31, 1821
    List of Attendees for Easter Services May 31, 1821
    This document (which appears to have been taken from a primary source) is one of the first documents which demonstrates that Gabriel McKenzie Porter's middle name was, in fact, "McKenzie".

    Citation: "Western Maryland Catholics 1819-1851", Complied by Richard T. Koch and Phyllis T. Davidson, 1998; Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc, pg 8.

    (FC) indicates First Communion.
    The Old Pike Post - The Porter Family in Maryland
    The Old Pike Post - The Porter Family in Maryland
    This Pike Post was published in December 1999. On the last page it states that the information contained within it was compiled by Samuel Doak Porter's A Genealogy of the Porter Family of Maryland, West Virginia and Michigan and J. Marshall Porter's Sketches & Stories of Some Maryland Porters
    Deed Record Gabriel McKinsey Porter Page 1
    Deed Record Gabriel McKinsey Porter Page 1
    ALLEGANY COUNTY COURT (Land Records) F. 0385-0386; MSA CE77 6
    On page 2 of this document appears the full name of Gabriel: Gabriel McKinsey Porter. This may be the only original source document that reflects his full name.
    Deed Record Gabriel McKinsey Porter Page 2
    Deed Record Gabriel McKinsey Porter Page 2
    ALLEGANY COUNTY COURT (Land Records) F. 0385-0386; MSA CE77 6
    On page 2 of this document appears the full name of Gabriel: Gabriel McKinsey Porter. This may be the only original source document that reflects his full name.


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