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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Judge John L. Porter, of Porter & Harris, clothiers, was born at Gettysburg, Penn., September 14, 1834. His parents came to Jefferson City, Mo., in 1839, and then to Adair County in 1853. At an early age he was employed by the Western Union Telegraph Company as foreman of a construction force that built the first line from Missouri to Fort Zwanworth, Indian Territory. While in the employ of this company he was taken prisoner by the Indians in what is now Kansas. In 1858 he read law at Kirksville, and acted as deputy circuit clerk. With the oncoming war he enlisted in Company G, Eighty-sixth Regiment Enrolled Missouri Militia, in 1862. April 30, 1864, he was made second lieutenant, and afterward was appointed provost marshal of the northeastern district of Missouri. After the war he dealt chiefly in wood, coal, ties and railroad supplies, etc., until the present firm was formed in 1887. For two years he was probate judge, and was the first real estate agent and notary public in Adair County. November 10, 1862, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Ivie, a native of Adair County, and to this union have been born two sons and five daughters, one of each sex being deceased. Two of their children have taken a complete course in the State Normal School. Mr. Porter is a Knight Templar and a Knight of Pythias. His paternal ancestry is chiefly German and Irish, while that on the mother’s side is of German and English stock. Our subject belonged to a family of six children; only half of them now survive. John B., the father, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1810, and is now one of Kirksville’s old and highly esteemed citizens, having survived his wife, Harriet Kurtz, who died in 1855. One of his sons, W. T., was a major in the Federal service.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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