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David T. Porter

David T. Porter, deceased merchant, was born in Chambersburg, Penn., May 26, 1802, son of Washington and Rachel Porter, previously spoken of. The family removed to Butler County soon after the birth of our subject, and in 1804 settled in Mercer. Here David T. grew to manhood and was married February 24, 1824 to Nancy, daughter of William and Polly (Rambo) Findley, pioneers of Mercer County. She was born September 25, 1802 and three son, David Findley (deceased), George W. (deceased) William, and on daughter, Rachel (deceased) were the fruits of this union. The mother died September 2, 1834 and Mr. Porter was again married, October 16, 1837 to Miss Mary Satterfield, born February 5, 1808. Three children survive this marriage James S., Nancy F., and Sarah S. Mrs. Porter died February 13, 1845 and he was again married, November 16, 1845, to Ann Hazelton, of Pittsburgh, born November 16, 1816, of which union three children survive: Thomas H., Ann E., and Mary T. Our subject resided in Mercer till the spring of 1845, when he located in Sharon, and for many years was engaged in merchandising under the firm name of Carver &  Porters, the firm being C.G.Carver, T.J.Porter and David T. Porter. He and his brother subsequently carried on the mercantile business, and were also engaged in the coal trade. He was afterward connected with his sons in the mercantile line up to his death which occurred February 21, 1876. His wife survived him, and died September 22, 1883. Both were members of the United Presbyterian Church. Mr. Porter was originally a Democrat, one of the pioneer Abolitionists of Mercer County, and finally a Republican. He served several terms as county treasurer; was also associate judge of the county, and subsequently filled the office of justice of the peace in Sharon.

History of Mercer Co. PA  1888  p.749-750; Submitted by Theresa Davids

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