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1 Phillip Porter

Phillip Porter, brother of Thomas Porter, was born October 8, 1783 (or October 8, 1784) in Massachusetts and died September 19, 1845 in Truro Township, Knox County, Illinois.

In the year 1804, in Onandaga County, New York, he married Nancy Cadwell.  She was born August 3, 1784 in Massachusetts, and died October 16, 1843 in Truro Township, Knox County, Illinois.

Children of Phillip Porter and his wife Nancy Cadwell are:

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In 1840, the Cadwells and Porters moved to Knox County Illinois.  Following are land purchase records from the Illinois State Archives:

 

John Cadwell, November 1, 1841, Lot NESE, Section 10, Township 11N, Range 04E, Mer. 4.

John Cadwell, November 1, 1841, Lot NWSW, Section 11, Township 11N, Range 04E, Mer. 4.

Phillip Porter, November 1, 1841, Lot E2SW, Section 11, Township 11N, Range 04E, Mer. 4.

The government issued federal patents on this land on March 10, 1843.

John Cadwell, November 1, 1841, Lot SWSW, Section 11, Township 11N, Range 04E, Mer. 4.

The government issued federal patent on this land on July 1, 1852.

These were NOT military bounty land patents, but were original purchases of land.

(Source: Illinois Public Domain Land Sales Database and US Bureau of Land Management.)

 

John P. Cadwell and John P. Cadwell, Jr. arrived in Knox County in 1840.   John P. Cadwell was born January 06, 1806 in New Hartford, Connecticut, and moved to Pennsylvania, and then to Knox County, where he became a farmer in Altona.  He died March 31, 1880 in Altona, Walnut Grove Twp, Illinois, and is buried at the Cadwell Family Cemetery.   John P. Cadwell, Jr., was recorded as having been born in Pennsylvania, and had moved from Erie County, Pennsylvania to Knox County, where he became a farmer in Section 11, Truro Township.  Click here for more information.

Satellite image from Google Earth.

Below are the tombstones of Phillip Porter and his wife Nancy Cadwell Porter, in the Cadwell Family Cemetery.  “The cemetery is located in Truro Township, Knox County, Illinois, west of center of Section 11. Go north on Highway 180, turn left on Knox Road 1650N. This small, neglected cemetery sits on a little knoll near the creek.” (per Janine Crandell)
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This cemetery was created by John Cadwell and preserved as provided for in his will.

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Nancy Cadwell Porter died October 16, 1843, age 59 years 2 months 13 days.
Therefore, she was born August 3, 1784.

Phillip Porter died September 19, 1845, age 61 years 11 months 11 days.
Therefore, he was born October 8, 1783.

This information suggests that Phillip and Thomas were brothers, since Phillip was born about 6 years after Thomas.

 

Upon the death of Phillip Porter in 1845, John and George Cadwell were executors of the estate.  Click here for more information.  Just five years later, Thomas Porter and his family were living in the same township.

 

Credit and our thanks go to Janine Crandell and her work at
http://www.iltrails.org/knox for this info and photos from the cemetery seen below.

Photos Copyright Janine Crandell

In the 1850 Census is listed George Caldwell as having occupation: “Cooper” (same as Thomas Porter… were they business partners?).  George and his wife, Sally Maria Porter (daughter of Phillip Porter), were married September 20, 1825 in Onandaga Co., New York.

Land Plat from Illinois State Archives.

Lot E2SW, Section 11, Township 11N, Range 04E, Meridian 4, (Truro Township, Knox County)  Illinois.

Image above from page 49 of the 1830 Census in Onondaga Township, Onondaga County, New York.  George and Justus Cadwell apparently lived next door to each other.

 

Sally Marie Porter married George Cadwell on September 20, 1825 in Onondaga County, New York.  George was born July 5, 1805 in Farmington, Hartford, CT, and died January 9, 1880 in Farragut, Fisher Township, Freemont County, Iowa, and is buried in the Farragut Cemetery.  Sally and George Cadwell children:  Nancy R (1827), George Willis (1829), Edwin Rufus (1831), Phillip Porter (1833), Sylvanus Clark (1835), John Wesley (1837), Edward Justus (1839), Maria Salina (1841), Maria Emily (1843), Oliver Orin (1847), Ellen Florence (1849), & Ruth Mae (1852).

 

Mary Emily Porter (daughter of Phillip) married John P. Cadwell on January 14, 1830 in Onandaga County, New York.  John was born January 6, 1806 in Farmington, Hartford, CT, and died March 31, 1880 in Altona, Walnut Grove Twp., Knox County, Illinois.  He was buried at the Cadwell Cemetery, Knox County, IL.

 

George Cadwell and John P. Cadwell were brothers, sons of Justus Cadwell and Sarah Pettibone.

 

Genealogy studies by other families add information to this story with previous information.  Following from the Seward Family:

Levi Seward b. 27 Aug 1817, Binghampton, Chenango, Broome Co., NY, Tax Collector in 1853, m. 17 Nov 1844 in Truro Twp., Knox Co., IL, Nancy R. Cadwell, b 14 Jul 1827, Onandaga Co., NY, (daughter of George Cadwell and Sally Maria Porter) d. 04 Oct 1917, Blanchard, Page Co., IA, bur: Blanchard, Page Co., IA.  Levi died 29 Aug 1903, Blanchard, Page Co., IA, bur: Blanchard Cemetery, Page Co., IA, res. Truro Twp., Knox Co., IL; Abingdon, IL.

(Levi Seward owned the land originally purchased by Phillip Porter by 1861, as seen in the map below .)

 

This places George Cadwell and Sally Maria Porter in Onandaga County, New York on July 14, 1827 (confirmed by 1830 census seen above).

 

A younger brother of Levi Seward:

Samuel Sylvester Seward b. 28 Sep 1826, Broome Co., NY, Civil War Veteran, Farmer, m. 1847, in Knox Co., IL, Sarah Ann Cadwell, b. ca 1830, PA, (daughter of John Cadwell and Mary Porter) had 11 children, d. bef. 1902, Knox Co., IL. Samuel died 16 Apr 1902, Truro Twp., Knox Co., IL, res. Broome Co., NY; Truro Twp., Knox Co., IL.

Samuel Seward purchased land at Lot11NESW, Sec. 16, 11N, 4E, Knox, 40 acres @ $1.25/acre on September 12, 1849, and Lot6SENW, Sec. 16, 11N, 4E, Knox, 40 acres @ $1/acre on July 25, 1850.

 

The birth of Sarah Ann places John Cadwell and Mary Porter in Pennsylvania in about 1830, suggesting they left Onandaga County shortly after they were married.

 

The image below is from page 15 of the 1840 Census taken in Harbor Creek, Erie County, Pennsylvania. 

The image below is from page 43 of the 1830 Census taken in Onondaga Township, Onondaga County, New York (near Syracuse). 

The numbers to the right of the name indicate the number of people living in their household by age.

Thomas Porter - 1 male between 5-10 years, 1 male between 20-30, 1 male 50-60, 2 females 20-30, 1 female 30-40.
Phillip Porter - 1 male between 5-10 years, 1 male between 20-30, 1 male 40-50, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 40-50.
Miles Porter - 2 males between 0-5 years, 1 male between 20-30, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 20-30.

Based on this information, Thomas would be the oldest male, putting his birth date between 1770 and 1780.  Phillip (brother of Thomas) would be born between 1780 and 1790.  Miles (son of Phillip) would be born between 1800 and 1810.

The numbers to the right of the name indicate the number of people living in their household by age.

Thomas Porter - 1 male between 15-20 years, 1 male 60-70, 1 female 30-40, 1 female 40-50.
John Cadwell - 2 males between 5-10 years, 1 male 30-40, 1 male 50-60, 2 females 0-5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 20-30, 1 female 50-60.

George Cadwell, 2 males 0-5 years, 3 males 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 30-40, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40.

This 1861 Land Map shows the same property owned by Levi Seward.

Illinois State Death Records record the following:

John P Cadwell, Altona, 1880

James Nelson Cadwell, Truro, 1879

William Cadwell, 1881

Phillip Cadwell, Truro, 1890

James Cadwell, Truro, 1893

Estelle Lillian Cadwell, Lynn Twp, 1902

Amos Cadwell, Truro, 1908

The image below is from page 494 of the 1810 Census taken in Onondaga County, New York (near Syracuse).  Also from page 495 is their father Miles Porter, living next door to Samuel Pitts. This is interesting because Miles Porter married Sibbel Pitts in 1771.

The numbers to the right of the name indicate the number of people living in their household by age.

Thomas Porter - 1 male under 10 years, 1 male between 10-15, 1 male 26-44, 1 females under 10, 2 females 10-15.
Phillip Porter - 1 male under 10 years, 1 male between 16-25, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-25.
Miles Porter - 1 male over 45, 1 female 10-15, 1 female over 45.

Based on this information, Thomas would be the oldest son, putting his birth date between 1766 and 1784.  Phillip would be born between 1780 and 1790.  Miles would be born between 1785 and 1794.

The above image is from page 17 of the June 1, 1840 Census in Harbor Creek, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Philip W. Porter - 1 male between 5-10 years, 1 male 30-40, 1 female 0-5, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40.

The image below is from page 8 of the 1820 Census taken in Fabius Township, Onondaga County, New York. 

Listed are John Cadwell Junior, John Cadwell, and Charles Cadwell.

Name

Born

Where

Died

Where

Miles Porter

1805

Onondaga Co., New York

 

 

Sally Marie Porter

04-08-1807

Onondaga Co., New York

08-17-1885

Farragut, Freemont, Iowa

Mary Emily Porter

1815

Onondaga Co., New York

01-20-1874

Cadwell Family Cemetery, Knox County, Illinois