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Significant Events In Our History. 

Welcome to the FAMILY porter history web site

Time Line:

Below is a list of events that occurred in the time of our family history.  If you know of other major events and their dates, please let us know.

 

· 1628 Charter for the Colony of Massachusetts Bay

· 1630 Windsor Church formed in Plymouth, England

· 1630 Dorchester Company with Windsor Church crosses to found Dorchester, Massachusetts

· 1635 New emigrants arriving at Dorchester relocate and establish settlement at Windsor, Connecticut.

· 1637 John Porter appears in Windsor, CT., dies 1648.

 

· 1704 Thomas Porter is born in Southampton, Massachusetts

· 1748 Miles Porter is born in Southampton, Massachusetts

· 1775 Thomas Porter (son of Miles) is born in Southampton, Massachusetts

· 1776 United States declares independence from Britain

· 1783 Philip Porter (son of Miles) is born in Massachusetts

 

· 1800 Miles Porter appears in Census in Zoar, Berkshire County, Massachusetts

· 1800 Thomas Jefferson -  Elected President of the United States

· 1800 Spain returned the Louisiana Territory to France

· 1803 Louisiana Purchase signed

· 1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition begins in St. Louis and lasts for 3 years

· 1804 Philip Porter marries Nancy Cadwell in Onondaga, New York

 

· 1805 Territory of Louisiana is established

· 1805 Miles Porter (son of Philip) is born in Onondaga, New York

· 1807 Sally Porter (daughter of Philip) is born in Onondaga, New York

· 1809 Illinois Territory is created including area of Wisconsin

 

· 1810 Census shows Porter Families (Thomas, Philip, Miles) live in Onondaga, NY

· 1812 Oklahoma becomes part of Missouri Territory

· 1812-1814 War of 1812

· 1814-1815 Andrew Jackson - Defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans

 

· 1815 Mary Porter (daughter of Philip) is born in Onondaga, NY

· 1817 First steam boat reaches St. Louis

· 1817 Federal Government starts sending Indians to Oklahoma area

· 1818 Illinois becomes the 21st State

· 1819 Financial Panic hits entire country

· 1819 Most of Oklahoma area becomes part of Arkansas Territory

· 1819 Federal land in Illinois sells for $1.25 an acre with a minimum sale of 80 acres.

 

· 1820 Thomas, Phillip and Miles Porter appear in Census in Onondaga County, New York

· 1820 First steamboat trip made up Illinois River to Peoria.

· 1821 Missouri becomes 24th state

 

· 1825 Erie Canal complete from Troy, New York to Buffalo, New York

· 1828 Otis Porter (son of Thomas and Freelove) born in New York

 

· 1830 Thomas, Phillip and Miles Porter appear in Census in Onondaga County, New York

· 1830 Indian Territory (later Oklahoma) established by Congress

· 1830 Mary Porter and John Cadwell are married January 14 in Onondaga, NY

· 1830 Sarah Cadwell (daughter of Mary Porter and John Cadwell) born in Syracuse, NY

· 1831 Rhoda Porter (daughter of Thomas and Freelove) born in Pennsylvania

· 1832 Cholera epidemic spreads from Ireland to Montreal in June, and in one month spreads quickly to New York, along the Hudson River, travels the entire length of Erie Canal

· 1832 Black Hawk War resulted in removal of last organized group of American Indians from Illinois. 

· 1833 The last remaining Indian lands were ceded to government, making it “safe” for settlement

· March 1833 John Porter Cadwell (son of Mary Porter and John Cadwell) born in Harbor Creek, Pennsylvania.  It appears the Cadwells left Syracuse and migrated west on the Erie Canal perhaps in an attempt to escape the Cholera, or perhaps to rejoin the Porter family which was already there.

· 1833 Philip Porter (son of Thomas and Freelove) born in Pennsylvania

· July 1834 Asiatic cholera epidemic reaches Schuyler County, Illinois

 

· 1835 Indian Treaty - Treaty of Removal - Resulted in the Trail of Tears - Signed December 26

· 1836 Illinois & Michigan Canal started, to connect Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River.

· 1837 John Deere invents self-scouring steel plow. Opens factory in 1858.

· 1837 Panic of 1837, followed by economic depression which lasts 5 years.

· 1837 Chicago incorporated as city.

· 1838 Lucy Porter (daughter of Thomas and Freelove) born in Ohio

· 1838 Cherokee Removal starts known as “the Trail of Tears”

 

· 1840 Thomas Porter and Phillip Porter appear in Census in Harbor Creek, Erie County, Pennsylvania

· 1840 Underground railroad

· 1841 John Henry Porter (son of Thomas and Freelove) born in Summit County, Ohio

· 1841 First wagon train starts for Pacific on the Oregon-California Trail

· November 1841 Phillip Porter purchases land in Knox County, Illinois

· October 1843 Nancy Cadwell Porter dies in Knox County, Illinois, age 59

· September 1845 Phillip Porter dies in Knox County, Illinois, age 61

 

· 1847 Cyrus McCormick begins manufacturing wheat reapers.

· 1847 St. Louis has telegraph to the East Coast

· 1848 Gold located at Sutter’s Mill in California

· 1848 The Illinois & Michigan Canal completed from Chicago to Mississippi River at Peru, Illinois.

· 1849 Cholera epidemic in St. Louis, over 4,000 dead

 

· 1850 Thomas Porter appears in Census in Knox County, Illinois

· 1850 Kansas City incorporated

· 1851 Illinois Central Railroad, completed 1856

· 1854 Kansas Territory opened for settlement by President Pierce

 

· 1856 First railroad bridge across Mississippi River between Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa

 

· September 1860 John Henry Porter marries Amelia Scott in Peoria, Illinois

· 1860 Abraham Lincoln becomes President

· 1860 Pony Express starts from Kansas to California

· 1861 Kansas becomes 34th state

· 1861 American Civil War begins

· March 6-8, 1862 Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Union Army forced Confederates to retreat

· May 20, 1862 Homestead Act

· 1863 Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves

· 1864 Lincoln is reelected President

· 1864-1873 National Trade Union movement

 

· 1865 Civil War ends

· 1865 President Lincoln is assassinated

· 1865-68 Chisholm Trail is opened from Kansas to the Red River

· 1868 Indian Wars are fought in Kansas

· 1869 First Transcontinental Railroad

 

· July 1870 John Frank Porter born in Knox County, Illinois

· 1871 Chicago Fire destroys 18,000 downtown buildings

· 1873-1879 Economic Depression

· 1874 Jesse James Gang robs a train in Missouri

 

· 1876 Alexander Graham Bell invents telephone

· March 1879 John Henry Porter marries Anna Sarah Goff in Knox County, Illinois

 

· 1880 John Henry Porter appears in Census in Victoria, Knox County, Illinois

· 1880 Kansas adopts Prohibition

· 1880 AT&SF Railroad reaches northern border of Indian Territory at Caldwell, Kansas

· 1881 John Henry Porter marries Mary Emmoline Goff in Stark County, Illinois

· 1882 Dodge City, Kansas was the “Cowboy Capital” of the West

 

· 1887 Immigration of settlers into “No-Man’s-Land” began

· 1889 U.S. purchases “Unassigned Lands” and “No-Man’s-Land” from Indians

 

· April 22, 1889 First Oklahoma Land Run, about 50,000 people, into “Unassigned Lands” including John Henry Porter and his sister Rhoda Porter Cackler

 

· 1890 Territorial government established, capital at Guthrie, Oklahoma

· December 1891 John Frank Porter marries Lillie Mae Clark in Geuda Springs, Kansas

· 1892 Dalton Gang rode into Coffeyville, Kansas

· 1892 Samuel Leroy Porter born in Arkansas City, Kansas

· 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Ferris Wheel introduced

· 1894 Grace Ella Porter born in Marysville, Kansas

 

· 1896 Amelia Susanna Porter born in Garber, Oklahoma

· 1897 Goldrush in the Klondykes

· 1897 Oil boom in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

· 1898 Charles Henry Porter born near Covington, Oklahoma

· 1898 Spanish American War

· 1899 Minnie Faye Porter born in Garber, Oklahoma

 

· 1900 John Henry Porter appears in Census in Ripley, Oklahoma

· 1900 Completion of Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal

· 1901 Gas and oil discovered in Tulsa, Oklahoma area

· 1902 Otis Clark Porter born near Covington, Oklahoma

· 1903 Wright Brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk

· 1903 John William Porter born near Orlando, Oklahoma

· 1904 Mary Sophia Porter born near Orlando, Oklahoma

 

· 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

· 1906 Oklahoma and Indian Territories combined and opened for settlement

· 1907 Oklahoma becomes 47th state

· 1907 Goldie Lucille Porter born in Orlando, Oklahoma

· 1908 Model T introduced by Ford

 

· 1910 Pauline Scedonia Porter born near Orlando, Oklahoma

· 1910 John Henry Porter appears in Census in Cimmaron, Oklahoma

· 1910 Oklahoma State Capital moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City

· 1912 Paul Franklin Porter born near Orlando, Oklahoma

· 1914 WWI

· 1915 John Henry Porter dies in Pawhuska, Oklahoma

 

· 1917 America enters WWI ends Nov 1918

· March 1918 Influenza breaks out in Kansas

· 1918-1919 Influenza kills 675,000 people in United States, 50 million globally

· June 1919 Anna Maude Porter born in Yale, Oklahoma

· September 1919 John Frank Porter moves his family to Oklahoma City

· 1919 18th Amendment - Prohibition

 

· 1923 North Canadian River floods Oklahoma City October 16

· 1927 Lindbergh lands “Spirit of St. Louis” in Paris

· Oct 29 1929 Stock Market Crash — beginning of great depression

 

· 1932 North Canadian River floods Oklahoma City June 3

· 1935 Record cold winter, the Arkansas River froze near Little Rock

· 1936 Record hot summer, Oklahoma high of 120F on August 12

 

 

· December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor

· June 6, 1944 D-Day Normandy

· August 14, 1945 VJ Day

 

· 1950-1953 Korea

 

· 1991 Gulf War