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  • ID: I674488285
  • Name: Jonathan PORTER
  • Given Name: Jonathan
  • Surname: PORTER
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: abt 1559 in England
  • Death: abt 1660 in Huntington, Suffolk, NY
  • Note:
    “Porter, Jonathan, Salem, 1637; then had grant of land; freeman, 1641; had Mary bapt., 1645; and Jonathan, 1645; was of Beverly side. Mary married, 1669, Thomas Gardner.” -- “Porter, Jonathan, Salem, 1636; a sergeant in 1647, and that year had grant of 200 acres; was selectman, 1653 and 4 but late in that year conveyed his estate at S. to James Chichester on condition that he should provide for his widow Eunice if she outlived him, and removed to Huntington, L. I.; had died before 1660, when Eunice sued for her right that year, and in 1670 estate was divided to the heirs, who were all females. His three daughters married respectively James Chichester, Edward Harnett, and Stephen Jarvis; and widow Eunice married Giles Smith of Fairfield.” (Guide to Early Settlers of America, p 431, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

    Jonathan Porter, 2 June 1641, MA (Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91, database)

    “Porter, Jonathan. Of Huntington, L. I.; gave all estate to wife during life; Giles Smith of Fairfield m. Eunice widow of said Porter, and Smith is now dec’d; Porter had three daus.; Eunice has rec’d her estate from Smith’s Exec’rs, and the legatees gave release 21 June 1670, affirming that ‘our mother’ has rec’d etc. Signed by Eunice Porter, James Chichester, Edward Hornett, Stephen Jarvis.” (History and Genealogy of the Fairfield, p 490, Donald Lines Jacobus, database)

    “Porter, Jonathan, Salem, admitted to the church, 5 April, 1640, freeman 1641, afterwards of Beverly.” (The First Settlers of New England, p 233, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

    “The following 2 Oct 1664 deed appears in the Essex Co MA land records and provides information on Eunice’s parents: ‘Jonathan Porter, of Salem, Mass., Essex Co., a planter, hath sold unto James Chichester his dwelling house, with the land adjoining being about 1.75 acres, for and in consideration that the said James shall freely allow and give meat, drink and lodging unto his wife Eunice Porter during her widowhood, in case the said Jonathan shall dye before her.’ Essex Co MA Deeds, Vol. VIII, page 293.” (Chidester, Chidester Genforum database, #404, 14 Nov 2003)

    “Jonathan Porter. . .The earliest appearance of his name at Salem is dated 1636 when he receives a grant of 20 acres (Collections of Essex Institute, vol. I, 24). He received another grant in 1654 of 10 acres (Ibid. vol. I, 179). In 1650 he was freed from training. In September, 1654 Frances Nurce sued Jonathan Porter and wife Eunice for slander. . .Jonathan Porter was a Sergeant in 1647, received grant of 200 acares in September, 1647, was selectman in 1653-54 but late in 1654 sold his estate at Salem to James Chichester on condition that he provide for his widow Eunice, if she should outlive him, and removed to Huntington, Long Island, where he died in or before 1660, at which time Eunice Porter sued for her rights at Salem, November, 1660, and that in 1670 the estate was divided among the heirs where were wives of James Chichester, Edward Harnett, and Stephen Jarvis. Eunice Porter is indicated in the Salem Frist Church records as having removed in 1659 or earlier. On June 19, 1660 Eunice Porter, widow of Jonathan Porter, of Huntington, Long Island, appointed Roger Haskoll of Salem as her attorney in regard to interests of hers in Salem. . .The widow Porter later married Giles Smith of Fairfield, Conn. On May 1, 1661 Giles Smith of Fairfield agrees to pay the three daughters of Jonathan Porter, late of Huntington, dec’d, viz. Elizabeth, Eunice, and Mary, or their heirs if any of the three sisters should die before their mother Eunis Smith. . .Eunice Porter, married James Chischester, before 1654. Elizabeth Porter, married Edward Harnett, about 1645-50. Mary Porter, married Stephen Jarvis.” (Evidently Edward Harnett, Sr, husbandman, died before 1661. Probably he died as early as 1658 as the records of the First Church of Salem show that Scicillea Harnet and Edward Harnett, jun. Removed in 1658 or before. As Edward Harnett, Jr, removed to Huntington, Long Island in 1658, Scicillea Harnett, if a widow, might have accompanied him. . .Scicillea has been read by some as Priscilla. Probably it is a variant spelling of Cecelia. . .No other record of Edward Harnett, Sr, and that of Scicillea has been found nor has record been found of any other children aside from Edward Barnett, Jr, if we assume that he was his son.” (The Harned Family, pp 5-6, Arthur Leslie Keith, database)

    “Francis Nurse. . .was frequently in the courts, suing Elin Downing for defamation in 1642, with Thomas Odingsells sentenced to pay a fine or sit in the stocks for defaming Daniel Ray in 1648/9, and suing Jonathan Porter and his wife Eunice for slander in 1654 and obtaining judgment, Eunice Porter making a public acknowledgment of her fault.” (Massachusetts and Main Families, Vol III, pp 62-63, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

    NOTE: Left for Huntington, Long Island area about 1654 when he put his son-in-law James Chichester as responsible for the caring of his wife if he should die before he did.

    NOTE: I’m sure that Jonathan is a relative of John Porter who immigrated and lived in the same areas as he did. No positive connection, just a hunch.

    Marriage 1 Eunice UNKNOWN b: abt 1608 in England
    • Married: abt 1625 in England
    1. Has Children Elizabeth PORTER b: abt 1626 in England
    2. Has No Children Eunice PORTER
    3. Has No Children Mary PORTER