Biography courteously provided by Joyce Riedinger, Delaware County Coordinator.
PORTER LAKIN, a respected citizen of the town of Hancock, was born October 9, 1845, on the old homestead in Hancock, now occupied by his brother, James Lakin, whose biography, together with the family history, may be found in another part of this volume.
Porter Lakin was educated in the district schools of his native town, and since his sixteenth year has followed the river as a lumberman, besides carrying on an extensive farm business. His home has been in the neighborhood of Hawk Point. June 16, 1867, he married Mary Mills, a native of Prattsville; daughter of Henry and Margaret (Rowe) Mills. Henry Mills came from Glasgow, Scotland and settled at Prattsville, Greene County, where he was employed for a time in the woolen mills. Later he moved to Equinunk, Pa., where he bought a farm and lived for some years, after which he came to Hancock, first making his home on Greene Flat, later at Hawk Point, where he passed his last days, dying in 1868. His wife, who was a native of Greene County, survived him a number of years. She was the mother of a large family.
Mr. and Mrs. Lakin have had ten children, namely: Julius, born December 30, 1868; Ernest, born October 7, 1871; Harry Egbert, born October 16, 1872; Maud Lillian, born January 10,1876, died September 20,1880; Porter D. born March 28, 1878, died April 7, 1880; Earl R. born February 23, 1880; Herbert D., born January 8, 1882; Margaret M., born November 9,1884; Ellen Mills, born June 26, 1887; Porter H., born November 4, 1892.
Mr. Lakin has over eight hundred acres of land, much of which is under cultivation; the methods being used being the most modern. By his interest in the public welfare and his diligent application to business, he commands the respect of his fellow townsmen, whose appreciation of him has often been attested by their votes at the polls. He is a Democrat and has held a number of positions of trust and honor, having been Assessor of the town for six years, and being now Commissioner of Highways.