ALEXANDER L. PORTER, a leading business man of Bloomfield, Wayne township, Jefferson county, Ohio, and member of the firm of Porter Brothers, dealers in general merchandise, was born in Tyler county, W. Va., May 29, 1851. He is of Irish descent, his grandfather, Moses Porter, having been born in Ireland. The latter, by his marriage to Jane Scott, had seven children: Adam and Moses, deceased, and Alexander, Ann, Nevin, Francis and John. Nevin, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Ireland, February 2, 1814, and now resides near Sistersville, W. Va. He married Sarah Anne Bowers, who was born September 25, 1817, near East Springfield, Jefferson county, and died at Unionport, April 8, 1879 and by this union had seven children, of whom there are four living: Jacob, Alexander L., Jennie and Mary F. Sarah Anne Bowers was the daughter of Jacob Bowers, who was born in Maryland, and his wife Elizabeth Smith, born near Annapolis, Ohio, and died July 1854, near Sistersville, W. Va. The subject of this mention received a good education in his childhood in the common schools, and in a graded school at Sistersville, W. Va., and then in youth taught school for two years. He first engaged in merchandise in 1876 and he ahs since given it his attention, with notable success. He is prominent in the community, and highly esteemed. In political affairs he is an active republican. Mr. Porter was married January 23, 1879 to Hester A. Cromey; they have now three children: Charles N., Edwar W. and Mary C. Mrs. Porter is a member of the Presbyterian church. She was born June 4, 1855 near Unionport, Jefferson county, the daughter of William Cromey who was born December 10, 1805 and his wife Hester born February 22, 1813, died April 6, 1879. These parents had the following children: James S., deceased, and Elizabeth Pyatt, Mary A., Nancy J. Lyon, Sarah C. and Hester A.
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