Pinckney & Margaret Porter

         June 20, 1849- March 21, 1923                
 

Pinckney Columbus “P.C.” Porter was born June 20, 1849, in Lexington, Lauderdale County, Alabama.  He was the grandson of Hugh and Sarah Porter.  About 1825-30, Hugh and Sarah migrated from South Carolina to Lauderdale County, Alabama.  He and his family lived there until the 1840s.  In the 1830s other members of their family also moved from South Carolina.  In 1840, Hugh purchase land northeast of Lexington on Second Creek, where he built a grist mill on the creek.  Some of his brothers and sisters followed him to Lexington.
 
Brothers and sisters of Hugh Porter were
1.  Charles B., a farmer and Presbyterian minister
2.  William R., a justice of the peace
3.  Andrew Springer, a postmaster at Lexington
4.  Mary Porter
5.  Rebecca Porter Howie
6. Cynthia Porter Howard
7. Elizabeth Porter Forbes
Brothers John Porter and Samuel Norwood Porter died in South Carolina.
Pinckney, “P.C.”, was raised by his great uncle and aunt, Arthur and Elizabeth (Porter) Forbes.  He lived with them until 1863 when he entered the Civil War.
At the age of 14, P.C. Porter crossed the Alabama state line and rode horseback about 60 miles to Union City, Tennessee, to enlist in Bradford 14th Calvary Battalion, Co. B.  This Calvary battalion was raised by U.S. Major William F. Bradford (also designated as the 13th Calvary) and later consolidated with the Tennessee 6th Calvary.  In April 1864, U. S. Maj. Bradford led his battalion against CSA General Nathan Bedford Forrest at the Battle of Fort Pillow.  P. C. Porter, a lad of only 14 years of age, fought in this battle, later referred to as "The Fort Pillow Massacre" -- a CSA victory and a great U.S. loss.  Our ancestor survived this, as well as other battles, and returned to his home in Alabama, married, and migrated to Rains County, Texas in the mid 1880s.

On 13 September 1867 P.C. married Margaret Olive White, the daughter of William and Eliza White.  Sometime after the June 1880 census was taken, PC, Margaret, and family, along with the families of James H. Porter, Frank Prince, Mrs. Clarence Abernathy and Mrs. Jess Smith - cousins of PC- began their long trip to Texas.
 
Pinkney Columbus & Margaret Olive White Porter
Photo made about 1905 in Point, Rains County Texas
submitted by Nancy Young Carter, great-granddaughter

Children of P.C. and Margaret are Mary A. (Mollie) Porter Cunningham, Sarah Jemima Porter Cunningham, Richard Jess Porter, Columbus Ezekial Porter, Martha Elizabeth (Mattie) Porter Young, William Thomas Porter, Frank J. Porter, Florence Porter Allred, and Vivian Porter.  Many of P.C.'s descendents live in or near the Rains County area.

 
John & Sarah Jemima Porter Cunningham
They were married in 1885 and spent most
of their married lives in Rains County.  They are both buried in the Lone Star Cemetery

Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” Porter Young 1892
 

Photo made about 1902 in Point, TX
Top Right:  Vivian Porter
Bottom Left: Florence Porter

Contributed by Nancy Young Carter

Family stories have been handed down through the generations about the trip from Alabama to Texas....
In the mid 1880s, P.C. Porter and other family members left Alabama in eight covered wagons, livestock and various household goods.  While passing through Arkansas, during the night, rustlers broke into the camp and stole P.C.'s animals and other belongings.  The men of the family looked for the rustlers for two days.  The story goes they were actually armed and prepared to shoot to re-claim P.C.'s property.  They were not able to locate the stolen goods and PC told the others to go on to Texas that he and Margaret and children would have to work to get the money to purchase more animals and equipment.  The other families moved on to Texas and it was two years before P.C. and Margaret could join them.  As they traveled on, they had to go through Paris, Texas.  They felt like they were being followed.  To be on the safe side and to keep history from repeating itself, they posted guards around the camp.  Late into the night they heard sounds and P.C. opened gunfire to warn off the would be rustlers.  They finally made it to Texas and first settled in the town known as Cobb-Switch, in the far north-east section of Kaufman County, about three miles from the Van Zandt County line."

This story was passed on by Martha Porter, one of the children in this story.  "The children all played alongside the wagons as they traveled, darting back and forth between the wagons, sometimes a few wagons behind their own parent's wagon, exploring the countryside as they passed through.  One day the children wandered too far into the woods and became lost.  As the day passed each parent thought their children were playing a few wagons behind, not knowing the children were lost.  Late in the day, just before dark, the wagons stopped to make camp for the night.  It was soon discovered the children were missing.  The men took lanterns and searched the trail and woods until the children were found safe!"
 
P.C. and family arrived in Texas and first settled in the town known as Cobb-Switch, in the far north-east section of Kaufman County, TX about three miles from the Van Zandt County line.  The Van Zandt County Texas School Records for 1889-1891 documents four children of P.C. Porter attending school # 81 in the "Carter Community"

P.C. later moved to a farm near the Lynch community in Rains County before 1900.

1900 Rains County, Texas Federal Census
Precinct #4
Porter, Pink C.               head     wm     June 1850    49    m34    AL AL AL
                                       farmer, owns farm
Porter, Margarett O.      wife      wf       Oct 1847     52    m34    AL AL AL
                                      9 children, 8 living
Goodman, Mattie E.     dau        wf       Oct 1876     23    wd       AL AL AL
                                      1 child, 1 living
Porter, Frank J.             son        wm      Feb 1881    19     s          AL AL AL
                                      farmer
Porter, Florence O.      dau         wf       Jly 1886      13     s          TX AL AL
Porter, Vivian L.          dau        wf       Nov 1890      9     s           TX AL AL
Goodwin, Mamie M.   gdau      wf        Nov 1893     6     s           TX GA AL

He lived there until 1918 when his wife Margaret, along with his daughter Florence, died in the influenza epidemic.  P.C. and his daughter Vivian moved to Emory on North Planters Street.  “Mr. P.C. Porter, who recently bought the Ed Barker residence in the north part of town, moved in last Thursday and Mr. Barker moved to the Mrs. Elliott place.”  (The Rains County Leader, September 22, 1922)  One week later, “Mr. P.C. Porter is having a new barn erected at his home in the north part of town.”  (The Rains County Leader, September 29, 1922)  He was a member of the Christian Church and had many friends in the community.  On March 21, 1923, at the age of 73, P.C. died after a short bout with pneumonia.  He is buried in the Lynch Cemetery.
On September 12, 2002, a Union Civil War headstone was erected on his grave.  A Grave Marker Unveiling will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lynch Cemetery, Rains County, Texas.  The descendants, other family members and friends of P.C. Porter will gather at the Lynch Cemetery for the unveiling of the grave marker and a short program commemorating his role in the American Civil War.  Lorene Thigpen from Killen, Lauderdale County, Alabama. sent a bag of Lauderdale Co, Alabama soil, P.C.’s homeland, will be could sprinkled on his grave.
Following the ceremony the family members will go to the Community Building in Point to meet and visit with relatives they have not seen in a long time, plus those whom they have never met.  A light meal, (finger sandwiches, cheese and relish trays, cookies and beverages) will be served.

Event Organizers
Cindy (Cunningham) Watson
Nancy (Young) Carter
Master of Ceremony
Charles Porter
Ceremony Conducted by
Leland Carter and Don Majors
Representing the Confederate States Army (CSA)
Sons of the Confederacy
 
 Contributed by Cindy Watson and Nancy Young Carter
 
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