William Leaton Porter
born: in Fulton County, New York, on August 30, 1864
Frances Ophilia Pierce
born: December 5, 1873 in Oconto County, Wisconsin
1. Lyman Pierce Porter
born December 31, 1893 in Cook County, Illinois
2. Frances Mildred Porter (Ryder)
born: July 31, 1897 in Ontonagon, Michigan
Not shown in this photo:
3. Ethlyn Leaton Porter
born: April 21, 1897 in Oconto County, Wisconsin.
Parents of these two were William Leaton Porter and Frances Ophelia Pierce. They were married October 12, 1891 in Oconto County. At that time William was age age 24 and Frances age 17. The bride was the only child of long time Oconto County lumber businessman and merchant Lyman M. Pierce and his wife Ophelia Patterson.
First born, Lyman P. Porter was born in Cook County, Illinois, December 31, 1893. Frances M. Porter was born July 31, 1895 in Ontonagon County, Michigan. A third child was born to William and Frances. Ethlyn Leaton Porter arrived April 21, 1897, but passed away on July 12, 1897 in Oconto.
In 1900, the family was living in the North Ward, city of Oconto and paternal grandmother, widow Mary Gulick Porter, was also in the household. There were no other related Pierce and Porter family members there. Head of the household, William Porter, age 34 years, worked as an electrician.
Lyman Pierce Porter
Frances Mildred Porter
November 7, 1918, in Piedmont, Oakland, California, just over 7 months after her brother Lyman's wedding, Frances Mildred0 Porter, age 22 married George W. Ryder, age 29.
Young Frances Mildred, also found on records as Mildred P. Ryder, and her husband George W. were living with her parents, William and Frances Porter at 618 Morgana Avenue in Alameda, California in 1920. The same city as her brother Lyman and his wife Velma Porter. Father William was a mechanical draftsman in a canning machine manufacturer and George was a bank clerk. It was a booming time of great growth for that area of the nation, which was cashing in on the long growing season for fruits and vegetables that local farms produced.
The Ryder couple had moved to Chicago, Illinois, by 1930 where George worked as a clerk at the telephone company. Frances' parents lived next door and brother Lyman had also moved to Chicago by that time. Frances Mildred Porter Ryder passed away June 7, 1997, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. They had two children.
Parents' LivesWilliam Leaton Porter was born in Fulton County, New York, on August 30, 1864, during the U.S. Civil War. His parents were Elias Kinnicutt Porter and Mary Ann Gulick. Williams father, Elias, was age 55 when he was born. William started out as a farmer on the family land, located in 1880 at "Mayfield 1st Electric District", Fulton County, New York. He became an electrician early in the technology. This brought him the opportunity to travel, working under contract in cities as they went to electrification.
Oconto County Reporter
Feb. 28, 1896
Mar 5, 1887
We regret to chronicle the death, on Monday last of Mrs. Ophelia Pierce, wife of our fellow townsman, Mr. L. M. Pierce. Deceased had been a sufferer for a long time, being afflicted with a cancer, which was the cause of her death. The deceased was 53 years of age at the time of her death, and having lived the greater portion of her life in this city, her circle of friends was large. She leaves a husband and one child, a daughter just entering upon womanhood. She is survived by her father, Mr. M.W. Patterson, a sister, Mrs. Dr. Paramore, of this city, and a brother W.M. Patterson, Jr. of Denver, Colo.(Note Woodruff was the first name of W.M. Patterson. Her father M.W. Patterson was a long time dealer in general merchandise )
Born: 1832 New York
died: 28 Feb 1887 age 52 years
buried: Oconto Evergreen Cemetery
This branch of the Patterson Family was traced back to 1840 in Chenango, Boone County, New York.
In 1850 the Patterson Family owned a grocery in Brownsville, Jefferson County, New York. There were 6 members, all born in New York; head of the household M. W. (Mason Woodruff) age 42, Lucinda his wife age 32, Ophelia age 14, Decatur age 12, Frances age 10 and Woodruff Mason age 1 year.
During the 1856 the family moved to East ward in city of Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin where they opened a grocery.
Flourishing Village — Large Lumbering Interests -- Early
Schools and Churches - Business Houses and Building -
Extensive Lumber Mills & c.
There are a number of stores
which do the general business of the place and the county of which this
village is the center. The larger of these do an annual business of
from $25000 to $30,000. Thomas Milledge, who keeps a good general
assortment, commenced business here twenty years ago—the
oldest merchant in the place. H. M. Royce has a business in
the same line of about the same extent; both, do something in the line
of jobbing. W. L. Newton, M. W. Patterson, and Charles
Hancomb are doing business of a considerable extent. There are nine
stores of the above description.
The first bridge across the
Oconto River in Frenchtown was called the Patterson Bridge after Mr.
Patterson who had a store at the southwest corner of the bridge. In
later years this store became the Riverside Tavern, or the Bert and
Milton Cain property, and then just the Riverside Tavern.
By 1860 the family was well established. Mason W., Lucinda his wife with children Frances and Woodruff were running the store. Son Decastur was a printer and living in a boarding house located in the West Ward of of the city. Daughter Ophelia had married Lyman Pierce July 4, 1857 and was living in the city's West Ward. Frances Elizabeth Patterson married Edward F. Paramore August 19, 1860. Mr. Patterson also opened a store in Gillett, Oconto County.
28 July 1888
M. W. Patterson
He never, however, experienced such a depression in his business that he was unable to pay every cent he owed - though about twelve years ago his earthly possessions were nearly all swept away by fire. In early youth he received injuries which rendered him a cripple for life, but his indomitable courage overcame his physical disabilities and enabled him to pursue successfully an active life and raise and educate a family of children. Integrity and independence were strong points in his character, and he not only commanded respect, but enjoyed the confidence and friendship of all who knew him. His illness was of only a few days duration, when he was summoned to lay down the active duties of life and enter into the rest eternal which his career of honesty and uprightness fully entitled him to. He leaves a wife and two children, Mrs. Dr. E. F. Paramore of this city, and a son, Mr. W. M. Patterson, of Los Angeles, Cal. The funeral took place from his late residence, Friday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, the services being performed by the Rev. Wm. Moyle of the M.E. church.
Evergreen Cemetery records list:
Decastur C. Patterson - Civil War soldier born in New York, died in Oconto August 20, 1866, age 28 years 2 months 10 days, "shot by E.F. Paramore", son of M.W. Patterson.
Lucinda M Patterson - wife of M.W., born in New York, died in Oconto April 28, 1864, age 48, consumption (tuberculosis).
M.W. Patterson (Mason Woodruff) - born in New York, died July 25, 1888 in Oconto, age 82 years, paralysis.
Porter Family History SummarySeveral researchers from this Porter family branch have traced the family back in Medieval England to Reginald De Port, born in the early 1300's. The surname became Porter two generations later with John Porter in the later 1300's. By 1430 William Porter was born in Markham, Nottinghamshire, and by 1500 the family was living in Trematon, Cornwell, England. Later generations of family homes in England were in Felstead, Little Baddow and London. King Henry VIII ruled from 1509 to 1547 at this time during the family's residence. Next to rule was 9 year old Edward VI, Henry's only legitimate son. Edward died shortly afterward in 1853. Half sister Queen Mary I was next to reign a short 5 years from 1853 to 1858 when she died of cancer. Queen Elizabeth I then reigned over England and the Porter family from 1558 to 1603.
Pierce Family History Summary
The Pierce Family was first found in Wisconsin in 1850. Lyman was a 16 year old farmer, born in New York State according to the census, and living with 34 year old, New York State born, house carpenter Elijah B. Pierce. Also in the household were Canadian born Mary J Pierce age 26 and New York born Homen Pierce, age 5 years. Two houses away lived New York born farmer George W. Pierce, age 35 and Connecticut born Eunice Pierce, age 28. Adaline, 23, and Lucy French, age 22, both Connecticut born, were also in that household.
By 1851 Lyman was working in Pensaukee, Oconto County.
Lyman M. Pierce, age 25, and his wife Ophelia Patterson Pierce, age 24, were living in the West ward of city of Oconto in 1860.
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