Seventh Generation


430. Comfort Worthington "Cummie" DORSEY was born on 6 March 1823 in Ellicott Mills, Anne Arundel, MD.1365,1366,1367 She appeared in the census in 1830 in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.688 She was educated Pataspsco Female Institute in 1842–1844 in Ellicott Mills, Anne Arundel, MD.1368,1369 Cummie died on 8 August 1892 at the age of 69 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1365,1370,1371,1372 She was buried on 9 August 1892 at Riverside Cemetery in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1373 She has reference number 585. Letter written, upon the death of his wife dated Hannibal, MO, August 22, 1892.
My dear Sister,
Your most affectionate and welcome letter came duly to had, and contents noted. This kind and cordial token of love for your dear oldest Sister - my beloved wife of my youth and old age - lovingly having been permitted by a kind Providence to walk by my side for 52 years, 5 months and 16 days - it goes without saying, is a balm to my wounded and still bleeding heart, and to my dear children and, with me to each and all - know how warm and sincere your love was to the dear one whom we mourn for her irreparable loss to us all, her surviving family. While in spirit thank a Merciful God & we rejoice in the realized assurance that our loss is her eternal ineffable gain, for truly, "He giveth His beloved rest," and she has been, if ever Saint was, escorted by angels to a mansion of rest in our Heavenly Father's House of many mansions prepared by a loving Redeemer...
I have, and we all have, felt so concerned for Charles Urquart and Dorsey. Poor fellows - I have wept with and for them. Surely for Sigs and her family - they were denied by circumstances the last kiss and the sight of the dear Saint falling asleep in Jesus as calmly and peacefully as the innocent child falls asleep on its loving mother's bosom. But God is merciful and their hearts (these boys, I mean) may be touched, and they too, as those of these here may be weaned from this poor unsatisfying dark cold world and won to Paradise. Am glad Sigs who is sensible as well as a converted Christian, did not let her husband come up - and I hope Urquart didn't and will not, nor Dorsey leave his business, when dear old Comie would have advised that they should not - for she was conscious to the last, and her concern was for her loved ones, and not herself. She had made her peace her calling and election. Sunday I wrote dear Mother as best I could. Love of all of us to you and our dear children, and all our dear relatives with you. Lovingly, G. Porter.
PS Please write me on receipt. We are moved and all fixed up - Nan Nan chaperone.

Comfort Worthington "Cummie" DORSEY and Gilchrist PORTER appeared in the census in 1840 in , Pike, MO.1374 They1374 were married on 25 February 1840 in Forest Levee Plantation, Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1375,1376,1377,1378 They1375,1376,1377,1378 appeared in the census in 1850 in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1379 Cummie and Gilchrist1379 appeared in the census in 1860 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1380 They1380 appeared in the census in 1870 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.1381 They1381 appeared in the census in 1880 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.1382 Gilchrist PORTER1383, son of William PORTER and Mary McCauley DUNCANSON, was born on 1 November 1817 in Windsor Lodge, Culpepper, VA.367,1365,1384,1385,1386 He appeared in the census in 1820 in Culpepper, Culpepper, VA.1387 He emigrated in October 1835 from From Virginia to Pike Co, MO.1388 In 1837 Gilchrist was an admitted to the bar in Troy, Lincoln, MO.1389 He was elected as Circuit attorney - 3rd Judicial Circuit in 1838 in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1390,1391 He was elected as Circuit attorney - 3rd Judicial Circuit in 1840 in Pike Co, MO.1392 Gilchrist was elected as representative in the state legislature in 1844 in Pike Co, MO.1393 He appeared in the census in 1850 in Slave Schedule, Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1394 He was elected as the representative to Congress in 1850 in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1395 1396,1397 1398 [Principal] was listed in in Washington, DC city directory in in 1853.1399 Gilchrist was elected as representative to Congress in 1854 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1400 On 28 December 1854 he was an Attorney-at-law in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1401 He sold SE 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec 6 T56 R7 West - 40 acres in Hannibal, Marion, MO on 2 December 1857.1402 Gilchrist sold For Sydnor to Geo Sheets - NE 1/4 Sec 6 T56 R7 in Hannibal, Marion, MO on 7 December 1857.1403 On 25 June 1858 he acquired Lots 1 & 2 of Block 1 of Out Lot Number 59 in Hannibal, Marion, MO1404 On 14 April 1859 he acquired Lots 1, 2 & 3 of Wardlaws addition to Hannibal in Hannibal, Marion, MO1405 Gilchrist sold S 1/2 Lot 1 in block 1 in Louthans Addition in Hannibal, Marion, MO on 3 December 1859.1406 He sold N 1/2 of Lot 2 in Block 1 of Louthans addition in Hannibal, Marion, MO on 10 December 1859.1407 He appeared in the census in 1860 in Slave Schedule, Hannibal, Marion, MO.1408 [Principal] was listed in in Hannibal, Marion, MO city directory in in 1859/60.1409 Gilchrist sold S 1/2 Lot 2 on Block 1 of Louthans, addition to city in Hannibal, Marion, MO on 12 September 1860.1410 He sold Correction Deed in Hannibal, Marion, MO after 12 September 1860.1411 On 18 September 1860 he acquired Lots 16 Block 7 Wardlaws addition in Hannibal, Marion, MO1412 Gilchrist was appointed Circuit Judge in 1861 in Hannibal, Marion, MO1413 He sold Lots 1 & 2 Wardlaws Addition in Hannibal, Marion, MO on 5 May 1864.1414 On 21 December 1864 he acquired S 1/2 of Lot 3 in Block 22 and 1/5 of Lot 2 in Block 22 in Hannibal, Marion, MO1415 On 14 April 1865 Gilchrist acquired N 1/2 of Lot 2 Block 1 in Louthans Addition in Hannibal, Marion, MO1416 He was assessed in September 1865 in District 3, Hannibal, MO1417 [Principal] was listed in in Hannibal, Marion, MO city directory in in 1866.1409 On 3 December 1866 he acquired N 1/2 Lot 3 in Block 19 in Hannibal in Hannibal, Marion, MO1418 Gilchrist sold N 1/2 Lot 3 in Block 19 in Hannibal, Marion, MO on 10 April 1867.1419 He was elected as Elected, Judge, 4th Dist. Circuit Court on 27 November 1868 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1420 On 31 July 1869 he acquired Residence constructed circa 1855 in 301 Mississippi Ave., Clarksville, Pike, MO1421,1422 Gilchrist died on 1 November 1894 at the age of 77 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1365,1423,1424,1425,1426,1427,1428 He was buried on 2 November 1894 in Riverside Cemetery, Hannibal, Marion, MO.1429 He had his estate probated on 29 January 1898 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1430,1431 Gilchrist has reference number 584. History of Marion County Missouri, 1884:

P. 614 - In 1856 he declined a re-election to Congress, and since that time he has taken no very active part in politics. The old Whig party, in whose principles he was a firm believer, was, as he thought, unwisely disbanded, and although he has since acted with the Democratic party, he has found no political organization altogether and completely to his liking. During the civil war he was an unconditional Union man. His efforts to prevent the State of Missouri from taking part in the secession movement and to avert the war are noted briefly on other pages.


Published in the Palmyra Spectator, Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri - January 22, 1936
History of Marion County, 1884:

Judge Gilchrist Porter - who was appointed Circuit Judge by Gov. Hamilton R. Gamble in 1861 when Judge John T. Redd failed to take the oath of allegiance to the Federal government because of his southern sympathies. During his first regular term, in 1862, the Circuit court held its session on the second floor of the Hancock building on Main and Second Streets (according to court records) because the Court House was being used to quarter Union forces. At this term of court Waller M. Boulevare presented his appointment as circuit attorney and he was elected to the office in 1863, but was removed in 1865 and was followed by Judge John J. Campbell. Porter was an able attorney and signed the country rolls of attorneys August 2, 1853. Previously he had served as circuit attorney in another district and had been admitted to the bar in 1837. He was named judge of another district. He was an ardent Whig and served his party in Congress and other offices, but when the Whig party died he became a Democrat. The last years of his life were spent in Hannibal.

Unidentified Newspaper article - seems to be the Hannibal paper - undated:

JUDGE PORTER DEAD
HE PASSES PEACEFULLY AWAY ON THE MORNING OF HIS ANNIVERSARY LEAVING A NOBLE RECORD BEHIND

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress:
Porter, Gilchrist (1817 - 1894)
Porter, Gilchrist, a Representative from Missouri; born in Windsor, near Fredericksburg, VA, November 1, 1817; received a limited schooling; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Bowling Green, MO; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-Second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-fourth Congress); circuit judge 1866-1880; resumed the practice of law; died in Hannibal, Marion County, MO, November 1, 1894; internment in Riverside Cemetery.

Comfort Worthington "Cummie" DORSEY and Gilchrist PORTER had the following children:

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Mary Eleanor "Ella" PORTER.

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Emma Rebecca PORTER was born on 7 January 1844 in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1365,1432,1433 She died on 1 January 1845 at the age of 0 in Cuivre Township, Pike, MO.1433,1434 She was buried after 7 December 1845 at Dorsey & Porter Family Cemetery in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1435,1436 Emma has reference number 1010.

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Elizabeth Rebecca PORTER was born on 4 October 1845 in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1365,1437,1438 She died on 16 August 1847 at the age of 1 in Cuivre Township, Pike, MO.1365,1437,1438 She was buried after 16 August 1847 at Dorsey & Porter Family Cemetery in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1439,1440 Elizabeth has reference number 971.

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Julia PORTER.

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Marguerite (Margaret) D PORTER was born on 9 July 1849 in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1365,1441,1442 She appeared in the census in 1850 in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1379 She was buried after 16 November 1850 at Dorsey & Porter Family Cemetery in Bowling Green, Pike, MO.1442,1443 Marguerite died on 16 November 1851 at the age of 2 in Cuivre Township, Pike, MO.1365,1442,1444 She has reference number 970.

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Edward Dorsey PORTER.

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Annie Dorsey ""Aunt Nannie"" PORTER was born on 10 October 1854 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1365 She appeared in the census in 1860 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1380 She appeared in the census in 1870 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.1381 "Aunt Nannie" appeared in the census in 1880 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.1382 On 31 October 1897 she acquired $500 to ED Porter and wife Millie in Hannibal, Marion, MO1445 She appeared in the census in 1900 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1446 "Aunt Nannie" appeared in the census in 1910 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1447 She appeared in the census in 1920 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1448 She signed a will on 21 December 1923 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1449 "Aunt Nannie" appeared in the census in 1930 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1450 She died on 30 January 1940 at the age of 85 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1365,1451 THE HANNIBAL EVENING COURIER-POST date January 31, 1940

ANNIE D. PORTER DIES LAST NIGHT
Rites for Prominent Woman Thursday

Miss Annie D. Porter passed away in Levering hospital last night at 7:15 o'clock.
She was born at bowling Green, Mo., a daughter of the late Judge Gilchrist and Comfort Dorsey Porter. At the time of her birth the family was living at 111 South Maple avenue in Hannibal, her father representing this district in congress.
Miss Porter attended Miss Lizzie Hoors school and Miss Cuthbert's Academy for Young Ladies in St. Louis. She traveled extensively, spending six months in Europe traveling with her aunt, Miss Annie Dorsey of Stockton, Calif.
She had been an active member of Trinity Episcopal church, of which her father was senior warden for many years. She was a wonderful Bible student and for many years was a teacher in the church school and was a member of Trinity Guild.
She was descended from colonial settlers in Maryland and Virginia and was an active member of Hannibal Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Soon after the organization of the Woman's Club she became a member, being very regular in her attendance and being a great student her papers were outstanding for their brilliance.
She was always interested in education of young people and when Hannibal-LaGrange college was moved to Hannibal ten years ago she offered her home to many young men attending the college and assisted them greatly with their college work.
Miss Porter is survived by one sister, Mrs. Comfort Dorsey Smith of San Diego, Calif.; one Niece, Mrs. Annie Porter Roberts Hodgdon, wife of Frank T. Hodgdon, and one nephew, Gilchrist Porter Roberts, whom she reared after the death of their mother, Mrs. Julia Porter Roberts. She is also survived by several other nieces and nephews.
The body was removed to the Smith funeral home.
Funeral services will be held from Trinity Episcopal church at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, Rev. Raymond E. Maxwell, rector, being in charge. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery. She had her estate probated on 15 February 1940 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1452 "Aunt Nannie" had her estate probated on 5 March 1943 at Sale of property in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1453 All the south east fourth of the north east quarter and the north twenty-seven acres of the east half of the south east quarter and the west half of the south east quarter and twenty-eight acres off of the south end of the east half of the south east quarter all in Section Twenty-five lying north of Salt River. All in Township fifty-five, range seven west and containing 187 acres more or less.
Appraised at the sum of $1300.00 She has reference number 766. Known to all the family as "Aunt Nannie" and much beloved by all. She was referred to frequently by the Stockton Robertses - especially Abby Hammond Roberts, wife of Gilchrist Porter Roberts, and Aunt Dot - sister of Gilchrist. She helped to raise her nieces and nephew after the untimely death of their mother, Julia Porter Roberts. See below.

THE HANNIBAL EVENING COURIER-POST date January 31, 1940

ANNIE D. PORTER DIES LAST NIGHT
Rites for Prominent Woman Thursday

Miss Annie D. Porter passed away in Levering hospital last night at 7:15 o'clock.
She was born at bowling Green, Mo., a daughter of the late Judge Gilchrist and Comfort Dorsey Porter. At the time of her birth the family was living at 111 South Maple avenue in Hannibal, her father representing this district in congress.
Miss Porter attended Miss Lizzie Hoors school and Miss Cuthbert's Academy for Young Ladies in St. Louis. She traveled extensively, spending six months in Europe traveling with her aunt, Miss Annie Dorsey of Stockton, Calif.
She had been an active member of Trinity Episcopal church, of which her father was senior warden for many years. She was a wonderful Bible student and for many years was a teacher in the church school and was a member of Trinity Guild.
She was descended from colonial settlers in Maryland and Virginia and was an active member of Hannibal Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Soon after the organization of the Woman's Club she became a member, being very regular in her attendance and being a great student her papers were outstanding for their brilliance.
She was always interested in education of young people and when Hannibal-LaGrange college was moved to Hannibal ten years ago she offered her home to many young men attending the college and assisted them greatly with their college work.
Miss Porter is survived by one sister, Mrs. Comfort Dorsey Smith of San Diego, Calif.; one Niece, Mrs. Annie Porter Roberts Hodgdon, wife of Frank T. Hodgdon, and one nephew, Gilchrist Porter Roberts, whom she reared after the death of their mother, Mrs. Julia Porter Roberts. She is also survived by several other nieces and nephews.
The body was removed to the Smith funeral home.
Funeral services will be held from Trinity Episcopal church at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, Rev. Raymond E. Maxwell, rector, being in charge. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery.

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Comfort Dorsey "Bird" PORTER.

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Gilchrist PORTER , Jr. was born on 14 October 1859 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1365 He appeared in the census in 1860 in Hannibal, Marion, MO.1380 He died on 13 December 1873 at the age of 14 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.1365 Gilchrist has reference number 969.

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John Dorsey PORTER1454,1455 was born on 1 December 1861 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.1365 He appeared in the census in 1870 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.1381 He appeared in the census in 1880 in Clarksville, Pike, MO.1382 John lived in Alamo, Baja CA, Mexico in 1893.1456 He received a letter "via San Diego" from Hannibal, MO on 5 April 1893 in Alamo, Baja CA, Mexico.1457 He appeared in the census in 1910 in Joplin, Jasper, MO.1458 John appeared in the census in 1920 in Pajaro, Santa Cruz, CA.1459 He appeared in the census in 1930 in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.1460 He was buried in 1936 in Rural Cemetery, Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.1461 John died on 14 April 1936 at the age of 74 in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.1384,1462 He has reference number 764. Headstone, Rural Cemetery, Stockton, San Joaquin, CA - John Dorsey Porter, 1861 - 1936.

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William C. PORTER.

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Charles U. PORTER.