REUBEN L. PORTER is favorably known in Arrowsmith Township as an intelligent and industrious farmer, and occupies a snug homestead on section 21. He comes of substantial ancestry, and, like his parents, was born in Fayette County, Pa., the date thereof being July 4, 1825. He is the son of John and Eliza (Lowrey) Porter. The first representatives of the family in this country emigrated from England and Scotland respectively, and possessed in a marked degree the reliable characteristics of those races. John Porter was born Aug. 16, 1800, and became a resident of Iowa while in the prime of life. He followed farming, shoemaking and tanning, and died in Appanoose County, Iowa, in 1855. His wife, Eliza L. was born in 1803, and died in the latter-named county the same year as her husband. The children of John and Eliza Porter, the parents of our subject, were, Francis M., Reuben L., Sarah; Mary, now Mrs. Payne; Moses; Eliza, Mrs. Gally; Susan, Mrs. Dr. Bunker; Catherine, now Mrs. Monroe, and all live in Appanoose County, Iowa, except Mrs. Bunker, who lives in Missouri.

Our subject remained with his parents until their removal to the West, and became a resident of this county in 1852. He cultivated rented land for a number of years, and in 1853 purchased eighty acres in Arrowsmith Township which constitutes his present homestead. This he has brought to a good state of cultivation and upon it has a substantial and convenient set of buildings. He was married. Sept. 2, 1851, to Miss Susan Young, a native of Butler County, Ohio, who was born April 15, 1833. Her parents were John and Rebecca (Britton) Young, both now deceased. Their family of five children is recorded as follows: Maria, Mrs. Francis, is a resident of Ohio; Hannah, Mrs. Armacost lives in Ohio; Rebecca, Mrs. Hollinger, lives in Ohio; and Benjamin lives in Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Porter became the parents of ten children, of whom the record is as follows: Eliza died when one year old; Virtue, Mrs. Scott, is a resident of Nebraska: Temperance, who married William Johnson, is deceased; Patrick H. married Miss Esther Welch; the remainder are William O., Mary E., John F., a teacher, Almeda, Susie and Eunice. Mr. Porter is Democratic in politics, and for many years has been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has served as Class-Leader for twenty years, has been teacher in the Sunday school and is Trustee of the church and parsonage property. With his son, John F., he is at present Superintendent of the Sunday-school.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 402. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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