In doing Porter family history research I conclude that there were many of the Porter family who were of wealth in England. In the 1600's to 1800's there were hundreds of thousands of them that moved to America in the search for a chance to become wealthy.
I have found in my mothers records this biographical genealogy of the descendants of John Porter of Windsor Vermont. Its title says it was given by Marlow Rich Porter to his son Aubrey on his birthday in 1856,
You can read it here on this site or double click the document and go to http://slideshare.net. I have turned the download feature on so you may download it. I am also attaching it to FamilySearch Family Tree to John Porters name for any descendant or site visitor to find.
This biographical genealogy is an interesting study of how names came to pass, especially the Porter name. It has a history of Porters in England. It discusses coats of arms. The history part goes back to arund the year 1066. It discusses the political and religious strife in England, Great Brittain. It identifies Peter Porter as the first American Porter. There is a lot about Peter Porter, including a tragic killing of his wife by the Indians, his attempt at revenge, and his murder.
I at one time, searching around, had found a relationship to Abraham Lincoln. I thought it was the Cragun line where I had found it. (best to keep a research log or journal, that wouldn't happen if so). But it is here in the Porter line we connect to Abe's grandmother and the Porters.
I hope you take the time to read this Porter story, Marlow Rich Porter obviously put a lot of effort into it. It's 29 pages long. It is an interesting read.
PS: Marlow Rich Porter is my grandmother Nancy Athena Porter's oldest sibling/brother.