Fonds MC385 - Joseph Porter

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Joseph Porter

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  • 1815-1823 (Creation)
    Porter, Joseph

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12 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Joseph Porter, the son of Jonathan Porter of Braintree, Massachusetts, was born 8 September 1764 at Malden, Massachusetts. In 1786 he arrived in Robbinston, Maine, relocating two years later to Calais, Maine. He married Elizabeth Marks (1774-1870), the daughter of Loyalist Nehemiah Marks, and they had 10 children: William (1795-1861), Elizabeth A., Hannah, John, George M., Mary, Eliza, Joanna B., Joseph N., and James.

In 1790 Joseph Porter opened the first store in Calais, and shortly thereafter moved across the border to St. Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, where he established a general mercantile business. His St. Stephen and Calais area customers could purchase clothing, foodstuffs, liquor, tobacco, household goods, timber, and yard goods. They paid for their purchases by cash, kind, or labour. Sons William, George, James, and John were also merchants; they probably worked with their father in the family business.

Outside his business concerns, Joseph Porter was interested in provincial politics. He was first elected to the House of Assembly as one of the members for Charlotte County at the general election of 1801, sitting until 1809. He was re-elected in 1816 and 1819, but met defeat at the polls in 1820 when he retired from active political life. He died on 19 June 1822, at age 57. William Porter followed his father into the political arena, sitting as a member of the House of Assembly for Charlotte County from 1846-1854.

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This account ledger was found in the attic of the Todd (Irving) house in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. A female descendant of James Porter married into the Todd family.

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This fonds consists of a single item -- account ledger D -- which contains individual itemized accounts for customers of Joseph Porter's general store at St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The accounts record customer's purchases and payments received.

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Donated to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick by Robert Cooper of St. Stephen, New Brunswick in 1974.


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