Welcome to my genealogy site

My name is James Porter and wife is Margie

The main purpose of this site is to share our ancestor information with others. I will be starting with the Porter and Davis families and later I'll add our other associated families. Keep checking back here for more info or send an email at my email My family includes, PORTER, GIBSON, HAYS, MARTIN, MILLER, DUNCAN, LAUGHLIN, BROYLES 

Descendants list of the following families.(click on the link below)

Descendants of John B. Martin and Ina T. Norris

1. John Bailey Martin born JUN-23-1862, Jefferson Co., Il., (son of John Martin and Julyan Armstrong) married JUN-23-1889, Ina Thresa Norris, born FEB-20-1868, Jefferson Co., Il., (daughter of Augustus J. Norris and Margaret Dodds) died MAR-21-1956, Altona, Man., Can., buried: Hamilton Cemetery. John died NOV-18-1934, Pembina Co., Nd., buried: Hamilton Cemetery.
2. i Glen Augustus Martin born JUN-12-1890.
3. ii Neal Dodds Martin born MAR-26-1892.
4. iii Kirby Armstrong Martin born FEB-04-1895.
5. iv Noble Bailey Martin born FEB-17-1899.
Second Generation
2. Glen Augustus Martin (1.John1) born JUN-12-1890, Jefferson Co., Il., married (1) MAR-01-1916, in Washington, Pa., Anna Belle Carson, born DEC-01-1891, Washington Co., Pa., (daughter of Elgy Springer Carson and Ruth L. Morton) died APR-25-1961, Phoenix, Az., married (2) Mae Willis, married (3) Maxine M. Gallagher, married (4) Margaret Brown (Mcleod), born 1905. Glen died APR-18-1974, Palmyra, Mo.
Children by Anna Belle Carson:
i Ray Carson Martin born MAR-28-1917, Hamilton, ND., married (1) Warren Yetive Belote, married (2) Donna Jean Kaumeyer, born 1928, died 1977, married (3) Lila Mildred Briese, born 1918, died 1995. Ray died NOV-16-1995, Hamilton, ND.
ii J.B. Martin born DEC-25-1918, married Eleanor May Lemier. J.B. died APR-24-2010.
iii Charles Elgy Martin born MAR-17-1926, Hamilton, ND, married (1) Louise Lee Cocroft, born DEC-06-, Providence, RI., died SEP- -1994, Honolulu, Hi., married (2) (living)Chin. Charles died SEP-17-2013, Austin, Tx.
3. Neal Dodds Martin (1.John1) born MAR-26-1892, Illinois, married JUL-06-1920, Florence Louise Miller, born MAY-26-1902, Princeton, MO., (daughter of George William Miller and Martha Ann Loe) died SEP-13-1996, buried: Princeton Cemetery. Neal died SEP-17-1951, Princeton, MO., buried: Princeton Cemetery.
i (living) Martin married James Ferguson Dent, born JUN-06-1914, died JAN-18-1979.
ii (living) Martin married (1) Betty Jean Seeley, born FEB-24-1927, Princeton, MO., (daughter of Ovid Seeley and Rosie Thogmartin) died DEC-15-1965, married (2) living Thurman.
iii (living) Martin married Leon Dale Porter, born MAR-28-1922, Mercer Co., Mo., (son of Carl Vadus Porter and Veta Fonabelle Gibson) died OCT-29-2004, Iowa Methodist Hospital, Des Moines, Ia, buried: Evergreen cemetery, Lineville, IA.
4. Kirby Armstrong Martin (1.John1) born FEB-04-1895, married Edna B. Peters, born 1904, died 1980. Kirby died APR-24-1975, New York, Ny., buried: Miami City Cemetery, Miami, Fl.
i (living) Martin (details excluded), married Ralph Saltus.
5. Noble Bailey Martin (1.John1) born FEB-17-1899, Waltonville, Il., married DEC-24-1929, Eleanor Rinde, born 1906, died 1994, Portland Or. Noble died OCT-18-1957, Devils Lake, Nd., buried: Woodworth, Nd.
i Joann E. Martin born MAR-05-1933, married Lloyd Hanlin, born 1933, died 2002, Portland Or. Joann died OCT-23-2008, Portland, OR.

Descendants of George W. Millier and Martha Loe

1. George William Miller born AUG-07-1861, Mercer Co., Mo. (north of Spickard), (son of Harrison Miller and Martha Jane Spickard) married JAN-21-1883, in Princeton, MO., Martha Ann Loe, born MAR-17-1866, (daughter of William Anderson Loe and Sarah Ann Horn) died JUL-23-1946, Princeton, MO. George died APR-04-1949, Princeton, MO., buried: Princeton Cemetery.
2. i Grace Miller born MAY-25-1884.
3. ii Allie Miller born FEB-14-1886.
4. iii Bess Miller born JUL-03-1891.
5. iv Florence Louise Miller born MAY-26-1902.
Second Generation
2. Grace Miller (1.George1) born MAY-25-1884, Princeton, MO., married (1) 1903, Fred A. Lane, married (2) Charles Long, born 1869, died 1947, buried: Princeton Cemetery. Grace died SEP-07-1970, Princeton, MO.
Children by Fred A. Lane:

i Ralph Lane.
ii Allan Lane.
iii George Richard Lane born 1906, died 1907.
3. Allie Miller (1.George1) born FEB-14-1886, married AUG-01-1906, Paul C. Everly, born OCT-11-1882, died MAY-22-1954. Allie died SEP-22-1978, Princeton, MO.
i Robert Everly born APR-23-1907, married 1928, Wanda _____, born 1907, died 1936. Robert died 1986.
ii Martha Everly born 1912, married Clell B. Downey, born JUN-10-1912, died NOV-06-1991.
4. Bess Miller (1.George1) born JUL-03-1891, Princeton, MO., married SEP-21-1912, Perry Price Coon, born AUG-12-1889, (son of Charles M. Coon and Mary Perry) died 1973, buried: Princeton, MO. Bess died JAN-29-1988, buried: BETHANY, MO., Princeton Cemetery.

i Charles Miller Coon born 1915, married Bernice Harmon, born 1915, died 2005. Charles died 2001.
ii George 'Bill' Miller Coon born 1918, married (1) Cloe Johnson, born AUG-03-1923, died NOV-26-1964, married (2) Patricia Gorman. George died 2004.
iii Helen Louise Coon died INFANCY.
5. Florence Louise Miller (1.George1) born MAY-26-1902, Princeton, MO., married JUL-06-1920, Neal Dodds Martin, born MAR-26-1892, Illinois, (son of John Bailey Martin and Ina Thresa Norris) died SEP-17-1951, Princeton, MO., buried: Princeton Cemetery. Florence died SEP-13-1996, buried: Princeton Cemetery.

i (living) Martin married James Ferguson Dent, born JUN-06-1914, died JAN-18-1979.
ii (living) Martin married (1) Betty Jean Seeley, born FEB-24-1927, Princeton, MO., (daughter of Ovid Seeley and Rosie Thogmartin) died DEC-15-1965, married (2) (living) Thurman.
iii (living) Martin married Leon Dale Porter, born MAR-28-1922, Mercer Co., Mo., (son of Carl Vadus Porter and Veta Fonabelle Gibson) died OCT-29-2004, Iowa Methodist Hospital, Des Moines, Ia, buried: Evergreen cemetery, Lineville, IA.

My Grandpa and Grandma Martin

IMG_0427Neal Martin and Florence Miller were married July 6, 1920 and had three children, Virgina, George and Ruth.  Neal Dodds Martin was born, the son of John Martin and Ina T. Norris, March 26, 1892 and died September 17, 1951. Florence Louise Miller was born, the daughter of George William Miller and Martha Loe, May 26, 1902 and died September 13, 1996.They started life together in North Dakota then relocated to Illinois where his parents were raise and they moved back to North Dakota.  After my Mom was born in 1929 they moved to my Grandmother's hometown of Princeton, Mo., and that is where they stayed.
Below are their obituaries
Neal D. Martin, 59, Dies Unexpectedly 
   Neal D. Martin, 59 years old, a resident of this city for more than 20 years, died unexpectedly at his home late Monday night. Funeral services were set for Thursday afternoon from the Methodist Church, to be conducted by the Rev. Alfred Renfro.  Burial will be in the Princeton Cemetery.      Mr. Martin was in business here for many years and is widely known over the county.  He was a World War I veteran and was prominent in activities of the local post of the American Legion, being a former post commander.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Odd Fellows Lodge.      Surviving are his wife Mrs. Florence Martin of the home; a son, George Bailey Martin of Maryville; and two daughters, Mrs Dale Porter, Lineville, and Mrs James Dent, Salem, Mo.; three brothers and three grandchildren.

Info about Neal's ancestors
Florence Martin Obituary
    Florence Louise Martin. daughter of George William and Martha Ann (Loe) Miller, was born in Princeton, Missouri, on May 26, 1902, and passed away on September 13, 1996, at the Liberty, Missouri, Hospital at the age of 94 years.
    Florence was united in marriage to Neal D. Martin on July 6, 1920. Neal preceded her in death on September 17, 1951. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Grace Long, Allie Everly, and Bess Coon.
    Florence is survived by her two daughters, Virginia M. Dent of Salem. Missouri. and Ruth M. Porter (and son-in-law, Dale) of Linevine, Iowa; her son, George B. Martin (and daughter-in-law, June) of Austin, Texas; 6 grandchildren; 3 stepgrandchildren; 9 greatgrandchildren; 1 great, greatgrandchild; and by several nieces and nephews.
    Florence was raised in Princeton, Missouri, where she lived most of her life. She was a 1919 graduate of Princeton High Sohohl, and later attended the Wesleyan College in Cameron, Missouri. She worked for the Axtell Hospital in Princeton as a receptionist for several years.
    Florence was a lifelong member of the Princeton United Methodist Church, where she served as church musician for many years. In the early 1960's she was chosen as Mother Of Thc Year by the Mother's Psychology Club of Princeton.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, September 15, 1996, at 2:00 p.m., at the Princeton United Methodist Church with Rev. Jennie Vertrees officiating, under the direction of the Greenlee-Middleton Funeral Service of Princeton. Burial was in the Princeton Cemetery.

Finding your ancestor's land grants

Finding your ancestor's land grant info

I've been able to find land grant info for several of my ancestors.  Some from my Porter and other families.  I think it's interesting to see where they might have lived and not just which county or township.   I found some good websites that helped out.  The first site is Bureau of Land Management(BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site.  Then click the "Search Documents" button.  I used this site to find the township, range, section and partial granted.  Here, I selected Missouri, Jackson County and I entered "porter" for the last name.  

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Then the following screen shows all of the Porter's with land grants in Jackson County, Mo.  Using a census for the county and township that's close to the year of the patent date listed, is one way to verify which person is your possible ancestor.   In my case, I'm interested in the "Hugh Porter" with the 1835 date,  make a note of the values in the Twp-Rng,  Aliquots (partial) and Sec# columns, they will be used to actually locate the land on a map.  You can also click the link to see more detail and to print a copy of the original land patent for this person.
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The site mapper below can be used to locate the township, range and the section on the map.  It is not the   friendliest site, but after you've worked with it for a while it can help find the area that your ancestor might have lived.  Along the toolbar there is a button labeled "township", click it to see the screen below.
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This screen is used to zoom in on the land area described.  Select the State, enter township (66), direction  (North), range (23) and direction (West) and click the search button.   Click the Zoom button at the bottom, this will cause the above map to zoom in on the location.   Again, not the friendliest, just close this screen to see the previous screen.
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This screen shows the yellow outline for the selected land area.  I have zoomed in more and checked the PLSS box at the bottom of the screen, the section grid shows when you zoom again.  There are 36 one mile square sections (640 acres) in a township / range.   The sections are divided by quarters (160 acres), so a partial described as SW 1/4 NW 1/4 is the Southwest 40 acres (quarter of 160 acres) of the Northwest quarter of the 640 acre section.  When zoomed in with the aerial view, section quarters are more obvious.

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I hope this is some help, just add a comment or send an email if you have questions or something else to add.