Henry Porter is numbered among the pioneer settlers of Sacramento county, and in the affairs of life he has achieved success, demonstrating the fact that prosperity is not the outcome of genius or talent but follows persistent and well directed efforts. Although he has passed the seventieth milestone on the journey of life he is yet actively connected with business affairs, and is the owner of a large and valuable ranch near Folsom.

Mr. Porter is a native of county Cavan, Ireland, where he was born on the 15th of October, 1831, his parents being William and Jane (Strong) Porter, also natives of the north of Ireland and of Scotch descent. In 1848 the son Henry crossed the waters to America, the voyage being made in the sailing vessel Eldorado, and twenty-four days were consumed in the passage between Liverpool and New York city. He maintained his residence in the last-named place until 1857, engaged chiefly in teaming. In that year, accompanied by his wife, Mr. Porter made the journey to California, via the isthmus route, going from New York city to Aspinwall on the steamer St. Louis, and thence on the steamer Golden Age to this state, landing at San Francisco on the 18th of November, 1857, twenty-four days having been consumed in the entire journey. For a time after their arrival they resided in various places, but in 1859 took up their abode on their present valuable ranch. First pre-empting one hundred and sixty acres, he has since added to this tract from time to time until his farm now contains two hundred and forty acres of valuable and well improved land. The estate is a model of perfection in its appointments and keeping, and the well tilled fields and rich pasture lands yield to him large crops each year, while the farm buildings plainly indicate the care and labor that have been bestowed upon them in order to retain their neat appearance and splendid condition.

While residing in New York city Mr. Porter was united in marriage to Miss Amelia Brown, the wedding being celebrated on the 14th of October, 1857. She was born in county Cavan, Ireland, December 7, 1828, a daughter of Henry and Mary A. (Atchison) Brown, also natives of the north of Ireland and of Scotch descent. She came to America in 1848, and from that time until 1857 was a resident of New York city, where she gave her hand in marriage to Mr. Porter and with him came on the then long and tedious journey to California. Of the children born to this union four are now living, namely: Henry G., a resident of San Francisco; Mary J., the wife of E. C. Bedell, a well known orchardist of Placer county, California; Joseph, also a resident of San Francisco, and Robert, the efficient superintendent of the Hall, Lewis & Company ranch at Orangevale, California. They have also four children deceased: William, Arthur, Ann F. and Charles. For a number of years past Mr. Porter has served as a trustee of the Sylvan school district, and is independent in his political affiliations. Both he and his wife were formerly members of the Roseville Grange, P. of H., and he also affiliates with Roseville Lodge No. 203, I. O. O. F., in which he has filled many of the important offices.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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