Porter, James

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James M. Porter was born 24 Apr. 1840, Broome, Schoharie, NY son of William Porter, Jr. and Almina Thornington.

Marriage & Children

James married 8 Mar. 1860 Nancy Jane Chicester, b. 1844 dau. of John. She died after 1 June 1880. They had two children:[1]

  • Cassius M. b. ca. 1870
  • Harry J. b. ca. 1873

James married 1881 at the Parrot House in Schoharie, Matilda Wainwright, born 20 Apr. 1851, Cobleskill dau. of Jonas and Jeanette Wainwright. They had one son:

In 1890 James M. Porter was on the special census of Civil War Veterans, living in Potters Hollow, Rensselaeville, Albany, NY. In 1900 James and Matilda were again living in Broome, Schoharie.

Military Service

Residence: Rensselaerville
Enlistment Date: 24 Nov 1863, age 23
Enlistment Place: NY City
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery
Company: Company H
Transfer Date: 2 Jan 1864
Transferred to: Company F
Wounded in Action on: 16 Jun 1864
Wounded at: Petersburg, VA
Transfer Date: 30 Jun 1865
Transferred to: Company D
Muster Out Date: 1 Aug 1865
Muster Out Place: Fort Federal Hill, Baltimore, MD
Additional Remarks: Was injured in left testicle while ..ilding .... ..... at Cold Harbor, Va. Was 5 months and 8 days in Andersonville Prison, ....... Rheumatism was ......[2]

Born in Schoharie Co., NY, Age 23, Farmer, Blue eyes, Brown hair, Light complexion, 5'9" tall.[3]

Sources Used:Ancestry.com, U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898


James died 19 Jun 1917 Broome, Schoharie. He was buried 21 June 1917 in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Livingstonville. Matilda Wainwright Porter died 17 March 1934 and was buried 20 March 1934 beside her husband.


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media


  1. 1880 census
  2. 1890 census Special Schedule, Rensselaerville
  3. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Ancestry.com Military databases

Sources for this biography other than the military came from various sites on the Internet that were gathered and posted on the Berne Historical Project site BerneHistory.org.