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Monday, November 3, 2008

The Two Wives of Perry Morrison Porter

Left: Headstone of Andromeda Wasson, wife of P. M. Porter. According to the headstone, Andromeda was b. Feb. 9, 1842, and d. Dec. 16, 1876.

Right: Headstone of Louisa J. Porter, consort and wife of P. M. Porter. b. Dec.17, 1833, d. Aug. 15, 1860.

The two graves are located in the Liberty Chapel Cemetery near Ethel, Mississippi. Ironically, both markers are very similar in design and size. It appears, however, that a newer, flat marker may have been added to Andromeda's grave in recent years.

A total of ten (10) living children were born during these two
marriages. According to Porter family history, Andromeda Wasson was born in Green County, Alabama. She and Perry Morrison Porter, born also in Alabama, in 1827, had two children before she died, Francis and Archibald. Their son, Archibald, was named for Perry's father, Archibald Porter, born on April 7, 1799, in South Carolina. Perry's mother was Susan Morrison Porter, born August 26, 1806, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Louisa J. Kimbrough was born December 17, 1833. She and Perry M. Porter had seven children, all whom were born in Attala County, Mississippi. Louisa apparently died giving birth to their eighth child in December 1876. The child's headstone simply says "Infant Porter" and is located nearby in Liberty Chapel Cemetery near Ethel, Mississippi.

Childen born to Perry and Louisa Porter were Nancy C., on October 13, 1863, Eliza B., in 1865, Susanna B. Porter, in 1867, Ella Porter, in 1869, Julie Sebell Porter, on March 23, 1870, Newton Porter, in 1872, and Perry Morrison Porter, Jr., born March 25, 1874.

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