Originally published under My Two Ancestors That Fought in the Civil War by S.J. Porter1
Contributed by Jo Branch
Jesse Porter was born on the 4 of July 1840 in Gates County, North Carolina [see Porter Bible]. Now Jesse Porter had a wife named Margaret Evira Mathias . They had fourteen children. Jesse died in 1909. Their oldest son’s name was John Benjamin Porter. He was born 28 Feb 1869 in Corapeake, Gates County, NC. John died on 29 Apr 1923 and was buried in Jackson, Clarke County, Alabama. They were my great-grandparents. Jesse’s parents were James [born ca 1817 - VA] and Martha Benet Knight Porter. They had 3 sons and 2 daughters. Jesse Porter served with the 33rd North Carolina State Troops Company D (North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: A Roster, compiled by Weymouth T. Jordan, Jr.) This company was raised in Gates County and enlisted there in August 1861. It was mustered into state service at Raleigh on December 14, 1861 and was assigned to the 33rd Regiment NC Troops as Company H. When the regiment was transferred to Confederate service on January 9, 1862, the company was designated Company E. The company functioned thereafter as a part of the 33rd Regiment, and its history for the remainder of the war is reported as a part of the regimental history.
A special ceremony was held by the SCV2 near Corapeake, N.C. August 8, 1998 to honor Jesse Porter and his brother, John. [see also the Dixie Invincibles Monument at Middletown, Hyde Co., NC
Footsnote #1 – Article written at age 10 by S. J. Porter and originally published in Legends and Legacies of Winn Parish, Louisiana, Vol. 3, No. 4, January 2000.
Footnote #2 – A special thank you to Seth David Latham [see obituary], Adjutant and past commander of Belhaven’s Camp 1695, for the use of the Porter information from his website and cousin Mary Looney for use of the photographs taken that day.
Permission was granted exclusively to S. J. Porter and B. J. Branch for the use of information and photographs provided by Seth Latham and Mary Looney.
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