Medad Porter and his wife Charity
Medad Porter, Jr. married Charity in 1826 and lived out their lives in Chittenango,
New York, having six children. Medad's ancestry is still under investigation, but
he was a carpenter, as was his son Abram. He was born in 1802 in Waterford, New
York and died in 1863 in Chittenango at the age of 61. The only photo of him is
in his casket. It's a bit weird, and I hesitate to put it on these pages, but I
shall do so anyway.
On the right is Charity DuBois who was born in 1804 in Catskill, NY and died in
Chittenango, NY in 1877 at the age of 73
Mayhew Daggett Mott
The son of a Revolutionary War veteran, and a veteran of the War of 1812 himself,
Mayhew Daggett Mott decided to pull up stakes in 1853 and come to Wisconsin from
New York State. With a wife and two children, and by then in his 58th year, this
must have been somewhat of a journey. But he made it. He and his wife settled at
Winchester, Wisconsin, where they are buried and memorialized.
Mayhew Daggett Mott was born in Pittstown, New York in 1795 and died in 1869 in
Winchester, Wisconsin. A good deal is known about his ancestors, especially on his
mother's side. His mother, Naomi Daggett Mott, was descended from early Puritan
settlers to Massachussettes.
Mary Wager Mott was born in 1793 in Brunswick, New York and died in 1880 in Winchester
at the age of 86. Her parents are unknown at this point, but there is a known clan
of Wagers in and around Brunswick at the time she was born. They were largely descended
from German emigrants to this country in the second half on the 18th century.
Mayhew and Mary Mott had four children, two of whom died at an early age. The two
surviving children Martha Austin Mott and Wesley Mott, made the trek to Wisconsin
with them in 1853. Martha, born in 1824, was a good deal older than her younger
brother, Wesley, who was born in 1835. Martha met and married Seneca Shirland in
Wisconsin and lived out her life near New London, Wisconsin.
The photo on the right is a scanned tintype probably dating from around the time
of the Civil War.
The one in the middle, also a scan of a tintype, is probably sometime around the
time of his marriage.
On the left is perhaps taken in the early 20th century.
Harriet Lavinia Porter Mott
Harriet Lavinia Porter Mott (1836-1912) On the left is a tintype from a bit of an
earlier period, perhaps when she was in school or teaching.
On the right is a carte-de-viste type photo that would seem to have been taken close
to her her marriage to Wesley Mott in 1871.
The photo below is Harriet with her sisters. Photo was probably taken in the 1850's
Emma Holmes Mott
Emma Holmes Mott, my Grandmother, died in 1917 of TB. Her parents were Danish immigrants
who settled in Neenah, Wisconsin. Her husband, devistated by her loss, kept many of her things
for years, even though he re-married.
Mayhew Mott, my maternal grandfather, was an influential attorney in Winnebago County,
Wisconsin, through the middle of the 20th century. He fathered four children, the
oldest my mother. He remarried following the death of his wife Emma when the youngest
children were four and he died in 1960.
English Great Aunts and Uncles
The picture on the left is a family gathering perhaps following the death of my
Great Grandfather. It can be roughly dated to 1903 or so by the age of the girl
who is no doubt my Lena.
Picture in the center of the three women was no doubt taken the same day as the
picture above of the whole family given that the hat on Alice is on the lap of the
seated woman at the left in the above photo. This is a closeup scan of a photo approximately
4 inches wide and 5 ½ inches tall. The scanned area is about 2 ½" tall by about
3 ½ wide. On the back is written in not familiar handwriting:
"Bottom of the Garden at Affpuddle
Kate Maude Alice"
The photo on the left is my Great Grandfather, who died in 1903.
On the right is the whole family, less my grandfather Henry, who was already in
America. I would date this photo about 1895 or so given that Kitty, my Great Grandmother
in the middle of the picture, died in 1900 at the age of 71. Seated would be Alice
and Maude on the right. Kate is standing on the right and to her right is Will,
who became the namesake of my father and my brother..William James Spicer.