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PORTER, Medad Senior
(-1802)
DAVIS, Mary "Polly"
(-1802)
DU BOIS, Jonathan
(1778-1851)
HAM, Elizabeth
(1778-1862)
PORTER, Medad Junior
(1802-1863)
DU BOIS, Charity
(1804-1877)

PORTER, Harriet Lavinia
(1836-1912)

 

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MOTT, Wesley

PORTER, Harriet Lavinia

  • Born: 30 Jun 1836, Chittenango, Madison, NY
  • Marriage: MOTT, Wesley on 30 Jun 1871 in Chittenango, Madison, NY 1
  • Died: 24 Dec 1912, Neenah, Winnebago Co., WI at age 76
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bullet  General Notes:

Was the niece of Margaret Dubois Ham, the close friend of Mayhew Daggett and Mary Mott. She met Wesley Mott through the Ham's. See the note on Peter Ham.

Educated at the Polytechnic Institute at Chittenango and at the Cazanovia Seminary where she gradudated from in 1859. She studied math and later taught math, French and painting and drawing. After graduation she taught at a boarding school in Warrenton, North Carolina returning to New York State just before the outbreak of the Civil War. She taught in Chittenango and was later the preceptress of the academy at Cortland.

An educated woman, she entered fields that were not common to women of her day. Educated at the Polytechnic Institute at Chittenango,NY and at the Cazanovia Seminary she graduated from there in 1859. She studied math and later taught math, French and painting and drawing. After graduation she taught at a boarding school in Warrenton, North Carolina, returning to New York State just before the outbreak of the Civil War. She taught in Chittenango and was later the preceptress of the academy at Cortland. About 1870, when 34 years old, she made the trip west to Wisconsin to visit her aunt, Margaret DuBois Ham, who was living on a farm outside of Neenah, Wisconsin. There she met 36 year old Wesley Mott, who she would marry.

She bore three children of that marriage, giving birth to the youngest at the age of 36. She incouraged her husband to make the transition from farmer to full time lawyer and evidently insisted that the family move to town in the mid 1880's so that her son, Mayhew, could get the full benefits of the educational system there and follow in his father's footsteps as a lawyer.

 
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Harriet married Wesley MOTT, son of Mayhew Daggett MOTT and Mary WAGER, on 30 Jun 1871 in Chittenango, Madison, NY.1 (Wesley MOTT was born on 28 Feb 1835 in Rome, NY, died on 24 Dec 1918 in Neenah, Winnebago Co., WI and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, WI.)


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Sources


1 Elizabeth Porter (1827-1913), probably, Family Register of the Porter Family.


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