Maria Bucher 2 3
- Born: 3 May 1801, Alexandria, Huntingdon, PA 2 3
- Marriage (1): John Porter on 13 Mar 1821 1 2
- Died: 17 Jan 1892, Alexandria, Huntingdon, PA at age 90 2
- Buried: Alexandria: Alexandria Cemetery, Huntingdon, PA 2
Another name for Maria was Mariah Bucher.1
Noted events in her life were:
1. Book: Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Blair County.
John Lyon Porter, a member of the firm of Austin Brothers & Porter, of Tyrone, is a descendant of the old and honorable Scotch-Irish Presbyterian Porter family of central Pennsylvania. He is a son of George B. and Sallie (Lyon) Porter, and was born at Carlsville, Clarion county, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1857.
His paternal great-grandfather, Hon. Thomas Porter, was born in Ireland, and came to America at some time during the last half of the eighteenth century. He was a farmer by occupation, settled in Centre county, and died at Alexandria, Huntingdon county.
He was a democrat in politics, a ruling elder in the Presbyterian church, and married Jane Montgomery, a native of Centre county, by whom he had three children: John, Charles and Elizabeth. After his death his widow became the wife of Dr. William Jackson, and died at Alexandria.
The eldest son, John Porter (grandfather), was born at Alexandria, September 9, 1797, died at Pennsylvania Furnace, same county, March 24, 1881, and his remains were interred in the Alexandria cemetery.
He served as an elder of the Presbyterian church for over sixty years, and was elected by the democrats, in 1830, to represent Huntingdon county in the house of representatives of Pennsylvania.
He served as an adjutant in the 29th regiment State militia, was one of the incorporators of the Pennsylvania railroad, and was for many years in partnership with a Mr. Bucher in the mercantile business at Alexandria.
On March 13, 1821, Mr. Porter married Mariah Bucher, by whom he had eight children, four sons and four daughters. One of these sons, George B. Porter (father) was born at Alexandria, March 13, 1826. He followed farming for some time, and then was engaged in the mercantile business in Alexandria.
He is independent in politics, has served for several years as an elder in the Presbyterian church of Alexandria, and has always been active in the cause of religion in his community.
On December 23, 1851, Mr. Porter married Sallie Lyon, who died May 15, 1860, and left three children: Myla wife A. M. LaPorte; John Lyon; and William L., who is secretary of the Young Men's Christian association of York, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Porter was born in 1831. She was a daughter of John Lyon by his third wife, who was a Miss Patton previous to her marriage.
John Lyon was the senior member of the great iron manufacturing firm of Lyon, Shorb & Co., which owned several forges, furnaces and rolling mills in this State. He lived to be eighty-four years of age, and a fuller account of his life will be found in the sketch of Dr. W. L. Lowrie, of Tyrone.
John L. Porter received his education at Lawrenceville High School, New Jersey, and learned the trade of machinist, which he followed until 1878, when he went to Spruce Creek valley, where he was engaged in farming for eight years. At the end of that time, in 1886, he came to Tyrone, and during the next year became a member of the present firm of Austin Brothers & Porter. In 1890 this firm erected their large and well equipped foundry and machine shop plant near Tyrone, on the Little Juniata River. Their principal buildings are machine shop, 40 X 100 feet, a foundry, 40 X 60 feet, and a pattern department and engine room in a structure 35 X 60 feet. They employ twenty men, have a large trade, and build a very large number of steam engines and shears to cut iron. They use first-class material, employ skilled workmen, and produce work that ranks high for quality and general excellence.
November 25, 1880 Mr. Porter married Caroline, daughter of William M. Phillips, of Alexandria, Huntingdon county. To their union have been born two children: Susan M. (deceased) and Ruth. John L. Porter is a republican in politics, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tyrone. He is a good businessman, a practical and expert machinist, and an active worker in the Presbyterian Church, of which his paternal ancestors have been worthy members for generations.
Maria married John Porter, son of Honorable Thomas Porter and Jane Montgomery, on 13 Mar 1821.1 2 (John Porter was born on 9 Sep 1797 in Alexandria, Huntingdon, PA,1 2 died on 24 Mar 1881 in Pennsylvania Furnace, Huntingdon, PA 1 2 and was buried in Alexandria: Alexandria Cemetery, Huntingdon, PA 1 2.)