Source: History of Bureau County, edited by H.C. Bradsby, Chicago: World Publishing Co. 1885
P. R. PORTER, Concord, was born October 18, 1825, in Franklin County, Ohio. He is a son of James and Catherine (REED) PORTER, natives of Pennsylvania. They were the parents of the following children: John, Philip R. (our subject), Mrs. Eliza A. ENYART, Mrs. Margaret APPLEGATE, James, Mrs. Catherine HOLMES, Mrs. Carline HOLMES and Mrs. Martha TRIPLETT. Of these, John and Philip R. PORTER, Mrs. HOLMES and Mrs. TRIPLETT are residents of Bureau County. Our subject was reared in his native State. In 1850 he accompanied his parents to Bureau County, where the latter died. He made farming his occupation and started without means. He bought his first eighty acres on time, and being a good manager has acquired a fine property in Concord Township, consisting of a well-imporoved farm of 400 acres. He was married here June 24, 1856, to Miss Sarah SEATON, daughter of James SEATON (see history of SEATON family). Mrs PORTER is the mother of six children, viz.: James S., Arthur H., George I., Ora S., Estella and Catherine PORTER. Mrs. and Mrs. PORTER are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.