From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
John W. Porter was born in Wood County, Ohio, March 8, 1854, a son of Joseph and Huldah Porter. He came to this county with his parents, and after the death of his mother, in 1868, made his home with his brother Samuel. He learned the mason's and plasterer's trades of his brother, and has worked at them since 1874. He was married Oct. 5, 1879, to Josephine Wood, a native of Franklin Township, DeKalb County, Ind., born March 16, 1856, a daughter of John K. and Irene Wood. To them have been born three children -- Jay, Ella May and Irene. Mr. and Mrs. Porter are among the most prominent young people of Metz. He is an industrious young man and one of the best mechanics of the township.
Submitted by Kim Davoli