John E. Porter is a native of Morgan County, Mo., having been born on the place where he now lives. His father, John Porter, of Maryland, came to Morgan County when a young man, and entered about 600 acres of land on Richland Creek. He married, about 1841, Miss Hannah Ellis, daughter of William Ellis, formerly of Virginia. His death resulted from an accident, in 1860. He was prominent in county affairs, and served as county judge. John E. Porter, one of ten children, lived at the homestead with his mother until her death, in 1875. He was married in 1878 to Miss Nannie Carpenter, daughter of Jacob S. Carpenter, of Moniteau County, formerly of Kentucky, whose wife was Jane Carpenter, daughter of Moses Carpenter, an early settler of Morgan County. After his marriage Mr. Porter bought 250 acres of land off the old place, on which he built a house. He is a Democrat in politics, and belongs to the Baptist Church. He and wife have these children: Myrtle, Charles, Thomas and Alpha.

History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.