Ann PORTER, 17851862 (aged 77 years)

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Name
Ann /PORTER/
Given names
Ann
Surname
PORTER
Also known as
Ann /Summers/
Also known as
Ann /Colley/
Birth
Note: Frensham Parish Records: Ann, daughter of James Porter, Mar 1, 1785
Fact
Note: John Stinner's name does not appear in any muster records of the 13 Regiment of Foot after 1821. Apparently Stinner, his wife Ann Porter Summers Stinner and her daughter Ann PriscillaSummers left the British Army after 1820.
Birth of a sister
Birth of a brother
Death of a mother
Note: Frensham Parish records: Sarah, wife of James Porter, buryed Sept 9, 1790.
Death of a maternal grandfather
May 11, 1804 (aged 19 years)
Note: Frensham parish records state: Thomas Chuter Age 72 buried 11 May 1804.
Marriage
Note: DORSET MARRIAGES VOL 2, transcribed by Clifford Tatler, SOG.

DORSET MARRIAGES VOL 2, transcribed by Clifford Tatler, SOG.

Marriage of Ann Porter and Frederick Summers (soldier 35 Regt), 28 Aug 1805 - by banns. (Looks like Frederick signed name, she made X). Witnesses: William Read and Thomas Whittle.

The LDS microfiln of the Bishop's Transcripts for Broadway has a gap for records in the time frame of this document; however, the other pages from the film appear to be identical in handwriting and form to this document. Evidently, the copy held by the family is a contemporary document.

Birth of a son
Death of a son
Note: Ann's baby boy Summers led a short but difficult, eventful life. He was born in Sicily after the 2nd Battalion of the 35th Foot arrived from England. In 1807 the British went to war against the Turks who controlled Egypt. The 35th Foot, with Ann and her young baby traveling along, invaded Egypt. The force was undersized and never made much headway in the country. There were several disastrous battles and the units ended up beeing bottled up in Alexandria for several months. Life must have been hard for the little baby and his mother. From the HISTORICAL MEMOIR 35TH ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT OF FOOT by Richard Trimen, page 100,

Ann's baby boy Summers led a short but difficult, eventful life. He was born in Sicily after the 2nd Battalion of the 35th Foot arrived from England. In 1807 the British went to war against the Turks who controlled Egypt. The 35th Foot, with Ann and her young baby traveling along, invaded Egypt. The force was undersized and never made much headway in the country. There were several disastrous battles and the units ended up beeing bottled up in Alexandria for several months. Life must have been hard for the little baby and his mother. From the HISTORICAL MEMOIR 35TH ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT OF FOOT by Richard Trimen, page 100,

"The army remained at Alexandria until September, when despairing of succour from England and exchange of prisoners was effected, and the troops embarked for Sicily on the 23rd [My addition: Baby Summers died only 10 days before the troops sailed from Egypt. It must have been a devastating loss to the young family. ] .... " The unit returned to Melazzo Sicily and the 2nd Battalion, with Frederick and Ann, embarked for England on the 25th of October, 1807.

The 35th Foot lost over 285 men in the short campaign. Interestingly, over 100 years later the 35th regiment was cut to pieces at the Battle of Almanza nearby in Egypt.

Birth of a daughter
Note: ARMY RECORDS BIRTHS:"Priscilla Summers Guernsey 1812 13th(sic)Regt vol 5 page 15"
Marriage
Birth of a daughter
1820 (aged 34 years)
Note: Susan was Ann's stepchild.
Death of a husband
1820 (aged 34 years)
Death of a husband
1822 (aged 36 years)
Note: John Stinner must have died by 1822 since his wife Ann married Samuel Groves Jan 1 1823

John Stinner must have died by 1822 since his wife Ann married Samuel Groves Jan 1 1823

Death not known but there is one possibility from English Databases:
FreeReg Burial entry
Link for reporting error in transcription
Field Value
County Somerset
Place (link for place information) Wiveliscombe
Church name St Andrew
Register type Parish Register
Register entry number 417
Burial date 23 Dec 1821
Person age 32
Burial person forename John
Burial person surname STINNER

Marriage
Note: From London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931

From London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931

Name: Ann Stinner
Marriage Date: 1 Jan 1823
Marriage Place: St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, Southwark, England
Spouse: Samuel Groves
Register Type: Parish Register

Death of a maternal grandmother
Death of a husband
Note: From London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003

From London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003

Name: Samuel Groves
Age: 40
Record Type: Burial
Death Date: abt 1826
Burial Date: 23 Aug 1826
Burial Place: St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, Southwark, England
Register Type: Parish Register

Burial of a husband
August 23, 1826 (aged 41 years)
Note: Samuel Groves Burial Record

Samuel Groves Burial Record
Age 40
Birth year 1786
Burial date 23 Aug 1826
Cause of death CONSUMPTION
Denomination Anglican
Residence Grange Road
Parish Bermondsey, St Mary Magdalen
County Surrey
Source South London Burials Index 1545-1905

Religious marriage
Note: From London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931

From London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931

Name: Charles Colley
Marriage Banns Date: 24 Dec 1826
Marriage Banns Place: St George the Martyr, Southwark, England
Spouse: Ann Groves
Register Type: Parish Register

Marriage of a daughter
Death of a father
Family census
Note: Charles Colley

Charles Colley

Age 65
Birth year 1776
Birth county Surrey
Birth county as transcribed SURREY
Birth place (other) England
Street Grange Road Turners Place
Parish or township Bermondsey

Ann Colley Female 51 1790 Surrey, England
Susan Colley Female 21 1820 Surrey, England

Death of a husband
March 9, 1849 (aged 64 years)
Note: Likely death certificate for Charles Colley:

Likely death certificate for Charles Colley:

Mar 9, 1849 St Clare and St Thomas District of Southwark. Death was at Georg's(Guy's??) Hospital, Southwark. Male 73, leather dresser. Guy's Hospital.
No mention of wife Ann or where he was born.

Census
Note: Ann Porter Colley was a widow living with her daughter Ann Priscilla, the widow of William Still. The entry shows that Ann Colley was born in Frensham, Surrey.
Emigration
Note: Arrived on ship Palestine, from London.
Census
1860 (aged 74 years) Age: 77
Note: 1860 United States Federal Census For Ann Colley

1860 United States Federal Census For Ann Colley

Gender: Female
Birth Place: England
Home in 1860: Campbell, Warrick, Indiana
Post Office: Canal
Dwelling Number: 978
Family Number: 978
Household Members:

Name Age
Ann Colley 77 (Ann Porter)
Priscilla Still 40 (48)
Priscilla Still 18
William Still 20
Caroline Still 9

Death
Burial
Family with parents
father
17471838
Birth: about 1747
Death: February 17, 1838Frensham, Surrey, England
mother
17581790
Birth: February 24, 1758 22 18 Frensham, Surrey County, England
Death: September 9, 1790Frensham, Surrey County, England
Marriage MarriageDecember 9, 1778Frensham, Surrey
6 years
herself
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17851862
Birth: March 1, 1785 38 27 Frensham, Surrey County, England
Death: September 3, 1862Warrick Co., IN
11 months
younger sister
1786
Birth: January 14, 1786 39 27 Frensham, Surrey County, England
3 years
younger brother
1789
Birth: January 24, 1789 42 30 Frensham, Surrey County, England
-9 years
elder brother
1780
Birth: March 25, 1780 33 22 Frensham, Surrey County, England
2 years
elder sister
1782
Birth: June 16, 1782 35 24 Frensham, Surrey County, England
Family with Charles COLLEY
husband
17761849
Birth: 1776
Death: March 9, 1849
herself
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17851862
Birth: March 1, 1785 38 27 Frensham, Surrey County, England
Death: September 3, 1862Warrick Co., IN
Religious marriage Religious marriageDecember 24, 1826St George the Martyr, Southwark, South London, England
-6 years
daughter
1820
Birth: 1820 44 34
Family with Frederick SUMMERS
husband
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17871820
Birth: November 1787 49 47 Cam near Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1820
herself
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17851862
Birth: March 1, 1785 38 27 Frensham, Surrey County, England
Death: September 3, 1862Warrick Co., IN
Marriage MarriageAugust 28, 1805Parish of Broadway, County of Dorset, England
13 months
son
18061807
Birth: October 2, 1806 18 21 Sicily
Death: September 13, 1807Egypt
6 years
daughter
18121880
Birth: November 21, 1812 25 27 Guernsey, Channel Islands, England
Death: March 28, 1880Warrick Co., IN
Family with John STINNER
husband
1822
Death: 1822
herself
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17851862
Birth: March 1, 1785 38 27 Frensham, Surrey County, England
Death: September 3, 1862Warrick Co., IN
Marriage MarriageOctober 30, 1820Edinburgh, Scotland
Family with Samuel GROVES
husband
17861826
Birth: 1786
Death: August 1826Bermondsey, Southwark, England
herself
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17851862
Birth: March 1, 1785 38 27 Frensham, Surrey County, England
Death: September 3, 1862Warrick Co., IN
Marriage MarriageJanuary 1, 1823St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, Surrey, England
John STINNER + Elinor HILL
husband
1822
Death: 1822
husband’s wife
Religious marriage Religious marriageApril 2, 1816St Helier, Jersey, England
Marriage Marriage
11 months
stepdaughter
18171838
Birth: February 16, 1817 Bath, Somerset, England
Death: November 12, 1838St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, Surrey, England
17 months
stepson
Birth
Marriage
Name
Death
Burial
Birth

Frensham Parish Records: Ann, daughter of James Porter, Mar 1, 1785

Marriage

DORSET MARRIAGES VOL 2, transcribed by Clifford Tatler, SOG.

Marriage of Ann Porter and Frederick Summers (soldier 35 Regt), 28 Aug 1805 - by banns. (Looks like Frederick signed name, she made X). Witnesses: William Read and Thomas Whittle.

The LDS microfiln of the Bishop's Transcripts for Broadway has a gap for records in the time frame of this document; however, the other pages from the film appear to be identical in handwriting and form to this document. Evidently, the copy held by the family is a contemporary document.

Marriage

From London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931

Name: Ann Stinner
Marriage Date: 1 Jan 1823
Marriage Place: St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, Southwark, England
Spouse: Samuel Groves
Register Type: Parish Register

Religious marriage

From London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931

Name: Charles Colley
Marriage Banns Date: 24 Dec 1826
Marriage Banns Place: St George the Martyr, Southwark, England
Spouse: Ann Groves
Register Type: Parish Register

Family census

Charles Colley

Age 65
Birth year 1776
Birth county Surrey
Birth county as transcribed SURREY
Birth place (other) England
Street Grange Road Turners Place
Parish or township Bermondsey

Ann Colley Female 51 1790 Surrey, England
Susan Colley Female 21 1820 Surrey, England

Census

Ann Porter Colley was a widow living with her daughter Ann Priscilla, the widow of William Still. The entry shows that Ann Colley was born in Frensham, Surrey.

Emigration

Arrived on ship Palestine, from London.

Census

1860 United States Federal Census For Ann Colley

Gender: Female
Birth Place: England
Home in 1860: Campbell, Warrick, Indiana
Post Office: Canal
Dwelling Number: 978
Family Number: 978
Household Members:

Name Age
Ann Colley 77 (Ann Porter)
Priscilla Still 40 (48)
Priscilla Still 18
William Still 20
Caroline Still 9

Shared note

LETTER from Wm Still in 1849 to Ann PORTER Colley mentions Jack PORTER ... Assume this is
brother or father of Ann.

Birth record for Ann PORTER found in index of church records Frensham, Surrey in Soc of Gen library,
SR/R47. Same index lists births of other children of James Porter.

Note

A couple of months after being promoted to Sergeant, Frederick Summers married Ann PORTER (reputed to be a barmaid) in the Parish of Broadway in the County of Dorset, on the 28th of August 1805. She was one of only 6 women who were allowed to travel with her husband in the Army. And travel she did. She had her first child 2 Oct 1806 in Sicilly and buried him "on the banks of the Nile" when he was not even one year old. (September 1807) Their second child, Ann Priscilla SUMMERS, was born 21 Nov 1812 in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. In a letter from Dora COOKSEY Roberts,( a granddaughter of Ann Priscilla SUMMERS) written in 1928, she states that Ann Priscilla and her mother " were stationed so near that they heard the guns of Waterloo... Frederick SUMMERS lived not many years after this, but she has no record of the exact date of his death, but he died when little Priscilla was yet a small child".

According to family oral tradition, "feeling that her little daughter should be given better advantages in education than she would be able to give her, Ann (the barmaid) decided to try for the child's sake to get her fathers people to help her. However, when she went to see them they refused to see her, so there was nothing for her to do but raise her daughter herself the best that she could. Little Ann Priscilla grew to be a woman and I am told a woman of unusually brilliant mind for her chances. She seemed to have inherited the SUMMERS brain rather than her mother beauty."

Ann PORTER Summers later married a man by the name of COLLEY. When or where is not known, only that in the 1851 Census both she and her daughter, Ann Priscillia SUMMERS Still are both left widows. On the 8th of September 1857 she and her daughter and 6 grandchildren arrived in New York on the Ship Palestine. They traveled from London with 204 other passengers, mostly from England.

Ann PORTER Summers Colley died 3 Sept. 1862 at the age of 80. She is buried in the Asbury Cemetery in Warrick County, Indiana. Her grave is unmarked.

Note

Recent research has revealed more information about Frederic Summers and his wife Ann Porter. We had known that, after the Battle of Waterloo, Frederick left the 35th Regiment of Foot when they returned in 1816. We had no further information on him after that except that a family story (written in Indiana some 80 years later) said that he had died soon after. Newly discovered records from Edinburgh Scotland and from Muster Books in the British archives show that circa 1818 Frederick rejoined the British Army in the 13th Regiment, not the 35th. The 13th was stationed in the Channel Island of Guernsey and I conjecture Frederick and his wife Ann Porter wanted to return to Army life in Guernsey where they had lived in 1812 when their daughter Ann Priscilla was born. But the records show that the 13th was transferred to Scotland in 1819 to suppress an uprising of Glasgow factory workers and Frederick died sometime around October 1820. Now we have discovered that Ann immediately remarried another soldier from the 13th - John Stinner. I haven't been able to find the outcome of this marriage; the 13th Regiment was sent to Nepal in 1822 but I don't know if Stinner and Ann went with them. It's possible she did: Ann had been an army wife and followed Frederick from post to post, battles and all, for 15 years.
Added: Research has shown that Stinner must have died because Ann married for the third time to a man named Samuel Groves, in London in 1823. However Groves died by 1826 whereas Ann married her fourth and final husband Charles Colley, 24 Dec 1826, in the London borough of Southwark.

Fact

John Stinner's name does not appear in any muster records of the 13 Regiment of Foot after 1821. Apparently Stinner, his wife Ann Porter Summers Stinner and her daughter Ann PriscillaSummers left the British Army after 1820.

Marriage
Marriage
Marriage
Religious marriage
Census
Emigration
Media object
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Media object
Ann Porter Summers Remarried in 1820 to John Stinner of 13th Foot
Ann Porter Summers Remarried in 1820 to John Stinner of 13th Foot
Note: A record in Scotlands People states that John Stenna (John Stinner) of the 13th Foot in Edinburgh Castle married Ann Porter, relict of Sgt Summers of the same unit, in 1820. John Stinner does not appear in 13th Regiment musters after 1821.