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Porter, Benjamin, 1700 - 1750

Benjamin Porter (February 14, 1700-July 4, 1750) was the son of Deacon Thomas Porter and Lois Stanley of Farmington, Connecticut and the husband of Esther Thomson.  In 1738, the Tunxis protested against his and other Farmington residents' occupation of their land.
John Porter (November 12, 1648- ) was the son of Robert Porter and Mary Scott of Farmington, Connecticut.

Whitman, Elnathan, Rev., 1709 - 1777

Reverend Elnathan Whitman was the son of Samuel Whitman and Sarah Stoddard of Farmington, Connecticut, and the husband of Abigail Stanley.  Through his mother, Whitman was first cousin to Rev. Jonathan Edwards.  After graduating from Yale College in 1726, Whitman worked as a tutor there for four years.  He then went on to become the minister of the Second Church in Hartford, succeeding Thomas Buckingham in 1732.  Whitman served in that capacity for forty-five years.

Hart Steele, Sarah, 1687 - 1751

Sarah Hart Steele (c. 1687-February 26, 1751) was the daughter of Captain John Hart and Mary Moore of Farmington, Connecticut.  She married Ebenezer Steele in 1705 and had two children, Mary and Sarah.

Connecticut, U.S. Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920, Ancestry.  Captain John Hart, Manwaring, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records: Hartford, 218-9.  Sources for this biography come from the Related Digital Heritage Items listed below.

Judd, Annah, 1712 -

Ann Judd (October 15, 1712-) was the daughter of Samuel Judd and Ann Hart of Farmington, Connecticut.  She first married Ebenezer Moody in 1731 and then David Porter.
Sylvester Judd, Thomas Judd and His Descendants (Northampton, MA: J. & L. Metcalf, 1856), 15.  Additional sources for this biography come from the Related Digital Heritage Items listed below.

Moody, Ebenezer, 1706 - 1748

Ebenezer Moody was born in Hartford, Connecticut, where he was baptized on Sept. 8, 1706. He moved to Farmington, Connecticut, where he and other residents, in 1738, were accused of encroaching on Indian land in the Tunxis Indian petition to the Connecticut General Court. He was lost at sea when his wife Anna Moody applied for a divorce in March 1744 on the grounds that he was missing and presumed lost at sea. His estate was inventoried on July 19, 1748, and distributed among his heirs.