Although the exact date was not recorded, John Marion Porter was born in 1839 at Sugar Grove in eastern Butler County in Kentucky—which is found along Little Muddy Creek and serves as the Barren River's tributary. The Little Muddy Creek area became the settlement not only for the three Porter brothers (which included John M. Porter's grandfather) and their wives, but also for several other extended families. The area soon became known as one in which many were considered “kinfolk” because of how these families frequently intermarried. Like other Virginians who settled in Kentucky, some of these families were slaveowners. This chapter attempts to provide a background on John M. Porter's family, as well as an account of how John M. Porter was able to participate in the Confederate Army.
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