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James A. Porter (on right horse), Roy Jarvis (standing) and Mr. Cooper (on left horse)

Photo submitted by: Mike Barker

James A. Porter was a brother-in-law to Roy Jarvis.

Roy Jarvis was the son of Flem and Rebecca (Phillips) Jarvis.

James A. "J.A" Porter was married to Flem's dau. Minnie.

If you look at the Olive Hill Attorneys picture, the man identified as Jim Porter is the same man.
James A. Porter's father was Levi Porter. Levi's father was A. J. Porter.

I talked with James A. Porter's daughter Irene Keeney on the phone in 1980. She told me the following about her dad...

"He taugh Higher Mathematics at Marshall College in Huntington, WV

As an attorney, he once defended a man accused of murder.
He sent a petition to the governor who granted the man parole. It was a landmark Case.

He was at one time superintendent of Carter county Schools."

James A. Porter with son Estill Porter (1902-1910) and Roy Jarvis.

James A. Porter

James A. Porter seated with bow tie. His wife Minnie Jarvis Porter beside him and son Estill Porter (1902-1910) beside her.

Standing with bow in hair is Lula (Porter) Roberts (1877-1915) daughter of Levi Porter & Betty Lundy.

I think this picture was 1903 based on the age of the son Estill Porter.

Lula Porter Roberts married George Roberts in 1904 and moved to Antigo, Wisconsin.

James A. Porter is in that 1920 group picture of Olive Hill attorneys.

Picture courtesy of Bette Greenhill. Here are her notes...

This picture is in an old album of my husband's family.
My husband's father was Ernest Greenhill, his mother was Grace Jarvis Greenhill.
Grace was the dau. of Fleming Jarvis and Rebecca Phillips. Flem's dau. Minnie Jarvis married James Alfred Porter.

Here is what info I have on James A. and Minnie Jarvis Porter's family:

James A. Porter b. Jan 1875 Ky d. July 8, 1940 Boyd Co., Ky.
Minnie Jarvis Porter b. Nov 9, 1879 Carter Co., Ky d. Dec 28, 1947 Covington, Kenton Co., Ky.
I have both death certificates. James's death cert. says his occupation was school teacher, attorney and WPA.

James and Minnie had a son, Estill b. Sept 7, 1902 d. Feb 3, 1910 [this from his tombstone]
Then they had a dau., Irene Porter b. Aug 29, 1910 d. Nov 29, 1996 Highland Heights, Campbell Co., Ky.
Social Security Death Index said her last residence was Newport, Campbell Co., Ky.
Irene md. Roy W. Keeney b. Jan 1, 1907 Ky d. July 26, 1969 Campbell Co., Ky.
Social Security Death Index says his last residence was Newport, Campbell Co., Ky.
They had a son, James P. Keeney b. Mar 12, 1929 Boyd Co., Ky [Ky Birth Index]

In 1902 James was teaching at Ross Chapel- newspaper art.
1910 Carter Co., Ky census, James was teacher-public school.
1920 Ashland, Boyd Co., Ky census-James was teaching.
1930 Boyd Co., Ky census: James A. Porter was an attorney.
1914 newspaper-Mr. and Mrs. James Porter and dau. Irene came from Denton to visit the latter's parents Mr. and Mrs. Flem Jarvis."

All photos belong to Bette Greenhill - jfjj98 at

Submitted by: JC Porter

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