PORTER, Maria Louisa

1853 - 1913

Maria Louisa Porter was born at Ipswich in 1853, daughter of Alfred Porter (1821-29 January 1896), a wine merchant's manager, and his wife Maria née Mayhew (9 May 1820-4 December 1893), who married at Pettaugh, Suffolk in 1846. In 1851, Maria was a 7-year-old, living at Lower Brook Street, Ipswich with her parents, 40-year-old Alfred, who was born at Halesworth and 40-year-old Maria, who was born Pettaugh, both in Suffolk, with six siblings, Frank 12, John George 11, William Henry 9, Jane Florina 4, Frederick 2 and Lucy 1, all born at Ipswich. Maria exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club from 19 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich in 1883, two table items 'Plaque' and 'Memo Holder' but was not a painter. In 1881, a governess and ten years later a 'mother's help' at the same family address in Lower Brook Street, Ipswich. By 1901 she was living on 'own means' with her two younger sisters at 198 Spring Road, Ipswich but by 1911 they had moved to Highbury House, 1 St Johns Road, Ipswich with addition of brother Frank, and where Maria Louisa Porter died on 14 October 1913, aged 60, she was unmarried.