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  • ID: I4323
  • Name: George Washington Porter
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 28 AUG 1849
  • Note:
    WINSLOW REUNION 9/7/1919

    The annual reunion of the Winslow family was held on the lawn surrounding the residence of Hon R. C. Winslow of this place on Thursday September 7, 1919 , and about 200 were present. Representatives of this pioneer family were here from Benezette, Reynoldsville, Driftwood, DuBois, and other points.

    The Citizens' Band discoursed music during the forenoon and at the noon hour long lines of tables were spread with a bountiful dinner.

    Following the banquet, there was some speech-making, the chairman of the meeting being Edward J Winslow of Benezette. Miss Florence Fisher mad the address of Welcome, and George W. Porter gave a talk on "The Past, Present, and Future". W. M. Gillispie Esq, spoke on "The Lessons Our Fathers Taught Us".
    After voting to hold the next reunion at Punxsutawney, the following officers were elected: President - George W Porter; Vice President-William Winslow, Benezette; Treasurer-Raymond Winslow; Secretary- W. W. Winslow, Esq.

    George W Porter's address:

    "I wish to speak of two historic periods that have taken place in Punxsutawney.

    This town, perhaps this very spot on which we stand, was where the Six Nations ( the French called them the Iroquois) held their councils of war and plotted the destruction of the white man's home. It is supposed that Logan, the chief of the Mingos, delivered his celebrated speech at this place. Here it was they danced around their council fires and displayed the scalps of the unfortunate victims captured in war. Time has wrought a mighty change and not a vestige of that ancient race is with us today; the red man who chased the panting deer over these hills and through these valleys has gone never to return; his tomahawk has been buried and his war whoop is heard no more; the smoke from his wigwam mingled with the passing clouds years ago, and his council fires have gone out forever.

    A higher civilization is with us today, and we meet not with our hands reeking with the blood from some innocent victim, but to take each other by the hand and become acquainted and speak of the good qualities of the Winslow family. We do not claim to be all saints, but I have not heard of the Winslow blood stealing a horse, robbing a bank, or breaking in jail.

    We find among our numerous progeny many men of courage, intelligence, and ability, and among our ladies both young and old intellect and refinement, and if you would view the beauties of the forest or look upon the fair faces of Patigonians, or travel from the east to the west, from the north to the south, you would not find more beautiful women than those who have the Winslow blood coursing through their veins.

    For a few moments allow me to speak of our ancestors. It is not best to trace back too far, as some one said we might run into a robber such a Robin Hood, a generous robber, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor.

    Kenelm, our ancestor, was born in England in 1599. He did not come over on the first trip of the Mayflower, but came a few years after. His brother Edward landed with the Plymouth fathers in 1620, and he was a leading light among them. His wife died a short time after they landed and a few months after his wife died he married Susan White, a widow, who was the mother to her first husband of the first white child born in New England. Kenelm Winslow had several children. The youngest son, named Job, born in 1631. He was a civil as well as an army officer. Job had eight children, one whose name was James, our ancestor, born in 1687. He moved to Maine in 1728, was a farmer and a Quaker in belief. He had a son named James born in 1725, just 100 years before my mother was born. He had a family of 12 children and was also a Quaker in belief. He was the father of Carpenter Winslow, who lies in the old cemetery and was buried in 1827. He is the ancestor of all the Winslows in this and surrounding counties. He was born in 1766, ten years before the Revolution. He had nine sons, five of whom came with him on a vessel to Baltimore and from thence by the way of Clearfield to Punxsutawney, and here we are today, proud of our ancestors, for we find in history a long list of eminent men, ministers, missionaries and statesmen and from the days of Edward down through the brilliant career of Rear Admiral Winslow who commanded the Kearsage, cruising along the coast of France. He found in port the rebel gunboat Alabama. The commander of the Alabama sent Winslow a challenge which was readily accepted. Sailing into neutral waters they had a terrific battle, but our gallant commander sunk the rebel gunboat in 60 minutes.

    Our ancestors were home builders. They came to this valley and together with the Hoovers, Jenks, Carmalts, and others they cleared the forests and these fields in this beautiful valley and surrounding hills and then planted their corn and sowed their grain. They did their part in the great drama of life, then the Giver of All Good Gifts sent down His sunshine 93 millions of miles through space and the life-giving sunbeams entered the bosom of old mother earth and awoke these little germs of life and soon ten thousand miracles were wrought. It was not long until was seen the corn upon the hillside, the grain waving in the valleys, the cattle on the surrounding hills and the lucious fruit of the tree and vine.

    Truly, when man does his part our Divine Father is ever ready to do His part in the great drama of life.

    We need not be ashamed of our part in the great drama of life. We have done our share of making our glorious Republic the brightest gem in the diadem of nations. Let us go forth in the coming future, fighting the battles of purity, sobriety and honor, until our hands are loosened from the handles of the plow, and when we turn and look back over the furrows we have made we will feel proud that the good work is still going on."

    Father: George W Porter b: 1819
    Mother: Amanda Fitzallen Winslow b: 18 MAY 1825 in Pa
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