From: "Montreal History and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892
Thomas Porteous was one of the early English merchants of Montreal. Removing from Terrebonne, where he had resided, to Montreal, he began business as a general merchant in Notre Dame Street. He had married Olive Everett, and to them was born in Montreal a daughter, Agnes Porteous, in 1798.
In 1814, his eldest daughter Mary Porteous, was married to Henry Griffin, who was a Notary Public of that time. The son of this marriage is the well-known J.C. Griffin of Montreal, one of the most highly respected and efficient notaries of the present day.
Mr. Porteous was rather an important man in his day. He held several
offices of trust. In 1818 he was the President of the Company which organized
the first Water Works for supplying Montreal
with water. Previous to this, during the War of 1812-1814,
he undertook at the request of the Government the great task of forwarding
supplies to the troops throughout the Province. In 1820 he was the President
of the Agricultural Society of Montreal,
also Vice-President of the Savings Bank then
in existence. He was also for some time a director of the Bank
of Montreal, and likewise of the Lachine Canal
Company. He died February 23rd, 1830.
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