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.

Researching Thomas Porteous................Glen Porteous..........ggg grandson
                                            ................Bev Rabeau ............ggg granddaughter
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