EARLY PORTEOUS BUSINESSES
Wherever they went, Porteous family members set up businesses of many kinds, from publishers to cabinet makers, attorneys to architects.
Many of these businesses were originally established in the countries where Porteous immigrants first settled, that is, Canada and the northern US states, as well as in the Porteous homeland of Scotland.
Now, of course, Porteous families have spread to many parts of North America – and even as far away as Argentina. We will list as many Porteous firms as we find – and this list will be constantly added to.
|1817||Porteous, Hancox B Co, Montreal||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|1817||Crignan, Porteous & Co, Quebec||Quebec, Canada|
|1833||Yuill, Porteous & Co, grocers and spirit dealers||2 Cambridge Street, Glasgow, Scotland|
|1836–74||Dundas Smith Porteous, mechanical engineers||Snawdon Works, Sneddon, Paisley, Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|1837||Porteous, Mitchelson (and printer), booksellers and stationers||High Street, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland|
|1840||Christie, Porteous, & Carson, Cedar Valley||St George, Jamaica, West Indies|
|1834–51||Porteous & Kennedy, engineers and machine makers||30 Causewayside, Paisley, Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|1862–63||Porteous, Henry & Co, grocers||St Jean Bte village, Montreal, Quebec|
|1862–63||Porteous & Hislop, publishers||Glasgow, Scotland|
|1864–74||Porteous & Co, general merchants and hardware commission agents||St Sacrament, Montreal, Quebec|
|1873–83||Hislop, Porteous & Mitchell*||170 Main Street, Norwich, Connecticut|
|1873–1991||Porteous, Mitchell & Braun Co, department store||Congress Street, Portland, Maine|
|1886–97||Porteous & McLagan*, cabinet-makers||Stratford, Ontario|
|c||1890||Cornwall Standard-Freeholder* newspaper company||Cornwall, Ontario, Canada|
|?||George Porteus & Sons Ltd, engineers||Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire|
|1897–1921||James Porteous' Fresno Agricultural Works*||Fresno, California|
|1900–29||Heywood & Porteus Ltd, ironfounders||Grove Foundry, Gomersal, Yorkshire|
|1909||Porteous Decorating Company||Reno, Nevada|
|?||Porteous & Mitchell, publishing company||Connecticut, US|
| ||1914–19||Porteus Walker Construction Company||East Haddam, Connecticut|
|1917||Porteous & Son||Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota|
|1950||Geo Porteus & Sons (Leeds) Limited, brewing, malting & distilling plant manufacturers||Leeds, Yorkshire|
|1961||Porteous & Johnson||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|1966–present||Porteous Fastener Company||Los Angeles, California|
|1974–92||Porteous, Mitchell & Braun Co, department store||Burlington Square Mall, Church Streeet, Burlington, Vermont|
|1974–92||Porteous, Mitchell & Braun Co, department store||8 Gumet Road, Brunswick, Maine|
|1974–92||Porteous, Mitchell & Braun Co, department store||641 Stillwater Avenue, Bangor, Maine|
|1974–92||Porteous, Mitchell & Braun Co, department store||550 Center Street, Auburn, Maine|
|1974–92||Porteous, Mitchell & Braun Co, department store||830 Main Street, Ste 1, Presque Isle, Maine|
|1978||Wright, Porteous & Lowe/Bonar, architectural engineers||East 98th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana|
|1990–98||Simon, Porteous & Associates, publishers||PO Box 589, Great Barrington, Maine|
|1998||Porteus & Walker Company, architects||Hartford, Connecticut||1928–2002||Porteous, Hainkel, Johnson & Sarpy*, attorneys||704 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
|1928–2002||Porteous, Hainkel, Johnson & Sarpy*, attorneys||527 East Boston Street, Suite 200, Covington, Louisiana|
|1928–2002||Porteous, Hainkel, Johnson & Sarpy*, attorneys||211 West Fifth Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana|
|2002||Rithner, Porteous & Cia, SA, printing and reprographics equipment||José C Paz 2950, (1437) Capital Federal, Argentina|
*Hislop, Porteous & Mitchell was founded by three Scottish immigrants, James Hislop, John Porteous and Archibald Mitchell in 1873
*Porteous & McLagan, cabinet-makers was founded by George McLagan and Robert Sidney Porteous in 1886
*The Cornwall Standard-Freeholder newspaper was founded by Archibald Carlyle Porteous and George Porteous ca 1890
*The Fresno Agricultural Works was founded by Scottish immigrant James Porteous in 1897
*The Porteous Law Firm was established in 1928 by William A Porteous Jr and F Carter Johnson Jr
The above list has been compiled from information gathered from a variety of sources, much of it supplied in personal correspondence, and from postings on Internet bulletin boards, and its accuracy cannot be fully guaranteed.
Family historians are advised to check the accuracy of all names and dates for themselves. Wherever possible, the author will be willing to give further details of sources of information.
Please notify any corrections or omissions to Bruce Porteous at the Porteous Research Project. Any information about the emigration of Porteous/Porteus families (regardless of spelling) will be gratefully received.
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