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  • ID: I3641
  • Name: Henri PORTAL 1
  • Name: Henry PORTAL of South Stoneham, and Freefolk, Hampshire 1
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 11 MAY 2015
  • Birth: 1690 in Poitiers, France 1
  • NATU: 1711
  • Note: Naturalized as a British Subject at Winchester in 1711. 1
  • Note:
    The Portals were an ancient noble Protestant family of Toulouse who stood firm by the faith of their fathers, and several of them suffered death rather than recant it. They were among the Huguenots who introduced the art of fine paper making to England – in 1712 Henri Portal leased Bere Mill, near Whitchurch, and began making paper. In 1718 he acquired the lease of a nearby mill at Laverstoke, and in 1724 contracted to manufacture bank notes for the Bank of England.
    From William Cobbett's Rural Rides:
    William Cobbett, writing in 1825, says, "From this to Whitchurch is not more than about four miles, and we soon reached it, because here you begin to descend into the vale in which this little town lies, and through which there runs that stream which turns the mill of Squire Portal, and which mill makes the Bank of England note-paper. Talk of the Thames and the Hudson, with their forests of masts ; talk of the Nile and the Delaware bearing the food of millions on their bosoms ; talk of the Rio de la Plata and the other rivers, their beds pebbled with silver, and gold, and diamonds ! What, as to their effect on the condition of mankind — as to the virtues, the vices, the enjoyments, and the sufferings of men — what are all these rivers put together compared with the river at Whitchurch, which a man of threescore may jump across dry-shod, which moistens a quarter of a mile wide of poor, rushy meadow and which is, to look at it, of for less importance than any gutter in the Wen ! Yet this river, by merely turning a wheel — which wheel sets some rag-tearers, and grinders, and washers, and recompressors in motion — has produced a greater eftect on the condition of men than has been produced by all the other rivers, all the seas, all the mines, and all the continents in the world." 2
  • Death: 30 SEP 1747 1

    Father: Jean Francois PORTAL of Poitiers b: 03 NOV 1642
    Mother: Françoise GRIMAUDET

    Marriage 1 Dorothy HASKER of Norrington, nr Overton, Hants
    • Married: 26 DEC 1715
    • Note: Portall, Mr Henry, & Mrs Dorothy Hasker, 22 Dec, 1715. Henry Hasker, of Overton, bondsman. 1 3
    1. Has No Children Charlotte PORTAL
    2. Has No Children Dorothy PORTAL
    3. Has No Children Henry PORTAL
    4. Has No Children Priscilla PORTAL
    5. Has Children Joseph PORTAL of Laverstoke, Hampshire b: 14 AUG 1720
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth PORTAL
    7. Has No Children Anne PORTAL
    8. Has No Children Henry PORTAL
    9. Has No Children Martha Charlotte PORTAL

    1. Title: Burke's
      Abbrev: Burke's
    2. Title: Book
      Abbrev: Book
      Page: Rural Rides, by William Cobbett
    3. Title: Marriage Licences granted by the Bishop of Hampshire 1689-1837
      Abbrev: Hampshire Marriage Licences

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