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In the 1850 Census there is a Porter Chaffee (born in New York)) in Erie county PA listed as the son of Ira and Hannah chaffee. The family includes Ira 41, Hannah 40, Ezra 18, Susan 17, Juliette (?) 15, Nancy 14, Sally 12, Porter 10, Louisa 8, Warren 6, James 4, Horace 2, Mariette 8 mons.
In 1870 he's living in Iowa with wife Catherine and children Lucinda 9, Jessie L. 8, Grant 4, Mary L 1- months. By 1880 he appears to have remarried as wife is listed as Irene and Grant and Mary are living with them.