When James Porter was born in 1803, there was not yet a Lawrence County, PA. He is thought to have been born in New Wilmington, Mercer County, PA. Some time after the 1840 United States Census for PA, Lawrence County was added. It took land from the southern part of Mercer County and from the northern part of Beaver County. By the time of the 1850-1860 Census, New Wilmington was within the relatively new Lawrence County.
There is book by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide titled "Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920," which shows state maps for each state including every county.
Sorry, I don't know the namesof James Porter's parents, but maybe his birth in New Wilmington could benefit your search.
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