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Male Portman Gosnell Click to view Portman Gosnell in the family tree

Portman was born in March 1855 in Greenville Co., South Carolina.1   Portman's father is Charles Gosnell and his mother is Cloa Judith Sams.  His maternal grandfather was John Warren Sams and his maternal grandmother is Agnes Blackwell. He had eight brothers and two sisters, named Jesse, Martin, Charles, John, Solomon, John, Russell Rufus, Thomas Clingman, Nancy and Mary M..  He was the second youngest of the eleven children.  He died at the age of 65 in 1920.  He was buried in Motlow Creek Baptist Church, Spartanburg Co., South Carolina.1 1 

Portman's family with Mary Howard

They had six sons and three daughters, named James Pinkney, Jacob S., George, Charles, Thomas, Andrew Jackson, Delia, Clara and Kindness.

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