Mary Porter (1742-1822)
Mary Porter was a member of the Norwich Methodist society for sixty-eight years. She had been abandoned with her mother and brother by her father when very young but managed to avoid many of the pitfalls of youth.
Porter joined the Norwich Methodists in about 1755-56 and was converted by a sermon preached by Mr D. Wright. In 1777 she became the chapel-keeper and continued in that office for many years. She was particularly well-liked by the preachers for whom she provided hospitality. At the time of her death on February 19 1822, she was the longest-serving Methodist in the city.
Source: Methodist Magazine 1822, 480.