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Born in Greenville, South Carolina, USA on 1800 to Thomas Howard and Mary Polly Gosnell. Portman married Elizabeth Southerlin and had 15 children. He passed away on 1864 in Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, USA.
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Surname meaning for "Howard"
English: from the Norman personal name Huard, Heward, composed of the Germanic elements hug ‘heart’, ‘mind’, ‘spirit’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.