Portia Bartholomew married Foster Valentine Follett in
in 1866. Foster V. Follett was the son of Foster Morse
Follett, and the nephew of Oran Follett, publisher of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Mr. and Mrs. Foster Valentine Follett had
three children, two of whom died quite young from diphtheria. Their son Foster Morse Follett became a well
known cartoonist. His work appeared in the New York Herald, The World, and the
Saturday Evening Post. Cuyahoga County
After the untimely death of her first husband (at age 40), Portia married J. Henry Gardner, a musician who led bands in
and Ohio. In
the 1890 Sandusky City Directory, J. Henry Gardner is listed as the Manager of
a Piano and Organ Warehouse, as well as a piano tuner and repairer. Mrs. P.A.
Follett Gardner was listed as a Music Teacher and also a Dealer in Pianos,
Organs, and Musical Merchandise. Mrs. Portia Follett Gardner died in 1906 in Flint, Michigan, and was buried
in Oakland Cemetery
She was a strong woman, having outlived two children and her first husband, and
was a full partner with her second husband in the music business.