Robert Norden, Rev
... unknown Norden
... ...Christopher Norton .17148 England
... ... 1st wife Anne unknown
... ... ... John Norton b. 1738 New Kent, VA
... ... .... Mary unknown
... ... ... ... children:
... ... ... ... Sarah Norton b.1758
... ... ... ... John Norton b. 1759
... ... ... ... James Norton b. 1761
... ... ... ... unknown Norton b. abt 1762
... ... ... ... .David Norton b. 1763 Fluvanna, VA
... ... ... ... .Thomas Norton b. 1765
... ... ... ... .Elizabeth Norton b.1769, VA
... ... ... ... .Milly Norton b.1774 Fluvanna, VA
... ...Christopher Norton .17148 England
... ... 2nd wife Mary Emmerson b.1735 VA
... ... ... Thomas Norton b1753 Goochand, VA
... ... ... William Norton b1754 Goochland, VA
... ... ... Martha Norton b1756 Goochland, VA
We have established a DNA signature confirming the relationship of this family
David Norton, son of Christopher Norton of Fluvanna, VA.
Sophia Fancher b. abt.1764 d. 1823, Grant, KY
Married abt.1763 Washington, VA
SamuelNorton b. 1785 Sevier, TN m. Nancy Jones, Bourbon, KY, 1808 d.1819 Family stayed in Bourbon, KY10 Generations in America
David Norton was born in 1763 in Fluvanna, VA according the his Revolutionary War record recently discovered.
Norton family seems to have been living in Fluvanna since 1763. We have
numerous records of their activity in this area.
All of the original sources for David's family mention that there were 5 brothers that served in the Revolution. We have records for John, James and David. In addition one brother was captured in SC and died on a prison ship in Charleston Harbor. Another brother we believe to be Thomas moved to SC. James and
David both joined when they turned 17. It is known that James and John
Norton were at the battle of Yorktown.
David Norton is on the tax rolls of Washington, VA for 1782 with just himself 5 horses and 4 cattle. (he would be 19) Also in his precinct is Jospeh Slaughter. The land owners around him have a lot of property and slaves. A number of men from Rockingham are said to have come to washington in 1782. There is a George Norton on the 1810 census for Washington, VA. He has a mature family and is not the same family.
This land is situated at the opening of the Cumberland Gap, the only route into Kentucky. David has a lot of horses and it suggests that he was engaged in transporting emigrants into Kentucky since the trail would not allow wagons. This same year James (brother of David) is at the Battle of Blue Licks in Kentucky which indicates the Norton family was involved with Kentucky from an early time. Given James close relationship with Daniel Boone and that Boonseville is situated 2 miles from Nortonsville in Virginia, we might surmise that the Nortons were instrumental to development of KY. Another brother, Thomas also had land in this area before he died and it was sold.
Norton land in Washington, VA
David Norton marries Sophia Fancher. David is 21 years old. We get the name of David's wife from David Norton Jr. who filled out several family history records. This date is calculated from the birth dates of Samuel and John H Norton.
*Melissa Orsevi is on several family group sheets as a wife of David Norton. This is not a wife of David Norton. We have tracked down the source to an erroroneous family group sheet submitted. In addition we have proved it with DNA testing.
moves with the Fancher family to Fancher, Sevier, TN.
|1785||Samuel Norton is born in Sevier, TN|
|1788||John H. Norton is born in Sevier, TN from 1850 census.|
|1788||Mary Norton is born in Sevier, TN. This date is calculated from the indenture record of David and Sophia's oldest daughter Mary in Bourbon, KY 1798.|
|1789||Sophia Norton is born, in Sevier, TN. Birth date is calculated.|
The Census of 1790 shows David Norton in Claremont, SC. Claremont is a county that has since been lost in boundary changes. It existed for just a short time and is about 40 miles east of Horry County, SC. We have determined that none of this Nortonfamily actually lived in SC. The Sellers History is in error.
David locates to Kentucky March of 1791 he is on the tax rolls of Bourbon, KY.
In July of 1791 he signs as a bondsman for his brother John to buy land southeast of Paris, KY.
Henry Norton is born 1791 in Bourbon, KY.
|1792||Tax rolls of Bourbon, KY show David with 1 horse 2 cattle. The date of the tax record indicates David James and John Norton are living close together.|
Norton sells land in Washington, VA
Tax rolls of Bourbon, KY show John w/ 6 horses 12 cattle; James w/ 1 horse 3 cattle and David just on the roll.
David Norton is named as one of two securities for Margaret Fousher (Fancher?) to settle the estate of John Fousher (Fancher?) deceased. November Court for 1794 on page 92
John Norton is also ordered as an appraiser of the personal estate of John Fousher (Fancher?). November Court for 1794 on page 92
This appears to be the brother of David's wife Sophia Fancher. It also explains how David Norton went from nothing to tax in 1793 to 1 harse and 11 cattle in 1795. The estate of his wife's parents may have also fueled David's move to Pendleton, KY in 1796.
David Frashur (Fancher?) is listed on the Bourbon Co. Tax Rolls 6/1791 the same time as David and John show up there.
|1795||Tax rolls of Bourbon, KY show John w/ 6 horses 11 cattle 140 acres; James w/ 2 horse 2 cattle and David w/ 1 horse 11 cattle.|
David Norton Jr. is born in Campbell/Pendleton, KY October 29, 1796.
David Norton moves to Pendleton, Kentucky from Bourbon, KY. Pendleton is just north from the Norton homestead in Bourbon, Kentucky following the Stoney river as it flows north.
in Campbell, Pendleton and Grant Co., KY
David Norton first appeared in Campbell county in 1796. David Sr. has a son born in 1796 here. note 3 Map 2 shows how these counties intersect.
Campbell County, KY formed in 1795
Pendleton County, KY created in 1799
In October 1798 he indentures his oldest daughter ,Mary Norton abt 10 to Jas. Fulton to learn House wifery in back in Bourbon county.
The only thing we know about David between 1798 and 1810 is that he spent some time in Ohio and possibly Indiana. He has two sons, Hiram born in Ohio 1803, James b.1808 and two daughters in Ohio. We do not yet know the names of the daughters.
1807 David Norton is listed in the Indiana census of 1807.
David aquires 3000 Acres in Pendleton, Kentucky
In 1810 David Norton shows up in Pendleton County paying taxes on 3000 acres of land. This land is situated just southeast of present day Williamstown in Grant county. David began improving the land, pushing through a road to Paris and selling off peices.
The records from here will show John/Grant and David Norton. John/Grant is John Norton of Grant County. this is a separate Norton family that came out of Loudon, VA.
John/Grant 200 acres, no slaves
This is a busy year for John and David Norton. David probably bought land late 1809, but certainly was in Pendleton by February. How did David acquire 3000 acres? From the location of the property and David's circumstances it is probable that he bought them with a bond. This type of transaction was often not recorded. Since his loss of the land coincides with the death of his brother in Bourbon, it is possible that his brother, with much more property, signed on the bond.
February court, William Norton, son of John Norton is appointed a hand on Burton road. John Norton is appointed along with Lewis Buskirk and Jedidiah Ashcraft, a commissioner to lay out a road from the county line as far as David Norton’s on the east side of the Dry Ridge road.
May court, John Norton along with William Mountjoy, Denis Conyers, and Thomas Hawkins are appointed to lay out a road from William Arnold’s to Bourbon Road near Denis Conyers property. This road will also run through David Norton’s property.
16, 1810 the road from William Arnold’s to Bourbon Road is laid out.
It will go from “Arnold’s lane and taking a ridge to Fork Lick
thence crossing and taking a point and following into an old trace and
following the same to another creek, thence taking a point and following
a marked way to Conyers and through his lane striking the Bourbon trace
near Jacob Wingate’s fence going through the lands of Denis Conyers,
David Norton and William Arnold.”
August court record, John is again surveyor on the Dry Ridge road from Lewis Buskirk’s to James Theobald’s.
September court record, David Norton is assigned to work on the new road to Bourbon road.
November court record, John posts bond of $1400 as administrator of John Doty’s estate sale. Also a mill is authorized along with a dam on the Big Eagle Creek. for John Norton.
The land that David had in Pendleton/Grant 1810-1813.
John/Grant 200 acres, 2 slaves
January court, John Norton is appointed on a commission to settle the estate of Anthony Kindle who is deceased.
March court, John is the clerk of the estate sale for Moses Doty. David Norton appears before the court. “At the motion of David Norton, who represented to this court, that he had through a mistake, given to the commissioners of the taxable property, more land than he was entitled to pay taxes for. Therefore it is ordered he be exempt from paying for more land than he has a title for which he represents I to be 3000 acres.”
August court, John loses an appeal from David Cooper and pays $15 plus expenses. This suit is related to the estate of John Doty.
September 11, 1811 Mary Norton (daughter of John Norton) marries Lawrence Buskirk.
November court, John is paid $2 for his two days as clerk of the election. The other clerk is Michael Glaves.
John/Grant 200 acres, 2 slaves.
No court records for John or David.
David Norton sells off 178 acres.
August 16, Henry Norton marries Betsy Ann Wright.
August 29, David Norton Jr., Henry Norton sons of David Norton, and William Norton, son of John Norton, sign on in the Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia commanded by Col. William Mountjoy. David is 16, Henry 22, William 20. November 5, Muster out of the Mounted Volunteers. They traveled all the way to Canada and back.
John/Grant 200 acres, 2 slaves
August court, David is assigned a hand on the new road to Bourbon.
David sells another 418 acres.
October John/Grant Norton marries for a 3rd time. Nancy Hemmingway.
David Norton and John Norton of Bourbon, KY die.
In March of 1814 there was a spotted fever epidemic in Lexington that probably killed David's brother, John in April of 1814 Bourbon KY. Possibly the same plague killed David. There is no estate sale and no record of David's death. One ancestor suggested in the Barton papers that he is buried near Lexington, KY. The death of the two brothers must have been devastating The land that David is developing reverts to the owner and his family has no place to live.
David's Family at his death.
Samuel Norton -
d.1819 in Bourbon, KY Family
stayed in Bourbon, KY
1810 US Census for Pendleton Co., KY
1798 Bourbon - October 1798 he indentures his oldest daughter ,Mary Norton abt 10 to Jas. Fulton to learn House wifery in back in Bourbon county. (James Fulton, married Mary Reese, 29 Jan 1798 Kentucky, Bourbon County. It looks like James just got married. If his first child was due in November, he might have been looking for some help. (At the same time that William Farneys' estate in Rockingham was proved, John Fulton's estate was proved suggesting the Nortons and Fultons traveled to Bourbon, KY together. James Fulton is listed on the 1788 Fayette, KY tax census. (1781--November 26th, Sarah, daughter of Thomas Norton, to be bound. Thomas Hewit qualifies Sheriff. Daniel Smith's will proved. John Fulton's estate granted widow Gennet. William Farney's estate granted Jno. Norton, brother to widow.)
-- May court, John Norton along with William Mountjoy, Denis Conyers, and Thomas Hawkins are appointed to lay out a road from William Arnold's to Bourbon Road near Denis Conyers property. This road will also run through David Norton's property.
-- June 16, 1810 the road from William Arnold's to Bourbon Road is laid out. It will go from "Arnold's lane and taking a ridge to Fork Lick thence crossing and taking a point and following into an old trace and following the same to another creek, thence taking a point and following a marked way to Conyers and through his lane striking the Bourbon trace near Jacob Wingate's fence going through the lands of Denis Conyers, David Norton and William Arnold." David Norton signed off on this road which seems to put his land south of Falmouth on the way to Paris?
-- September court record, David Norton is assigned to work on the new road to Bourbon.