Edward Norton b.abt 1764 of SC, father of Jacob L Norton, Lawrence, AL
There is a family story that says 3 brothers came from England.
**Edward's father is a James Norton who fought in the American revolution and it is well documented in an interview with his great grandson John Jackson Norton (John J Norton was interviewed for Goodspeed):
"...His father, Edward Norton, was killed by a horse in Tennessee, and his grandfather, James Norton, was drowned in Lawrence County, Ala. The latter served all through the Revolutionary War. J. J. Norton, the fifth of ten children born to his parents, received a fair education in his native State, and in 1852 moved to the frontier of Texas..."
**Others from John
Jackson Norton's line ( my line follows his brother James Edward Norton)
believe that his great grandfather James died in Lawrence County, KY
not Lawrence County, Ala as listed here. They believe this to be a typo
because their father Jacob live in Lawrence County, Ala. I think they
have more information on this as well.
**Some further thoughts
about Edward Norton. I'm just guessing based on family history, but
it is very possible that his real names is James Edward Norton and that
he goes by his middle name "Edward". My great grandfather
was James Edward Norton -> James "King" Norton -> James
Edward Norton-> Jacob Leland Norton-> "Edward" Norton->
James Norton (fought in Rev War).
Regards, Brent James Norton
Interview with my James Norton's great grandson:
J. J. Norton, farmer
and stockman. Randall, Ark. Among the successful agriculturists of Cleveland
County whose merits are such as to entitle them to representation in
the present work is Mr. J. J. Norton, the subject of this sketch. He
is a native of Lawrence County, Ala., where he was burn in 1831, and
is the son of Jacob L. and Elizabeth (Martin) Norton, natives of Kentucky.
The parents were partly reared in Tennessee, but were married in Alabama,
and were among the first settlers of that State. They both died in Alabama,
the father in 1882, and the mother in 1841.
Jacob Leland Norton
Emeline born: Nov 28, 1822 in AL married William Aldridge
John Jackson Norton
2nd - Martha Sue
Barnes married on Sept 21, 1882 in AR born: Mar 1853 in AR
John Marcus Norton
Gene Glover Norton
Children: They had
10 children who are all living today.
HOOD COUNTY HISTORY
Jo Ann Hopper
In 1854 to 1855, the Barnard settlement now having been by the removal of the Indians to their reservation, opened to the whites, received several additions, of a most substantial character. Among them were Matt and Sam Graham, brothers, who settled on George's creek and engaged in stock raising; and though within Johnson County, yet their identity with this locality, makes them of the community of which we are now treating. Matt Graham has continued to live here to the present day, but his brother has engaged in public life, having served several terms in the legislature from his county, and of late years has made his home about Cleburne. The first named has always been closely identified with and influential in the community affairs of the George's Creek country; and his counsels have been for the best interest, in opposition to lawless tendencies, in those early times, when in remote settlements like this the people were often of apparent necessity, in self-protection, tempted to administer justice and penalties, in accordance with the first principles of society. At the commencement of the Civil War, Matt Graham enlisted in Capt. Wm. Shannon's company, with Col. Nelson's regiment, afterwards under the command of Col. Roger Q. Mills, and served during the war with that distinguished regiment in many battles in which it was engaged, received severe wounds at Jonesboro and Ringgold. Mr. Graham is a man of good education for his time, and of such general information and intelligence as to be an interesting companion; and yet withal, strange to say he was never married, possibly because he was so generally admired by the ladies, that he had no heart to grieve the many by the appropriation of only one.
After the Grahams came James E. Norton, (1855) a man of influence and integrity of character. Norton, by energy and diligence, acquired considerable properties here, consisting in a large measure of lands and tenement farms, as well as stock. His family connections were large in Somervell county. He died several years ago. His children are also influential citizens of Somervell and other counties. Frank and Robt. Norton are citizens of George's creek, while King and Harrison are engaged in stock raising in some of the western counties.
Sam White, who died a few years ago at his home on George's creek, came here with two brothers in 1857, taking charge of the stock cattle and horses of Meridith Hart, who settled on the western border of the cross timbers in Johnson county, who was a most thrifty stockman, and whose son, Hon. A.J. Hart, settled on the Brazos in the southern part of Somervell county, where he has long resided a most respected and influential citizen, having twice served his district, including the counties of Hood and Somervell, in the legislature, about which more will occur in a subsequent chapter. Sam White prospered and lived a respected and honorable citizen of George's creek. He was a man of generous and friendly disposition, and in consequence, is said to have suffered much toward the latter part of his career, by reason of surety obligations. He always had many warm friends. He and his two brothers were in the Confederate service in Parsons's regiment, and the two latter died during the war.
About the same period (1856-7) Jake Reynolds settled on George's creek, but a few years later he sold out to J.L.A. Berry and moved to Buchanan, where he engaged in business for awhile; and at the breaking out of the war, enlisted in the Confederate army, his family returning to George's creek. After Mr. Reynolds' return from the service he moved to Parker county and settled on the Brazos, about Big valley. He was a man of integrity, well spoken of by his contemporaries. His son, Wm. Reynolds, who survives him, is a respected and influential merchant of Buckner, Parker county.
A.J. Berry, an uncle
of J.L.A. Berry, came to this locality in 1857, in charge of the stock
of cattle of the latter, and was a good citizen. So, too, at the same
time came James S. Johnson, who remained a substantial citizen here
until his death, in 1893. In 1859, J.L.A. Berry, having, as already
stated, located a large stock of cattle here in charge of his uncle,
now came with his family from his east Texas home about Nacogdoches
and San Augustine. Mr. Berry had settled with his father in East Texas,
when but a 14-year old boy, as early as 1838. The Berry family were
from Washington county, Virginia, and Jno. L.A., and his brother, Philander,
who are both respected citizens of Hood, coming to Texas at that early
and turbulent period, were surrounded in their early days with many
scenes of border life calculated to impress them with hard constitutions
and fearless dispositions. But withal they seemed to have never lost
sight of the inherent principles of integrity, inculcated by Christian
parents, and hence have remained through all of their career here most
honorable citizens, combating wrong, and suffering many losses in estate
at the hands of a thieving class who, after the war, invaded the stock
regions of the border settlements and by a handy use of the branding
irons despoiled many an honest farmer and ranchman of his possessions.
When J.L.A. Berry settled with his family on George's creek he brought
a herd of some six hundred head of cattle to add to his stock of cattle
located, of near the same number; and also brought a stock of horses.
In 1862, and till 1866, Mr. Berry becoming favorably impressed with
Brown county as a stock region, removed many of his cattle there, and
during this period he, in connection with his military duties, as a
soldier in Maj. Carmichael's battalion in frontier service, made many
trips from the Brazos to Brown county, often alone, but never at any
time encountered hostile Indians. Mr. Berry, however, relates many amusing
incidents of these times, some of which may serve to embellish future
This paper is labelled "Norton's Memoranda of Children's ages" on the outside. Prior to official birth and marriage certificates, people used to use Bible records or handwritten transcripts as proof of these events. This paper is folded wallet-size, and was probably carried for that purpose.
Location of the original Bible is unknown, but there are some indications that these Norton families resided in TN and Lawrence County, AL. The present tense of the wording ("List of Names and ages of Edward Norton's Children") and the handwriting conventions leads me to date this piece in the mid-1840s. There are two sets of handwritings, the earlier dates may have been written much earlier.
TRANSCRIPT BEGINS HERE____________________
[Page One -- Outside of Folded Pages]
of Children's ages
[Page Two -- First Handwritten Page]
A List of Names
and ages of Edward Norton's Children
A List of the ages
of the children of Jacob Norton and
[Page Two -- Second Handwritten Page] Continued
William Marion Norton
was born on the 10th day of February 1833