Stapenhill Parish Registers have not been filmed by the LDS. IGI extractions are from Stapenhill Bishops' Transcripts, which have been filmed, but which have major gaps. Missing years are July 1708 - June 1711; August 1747 - August 1762; Sep 1770 - 1800. Because of these gaps, it is difficult to link back to earlier generations.
Furthermore, Joseph NORTON & his wife Mary, née CAPEWELL became General Baptists and helped establish the religion in their village of Cauldwell. Apart from marriages (by law, in the Church of England prior to 1 July 1837), few records survive for the following two or three generations as Cauldwell General Baptist records transferred to Burton on Trent General Baptist Church. The records were lost when the Burton church burned down in the 1960s.
If you can help answer the queries below, I would love to hear from you!
Brick Wall #1:
Further details needed for the following children of Joseph & Mary NORTON, the above couple:
#1: Elizabeth NORTON, m (1779, Stapenhill) #1 Job BURDITT, Baptist Minister. Job d 1788, Cauldwell. Children: John, Sarah (m George NORTON), Elizabeth (m Benjamin WOOD). Births, deaths, marriages & children needed
Elizabeth NORTON, m (1795, Shackerstone, Leics), #2 Thomas WEBSTER, Weaver & Deacon of Barton in the Beans General Baptist Church. (Thomas d 1814, Barton in the Beans, Leics) - Elizabeth DEACON's death & burial needed
#2: John NORTON, Cordwainer, m (1787, Market Bosworth, Leics) Martha BAILEY. Birth, death, burial, & children needed. (Martha died 1845, Leicester. Informant: James SMITH). Children possibly include Sarah NORTON m (1828, Market Bosworth) James SMITH
#3: Charles NORTON, Baptist Minister, m (1787, Stapenhill) Hannah BROWN. He died 1800, leaving six children. Names needed - probably including Charles NORTON, clockmaker of Tottenham, MDX, born c1794-5, Cauldwell, DBY. (Was he apprenticed to Rev Samuel DEACON, Baptist Minister & Clockmamer of Leics?).
#4: James NORTON, chr 1767 Stapenhill - Marriage, death, burial, & children needed. He was mentioned in his father's will, written 1810. Where was he by then?
#5: William NORTON, chr 1771 Stapenhill - m (1796, Ibstock, Leics) Hannah WARREN. Children needed (probably including John NORTON, born c1804, Cauldwell)
#6: Ann NORTON, chr 1773 Stapenhill, m (1801, Stapenhill) George KIN[G]STON of Stockport, CHS - Death, burial, & children needed. No sign of them after their marriage: where did they go?
Brick Wall #2:
Further details needed for the following children of John NORTON & Mary GOODWIN:
#1 Emily NORTON, born Drakelow c1821, m (1842, Burton upon Trent) John KEELING. Birth, baptism, death, burial, & children needed. Last sighting is birth of daughter Fanny, in 1845. No sign of them in 1851 - where did they go?
#2 Mary Ann NORTON, born Drakelow c1830, m William WATSON (son of Rebecca NORTON) - marriage needed (c1854-1855) - missing from GRO index.
Brick Wall #3:
Charles NORTON, son of Charles NORTON & Elizabeth BATES, was christened in Stapenhill in 1717. He was still alive when his father named him in his will, dated 1753, and was involved - possibly as a witness - in a defamation case in Cauldwell in 1757. But No sign of him after that. Where was he? Marriage, children, death & burial needed.
Brick Wall #4:
Joseph NORTON, oldest (?) son of Joseph NORTON & Ann BAXTER, was named him in his father's will, dated 1835. But where was he?
When he married Sarah PICKERING in Loughborough in 1820, he was a cordwainer and a widower. Which was his first marriage: was he Joseph, gardener of Lullington, who married Mary SOMERS in Tamworth in 1811?
First marriage needed, children from either marriage, and death & burial. (One known son: Henry James, born c1825).
Is this the Joseph NORTON who was Tollgate Keeper, Wollaton Road, Radford, Notts in 1841? He died in Nottingham in 1847, aged 61 years.
Brick Wall #5:
Mary NORTON (born Cauldwell c 1798/9) m John BARNETT (m 1835, St Werburgh, Derby). Mary died in Burton on Trent in 1881 at the age of 82. Who was her father?
Brick Wall #6:
David NORTON, (brushmaker, born Burton c1816/1819) and wife Ann, née ORGILL lived in Burton on Trent and had children born there in the 1830s, before moving to the parish of St Werburgh, Derby. Who was his father?