The following web pages include information obtained during my research and also include information from many other researchers. Please be aware that some of the information may not be fully documented; therefore, it is suggested that this be used as a guide in documenting your line. I hope to hear from you - tell me about your line, your "dead ends", suggestions, and what ever you may think will benifit this site and others using it. Near the bottom of this page is a list of researchers of this and associated lines. If you would like for your name to be added, please contact me via email.
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BEGINNINGS & FAMILY LORE
My Grandfather told often of our first Norton to North America. His story has not been verified, but perhaps some of his story has been heard by others of the Norton line. The first Norton to North America considered himself a musician. His father, an Irish doctor, was not amused at his son's desires for becoming a famous fiddler. He, instead, wanted his son to follow his footsteps as a doctor, so the son, name unknown, decided to leave his family and come to America. Some in the family say he came to Savannah. His father disowned him. My grandfather also stated that our surname was previously Naughton and McNorton. After years of research, I have a strong belief that this portion of my family history is inaccurate. Perhaps the disowned Norton was already in America. Perhaps this person wasn't a Norton but another ancestor.
I believe that Jacob died in the mid 1850s and his wife married second to William GOWENS (Goings/Goins) of Newton County, Georgia. Nancy and her new husband, as well as Matthew and Marcus, are found in the 1860 & 1870 Censuses of Cherokee County, Alabama. It should be noted that Fielder NORTON and several of the Newton County, Georgia SPARKSes are in the Cherokee County, Alabama censuses at that time, also. Matthew and Marcus NORTON are also in the1860 Census Lithonia, DeKalb County, Georgia in the household of Nehemiah and Permelia RICE NORTON and in the 1870 Census of Newton County, Georgia in the household of widow Permelia RICE NORTON. Some of my local Norton researchers believe that I descend from Nehemiah and Permelia NORTON and that Nehemiah was the son of Mathew NORTON of Harris County, Georgia. The 1860 Census did show a Preston NORTON residing with Nehemiah - a name in the Mathew Norton household in 1850.
Confused, yet? Me, too. To add a little more confusion, the Nehemiah NORTON of Habersham County, Georgia is supposedly the son of John NORTON, SR. of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. I believe - why, I'm not sure - that Fielder NORTON, SR. was also a son of John, SR., and that Fielder had sons Fielder, Jr., Jacob, and Nehemiah.
I descend from eldest son Matthew Mark NORTON and Nancy Melvina DENNARD, daughter of John Isaiah DENNARD and Nancy Armidna THROWER of Newton County, Georgia. Additional pages follow that give pedigrees of my known line...
Thanks for visiting this, my first, web site. I will add information that I have as time permits. I hope that this site is beneficial to you, my Norton cousins, and others in their attempts at discovering their roots.
The following are researchers of this and associated lines:
|Jacob & Abazena SPARKS NORTON||Dennis Norton|
|Henry Wilson NORTON||Valerie Simonton|
|Nortons of Maryland||John Dorroh|
|Nehemiah Norton of Habersham Co., GA||Carol S. Walker|
|Mary Norton of Spartanburg Co., SC m Geo. Kinnett||Jill Shoemaker|
|Berry Norton b. 1790 Richmond Co., NC||Nell Studdard Payne|
|John Norton of Alexandria, VA||Barry Wiggins|
|Nehemiah Norton of Habersham Co., GA||Jerry L. West|
|Dora Isabella Norton of Lawrence Co., AL||David Thrasher|
|Cornelius Norton b1802 NC||Mona Herrin|
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