S: Norton Families
FC: Our Family | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." | NORTON & NOBLE Families from ENGLAND - ILLINOIS 1841
1: Most folks only think of their ancestors once in a great while. However that is not the case with my sister Karen and myself. We have been thinking about them often for over half our lives. In the old days before computers, we would wait for the mail to be delivered to see if we received any correspondence from our families which could help us in our quest to record our ancestors back as far as possible. This would be in the 70's when our children were small. After about twenty years, we took a break for about ten years and went to work until the computer age. At that time we started again with the aid of the computer to search for clues and find new relatives. We have met many of those who are interested in the Norton and Studley families. We have shared many photos and family stories as we knew them. On these families, we had known some of their history when we started - Thanks to our Aunt Ida Hood Vaughn who know these folks and had photos and stories of their lives. We also had met some of the Illinois Norton's and Hood's. The only Norton I knew were "Uncle Ed" and "Aunt Irene". Then we knew Uncle Grover Hood and some of his children and now their children who are grown and have families and lives of their own. I have never known any by the Studley name but we have always been very interested in them as they were of an unknown nationality of dark beautiful eyes and skin. Some say they were gypsies living in England where all these folks lived before coming to a new land. They also lived very close together in Yorkshire, England. The Studley family will be in another book. Now I would like all of you who read this book to also think of them and their lives and their struggles to settle the land in Illinois and elsewhere and raise their families and farm on the land in a new country far from their birthplace . I would like to thank everyone who have shared with us in photos and stories. (Darlene Hood Martin - Great Granddaughter of Sarah AnnNorton Hood) 2011
2: John Norton 1781 - 1863 & his wife Sarah Noble 1785 - 1854 | The John Norton family was the first Norton's to come to America from Bawdy, Yorkshire, England just before 1840. They were the parents of seven living children. They lost some children in England of a childhood illness such as smallpox. All of their Children were born in Yorkshire and most of them were married at the time of their departure from England to a new land. The area that they chose to settle was within the bounds of military bounty land set aside for soldiers of the War of 1812. At first the land was regarded as of little or no value. In the year of about 1836, there were only four log cabins in what was to be Bureau County. The dwellings were made of logs built mostly on the edge of the timbers and by a stream. A family by the name of William Studley was the first to come in 1836 and entered in Section 8 and made a farm. Soon William Norton came; George Norton settled on Section 15. Their father, John Norton and his wife also came at this time. He was at the age of 59 years old when he and his wife came to the new land. This was considered old. Other early settlers were brother Robert Norton and George Norton who was a land surveyor in years of 1853-54. The settlement was first called Brawby after their home in England. This area was settled by Englishmen from Yorkshire who were looking for better farm land. They seemed to settle together in one area as they probably knew each other in England. The settlement was later to become Neponset, Bureau Co., Illinois. John Norton was born in Brawby, Yorkshire, England in 1781. His father could be another John Norton but is unknown at this time. Sarah Noble was born 1785 in Foston By Malton, Yorkshire, England. Her parents were John Noble and Ann Gaultry. She married John on the 13 March 1809 in Kirby Misperton, Yorkshire. The interesting note here is all these little "towns" were just a very few miles apart in a radius of less than eight miles. We do know Sarah's parents and some of her family. Others of the Gaultry name later immigrated to Illinois and we have been able to track the families a little. They settled in another county of Illinois but one of George Norton's sons, Levi did marry a gal from these families so this leads us to believe they might have known each other. Unfortunately she died in her twenties and Levi never married again. Levi left no descendants. On the following pages we will learn more of the lives of each of their children and their descendants. Many experienced the hardships of the Civil War that took place during their lifetimes.
3: Son - William Norton 1810 - 1886 wife, Eleanor First Generation | Civil War photo of Adam Norton | William son of John Norton was born about the year of 1808 in Yorkshire, England and married his wife Eleanor there in England before coming to Illinois. They also had one daughter, Emma born about 1837 in England. In the 1850 census, we find his parents living with them in their log cabin. We cannot locate their daughter Emma. Do not know if she grew to be an adult or if she moved away. We do find in the 1870 census, a Charles Birch living with William and states he is a "grandson" age 13 yrs. By 1880 census, Charles is called Norton bu still a grandson. Later years he became known as son of William. This Charles born Feb 22, 1857, Neponset has left descendants with some still living inNeponset. William died in Neponset at the age of 76 years 5 months and 21 days. He is buried in Old West Cemetery. | Charles Norton son or grandson of William married Lottie Robinson and were the parents of two sons, - William who married Ada (Gould) in 1910 and were the parents of two daughters, Lottie (Stabler) and Wilma (Brown). Son George and wife Marie (Bowen) were the parents of two daughters, Mary and Wilma.
4: Son - Robert Norton 1809 - 1854 wife Mary Robinson 1809 - 1872 | First child: Robert Norton was born in 1809 and baptism was held on 05 August 1809 at Foston by Malton, Yorkshire. He was married in about 1831 to Mary Robinson while they were living in England. He died in the year of 1854 at the age of 45 years. He is buried in the old West Cemetery Neponset with his headstone stating " killed by a fallen tree in Barron Grove". They were the parents of at least nine children who all had large families. I have been able to follow their lives through the census records, death records, books and personal data from the family. Many descendants have help me along the journey to find more about their lives. 1. Mary Matilda was born in 1831 in England so she was about eight years old when the families came to America. When she was grown, she married William Henry Woodward who was a survivor of the Civil War. They were the parents of four children: Franklin, Celista, Richard and Annie. Apparently the family unit did not stay together as in the 1860 census, she is listed as living with her Mother in Neponset. The children of Mary were told their father had died when actually he was working in another county and married again in 1863. 2. Sarah about 1836 in England. She married first to Michael Battdorf. They were the parents of four children, Benjamin, Joshua, Mary and Elizabeth. Their father Michael served in the Civil War participating in the battle of Jackson, May 14, 1863: Champion Hill on May 16, 1863 and the siege of Vicksburg. At the battle of Mission Ridge he was captured and was taken to Andersonville prison where he died August 3, 1864. Sarah married again to James Gerrond in 1873 and they were the parents of three children: Nellie, George, and John. James Gerrond was a blacksmith from Scotland and later took up farming. First married to Margaret Ferguson and was the parents of six children 3. Faith born 26 Sept 1836 in England and died 20 Sept 1908 in Carroll, Iowa. She married Henry H. Brown in November 1854, Bureau Co. Henry served in the 93rd Illinois Infantry Regiment for three years during the Civil War. They were the parents of eight children: Robert, Edwin, Mary, Faith, Phebe, Henry, Clive, and Jessee.They lived around Mineral, Bureau County until the 1880's when the moved to Carroll County, Iowa where they spent their remaining years. ( I have been in contact with descendants of this family)
5: M | More on Robert Norton | 4. Ann was born about 1839 in England. She lived with her parents in Bureau Co. and died when she was sixteen years of age. She is buried with her family in the Old West Cemetery, Neponset. 5. Adam was born 4 August 1841. He was the first white boy child to be born in Neponset Township. Adam served in the Civil War as a Corporal in Company "H" of the 93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry. 1862 - 1865 ( I have a photo of him in Uniform) After the war, he married Rachel Lovina Motheral in 1868.From the 1880 census, they were living in Page Co., Iowa and later moved to Atchinson Co., Missouri. They were the parents of five children: Lewis, Minnie, Bert, Percy, & Hattie. They settled in the Missouri area. 6. Phebe J. was born about 1842 in Bureau Co. and died in 1872 when she was 30 years old. She is buried in the Old West Cemetery, Neponset, Block 8. 7. John W. was born about 1849 in Neponset Township. He was found in the 1870 Census of Bureau Co. living with his Mother, but later that year 1870, he died at the age of 23 years in Sedwick, Kansas. 8. Matthew was born in 1850 - 1860 Neponset. There are some discussions on when he died as he was found in the 1870 Census living with his mother at the age of 21 years of age. More research needs to be done. 9. Mark born in May 1852 in Neponset Township and died in 8 August 1929. He married Ruth A Prince in 1874. They were the parents of ten children with five that lived: Herbert, George, Pearl, Fannie and Clayton. Found in the 1900 Census of Anawan, Henry Co., Illinois.
6: Daughter of John Norton - 1st generation Francis (Fannie) Norton 1823 - 1853 Husband Sylvanus Ferris 1813 - 1877 | Fannie Norton was born about 1823 in Yorkshire, England. She cam to Illinois with her parents when she was about sixteen years old to settle with her parents in a new country and an unsettled one. One may wonder what her feelings were. - Maybe excitement of traveling on a ship but many hard times were ahead of her. Fannie married Febr 21 1853 at Wethersfield, Henry Co., Illinois to Sylvanus Ferris. She was 19 years old and her husband was 29 years old. They were farmers in the Wethersfield area. A busy young farmer's life was cut short when she died at the young age of 30 years in 1853. They were the parents of five children.Their children are as follows: 1. Edwin born in Stark Co., Illinois on August 8, 1842. He married Lucretia Leonard in 1864. Edwin and family traveled across the plains by a large train, and in making the trip from Omaha to Verdi took three months. He settled in Plumas and Lassen Counties of California where he had very large land holdings. He was largely identified in the stock and dairy business. In 1900, he moved to Reno, Nevada and purchased more land. He was instrumental in the building of the Courthouse in Reno. They were the parents of at least one son, George L. Ferris. No other information is available. 2. Julia Ferris born Feb 5, 1844 in Henry Co., Illinois. She married Walter Lyle on the 4th of July 1861 at the age of 17 years. She died the following year July 16, 1862 in Henry Co. She had a baby girl, Jolia Ferris who was born on June 24, 1862 and died shortly after her mother's death in Sept of 1862. 3. Richard Ferris born about 1847 in Henry Co., He married Mary and was a coal miner in the 1880 census. They were the parents of four children: Willie, Bertie, George and Francis. 4. George M. Ferris born Oct. 15, 1850 in Henry County. He died July 13, 1893 in Stark Co. He married O. Stephens on March 26, 1877. 5.Rozilla Ferris born Oct. 15, 1850 and died March 14, 1856 at the age if six years of age in Wethersfield.
7: 2nd generation - George Norton 1817 - 1887 & wife Ann Studley 1827 - 1916 | Photo of George & Ann Norton's family take before 1891 Tom was living in Iowa at the time the photo was taken. Also Addie died on 10 Nov. 1891. The family consisted of Three infants who died then Sarah Ann, Elizabeth(Eliza),Tom, Emma, Levi, Addie, Moses, Fannie, Irene and Edwin.
8: Son - Thomas Noble Norton 1814 - 1894 wife Francis Walker 1806 - 1867 | Thomas Noble Norton was born in Yorkshire, England in about 1812. He died in Neponset on 22 January 1894 and buried in the Old West Cemetery at the age of 81 years. Thomas married Frances Walker and they were the parents of two daughters, Mary and Sarah Jane born in Pickering, Ontario.The family came to Bureau Co. at the suggestion of his brother, William. They lived in a log cabin while getting the farm in shape. Their daughter, Sarah Jane's cherished memories was of her father carrying her across a small stream every morning so that she could attend school which was probably held in someones home. Sarah Jane born 5 Oct. 1842 in Pickering, Ontario. She married William Bowen in 1864 son of George Bowen and Sarah Mocroft. William served in the Civil War and after the War they were married in October 1864.They were the parents of six children: George, Ada, Mary, Dr. Arthur who was a missionary to China for 40 years then there was Effie who married a rancher and lived in Nebraska and Franklin who took over the farm after his father's death in 1880. William died in 1880 as a result of a hunting accident in Wisconsin. I have very little information on the second daughter, Mary. In William's obituary, it states she married a Saddler.
9: Daughter - Sarah Norton - 1819 - 1856 husband - Marcus (Mark) Belden | Daughter - Mary Norton Bapt. 1825 - Salton, Yorkshire | Nothing is known about Mary at this time. | Sarah was born in 1819 in Yorkshire England. She came with her parents to the new unsettled land of Bureau Co. in about 1841 at the age of 22 years. A few years after arriving in the new land, she married Mark (Marques) Belden son of Arron Belden & Sarah Wood on 21 April 1846 in Princeton. They were the parents of five children, Sarah. Harriet, Priscilla, and Frances. Sarah passed away in 1856 at the age of 37 years. leaving her children. The youngest was three years old. Mark married a 2nd time to Lavinia Rigby in 1857. Mark was a strong Abolitionist and an active member of the Underground Railroad. He was also a farmer, grain merchant and mayor of Galesburg, Illinois. They were the parents of two sons and two daughters.
10: First Child: Gorge Norton passed away as a young child of about 2 years of age - he is buried in Neponset. 1875 - 1877 | First living child of George & Ann Norton Sarah Ann Norton 1848-1900 married on 27 August 1873 William Hood 1848 - 1927 | Above top - Louis Edwin bottom left John Scott & Levi | Youngest child was Grover 1888-1975 | 2nd child - Louis Edwin - 1876 -1948 | Sarah grew up on the Norton family farm with many brothers and sisters so one would think she would have had to help her mother in caring for the younger ones as she was the eldest living child. Several children died as infants before she was born. Probably of smallpox or a childhood illness. Ten living children were born to the Norton family: Sarah, Elizabeth, Thomas, Emma, Levi, Addie, Moses John, Fannie, Edwin, and Irene. Sarah was a young school teacher at the age of 25 years when she married William Hood at Neponset on 27 August 1843. William (Bill) had came from Canada in 1870 to Illinois to visit his Aunt, Elizabeth Hood Stabler and stayed on working for local farmers.He is listed in 1870 Census of Bureau Co. Shortly after their marriage in 1873, they left for Iowa to make a farm and home. Many relatives were going on to Iowa at this time. Later in 1889,they left Iowa to homestead in Box Butte Co., Nebraska. More on this family can be found in the Hood Photo Story.
11: Taken from Eliza's obituary Mrs. Sadler was born in Neponset, Feb 25, 1851, the daughter of Mr.& Mrs George Norton. She was married to John Sadler in Galva, On Jan 13, 1876, moving to Mitchelle, Iowa where she lived for about ten years, at the end of which time she came back to Neponset and has since resided here. Three children were born to Mr. & Mrs. Sadler, two daughters, Irene, now Mrs. Armstrong and Luella who died at the age of twenty, and son Lincoln, of Moline. Besides the son and daughter, Mrs. Sadler is survived by two grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs. John Scaife of Neponset and Mr.s Irene Archer of Beardstown and three brothers, Levi, Edwin, of Neponset and Tom of Osceola, Iowa. - - - - Eliza did not live with her husband John after she came back from Iowa. She told her children that he had died, when in fact he was living with another woman and had another family. Do not know what became of daughter Irene who married a man by the name of Armstrong. | Elizabeth (Eliza) Norton 25 Feb 1851 - 13 Nov 1929 Neponset, Illinois | Luella Sander died at the age of 20 years. | Lincoln Norton Sadler 1886 - 1959 Calif wife Leola Shields Paul Three stepchildren:: Twins, Victoria and Virginia (left) and a boy. He was a office manager in a John Deer Plant. | Step granddaughters Victoria & Virginia
14: EMMA NORTON HUSBAND - jOHN SCAIFE
15: Son of George and Ann Morton Mose John Norton 1862 - 1916 | Second Generation
16: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Fannie Norton died at the age of 25 years. | Fannie Norton
17: Edwin Norton
18: Final remarks