NORRIS was born on 20 MAR 1806 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont.
He died young at Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. Parents: Benjamin NORRIS and Hannah
Mark NORRIS was born on 11 DEC 1807 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. He died after 1840. Parents: Benjamin NORRIS and Hannah COLBY.
Moses NORRIS was born on 20 NOV 1786 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. NOTE: Marriage to a Miss Holmes.
Parents: Benjamin NORRIS and Betey SPENCER.
Mrs Percis NORRIS was born in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont.
Spouse: Frederic Plummer NORRIS. Frederic Plummer NORRIS and Mrs Percis NORRIS were married in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont.
Nancy NORRIS was born on 31 OCT 1802 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. She died between 1810 and 1813 at Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. Parents: Benjamin NORRIS and Hannah COLBY.
Polly NORRIS was born about 1780.
Spouse: James CHASE. James CHASE and Polly NORRIS were married on 13 OCT 1807 in Sanbornton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.
Polly NORRIS was born on 6 SEP 1798 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. Parents: Benjamin NORRIS and Hannah COLBY.
Spouse: Abel WYMAN. Abel WYMAN and Polly NORRIS were married on 27 JUN 1819 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. Children were: Abigail WYMAN, Susan WYMAN, Hannah WYMAN, George WYMAN, Lucy WYMAN, Samuel Whitton WYMAN, William WYMAN, Noble WYMAN, Betsey WYMAN, John WYMAN.
Sarah NORRIS was born on 11 AUG 1792 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. She appeared in the census in 1850 in Milton, Chittenden County, Vermont. She died on 15 AUG 1874 at Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont. SOURCE: 1. Family records of Abel and Polly (Norris) Wyman, compiled by Florence (Wyman) Palmer (Mrs. Milan), late of West Hartford, CT; her records are probably in the possession of her son, Edgar M. Palmer of East Lansing, MI.
2. Family records of Amos and Sarah (Norris) Brown.
3. Town Records.
4. "Vermont Families in 1791", Volume 2.
Parents: Benjamin NORRIS and Hannah COLBY.
Spouse: Amos BROWN. Amos BROWN and Sarah NORRIS were married on 24 MAR 1816 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. Children were: Jason BROWN (twin), Jane BROWN (twin), Cyrene BROWN, Anson BROWN, George M. BROWN, Catherine BROWN, Maryett BROWN, Andrew J. BROWN, Delphine Fisk BROWN, Sarah BROWN, Amelia Lill BROWN.
Sarah Ayers NORRIS was born in 1817 in Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She appeared in the census in 1880 in New York City, New York County, New York. She died in DEC 1883 at New York City, New York County, New York.
Spouse: John COLBY. John COLBY and Sarah Ayers NORRIS were married on 1 AUG 1836 in Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Children were: Alpheus Edward COLBY, Mary Louise COLBY, John Henry COLBY, Frances Augusta COLBY, Jane COLBY, Imogene COLBY, Lydia Frost COLBY, Charles Frost COLBY.
Suckey NORRIS was born on 25 NOV 1781 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. He died young. Parents: Benjamin NORRIS and Betey SPENCER.
Sukey/Susannah NORRIS was born on 26 JAN 1795 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. Parents: Benjamin NORRIS and Hannah COLBY.
Spouse: Benjamin ROWE. Benjamin ROWE and Sukey/Susannah NORRIS were married on 24 MAR 1816 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont.
True NORRIS was born on 4 SEP 1793 in Pittsfield, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. He died on 13 DEC 1870 at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. (BOOK SOURCE: "Lineage and biographies of the Norris family in America : from 1640 to 1892, with references to the Norrises of England as early as 1311" by Leonard Allison Morrison, Boston, Mass.: Damrell & Upham, 1892, 232 pgs.)
Spouse: Olive PRESCOTT. True NORRIS and Olive PRESCOTT were married on 18 NOV 1817 in Pittsfield, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Children were: Arthur Fitzroy Livingston NORRIS, Alvah Joshua COLBY.
William H. Harrison NORRIS was born between 9 MAR 1813 and 5 APR 1814 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. He died before 1817 at Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. Mentioned in first codicil of father's will and probably died young, before 1817.
SOURCE: 1. Family records of Abel and Polly (Norris) Wyman, compiled by Florence (Wyman) Palmer (Mrs. Milan), late of West Hartford, CT; her records are probably in the possession of her son, Edgar M. Palmer of East Lansing, MI.
2. Family records of Amos and Sarah (Norris) Brown.
3. Town Records.
4. "Vermont Families in 1791", Volume 2.
Parents: Benjamin NORRIS and Hannah COLBY.
John NORTH was born about 1570 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. He died in NOV 1619. Parents: Thomas NORTH and Mrs Thomas NORTH.
Spouse: Anna HODELL. John NORTH and Anna HODELL were married before 1590 in England. Children were: Richard NORTH.
Mary NORTH was born in OCT 1612 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. She died on 4 FEB 1681/82 at Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. Parents: Richard NORTH and Joan BARTRAM.
Spouse: Thomas JONES. Thomas JONES and Mary NORTH were married about 1638.
Mrs Thomas NORTH was born date unknown.
Spouse: Thomas NORTH. Thomas NORTH and Mrs Thomas NORTH were married between 1543 and 1587 in England. Children were: John NORTH.
Mrs Ursula NORTH was born between 1579 and 1604. She signed a will on 19 MAY 1668 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Will of widow Ursula North (her O mark) of Salisbury.
Gave to my grandchild Mary, wife of Nath Winsley, my dwelling house and lands in Salisbury for her life, and then to go to her daughter Hepsibath; to Mary, wife of Tho. Jones; Susanah, wife of George Martyn; and to William Buckly of Ipswich; and Hepzibah Winsley, (minor) daughter of Nath Winsley. Mary, wife of Nath Winsley, executrix. Richard Wells and William Buswell, both of Salisbury, overseers. Wit: Richard Wells and William Buswell.
Proved by the witness in court at Salisbury 11: 2 mo: 1671.
Inventory of the estate of Ursula North of Salisbury, deceased, taken March 15, 1670-1.
Amount, £121,10s,5d. Real, £40. Personal, £81, 10s, 5d. She died on 1 MAR 1669/70 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
Spouse: Richard NORTH. Richard NORTH and Mrs Ursula NORTH were married between 1626 and 1657.
Richard NORTH was born about 1590 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on 1 MAR 1667 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Richard North and Ursula were of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts.
Richard's marriage to his second wife, Ursula may have occurred in Massachusetts.
Richard immigrated to Massachusetts Bay Colony shortly after May 1640.
Richard was granted a lot in Amesbury in 1640.
He became a freeman in 1641.
He was appointed to mend the roads in 1641.
He was granted ten acres east of the Powow Riover in 1645.
He was allowed "fivetie shillings for ringing the bell two yeare and a half and twenty shillings to ring it one yeare more" in 1647.
SOURCES: (1) The Pioneers of Massachusetts (1969) Charles Henry Pope; (2) The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts (1982) David W. Hoyt; (3) History of Amesbury (1880) Joseph Merrill.
Parents: John NORTH and Anna HODELL.
Spouse: Joan BARTRAM. Richard NORTH and Joan BARTRAM were married on 29 NOV 1610 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. Children were: Mary NORTH, Sarah NORTH, Susanna NORTH.
Spouse: Mrs Ursula NORTH. Richard NORTH and Mrs Ursula NORTH were married between 1626 and 1657.
Sarah NORTH was born about 1619 in England. She died about 1673. Parents: Richard NORTH and Joan BARTRAM.
Spouse: Mr. OLDHAM. Mr. OLDHAM and Sarah NORTH were married date unknown. Children were: Anna OLDHAM.
Susanna NORTH was christened/baptized on 30 SEP 1621 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. She died on 19 JUL 1692 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. She has Ancestral File Number 8JDG-CF.
Susanna evidently spoke out harshly against a neighbor woman who eventually suffered severe mental problems. The woman's husband blamed Susanna for his wife's trouble and Susanna was accused and found guilty of witchcraft while her husband was still alive..
At a later trial, there were at least fifteen adult males among the hostile witnesses. A former neighbor, John Kimball, dredged up an old story dating back to her first trial, 23 years earlier. He remembered how Susannah had insisted that he live up to his part of the bargain whereby he would pay cash or goods in return for land owned by her husband, George Martin. When Kimball offered the Martins three cows, but now two others which he particularly wanted to keep. "Martin himself was satisfied, but not the wife who threatened that if they would not part with one of the two cows, "she will never do you any more good". And sure enough, one month later that very cow lay dead in the yard, though careful examination revealed no reason. And in a little while after, another cow died, and then an ox, and then other cattle to the value of 30 pounds sterling that spring. In other words, anger over a property dispute combined with the chance deaths of several farm animals to mark Susannah Martin as a witch. She was tried, convicted and hung, together with nineteen others, in 1692.
NOTE: 5 "witches along with Susannah were exonerated on 31 Oct 2001, with the signing of a bill by Acting Mass. Gov, Jane Swift.. A Memorial service was held 9 June 2002, in Salem, for the 5 (Susannah, Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott, Wilmot Rudd--Anne Pudeator was exonerated in 1957)
Susanna Martin was an ancestor of President Chester Alan Arthur.
THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST
Vol 58, #4; October 1982
SALEM WITCHES III: Susanna Martin
By DAVID L. GREENE, Ph. D.
When Susanna Martin, an Amesbury, Massachusetts widow was arrested on May 2, 1692 for alleged witchcraft, the authorities took into custody a woman who had been suspected of that crime for some thirty years and one who may have used her reputation in order to get her own way with some of her credulous neighbors. Modern commentators have found her one of the more noteworthy victims of the Salem witchcraft hysteria, probably because at her preliminary hearing she defended herself with vigor and without respect for authority.
Testimony against Susanna Martin in 1692 indicates that she was accused of witchcraft as early as 1660 or 1661. On May 11, 1692, William Browne of Salisbury, aged 70 or thereabouts, deposed that thirty-one or thirty-two years ago his wife Elizabeth had seen the apparition of Susanna Martin and thereafter was frequently tormented physically until the church appointed a day of "humilling" on her behalf. After Elizabeth complained to a Grand Jury that Goody Martin was the one who had bewitched her, Susanna made vague threatening comments to her. About two months later, Elizabeth became insane, a condition in which she continued in 1692. No record of proceedings on Elizabeth's charges against Susanna has been found.
In 1669, another accusation was brought against Susanna: at Salisbury Quarterly Court, April 13, 1669, "Susanna Martyn, wife of Georg Martyn, was ordered to be commited to prison unless she give bond for l00 li. for appearance at the next Court of Assistants upon suspicion of witchcraft". At the same session of the Quarterly Court, George Martyn sued William Sargent, Jr., for slander, for "saying that said Martyn's wife had a child at Capt. Wiggin's and was wringing its neck in Capt. Wiggin's stable, when a man entered, and she took him by the collar and told him she would be the death of him if he told"; he also sued Thomas Sargent "for saying that his son Gorge Marttin was a bastard and that (his son) Richard Marttin was Goodwife Marttin's imp," that is, a witch's familiar. These suits against the gossiping Sargents did not go well for the Martins. The suit against Thomas Martin was withdrawn; that against William Sargent brought a verdict for the defendant, although the court did not concur, an empty gesture, since the same court session committed Susanna on a charge of witchcraft." Witchcraft was a capital crime, which meant that it fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of Assistants, the records of which, at least so far as they have been published, are inadequate for this period and do not include anything about the charge against Susanna.
Perhaps while that charge was still pending, Susanna was again in legal difficulty. At Hampton Quarterly Court, Oct 12, 1669, Georg Martyn was sued by Christopher Bartlet because Susanna had said that Bartlett was "a liar and a thief and had stolen leather"; the verdict was for the plaintiff.
That suit was nothing compared with the charges brought against the Martin's son Richard at the same court session. Richard had been "presented by the grand jury at the Salisbury court, 1669, for abusing his father and throwing him down, taking away his clothes and holding up an axe against him." The court found him guilty and sentenced him to be whipped ten stripes at Hampton Meeting House on Oct 14, 1669.
The Martins continued to supply scandal. Susanna's father, Richard North, died at Salisbury March l, 1667/8, apparently leaving a will dated Jan 26 1648/9. This will, the authenticity of which was later questioned, left L5 to daughter Mary Jones, wife of Thomas Jones; L5 to grandchild Ann Bates, child of daughter Sarah, "pvided shee bee aliue att my decease"; to daughter Susanna Martune, wife of George Martyn, "twenty shillings & the tenn pound which hir husband the said George Martyn doth owe vnto mee for cattle which hee receiued of mee"; and the residue to "deare & welbeeloued wyfe Vrsula North," who was made executrix.
The original document did not indicate later additions, but calls North's granddaughter Ann Bates, even though she did not marry Bates until some years later; and it leaves Susanna a debt owed by her husband to his father-in-law even though that debt had not been contracted when the will was supposedly executed.
On April 30, 1692, six years after her husband's death, another warrant was issued for Susanna Martin's arrest for witchcraft, this time as part of the hysteria that had begun several months earlier at Salem Village through the accusations of several "afflicted girls" who claimed that they were being tormented by witches. Susanna was arrested on May 1, and a preliminary examination on the same day was noteworthy for the vigor of her answers and for the lack of respect she showed for the presiding magistrates. She laughed when the "afflicted girls" went into a fit and when asked why she did so, she responded, "Well I may at such folly." When she was asked what ailed the girls, Susanna said: " I do not desire to spend my judgm't upon it." She stated bluntly that she did not think the girls were bewitched. Her answer to the request that she provide her thoughts about them was impertinent: "Why my thoughts are my own, when they are in, but when they are out, they are anothers." Other replies show that she was aware of the seriousness of her situation and that she denied guilt fervently. But she kept her sharp tongue even at the end of the examination: "Do you not see how God evidently discovers you?" "No, not a bit for that." "All the congregation think so." "Let them think w't they will."
The jurors thought what they would and indicted her.
Susanna's lack of respect for authority was not, of course, the main reason that she was indicted, though it can hardly have prejudiced the magistrates in her favor. The Rev. John Hale, minister of the Beverly Church, who had supported the trials but had second thoughts after his wife was accused, states, rather clumsily, that Susanna was one of those who "had been suspected by their Neighbours several years, because after quarrelling with their Neighbours, evils had befallen those Neighbours".
In several instances, depositions indicate that Susanna was given to muttering enigmatic phrases that could be--and were, at least by hindsight--interpreted as threats. The evidence that any accused witch uttered such threats is weakened by the tendency of the superstitious to create something ominous out of nothing, but the cumulative effect of testimony against many accused witches throughout several centuries suggests that some consciously fostered suspicions about themselves in order to get their way in village dealings or simply to increase their own sense of importance.
Among the more interesting depositions against Susanna is that of William Brown, who believed that his wife Elizabeth had been driven insane by Susanna some thirty years earlier. John Pressy testified that about twenty-four years previously, he had followed a light "about the bignes of a half bushell" and gave it "at Lest forty blows." Later he saw Susanna and decided that she was the source of the light, to the modern mind an obvious ignis fatuus. Joseph Ring, aged 27, deposed that he had seen several "mery meettings" with "most dreadfull shapes noyses & scretching" and that among those present was Susanna Martin, testimony that suggests that for him superstition was handmaiden to mental imbalance. In comparison, the deposition of Joseph Knight is tame: he believed that around Oct 20, 1686, Susanna had picked up a dog running at her side and changed it into a "Kegg or halfe feirkin".
The most famous accusation against Susanna merits quotation in full:
Sarah Attkinson aged forty Eight years or thereabouts testifieth thatt Some time in the Spring of the year about Eighteen years Since Susanna Martin came unto our house att Newbury from Amsbury in an Extraordinary dirty Season, w'n She came into our house I asked whether she came from Amsbury a fot She Sayd She did I asked how She could come in this time a foott and bid my children make way for her to come to the fire to dry her selfe She replyed She was as dry as I was and turn'd her Coats on Side, and I could nott pceive thatt the Soule of her Shows were wett I was startled att itt that she should come soe dry and told her thatt I should have been wett up to my knees if I Should have come So farr on foott she replyed thatt She scorn'd to have a drabled tayle.
The hint is, of course, that Susanna flew from Amesbury to Newbury. This testimony has frequently been cited as the main reason for Susanna's troubles in 1692. Other testimony, especially Joesph Ring's about witches's meetings, was almost certainly more significant, but it is easy to see why Sarah Atkinson's description of a simple incident has struck modern commentators. In it, we hear Sarah's volubility and Susanna's sharp-tongued response, with its implied insult that Sarah had let fester for eighteen years.
Susanna Martin underwent the indignity of a physical examination on June 2, 1692. Such examinations were intended to discover whether the accused had any physical abnormalities, especially anything that could be used to suckle a familiar or even the devil himself. Susanna was examined twice during the same day; at neither examination was any abnormality discovered, but at the first her breasts appeared to be full and at the second slack. Doubtless the magistrates found this apparent indication that she had actually suckled even more satisfactory than an abnormal "witch's teat."
At her trial held at Salem on 29 or 30 June 1692, Susanna pleaded not guilty but was convicted and hanged at Gallows Hill on July 19, with four others tried at the same time: Sarah Good, Elizabeth How, Sarah Wildes, and the famous Rebecca Nurse. Cotton Mather choose her case as one of the five that he detailed in his "Wonders of the Invisible World" (1693), a defense of the proceedings that, as modern scholars have shown, he would rather not have made. Mather clearly considered these five the most obviously guilty, and he commented that Susanna "was one of the most Impudent, Scurrilous, wicked creatures in the world; and she did now throughout her whole Trial discover herself to be such an one. Yet when she was asked, what she had to say for her self? her Cheef Plea was, That she had Led a most virtuous and Holy Life!" I suspect that her scorn of authority led Mather to this outburst, for Cotton Mather--the son of the Rev. Increase Mather and the grandson of two other prominent Puritan divines, Richard Mather and John Cotton--never, in his own estimation, received fully from the third generation of Puritans the respect that he thought his position and ancestry merited.
But we must acknowledge that no one had leapt to Susanna's defense. When the venerable Lt. Robert Pike marshalled opposition to the trials, it was in behalf of Mary Bradbury, not of Susanna Martin, who was left to defend herself, unsuccessfully but with a sharpness of tongue that makes her personality still vivid after nearly 100 years.
With her execution, Susanna Martin disappears from contemporary records. In 1711, the General Court granted compensation to many of the victims or their heirs, but Susanna's children made no application to the authorities and they received nothing. Susanna was not among those whose attainder was lifted.
See Whittier's Poem, "The Witch's Daughter".
Parents: Richard NORTH and Joan BARTRAM.
MARTIN. George MARTIN and Susanna NORTH were married on 11 MAR 1646 in Salisbury,
Essex County, Massachusetts.
Thomas NORTH was born between 1519 and 1548 in England. He died on 21 JUN 1602 at Olney, Buckinghamshire, England.
Spouse: Mrs Thomas NORTH. Thomas NORTH and Mrs Thomas NORTH were married between 1543 and 1587 in England. Children were: John NORTH.
Elizabeth NORTHEND was born in 1618 in England. She died on 17 NOV 1694 at Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts.
Spouse: Francis PARRAT. Francis PARRAT and Elizabeth NORTHEND were married in 1639 in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts. Children were: Elizabeth PARRAT, Faith PARRAT, John PARRAT (twin), Sarah PARRAT (twin), Mercy PARRAT, Mary PARRAT, Martha PARRAT, Hannah PARRAT.
Elvira NORTHROP was born on 27 MAR 1835 in Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont. She appeared in the census on 14 JUL 1870 in Danville, Caledonia County, Vermont. She appeared in the census in JUN 1880 in Danville, Caledonia County, Vermont. She died on 15 SEP 1886 at Danville, Caledonia County, Vermont.
Spouse: Samuel ESTABROOK. Samuel ESTABROOK and Elvira NORTHROP were married in APR 1855 in Caledonia County, Vermont. Children were: Helen M. ESTABROOK, Samuel Dustin ESTABROOK, Addie Jerusha "Ada" ESTABROOK, Lettie ESTABROOK, Kate ESTABROOK, Lizzie Northrop ESTABROOK, Gertrude ESTABROOK.
Jemima NORTHRUP was born about 1785 in New York.
Spouse: Samuel COLBY. Samuel COLBY and Jemima NORTHRUP were married about 1816. Children were: W. Dewitt C. COLBY, William Alexander COLBY, Thaddeus Sibbercus COLBY, De Lafayette COLBY, Artimissie COLBY, Samuel COLBY, James COLBY, Eleanor COLBY, Aurelia COLBY, Charles COLBY.
Lorn James NORTHUP was born on 2 MAR 1909. He died in FEB 1975. He was a Policeman. He had Social Security Number 535-28-0472.
Spouse: Dorothy Ann KUNG. Lorn James NORTHUP and Dorothy Ann KUNG were married about 1935. Children were: Patricia Clare NORTHUP.
Patricia Clare NORTHUP was born on 8 APR 1938 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California. Parents: Lorn James NORTHUP and Dorothy Ann KUNG.
Spouse: Jess Leroy BONDURANT Jr.. Jess Leroy BONDURANT Jr. and Patricia Clare NORTHUP were married on 24 MAR 1963 in Core D' Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho. Children were: Debra Rose BONDURANT, Corey BONDURANT, Robert Neal BONDURANT.
Alice NORTON was born about 1565 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England. She was buried on 12 MAR 1628 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England. She is reference number 6949.
Spouse: Robert CRANFIELD. Robert CRANFIELD and Alice NORTON were married on 28 NOV 1586 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England. Children were: Thomas CRANFIELD, Mary CRANFIELD, Rob CRANFIELD, William CRANFIELD.
Annette Graves NORTON was born on 25 APR 1876. She appeared in the census on 7 JUN 1900 in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio. (living at home with father and mother.) Parents: Willard Isaac NORTON and Mary Anna COLBY.
Esther H. NORTON was born about 1827.
Spouse: John Frank COLBY. John Frank COLBY and Esther H. NORTON were married on 31 AUG 1852 in Plymouth, Ashtabula County, Ohio.
George NORTON was born about 1610. He died in 1659 at Massachusetts.
GEORGE NORTON (1629, Salem)
FIRST RESIDENCE: Salem
REMOVES: Gloucester 1642, Wenham 1645, Salem
OCCUPATION: Carpenter. Innkeeper ("George Norton licensed to keep an ordinary upon the road where he dwells, and to sell strong waters to travellers," 29 June 1658 [EQC 2:100]; license renewed, 28 June 1659 [EQC 2:164]).
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Included in list of Salem church members compiled late in 1636 (with later annotation "dead") [SChR 5]; admission prior to 14 May 1634 implied by freemanship. 13 April 1645: "George Norton, a member of the church at Gloucester, was admitted to participate" in communion at Wenham [Fiske Notebook 31]. On 21 September 1645 Gloucester church issued a letter of dismission for George Norton, and on 28 September Wenham church, after examining his spiritual state, admitted him to the covenant [Fiske Notebook 36-38].
FREEMAN: 14 May 1634 [MBCR 1:368].
EDUCATION: Signed inventory of Mary Hersome of Wenham, 2 September 1646 [EQC 1:106].
OFFICES: Essex jury, 27 March 1638, 25 June 1639, 30 June 1640 [EQC 1:7, 11, 19]. Deputy of the Salem marshal (apparently for Gloucester), 2 November 1642 [EQC 1:52]. Essex grand jury (for Salem), 24 November 1657 [EQC 2:58]. Essex trial jury, 28 June 1659 [EQC 2:157].
Gloucester deputy to General Court, 8 September 1642, 10 May 1643 [MBCR 2:22, 33]. Gloucester member of committee on bounds between Ipswich and Gloucester, 3 May 1642 [MBCR 2:4]. Commissioner to end small causes at Gloucester, 10 May 1643 [MBCR 2:35].
On 29 May 1644 it was "ordered, (at the request of the town of Glocester,) that George Norton (as their eldest sergeant) shall exercise their military company" [MBCR 2:67].
ESTATE: In the 1636 Salem land grant received forty acres "above Mr. Cole" (in the "freeman's" section of the list) [STR 1:20, 26]. In the 25 December 1637 Salem division of marsh received three-quarters of an acre, with a household of five [STR 1:102].
In response to a petition, the General Court on 13 May 1640 granted to a "company" of men, including "Geo: Norton," "Jeffryes Creek, and land to erect a village there" [MBCR 1:289].
On 30 January 1643[/4] twelve acres meadow in the Great Meadow at Wenham laid out according to "former grants to Richard Prince Sarah the now wife of Daniell Rumbull in the right of George Norton and John White" [STR 1:181].
On 29 November 1659 administration on the estate of George Norton was granted to his wife, Mary Norton. The inventory of the estate of George Norton was taken 22 September 1659 and totalled £134 11s. 6d., with no real estate included. Freegrace Norton and John Norton, children of George Norton, petitioned for division of the estate, mentioning mother Mary Norton, and listing the children: Freegrace, aged 24; John, aged 22; Nathaniel, aged 20; George, aged 18; Mary, aged 16; Mehittabell, aged 14; Sarah, aged 12; Hannah, aged 10; Abigaill, aged 8; and Ellizabeth, aged 5 [EPR 1:304].
BIRTH: By about 1610 based on estimated date of marriage.
DEATH: Between June 1659 (tavern license) and 22 September 1659 (inventory).
MARRIAGE: By about 1635 Mary ____; she was admitted to Salem church 4 September 1637 [SChR 7]. She married (2) Ipswich 27 February 1659[/60] Philip Fowler (with whom she defended her administration of George's estate, November Term 1665 [EQC 3:285]). (Seversmith dismisses the undocumented claim that she was Mary Machias; he also argues convincingly that the claim that Mary was sister of Bethia Cartwright of Salem derives from a misreading of the will of Bethia [TAG 15:194-95].)
i FREEGRACE, b. about 1635; m. Ipswich 3 August 16[58-62] Lydia Spencer.
ii JOHN, bp. Salem 2 October 1637 [SChR 16]; m. Salem 3 April 1660 Mary Sharp.
iii NATHANIEL, bp. Salem 29 May 1639 [SChR 17]; m. by about 1665 Mary Mills, daughter of Richard Mills (eldest child b. about 1665 [TAG 15:197]; Mary Norton, daughter of "Nathanael & Mary, & grandchild of Mr. Mils" who "was in communion in the elder church in Stratford" was bp. in the "younger" church in Stratford on 28 September 1673 [TAG 9:18; see also FOOF 1:411]).
iv GEORGE, bp. Salem 28 March 1641 [SChR 18]; m. (1) Ipswich 7 October 1669 Sarah Hart; m. (2) Windsor 14 June 1683 Mercy (Barber) Gillett [CTVR 52], widow of John Gillett (son of JONATHAN GILLETT) and daughter of Thomas Barber [Manwaring 1:94].
v MARY, b. Gloucester 28 February 1643; m. Ipswich 14 October 1664 Thomas Hart.
vi MEHITABLE, b. about 1645; m. Ipswich 20 December 1664 Samuel Adams.
vii SARAH, bp. Wenham 15 February 1646/7 [Fiske Notebook 49]; m. Ipswich [blank] Feb. 1678 Samuel Hart.
viii HANNAH, b. about 1649; living 1689 [TAG 15:196 (evidence not cited)].
ix ABIGAIL, b. about 1651; prob. m. Andover 30 March 1676 Samuel Martin.
x ELIZABETH, b. about 1654; prob. m. Ipswich 13 November 1676 Josiah Bridges. (She did not marry John Wainwright [TAG 30:18; NEHGR 13:230].)
COMMENTS: In their 17 April 1629 letter to John Endicott, in a section informing him of various settlers being sent over that year, the Massachusetts Bay Company included "one Norton, a carpenter, whom we pray you respect as he shall deserve" [MBCR 1:396]. This has been assumed, with good reason, to be George Norton, since George was later referred to as a carpenter.
George Norton was presented at Salem Court for "lying and subborning witnesses to scandalize the church of Wenham, to pay 20s. for two lies and seven witnesses three days, and to confess before the assembly met at Wenham in the meeting house, as follows: `I do confess and acknowledge that I have sinfully endeavored to justify myself and my turbulent and factious agitations against the just and orderly proceedings of the church against me for my sin in that I have incessantly labored out of the pride of my heart to gather up witnesses of all sorts to testify against the dealing of the church with me seeking thereby to lay a scandal upon the church which cannot but greatly tend to the dishonor of God and the reproach of religion.' Refusing to make this confession, to sit one hour in the stocks" [EQC 1:156]. (The misbehavior of George Norton was the principal matter of church business at Wenham throughout 1648 and 1649 [Fiske Notebook 57-88].)
At November Term 1665, Mary Norton's new husband, Philip Fowler, in her right as administratrix of George Norton's estate, successfully sued Roger Preston for an incompleted lease on John Endicott's farm called "Groton." Norton had leased it for ten years, beginning 1 March 1655/6 for £18 per year, and was to build a strong and sufficient house, "in every way like that of Mr. Tredwell at Ipswich, except Norton was to make catted chimneys instead of brick, and was to leave the house tenantable at the end of the term ... in consideration for which he was to have one year of the rent of the farm free" [EQC 3:286]. Roger Preston had agreed to take over the lease starting 14 March 1659/60, but was reluctant after the death of Norton in 1659.
Savage stated that between his residences at Gloucester and Wenham, George Norton resided briefly at Ipswich, but this was his son of the same name [TAG 15:196].
With regard to the baptism of daughter Mary in Gloucester in 1643, Savage made the peculiar statement "unless this were mistake, as to me seems probable for Henry" [Savage 3:291]. Since the list of children of George Norton does include a daughter Mary of the right age, but no Henry of any age, it is hard to understand what Savage intended here.
In his treatment of George Norton, Herbert F. Seversmith provided baptismal dates for the last two daughters from the Salem church [TAG 15:196]. The dates are correct, but the first of them is for a son John rather than daughter Abigail. These two baptisms, in 1651 for John and 1653 for Elizabeth, are for children of "Mr. Norton," who at this time in Salem would be Francis Norton.
BIBILIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1939 Herbert F. Seversmith compiled a sketch of the life and family of George Norton, along with an examination of Norton's possible English ancestry; Seversmith thought the derivation from the Nortons of Sharpenhoe, Bedfordshire, was unlikely [TAG 15:193-207].
Spouse: Mary MACHIAS. George NORTON and Mary MACHIAS were married about 1635.
John NORTON was born about 1779 in Chester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Parents: Jonathan NORTON and Mrs Jonathan NORTON.
Spouse: Mary COLBY. John NORTON and Mary COLBY were married about 1799.
Jonathan NORTON was born date unknown.
Spouse: Mrs Jonathan NORTON. Jonathan NORTON and Mrs Jonathan NORTON were married date unknown. Children were: John NORTON.
Judith NORTON was born on 18 APR 1739 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Parents: Rowland NORTON and Lydia FOWLER.
Spouse: Isaac GOODWIN. Isaac GOODWIN and Judith NORTON were married about 1755 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Children were: William GOODWIN.
Mrs Jonathan NORTON was born date unknown.
Spouse: Jonathan NORTON. Jonathan NORTON and Mrs Jonathan NORTON were married date unknown. Children were: John NORTON.
Patience NORTON was born about 1770. She died on 16 JAN 1799 at Deer Isle, Hancock County, Maine.
Spouse: Thomas COLBY. Thomas COLBY and Patience NORTON were married on 4 FEB 1794 in Deer Isle, Hancock County, Maine. Children were: Joseph COLBY.
Rowland NORTON was born on 14 OCT 1702 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
Spouse: Lydia FOWLER. Rowland NORTON and Lydia FOWLER were married on 24 JUN 1724 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Children were: Judith NORTON.
Sarah L. NORTON was born in SEP 1842 in Maine. She died on 6 JUN 1879 at Westport, Lincoln County, Maine. She was buried in the Colby Cemetery at Westport, Lincoln County, Maine
Spouse: Jonas Luther COLBY. Jonas Luther COLBY and Sarah L. NORTON were married on 18 NOV 1874.
Willard Isaac NORTON was born on 13 JUL 1839. He appeared in the census on 7 JUN 1900 in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio. He appeared in the census on 18 APR 1910 in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio. He died in 1910.
Spouse: Mary Anna COLBY. Willard Isaac NORTON and Mary Anna COLBY were married on 6 NOV 1873 in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio. Children were: Annette Graves NORTON.
John B. NOSBAUM was born on 6 NOV 1860 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. (Son of John N. Nosbaum and Margaret Von Uhrhausen.) He appeared in the census on 9 JUN 1900 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He appeared in the census in 1910 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He appeared in the census in 1930 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He died on 9 DEC 1945 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He had Social Security Number 360-07-5128.
Spouse: Helen M. COLBY. John B. NOSBAUM and Helen M. COLBY were married on 25 AUG 1881 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
Helen Olive NOWE was born on 26 OCT 1890. She died on 8 APR 1931.
Spouse: Robert Eugene COLBY. Robert Eugene COLBY and Helen Olive NOWE were married on 31 AUG 1929. Children were: Robert Nowe COLBY.
Eunice NOYCE was born in FEB 1819 in Hampstead, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She died on 9 JUL 1872 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
Spouse: Giles SARGENT. Giles SARGENT and Eunice NOYCE were married on 24 FEB 1853 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
Abigail NOYES was born on 10 DEC 1790. She appeared in the census in 1850 in Dunbarton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. She appeared in the census in 1860 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (living with son Frances.) She died on 23 JAN 1861 at Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. Cause of Death: dropsey.
COLBY. Thomas COLBY and Abigail NOYES were married on 26 JUL 1818 in Bow,
Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: FHL Number 1000976; Marriage:
Abigail NOYES Date: 26 Jul 1818; Recorded in: Birth and Marriage Index for
Ada NOYES was born on 21 JUL 1864 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. She died on 24 JAN 1938 at Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. SOURCE: "A Genealogy of the Descendants of Abraham Colby and Elizabeth Blaisdell, his wife Who settled in Bow in 1768" By one of them, Concord, NH Printed by the Republican Press Association 1895. Parents: George W. NOYES and Francina MESSER.
Spouse: Fred FRENCH. Fred FRENCH and Ada NOYES were married on 27 APR 1887 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.
Spouse: Wallace MORGAN. Wallace MORGAN and Ada NOYES were married about 1897 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Children were: Ernest MORGAN, Lillian MORGAN.
Andrew NOYES was born on 3 MAR 1823 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.
Spouse: Saluria COLBY. Andrew NOYES and Saluria COLBY were married on 1 NOV 1849 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Children were: Hiram NOYES.
Arrah W. NOYES was born on 3 DEC 1870 in East Haverhill, Grafton County, New Hampshire. SOURCE: "A Genealogy of the Descendants of Abraham Colby and Elizabeth Blaisdell, his wife Who settled in Bow in 1768" By one of them, Concord, NH Printed by the Republican Press Association 1895. Parents: Royal H. NOYES and Nancy A. DUNCKLEE.
Audrey Pearson NOYES was born on 21 SEP 1909 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. Daughter of Fred Sewall Noyes, of Newburyport, and Edith Pearson Leigh, of Newbury, MA. She died on 1 JAN 1989 at Epsom, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.
Spouse: Halstead Norman COLBY. Halstead Norman COLBY and Audrey Pearson NOYES were married on 19 SEP 1931. Children were: Joan Leigh COLBY, Halstead Norman COLBY Jr..
Augustine C. NOYES was born on 25 JAN 1877 in East Haverhill, Grafton County, New Hampshire. SOURCE: "A Genealogy of the Descendants of Abraham Colby and Elizabeth Blaisdell, his wife Who settled in Bow in 1768" By one of them, Concord, NH Printed by the Republican Press Association 1895. Parents: Royal H. NOYES and Nancy A. DUNCKLEE.
Benjamin NOYES was born in AUG 1827. He died on 26 FEB 1866. They lived on the River road in Bow.
Spouse: Miriam C. WHITE. Benjamin NOYES and Miriam C. WHITE were married on 31 DEC 1857. Children were: Otis C. NOYES, Lucy NOYES.
Elizabeth NOYES was born date unknown.
Spouse: James SMITH. James SMITH and Elizabeth NOYES were married date unknown. Children were: Parker SMITH, Lizzie SMITH, John SMITH, Samuel SMITH, Sarah SMITH, James SMITH, Enoch SMITH.
Elizabeth Crane NOYES was born on 26 NOV 1960 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.
Spouse: Mark Alan SARGENT. Mark Alan SARGENT and Elizabeth Crane NOYES were married on 31 AUG 1985 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Children were: Elizabeth Colby SARGENT, William Merritt SARGENT.