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Posted by: Connie Knowles (ID *****1029) Date: December 02, 2004 at 13:36:40
In Reply to: Re: DANIEL ASHBY NORVELL by John Norvell of 827

John, I've been researching the family of James Monroe Norvell & Nancy L. Ashby. I have documented a few things and would like to hear your thoughts. I was acquainted with Ben F. Norvell, who lived in Independence, Mo. He was the son of George Norvell, who was the brother of Daniel Ashby Norvell. Daniel was Ben's uncle. I have Ben F. Norvell's Bible to confirm this information. I sent for and received a marriage certificate from Chariton County, Mo. for James Monroe Norvell and Nancy L. Ashby (daughter of Major Daniel Ashby). The ceremony was performed by B.S. Ashby, Nancy's uncle, and brother of Major Daniel Ashby. The date of their marriage was 6 Sept. 1838. The 1860 census of Deepwater Township in Henry Co., Mo. lists James & Nancy with their eight children. Daniel A. Norvell was 18 years old at that time and listed as a laborer and attends school. Daniel A. Norvell is also in the 1870 census with his grandfather, Daniel Ashby, in Missouri. Daniel A. Norvell did marry Mary Younger and later moved to Texas. Mary Younger, who became Mary (Mollie) Norville is buried in Kansas City. I have visited her grave and also the grave of their daughter, Cassandra, who is buried in the same cemetery. I also have a copy of Mary's obituary. I believe Nancy L. Ashby to be the oldest daughter of Major Daniel Ashby and Cassandra Leeper, oldest daughter of John Leeper of Kentucky. When Daniel Ashby & Cassandra Leeper married in 1814, they later moved to Missouri and settled in Chariton Co. While they were there, the Ashbys met the Norvell family and James & Nancy met and were married by a Rev. B.S. Ashby. The Norvell family then moved to Texas (Navarro Co.) James was the oldest son and child of George Norvell. James styed in Missouri with the Ashby Family. I believe Nancy L. Ashby Norvell died in 1866. I have corresponded with Liz Barner and Lee Watkins. Lee sent a copy of a letter that was written to Daniel A. Norvell from an uncle, S.P. Ashby, Nancy Ashby Norvell's brother. The letter is dated 10 Oct. 1865. The letter stated that Daniel's parents were not well and staying at the fork of the Chariton River. I also have a copy of a letter that was in response to a letter that Glenora Watkins sent to a family in Henry County, Mo. She apparently had been inquiring about her father's family. The response stated that her grandfather's name was James Norvell. I have found several things in my research about Daniel A. Norvell. He served in the military during the Civil War and he & Mollie started a school in Wagoner, Ok. I have pictures and an article about the school. I have also corresponded with Liz Barner and Lee Watkins, ancestors of Glenora Norvell Watkins and they agreed that she may not have been accurate in her info. to the DAR I also have a letter from Liz Barner that says Glenora may have been inaccurate in her info. I'm sure she believed her info. to be solid at the time. I will be more than happy to send you copies of all that I have.

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