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Two Norris Brothers
Posted on August 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM comments (4)
Since we had the 30th annual reunion for the descendents of Samuel W. and Ruhama (Anderson) Norris last Sunday, I thought I would post some information about my Norris line!
Joseph Norris, Sr. was born on January 11, 1729 in Sharpsville, Washington County, MD. Joseph acted as a patriot in the Revolutionary War, when he resided in Washington County, Maryland. On 4/17/1779, he took the Oath of Fidelity and Support, Maryland Assembly Act, enacted 2/5/1777 before Joseph Chapline in Sharpsburg, MD.
Joseph Norris moved from the vicinity of Hagerstown, MD in 1781/82, purchasing a farm on the Raystown Branch of the Juniata in then Hopewell Township, Bedford County, now Penn Township in Huntingdon County. The farm had been the property of a Mr. Sanders, who with his wife and three children, had been murdered by the Indians in May, 1780.
Joseph Norris Sr. was married to Mary Moody about 1750 in Maryland. Joseph Norris Sr. and Mary Moody had 12 children that I am aware of:
1.Elizabeth, born 10/11/1750, and married Adam Manor
2.Ellener, born 4/17/1752, and married Adam Metcalf
3.John, born 3/16/1754, died 11/1/1838 in Huntingdon County, and married Ann
4.William, born 2/7/1756, and died in 1781
5.Ruha, born 11/18/1758
6.Mary, born 1/25/1760, and married Peter Wagoner
7.Lydia, born 10/10/1761, and married John Garney
8.Sarah, born 11/3/1763, and married David Jackson
9.Nancy Ann, born 1/1/1766, and married Hugh Johnson
10.Ruhama, born 12/21/1767, and married George Shirley
11.Jane, born 8/19/1772 in Bedfor Co., PA, died 9/20/1848 in Largo, Wabash Co., IN and married William Enyeart
12.Joseph Jr., born 8/18/1774 in Huntingdon Co., PA, died 9/21/1839 in Huntingdon County, PA, and married Elizabeth Enyeart
I know these dates and locations are not perfect. How was Joseph Jr. born in Huntingdon County in 1774 if his father supposedly did not come to Huntingdon County until 1781 or so? However, this is the info I have and I will welcome discussion and new information!
From here on out, my discussion is primarily going to focus on the two sons of Joseph Norris, Sr. who survived into adult hood: John D. Norris and Joseph Norris, Jr.
John D. Norris is often given the middle name of Davis. However, I have never been able to prove or disprove this middle name. John Davis Norris moved to Huntingdon County, presumably with his father, and died here in 1838. There are some different thoughts among researchers about who his wife was. We know for certain from court documents that her name was Ann. Some possible names that have been tossed around by researchers include Ann Thompson, Ann Rigdon, and Nancy Ann Walker. I list the following children for John and Ann:
1.William, born in 1781 in MD, died after 1850, and married Mary Hornoc
2.Ruhannah, born about 1787, and married Jacob Whitehouse
3.Mary, born 7/3/1787 in Huntingdon Co., PA, died 4/19/1863 in Clearfield County, PA, and married Ignatius Thompson
4.Amos, born about 10/16/1787 in Huntingdon Co., PA, died 2/23/1848 in Ashland Co., OH, and married Mary Shaver
5.Joseph, born before 1790, and died before 1838
6.Thomas Larkin, born before 1790
7.Nancy, born after 1790, and married a man with the last name of Duck
8.Moses, born 5/24/1791 in Penn Township, Huntingdon Co., PA, died 4/19/1863 in Clearfield Co., PA, and married Sarah Reed
9.Jonathan, born 3/30/1793 in Huntingdon Co., PA, died 11/27/1861 in Richland Co., OH, and married Jane Feley
10.Elizabeth, born 8/5/1798 in Hagerstown, MD, died 11/11/1886 in Wyandott, OH, and married Robert Park and later a Shaver
11.John, born 1/25/1807 in Huntingdon Co., PA, and married Mary Smith
12.Lydia, born 10/16/1809, died 10/5/1887 in Nebraska, and married Robert Gill
13.Adam, born about 1811, died 12/20/1890 in Dublin Township, Huntingdon Co., PA, and married Ephia Isenberg
14.James Stevens, born 3/4/1813 in Huntingdon County, PA, died 4/4/1899 in Cass Township, Huntingdon Co., PA, and married Sophia Park
15.Tobius Riley, born 7/17/1814, and died after 1899
Again, all of these dates and places can not be correct. There were not three children born in 1787 in different months! However, it is all I have for the moment. The majority of John D.'s children went to Ohio. Two ventured to Clearfield County, PA. At least two remained in the Huntingdon County area. Many researchers seem to have different lists of children for John D. The obituary of his son James said that John D. was the father of 16 children, and only one of them was a girl! I do not know much about John's children, especially those who moved to Ohio. Please share information below if you know more about this family line.
I descend from John D.'s brother, and son of Joseph Norris, Sr., Joseph Norris, Jr. Joseph Norris, Jr. was born in Huntingdon County on August 18, 1774. He married Elizabeth Enyeart on September 5, 1797. Together, they were largely responsible for the large pocket of Norris family members that continue to reside in the county. Their children included:
1.Jane, born 8/25/1798, died 6/25/1864, and married Alexander McCall
2.William, born 8/23/1800, died 6/12/1857, married Ellenor Masden
3.John, born 9/23/1803, died 1/19/1891, married Martha Elizabeth Masden and Catherine Householder
4.Joseph III, born 10/15/1805, died 12/15/1873, married Rachel Masden
5.Mary, born 10/28/1807, died 9/5/1885, married Abraham Grubb
6.Catherine N., born 5/6/1810, died 8/26/1884, and married Andrew Grubb
7.David E., born 10/17/1812, died 12/3/1893, married Elizabeth Grubb and Christina Showalter
8.Thomas, born 8/28/1814, died 1/8/1899, married Nancy Snyder
9.Ellener, born 1/18/1817, died 2/21/1865, and married John Garner
10.Isaac, born 11/21/1819, died 7/4/1898, married Mary Showalter
11.Elizabeth, born 6/19/1823, and died 4/9/1842
I descend through Joseph Jr.'s son, David E. Norris and his wife Elizabeth Grubb.
These are the children of David and Elizabeth Norris. Front Row: Mary Ann (Norris) Crownover (1857-1946) Jane Norris (1843-1923) Middle Row: William White Norris (1853-1941) Thomas Lucas Norris (1845-1923) Elizabeth (Norris) Shenefelt (1846-1931) Samuel Wilson Norris (1840-1919) Back Row: Sarah Ann (Norris) Kyler (1848-1923) Catherine N. (Norris) Grove (1855-1943) Hannah (Norris) Dean (1842-1917) This photo was shared with me by Ron McCall.
There are a number of researchers on this website who have an interest in the Norris family, whether it is the Joseph Norris Jr. branch or the John D. branch. There are two photo albums with photos. You can see the Joseph Norris, Jr. family by clicking on the link, or you can choose to view the John D. Norris family as well.
As always, I am up for a great discussion on this family line. If you see errors, can provide new info, or even submit photos, please do so! Comment on this blog post so others can see the new information as well. Happy Norris hunting!
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