John Norris (1663 - 1710)

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Nicknames: "s/o Edward & Mary Freeman"
Birthplace: Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Death: Died in Anne Arundell, Maryland
Managed by: Kira Rachele Jay
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About John Norris

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John Norris was born c1663 in Anne Arundel County, Md. He married before 1685 (1) Elizabeth Parsons, d/o Thomas & Isabel Parsons of England. She was born c1666/67 in Md.  John made extensive land purchases in Anne Arundel & Baltimore Cos. In 1691, "in third year of reign of King William & Mary," he purchased from Benjamin Hooker "for 5500 pounds tobacco," land named "Hooker's Addition" on Herring Creek. In 1726, he patented from Benj. Leon Calvert "Norris Addition," being 32 a. in Herring Creek, which he later willed to his grandson Thomas Norris. In Balto. Co in 1716, he bought 243 a. of "Prospect" from Peter Bond for 30 pds. sterling money; and in 1718, 365 a. from Thomas Preston called "Everly Hills" for 50 pds. In 1726, he purchased from Wm. Parish 150 a. of "Spring Garden" on the Patapsco River in Balto. Co for 30 pds. 

His wife Elizabeth d. Nov 1712. In Apr. 1714 "a petition of John Norris setting forth that he is fined 500 pds. tobacco for not attending as a juror at the court held Nov last, for said co; that during the sitting of said court the petitioner's wife lay very sick and died so that he did not neglect his duty out of any contempt, but was induced by his affection & care of his wife...the truth of said petition being certified by two of the Commissioners of the afs. co. Court thought reasonable, and was granted that said fine be remitted & unlevied. (Md. Archives)

John Norris mar. (2) Mary Newman on 3 April 1716. He had nine children. By first wife he had Elizabeth, Susannah, John, Hannah, Benjamin, Edward and Joseph I, and by second wife: Thomas and Mary

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John Norris, born 1663 in Anne Arundel Co MD, died there between 01 Nov 1737 (date of will) and 06 Dec 1740 (probate). He was there c1680. He wed by 1685 (#1) Elizabeth Parsons. She was born in MD c1666, daughter of Thomas and Isabell Parsons, and died in Nov 1714. Her father Thomas died 1683/4. Isabell, her mother, wed (#2) Benjamin Capell. John Norris wed (#2) 03 Apr 1716 Mary Newman. In 1691 he bought "Hooker's Addition" in a swamp called Herring Creek, and bought more properties in both Baltimore and Anne Arundel Co. His nine children -7 by #1, 2 by #2- born Anne Arundel Co MD, were Elizabeth, Susannah, John, Hannah, Benjamin, Edward, Joseph, Thomas, and Mary. The first five were baptized 18 Aug 1700.

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1. Nexus.

2. Herbert S. Norris, Norris Family Aquilla and Priscilla Norris Descendants of Thomas Norris and Ann Hynson (25 Oct 1997, update 27 Feb. 1999), pg. iv,

3. Harry Alexander Davis, The Norris Family of Maryland & Virginia; Genealogy of Thomas Norris 1361 - 1930 (4 vol. 1941 Washington D.C. Transcript), pg. 17-20, Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, District of Columbia, 20540-4570, CS71.N858; Microfilm 88/5447 MicRR 99ft. "The Norris Family" is an amazing work in Genealogy, 1500 pages in four volumes. Only three copies were produced, and one is located in the Rare Books Section of the Library of Congress. Another is to be in the Kansas DAR Library at dodge city, Ks.

He was deeded land as early as 1688 in Herring Creek. On 10 Aug. 1691 he was also deeded land on Herring Creek by Benjamin Hooker called "Hooker's Addition", for 5500 pounds of tobacoo [TR#A:410 re: THG]. On 24 Jun 1726/7 he patened 32 acres of land on Herring Creek swamp called "Norris Addition" & left it to his grandson, Thomas Norris (of John) by will. He made extensive purchases of land in Baltimore co. On 6 Nov. 1716 he was deeded land called "Prospect", 243 acres by Peter Bond & William Hamilton for 30 pounds sterling. On 4 Mar. 1718 he was deded by Thomas Preston "Everly Hills", 365 Acres in Baltimore co. above the head of Bush River [TR#RA:519 re THG] On 20 Sep. 1726 he was deeded by William Parish & wife, Susan, "Spring Garden", 150 acres in Patapsco in Baltimore co., for 30 pounds. On 9 Nov. 1724, he conveyed a part of "Prospect" to son Edward, & on same date a part of "Everly Hills to son, Benjamin, in each case "for natural love & affection which I have doe bear for my son..." [IS#H:35 re THG]. Elizabeth died Nov. 1714. On 3 Apr. 1715 the petition of John Norris of Anne Arundel co. setting forth that he is fined five hundred pounds of tobacco for not attending as a juror at a court held in Nov. last for the said co. during the sitting of which said court the petitioners wife laid very sick & died, that he did not neglect his duty out of any contempt but was purely induced by his affection to & care of his wife...The truth of the said petition being certified by two of the Commissioners of the aforesaid County Court is thought reasonable & granted, wherefore ordered that the said fine be remitted & not levied (Md. Arch.) He married 2nd 3 Apr. 1716 Mary Newman. He dtd his will 1 Nov. 1731 & died abt Nov. 1740 & this will was admitted to probate 6 Dec. 1740. He devises "Norris Addition" in the Swamp of herring Creek to grandson Thomas Norris (subsequent records disclose definitely that this is a son of John Norris of Anne Arundel co.). Leaves all other lands in Anne Arundel co. to son John, & his son, John. To daughter, Mary Metcallf, is devised "Spring Garden" in Baltimore co. To son, Thomas, remainder of "Everly Hills' Baltimore co., except that part deeded to son, Benjamin. To son Joseph, remainder of "Prospect" except that parte deede to son, Edward. Wife, Mary, interest in his lands during her life or widowhood, she to be sole executor. This will was executed by Thomas Norris, his son who personally appeared before the Court on 6 Dec. 1740, etc..."

4. Gertrude Cleghorn Josserand (Mrs. Guy D.), Kentucky Descendants of Thomas Norris of Maryland 1630 - 1953 and Allied Families ((1916) Edwards Brothers Inc. Ann Arbor, Mich.), pg. 2 & 3, New England Historic Genealogical Society, CS/71/N858/1953.

5. Norris Nexu . "Lists Children as: WIlliam, Nathaniel, Mary, John, Richard, Edward and Priscillal Temperance."

6. Personal Records of Corinne Hanna Diller,

7. Personal Records of Thomas Green III, 5 Dec 1996, E-Mail: tmgreen@batnet.com. His records refer to paper(s) Library of Congress;

assuming he is referring to 4 Vol. transcript of Harry Alexander Davies. "He was a 3rd child in the second marriage by the name of John with same birth date as Mary; thus far I have not found him listed in any of the genealogies [JEB].

1685 Nov. 19 Anne Arundel co. deed Ralph "RB" Brazill to Jno. Norris, Sr. for 6000 pounds tobacco for 50 acres called 'St. Thomas Neck' in the Great Swamp between Herring Creek and three Islands at the head of south branch running out of west river Deed Bk. IH 3:106 1685 Nov 9 Anne Arundel co. Md. Bond Ralph Bazill to Jno. Norris Sr. for 12000 pounds tabacco Bk. IH 3:107 Lib. N:78)1698 Oct. 23 Anne Arundel co., Md. St. James Parish vestry admonished Elizabeth w/o John Norris1702 Jul. 9 Anne Arundel co., Md. shipped in good order by me Jno. Norris on ship 'Hope' of London Master Stephen Cole now at anchor in South River two hogshed of tabacco to be shipped to Mr. Jonathan Mathes in London he to pay frieght at rate of 14 pounds per ton in war and __ pound per ton if in peace (Land record WI 2:264) 1707 Anne Arundel co. Md, west river hundred taxes 'Thomas Neck' 50 acres first surveyed 10 Jul. 1663 for Thomas Parsons, in Great Swamp near three Islands now in possession of John Norris (MHM 23:32) 'Hooker's Addition' alias 'Dearing Gullier 100 acres first surveyed 28 Oct. 1677 for John Dearing on Herring Creek south west on south side of the south creek, purchased 23 Aug. 1676 by Thomas Hoover, then found to the 210 acres now in the possession of John Norris (MHM 23:33-34) 1709 Anne Arundel co. Md. St James Parish John Norris church warden 1714/5 Anne Arundel co. Md. St. James Parish John Norris vestryman 1730 Mar 30 Baltimore co. deed Archibald Rollo carpenter and wife Rebecca to John Norris for 100 acres of 'Robert's Lor' (IS #L:205)."

8. Herbert S. Norris, Norris Family Aquilla and Priscilla Norris Descendants of Thomas Norris and Ann Hynson (25 Oct 1997, update 27 Feb. 1999), pg. 4,5,6, 17 Aug 1998, E-Mail: herbsn@tscnet. He is distributing himself is what I am assuming from a letter dated 27 Feb. 1999 from computer floppy disks. "

John Norris of Anne Arundel co., known in the records as the 'Planter', was probably the John Norres...Transported into the Province 9 Feb. 1677" (old style). The earliest positive legal record of this John Norris is found in the following deed of Anne Arundel co. - Benjamin Hooker to John Norris - Made 10 day of Aug. 1691 - 3rd year of the Reign of King William & Mary - For 5500 lbs. of Tobacco. Land named 'Hooker's Addition' lying in the said co. in a swamp called Herring Creek.

He also patented Jan 24, 1726/1727 from Benjamin Leon Calvert 'Norris Addition', 32 acres in the Herring Creek Swamp & left it to his grandson Thomas by will. John Norris passed the greater part of his life in Ann Arundel co. & died there, nevertheless he made extensive purchases of land in Baltimore co., as attested by these deeds. Peter Bond etc. to John Norris - 6 Nov. 1716 - Between Peter Bond & Wm. Hamilton, Both of Balto. co., & John Norris of Anne Arundel co. 'Prospect' - 243 acres For the sum of 30 lbs. sterling money. Thomas Preston to John Norris 4 Mar. 1718 between Thomas Preston of Balto. co. & John Norris of Ann Arundel co. Planter - 'Everly Hills' 365 acres, - for 50 lbs. sterling money of Great Britian - 'Everly Hills' in Balto. co. above the head of Bush River [patented 6 Nov. 1695 to Thomas Preston Sr. (TR #RA:519)]. William Parrish to John Norris - 20 Sep. 1726 - Between William Parrish & wife Susan & John Norris of Anne Arundel co. for 30 lbs sterling money of Great Britian. Land called 'Spring Garden' (150 acres) Lying in Pataspco in Baltimore co. John Norris conveyed by deed Nov. 9 1724, part of 'Prospect' to his son Edward, & on the same date part of 'Everly Hills' to his son, Benjamin, in each case "for the natural love & affection which I have and doe bear for my son....John Norris married 1st about 1685 Elizabeth Capell, daughter of Benjamin Capell (d. 1711) & his wife Isabell (d. 1717)...Apr 3, 1715 - The petition of John Norris of Anne Arundel co. setting forth that he is fined five hundred pounds of tabacco for not attending as a juror at a court held in November last for the said co. during the sitting of which said court the petitioner's wife lay very sick & died; that he did not neglect his duty out of any contempt but was purely induced by his affection to & care of his wife - The truth of his said petition being certified by two of the commissioners of the aforesaid county court is thought reasonable & granted, wherefore ordered that the said fine be remitted & not levied...John Norris married 2nd. April 3 1716, Mary Newman...John Norris made his will, November 1, 1737 & died probably in the fall of 1740 since the probate of his will bears the date of execution, December 6, 1740. After leaving to his grandson, Thomas, 'Norris Addition' in the swamp lands of Herring Creek, he leaves all his land in Anne Arundel co. to son John, and his son John; to his daughters, Mary Metcalf, 'Spring Garden' in Baltimore co.; to his son Thomas, the remainder of 'Everly Hills' in Baltimore co. except that deeded to his son Benjamin. To son Joseph 'Prospect' except that part of 'Prospect' deed to his son Edward. To his wife Mary, an interest in his lands during life or widowhood

John Norris (c.1683) - c (1740) m. (Aug. 1685) Elizabeth Parsons/Capell (1666/67) - (c Nov. 1714) m. (Apr. 1716) Mary Newman Note a Benjamin Capell married Elizabeth's mother about the time Elizabeth married John. Benjamin would be Elizabeth's step-father, thus the reason one source lists John's first wife as Elizabeth Capell.

The name of Elizabeth Parsons, as correctly used by both Davis and Josserand, is the same person named by Myers as Elizabeth Capell. Elizabeth's mother (Isabel) married 1st. Thomas Parsons and had six daughters. After Thomas died in 1711, (Isabel) married Benjamin Capell. Added note as of 5 Oct 1999 -

Could Benjamin Capell have had a natural daughter Elizabeth Capell by a first marriage, plus a step daughter Elizabeth Parsons?

Until today I believed that Elizabeth was one person, but two ladies might lent some credibility to Corrine's orginal research. At this point the lineage of lineage of [Paf #184] of this P.A.F. file Priscilla Temperance Norris is split between his two sons Joseph [PAF# 254] and Thomas [PAF #257]."
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John Norris's Timeline

1663
1663
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
1682
1682
Age 19
St. James Parrish, Anne Arundel, Maryland
1682
Age 19
3 Apr/Mar 1716 , Anne Arundel, Maryland
1686
May 6, 1686
Age 23
Anne Arundel, Maryland
1689
February 2, 1689
Age 26
Anne Arundel, Maryland
1691
February 28, 1691
Age 28
Arundel, Maryland
1698
August 20, 1698
Age 35
Anne Arundel, Maryland
August 20, 1698
Age 35
Anne Arundel, Maryland
1701
February 4, 1701
Age 38
Anne Arundel, Maryland
1704
February 20, 1704
Age 41
Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States