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Richard Fryeth Norman

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Marblehead, MA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Fryeth (aka Norman) and Esprota de Senlis
Husband of Margaret Alford and Florence
Father of John Norman, Sr.; Susanna Ferris; Margaret Fowler; Lt. Richard Alford Norman; Florence Alford Norman and 2 others
Brother of John Norman

Occupation: Fisherman, shipwright, Carpenter, Shipwright
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About Capt. Richard Norman

Captain Richard Norman (c1580 - c1653) was born about 1580 at Dorchester, England. He died about 1653. Although unproven, he may have been the son of John Fryeth alias Norman (born near Ipswich, Suffolkshire, England). Captain Norman married (1) Florence Unknown, married before 1612 in England, (2) Margaret Alford, on 2 September 1615 in England.

Marriages and Children

  1. Florence (Unknown), married before 1606 England
    1. John Norman (born c1606 Charminster, Dorset, England)
    2. Elizabeth Norman (born c1610 Charminster, Dorset, England)
    3. Margaret Norman (born c1614, Charminster, Dorset, England)
  2. Margaret Alford, married 2 September 1615 England
    1. Susannah Norman (born c1617 England - 23 December 1680 Greenwich, Connecticut) alt DOB: 1608
    2. Florence Norman (born c1619 England)
    3. Margaret Norman (born 1620 England)
    4. Richard Norman (born 1623)
    5. Florence Norman (born 1624)
    6. Jonathan Norman (born 1626 Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    7. William Norman (born 1628 Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts)

Richard Norman may have come to Massachusetts as an employee of Dorchester Co., a group of capitalists and adventurers who established a small colony at Cape Ann in 1623. He may have not been a member of the original settlement but he and his family were among those who, upon failure of the Cape Ann venture, moved to Naumkeag in 1626 under the leadership of Roget Conant and were established there upon arrival of the Endicott migration in 1628.

In 1636, he received a grant of twenty acres in Salem. In the 25 December 1637 division of marsh and meadow, he was granted three-quarters of an acre, with a household of four; on 29 January 1637/8 he was granted twenty acres "that was Mr. Thorndeck's". He finally settled at Marblehead in 1645. In 1650 he was living on the "Darby Fort side (Marblehead) where his defective fences caused his appearance in court". He worked as a carpenter and shipwright, and had a fishing or shipbuilding business with his son, John Norman.


  • Perley's "History of Salem" Vol. 1: "In his deposition of 20 January 1680/81 Richard Brackenbury included "old Goodman Norman and his son" among those who were already at Salem when Endicott arrived in 1628."
  • Apparently there is evidence that he served with the British Navy under Henry Morgan in a war with Spain


  • Anderson, Robert Charles. "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633." Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. Print.
  • Gray, Thomas E. "The Founding of Marblehead." Baltimore, MD: Gateway, 1984. Print.
  • Mahler, Leslie. "English Origin of Richard Norman of Salem, Mass." The American Genealogist (TAG). NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, Vol. 77: No. 2: 102-3 (Apr 2002). Richard's children were baptized in Holy Trinity Parish Church in Charminster, co. Dorset, England. Print.
  • Torrey, Clarence Almon, and Elizabeth Petty. Bentley. "New England Marriages Prior to 1700." Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub., 1985. Print.


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Capt. Richard Norman's Timeline

March 18, 1576
Horningsheath, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Age 19
Dorset, England, United Kingdom
September 2, 1615
Age 28
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
July 31, 1617
Age 30
Dorchester, Dorchestershire, England
Age 33
Beverly, Essex, Mass
Age 36
Southwick, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 36
Cape Anne, Gloucester, MA
Age 36
Cape Anne, Gloucester, MA
Age 36
Cape Anne, Gloucester, MA