Thomas (1716-1763) Norris, Challengened (1716 - 1763)

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Birthplace: Anne Arundell, Maryland
Death: Died in Bef May 1763
Managed by: Kira Jay
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About Thomas (1716-1763) Norris, Challengened

RECORD:

1. Nexus. "Children were: William, Nathaniel, Mary, John Edward and Priscilla."

2. Herbert S. Norris, Norris Family Aquilla and Priscilla Norris Descendants of Thomas Norris and Ann Hynson (25 Oct 1997, update 27 Feb. 1999), p. , 19 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. " He believes that [PAF #184] Priscilla Temperance Norris m. Aquilla Norris [PAF #156] is daughter of this couple Title: Relationship Listing Herbert S. Norris and Direct Norris Line

 The will of this Thomas Norris has not been found as yet so the  following  children: William, Nathaniel, Mary and John are all than  can be positively accredited to him; Reason being that only children found in recorded parish record births for him are  William and Nathaniel at St. John's and Mary and John ar St. Thomas of Garrison Forest Baltimore county, Maryland."

3. Thomas Miller Myers, The Norris Family of Maryland ((1916) William Clemens, Publisher New York, New York), pg. 14 - 15, New England Historic Genealogical Society, CS/71/N858/1916. This work is not documented. "This Thomas Norris sometime previous to 1738 settled in Baltimore co., Md on part of his father's tract of land called 'Everly Hills' which he inherited in 1740 by will of John Norris at least part of this land he deeded 24 Feb. 1742 to his Brother, Benjamin on 6 Apr. 1744 "Thomas Norris & Abrilla Norris, his wife" conveyed to Antho. Asker 'Chadwills Ridge' for 2000 lbs. of tobacco. There is some confusion in the records since this Thomas was contemporary in Baltimore co., Md with Thomas (married Elizabeth Mc Comas son of John & Ann Norris) of another Norris family, so the foregoing deeds are the only ones of several which positively deal with this Thomas. The births of William & Nathanael are registered at St. Johns Parish while the birhs of Mary & John are registered at St. Thomas Parish, Garrison Forest, Baltimore co., Md. It would appear from the above that he moved from this vicinity soon after the sale of 'Everly Hills' (or part of it) to his brother Benjamin. The will of this Thomas has not yet been found so the above children [William, Nathanel, Mary & John] are all that can be positively accredited to him. Thomas executed his fathers will & personally appeared before the Court of Anne Arundel co., Md 6 Dec. 1740."

4. Corinne Hanna Diller, William Norris (1739-1767) of Frederick County, Maryland, and His Connections (Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin Winter 1997 Vol. 38 No. 1), pg. 45-7, 50-51, 56, National Genealogical Society, 4527 Seventeenth St. N., Arlington, Virginia. 22207-2399. "Thomas Norris was living in what is now Frederick/Carroll co. circa 1746. He eventually owned well over 2000 acres...In 1757, during the French &d Indian War, Thomas Norris was a Captain, & under him was his second son, Nathaniel Norris [Maryland Historical Magazine Vol. 9 pg.349-50 & Colonial Soldiers of the South 1732-1774 by Murtie June Clark pg. 107-8] By June of 1758, Thomas Norris was a Justice in Frederick Co., & served through 15 March 1763 [This was the life by Millard M. Rice (1979) Thomas Norris is mentioned frequently in court records as a Justice; he is also found as witness on many deeds in Frederick Co.]. In 1763 his estate records are found in Frederick co. [Thomas Norris estate, 1762 Liber 86 folio 268; Liber 41, folio 89; & box 4 folder 51, which mentions it is also recorded in Liber B #2 folios 36-8]. The executor was William Norris & his inventory included silver shoe buttons, silver shoe buckles, silver knee buckles, & a silver watch. The remainder of his inventory is unremarkable & the total value of (pounds) 131.5.2. Next of kin were Nathl. Norris & John Norris. Some histories have him confused with the Thomas Norris who was a Quaker shipbuilder living in Anne Arundel Co. His activities make it clear that this Thomas was distinct from the one in Anne Arundel Co...Thomas Norris was viewer of roads in 1761, which mentioned George Truck's resident along the r0ad [This Was, The Life (1979) by Millard M. Rice...In Washington County, in 1783, the assessment for Salisbury & Conococheague Hundreds mentions Thomas Norris' Norris heirs, 100 acres of woods [1783 Washington County Assessments Western Maryland Genealogy 7:78 & 8:121; Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin Vol. 36 pg. 309-11, for a discussion on the length of time required to settle an estate. Twenty years was not unheard of, especially if it was a large estate, or the heirs were minors.]. On 23 March 1784, in Washington Co., John Norris petitioned for a survey of "the Trap", which was taken up by Thomas Norris, deceased, but now the property of the petitioner...Conrad Hogmire, age 60, stated that 20 years previously he surveyed [Petition of John Norris, 1784, Washington Co. Deed Book D:16-7 (LDS #14601) & also Western Maryland Genealogy 5:23]. This confused me for a long time. This appears to "prove" that John's father was Thomas. However, by primogenture, eldest sons inherited without deeds or wills. I believe this land passed from Thomas to William to John without any documentation before this date. Thomas Norris (1716-1763) is the only Thomas found in this area 20 years before this date, or earlier. During the 1780's, the laws of primogeniture in Maryland were being changed, county by county [Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin Vol. 36 pg. 371 & Western Maryland Genealogy 11:113]. I believe that John was making his claim to his lands before the law changed & it might be jepordized. This is the only time I find the tract name "The Trap" in Western Md....Thomas Noris ownership of 2,000+ acres called 'Retirment' is mentioned In Colonial Families of America by Ruth Lawrence Vol. 5 pg. 82-5 (Some errors about Thonas Orgins."

5. Harry Alexander Davis, The Norris Family of Maryland & Virginia; Genealogy of Thomas Norris 1361 - 1930 (4 vol. 1941 Washington D.C. Transcript), pg. 46-7, 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 moved to Baltimore co., Md prior to 1738. He inherited a part of "Everly Hills" from his father in 1740. He executed his father's will & personally appeared before the court Anne Arundel co. 6 Dec. 1740. On 24 Feb. 1742 he deeded 178 acres of "Everly Hills" to his brother Benjamin Norris (Deeds Lib. TBC fol. 190). On 30 Oct. 1742 Thomas was deeded by William & Ruth Lewis 100 acres of land, part of a grant to Lloyd Harris, 3 July 1734, assigned by Harris 7 July 1735, William Rogers, & assigned by Rogers to Augustine Choat & called "Choat's Contrivance", (Deeds Lib. TBC fol. 93). On 6 Apr. 1744 Thomas & Abrilla deeded to Anthony Asker, "Chadwell's Ridge", 80 acres, no record of how Thomas acquired this 80 acres of land (Deeds Lib. TBC fol. 469). Thomas was given a mortgage by John Metcalfe on "Murray's Meadows", 100 acres (Deeds TBC fol. 414). On 7 May 1735 Thomas & Averilla Norris deed to John Stevenson, doctor of physick, sd co., 100 acres of land called "Choat's Contrivance" for 90 pounds (Deeds Lib. TRD fol. 550). On 21 May 1753 Thomas was a party to a deed involving John Metcalfe & the mortgage on "Murray's Meadows", etc (Deeds TRD fol. 551). This is the last record of Thomas in Baltimore co. He moved to Frederick co., Md abt 1754. The first record of him in this county is found on a Muster Roll, French & Indian War, 1757-8 for quartering men, etc. "Captain Thomas Norris co. To Captain Thomas Norris for 30 days attendance" (Md. Hist. Mag. Vol. IX pg. 349). On 25 May 1758 he made a Bill of Sale to Samuel Beale, 3 horse, 4 cows & 20 hogs for 3250 1/4 pounds of tobacco (Deeds Lib. F. fol. 422). In 1790 he patented "Norris Scheme", Frederick co. (BC-GS 12-470) & "The Trap" (Bc GS 21, 485) & "Retirement" 2100 acres (BC-GS 12, 624). In 1671 he had a "Resurvey on Retirement" & added 275 acres of vacant lands, laid out for 2369 acres (BC-GS 14,29). He & his son, William, had a resurvey on "The Trap" (BC-GS 19, 551). In May 1763 William Norris applied for a patent of land "resurvey of "Retirement" stating that Thomas Norris, his father, late of Frederick co., deceased, had patented this & had died before making good his right & title by which sd rights descended to sd William, son & heir. William was granted the & land was called "Retirement Corrected"."

6. 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. 3 & , New England Historic Genealogical Society, CS/71/N858/1953. "

pg. 3 has him as son of Mary Newman & on pg. 5 it says he is son of Elizabeth Parsons & has marriage date as 1839 [sic Typo?]. Children listed for him in this genealogy are: William - Edward - Priscilla Temperance - Nathaniel - John Richard - Mary. They moved to Hartford co. & then to Baltimore co., Md." NOTE:  I have been told that Gertrude Josserand's son Guy Jr. inherited all heis mother's estate. But that he and his sister was not interested in genealogy thus he sold all her papers, books, file cabinets etc. to he highest bidder.

7. Personal Records of Thomas Green III, 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.

-------------------- RECORD:

1. Harry Alexander Davis, The Norris Family of Maryland & Virginia; Genealogy of Thomas Norris 1361 - 1930 (4 vol. 1941 Washington D.C. Transcript), pg.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. "not listed in this genealogy."

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Thomas (1716-1763) Norris, Challengened's Timeline

1711
April 1, 1711
St James Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland
1716
December 26, 1716
Anne Arundell, Maryland
1738
October 10, 1738
Age 21
Baltimore, Maryland
1739
December 24, 1739
Age 22
St John's Parish, Baltimore, Maryland
1741
December 16, 1741
Age 24
Baltimore, Maryland
1743
February 5, 1743
Age 26
St . Thomas Parrish, Baltimore, Maryland
1746
May 6, 1746
Age 29
St. Thomas Parish, Baltimore, Maryland
1748
1748
Age 31
Baltimore, Maryland
1750
July, 1750
Age 33
Baltimore, Maryland
1751
1751
Age 34
Maryland