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Thomas Norton

Birthplace: Sharpenhoe, Streatley, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Gilford, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut), (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Norton and Dionisia Norton
Husband of Grace Norton
Father of Grace Seward; John Norton, Sr.; Mary Rockwell; Anne Warner (Norton); Thomas Norton, Jr. and 5 others
Brother of John Norton; Elizabeth Norton; Daniel Norton; Hugh Norton; Phebe Norton and 2 others
Half brother of William Norton, of Sharpenhoe

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About Thomas Norton

Thomas Norton was among 25 planters who signed a Covenant just before they set sail from Boston, Mass. to start a new colony in Connecticut.


We, whose names are hereunder written, intending by God's gracious permission, to plant ourselves in New England, and if it may be, the Southerly part, about Quinnipisae*:--

We do faithfully promise, each to each, for ourselves and families, and those that belong to us; -- that we will, the Lord assisting us, sit down and join ourselves together in one entire plantation: -- and to be helpful each to the other in any common work, according to every man's ability, and as need shall require: -- and we promise not to desist or leave each other on the plantation but with the consent of the rest, or the greater part of the Company who have entered into this engagement.

As for gathering together in a Church, and the choice of the officers and members to be joined together in that way, we do refer ourselves until such time as it shall pleas God to settle us in our plantation.

In witness whereof, we subscribe our hands this first day of June, 1639.

Robert Richell William Jete

John Bishop John Jurdan

Francis Bushnell William Stone

William Chittenden John Hoadley

Thomas Joanes John Stone

William Hane Thomas Norton

Richard Gutridge Francis Chesterfield

John Housigie William Waler

William dudley Thomas Naish

John Mepham Henry Kingston

John Parmerly He nry Donde

Abraham Crittenden Thomas Cooke

Rev. Henry Whitfield, Minister

Thomas and Grace resided in Deans, Bedfordshire, England until 1639 when they emigrated to New England with their children. Thomas was an ardent Protestant and active in the church as warden of the Rev Mr Whitfield in Oakley, Surry, England and when Whitfield emigrated in 1639 Thomas and his family went along. In that same year Thomas traveled to what is now the southern coast of Connecticut and signed the Plantation Charter of Guilford on 01 Jun 1639. Thomas worked as a miller until his death there


From "A gathering of the families of Ezra Rockwell, SR 1997"

From the time of the Norman conquest to the arrival of Thomas Norton in Galford, there were fourteen generations of his ancestors in England. It is also stated that Nortons trace there ancestry back to the Lord of Norville, who came over into England from France with William the Conqueror, in the year 1260, and he was his constable.


Born in Sharpenhoe, Streatley, Bedfordshire, England. Married Grace Wells 5 May 1631 in Ockley, Surrey or Shelton, Bedford, England.


From the Find A Grave page for Thomas Norton:

Birth: Sep. 15, 1609 - Luton, England

Death: May 16, 1648 - Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA

Born in Sharpenhoe, Streatley, Bedfordshire, England, to William & Dionesia (Chomley) Norton.

Married Grace Wells 5 May 1631 in Ockley, Surrey or Shelton, Bedford, England.

Family links:


  • Mary Norton Rockwell (1630 - 1662)


  • Grace Wells Norton (1610 - 1648)

Burial: Unknown

Created by: Linda Mac

  • Record added: Feb 23, 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 34125543



  • FamilySearch AFNs: 933W-ZJ, 1G86-N19
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Thomas Norton's Timeline

September 15, 1609
Sharpenhoe, Streatley, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
September 15, 1609
September 15, 1609
September 15, 1609
Shelton, Bedfordshire, England
September 15, 1609
Shelton, Bedfordshire, England
June 13, 1627
Age 17
Dean, Bedforshire, England
March 28, 1631
Age 21
Deans, Bedfordshire, England
May 5, 1631
Age 21
Shelton, Bedfordshire, England
January 13, 1632
Age 22
Dean Parish, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
February 15, 1634
Age 24
England, United Kingdom