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Joseph Norris

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Anne Arundel, Maryland
Death: 1784 (78)
Baltimore, Maryland
Place of Burial: Bef 14 May 1784 , Baltimore, Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of John Marke Norris and Elizabeth Norris
Husband of Mary Talbott Norris
Father of Elizabeth Norris; Joseph Norris; John Norris; Rachel Norris; Susannah Norris and 7 others
Brother of Elizabeth Norris; Susannah Norris; John Norris; Benjamin Norris; Hannah Norris and 1 other
Half brother of Thomas (1716-1763) Norris, Challengened and Mary Norris

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About Joseph Norris

Joseph Norris I was born 20 February 1705/6. He removed to Hartford Co, then Balto. Co Md. He married Mary Talbot about 1734. He inherited part of "Prospect" from his father. He sold this land in 1753 to John Bond for 50 pds. He had twelve children: Elizabeth, John, Rachel, Susannah, Mary, Hannah, Joseph II, Willimen, Benjamin, Edward, Temperance, and James. He died testate. His will was written 2 April 1781 and probated 14 May 1784 in Baltimore County, later Hartford County, Md.

Children: Elizabeth (1736) mar. Ezekial Bosley; John (1737) m. ?; Rachel (1739) mar. Gist Vaughn; Susannah (1741) mar. Walter Wyle; Mary (1742) mar. Wm. Sinclair; Joseph II (b. 1745) mar. Eliz. Cole; Wm. (b. ?); Benjamin (1749) mar. ?; Edward (1750) mar. ?; Temperance (1753) mar. ?; James (1756) mar. ?.


1. Nexus.

2. Harry Alexander Davis, The Norris Family of Maryland & Virginia; Genealogy of Thomas Norris 1361 - 1930 (4 vol. 1941 Washington D.C. Transcript), pg. 45, 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

. "moved to Baltimore co., Md. with his brothers. He was devised 126 acres of land, a part of "Prospect". He sold this land to John Bond 6 Mar. 1753 for 50 pounds, the whole, 243 acres...part of sd being the late dwelling plantation of Jos. Norris & devised to sd Joseph by...will of his father, John Norris, of Anne Arundel co. Joseph dtd his will 2 Apr. 1781 & it was probated 14 May 1784, Baltimore county. He does not name all his children."

3. Norris Nexus, "Gives Mary's maiden name as Talbott."

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. 5 & 86 , New England Historic Genealogical Society, CS/71/N858/1953.

"He removed to Harford co. and then Baltimore co. Md.  He inhertied part of the estate 'Prospect' from his father, and he sold this land in 1753 to John Bond for 50 lbs sterling.His will was dated 2 Mar. 1781 and was probated in Baltimore co., Md. in 1784.... 

Says under Priscilla Norris d/o Aquila and Priscilla Temperance Norris that she married Benjamin Norris s/o Joseph and Elizabeth (Cole) Norris s/o Joseph and Mary Norris and that he is son of William and Martha (Hubbard nee Norris) Norris.

But on page 5 if you follow the lineage back for his father Joseph and Elizabeth (Cole) Norris it is listed as follows: s/o Joseph and Mary Norris and that he is the s/o John and Elizabeth (Parson) Norris s/o Edward and Mary (Freeman) Norris who is s/o Thomas and Ann (Hynson) Norris. Nothing further is found on the family of Joseph and Elizabeth (Cole) Norris in this book."

5. Personal Records of Thomas Green III, Thomas Henry Green III, 10666 W. Loyola Dr., Los Altos Hills, California 94024, Fax: 650-949-5145, E-Mail: His records refer to paper(s) Library of Congress; asssuming he is refering to 4 Vol. transcript of Harry Alexander Davies. " He moved to Baltimore co., Md. with his brothers. His will dated 2 Apr. 1781 and probated 14 May 1784 Baltimore co., Md. he did not list all his children Inherited 'Prospect' from his father and sold to John Bond for 50 pounds sterling in 1775. 1731 Joseph Norris counter for swamp precinct. 1737 Baltimore co., Gunpowder Upper hundred north Tax: Joseph Norris 1 slave total 2 1739 Baltimore co. Levy papers 1750 Baltimore co. Taxes Joseph Norris 127 acres part of 'Prospect' 1752 Baltimore co Joseph Norris leased 'Norris Adventures' 1768 Petition at Joppa - Joseph, Edward, and John Norris also William Sinclair 1772 Nov. 17 Baltimore co. date of will of William young to Joseph Norris 50 acres of 'Mt. Pleasant' per our agreement, proved 21 Dec. 1772 1777 Baltimore co. Oath of fidelity 1783 Baltimore co. Mine run hundred Tax Joseph Norris Senr. 122 acres of 'Norris Wonder' Title: E-Mail:"

6. Thomas Miller Myers, The Norris Family of Maryland ((1916) William Clemens, Publisher New York, New York), Page: pg. 13 - 14 & 87, New England Historic Genealogical Society, CS/71/N858/1916. This work is not documented. " Joseph inherited by will of his father a part of "prospect' (126 acres) On 6 Mar. 1753 he sold this land to John Bond for fifty lbs sterling "The whole, 243 acres...the part aforesaid being the late dwelling plantation of said Joseph Norris and devised to said Joseph by...will of his father, John Norris, of Anne Arundel county."....His will as follows: Baltimore County April 2, 1781 May 14 1784. To son Joseph, Jr. Tract 'Norris Wonder' 100 acres, also part of tract 'Norris Adventure' 22 acres, and certificate containing 80 acres called 'Norris Addition' also a certificate called 'Chance'. "The rest of my personal estate to be equally divided to my children as follows - Edward, John, Joseph, Elizabeth Bosley, Rachel Vaughn, Willimine Bosley and Walter Wyle's six children to have one child's part that he had by Susannah Norris and Wm. Sinclare's daughter, Willimina Sinclare to have one child's part. Executors Edward, John and Joseph Norris."

7. Robert Barnes, Baltimore County Families, 1659 - 1759, : pg. 473 .

8. Henry C. Peden Jr., M.A, Revolutionary Patriots of Harford County, Maryland 1775 - 1783, pg. 167 and 16. "This book lists Norris, Joseph son of John and Elizabeth Parsons as a signer of the "oath of Allegiance to Maryland and to be the father of Elizabeth, John, Rachel, Susannah, May, Hannah, Joseph, William, Benjamin, Edward, Temperance, and James."

9. Rev. Frederick W. Pyne, F.A.S.G., Frederick W. Pyne, F.A.S.G, 7997 Windsail Ct. Frederick, Md. 21701 phone: 301-695-3935, 15 Dec 1996. " letter states he has a connection to this line also and a fellow Norris researcher and willing to help others. But a letter from him dated 15 Dec. 1999 states he is a professional researchers for hire he signed as The Rev. Frederick W. Pyne, CGRS, FACG address as 3137 Periwinkle Court Adamstown, Md. 21710 Phone: 301-644-1776."

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Joseph Norris's Timeline

February 20, 1705
Anne Arundel, Maryland
May 6, 1711
Age 6
St. James Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland
December 30, 1735
Age 30
Hartford, Maryland
July 13, 1736
Age 31
Bristol, UK
September 10, 1737
Age 32
Hartford, Maryland
July 21, 1739
Age 34
Hartford, Maryland
Age 35
Hartford, Maryland
May 28, 1743
Age 38
Hartford, Maryland
April 18, 1745
Age 40
Baltimore, Maryland