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Sarah Jane Norton (Langdon)

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Beloit, WI, USA
Death: August 10, 1928 (90)
San Joaquin, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gideon Langdon and Maria Langdon
Wife of John Wesley Norton and Pharis McMahon
Mother of George C Norton; Minnie Marie Stafford; William C Norton [Adopted, possibly Marilla's son]; Flora May Stewart and Marilla McMahon
Half sister of Rufus Ralph Langdon, Jr.; Abraham G Langdon; Ansel Langdon and Charles C Langdon

Managed by: Lizzie Saunby
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About Sarah Jane Norton

Sarah Jane Timeline ••••••••••••••••••••••••• 1838 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Sarah Jane Langdon is born 1838 near Beloit, Wisconsin. She goes by the name Jane and Jannie during her life. Her mother is Maria Cook. She dies while Sarah is still a small child.

1840 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 1840 census of Walworth County, WI. She is the female under 5 listed with father Gideon Langdon. LINK 1850 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 1850 census Mackford, Marquette County, Wisconsin. She is listed as Jane S Langdon age 11 living with Rufus Langdon (Elder) age 77. They are living next door to Rufus (Jr) age 23 and Catherine Langdon age 22. LINK A few miles away in Randolph on the same census, Rufus Langdon (Elder) age 77 is listed again. He is living with son Abraham age 47. There is a Sally listed as well, but her age is 16.

1855 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Married Pharis McMahon (McMahen) at White Pigeon, St. Joseph, Michigan on March 15, 1855. He is 27, she is 17. They are both from Elkhart, Indiana.

1856 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Daughter Marilla is born.

Phares McMahan dies April 17, 1856 age 28. He is buried at Old Cemetery, Middlebury Street, Elkhart, Indiana with siblings. In 1864 Grace Lawn Cemetery is dedicated and by 1893 the remainder of internments at Old Cemetery are reburied in Block Q.

1857 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Sarah Jane purchases 20 acres of land from her brother Rufus in Green Lake County, Wisconsin.

1859 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Marries John Wesley Norton on June 29, 1859 at Three Rivers, MI.

They sell the land in Wisconsin that she purchased from Rufus and move to Ohio.

1860 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••The are living in Scipio, Seneca, Ohio. J W Norton age 25, Sarah J Norton age 22 and Marilla Norton age 4. John’s occupation is a tinsmith.

Son George C. Norton is born in Ohio. The 1860 census was taken 25 July, so he was most likely born in the later part of the year.

1862 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Civil war. John, age 25 enlists in Company F, Ohio 101st Infantry Regiment on 30 Aug 1862. Mustered out on 1 Oct 1864. Transferred to Company 43rd, U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps 43rd Co 2nd Infantry Company on 01 Oct 1864. Mustered out on 28 Jun 1865 at Camp Dennison, OH.

He is injured in the battle of Chickamauga and taken to Camp Dennison. He was mustered out upon recovery.

Daughter Flora May Norton is born in Wisconsin.

Speculation: Sarah most likely went there during the war and stayed with family.

1865 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Family moves to Davis County, Iowa, arriving August 1865.

1867 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Family moves to Ottumwa Iowa where daughter Minnie Marie Norton is born 28 Oct 1867.

1870 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••On 1870 census she is listed as married to John W. Norton and living in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa. He is a tinsmith age 32, born OH. She is age 32, keeps house, born WI. They have George C. age 10, born OH; Flora M. age 8, born WI; Minnie M. age 3, born IA and Marilla McMahan age 14, born IN. LINK Sarah Jane’s father Gideon dies April 24, 1870 of consumption in the town of Clinton, Rock County, WI.

1877 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Brother Rufus dies April 14, 1877 at the age of 50 in Wisconsin.

1880 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••In 1880 Census they are in Otumwa, Wapello, IA on Main Street. They are listed as W. John, tinsmith, age 44, born OH (wounded in battle); Jannie, age 42, born WI; C. George, age 19, born OH; A. Flora, age 17, born WI; M. Minnie, age 12, born IA; and C. Willie, age 6 months, born IA. LINK Wille C. Norton is the 5th and final child. He is adopted (per 50th Wedding Annv. article) and may be Marilla’s child. Marilla isn’t found in this record and we don’t see her anymore.

Daughter Flora May marries Albert Reno.

1887 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Daughter Minnie Marie marries Joseph H Loftus.

1894 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Brother Ansel Langdon dies 6 Sept 1894 at the age of 63 in Umpqua, Douglas, Oregon, USA. He is buried in Dimmick Cemetery, Oregon.

1895 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••In Iowa State Census, 1895 they are in Otumwa, Wapello, IA. 702? N. Ferry St.

1900 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••On 1900 census they are listed in Center Township, Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, Ward 5 at 114 N. Moore Street. John W. Norton, tinsmith, age 64, born OH; Jannie age 62, born WI. There are no others. Sarah lists having 4 children, 3 living. LINK Speculation: The child that died was probably Marilla. This is also why Willie C. might be her son. He would have been Sarah’s 5th child, but she only lists 4.

1902 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Son George C. marries Lillian C. Overman. Bride's marital status: Widowed. Bride's previous husband's name: Norton.

Speculation: Lillian (Lillie) seems to have been married to George before. This is her second marriage to him. Son Clyde Norton was born in Jun 1896. George is presumably the father. She is also seen with 2 different husbands and stepson Clyde Norton. In the 1900 census she is with stepson Clyde Norton age 4 and married to Leander Park living in Ottumwa. LINK In the 1910 census she is with stepson Clyde Norton age 14 and married to George O. Meyers living in Enid, OK. In the 1920 census she is with son Clyde Meyers living in Enid, OK. She is divorced.

1903 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••20 Apr 1903 Ottumwa Daily Courier. Sarah’s daughter Flora Reno, from Valley Junction has been visiting. Sarah lives at 1015 W. Main St. Ottumwa, Iowa.

1905 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••21 Sep 1905 son George C. Norton dies.

1909 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••1909 Ottumwa, Iowa paper. 50th Wedding Anniversary article. George C. Norton, Mrs. Flora M. Reno (Ottumwa) and Mrs. Joseph Loftus (Toledo, Ohio) and one adopted son, William C. Norton, (Sioux City) are their children. The other child died September 21, 1905. (George) They have six grandchildren and one great grandchild: Harry and Joseph Loftus of Toledo, Ohio; Clyde Norton of Chicago, Harry O. Reno of Moberly, Mo., H. W. Cates of Moberly, Mo. and George C. Reno of Ottumwa. Paul Chester, the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Cates is the great grandchild.

1910 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••On 1910 census John 74, and Sarah J. 72, are the only ones listed. She is listed having 4 children with 2 living. Living on 317 Richmond Ave. They rent. LINK 1910 Census, Lucas, Toledo, Ohio. Daughter Minnie Norton Loftus and husband Joseph 23, are living with sons Harry and Joseph Jr.

1915 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••In 1915 Iowa census address is 333 Richmond Ave. John is retired. LINK

1917 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Husband John W. Norton dies 3 Jan 1917. He is buried in Ottumwa Cemetery Plot: 52~7

1920 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Census for Fort Scott Ward 5, Bourbon County, Kansas. Sarah J. Norton age 82, is listed as Mother-in-Law living with her daughter Flora age 57, and Flora’s husband Charles A. Stewart age 61. They are living at 1001 Little St.   LINK 

1920 Census taken on 9 & 10 January for Stockton Ward 4, San Joaquin, California shows Minnie living with new husband William Stafford. He is a Barber. LINK Daughter Minnie’s 1st husband Joseph H Loftus dies 12 Sep 1920 in Cuyahoga, Ohio at the age of 53.

Speculation: Minnie must have divorced her first husband. She is going by the name Stafford in January. Joesph dies in Sept. 1923 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Daughter Flora passes away. She is buried next to her father in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Sarah moves to 222 North Stanislaus St., Stockton, California. Minnie’s son Joseph F Loftus Sr. lives about 2 miles away at 429 S. Pilgrim St. He is a painter. (Later listed as an Interior Designer). Daughter Minnie and 2nd husband (William Stafford) live on the same block about 300 feet away at 708 East Miner Ave.

1924 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Daughter Minnie’s 2nd husband (William Stafford) dies 24 March, 1924.

1925 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••1925 City Directory lists Mrs. Sarah Norton living at 222 N. Stanislaus. San Joaquin County, Stockton, California. LINK 1928 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Sarah Jane dies in San Joaquin County, California on August 10, 1928 at the age of 90. LINK 1930 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Census for Fort Scott, Ward 5, Bourbon County, Kansas. Charles A. Stewart, age 71 Widowed. No other people in household.


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Sarah Jane Norton's Timeline

February 16, 1838
Beloit, WI, USA
Age 17
Age 21
November 1861
Age 23
Age 28
Age 40
August 10, 1928
Age 90
San Joaquin, CA, USA