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William Norris

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: of Anne Arundel, Maryland
Death: March 1715 (50-58)
Lancaster, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Geoffrey Edward Norris and Mary Norris
Husband of NN Brown / Norris, widow of Edward Brown and Martha Norris, her husband's 1st cousin
Father of John Norris; William Norris; Ruth Norris and Martha Norris
Brother of John Marke Norris; Mary Kemp; Thomas Norris; Geoffrey Norris; Elizabeth Norris and 4 others
Half brother of Ann Norris and Richard Kemp

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About William Norris



1. 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. 2, New England Historic Genealogical Society, CS/71/N858/1953. "States that he married Martha Norris, his first cousin widow of John Hubbard (Husband), nothing further on him is found in this book except on pg. 87 which states: Priscilla Norris d/o Aquilla & Priscilla Temperance (Norris) Norris m. Benjamin Norris s/o Joseph & Elizabeth (Cole) Norris who was s/o Joseph & Mary Norris being son of William Norris & Martha (Norris) Hubbard/Husband. No children listed in this book."

2. Thomas Miller Myers, The Norris Family of Maryland ((1916) William Clemens, Publisher New York, New York), pg. 71-2, 83, New England Historic Genealogical Society, CS/71/N858/1916. This work is not documented. "States William Norris, possibly brother of John was probably the William Norris referred to in the following record: William Norris - Imported in the ship, Dover, of London - Capt. John Harris Commander, 1678. A William Norris was clerk of the Vestry of All Faiths Parish St. Mary's Co. & is frequently mentioned in the records from January, 1697 to December, 1700. No other Norris records in this parish. He first appears in Baltimore co. in 1705 for that year. William Norris from Caddwallider Jones - Conveyance. "Caddwallider" - 100 acres - June 30, 1705 for 2500 lbs. of Tabacco. This land he sold to samuel Jackson December 28, 1705 for the same price as purchased. He again purchased land in 1707 as witnessed by his deed: William Norris from Samuel Brown - Conveyance "Edens Addition: 100 acres - December 15, 1707 for 3500 lbs. of Tabacco. William Norris married previous to 1704 Sarah (---) & according to the records of St. George's Parish, Baltimore co. died May 2 1720 leaving the following children: (1) Mary Norris b. March 31, 1704; married July 5, 1720 Henry Million (2) Elce Norris born April 16, 1713; married April 4, 1733 John Lee. The will of William Norris dtd May 2, 1720 was probated May 21, 1720 in Baltimore co. He leaves to his daughters, Mary and Elce, his 'Whole & sole estate between them' & appoints as the executor 'Henry Million my well beloved friend'."

3. Marjorie (Butler) (Mrs. Henry Norris) Harrison, Pennsylvania Descendants of Thomas Norris of Maryland 1630 - 1959 and allied Families (1959 Edwards Brothers Inc. Ann Arbor, Mi.), pg. 5, National Genealogical Society, 4527 Seventeenth St. N., Arlington, Virginia. 22207-2399, CS/71/N858/1959.

4. Harry Alexander Davis, The Norris Family of Maryland & Virginia; Genealogy of Thomas Norris 1361 - 1930 (4 vol. 1941 Washington D.C. Transcript), pg. 16-7, 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 migrated to Lancaster co., Va. where his cousin Martha Norris was residing in the early 1680's & there married Martha, daughter of Thomas Husband, born circa 1659 in Va. There appears to be considerable misinformation concerning Martha Norris of Lancaster co., Va. owing to the fact, not generally known, that there were two of this contemporary. One branch of the family who made some searches selected one deed (Lib. 7 fol. 37) & assumed that Martha of this deed was widow of Thomas Norris mentioned in the deed, & that they were the progenitors of the Norris family of Lancaster co. Another source of misinformation came from a party not connected with nor interested in the Norris family but who made searches of the records & stated that "Martha was a daughter of George Wale" quoting Order Book 1685. We carefully examined this book of some 250 pages & no index & failed to find anything to substantiate the statement. We later interviewed the party who made the written statement, he resides in Lancaster, Va., he did not recall making the statement & did not have any copies of anything he may have written. He did, however, search this book in our presence & failed to find anything to verify what he had written. There was found in May term of Court 1685, page 202, "Order to William Morris who married one of the daughters of Mr. George Wale (descd.)" This is no doubt what he based his statement upon. William Norris was a blacksmith & settled in Lancaster after his marriage. Martha appears to have inherited land from her father. There does not appear any record of William Norris purchasing or disposing of any real estate. In minutes of a Court 12 Nov. 1684; this Court orders paid to Martha Norris for attending a Court at James City as a witness for the State vs. Edward husband late of this county, for eight days with two days going & two days returning, a total of twelve days, same to be against the estate of Thomas Husband, etc. It further appears that sd. Martha Norris paid expenses of an additional witness & it is ordered to be reimbursed this amount, etc. In minutes of a court May 1685: One Thomas Shilling, servant to Mrs. Martha Norris, did appear in this Court & acknowledge he was freely willing to serve sd mistress for six years; which is recorded. On 5 Feb. 1689 Martha Norris deeded to Edward Herbert & Thomas Pursell 150 acres of land in Lancester co. for 12,000 pounds ot tobacco (Deeds Lib 7 fol. 24. On 13 Nov. 1695 Martha Deeded to Robert Carter a small parcel of land in Lancaster co. (Deeds Lib. 7 fol. 106). Martha died shortly after the birth of her daughter, Martha, & William married 2nd. the widow of Edward Brown. Her name, given or maiden, is not disclosed in the records. William died abt May 1715. On 14 March 1715 William Norris (son) appeared before the Court made oath that "William Norris, his father, decsd departed this life without making any will soe farr as he knows" & asked letters of administration; Jno. Stonam, Henry Stonam, Thos. Chattin & J. David were appointed to inventory & appraise said effects; sd. William Norris in a rule of this Court was sworn & cautioned "not to meddle with any estate of Edward Brown, dcsd, his father dyed possessed of, the late wife of ye sd Brown, since widow of sd. Norris." permission for administration hereon (Ct. Rec. Lib. 6 fol. 124). On 11 Apr. 1716 Minutes of the Court exhibit inventory of sd William Norris, descd (Lib. 6 fol. 134). His widow does not appear in any subsequent record. No mention of Edward Brown in wills or administrations in Lancaster co. There is not record of any children by the second marriage."

5. Norris Nexus, "He married Martha Norris Husband widow of John Husband or another record says daughter of Thomas Husband."

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William Norris's Timeline

of Anne Arundel, Maryland
Age 23
Lancaster County, Virginia Colony
Age 26
Lancaster County, Va
Age 28
Age 35
March 1715
Age 54
Lancaster, Virginia
October 20, 1956
Age 54
October 20, 1956
Age 54
December 7, 1956
Age 54