Josiah Norris query on GenForum dated May 2001

By , April 11, 2014 9:51 am

Here’s a query I posted on GenForum back in 2001. I had forgotten about it and it contains some good information on the sons of Josiah Norris that I haven’t been able to find anything further about. I also need to go back and find all these old postings to update my email address so that folks can find me.

Hi Catherine,

I’m also researching this family, especially during the time they resided in Wilcox County, AL. Here’s a query I sent out some months ago:

I’m still searching for information on J.E. Norris and descendants. I’m grateful to Teresa Evans who provided data some time ago but I have yet to determine where this family went after 1860. Someone else must be researching this line.

This is what I know to date:

Josiah E. Norris, b. abt. 1799 in probably Oglethorpe Co., GA, married Mary A. Sewell on 6 Oct 1837 in Perry Co., AL.

Josiah E. Norris purchased land in Sect 3, T16N R6E, bordering Perry, Dallas, Wilcox and Marengo Counties ca 1833-1837.

Joseph E. Norris is mentioned in a Perry County deed dated Feb 1848 between William B. Shields and Joseph’s wife Mary Ann Norris.

J.E. Norris and family were enumerated in the 1850 Dallas County Census:

J.E. Norris, 52 M
M.A. Norris, 34 F
John A. Norris, 13 M
Wm Y. Norris, 10 M
J.B. Norris, 8 M
M.A. Norris, 5 F
S.D. Norris, 4 M
E.J. Norris, 2 F
Nancy Sewell, 70 F

J.E. Norris and sons were enumerated in several households in the 1860 Wilcox County Census (Western Division, Prairie Bluff P.O.):

#61 J.B. Norris 18 M
(enumerated in household of)
#61 J.A. Ervin 25 M
#61 Elizabeth Ervin 28 F
#69 John A. Norris 21 M
(enumerated with)
#69 G.W. Smalls 21 M
#69 Thomas Wilkinson 18 M
#69 J.C. Mixon 26 M

#70 J.E. Norris 61 M
#70 Mary A. Norris 40 F
#70 Mary A. Norris 15 F
#70 Samuel Norris 12 M
#70 Jane E. Norris 10 F
#70 Franklin Norris 9 M
#70 Nancy Sewell 82 F

Where did this family go after 1860? Is anyone else researching this line? J.E. may have been a brother or other relative of William H. or Rigdon Norris who acquired contiguous property in the same period.

I received the following response from Harold Norris:

In a book written by Harry A. Davis in 1930 entitled “The Norris Family of Maryland and Virginia” the following information is given on your J.E. Norris:

631. Joseph E. (7) Norris

(631.) Joseph E. (7) Norris (William 6, Joseph 5, Edward 4, John 3, Edward 2, Thomas 1) was born in Franklin County, Georgia in 1798.

He migrated to Alabama about 1832 and married there, prior to 1837, Martha A. Sewell, daughter of widow Nancy Sewell. Nancy Sewell was born in North Carolina in 1780. Her daughter, Margaret was born in North Carolina in 1816.

Joseph was a mechanic and resided in Dallas County, Alabama. This family moved to Texas after the civil war and no further record.

i. John A. b. 1837 Served as Pvt., Co. K., 17th Ala. Inf., C.S.A.
ii. William Young b. 1840 Served as Pvt. and Corporal, Co. E., 3rd Ala. Inf., C.S.A. Enlisted Apr 23, 1861 and discharged for disability Aug 19, 1862.
iii. James B. b. 1842 Served as Pvt., Co. E., 10th Ala. Inf., C.S.A.
iv. Mary A. b. 1845 Said to have married a Mr. Armstrong and resided in Hays County, Texas after 1870.
v. Samuel D. b. 1846
vi. Ella Jane b. 1848

Maybe you can get some more out of this. Mr. Davis listed all his siblings and his ancestry back another 6 generations. If you would like this information, I would be glad to send it to you.

I hope this helps, Catherine. Can you help me fill in some gaps in Alabama?

B.J. Norris Smothers

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