Norton/de Norville/de Nauton

Name origin: From Norton, a town in Yorkshire, England. The North-town. The name of French origin; ancestry traced to Le Signeur de Norville, who came to England with William the Conqueror. The ancient seat of the family was at Sharpenboro, now a mere hamlet, in Bedfordshire, England.

______ de Nauton

CHILD:

  1. Margaret de Nauton b.abt.1234 Besford, Worcestershire, England m.abt.1259 Alexander de Besford

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John de Norville

b.1413 Yorkshire, England, parents ukn
d.1437
m.Maud de Gray

CHILDREN included:

  1. Simon Norton b.1437 d.1461
  2. John de Norton b.ca.1440

N.E.Hist. and Gen. Register, "Genealogy of the Norton Family July, 1859: "Sir John is a direct descendant of Le Signeur do Norouile who came into England with William the Conqueror and was his Constable. He married into the House of Vaois."

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Simon Norton

b.1437 Kettlehthorpe; s/o John de Norville and Maud de Gray
d.1461
m.Margaret ______

CHILDREN included:

  1. John Norton b.abt.1457 d.1528
  2. Richard Norton b.bef.1459
  3. Thomas Norton b.1461 d.1502

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John de Norton

b.ca.1457; s/o Simon Norton and Margaret _____
d.1528

CHILDREN included (all born Sharpenhow, Bedfordshire, England):

  1. Jane Norton b.abt.1472
  2. Isabel Norton b.abt.1474
  3. Alice Norton b.abt.1476
  4. Joan Norton b.bef.1477
  5. John de Norton

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John de Norton

b.abt.1483 Sharpenhoe, Bedford, England; s/o John de Norton
d.Sharpenhow, Bedford, England
m. 1520 Sharpenhoe, Bedford, England; Jane Cowper (or Cooper)
b.abt.1485 Sharpenhoe, Bedford, England; d/o John Cooper/Cowper

CHILDREN included (all born Sharpenhoe, Bedf., Eng):

  1. Thomas Norton b.1500 d.March 10, 1583
  2. Robert Norton b.abt.1505 d.bef.Oct. 23, 1559
  3. Alice Norton b.abt.1507
  4. John Norton b.abt.1511 d.bef.Jan. 15, 1583
  5. Edward Norton b.1513
  6. William Norton b.abt.1515
  7. Richard Norton b.1517 d.Jan. 16, 1566 Strethley, Bedford, England
  8. Mark Norton b.1518

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Thomas Norton

b.1500; s/o John de Norton and Jane Cowper
d.March 10, 1583 Sharpenhoe, Bedford
m.abt. 1531 Sharpenhoe, Bedford, England; Elizabeth Merry
b.abt.1502 Sharpenhoe, Bedf., England

CHILDREN included:

  1. Thomas Norton b.1532 Sharpenhoe, Bedf., England

From The American Genealogist, XVI"104: "He was in 1532 a resident of London, and is reported to have become wealthy. He was first lord of the Manor of Sharpenhoe...Elizabeth Merry dau of Robert Merry of Northall, was the first of three wives."

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Thomas Norton

b.1532 prob.Sharpenhoe, Bedfordshire, England; s/o Thomas Norton and Elizabeth Merry
d.March 10, 1584 Manor House, Sharpenhoe, Beds., England
m.(1)Margery Cranmer
b.abt.1536 prob.Chestnut, Herts, England
d.1601/2 Chestnut, Herts, England
m.(2)bef.1568 Alice Cranmer
b.abt.1536 Chestnut, Herts., England
d.1601/02 Chestnut, Herts., England

CHILDREN of Thomas and Alice included:

  1. Henry Norton Jun. 20, 1571 d.June 26, 1613
  2. Robert Norton b.1575 Markgate Cell, Bedf., England d.Feb. 19, 1635
  3. Elizabeth Norton b.abt.1577 Sharpenhoe, Bedf., England
  4. Thomas Norton b.abt.1578 Sharpenhoe, Bedf., England d.bef.1583/4
  5. Anne Norton b.abt.1578 Shapenhoe, Bedf., England
  6. William Norton b.abt.1582 Sharpenhoe, Bedf., England

Thomas was famed Elizabethan-era poet and lawyer. He debated anti-Roman Catholic measures in the English Parliament and examined Roman Catholics under torture.

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Henry Norton

b.June 20, 1571 London, England; s/o Thomas Norton and Alice Cranmer
d.June 26, 1631
m.(1)Elizabeth _____
bur.Jan. 5, 1613 at Streatley
m.(2)June 26, 1613 Steatly, Bedford, England Sarah Lawson
b.abt.1575

CHILDREN included:

  1. Samuel Norton bapt. March 2, 1613 d.bef.March 26, 1613.
  2. Henry Norton b.Dec. 2, 1618
  3. Walter Norton (Col.) b.abt.1620 York, ME

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Henry Norton

b.Nov.26, 1618 Stepney, England; s/o Henry Norton and Sarah Lawson
bapt.Dec. 2, 1618 St. Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex, England
d.Aug. 14, 1659
m.abt.1637 Cape Neddick, Margaret______
b.abt.1618 York, ME
d.abt.1637 Cape Neddick, York, ME

CHILDREN included:

  1. Elizabeth Norton b.1631 Cape Neddick, York, ME d.1722 (or Dec. 17, 1744 York, ME) m.1652 Sylvester Stover
  2. George Norton b.abt.1640 York, ME d.May 1, 1717 Manchester, MA [aged 77] m.by 1677 Mary Foxwell; d/o Richard Foxwell

NOTES: The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire 1623 to 1660 by POPE p.150: NORTON, Mr. Henry, York, gave bonds in Gen. Court at Boston 4 March 1634-5. Provost Marshall in 1645. Rec'd land of Wm Hooke July 20, 1650. Took oath of allegiance to Mass. govt. 22 Nov.1652, and was again appointed Marshall. He d. at a time not on record. Inventory filed April 3, 1679 "sometime after his decease." [York, De.V.]

p.77: GATCHELL, GETCHELL, Samuel...will...beq...daus. Susanna Norton and...

History of York by Banks: page 162/3 HENRY NORTON He was a nephew of Col. Walter Norton and son of Henry, the eldest son and heir of Thomas and Margaret (Cranmer) Norton of Sharpenhow, county Bedford. Henry, the father, had married for his second wife Sarah Lawson, June 29, 1613 at Streatley. It is probably that he removed to Stepney, London, soon after and there was born to Henry Norton, gentleman and Sarah, his wife, on Nov. 26, 1618 a son baptized as Henry. He probably came to look after the property interests of his Uncle Walter who was dead in 1633, and he remained here thereafter.

He became Provost Marshal of the Province in 1646, an office which he held continuously until the usurpation. In 1657 he was Marshal of the county and in October it is recorded that in the latter part of this year he "Intends his viage for England." From this he never returned and on August 14, 1659, the Court held that "Mr. Henry Norton is conceived to be dead" and granted administration of his estate to his widow. Where he died in unknown. Inventory of his estate L103-18-0 was not filed until April 3, 1679 when George, his son, was named as administrator...

From Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700, by Holmes: HENRY, at York, Maine, 1652, returned to England 1657.

Some sources suggest that Elizabeth may have been a child of a prior marriage of Margaret's and not a blood child of Henry's.

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