Christopher Norton .1718 England
Mary Emmerson b.1735 Goochland, VA
...Thomas Norton b1753 Goochland, VA
...William Norton b1754 Goochland, VA
...Martha Norton b1756 Goochland, VA
...Sarah Norton b1757 Goochland, VA
...John Norton b1759 , VA
......Hiram b.1795 Bourbon, KY
.........Nimrod b.1831 Nicholas, KY
...James Norton b1761 , VA
...David Norton b1763 Fluvanna, VA
......David Jr b.1795, Pendleton, VA
...Elizabeth Norton b1769 Fluvanna, VA
...Milly Norton b1774 Fluvanna, VA
Norton of Greenup, Kentucky
is a good guess. James birth date is all over the place from several
records. 1761 places him nicely between his older brother John and his
younger brother David of whom we have a better date. I used June 6 as
his birth day because thats what he put on his first pension.
Pension record of 1835
2) 1840 census 73 (b. 1767)
Pension record of 1852
Place of birth from Pleasant Norton's 1880 census.
Norton joins Revolution Fluvanna, VA
James didn't seem to remember the day he was born but he knew the day he joined the Revolution. He also forgets that he was an orderly sargent in Washington's guard. This story is recorded in the Seller's history, the Poston history and James decendants Histories, yet he neglects to mention it in his pension applications.
James substituted for six months for John Shannon at Albermarle barracks in Albermarle County Virginia under Col. Harrison and Capt. Giles, who he understood lived in Bedford County, Virginia. Shannon furnished him, Norton, with suitable cloths and everything except a gun and when he marched down to Gochland Ct. House, he there drew out a rifle. He substituted March 12th 1780. Giles company was an entire rifle company. The British were then in Virginia in different parts of the state. Link to James Norton Pension applications
James went to the Norton farm in Rockingham after his 3rd tour and remained there until he commenced his 4th tour. There was a call in the spring of 1781 which culminated in the battle of Yorktown in November of 1781.
Link to James Norton Pension applications
The Battle of Blue Licks
The next we know of James, he is in Kentucky at the "Battle of Blue Licks" in August 19, 1782. Kentucky Militiamen and Volunteers under Colonels John Todd , Stephen Trigg and Daniel Boone, and Majors Silas harlan, Edward Bulger, Levi Todd, and Hugh McGary engaged and were defeated by a superior force of Canadian Rangers and Northern Indians. 104 lived and 64 died.
Norton is on record as serving also under Boone and Benjamin Logan in
brief campaigns between 1786 and 1789, and against the Miami Indians
in-1791. But the exciting point in his fighting record is that he was
in the Battle of the Blue Licks, when Boone's son Israel was killed
(August, 1782). His papers attest this fact, and a family tradition
bears it out. James Norton in his old age was very fond of Hiram, John's
son. And Hiram Norton passed this story of his "Uncle Jimmy"
at the Blue Licks, on down to some of his descendants.
Battle of Blue Licks, KY "Last battle of Revolutionary War".
Indian Wars Records show that he was a member of the Kentucky Minumtemen from 1786 to 1791, during which time he was on many excursions fighting with the Indians. During this period he fought under Col. Harrison, Gen. St. Clair, Gen. Harmar, and others. After experiencing the debacles under Gen. St. Clair (known in history as St. Clair's defeat), and under Gen. Harmar, it can readily be understood why he decided to not re-enlist for further tours.
I served several tours as a garrison guard. First fifteen days at General Scott's farm just above where Frankfort now stands. This was in 1786 or 1787. Second, immediately afterwards the next fifteen days at same place as a substitute for Minor Young. Third fifteen days at Ficklin's Fort near where Georgetown now stands in the years of 1786 or 1787. Fourth fifteen days at Thomas Hermous farm near Hermous Fort in what is now called Scott County, Kentucky in the year of 1788. Fifth, I was in several routs and Indian hunts being from the years 1786 to 1789 a Minute Man and frequently had to start out at a few minutes notice.
had a skirmish with the Indians on a creek, a tributary of Tennessee River.
In 1787 or 1788. I was drafted in Fayette County for a short tour to go
to the mouth of Limestone to guard the place during a treaty with the
Shawanese (sic) Indians for the exchange of prisoners. My Captain was
Thomas West under Colonel Daniel Boon. I was in service over fourteen
days in the campaign."
James Norton Application For Bounty Land State of Kentucky County of Carter 8 June 1855
James Norton married Jean Bybee in Fluvanna, VA
|1789||In the year of 1788 or 89 I volunteered under Captain Simon Kenton as a private to go to the mouth of "Big Paint" on Sciotia River against the Shawanese Indians. We came up with them at the mouth of Paint. We surrounded them in the night, fired on them in the morning, got four scalps and five prisoners. I was in service fourteen days.|
|1791||In the year of A.D. one thousand seven hundred and ninety one, I was drafted for three months as a private in the Kentucky militia commanded by Captain McMurtry commanded by General St. Clair in the expedition against the Miami Indians in the Ohio Territory and was in the battle known as St. Clair's Defeat and continued in actual service fourteen days and was honorably discharged at _____ on or about the _____ A.D. one thousand seven hundred and ninety one and was honorably discharged in all the above named wars, but is old and cannot now recollect the dates of my discharges and having mislaid them so that I cannot get hold of them.|
1792 TAX records for Bourbon John w/ 6 horses 16 cattle, James w/no cattle horses and David w/1 horse 2 cattle. The date of the tax record indicates they are living close together.
1793 Bourbon Tax John w/ 6 horses 12 cattle James w/ 1 horse 3 cattle David w/ ?
boy Norton b. abt 1793
1795 Bourbon Tax John w/ 6 horses 11 cattle 140 acres James w/ 2 horse 2 cattle David w/ 1 horse 11 cattle
Melinda Norton b. 1795 KY
|1796||1796 Bourbon Tax John w/ 6 horses 11 cattle 144, acres, 1 black James w/ 1 horse 3 cattle|
|1797||1797 Bourbon Tax John w/ 4 horses, 172 acres 1 Black, James w/ 1 horse (cattle not counted)|
By 1800 James has moved his family to Greenup county which was Mason county till 1805 and is on the census there. He serves on a grand jury in 1804. Greenup county was formed from mason and the family thereafter appears on the Greenup census of 1810, 1820, 1830 and 1840. Six of his eight children are born in Greenup County. James possibly had land or his property was situated very close to Lawrence county because marriages and other events took place there also. His application for a War pension was filed in lawrence county. It was siad that James walked from Kentucky to Virginia to collect his pension till they opened an office in Lawrence county. He would have been 74.
Sally Norton b. 1800 KY
|1802||Pleasant Norton b. 16 Oct 1802 Carter, KY|
|1803||James E. Norton b. 1803 KY|
of 17 men appointed to the 1st grand jury in Mason Co. KY in Spring
1804. Greenup county was created out of Mason.
|1805||David C. Norton b. 1805 KY|
|1807||boy Norton b. abt 1807 KY|
census of 1810
Jane Norton b. 1810 KY
|1820||1820 US Census James Norton in Greenup Co. KY|
|1830||1830 US Census James Norton in Greenup Co. KY|
Pension records of KY James Norton's
Norton's descendants, the Babers, cherish a story of how he used to
walk back to Virginia, once a year, to collect his pension, until a
pension office was established in Kentucky." Elias
B. Poston and his Ancestors
Kentucky Land Grants:
James Norton recieved 25 acres in Greenup co. KY in 1839 on the Chadwicks Cr. Volume 1 part 2 chapter X p 1564
James, wife +female 20-29, +male 10-14
|1857||" He died in 1857 and is buried in Hiram Norton's burying ground, on lower Jackstown Pike, Nicholas County. " Elias B. Poston and his Ancestors|