The first piece of information is from the Boston Transcript, May 18, 1931. The Boston Transcript was a newspaper which ran a regular and well-known genealogy column.
"Solomon Norton, an early settler in Poultney, Vt., is said to have been the Solomon NAUGHTON who was a member of Col. William Whiting's 17th (Albany Co., NY) Regt. in the Rev. altho I have no records to substantiate this belief. Josiah and William Naughton were also in the same Regt. and all were then living in Canaan, Col. Co., NY and supposedly bros. William, Josiah, Stephen and Thode Naughton were in Canaan and in 1790 census (sic). Solomon Norton with his family was in Poultney, Vt. when the 1790 census was taken and prob. settled there shortly after the Rev. He built the 1st saw--& gristmill on the Vt. side of the river in Poultney opposite Hampton Corners, NY.
I have seen somewhere the statement that John Norton, the oldest child of Solomon was b. in Poultney, this I believe to be an error as birthdate was Feb. 17, 1775 & the name of Sol. Norton does not appear in any Rev. records of Poultney area. If Solomon Naughton and Solomon Norton are the same, he apparently was a resident of Canaan at the time of the Rev.
Solomon Norton md. Sarah Rexford. Sarah died Nov. 18, 1815 and is bur. in old cem. at East Poultney, Vt.---aged 59 (from t.s.)
1. John, b. Feb 17, 1775
2. Mercy, Sep. 21 1776
3. Sarah, Aug. 12 1778
4. Solomon, Apr. 27 1782
5. Lois Mch. 2 1784
6. James Dec. 6 1789
7. Hannah May 8 1791
8. Rachel Jan 18 1794
9. Joel May 15 1796
9. Joel May 15 1796
10. Aaron Sep. 25 1798
11. Amos Apr. 7 1801
Note: Marva Norton Ralph believes the above Josiah Naughton to be her Josiah Norton of Granville, Wash. Co. NY.
Josiah Norton, Rev. War, Canaan, Col. Co. NY; md. c1777 Margaret BENNETT. Aft. 1790 lived in Granville, NY.
Some of their children:
1. Nancy Norton b. Canaan, NY 8 Mch. 1781;, m. Samuel HALE prob. at GranvilleNY c1800
2. Josiah Norton Jr. b. Wash. Co. NY 1795; md. Thirza TANNER and mov. to Indiana
3. Elijah (twin) md. Lucinda WEBSTER--moved to Warsaw, NY in 1805
4. Elisha (twin) (believe he did not marry)
5. Sarah (Sally) Norton b. Wash. Co. NY 10 Sept. 1797;, md. Daniel Rhodes abt. 182. Lived Wash. Co., then Clymer, NY till c1840
6. Amanda Norton b. Granville 5 Jan. 1802; md. Ira Foster
7. Hiram Norton md. Julia Steele, dau. of Sylvester & Carlotta STEELE
8. Sylvia Norton md. Titus Andrews & had son Lewis Andrews who md. Harriet Andrews who md. Loami Norton."
Another record they sent me is from the Goodspeed Collection, which is housed in the Washington County Historian's office:
Aaron Goodspeed of Granville, Washington County, NY lived from 1862 to 1932. He
made a hobby and a business of gathering genealogical data on local people of his
area and Vermont. He collected newspaper articles, wrote hundreds of letters
requesting information from families and spent a lifetime pursuing his love of
These are Goodspeed's notes on the Norton family:
"Margaret, wife of Josiah Norton d. Jan 26, 1823 Ae 65 yrs.
William son of William and Amaryllis Norton d. Mar 17, 1825 Ae 3 m.
Elvin Norton d. Feb 2, 1831 in his 42d year."
Another genealogist, Mrs. Marva Norton Ralph, collected the following information and deposited it at the Washington County Historian's office. Notice that William was not the only child of Josiah and Margaret to marry an Andrews. The oldest child, Sylvia, marries a Titus Andrews after her first husband dies. I'm guessing that Titus is a brother of Amaryllis. The ninth child, Charles Norton, marries Amaryllis' sister Julia Andrews.
" NORTONS OF GRANVILLE
I assume that Josiah Norton married Margaret Bennett at Canaan, Col. Co., NY because he was serving in the Rev. War from that area at the time they would have been married.
Josiah Norton was b. 18, Nov. 1753 in Farmington, Hartford Co. Conn. He came to Granville before 1800 from Canaan, Col. Co, (then Albany) N.Y.
1. Sylvia Norton, b. 31 Dec 1779, md. 1st Ira Parker; 2nd: Titus Andrews
2. Nancy Norton, b. 8 March 1781, md. Samuel Hale
3. Rhoda Norton, b. 4 March 1783; md. Giles Parker, bro. of Ira;, d. Spring Township, Crawford, Pa.
4. William Norton, b. 7 May 1785, md. Amaryllis Andrews; d. Granville, NY
5. Allen Norton, b. 11 Feb. 1787, md. Lucy Wilkinson; d. March 11, 1842 at Candice, Ontario Co. NY
6. Elvin Norton, b. 27 Dec. 1789, d. unm. 2 Feb 1831 at Granville NY
7. Elijah Norton (twin) b. 2 July 1791, md. Lucinda Webster; d. Warsaw, Wyoming Co. NY
8. Elisha Norton (twin) b. 2 July 1791, md. 1st Mary Beckwith; 2nd Nancy M. Best; d. 21 Jan 1881 at Brady, Kalamazoo, Mich.
9. Charles Norton, b. 14 Sept. 1793; md. Julia Andrews, sister of Amaryllis Andrews; d. 14 March 1882 at Granville
10. Josiah Norton Jr. b. 1795; md. Thirza Tanner; moved to Ind.
11. Sally (Sarah) Norton, b. 10 Sept. 1797; md. Daniel Rhodes
12. Hiram Norton, b. 29 Dec. 1799; md. Julia Steele; d. 1882 Granville
13. Amanda Norton b. 5 Jan. 1802; md. Ira Foster"
The historian's office also included some correspondence from previous researchers in the file they sent to me. One correspondent writing in 1987 stated that Josiah Norton served in the Revolutionary War and that three of his sons served in the War of 1812. She doesn't say which ones.
The office also sent an index of land records which shows that Josiah Norton bought more than 65 acres of land in the Thomas Bridges Patent in Granville for $180.81 on June 20, 1801.
Taken together, this information gives me a lot of clues for further exploration. I love the idea of having a county historian--what a great American initiative to preserve and share local history! They're not everywhere--but New York state has one for every county, and Indiana does too.