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THOMAS NORRIS 1608 Congham, Norfolk Co. England, d. 1675 Talbot Co. MD married Anne Hynson 1637 Nansemond Co. Virginia, (Upper Norfolk Co.) [Thomas is the son of Geoffrey Norris (1559-1609) and wife, Mary MYLES (Miles)].

Thomas Norris is said to have followed William Claiborne in his trading expeditions up the Chesapeake Bay and then settled in St. Mary's Co. MD. as a Protestant planter. As a trader, he went back and forth between Maryland and Virginia.

1. Thomas Norris 1638 St. Mary's Co. MD d. June 1683 while visiting daughter, Martha in Lancaster Co. VA. m. 1st Martha Ironmonger in Northumberland Co. VA (3 children). m. 2nd Elizabeth Hosier in Kent Co. MD ca. 1671. He was a mariner like his father. Thomas and Eliz. moved to Charleston South Carolina 1671-74 then returned to Maryland where they settled in 1775.


(1). John Norris 1672 Charleston, South Carolina. He also was a mariner and sailed out of Baltimore MD. m. Mary Patrick 1705 and moved to Charleston, South Carolina where he received a land grant for 300 acres in the Colleton District of S.C. He died ca. 1750 and Mary his widow moved to Abbeville SC to be near their son, Robert Norris and he died in 1797 Anderson Co. SC.

2. Edward Norris Oct 1639 St Mary's Co. MD d. Feb 1695/6 Baltimore MD
m. 1st Mary Freeman (6 children). m. 2nd Sarah Wichel, widow of John Kemp (2 children)

3. Ann (Hannah) Norris 1640 d. 1687 Talbot Co. MD. m. 1st William Woodroofe. m. 2nd Francis Sheperd

4. George Norris died age 2 or 3 yrs.

5. Daniel Norris April 1643 MD d. 1707 Kent Co. MD. m. Eliz___ (4 children)

6. Alice Norris June 1644. m. William Evans and they lived in England

7. Cuthbert Norris 1645 MD drowned at sea age 23

8. Robert Norris Dec 1647 St. Mary's Co. MD d. 1701/03 Kent Co. MD. m. Tabitha Ostley (8 children)

9. John 1650 m. Susannah Heard (7 children b. St. Mary's Co. MD)


(1). John 1680 m. Anne WHEATLEY, grandchildren in Nelson Co. KY

(2). Luke 1689 m. Jane Heard, grandchildren in Mason Co. KY

(3). Mark 1695 m. Susannah Greenwell, grandchildren in Bracken Co.KY

(4). Thomas 1697 m. Jane Greenwell, grandchildren in Nelson Co. KY    

(5). Mary       

(6). Monica       

(7). Eliza


George Norris 1672 Fleet Bay _____, married Judith Horton daughter of Tobias Horton 1651 Lancaster Co. VA d. Aug 12, 1748 m. Martha Brent Sept 10, 1673 Lancaster Co. VA, she was born 1658 Lancaster Co. VA died about 1710 VA., daughter of Hugh Brent 1620 Kent Co. England, died Mar 13, 1671 Lancaster Co. VA, m. 1st. Mary Ochersone 1654, born 1635 Lancaster Co. VA, m. 2nd Mary Acherson 1656. She was born 1635 Lancaster Co. VA died 1663 Lancaster Co. VA


1. John Norris  No info available for sibblings

(1). Joseph Norris, Sr. born January 11, 1729 Sharpsburg, Washington County Maryland, died Mar 18, 1813 Penn Twp. Huntington Co. PA, married Mary Moody born Nov 30, 1730 Wales, died Dec 17, 1817 Penn Twp. Huntington Co. PA. She was the  daughter of William Moody Sept 18, 1692 Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire Co. England and Mary Young.

They lived in Sharpsburg near Hagerstown until  they moved to Pennsylvania with some of their grown children.  Some descendants say it was about 1763 others say it was more like 1781.    

They settled on the Raystown branch of the Juniata River and he acquired a farm that had belonged to the Sanders family who had all been killed by Indians in 1780. This farm of 390 acres was at that time in Hopewell, Twp. of Bedford Co. PA. Later it became part of Penn Twp. in Huntington Co. PA.


A.  Elizabeth Norris Oct 11, 1750, m. Adam Mover

B.. Eleanor Norris April 17, 1752, m. Adam Metcalf

C. John Davis Norris March 16, 1754

D. William Norris Feb 7, 1756

E Mary Norris Jan 1760, m. Peter Wagoner

F. Sarah Norris Nov 3, 1763, m. David Jackson

G Lida Norris Oct 10, 1761, m. John Garney

H. Ruhannah Norris Dec 21, 1765 m. George Shirley 1761 PA died May 8, 1824 Morgan Co. Ohio (parents of John Shirley born 1787 Olive Twp, Huntington Co. PA, died Mar 5, 1853 Rome Twp. Athens Co. Ohio who is the father of Silas Shirley, father of Owen Parmer Shirley).

I. Nancy Ann Norris Jan 1, 1766, m. Hugh Johnson

J. Ruhama Norris born Dec 21, 1767

K. Jane Norris Aug 19, 1772, m. William Enyeart

12 Joseph Norris Jr. Aug 18, 1774 Bedford Co. PA 



Mary Norris, granddaughter of Sir Henry Norris, married Isaac Allerton ________________________________________________________________________________

John Norris, son of Sir Henry Norris II, came to Virginia from England and Barbados on the ship "Truelove" in 1635 age 18 yrs. John Norris died in 1682.

Mary Norris m. Stephen Gough, mentioned in a will of 1743 in St. Marys Co. Maryland.


Thomas Norris witnessed the will of Richard Shirley who died in 1747 St. Marys Co. Maryland


A Thomas Norris was named in the will of John Norris of St. Marys Co. Maryland in 1709.     


In 1728, St. Marys Co.Maryland, a Thomas was born to Thomas Norris.


In 1711, Anne Arundel Co. Maryland, a Thomas was born  to Thomas Norris and wife Sarah.


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