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From: Carlota <>
Subject: Re: Norton Information part 4
Date: Wed, 01 Apr 1998 15:58:50 -0500


DLook35767 wrote:
>
> died Aft. April 17, 1690 in EDGARTOWN, MA. He married ELIZABETH ISAAC Abt.
> 1640 in WEYMOUTH, NORFOLK CO. MASSACHUSETTS.
>
> Notes for NICHOLAS JR NORTON:
> NICHOLAS WAS FIFTH SON OF NICHOLAS SR. NORTON
> NICHOLAS JR EMIGRATED FROM VICINITY OF BATCOMBE OR BROADWAY COUNTY
> SOMUSITSHIRE, ENGLAND. HE WAS BAPTIZED IN ST. OLD HELM CHURCH OF ENGLAND . HE
> CAME TO WEYMOUTH MASS. IN 1635 WITH REV. JOSEPH HALL SERVED IN PIQUES WAR IN
> 1636-37. REFERENCES TO THE NORTON FAMILY IN SOMERSETSHIRE GO BACK TO THE YEAR
> 1400 IN WILLS AND DEEDS. THE NORTON FAMILY, TANNERS LIVED IN WHITE LACKINGTON
> AN ADJOINING HAMLET OF BROADWAY. NICHOLAS WAS ALSO A CONSTABLE IN 1657 AND
> MOVED TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD IN AUGUST 1659 WHEN HE WAS 49 YEARS OLD.
>
> NICHOLAS WAS OF A SOCIAL POSITION SOMEWHAT ABOVE THE AVERAGE SETTLER DUE TO
> THE FACT THAT HE KEPT A SERVANT.. HE WAS STYLED " GOODMAN" NORTON IN TOWN
> RECORDS.
>
> IN 1673, HE JOINED THE "DUTCH REBELLION" WITH OTHERS OF EDGARTOWN, AND WHEN IT
> HAD COLLAPSED, HE WAS TRIED AND CONVICTED. THE COURT SENTENCED HIM TO ONE OF
> THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS: MAKING A PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HIS TRANSGRESSION
> AND GIVING APOLOGY FOR HIS ACTIONS, OR PAYING THE SUM OF 51 POUNDS AS A FINE..
>
> (HE TESTIFIED THAT HE WAS AGED SIXTY-SIX YEARS IN 1676, (DUKES COUNTY COURT
> RECORDS), PROBABLY IN ENGLAND.
>
> OF HIS LIFE IN WEYMOUTH, BUT LITTLE IS WORTHY OF MENTION, HE SHARED IN THE
> DIVISION OF LANDS IN 1651, AND WAS CONSTABLE IN 1657, AN OFFICE OF SOME
> DISTINCTION IN THOSE TIMES. TWO YEARS LATER HE WAS STILL CALLED " OF WEYMOUTH"
> AND IN THE SAME YEAR HIS NAME FIRST APPEARS IN THE RECORDS OF EDGARTOWN THIS
> MAY BE TAKEN AS THE PROBABLE DATE OF HIS REMOVAL TO THE VINEYARD. HE WAS
> CHOSEN A REFEREE TO REPRESENT THE TOWN IN ITS CONTROVERSY WITH JOHN DAGGETT
> RESPECTING HIS FARN AT OAK BLUFFS.
>
> ON AUG 22, 1659, " GOODMAN" NORTON WAS GRANTED " A LOTT OF FORTY ACRES OF
> LAND" AND ON THE SAME DAY IT WAS" ORDERED BY THE TOWN THAT GOODMAN NORTON
> SHALL HAVE LIBERTY TO MAKE USE OF ANY POND ABOUT THE OX POND FOR HIS TRADE,
> EXCEPT THE GEST PONDS.
> " IT DOES NOT APPEAR WHAT TRADE NICHOLAS NORTON FOLLOWED ,
>
> BUT THE USE OF PONDS SUGGESTS THAT HE MAY HAVE BEEN A TANNER. BEFORE THE END
> OF THAT YEAR, HE WAS ENGAGED IN TWO LAWSUITS AS A PLAINTIFF AND A DEFENDANT.
> HE WAS SUED BY HENTY GOSS IN THAT YEAR AND WAS MULETED IN THE SUM OF FIVE
> SHILLINGS " FOR CHARGES ABOUT THE CURE OF MR. GOUSSE'S CHILD : TO PAY ONE HALF
> IN WAMPAM CURRENT AND HALFE IN COME AND FIVE SHILLINGS TO THE CONSTABLE FOR
> THE TRYALL ABOUT THE ABUSE OF MR. GOUSSE'S CHILD" THE EXACT NATURE OF THIS
> SUIT AT LAW IS NOT CLEAR FROM THE RECORDS.
>
> IN THAT SAME YEAR HE SUED THE REV. MR. COTTON, MISSIONARY TO THE INDIANS, IN
> 1661 HE WAS ONE OF A COMMITTEE TO BUY LAND OF THE INDIANS FOR THE USE OF THE
> TOWN. IN 1662-63 AND 1669,
>
> HE AGAIN APPEARS IN LITIGATION WITH VARIOUS TOWNSMEN, AND IF NOT A PATTERN IN
> THIS RESPECT, HIS FENCE WAS DEEMED THE PATTERN

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