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ISHAM NORTON (1752-1833) OF JOE'S CREEK RICHMOND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA AND HIS DESCENDANTS
Compiled & Edited by Myrtle N. Bridges
Isham Norton came to Richmond County from Northampton County, NC as a fairly
young man, and settled near Joe's Creek. He fathered six sons and two daughters.
Many of his descendants were found either in Richmond, Robeson, or Scotland County
North Carolina, or in the South Carolina counties of Dillon, Marion and Marlborough.
I believe Isham's son William moved to Randolph County, Indiana where he lived the
rest of his life. Richmond County, North Carolina is shown on William and his wife's
tombstones in Hopewell Church Cemetery in Wayne County, Indiana. The little town of
Laurel Hill, North Carolina, from where William Norton and his wife Elizabeth Snead
are believed to have emigrated, was home to many Quaker (Society of Friends) families
in the eighteenth century. Not having certain proof that this William was a son of
Isham, I have drawn conclusions by the "preponderance of evidence."
This 174 page soft cover publication contains photos and copies of original death
certificates, etc.. Relying on Ancestry.Com census, marriage and death, and military
records, I have attempted to fit together as many family members as possible. Old
newspapers have been another great source of factual data. I am indebted to several
cousins for information as to families that I could not otherwise have obtained. In
each account I give full credit to the person who shared his or her history. For those
who also sent pictures," Thank-you!". Lacking documentation in some cases, I have made
carefully considered assumptions. I almost certainly have made mistakes. A DNA test could
have the final word.
Researching and compiling "Isham Norton of Joe's Creek ..." has been a labor of love for
the past twelve years. Despite my errors, ommissions, failures, and imperfections in the
printing, you may enjoy reading about this family. I hope an aspiring young genealogist will
add the rest of our story someday. Myrtle Norton Bridges
Photographs of front and back covers by Howard Bridges
A familiar sand road winds around the grounds of the John Charles McNeill (1874-1907) house and Temperance Center near Wagram,
Scotland County, NC. October 30, 2014
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