Sunday, December 14, 2008

Jacob Norris & Mary Jane Abbott

Jacob Norris was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, 5 March 1830, the son of William Norris and Lana Stann, died 5 March 1907 in Numa, Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery. He married, probably in Appanoose County, Iowa, 4 January 1852, Mary Jane Abbott who was born [c1832] in Ohio, died 9 April 1881 in [place], Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery, daughter of Hayes Abbott and Elizabeth Snow.

"In 1834, his mother died, leaving a family of small children, who were taken in charge by the county, as his father was poor and intemperate; at 10 years of age, he was bound out to William Cressler, a farmer in that county; at 21, with not even respectable clothing, he left his hard master and engaged to work by the month for another farmer; in 1850, he came to Macomb Co., Ill.; was employed by James Head as hostler at his hotel; in March, 1851, came to Burlington, Iowa; worked in McCoslis' livery stable; then on a farm in Des Moines Co. Jan. 4, 1852, married Mary J. Abbott, daughter of Hayes and Elizabeth A.; her father settled in that county from Ohio in 1842; her mother died when Mrs. Norris was but 9 years of age; in 1852, purchased eighty acres in Louisa Co.; exchanged it for a team and wagon and farmed on rented land; in the spring of 1856, came to Davis Co.; purchased 100 acres; remained there ten years, and, in 1866, came to this [Appanoose] county, where he owns 400 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre, well improved and stocked." [From The History of Appanoose County, Iowa (Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878)]

Jacob Norris was a member of the Numa Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as a class leader and trustee of the church; first a Whig, then a Republican; and a farmer. His farm was located east and south of Jerome in Section 12 and School District #1.



Children of Jacob Norris and Mary Abbott, all born in Iowa:
  1. Ellen Minerva Elizabeth Norris, born 13 October 1852 in Davis County, Iowa, and died 1 January 1919 in Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho. She married in Numa, Appanoose County, Iowa, 12 September 1872 [Book 5, Page 474], John Hayes Murphy, who was born 15 August 1850 in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, and died 26 September 1933 in Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, son of William Porterfield Murphy and Mary Amanda Nason. Children: Lillie Murphy, born c1873; Carrie Murphy, born c1875; Earnest Murphy, born c1877; Elbert Murphy, born c1879; Charles Murphy, born c1880; Winifred Murphy, born c1884; Nellie Murphy, born c1890; Bernice C. Murphy, born c1893; and Claude L. Murphy, born c1892.
  2. William L. Norris, born [c1855] in Davis County, Iowa, and died [apparently before 1860].
  3. Glendora Norris, born 16 February 1856 in Davis County, Iowa, died 17 April 1940 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
  4. Pheba J. Norris, born 8 November 1857 in Davis County, Iowa, died 5 December 1940 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
  5. Jacob A. Norris, born October 1859 in Davis County, Iowa, married [date] in [place], Anna A. [Maiden Name], died [date] 1931 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
  6. James E. Norris, born [c1861] in Davis County, Iowa, married in Appanoose County [Book 11, Page 334] 26 Februay 1893 Lillie Holloway, and died [before 1933]. Lillie Holloway was born c1866.
  7. Lewis J. Norris, born August 1863 in Davis County, Iowa, married 30 December 1891 in Appanoose County [Book 11, Page 61] Minnie E. Crist, died 3 March 1945 in [place] and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery. Minnie E. Crist was born in [date] 1865 [place], died [date] 1947 [place] and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery, daughter of John G. Crist and Mary Ann Caufmann. Child: Cleo Olive Norris, born 29 July 1896 in Appanoose County, Iowa, died 11 February 1947 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery. She married 28 November 1917 Edward Potter Inman with whom she had seven sons.
  8. May Norris, born [date] 1865 in Davis County, Iowa, died [date] 1926 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
  9. Isaac Guthrie Norris, born [date] 1867 in Appanoose County, Iowa, married 1 October 1890 in Appanoose County [Book 10, Page 340] Osta Kinney, died [date] 1947 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
  10. Charles G. Norris, born September 1869 in Appanoose County, Iowa, married 12 October 1893 Louie M. Elliot, and died [date] in [place]. Children: Hobart Norris, born October 1896, and Vurl Norris, born November 1897.
  11. Flora Lana Norris, born 24 August 1871 in Appanoose County, Iowa, married in Appanoose County, 17 February 1892 Ira T. Brown [12 May 1869-4 September 1932], died 5 May 1951 in Ames, Iowa, and was buried next to her husband in Southlawn, Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa. In 1898 they moved to Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa, where they went into business. She moved to Ames, Iowa, in 1939. Children: Ruth O. Brown who married Raymond Cain and Icil L. Brown who married Cecil Hook.
  12. Mary Magdaline Norris, born 8 June 1878 in Appanoose County, Iowa, married [place] 12 May 1903, James Edward Dershem, died 1 May 1933 in Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery after a funeral service in the Jerome M. E. Church. [Obituary] James Edward Dershem was born 6 August 1876, son of Solomon Dershem and Eliza Yarger, died [place] [date] 1959, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
--IAGenWeb Appanoose County: Obituary of Mary Magdaline Norris Dershem.
--FamilySearch.org: John Hayes Murphy & Ellen Minerva Elizabeth Norris.

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  1. I have a family group photo of this family. It's Jacob Norris family and a total of 11 people in it. I can identify my second grandma Eleen Murphy(Norris) along with an elderly man who is John Jacob. There are 4 unidentified women, along with 5 unidentified men. The photo is from around 1905. Let me know if the could help anyone...
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