David Norton

David Norton, farmer, section 14, Shabbona Township, was born in Ontario, Wayne Co., N.Y., July 24, 1821, was brought upon a farm till his 17th year, and then removed to Geauga Co., Ohio, where he learned the carpenter’s trade, at which he was employed a part of his time, the remainder being devoted to farming until the fall of 1845. He emigrated to the Prairie State, arriving at Sugar Grove, Kane County, Sept. 11, that year. He married at the last named place Aug. 20, 1846, Lucinda M., daughter of Stephen and Julia (Tyler) Gates. She was born in Wayne Co., N.Y., June 13, 1826, lost her mother in childhood, and was adopted and brought up by her uncle, Isaac Gates.

Mr. and Mrs. Norton have had four children, namely: Celia A., born July 23, 1848, who is the wife of William Husk, Postmaster and merchant at Shabbona; Wellington J., born Dec. 20, 1851; Florence A., born July 3, 1854, is the wife of Hiram Morey and lives at Shabbona; and one child died in infancy.

In the spring of 1847, the year following his marriage, Mr. Norton and wife moved to Shabbona Township, this county, where he entered some Government land and purchased some at second hand. His farm contains 100 acres on section 14, and 15 acres on section 23, and is well improved. Mr. Norton has held various local offices since his residence in Shabbona. During the war he was appointed Enrolling Officer for the town; served one term as Supervisor and many years as Road Commissioner and Director of his school district. He has been identified with the growth and improvement of the town since its pioneer days, and is held in high esteem by a wide circle of acquaintances. In politics he is a Republican.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb Co.

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