The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


NORTON, John - Burlington

Among the most respected pioneer family of Otsego County 
may be mentioned the NORTON family. John Norton was born 
in Chatham, Conn., April 7, 1775. Coming upon the stage of 
action only a few days before the first gun was fired which was 
the signal of war between the thirteen united colonies and their 
mother country, he was early disciplined to endure all the privations 
incident to those revolutionary days. He was reared a farmer, and 
and by this healthful and best of all employments, combined with 
good habits formed early in life, he was able to obtain a good home 
and live to a ripe old age.
He married Miss Lucy JOHNSON , a native of Chatham, Conn., 
March 7, 1798. Mrs. Lucy Johnson Norton was born May 13, 1775. 
By this happy union five children were born, namely: Chauncey H., 
born Sept. 21, 1800; Lucinda P., born Feb. 10, 1802; Florida J., 
born July 14, 1808; John C., born Sept. 5, 1811; and Diadana H., 
born Nov. 15, 1815.
John Norton settled in Burlington, Otsego County, about 1799. 
He settled on a small farm in or near Burlington Flats, and this 
locality was his home ever after, save eight years in Exeter, from 
1804 to 1812.
He and his estimable wife were members of the Congregational 
church for many years. In politics he was formerly a Whig, but 
upon the organization of the Republican party he joined it. He 
died at the advanced age of ninety-three years, two months, and 
twenty-four days, on July 1, 1868, and Mrs. Norton survived her 
husband some five years. She died July 23, 1873, aged ninety-eight 
years, two months, and ten days.
It will be observed that this couple lived together for more than 
seventy years before death did them separate; seventy years they 
walked life's journey together; seventy years the same familiar 
footsteps upon the threshold of a happy home, to meet warm 
comforts and a loving greeting; seventy years hand in hand and 
heart to heart, reading the inmost thoughts, and loving more and 
more. Mrs. Norton had a sister, Mrs. HUBBARD, who lived to 
be nearly one hundred and one, lacking only a few days.
Chauncey H., eldest son and child of John and Lucy Norton, 
was born in Burlington, Otsego Co., N.Y. His early advantages 
for an education were very limited. He was reared a farmer, which 
has been the principle business of his life.
At the age of twenty-five he commenced to learn the carpenter 
and joiner trade, and has worked at it for many years since. He 
was the home-boy, the one on whom his parents mainly depended 
for counsel and support in their advanced years. He has often 
been called upon to occupy positions of trust and honor in his 
native town. He was formerly a Democrat in politics, but when 
the Republican party was organized he joined it. He has been 
inspector and commissioner of schools, assessor for one year, and 
justice of the peace for more than twenty years. He is highly 
esteemed by his neighbors. He and one brother living with him 
have never been married. Chauncey H. is the one who thus takes 
this opportunity to identify his parents in the history of Otsego 
County, and in memory of them.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, opposite page 98


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