The Short Family became members of the Norton Family when four of Jacob Norton's (1778-1848?) children married members of the Short Family. The first Short known is Josiah Short and his wife Sophia Box. Josiah is estimated to have been born about 1780 and Sophia about 1779, both in North Carolina. Josiah's date of death is unknown, Sophia died in 1849 in Polk County, Arkansas. Their children were born in North Carolina and Tennessee, but this is unproven. The children known were: Lucinda Short (b. 1810) George Washington Short (b. 2/8/1812) Sophia Short (b. 11/28/1813) married William Norton (1809-1860) in 1832 Nancy Short (b. 3/30/1815) married Edward Norton (1815-1885) in 1833 Elizabeth Short (b. 1820-25) Nancy and Sophia Short's known histories are included with their husbands.
George Washington Short was born 2/8/1812 in Tennessee and died 2/29/1890. He and his wife, Hetty, are buried in a cemetery at Ben Ficklin which is a ghost town near San Angelo, Texas. The grave is marked "J.W." He was called Washy. Washy and Hettie's son, Luke, became a well-known figure in the history of the "Old West".