Jacob was born on March 14, 1778 in Randolph County, North Carolina. He was the son of Mercer Norton and Martha Higgins, also older brother to William Norton (bef 1783 - 1857). Jacob married Mary King in 1802 in Wayne County, Kentucky. Mary was born on April 07, 1784. Jacob and Mary are buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Faulkner, Tippah County, Mississippi.
Jacob was listed on the 1801 Tax List of Wayne County, Kentucky. In 1825, Jacob owned 25 acres in Hardeman County, Tennessee. In 1826, Jacob owned 40 acres in Hardeman Co., TN and later added 45 acres. In Tippah County, Mississippi on June 15, 1843, he owned the SE1/4 of Sec 30S, R4E. Records show that Jacob was a farmer.
Jacob Norton was appointed a deacon of the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church in Hardeman County, Tennessee on March 2, 1824. They sometimes held meetings in their home before the church building was erected. Mary Norton was dismissed in April 1836 and Jacob in May 1836, just before the move to Tippah County, Mississippi. The following is an excerpt of the minutes Jacob took to show his handwriting and signature:
Jacob died bet. February 7, 1842 and July 21, 1848 in Tippah County, Mississippi and is buried in the Pleasant Hills Cemetery, Tippah County, Mississippi. Mary died after 1850 in Tippah County, Mississippi and is buried beside Jacob. Jacob and Mary's Children: 1. Nancy Jane Norton 2. Messer Norton 3. William Norton 4. Martha Norton 5. Peter King Norton 6. Jacob Norton 7. Mills H. Norton 8. Rachel Ann Norton 9. John H. Norton 10. Nicholas Norton 11. Edward Norton; b. November 14, 1810; d. December 16, 1877; m. Nancy Ann Short
The following is a letter written by Jacob Norton's grandson. It tells some of the ancestry and history of the Nortons. A translation follows.
804-RJ. S Ave N W Wash D C 12/28th (19)16 Dear Child and Carver, Dear Sweet Boy, to T S, also Kindest reguards we are all well your Sweet Children are well and good Devoted to their Books Mae Uncle Washington Short traded his Farm Near Whitesboro Texas to his son John for an interest in a Herd of Cattle and I Saw him and Aunt Hettie with his other Sons in Bowie Co Texas on their ranch the only time I Ever Saw him and aunt Hettie She was living at or Near St angelo Tex. last I heard from her the other Short Boys I do not know Much about Aunt Hettie goined our Baptist (Church) Some Years Ago. Luke Short lived in Ft (Worth) years ago and killed an officer in Self Defense they Said Also a Younger Bro got in trouble in San Angelo I heard. I learned when young a little about Fathers Sisters one Married a Hillhouse in Tenn. another Married a woods they moved to Ark when I was small Henry had a sister who married a Stevins. and one day Aunt was milking a coow and the cow hooked and killed Aunt and he took his gun and shot the cow left and was never heard from again and the 4 children were raised by their kinsfolk. John Norton married Evaline and Uncle Henderson married Aunt Amanday as she lived with Mother and often told me she missed me when I was young. So she as well as Aunt Evaline were my cousins first and by marriage became my Aunts. So Dear Child I dont know why I began at bottom of page on other sheet and wrote upward and if any other questions you wish to ask about our ancestry if I can I'll answer it. You know all I know about your Sweet MOthers family. They moved from Tenn to Miss after the Civil War Irish by descent they were. I asked Uncle Mills Norton after Fathers Death about the Norton ancestry and he told me 2 brothers of Scotch Irish discent settled in Va but he did not know what Port. One of the bros moved south left the other in Va and our family sprang from the one who come South but the name he did not know and from GrandFather Jacob Norton 1 or 2 generations back came from Europe. So read Carefully the other sheet and then ask further questions I'll answer if I can. Daddy