Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
The subject of this sketch, during his life one of the best known citizens of the county, was born in Grayson
County, Va., in 1806. When two years of age, his parents moved to Champaign County, Ohio, and a short time afterward
to Logan County, in the same State. He moved from there to Cass County, and settled in Jefferson Township in 1832,
where he resided until the day of his death, in 1877. He was married in 1826, to Rachel Fakery, who is still living.
Mrs. Norton was born in Highland County, Ohio, in 1808, and is the mother of ten children, six of whom are living,
viz., Amanda (Mrs. C. G. Banks), Elizabeth (Mrs. W. W. Peck), Louisa (Mrs. D. J. Hayward), Maxwell Z., Hiram and
John C. Norton. Jane (Mrs. Nicholson), James L., Harriet and Mary Ann are deceased. The latter died in infancy.
Mr. Norton was always a firm but consistent Democrat. He cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson. So long as he
would consent to serve the public, he occupied prominent official positions. He was twice elected to the State
Legislature; was nine times elected Supervisor from Jefferson, and was for four terms the Treasurer of his township.
His career was useful and varied. At his decease he left a large property, which had been accumulated by his persistent
industry, and held by good management.
Though of limited education, he was acknowledged to be a man of far more than ordinary native ability and force
of character. In whatever public position he was placed, his friends and neighbors always looked to him with confidence
as a safe and honest leader, nor were they ever disappointed. He was a man of kind and generous impulses, ever
ready to help the suffering poor and to contribute from his means to the material well-being of his township and
county. The deserving young who appealed to him for assistance in their first struggles for position in society
always met with kind, fatherly counsel and not infrequently with more substantial evidence of his generous nature.
Mr. Nortonís popularity and the esteem in which he was held were attested by the remarkably large attendance at
his funeral, over six hundred persons being present from all parts of the county.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.