Biography of Jesse Norris
Monroe County, MI Biographies

JESSE NORRIS, a farmer of London, was.born at Dorchester, N. H. Nov. 28, 1810. He worked out by the month until 26 years of age, and in December, 1836, came to Michigan, starting on his journey with horse and cutter; when he reached Cleveland sold the cutter and started on horseback for Monroe. In the spring of 1837 he engaged as a sailor of the lakes. In 1838 he was employed as superintendent of construction of the Michigan Southern Railroad for one year. Then had charge of saw mill at Deerfield. For four years managed the farm of Austin E. Wing and Thos. Cole. and duriog the time built the dam at Petersburgb, and rented Wing's half for four years. He owned 66 acres of land at Summerfleld: exchanged farm for tavern near Monroe, exchanged tavern for farm he now owns. April 15, 1859, he married Amanda Williams, of Petersburgb, who was born in New York State in 1814, died Jan. 27, 1868. They had no children of their own, but adopted a daughter.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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