A. DELOSS NORTON, a prominent man, living in the vicinity of Morrisville, N. Y., was born November 18, 1851, son of Captain Albert S. and Eliza (Sherman) Norton. Captain Norton was of Massachusetts parentage; but his birthplace was in Onondaga County, New York. His mother was an own cousin of ex-Secretary of State William F. Seward, of President Lincoln's cabinet. The family on both sides were eminently respectable people.
The father of our subject was a young man when he came to Madison County, New York, and married Miss Eliza Sherman, who was born and educated here, having come from good old stock. After their marriage they lived in the neighborhood of Morrisville, Captain Norton being one of the foremost men in these parts, a very successful farmer, and held by all in high estimation. At the opening of the Civil War he enlisted, and raised Company F of the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth New York Volunteer Infantry, which became a part of General N. P. Banks's and General Benjamin F. Butler's command. This company served for nine months, being the term for which they enlisted, and were honorably discharged. Captain Norton then returned to his home near Morrisville, where he lived an even and quiet life until his death, in February, 1891, at the age of seventy-six. His wife, the mother of our subject, died about 1872, aged fifty years. She was a true, good woman, a devoted parent, a thorough Christian, doing good to all around her, firmly devoted to the Methodist church. Her death was universally lamented.
A. DeLoss Norton, the only surviving member of a family of seven children, is a farmer, dairyman, hop-raiser, and stock-breeder. He owns seventy acres of finely improved and well-watered land, on which are good, substantial buildings. He was reared and educated in Madison County, and for some years after finishing his studies at
school was a clerk; but, preferring to be a farmer, he took up that occupation, and has followed it profitably ever since. His first wife was Miss Isabell B. Armour, who was born in Smithfield, Madison County, daughter of Vigil M. Armour (of whom see sketch on another page of this volume). She was an excellent wife and mother; and her early death, which took place June 9, 1885, was a sad blow to her husband and family. Two children survived her: Linn S.; and Ada B., now deceased, July 31, 1893, age fourteen years.
Mr. Norton married for his second wife Miss Ada Park, who was born in Stockbridge, N. Y., but brought up and educated in Morrisville, attending the Cazenovia Seminary for a short time. She is an elegant, refined, and intelligent woman, and holds a very superior position in social circles. They have one child, Avis M. Mr. and Mrs. Norton attend
the Methodist Episcopal church, of which Mrs. Norton is a member, always evincing the greatest interest and activity in its religious and charitable work.
Mr. Norton, like his father, is a Republican in politics, and has held several important local offices. There are but few men, if any, in or around Morrisville who have attained a better reputation for honesty and integrity than this gentleman, whose life is a shining example to the growing generation.
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