Amazingly enough a Google search turned up his name on a genealogy website with an email address. There was no date but it was worth a try. I sent an email on Friday and had an answer the next day! He sent me information adding 5 generations to the family and introducing me to
|Rosemary Norton at the grave of her 4th great-grandfather|
Luther was a name that was familiar to me from census records and I had assumed it was an uncle of Asahel, father of Asahel Wellington. But instead it is his father. In essence, Luther is the father, brother and son of an Asahel Norton! No wonder I was confused.
So here is how it looks:
Asahel Wellington Norton
William Wellington Norton
I was able to trace the first Asahel back to John Norton, born 1634 in Bedfordshire, England. This John emigrated to the colonies and died in Connecticut in 1704. It was exciting to finally "cross the pond".
Luther was born in Saratoga, New York where his family (including uncles) had moved from Connecticut sometimes between 1770 and 1776, as the Revolutionary War was starting. When the English came to Saratoga under General Burgoyne, his uncle fought and died serving the crown. But Luther's father, Asahel, seemed to have stayed out of the combat. This Asahel died in New York around 1790.
Luther can then be traced to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where he settled on land that was being "colonized" by a group from Connecticut. This group was originally formed with his grandfather, Samuel, as a founding member. But the Pennsylvanians were not too happy to think that Connecticut was encroaching on its territory. When the war ended, the Norton family was driven off its land and moved to Livingston County, New York. There they remained until Asahel Wellington left the state for work in the 1890s.
Luther is buried in Livonia, Livingston, New York and I was recently able to visit. It is a tiny cemetery right off county road 15. Unfortunately, his gravestone is completely worn off - only a quote remains on the top, and even that was mostly illegible. Buried next to him is his wife and a son, Luther A. It was exciting to find the site but sad to realize that time had eroded so much history.