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Robert Godfrey Norton

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Birth

Tombstone for Robert G. Norton, Lot No. 24, Section H, Bonaventure Cemetary in Savannah Georgia, Chatham County, Georgia
This information was recorded by Ms. Elizabeth Norton Turner, and was sworn to before Jeane H. Hanson, Notary Public, Chatham County, Ga. on March 24, 1977.

Birth

1850 U.S. census, \i FamilySearch\i0
Author: South Carolina, Beaufort
Published: http://search.labs.familysearch.org: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010
Name, Age,Gender, Profession, Real Estate Val., Birthplace
Robert G. Norton, 61, M, Planter, 2,000, S.C
Sarah, 60, F,,, ...
M432, Saint Peters Parish, p. 14, dwelling 105, family 105
Name, Age,Gender, Profession, Real Estate Val., Birthplace
Col. Alexander Norton, 38, M,, 700, S.C.
Julia, 33, F,,,
William, 13, M,,,
John, 11, M,,,
Robert, 9, M,,,
Mary E., 4, F,,,
Sarah, 1, F,,,
Thomas Green, 25, M, Sojourner,, GA

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1850 U.S. census, \i FamilySearch\i0
Author: South Carolina, Beaufort
Published: http://search.labs.familysearch.org: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010
Name, Age,Gender, Profession, Real Estate Val., Birthplace
Robert G. Norton, 61, M, Planter, 2,000, S.C
Sarah, 60, F,,,
Mary, 40, F,,,
Martha, 25, F,,,

Col. Alexander Norton, 38, M,, 700, S.C.
Julia, 33, F,,,
William, 13, M,,,
John, 11, M,,,
Robert, 9, M,,,
Mary E., 4, F,,,
Sarah, 1, F,,,
Thomas Green, 25, M, Sojourner,, GA

Death

Tombstone for Robert G. Norton, Lot No. 24, Section H, Bonaventure Cemetary in Savannah Georgia, Chatham County, Georgia
This information was recorded by Ms. Elizabeth Norton Turner, and was sworn to before Jeane H. Hanson, Notary Public, Chatham County, Ga. on March 24, 1977.

Burial

database, \i Find A Grave\i0  
Published: www.findagrave.com, 2010
29 Mar 2010, Grave Marker for Dr. Robert Godfrey Norton

Residence

1850 U.S. census, \i FamilySearch\i0
Author: South Carolina, Beaufort
Published: http://search.labs.familysearch.org: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010
Name, Age,Gender, Profession, Real Estate Val., Birthplace
Robert G. Norton, 61, M, Planter, 2,000, S.C
Sarah, 60, F,,, ...
M432, Saint Peters Parish, p. 14, dwelling 105, family 105
Name, Age,Gender, Profession, Real Estate Val., Birthplace
Col. Alexander Norton, 38, M,, 700, S.C.
Julia, 33, F,,,
William, 13, M,,,
John, 11, M,,,
Robert, 9, M,,,
Mary E., 4, F,,,
Sarah, 1, F,,,
Thomas Green, 25, M, Sojourner,, GA

Full Source Text

1850 U.S. census, \i FamilySearch\i0
Author: South Carolina, Beaufort
Published: http://search.labs.familysearch.org: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010
Name, Age,Gender, Profession, Real Estate Val., Birthplace
Robert G. Norton, 61, M, Planter, 2,000, S.C
Sarah, 60, F,,,
Mary, 40, F,,,
Martha, 25, F,,,

Col. Alexander Norton, 38, M,, 700, S.C.
Julia, 33, F,,,
William, 13, M,,,
John, 11, M,,,
Robert, 9, M,,,
Mary E., 4, F,,,
Sarah, 1, F,,,
Thomas Green, 25, M, Sojourner,, GA

School

1860 U.S. census, \i Footnote\i0
Author: South Carolina, Beaufort
Published: http://www.footnote.com/image/#70882265: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010
Visit#,Family#,Name,Age,Sex,Occupation,RealEstVal,PersEstVal,Birthplace,SchoolWinYr
519,535,Alex R. Norton,47,M,Physician,2000,6500,SC
,,Julia E.,43,F,,,,Georgia
520,,Wm B,24,M,Merchant,,2500,S.Carolina
,,Robert G.,20,M,Medical Student,
,,Alex C.,17,M,,,,,1
,,M. Eugeni ...
M653, Saint Peters Parish, p. 63, dwelling 520, family 535, accessed 25 Mar 2010

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1860 U.S. census, \i Footnote\i0
Author: South Carolina, Beaufort
Published: http://www.footnote.com/image/#70882265: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010
Visit#,Family#,Name,Age,Sex,Occupation,RealEstVal,PersEstVal,Birthplace,SchoolWinYr
519,535,Alex R. Norton,47,M,Physician,2000,6500,SC
,,Julia E.,43,F,,,,Georgia
520,,Wm B,24,M,Merchant,,2500,S.Carolina
,,Robert G.,20,M,Medical Student,
,,Alex C.,17,M,,,,,1
,,M. Eugenia,15,F,,,,,1
,,S. Tallula,11,F,,,,,1
,,Joseph S.,8,M,,,,,1

Graduation

A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians
Author: Lucian Lamar Knight
Published: Chicago, Illinois: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1917.


GEORGE MOSSE NORTON, M.D. One of the be ...
V: 2314.

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A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians
Author: Lucian Lamar Knight
Published: Chicago, Illinois: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1917.


GEORGE MOSSE NORTON, M.D. One of the best known men in the medical profession of Savannah is Dr. George Mosse Norton, a member of one of the oldest southern families, who is capably maintaining the family reputation for professional skill, public-spirited citizenship and prominence in social life. While one of the younger members of his honored calling, has already attained a degree of prominence that might well be envied by men many years his senior. Doctor Norton was born at Savannah, November 29, 1873, and is a son of Dr. Robert Godfrey and Martha Jane (Edwards) Norton.

The old and distinguished family of Norton was founded in the United States by Jonathan Norton, a native of England, who emigrated to this country at an early day and settled on the Island of Saint Helena, on the south coast of South Carolina, where he died in 1774, aged sixty-nine years. He married Mary Ann Chaplin, and one of their daughters, Dorothy Phoebe became the wife of Dr. George Mosse, who became a notable character in the coast country of South Carolina and later at Savannah. He was born and reared at Dublin, Ireland, and there educated for the medical profession, and after his graduation from one of the leading medical institutions of that city, emigrated to America and settled on the Island of Saint Helena. There he subsequently became the owner of a large amount of landed property, was a prominent planter, and a leading manufacturer of leather. He carried on an extensive medical practice at the same time and was one of the most influential men of his locality. Both the Nortons and the Mosses had been originally members of the Protestant Episcopal Church, but after coming to America joined the Baptist faith. Dr. George Mosse, at his own expense, built a house of worship at Saint Helena. Finding the opportunities for an educational training very limited there, in 1799 or 1800, in order to give his children better facilities, he removed with his family to Savannah. Here one of his daughters, Martha, became the wife of Co1. Alexander Lawton, and they were the parents of Gen. A. R. Lawton, who was one of the most distinguished lawyers of Savannah, a brigadier-general in the Confederate army, and for a long time general attorney for the Central of Georgia Railway.

Members of the Norton family have resided on the Island of Saint Helena for more than a century and have been closely identified with its history as well as with that of the nearby South Carolina towns of Beaufort, Bluffton, Robertsville and Black Swamp. The great-grandfather of Dr. George M. Norton was the son of the pioneer Nathan Norton. William Norton married Mary Godfrey and later moved to Savannah. One of their sons was Robert Godfrey Norton, a soldier of the Continental line during the Revolutionary war. Robert Godfrey Norton married his cousin, Sarah Mosse, and passed the greater part of his life at Robertsville, South Carolina. One of his sons was Dr. Robert Alexander Norton, a grandfather of Dr. George M. Norton, who for a number of years practiced medicine at Savannah and was the city's first port physician. He married Miss Julia Green, and after living for a number of years at Robertsville South Carolina, moved, at the close of the Civil war, to Savannah, and here died in 1869.

Dr. Robert Godfrey Norton, father of Dr. George M. Norton, was born at Robertsville, South Carolina, March 17, 1841, and died at Savannah in 1900. He was a graduate of the Charleston Medical College and was one of the leading practitioners of medicine at Savannah for many years. In 1861 he was marred to Martha Jane Edwards, of Effingham County, Georgia, and they became the parents of the following children: Fannie Cone, who is now the wife of Gordon L. Groover, of Savannah; Robert G.; William Edwards; Dr. George Mosse; and Dr. Walter Abell, who is engaged in the practice of medicine at Savannah. Dr. William Edwards Norton, another of the family to follow the healing art, died in March, 1911, at Savannah.

Dr. George Mosse Norton received his early education in the public schools of Savannah, following which he entered the University of Georgia, at Athens. He also studied medicine at the Southern Medical College, Atlanta, from which he was graduated in 1898, and to further prepare himself went to New York and took a course of study in the New York Post Graduate Medical School. Returning to Savannah, he entered practice and shortly became recognized as one of the city's most thorough and talented practitioners. For some time he carried on a general practice, but of recent years has turned his attention more and more to major surgery, a field in which he has few rivals at this time. He is a member of the Georgia State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and a member of the staff of the Park View Sanatorium. Fraternally the doctor is affiliated with the Masons and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, while he has maintained the family's military record as a member of the Georgia Hussars, in which he is surgeon, with the rank of lieutenant, and from which organization he received a medal for superior horsemanship in 1899.

Savannah is a city noted for its historic old mansions, and the home of Doctor Norton is an example of that substantial style of architecture which prevailed in the days when timber was plentiful and veneer a thing unknown. This residence was built by Joseph Waldburg, and after his death was occupied by his son-in-law, Colonel Clinch. The walls are two feet thick; the bricks all rosined, as are the hard-wood floors; the ceiling walls and partitions, and the inside woodwork, are all of the costliest material. A delightful garden on the Barnard Street side of the house is in keeping with the rest of the property and on the west side is another garden which offers an enticing playground for the children.

Doctor Norton was married October 6, 1902, at Savannah, to Miss Leila Exley, daughter of Marquis L. and Emma N. (Groveston) Exley, an old, prominent and distinguished family of this city. Four children have been born to this union: Elizabeth Emma, Leila Lucille and Angela Willie, who are all attending school; and George Mosse, Jr.

Military Service

28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


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28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


CONFEDERATE PENSION AND RECORD DEPARTMENT
406 State Capitol,
ATLANTA, GA.
March 28, 1941


Unpublished records compiled for the State of Georgia by Lillian Henderson show that

Robert Godfrey Norton was appointed 1st Sergeant of Company I, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. Transferred to Company I, 47th Regiment Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. On General Harrison's Staff October 1862. Elected 2nd Lieutenant February 13, 1863. Roll for February, 1863, last on file, shows him on special service. Paroled, Augusta, Georgia, August 25, 1865.

The captain of this company was A.C. Edwards

Above is true excerpt from records in this office.
Please attach this record to your application. Duplicate cannot be furnished

(signed) Lillian Henderson,
Director.

This is a true and exact copy of Original letter
(signed)(stamped Apr 3 1947)
Notary Public, Chatham County, Ga.
My Commission Expires Dec. 10, 1941

Military Service

28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


...

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28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


CONFEDERATE PENSION AND RECORD DEPARTMENT
406 State Capitol,
ATLANTA, GA.
March 28, 1941


Unpublished records compiled for the State of Georgia by Lillian Henderson show that

Robert Godfrey Norton was appointed 1st Sergeant of Company I, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. Transferred to Company I, 47th Regiment Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. On General Harrison's Staff October 1862. Elected 2nd Lieutenant February 13, 1863. Roll for February, 1863, last on file, shows him on special service. Paroled, Augusta, Georgia, August 25, 1865.

The captain of this company was A.C. Edwards

Above is true excerpt from records in this office.
Please attach this record to your application. Duplicate cannot be furnished

(signed) Lillian Henderson,
Director.

This is a true and exact copy of Original letter
(signed)(stamped Apr 3 1947)
Notary Public, Chatham County, Ga.
My Commission Expires Dec. 10, 1941

Military Service

28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


...

Full Source Text

28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


CONFEDERATE PENSION AND RECORD DEPARTMENT
406 State Capitol,
ATLANTA, GA.
March 28, 1941


Unpublished records compiled for the State of Georgia by Lillian Henderson show that

Robert Godfrey Norton was appointed 1st Sergeant of Company I, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. Transferred to Company I, 47th Regiment Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. On General Harrison's Staff October 1862. Elected 2nd Lieutenant February 13, 1863. Roll for February, 1863, last on file, shows him on special service. Paroled, Augusta, Georgia, August 25, 1865.

The captain of this company was A.C. Edwards

Above is true excerpt from records in this office.
Please attach this record to your application. Duplicate cannot be furnished

(signed) Lillian Henderson,
Director.

This is a true and exact copy of Original letter
(signed)(stamped Apr 3 1947)
Notary Public, Chatham County, Ga.
My Commission Expires Dec. 10, 1941

Military Service

28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


...

Full Source Text

28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


CONFEDERATE PENSION AND RECORD DEPARTMENT
406 State Capitol,
ATLANTA, GA.
March 28, 1941


Unpublished records compiled for the State of Georgia by Lillian Henderson show that

Robert Godfrey Norton was appointed 1st Sergeant of Company I, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. Transferred to Company I, 47th Regiment Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. On General Harrison's Staff October 1862. Elected 2nd Lieutenant February 13, 1863. Roll for February, 1863, last on file, shows him on special service. Paroled, Augusta, Georgia, August 25, 1865.

The captain of this company was A.C. Edwards

Above is true excerpt from records in this office.
Please attach this record to your application. Duplicate cannot be furnished

(signed) Lillian Henderson,
Director.

This is a true and exact copy of Original letter
(signed)(stamped Apr 3 1947)
Notary Public, Chatham County, Ga.
My Commission Expires Dec. 10, 1941

Military Service

28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


...

Full Source Text

28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


CONFEDERATE PENSION AND RECORD DEPARTMENT
406 State Capitol,
ATLANTA, GA.
March 28, 1941


Unpublished records compiled for the State of Georgia by Lillian Henderson show that

Robert Godfrey Norton was appointed 1st Sergeant of Company I, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. Transferred to Company I, 47th Regiment Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. On General Harrison's Staff October 1862. Elected 2nd Lieutenant February 13, 1863. Roll for February, 1863, last on file, shows him on special service. Paroled, Augusta, Georgia, August 25, 1865.

The captain of this company was A.C. Edwards

Above is true excerpt from records in this office.
Please attach this record to your application. Duplicate cannot be furnished

(signed) Lillian Henderson,
Director.

This is a true and exact copy of Original letter
(signed)(stamped Apr 3 1947)
Notary Public, Chatham County, Ga.
My Commission Expires Dec. 10, 1941

Military Service

Statement Made Just Prior to Death by Alexander Calhoun Norton.
Published: This statement was found in the Norton & Mosse Family Record, written by Martha Norton Buckner, Robert Godfrey Norton's daughter. The family record was later edited b y Elizabeth Munsell (Norton), who married Robert Godfrey Norton's great-grandson, Walter Abel l Norton, in 1906.

Military Service

28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


...

Full Source Text

28 March 1941. Location of original letter unknown.
Author: Lillian Henderson, Director of the Confederate Pension and Record Department, Atlanta, Georgia


CONFEDERATE PENSION AND RECORD DEPARTMENT
406 State Capitol,
ATLANTA, GA.
March 28, 1941


Unpublished records compiled for the State of Georgia by Lillian Henderson show that

Robert Godfrey Norton was appointed 1st Sergeant of Company I, 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. Transferred to Company I, 47th Regiment Georgia Infantry March 4, 1862. On General Harrison's Staff October 1862. Elected 2nd Lieutenant February 13, 1863. Roll for February, 1863, last on file, shows him on special service. Paroled, Augusta, Georgia, August 25, 1865.

The captain of this company was A.C. Edwards

Above is true excerpt from records in this office.
Please attach this record to your application. Duplicate cannot be furnished

(signed) Lillian Henderson,
Director.

This is a true and exact copy of Original letter
(signed)(stamped Apr 3 1947)
Notary Public, Chatham County, Ga.
My Commission Expires Dec. 10, 1941

Residence

 \i Savannah Morning News\i0
Author: Georgia. Savannah.
Dr. R.G. Norton's Death, 5 July 1899.
Robert Godfrey Norton
(1841-1899)

Robert Godfrey Norton was born 17 March 1841 in Robertsville, Beaufort District, South Carolina. He was the son of Dr. Alexander R. Norton, a prominent Savannah physician, and grandson of Robert Godfrey Norton Sr. and his wife, a daughter in turn of Dr. George Mosse, an eminent Irish physician who came to Savannah in the 18th century. Doctor Mosse had been a founder of Oglethorpe Medical College in Savannah and was the first deacon (1807) of the First Baptist Church on Chippewa Square in Savannah.

Robert G. Norton received his education at Oglethorpe Medical College in Savannah, and Charleston Medical College. He afterwards attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore, where he graduated with first honors. He first located in Effingham County, where he married Miss Mattie J. Edwards, daughter of the Rev. Joseph C. Edwards.

As a youth, Norton organized Company 1 (Empire State Guards, of Effingham County), 11th Battalion Georgia Infantry. This was transferred in March of 1862 as Company I, 47th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry, with Norton as first sergeant. He was commissioned as second lieutenant in may of 1862. He served with signal gallantry, and was twice severely wounded. He subsequently was detailed as assistant surgeon and served in this capacity until the close of the war.

In 1885 he moved to Savannah. Doctor Norton died at his residence at 304 West Oglethorpe Avenue in Savannah on 4 July 1899, survived by his wife, one daughter, and four sons. He was buried in Lot H-24 in Bonaventure Cemetery.

Doctor Norton was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Savannah and Lafayette McLaws Camp No. 596, United Confederate Veterans.

Marriage

Norton & Mosse Family Record
, written by Martha Norton Buckner, Robert Godfrey Norton's daughter. It was later edited by Elizabeth Munsell (Norton), who married Robert Godfrey Norton's great-grandson, Walter Abell Norton, in 1906.