I try to project myself back there into that past... but there is so much that we will just never know. They only way to know would be to find a story about them in a diary or something....I suppose Norton could have been about forty when he married... I don't know. Or Norton could have been Norton jr. and his father's friend or cousin put up the bond.
Then, I wonder how is he related to the other people in that book. In Norton's family there was always a William and usually the first child was named William. There were also a lot of Johns.
it's possible that Norton was his middle name... the one we went by, but he had another first name.
As for John Chism or Chisum... who were his parents?
Traveling to the place you are doing the research in is usually the best as you can look at all the sources while there and sometimes find something that connects you. Good luck. I have have to go over that book more!