Anne, I've seen what you have posted on the web about the Jolliffs. This old narrative that you have is terrific!
I was very interested in what you wrote about Essex County, New Jersey. Does it say who the father of James Jolliff (d. 1821 Barren Co., KY) was?Anything more afterwards would be of great interest.
If you're talking about "Col." James Jolliff (1790-1876), I would guess that the Colonel title was just a common term of respect. I've never seen him listed as a colonel of militia, only as an enlisted man.
Unfortunately, Liz Hartline, in her book, did not identify his origins correctly. She did find that he was a resident of the illegal settlement of Norristown, in what is now Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1785. The information you posted about William Norris led me to locate Elizabeth Norris's parents. William Norris died in 1806 in Montgomery Co., KY, leaving a will in which he mentioned sons William and another one (can't think of his name right now) and unnamed daughters. William's probable son was Charles Norris, who founded this settlement and who (according to a statement with an old-timer done in the 1830s by Lyman Draper) died from a wagon accident----the same as what your narrative says!Anyway, I've found James Jolliff in a list of Washington Co., PA, militia, in 1781. Before that, nothing. I suspect that he came West with a mother who had remarried. There was a Richard Jolliff of Essex County, New Jersey, who died as a soldier in 1759. Maybe this was his father.
If the narrative says any more about the generations between New Jersey and Kentucky, I (and a lot of other descendants) would be interested.