My ancestress is Francenia Eliza Norris (married name Wells) found in New York City, NY City.I do not have a Census with her on it, rather I have a 1900 Census with her children where they state their mother was from South Carolina.
Francenia had already died when this Census was made. I know from letters written about 1882 from the sister of Francenia Norris' husband that Francenia had a sister Josephine, called Josey and a brother of unknown age.
I think Josey is about 17-20 though as she is friends with Francenia's husband Joshua Wells, sister Lillian. Francenia's father and mother are also living in NY City because from the letters found written by Lillian and her brother Joshua Wells. Francenia's parents are a big help to the little family when Lillian, the sister of Joshua Wells, falls fatally ill.The letters span a few months and then Lillian dies of heart failure.
I have been trying to find Francenia Norris' family.My only clues are the SC birth place.A possible birth for Francenia of about 1848-1853 in SC guessed from the births of her children the oldest that I can find is my ancestor William ArthurWells born 1872 in NYC.
The name Arthur is from the Wells family, the William seems very likely to be from the Norris family as there are NO William's that I can find in the Wells family even back into England.This makes me feel that Francenia's father may have been William Norris.
And I feel her brother may have been either Chester or Lewis Norris as neither of those names are Wells family names either.
In fact, viewing the family names known from both families it appears that one of the first names is from each family on each child in Mary (Wells) Francenia (Norris), Emily (could be Wells as there was a nickname of Emma) Josephine (probably Francinia's sister, so Norris), Janette (Wells) Eliza (from Francenia herself), Lillian (Wells) No Adalaide's in the Wells family, Chester, none in the Wells family but then middle name Joshua after the father Wells, Louis Norris both names probably Norris family and obviously Francenia Norris both after the Norris family.
Francenia Norris and Joshua Rands Wells children are: William Arthur Wells, born 1872 Mary Francenia Wells born 1876 Emily Josephine Wells born 1877 Janett Eliza Wells born 1879 Lillian Adalaide Wells born 1881 Chester Joshua Wells born 1884 Louis Norris Wells born 1886 Francenia Norris Wells 1887
From the names known I think that Francenia's father's name might have been William Norris.And I believe that the names Chester, Louis, Mary Eliza, Adalaide and Josephine were definately Norris family names.
I wonder if anyone has any more information on the descendants of the William and Eliza Norris mentioned at the Long Cane Massacre site for I am wondering if my Ancestress' father could have been the son or grandson of someone in that SC family. Would appreciate any leads you can give me to that Long Cane area for the name Norris.Thanks, Kathy