I wish I knew who his parents were, but as it happens to be, I didn't even know a "Captain William Norvell" ever existed. However, it has occured to me to write to the owners of the...what was it? Otis-Norvell Hotel...or whatever, and see if perhaps they happen to have any more info. I'm currently working on taking up where my parents slacked off and stopped researching into the Norvell family history. I'm waiting to get what info they have, and then perhaps try to puzzle together all the information that others have on here. Lucky for me the Norvell family isn't a very big one, at least it isn't in present times. (I believe I read it was 0.07% of the world's population...or maybe it was United States pop. are Norvell's....random fact for you)
blah blah blah, I've said way more than a reply needed, so I'll stop here.