Don, Is this the same Nicholas Yorton who came from Madison County, NY, purchasing a Land Patent in 1837?
Do you know if his marriages were in NY or in MI, and do you know names of any children?
I have an Elizabeth Yorton Buyea, whose father we believe was Paul Yorton, all in the Madison Co, NY area.She moved to Shiawassee County, MI in the mid 1800's. There is speculation that Paul's father was a Nicholas Yorton, however I don't believe they are the same Nicholas if yours lived until 1880 - since Paul was born in 1792, that would mean Nicholas lived to be over 100!I suspect that Nicholas is related somehow, though I'm not sure how - perhaps he is a cousin of Paul's?I'd be interested in any information you have, and would like to be able to take this family back further in New York, or wherever they may have been prior to that.
Check the "Yerton" board at FamilyHistory.com for a message from Beth Johnston, dated 6/5/01 - she gives some info I've not heard before, and I'd be interested in your thoughts on it.