This is a quote from a letter written by my gg uncle, James B. Norris, in 1912 from Elmore, Alabama to my ggrandmother, Minnie Lee Rose Norris in answer to her inquiry about his family.He was 73 when this was written:
"...In regard to my Father Family I know verry little about them But I will tell you all I know.I think that he had 4 Brothers their names were John Harris Andrew and Singleton I think were the names of the Boys.My Fathers name was Alanson Blake Norris my GrandFathers name was Robbert Norris. I never did see any of them and I think there were 4 sisters there names were Jane and Nancy I have seen them the other two girls names were Hildy and Kissiah I think were all.I have seen Aunt Jane She married a man by the name of Joshua Smith. Aunt Nancy married Jacob Goodwin (my mothers Brother) and one married a man by the name of Maldin and Kissiah married Jubilee Chitwood.They all lived in South Carolina.Father left his People when he was eighteen years old and never visited them But once that I know of that was in 1846 Rode a fine Horse named Ball Hornett and lost his Pocket Book with two hundred Dollars in it.Borrowed $20.00 Dollars from his Father (my Grand Father) to Pay his way coming home he was gone about six weeks.My Mothers Peopleher Fathers name was Ephraim Goodwin his wifes name was SuSanna Shook (She was a Dutch girl) They lived in Cherokee Cty, Ala. I have seen them several times when I was small...."
And this from a letter written by Mary Norris Spigener, James B.'s sister.Written again to Minnie Lee Rose Norris in 1917 from her home in Arizona, Louisiana (near Athens, east of Shreveport):
"...I hardly know what to say to you, as I know nothing in reference to my ancestors.My Grandfather Goodwin came from Missouri, I believe grand father Norris from N.C. Buncomb Co I think.have no no family bible other than my fathers.he was born Oct 7, 1815, his name Alanson Blake.Esther Catherine Goodwin, his [wife] born April 20, 1819.Bro Dock was in the 4th Ala Regt. Col Bee commanding Hoods Div. Longsteets Cor L Company F or G.I dont remember which.he was in the 1st battle of Manassas until he surrendered under Lee at Appomattox C H at the end of the war.Bro's Jim and John was in thd 20 Ala Regt company F or G. Capt Shapherd, Colonel Pettus under Joseph E. Johnston was captured a the fall of Vicsburg, Surrendered in Georgia I think.John was killed in Vicksburg during the siege 1st of June 1863, so you see I dont know much about any of them...."
The reference to "Bro Dock" would be Melville Norris.I have good info on the Shook and Goodwin Families (Google Jacob Shook, Clyde NC).I know Alanson was born in SC.James B. said his grandfather was "Robbert".Mary says he was from NC, Buncombe County. That would put him in proximity with the Shooks and the Goodwins in adjacent Haywood County (They were devout Methodists, Jacob Shook and Francis Asbury being friends.The Goodwins were missionaries to Missouri, thus the birth of Esther Catherine in Missouri.Alanson Blake Norris was also a Methodist minister).
I have long been stuck on the assumption that this Norris clan originated from Abbeville or Pendleton Districts of SC.
I would appreciate any help anyone might give if the puzzle pieces above provide any information.Brad