Peter & Joshua Norris, brothers, 3rd US Colored Troop, Civil War
LOOKING FOR DESCENDANTS of these soldiers!
Research is being gathered about Waverly, Pa's fugitive-slave population and black Civil War soldiers.
Joshua Norris, 3rd US Colored Troop, Co. C, injured his back when thrown by a shell explosion late Nov 1863 at Ft. Wagner, SC.His muster-in papers of July 3, 1863, list him as age 18, a farmer, free-born in Luzerne,Co., PA.He was one of seven free-born children of Lott and Mary A. Norris, his parents born into slavery in MD and among Waverly, PA's first Underground RR settlers. His siblings, accord'g to census info were: Peter, Anna, Martha, Susan, Richard, and Mary C.Joshua's 1912 pension declaration called him "an itinerant minister of the Gospel from the year 1880 to the present time," stationed across PA and WV.Married Melvina Wells of Waverly in 1867.After she died in 1901, he wed Isabella (Belle) Alexander on Apr 8, 1914, in Titusville, Pa.He died Jan. 31, 1923, burial place unknown at present.
Peter Norris/Morris (the older brother of Joshua above) (3rd US Colored Troop, Co. D) - Peter herniated his abdomen hauling a cannon across a beach in combat late Nov 1863 at Ft. Wagner, SC.His muster-in papers of July 4, 1863, list him as a laborer, free-born in Pottsville, PA.According to the 1860 Waverly, PA census, he was born in 1843.Records frequently list Peter's surname as Morris.He died Jan 16, 1909; burial place unknown.The widow claim of Jane Morris (nee Williams, b. in 1842 in NY) filed Feb. 15, 1909, when she was 66, says they wed in Waverly but moved to Montrose, PA after the war.
IF YOU ARE A DESCENDANT OF THESE NORRIS BROTHERS, and can provide personal and/or family information about them, please send the info you have to Jim Remsen at:
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