Tom, I just now found your message. Someone else had told me about the Natchez Jail bit. I spent a good deal of time in the MS Archives trying to find this record. Apparently there is no record to be found in the Archives; however, perhaps a record could be found in Natchez. Probably many records were destroyed during the Civil War. Since my posting about John H Norton who moved over to Tippah County I have learned that he is not the John of John and Jane. I don't know where your John came from. John H Norton who married Polly Leatherwood and moved to Tippah, MS is a descendant of Messer Norton 1750-1799. Is there a record of the Jane White/John Norton marriage? I seem to recall there were three John Nortons in or around Lincoln County, TN around 1820.