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Nathan William Norton
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Birth: Oct. 15, 1850
Death: Mar. 6, 1912

Obit:JUDGE NORTON PASSES AWAY=Again the icy hand of the Death Angel has fallen heavily upon Forrest City, and once again a bereaved widow and children, mourn the absence of one whose voice is forever stilled. The news of the death of Judge Nathan William Norton Wednesday night, Mar.6,1912, after an illness of only two weeks from an attack of uremic poisoning. came as a surprise to the people of the city, but when it became generally known the expressions of grief and sympathy for the bereaved family were general deep and sincere. Judge Norton was a learned, scholarly man, a jurist of great renown, and a man whose death causes a vacancy that is hard to fill, not alone to the people of his home town, who knew and loved him so well, but throughout the state at large, he was widely known, and as highly esteemed. He was the senior member to fhe law firm of Norton & Hughes, of this city, and a former President of the State Bar Association. Judge Norton was born on Oct.15,1850 in Blue Lick Springs, Kentucky, and was a son of William and Rebecca (Kennedy) Norton, who came to Kentucky from Virginia at an early day. He was educated in the schools at Oxford, Ohio, and in addition to this added a wealth of information and knowledge from reading, close study and observation. He came to Cross county in 1869, and began his business career by teaching school, he later held the position of deputy clerk of that county, followed by bookkeeping. He resided in Cross county from the time he was nineteen years of age, until 1885, representing that county in the legislature that year, and soon after came to Forrest City, where he has since resided continuously. He married Miss Carrie V. Roleson, of Cross county, on Nov.13,1879, and she and three sons, and a daughter survive. Two of the sons, Messrs.Charles William and Edward Roleson are in business in Benton, and another son, Mr.Nathan Britton, and a daughter, Miss Virgnia Norton, reside in this city. He had at various times filled the bench of both the Circuit and Supreme Court, as special judge, and was prominently mentioned as a candidate for election to the associate justice of the supreme court, and at a later day as a candidate of the Democratic nomination for gubernatorial office. He was also a Vice President of the Bank of Eastern Arkansas and financially interested in other ventures in the city. The funeral proceeded from the family residence to the Forrest City cemetery, where interment was had, Rev.Geo.H.Kirker of the Presbyterian church presiding at graveside services. The pallbearers were:W.W.Campbell, Louis McDaniel, H.A.Knight, Eugene Williams, W.P.Gorman, and John Grobymer. Honorary Pallbearers were:Walter Gorman, S.H.Mann, W.W.Hughes, Chas.Lewis, E.A.Rolfe, Jas.Fussell, T.O.Fitzpatrick, and T.C.Merwin. Forrest City Times Newspaper Mar.8,1912

The Forrest City Times' Art Souvenir-1905-Page 93:Judge Nathan W.Norton is one of the most prominent lawyers in Eastern Arkansas. He enjoys an extensive and a very large and lucrative practice. The subject of this sketch was born October 15,1850, near Lick Springs, Kentucky, and is a son of William and Rebecca (Kennedy) Norton, who came from Virginia to Kentucky at an early day. Nathan W.Norton was educated in the schools of Oxford, Ohio, and he has added a wealth of information by close reading and study. He came to Cross County, Arkansas, in 1869, and began his business career by teaching school, afterward holding a position of Deputy Clerk of Cross County, and following with book-keeping. He resided in Cross County from the time he was eighteen years of age until 1885, representing that County in the legislature that year, and soon after came to Forrest City, where he has since resided. Judge Nathan W.Norton was married to Miss Carrie V. Roleson, of Cross County, on November 13,1879, and four children, all now living have blessed their union. Judge Norton is interested in the Bank of Eastern Arkansas, of which he is Vice-President.

Goodspeed Biography:
Nathan W. Norton, attorney at law Forrest City, Ark., was born in the state of Kentucky October 15 1850. His father William Norton was a farmer and Nathan's boyhood was spent on the farm. His general education was acquired in the public schools of Oxford O. When he was about nineteen years of age he came to Arkansas, and for the next three years was engaged in teaching school. He was then appointed deputy clerk of Cross county, after which he was employed some time as a bookkeeper. During this time he devoted his leisure hours to the study of law, and in 1881, he was admitted to the bar Mr. Norton has never been especially active in politics preferring to devote his time to his profession and his constantly increasing clientage. Notwithstanding this disposition on his part he was elected to the legislature in 1885. His practice is of a general nature and extends over all the eastern part of the state and appellate courts. Mr. Norton married Miss Carrie V, Roleson, a daughter of Britton Roleson, who came to Arkansas from Kentucky about 1860. To Mr. and Mrs. Norton, there have been born four children Edward R., Nathan B., Charles W. and Virginia R.
Family links: 
  William Norton (1812 - 1898)
  Carrie V. Roleson Norton (1856 - 1941)
  Charles Williams Norton (1892 - 1970)*
  Virginia K Copping Norton Kemp (1895 - 1957)*
*Calculated relationship
Photo May 2006
Note: Source:Kathleen Bell-St.Francis Co.Cemetery Records
Forrest City Cemetery (Original City Cemetery)
Forrest City
St. Francis County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Paul V. Isbell
Record added: Aug 13, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15336121
Nathan William Norton
Added by: Paul V. Isbell
Nathan William Norton
Added by: Paul V. Isbell
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