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Patrick J. Norton
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1855
County Galway, Ireland
Death: Oct. 9, 1905
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA

Patrick J. Norton (1855-1905) was born on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1855 in County Galway, Ireland. He migrated from Ireland to Boston, Massachusetts, United States in 1880 or 1881. He was naturalized in 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts then moved to Jersey City, New Jersey around 1890 where he worked as a day laborer on the railroad. He died of septicemia in 1905 at the age of 50. The railroad then gave a job to his son. (b. Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1855; County Galway, Ireland - d. October 9, 1905; Saint Francis Hospital, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA)

Name:
He is named after Saint Patrick, because he was born on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1855.

Parents:
Michael Norton (c1830-?) and Bridget Mulligan (c1830-?).

Birth:
Patrick was born on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1855 in County Galway, Ireland. The exact town where he was born is not known, but it may be able to be determined once the Ireland parish records are searchable online.

Siblings:
His siblings include: Matthew Norton (c1860-?) who is only known through witnessing Pat's marriage and being the godfather to Thomas Patrick Norton I (1891-1968); and John Norton (1861-1905).

Migration:
The city in County Galway of Patrick's birth has not yet been determined. He migrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1880 and was joined by his brother, John Norton, in 1882.

Naturalization:
Patrick became a US citizen on November 23, 1888, while in Boston, where he was working as a laborer. A photocopy of his naturalization certificate was found with the family papers.

Jersey City, New Jersey:
Patrick and John moved to Jersey City, New Jersey just before 1890.

Railroad:
Patrick worked for the railroad in Hoboken as a fireman. The railroad fireman would add coal to the fire to make the steam that drove the engine. This work may have helped his son get a job at the railroad when Patrick died in 1905.

Marriage:
Patrick married Sarah Jane Carr (1863-1950) of Hollygrove, Ireland on April 13, 1890 at Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church at 14 Greenville Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was 32 years old. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Carr I (c1840-bef1901) and Bridget Conboy (1841-aft1901). Patrick was living at 12 Bright Street in Jersey City at the time of his marriage. Living with him was his brother, Matthew Norton. In the marriage records of the church their names were latinized as: "Patricum Norton" and "Saram Carr".

Children:
Patrick and Sarah had five children and three lived to adulthood: Thomas Patrick Norton I (1891-1968) who worked for the railroad and married Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949) and after she died he married her half-sister Josephine (May) Veronica Burke (1907-1995); James Joseph Norton I (1892-1961) who married Helen (Eenie) Marie Maher (1895-1974); Katherine (Kate) Norton (1894-1942) who married James Patrick Langan I (1889-1975) and died young under unusual circumstances; Sarah Francis Norton (1896) who died as an infant; and Mary Norton (1898) who died as an infant.

Death:
In the year 1900 the family was living at 101 Bright Street in Jersey City. Patrick died in 1905 when living at 554 Grove Street. The cause of death was "pyonephritic septicemia". Four months earlier, his brother, John Norton (1861-1905), had died. Patrick was 50 years, 6 months, and 22 days old.

Funeral notice:
His funeral notice was in the Evening Journal of Jersey City on Tuesday, October 10, 1905 and reads as follows: "Norton - On Monday, Oct. 9, 1905, Patrick, beloved husband of Sarah Norton. Relatives and friends are requested to attend his funeral from his late residence, 554 Grove Street, on Wednesday at 9 a.m.; thence to St. Lucy's Church, where a high mass of requiem will be offered."

Burial:
Patrick was buried in Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City. In the same plot are his two children that died as infants. Also in the cemetery plot is his brother John Norton (1861-1905).

Widow:
His wife, Sarah, lived until the year 1950 and always dressed in black, as a widow, since she never remarried. Sarah bought two brand-new two-family houses in the 1920s with money that she said came from Pat's death. The source of the money has always been a mystery. It is not known if he had an insurance policy, but it is doubtful.

Archive:
No identified picture of Patrick is known to exist. A photocopy of his naturalization certificate survived in the family archive and was last with Kenneth Norton in Florida.

Relationship:
Patrick J. Norton (1856-1905) was the great-grandfather of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).

Research:
Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on June 29, 2003. Updated on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2011 more information in the lede. Updated on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2014 with his birth date from his naturalization certificate and the calculation of his age.


 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Michael Norton (1825 - ____)
  Bridgett Mulligan Norton (1825 - ____)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Jane Carr Norton (1863 - 1950)
 
 Children:
  Thomas Patrick Norton (1891 - 1968)*
  James Joseph Norton (1892 - 1961)*
  Katherine Mary Norton Langan (1894 - 1942)*
  Sarah Francis Norton (1895 - 1896)*
  Mary Norton (1898 - 1898)*
 
 Siblings:
  James T. Norton (1849 - 1898)*
  Catherine A. Norton Murphy (1851 - 1913)*
  Patrick J. Norton (1855 - 1905)
  John Norton (1861 - 1905)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Holy Name Cemetery
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Grave 16, Section H, Block G
 
Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1...
Record added: Jun 29, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7638353
Patrick J. Norton
Added by: Ron Meyers
 
Patrick J. Norton
Added by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
 
Patrick J. Norton
Added by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
 
 
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REST IN PEACE
- C
 Added: Jan. 21, 2007
Rest in Peace.
- Kathy L. (JENNINGS) Troxell
 Added: Feb. 13, 2004
Thou didst walk through the Sea with thine Horses,through the Heap of great Waters.-Habakkuk 3:15 God Bless
- Tim Troxell
 Added: Feb. 13, 2004
 
 
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