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|G.Photographer||RE: Re;Re: Noah Norton|
While I don't know anything about the family, I've done some quick checking and confirmed that Ida May Webster was not the daughter of Noah Norton. She was actually the daughter of Noah Norton Webster, who was the grandson of Noah Norton. I was able to locate this newspaper article in the Google news archive which explains the family link and has quite a lot of info on Norton himself that you may be interested in. I was also able to locate Ida May's obituary and have posted it onto her findagrave page.
As for a next step, I would suggest trying the Berkeley Historical Society. If the Webster's were prominent in Berkeley, it is possible they may have some info regarding Noah Norton as well. It might also be worthwhile to look into the family's connection to Adrian, Michigan.
I hope that this information is of some help to your research.
"Noah Webster to celebrate 81st Birthday
Noah Webster, Civil War veteran and one of the earliest residents of the city, will celebrate his eighty-first birthday anniversary tomorrow at his home, 2500 Webster street.
Webster will celebrate the fifty-sixth anniversary of his arrival in Berkeley May 14. He left his home in Michigan, April 16, 1866, coming west by the way of New York and the Isthmus of Panama, spending two days less than a month on the way. Oakland was only a small place when he came, the business district being confined between the waterfront and Seventh street. He purchased one of the first houses erected in Berkeley, which was located where the Ellsworth line now crosses Webster street. The first house is still standing, but a larger home was erected for the family nearby, where they still live. Webster street was named for Webster.
Webster served three years in the Civil War with Company F, Fourth Michigan and Company C, First Michigan.
He was a member of Lookout Mountain Post No. 88, G. A. R., of this city, but later when spending a year in Sacramento, he joined Sumner Post No. 3, G. A. R., of that city, which included in its membership several men from his regiment in the army.
Webster's father and three brothers also served in the Civil War. Webster's grandfather, Noah Norton, who died in this city at Webster's home in 1874, served in the war of 1812. Norton had an eventful life. He was the first settler in the town of Adrian, Mich., and besides serving in the war of 1812, traveled extensively in his younger days gathering specimens for a museum in Pensacola, Florida. He later established a museum of his own in Adrian. He joined the gold seekers in 1850 and crossed the plains. Discovering a prospect of gold while crossing the desert, he returned with a party of men after reaching Los Angeles to work the prospect. While in their mines Indians stole all of their provisions with the exception of a small amount of flour.
The men of the party almost perished from hunger before they could cross the desert and reach supplies.
Discovers Coal Mines.
Norton discovered the famous Black Diamond coal mines in Contra Costa county and was their owner. The town of Nortonville was named for him. He later lost his fortune and spent his last days with his grandson in this city.
Webster's only son, Norton Alfred Webster, who served in the Philippines during the Spanish war, was later killed in a mine at Cripple Creek, Colo. In memory of his son, Webster presented to the city of Adrian, Mich., the old family estate of his father, to be used as a city park.
Webster has one daughter, Mrs. Ida May Dunaken, who lives here. Webster's wife is living and a little family reunion is planned for tomorrow in honor of the birthday anniversary.
Webster has two brothers, Charles and Edgar Webster. The latter frequently visits here. He has traveled for many years and has visited every country in the world which has a flag."
-Published in the Berkeley Daily Gazette, 22 February 1922.
|G.Photographer||RE: Noah Norton|
Unfortunately I do not know who may have a photo of Noah. The only place I can think of off the top of my head would be to try contacting the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve.
|Anita D.||Josephine Tarwater|
Thank you for the information about Josephine's headstone. Please contact me through my email address-
Added by Anita D. on Mar 29, 2011 8:57 AM
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