Samuel Bassett Norton Sr.

Samuel Bassett Norton Sr.

Edgartown, Dukes County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 29 Aug 1874 (aged 84)
Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois, USA
Burial Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section C by the river, shares monument with his 2nd spouse Mary
Memorial ID 117817706 View Source

His children's Death Certificates
Vital Records: Strong, Franklin Co, Maine
Vital Records: Farmington, Franklin Co, Maine
Book: History of Martha's Vineyard, MA, by Banks 1911
Book: History of Industry, Franklin Co, Maine, by Hatch 1893
Book: Town of Farmington 1794-1994, by Porter 1994
Farmington, Maine, Marriage Index
Pontiac Public Library

Pontiac Sentinel
Pontiac, Livingston Co, Illinois
Thursday, September 3, 1874
page 3 col. 3


In the death, at the advanced age of almost 85 years,
on Sunday night last, of Hon. Samuel B. Norton, for
some years a resident of this county, and for three
years past of this place, Pontiac has lost the most aged
of the few remaining citizens who connect this age and
generation with the former century. Born on the 20th
of October, 1789, he saw the first year of President
Washington’s administration, his life being thus, with
the exception of a few months, coextensive with the life
of the United States under its present form of Govern-
ment. He arrived at his majority during the heated
political term proceeding the war of 1812, in which he
took a most lively interest and saw service in the field.
This early education so impressed him that he never failed to the last year of his life, to take a great interest
in the politics of this country. Especially was this true
during the late rebellion. No young and ardent man
could have been more alive to the importance of that
struggle than he was. He voted first for James Madi-
son for President, and it was his boast to the last that
he never lost a Presidential vote, and but very rarely
let an election pass without this vote.

He was born in Edgarton, Mass., but most of his life
was spent at Farmington, Maine, following his children
to this county in 1861. A man of strong constitution,
and of most decided convictions, he was honored and
respected by all who knew him. He served in the
Maine Legislature in 39 or 40. In later years, since we
have known him here, though weighted down with
more than four score years, his genial nature showed
itself in interesting, pleasant conversation, while his
fervent religious turn of mind, and rich Christian expe-
rience, gave such a zest and pleasure to his life that it
was a real pleasure to enjoy his society.

He was the father of thirteen children, eight of whom survive him, all but one of whom was living near him,
and was in attendance upon his funeral, while a large
number of grand children attest to the worthy, noble
character of the patriarch. His end was peace. In
three weeks sickness, sometimes painful, never brought
a murmur from his peaceful mind. Retaining his con-
sciousness almost to the very last, he neither complained
of his long waiting or his approaching death. A good
man, ripe in years, rich in the love, honor, and esteem
of his children and his neighbors, passed away from
this earth when Samuel B. Norton entered into a glo-
rious immortality. K.



Aug. 29, 1874

Gravesite Details

The top of the monument is broken off and the lettering is getting harder to read.

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