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Patrick J. Norton

County Galway, Ireland
Death 9 Oct 1905 (aged 50)
Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Grave 16, Section H, Block G
Memorial ID 7638353 · View Source
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Patrick J. Norton (1855-1905) was born on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1855 in County Galway, Ireland. He was a migrant from County Galway, 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 or County Roscommon, Ireland - d. October 9, 1905; Saint Francis Hospital, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA)

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

Michael Norton (c1830-?) and Bridget Mulligan (c1830-?). Their names come from his marriage certificate, they were not listed on his death certificate. They were listed on the death certificate of his brother, John Norton.

Patrick was born on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1855 in County Galway, Ireland. County Galway comes from his naturalization papers, a copy was with the family papers. 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. In the 1900 US census he used "March 1858".

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), John Norton (1861-1905) who lived with him in Jersey City, New Jersey, James T. Norton (1849-1898) who was found in the death index in Boston, and Catherine A. Norton (1851-1913) Murphy of Boston.

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.

Patrick became a United States 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.

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.

Patrick married Sarah Jane Carr (1863-1950) of Hollygrove, County Galway, 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".

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.

Fist fight:
Jersey Journal on Tuesday, May 19, 1891: "Trying to Refresh Conboy's Memory. John Norton and Patrick Norton, of 103 Bright Street, had a bloody row with T. C. Conboy, of 292 Warren Street, last night. Officer Pendergast locked up all hands. When Police Justice O'Donnell today asked Conboy, the underdog In the fight, for the particulars concerning the row, Conboy tried to dodge the issue by claiming that his disfigured face was the result of a fall. The court thereupon committed the whole crowd to await examination to-morrow morning. By that time the justice thinks Conboy's memory will have been somewhat refreshed." Note: T. C. Conboy is most likely a relative of Sarah Carr, the wife of Patrick Norton.

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."

Patrick was buried in Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City on October 10, 1905 in Blk-G Sec-H Gr-16 1C. In the same plot are his two children that died as infants. Also in the cemetery plot is his brother John Norton (1861-1905).

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.

A photocopy of his naturalization certificate survived in the family archive and was last with Kenneth Norton in Florida. At the death of James Joseph Norton II in 2011, a tintype photograph believed to be Patrick was found and is now archived with Richard Arthur Norton.

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

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. Updated on April 10, 2015 with his burial information. Update on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2017 with information about the 1891 fight.


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