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Husband:  Thomas NORRIS
Birth:  1812-14, OH
Death (æ 65):  1877-79, Denton Co., TX
Occupation:  farmer
Fraternal:  I.O.O.F.
Religion:  Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Marriage:  28 Sep 1838
Wife:  Eliza Ann STRAUBE
Birth:  12 Dec 1814, Springfield Twp., Franklin Co., IN
Death (æ 62):  8 Feb 1877, Audrain Co., MO
Religion:  Missionary Baptist Church
Other Spouse:  m1. 6 Sep 1833, Franklin Co., IN, Isaac SMALLEY
Father:  Christian STRAUBE
Mother:  Mary "Polly" MILLER
born in Cuivre Twp., Audrain Co., MO:
1.  Letta NORRIS, b. 1839
2.  C. Josephus NORRIS, b. 1841/2
3.  Nancy NORRIS, b. 1843/4
4.  John Milton NORRIS, b. Aug 1849 or Nov 1850; m. 6 May 1874, Wellsville, MO, Eliza A. BAXTER
5.  Mary NORRIS, b. 1854/5
Others in the Household:
born in Ohio:
.  Alexander NORRIS, b. 1856/7

born in Virginia:
.  Mary C. BRADWELL, b. 1830/1

born in Missouri:
.  Eliza HENDERSON, b. 1855/6
.  Joseph HENDERSON, b. 1860/1
.  Nancy HENDERSON, b. 1862/3


1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3-4 of 4; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 MO Audrain Co. Cuivre Twp. Roll M704_220 pp. 8B-9A Ln. 1 Thomas Norris 100 010 - 100 010 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = Christian (b. 1835/6)
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = Thomas (b. 1812-14)
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = Letta (b. 1839)
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Eliza (b. 1813/4)
1 person employed in agriculture
Listed one line above Eliza's father, Christian STRAUBE.

3.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #60 of 74):  District No. 4, Audrain Co., MO, p. 183A, 395/417, enumerated 12 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Thomas Norris 28 M   Farmer 500 O
Eliza    " 36 F       Ia
Christian Smauly 14 M       Ia
Letta Norris 11 F       Mo
Jospus   "  8 M       Mo
Nancy    "  6 F       Mo
John M   " 9/12 M       Mo
Mary C Bradwell 19 F       Va
Thomas's age is surely wrong (see 1840 and 1860) and is more likely 38 than 28.  Listed next to Eliza's sister, Rebecca (STRAUBE) SOX, who is listed next to their parents, Christian & Mary (MILLER) STRAUBE.

4.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #10 of 26):  Hickory Creek P.O., Cuivre Twp., Audrain Co., MO, Roll 606 (Book 1), p. 762, PN 20, 134/142, enumerated 12 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Thomas Norris 46 M   Farmer 2346 884 Ohio
Eliza     " 45 F         Ind
Christian " 20 M         Va
Josephus  " 18 M         Mo
Nancy     " 16 F         Mo
John      " 12 M         Mo
Mary      "  5 F         Mo
Alexander "  3 M         Ohio
Christian SMALLEY-NORRIS is Eliza's child from her prior marriage; he was born in Indiana, not Virginia.  Who is Alexander? A nephew? He either died or went back where he came from by the 1870 census.

5.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #42 of 62):  Danville P.O., Upper Loutre Twp., Montgomery Co., MO, Roll 794 (Book 1), p. 125B, PN 42, 297/298, enumerated 26 Sep 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Norris Thomas 57 M W Vineyard     Ohio
______ Eliza 57 F W Keeping House     Indiana
______ John 20 M W       Missouri
______ Mary 15 F W       Missouri
Henderson Eliza 14 F W       Missouri
_________ Joseph  9 M W       Missouri
_________ Nancy  7 F W       Missouri

6.  Anon.  1889.  History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas.  Goodspeed Publ. Co., Chicago.  On p. 875:
John Milton Norris, druggist, of Cherokee City, Ark., was born in Audrain County, Mo., in November, 1850, and there resided until sixteen years of age, when he went to Montgomery County, Mo., with his parents, and was there reared to manhood.  He learned the plasterer's trade and was a successful contractor in that business for a number of years, but was obliged to give it up after a time owing to the failure of his health.  From 1877 to 1878 he was engaged in the livery business in Wellsville, Mo., and from the latter date until 1879 he was a druggist of Edgerton, Kas.  From that time until 1886 he was engaged in various occupations in Missouri, Indian Territory, Texas, and Kansas, meeting with varying success, and at the latter date located in Cherokee City, Ark., where he has been engaged in selling drugs.  He also has a farm near the town and, although he is a comparatively young man, his business ventures have been in the main successful.  He owns a good farm in Kansas and also some town property in that State.

May 6, 1874, he was married in Wellsville, Mo., to Miss Eliza A. Baxter of Iowa, and their union has been blessed in the birth of the following children: Thomas Harvey, James Monroe, Dellie Callie and one deceased.  Mr. Norris was educated in the common schools and the Warrenton College (Missouri) and is a young man well versed in the various topies of the day. He is a son of Thomas and Eliza Ann (Straub) Norris, who were born in Ohio and Kentucky, respectively.  The father was a successful farmer, a member of the I.O.O.F. and belonged to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  Owing to ill treatment during the war, his health became very much broken, and he was taken by his son, John Milton, to Southern California where he was kept three years.  His health greatly improved, and he then returned home.  He died in Denton County, Tex., at the age of sixty-five years.  His wife died at the age of sixty-two years, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.  Their son, Maj. C.J. NORRIS, died of measles after his return from the army.  He was in seventeen hotly contested battles, but was never wounded nor taken prisoner.

Based on the 1850 census, John Milton was born in August, 1849 before the enumeration of the 1850 census, not after it.  Eliza Ann (STRAUB) NORRIS was born in Indiana, not Kentucky.

7.  Straube Family Footprints, by Patricia Summers-Smith.

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