Norton, M


I have not been able to identify M Norton in online records. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


  • 1857 Loughborough
  • 1858 disappears


W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • Thank you for the enormous amount of work that you have put into the My Primitive Methodists site. I have found so much information that is useful in my family research. James Norton (1819-1893) is my ggg uncle.

    I think Matthew Norton (1826-1912), who is my gg gfather, and M. Norton who was in Loughborough in 1857, could be the same person.

    Matthew and Selina’s oldest child was Anne Selina Norton, b. 1855, in Belper. This fits with Matthew’s Circuit in 1854.

    2nd child was Gertrude Emily Norton, b. in Loughborough, 1857. This fits with M. Norton’s Circuit in 1857.

    The daughters appear in the 1871 census in Brighton, at St Mary’s Hall. Their ages and birth places are listed. These dates agree with FreeBMD .

    Matthew Norton kept a diary and a transcript of the years 1864-1869 and 1911-1912 is held by the Corey Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Unfortunately, the intervening years are missing.

    H.M. Matthews, the Diocesan secretary who transcribed the diary in 1961, included a short essay on Norton’s life. In the first paragraph he states that they “had sailed in ‘Oaklands’ from Gravesend on 30th December 1859…” , the date he ‘disappeared’

    Norton has two entries where he mentions the need to save in order to send the children back to England to be educated. In Feb 1869 he writes that ‘My wife and three of my children are gone to England’ .

    I hope this information will be helpful.

    Kind regards


    By Anne Hyam (25/07/2021)

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