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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 8a by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GEORGE C. NORTON, merchant, was born in Lawrenceville, Ga., September 15, 1836, and is a son of Reuben and Ruth M. (Smith) Norton, of English extraction, and natives of Vermont and Massachusetts. The former immigrated to Georgia about the year 1825, and located in Lawrenceville, where he followed merchandizing, removing to Rome, Ga., in 1847, where he still lives. The subject received an academic education at Rome, Ga., an after leaving school entered his father’s store. When the civil war broke out in 1861 he enlisted in the Eighth Georgia Infantry, commanded by Col. Francis S. Bartow, who was killed at Bull Run. He served on the staff (with rank of captain) of Generals Anderson, Hood and Longstreet, and was in the field until the closing scene at Appomattox. He came to Louisville in September, 1865, and as a salesman entered the dry goods house of J. M. Robinson & Co., now one of the largest in the South. In 1870 he became a partner in the house, which does business annually amounting to two million dollars, all through the South. .Mr. Norton is a director in the Board of Trade, and a trustee of Bellewood Female Seminary at Anchorage. He was married in 1863 to Miss Mary a Billups, of Rome, Ga. They had one child, Charles B., who died in 1873. In 1879 Mr. Norton was married to Miss Jessie Swope, a daughter of B. L. Swope, of Louisville. They have five children.

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This family biography is one of 195 biographies included in the Jefferson County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 8a published in 1888 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 8a

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