The Norcross Family Tree
Jonathan Norcross, 1734 to 1786
Martha Springer, 1744 to 1809
Jonathan Norcross, the fifth child of Philip Norcross, was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1735. He was the first Norcross settler in Maine.
He married in 1760 Martha Springer of Georgetown, now Bath, Maine. She was the
daughter of one of the prominent settlers of the town and a cousin of Lt. James Springer who was the
first Inn Holder of the town. In 1759 there were but 60 polls and about twelve dwellings in the
town, Springer's tavern being one of them. The Springer's owned a shipyard and were among the first
in the ship building business in Bath.
Jonathan Norcross was in military service in 1756, when he enlisted from Newton, Massachusetts in the expedition to Lake George in the French and Indian war. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War from Georgetown.
He had a large family of children; seven sons and six daughters all of whom lived to be married except one son who was drowned in the Kennebec River. The sons were enterprising much above the common standard, all of deep piety, but one. The daughters, described by a grandchild of Jonathan, were "fine looking, energetic, deeply pious (except one) and lovely in their lives. Abigail was a large finely formed woman of commanding presence, good intellect, and in her young days very witty and fascinating. Joanna, the mother of the one who sends this history, was a woman of retiring manners, beautiful in person, good intellect, of kind disposition ruling her family in the fear of God, and with indulgent firmness. Her memory, he writes, is a constant benediction to me."
Two of Martha's nephews, William and Moses, married nieces of Jonathan, Mary and Susan, daughters of Samuel Norcross of Gardiner, Maine who was the brother of Jonathan Norcross.
We have no record of Jonathan's death. His wife died in 1809 aged 65 years and was buried at Hallowell, Maine. The following was copied from the stone that marks her grave:
In Memory of
November 12, 1809, aged 65 years.
|Parents:||Jonathan Norcross||Philip Norcross|
|Sarah Jackson Norcross|
|Martha Springer Norcross||Jeremiah Springer|
|Hannah () Springer|
|Children:||Abigail Norcross Robinson||1761||unknown|
|Philip Norcross||25 Jul 1763||Lost at Sea|
|Sally Norcross Randall||1765||unknown|
|Susan Norcross Nye||1768||unknown|
|Nathaniel Norcross||12 Jul 1769||5 May 1843|
|Fanny Norcross Lane||1771||unknown|
|Joanna Norcross Hinckley||3 Jun 1773||20 June 1843|
|James Norcross||May 1776||10 Nov 1838|
|Jesse Norcross||1778||28 Apr 1831|
|Mary Norcross Frost||1781||unknown|
|Elijah Livermore Norcross||9 Mar 1781||24 Feb 1872|
Copyright 2004, Philip Norcross Gross
For more information please contact me at email@example.com. All this information is based on family stories, or documents listed in the References. Official documentation is not common except for recent generations (1850 or later) and may not necessarily be referenced herein.