The Norcross Family Tree
James Atkinson Norcross, 1830 to 1903
Mary Ellen Pinkham, 1835 to 1914
James A. Norcross was born in Winslow, Maine on 24 March, 1830.
James married early in life at the age of twenty-one, his wife being Mary Ellen Pinkham of Peabody, Massachusetts eminently well filled for her share in the sacred contract. Nine children have blessed their union.
Mr. Norcross took a live interest in the affairs of the day and is, as his brother,
a strict and consistent friend of temperance. He was a member of the City Council in 1877.
At an early age, however, by the death of the father (James was the second child, oldest son, and 20 years old), the family was left dependent upon their own resources, and for a time the family was thrown upon the exertions of the oldest of these brothers, James Atkinson.
Through early self-dependence, the brothers James and Orlando found their way to the
calling of carpenters and builders, perusing their trade in the eastern part of this state, starting
business together in Swampscott, Massachusetts in 1864, the association and its offerings at first
affording nothing more than ordinary promise. But the beginnings of success were not far distant for
in 1866 the Norcross Brothers were
given the contract for building the Congregational Church at Leicester, Massachusetts, an
undertaking of most modest proportions in the test of their later business, yet it seems to have
proven the golden key of success and the Norcross Brothers still cherish with warmest remembrance
the kindness and aid of Leicester friends who gave them their first strong assistance on the way to
fortune. Worcester has begun a marked stage of improvements and the Norcross Brothers have found
their opportunity. The Norcross
Brothers story became significant as they established a revolution in the building contracting
business in the sixty years between 1864 and 1924.
|Parents:||James Atkinson Norcross||Jesse Springer Norcross|
|Margaret Ann Whitney Norcross|
|Mary Ellen Pinkham||Hicks Pinkham|
|Mary B. () Pinkham|
|Children:||Julia Ellen Norcross||14 Oct 1851||unknown|
|James Ephraim Norcross||3 Apr 1854||15 Aug 1855|
|James Franklin Norcross||8 Jan 1856||1926|
|Arthur Warren Norcross||27 Jul 1861||unknown|
|Rosa Minerva Norcross||2 Jun 1863||5 Apr 1877|
|William Ephraim Norcross||11 May 1866||unknown|
|Mary Elizabeth Norcross||31 Oct 1868||unknown|
|Florence A. Norcross||1 Feb 1871||9 Jul 1871|
|Jesse Orlando Norcross||1 Dec 1875||unknown|
Copyright 2004, Philip Norcross Gross
For more information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.