Norman Shepard Morton Family
Morton School name was derived from the family of Norman Shepard
S. Morton, was born in the town of Amhurst, Massachusetts on
12, 1808 to
John and Rebecca (Moody) Morton. Norman's mother was
educated and religious woman who taught Norman how to read
the Bible when he was eight. When he was nine, Norman and his
Amhurst and moved to Gorham, New York (Ontario County). At 17
New York for Ohio. On December 2, 1830 he registered land with
grant office in Wooster, Ohio arriving in the New London area
Shelby, Ohio on New Year's day 1830. On June 19, 1839 Norman
land grant property to Jacob Clark and purchased the land
the Morton School now stands.
arriving in the Shelby, Norman married Elizabeth Ann Gamble,
a child of
Hugh Gamble's (born 1789 and died 1880) second marriage (to Mary
marriage which took place sometime prior to 1815 and brought
forth two known children:
Ann and Hugh Gamble II. Mary died prior to 1823 and Hugh in 1823
married a third
to Mary Disbro and they had a family of seven children: Delia,
Lucy, Sarah Amanda,
Henry, Mary, Adelaide, and Katherine.
and Elizabeth Ann Gamble Morton were to have a family of six:
Eugene, John H., Norman, Salma, Caroline, Moses Lewis and William
Ann died September 6th 1841. On November 22nd, 1841
married his second wife, Ann Elizabeth Duling. To this second
were born 2 sons and 6 daughters: Orrilla "Rillie",
Matilda Angeline, Sarah Jane "Jennie", Harriet, and
was on the 16th day of November 1883 (according to documents
the Tax Department of Richland County, Mansfield, Ohio) that
Elizabeth Morton leased the land where the present day school
the Board of Education, Sharon Township, Richland County, Ohio.
School Board at that time was comprised of Samuel F. Ekis, William
Eugene Cattey, E.D. Beckingham, Jacob Molder and John Wirtz.
Morton died January 30, 1891. He was described by his friends,
and fellow citizens as honest, upright and kind. People said
him obliging and the kind of father who taught his children the
morals that had been instilled in him by his own parents. Norman
39 grandchildren and 20 great Grand Children the decedents of
populate the surrounding area and counties.
above Norman S. Morton Family history appears on the Shelby Genealogy
https://www.shelbyohiohistory.com and was supplied
Kim Butler Histed -
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