biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
PERRY NORTON, a prosperous and enterprising farmer and stock-raiser on section 3, Madison Township, is a native of Portage County, Ohio, where he was horn Nov. 24, 1824. His father, Ansell Norton, was a native of Connecticut, and a farmer by occupation. His mother, Lucy (Bostwick) Norton, was a native of New York. They were the parents of nine children, five of whom are yet living-Emily Andrews, Catherine Clark, Seth J., Louisa Whitney and Perry. Ansell Norton died in Portage County, Ohio, at the age of forty-three years. His widow remarried, her second husband being Daniel Clark, and died at the age of seventy-three years. The subject of this sketch, Perry Norton, is the youngest child of the family, and his years from childhood to manhood were spent upon the farm. In 1851 he was united in marriage with Margaret E. King, a native of Trumbull County, Ohio, and two years later they removed to Gallia County, Ohio, where Mr. Norton followed farming until 1864, then emigrated to Rock Island County, Ill., whence, in 1867, he came to Iowa, and settled upon his present farm of 240 acres, for which he paid a little over $3,000. By his marriage eight children have been both, one of whom, Lucy, died in infancy: Raymond F. resides at New Sharon; James H. left home at the age of twenty-three years, and not having been heard from for five years, is supposed to be deceased; Linda is the wife of A. F. Ault; the others are Herbert, D. C., Clarence M., John D. and Albert. Politically Mr. Norton is a Republican. The land upon which he settled was comparatively new ground at the time of his purchase, having only twenty-five acres broken, but since then he has brought it to a high state of cultivation, and all its improvements are of the very best character. He is engaged in mixed farming and stock-raising, in which he has attained considerable success, and is rated among the leading farmers of the county. He is a most honorable gentleman, of the strictest integrity, a careful manager of his business affairs, and a most desirable citizen in all respects, and enjoys the highest regard of a large circle of acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy