Friday, June 4, 2010

Sarah Virginia (Gamble) Norris

Birth:    December 1857

Died:     July 11, 1943
             McDonough County. Illinois

The presence of this grave is documented in Duane Lester's, "Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois, Volume II, Bethel-Industry." Lester notes that the stone bore only the name "Sarah Norris"--no date or other inscription was observed. I was not able to locate the stone in November 2007, likely due to general poor condition and advancing deterioration of this cemetery.

Sarah Virginia (Gamble) Norris was a long-time resident of Bethel Township, McDonough County, Illinois. After her husband's death she lived with son, Ora, and family in Tennessee Township, McDonough Co.

Sarah Gamble married James Elwood, "a.k.a. Alexander" Norris, July 10, 1876, in McDonough County. (His name switches between Alexander and James E. in alternating census records; his marriage license used the name Alexander. His year of birth remains consistent throughout the documents examined.) He was born in North Carolina in April 1855, and died March 11, 1930 in Bethel Township; [I learned in Dec. 2012 from descendents of this couple] that he is also interred in this cemetery.

They spent most of their marriage in Bethel Township, where her husband and her parents (Thomas.H. and Jane Anne "Annie" Gamble) were engaged in farming.

All of the Norris' children were born in Illinois with the exception of Ray Edgar, who was born Nov 1886 in Memphis, Missouri. The 1910 census documents that nine children were born to the couple, eight of whom were then living. Children who can be documented for this couple through three decades of census records include: Bessie (Jun 1872), Ross "aka Jim" (Mar 1875), Jesse (Dec 1876), Charles L. Norris b. Oct 1877, Myrtle M. (Jun 1881); Gertrude (Feb 1884); Otis (188?), Ray "aka Jack" (Nov 18, 1888), and son Ora (Aug 10, 1900).  [Family documents provided by "Bev" in Dec. 2012 lists ten children for this couple including--a daughter named Gertrude, and a twin sister to Jesse who died at birth (no name listed--and she may also be buried in this cemetery.)]
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The picture is not Sarah Virginia.
This is Sarah:

I believe this is her sister-in-law.