John Norris


John Norris was an Albany resident during the 1770s and possibly afterwards. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany. Perhaps, he also was known as "John P. Norris." A number of Norris households inhabited the city and its hinterland during that time. At the same time, a number of John Norris's are at risk in the United States. This sketch organizes information on the Albany resident.

In March 1779, his house and property in the third ward was valued on the city assessment roll. A separate entry a few lines later assessed his shop. In 1788, four taxpayers (including John and John T.) were listed on the assessment roll in the second and third wards.

In July 1780, John Norris married one Mary Herod at the Albany Dutch church. No christenings appear in those church records. However, in January 1791, "John P. Norris" married one "Isbal" Moodie (both of Albany) at the Albany Presbyterian church. In November, a daughter was christened there. At that time, he was identified as a turner. However, in November 1792, another daughter named Angelica was christened in the church. We are not certain if this was the same father who married in 1780 as noted above.

After the War, John Norris was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

In October 1791, "John P. Norris" was identified as a fireman in "Division #5."

With mostly unanswered fundamental questions, we move on for now.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John Norris has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. None of the available family based resources are promising with the possible exception of the work devoted to the Norris family of Suffolk County, New York.

first posted 7/20/14