Tuesday morning, January 22, 1895, Roswell Norton, after a lingering illness extending over a period of several years, peacefully surrendered his spirit to Him who gave it and said "good bye" to dear ones surrounding his couch. For a week or more impediments preceding his death, his life hung as by a very slender thread. The physicians had given up hope, and his sorrowful wife and grieving children feared to leave his bedside lest his spirit fly away in their absence. Roswell Norton was born in Geauga County, Ohio, August 20, 1837. Hence, at the time of his death he was 57 years, 5 months, and 2 days old. When as a child, his parents moved to Wisconsin where he grew up to manhood. At the beginning of the war, he enlisted in the 32nd Wisconsin Infantry and was honorably discharged. Subsequently he recruited a company for the 12th Wisconsin Calvary and served in it to the close of the war. He moved to Lawrence soon afterwards and there 30 years ago he married Mrs. Elizabeth Coate. Subsequently, after a short residence in Burlington, he moved to LeRoy where he has remained an honored and respected citizen to the time of his death. Mr. Norton was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Mason. His family life was very pleasant and the grief of his widow and children is very deep. The funeral which took place from the Baptist church Wednesday afternoon was largely attended. Rev. H.A. Cook presented a very appropriate sermon after which the body was consigned to the grave with the beautiful ritualistic services of the Masonic fraternity. Many Masons from Burlington and other places were in attendance. The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of the community.
Father: Amos NORTON b: 1816 in Ohio
Mother: Cordelia OLDS b: 1817 in Massachusetts
Marriage 1 Elizabeth M. BALDWIN b: 12 APR 1840 in Bloomington, McLean Co., IL
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