Sons of the American Revolution
serving the Pennsylvania counties of Somerset and Cambria

Joseph Norris

Joseph Norris was born January 11, 1729 near Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland.  He was the son of John Norris who had come from Ireland in the early 1700s.   He married Mary Moody about 1760. 

Joseph was a Patriot who took the Oath of Fidelity and Support on April 17, 1779 in Washington County, Maryland.  He and his wife then moved to Pennsylvania about 1780 and purchased a farm of about 400 acres near the Raystown branch of the Juniata River in Bedford County (now Huntingdon).   According to early PA Census reports Joseph brought with him two slaves to help on the farm.  He later gave these slaves their freedom and a parcel of land for their own use.

Joseph and Mary raised 12 children on his farm in Hopewell Township, Bedford County.  Some family members later moved to Clearfield County, PA.

He died March 18, 1813 and was buried in a family cemetery that later had to be moved when Raystown Lake Dam was built.  His grave and other family members were then moved to Jacob's Church Cemetery, Huntingdon PA.

Source: Brumbaugh & Hodges, Revolutionary Records of MD, pg. 14 for Patriot record.

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