Chapter 21 - The Norvell Family
XIII. CHRISTOPHER LIONEL BROWN (5/10/1970, Norfolk, VA - ) was born in De Paul Hospital, Norfolk, on Mother's Day, 5/10/1970, to Gayle and Lionel Page Brown. They lived on Redwood Circle off Chesapeake Boulevard in Norfolk and later at 1044 West Ocean View Avenue on Willoughby Spit on Chesapeake Bay.

Chris attended Trinity Lutheran School, Ryan School and Norfolk Collegiate School in Norfolk. While growing up, Chris loved surfing and skate boarding and spent a lot of time at the home of his maternal grandparents, Pete and Dixie Norvell, who also lived at Willoughby. His granddad kept a workbench for Chris in his garage-workshop where the two spent many hours working on projects. Chris was also very close to his great aunt, Jeannette Whitehurst.

Upon graduating from Norfolk Collegiate in 1989, Chris attended Old Dominion University and worked part-time at area restaurants. Later, his childhood interest in carpentry led to a job with Deas Construction in Newport News, VA, a large firm that specializes in insurance restoration and repair. He also has his own carpentry service and serves clients throughout Hampton Roads. When not working, Chris enjoys bike riding, computer games and photography. He lives in Newport News with his long-time girlfriend, Sylvia Keel. He enjoys photography, movies, eating out, and camping with his father.
XII. GAYLE CURDTS NORVELL MANDELL (1/7/1946, Norfolk, VA - Living 2016) was born on 1/7/1946 at Leigh Memorial Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia, to Loring and Rosalee Norvell. The family lived in the Ghent section of Norfolk, moving while Gayle was a child to a home at 742 Baldwin Avenue a block away from her maternal grandparents, Ernest and Sally Whitehurst and her aunt, Jeannette Whitehurst. She attended Ferebee School, Taylor Elementary School, Blair Jr. High School, Maury High School, and Old Dominion University where she studied art and art history with professors Charles Sibley, Ken Daley, Parker Lesley and Ernest Mauer.

When Gayle was 16 she traveled to Europe with her aunt, Jeannette Whitehurst, aboard the
SS America. They toured parts of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Nuremburg and Rotenberg, Germany and Paris, France. While in the British Isles, Jeannette and Gayle toured the countryside by bus and stayed for a time in London. While in Scotland, they stayed at Stratford-on-Avon where they saw a production of Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream." In Paris, they attended the Folies Bergere and visited the Louvre Museum, Sacre Coeur Cathedral, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks. On their return trip aboard the SS America, they encountered a storm with waves reaching 40' high but arrived back in port safely with many stories to tell.

Gayle pursued her artwork, exhibiting in outdoor exhibitions throughout Tidewater. Her first acrylic painting was included in the Irene Leache Juried Exhibition at the Chrysler Museum. Her work was also exhibited at the Virginia Beach Arts Center, the d'Art Center in Norfolk, VA., the Chrysler Museum, the Hermitage Foundation Museum, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, The Museum of the Albemarle in North Carolina, and a number of private galleries. Her art is included in numerous private and corporate collections in the region. In the 1970's and 80's, Gayle worked as the manager of two ocal art galleries.

On 10/15/1968 Gayle married (1) Lionel Page Brown, the son of Lionel and Thelma Brown of Norfolk, on 10/15/1968 and had a son, Christopher Lionel Brown (5/10/1970 - ). Gayle and Lionel were divorced in 1981. On 5/21/1982, Gayle married (2) Barry Reid Mandell (5/21/1940 - 11/22/2015), born at Long Beach, California, on 5/21/40 to Lt. Col. Charles Mandell and his wife, Ida Hurwitz Mandell.

Barry and his family lived in Greenbelt, Maryland, later settling in Norfolk, where Barry attended Granby High School. In 1964 he graduated from Spartan School of Aeronautics in Oklahoma and was recruited by Air America during the start of the Viet Nam War. On returning home he continued to fly private cargo planes, but later switched to a career in restaurant management. He married (1) Sandra Keith. They were divorced in 1981.

Barry and Gayle opened their own restaurant,
Gabels, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, which Barry operated for a number of years before returning to flying. Gayle continued her career in art, working as an art gallery manager and later becoming a project director for a local arts organization and art consultant for what was then Crestar Bank in Norfolk, a position she held for eight years. An active volunteer in the arts community, Gayle served on the board of the Tidewater Artists Association, Cultural Experiences Unlimited, and was a founding board member of the d'Art Center in Norfolk

Gayle & Barry Mandell, Hilton Head, SC, 1982
XII. LORING LINWOOD NORVELL (1948 - ) was born on 1/20/48 in Norfolk, Virginia, to Pete and Dixie Norvell. He attended Maury High School in Norfolk where he graduated in 1966. In 1967 he joined the U. S. Coast Guard beginning at Boot Camp in Cape May, New Jersey, from September to November of that year. From that time until May of 1970 he was a Drummer and Drum Major in the U. S. Coast Guard Band also at Cape May. From May of 1970 until May of 1972, and from May of '72 through May of '73, Woody served as conductor of the U. S. Coast Guard Band at Cape May and at Governor's Island, NY, respectively.

Following his Coast Guard service, "Woody" worked as personal secretary to pianist/comedian Victor Borge in 1974. He returned to Norfolk later that year and enrolled at Old Dominion University where he became student director of the university's Jazz Ensemble, a position he held until he graduated. He received a BA in Music with a concentration in music composition in 1978. In March of 1978, he became Assistant Music Director for the Norfolk Savoyard's spring production of the "HMS Pinafore" and served as Music Director for the Norfolk Savoyard Opera from 3/1981 to 3/1984.

After graduation from Old Dominion, Woody attended Radford University in Radford, Virginia, where he received his MA in Music with a concentration in music composition in 1981. He then attended Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, and received a degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in 1988 with a concentration in instrumental music. From September of 1984 to May of 1990, he was Music Director/Conductor of the Scottsdale Community College Civic Orchestra and from May of 1990 to February of 1993, he was Music Director and Conductor of the Phoenix Pro-Musica Orchestra. During this time Woody resided in Phoenix, Arizona, were he also worked as the host and featured vocalist for "Yesterday's Supper Club" in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1985 to 1999. From 1988 to 1996 he was Featured Guest Conductor and Principal Arranger, Flagstaff Symphony.

In 1995 Woody was a Co-winner in the Harrisburg Symphony (Pennsylvania) composition contest for "Festival Entrada". In 1997 he began a series of commissions for original works by the Phoenix Chamber Music Society (Sonatas for Flute & Bassoon & Flute, Bassoon, & Cello). In 1999 he received a commission by the Durango High School (Las Vegas, NV) for "Elegy for Columbine" to commemorate the massacre of 13 students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

During his academic career, Woody was recognized for his fund raising efforts on behalf of the Heart Fund, American Cancer Society, and the USO. In 1975 he received the Outstanding Freshman Musician Award from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonians Fraternity and in 1981 was awarded a plaque of appreciation from the music students at Radford University for mentoring of undergraduates.

After living for years in Phoenix, Woody returned to Norfolk where he currently lives in the Ocean View section of the city. He continues to work both locally and in Phoenix composing and arranging music for a growing list of clients.
Christopher Lionel Brown, May, 2015
Besides an active interest in fishing, boating and golfing, Pete was also an award-winning wood sculptor, an endeavor that enriched his retirement years. He exhibited his carved and painted shorebirds in shows in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. He kept a woodshop in his garage at Willoughby where he set up a workbench for grandson Chris. The two enjoyed many hours together working in "Grandy's" shop.

Pete was devoted to his family, and after Dixie was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease later in life he became her primary care-giver until later hiring part-time help. After Dixie died of a stroke on 3/19/1985 and Pete continued to live at Willoughby until his health declined. He went to live with his son Woody in Phoenix, Arizona in 1992. He died there on 10/7/1997 at the age of 87. His remains were cremated in Phoenix and buried next to Dixie at a graveside memorial service held the following year at the Whitehurst/Norvell family plot at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk on 7/14/1998.

XII. LORING LINWOOD (1/20/1948, Norfolk, VA - ) is a musician, composer and arranger of music. He is unmarried and lives in Norfolk. VA.
XII. GAYLE CURDTS (1/7/1946, Norfolk, VA - ) married (1) Lionel Page Brown on 10/15/1968 and had a son, Christopher Lionel Brown (5/10/1970 - ). Gayle and Lionel were divorced in 1981. Gayle married (2) Barry Reid Mandell (5/21/1940 - 11/22/2015), a pilot and restauranteur, on 5/21/1982 at Norfolk.
Norvell Coat of Arms by Charles Morrisette, ca. 1913
(Collection of Gayle N. Mandell)
Motto: Spem renovant alae: "Its wings renew its hope."
THE NORVELL NAME, of Scots origin, is said to be a shortened form of the name de Normanville dating back to 1190 with the appearance of JOHN DE NORMANVILLE as a witness to a land grant. It signifies one who lived in or near de Normanville, the name of two towns in Scotland. The name first appears when ROBERT NORVYLE witnessed a charter of Sir David de Wemyss in 1373. Spellings in early records include NORWALD, NORVAILE, NORVIL, NORWALD, and NORWALl. In the 17th Century spellings included NORWELL, NOVELL, NOEL, NORRELL, NORVILL, NEVIL, NEVILL, NEVILLE, NEAVEL, NEVE and NORVELLE. By the 18th Century the NORVELL spelling was most prevalent.

Early researchers concluded that the Norvell immigrants to the New World came from the Norwell's of Sterling, Scotland, a small family of low-landers and farmers who were mentioned infrequently in records. They were followers of John Calvin, the Protestant reformer of the 16th Century, and vestrymen of the early Presbyterian Church. As Protestants in Catholic Scotland, their loyalty was with the monarchs of England, and sometime during the late 16th or early 17th century they moved there, with some families immigrating to America. The earliest arrival in Virginai was one William Norvell whose plantation,
Oyster Banks, lay near the Isle of Wight and Nansemond county bourdaries. Othere early Norvell arrivals were Richard in 1638, Willaim in 1639, Peeter in 1647, Walter in 1650, Mary in 1653 to Warwick County, and Thomas Nowell (sic) in 1654 to Charles City.

Many individuals with the Norvell surname were granted arms in the medieval practice known as heraldry. A Norvell coat of arms described in Burke's General Armory depicts three black martlets (swallows or swifts) on a silver diagonal band across a black shield. According to Burke, the addition of martlet's to the arms signifies that the bearer was the fourth son of his father. For additional information on heraldry return to the Hompage.

NORVEL: "A shortened form of Normanville, Nisbet lists Norvel of that ilk claiming descent from Sir Walran de Normanville, and the arms that this family bear have the simplicity which heralds associate with early nobility. The name is still common in central Scotland." The description of the arms listed in the reference is as follows: Sable on a bend argent three martlets of the first.
NORVEL, Normanville (Gargunnock, Scotland): Ar. on a bend sa. voided of the first, three martlets
of the second, beaked gu.
NORVIL: (Boghall, Scotland, 1682). Sa. on a bend betw. two cotises or., three martlets az. Crest- A
martlet rising ppr. Motto-Spem renovant alae.
NORVILL OR NORVYLE: Gu. fretty ar. a bend vaire or and of the first.
NORVELL OF BOGHALL: (1682, Stacie): Sa. on a bend arg. between two cotises or. three martlets az.
NORVEL: An apple, in pale, stalked and leaved ppr.
NORVILL, Sco a martlet rising ppr. Spem Renovant alae.

Several individuals with the Nevill surname are documented on the website by Kathryn Gearhart, though whether they are related to those with the Norvell name is not known.

SIR HENRY NEVILL (Living 1607) was a member of the first Virginia Company endeavor in 1607.
JOHN NEVILL (Est. 1618 - 1664) of CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND, who left descendants there.
RICHARD NEVILL (Living 1633) OF MARYLAND & VIRGINIA appeared on a 1633 list of head rights for one Pordinado Pulton and was in Maryland and Virginia in Accomack and Northampton Counties.
RICHARD NEVILL (Living 1650) OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY, VIRGINIA, was a head right on a grant to Anthony Elliott in 1650.
JOHN NEVILL (Living 1662) OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY, VIRGINIA, owned 100 acres in Kingston Parish in Gloucester County in 1704. He filed suit against Duncan Bohannon in 1662 for debt in Charles City County, Maryland.
GEORGE NEVILL (1695 - 1774) OF FAUQUIER COUNTY, VIRGINIA, left family in that area.
JOHN NEVILL ESQ. (?? - D. 1697), Vice Admiral of the ship
Commander, died of yellow fever in 1697 on board the Cambridge off the Virginia shore. His tombstone reads, "Here lyes the body of John Nevill, Esq.'r, Vice Admiral of his Majesties Fleet and Commander in chief of ye squadron cruising in the West Indies. Who died on board ye Cambridge the 17th day of August 1697 in ye Ninth Yeare of the Reigne of King William the third age 53 years."
CAPTAIN EDWARD NEVILL (Living 1701) wrote from the
H.M.S. Lincolne, Town Harbour, Bermudas in May of 1701 that he had lost his masts while sailing from Spithead but hoped to replace them in Virginia. The following month he wrote that he had arrived at Lynnhaven Bay, Virginia. His will, made in 11/1696, was probated in November, 1697, left his entire estate to his wife Mary and two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. He was of the parish of St. Margaret, Westminster, County of Middlesex. He was buried at St. John's Church in Hampton, VA.
COLONEL JOSEPH NEVILL (1707-08 - 1799) OF VIRGINIA married Mary Elliott in 1777 at Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, and lived there until 1735 when he moved to Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County He operated ordinaries in both Spotsylvania and Caroline Counties and was associated with the Roy family in that area.
JOHN NEVILL (Living 1724) OF AMELIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA, came from Ireland to the Colony in 1724.
OF INTEREST HERE ARE THE NORVELLS OF THE JAMES RIVER AREA shown on the opposite map. By 1782, land tax lists from 1782 to 1813 show virtually all of the Norvell family's land in James City County in the late 18th and early 19th centuries on the lower side of Route 60, east of Mill Creek, a branch of Yarmouth Creek, the site of the Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area.

WILLIAM NORVELL (?? - Bef. 1663) resided at
Oyster Bank plantation on the James River in what became Isle of Wight County. His plantation was just opposite Jamestown. [According to boundaries established in 1639-42 for Isle of Wight County, William Norvell's Oyster Bank plantation was actually located south of the mouth of Lawne's Creek which on a present day map is just south of Hogg Island above Burwell's Bay.]

JOHN NOWELL/NORVELL (Living 1624), was listed by Ms. Gearhart as one who came to Virginia on the ship
Margaret and John on 1/24/1624 and is listed on the 1624 Muster of Mulberry Island where he was one of the principals there, meaning someone who received an initial grant and could purchase additional 50 acre tracts for 12 pounds. Today Mulberry Island is located on the Fort Eustis military base in the city of Newport News.

THOMAS NORVELL (1591 - Bef. 8/1635), possibly the brother of John (above) and the focus of this study, resided at Skiffes Creek, a tributary of the James River, in the area of Warwick County that later became the city of Newport News. The creek formed the border between Warwick and James River counties.

JOHN NORVELL (2/1635 - Abt. 1665), son of Thomas (above) married Lydia Perkins and resided at Morris Creek off the Chickahominy River in the area of what is now the Chickahominy State Wildlife Management Area in present Charles City County, originally James City County.

HUGH NORVELL (1666-69 - 1719), great-grandson of Thomas, resided at his plantation on the York River in James City County and was a vestryman at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg.

Skiffes Creek, looking north from the Norvell land.
I. THOMAS NORVELL (Abt. 1591- Bef. 8/17/16351635) married MARY FRYE (Abt. 1600, England - 1640, Warwick, VA), either the sister or daughter of William Frye of James City County, and had children.

Thomas was an original proprietor of Warwick County where the Norvell land grants made. In 1630 Thomas and Mary resided on Skiffes Creek in present day Newport News. The area is located around the Skiffes Creek History Park at 22 Enterprise Drive in Newport News, VA. Thomas Norvell died at Skiffe's Creek sometime between 1634 and 1635 when he appeared as deceased on a land grant on 8/17/1635

II. JOHN NORVELL (2/1635 - ??) married about 1658 to Lydia Perkins and had children.
II. WILLIAM NORVELL (Bef. 1645 - ??), said to have been an original land holder in Charles City County, m. Lydia Robertson about 1658 and had children, MARY (?? - 1748) who married in 1686 to Borert Burton (1660 - 1724), and ELIZABETH (?? - ??) who married a Mr. Farley or Farlow.
II. THOMAS NORVELL (Living 1658) received a grant of 700 acres on the James River in Warwick County on 7/9/1658. Boundaries were the James River on the west, Queen's Creek on the south, Skiffes Creek on the north, and the land of Captain Hurd on the east. [The area is down US 60 south of Williamsburg and southwest of Lee Hall, VA, in a townhouse development bordering Skiffes Creek.] Thomas also acquired 357 acres in James City County on the north side of the James River which was later sold to Mrs. Lydia Norvell, presumably his sister-in-law, on 4/16/1683. (Land Office records, Richmond, VA)
II. GEORGE (?? - ??) was a vestryman in James City County. [NOTE: According to Kathryn Gearhart, deeds and estate divisions in Charles City County support the fact that GEORGE & JAMES NORVELL of Charles City were related to John and Lydia Norvell and associated with their neighbors.]
I. Thomas Norvell (Abt. 1591 - 1635) m. Mary Frye
II. John (1635 - 1665) m. Lydia Perkins
III. Mary (Living 1653), Warwick County, VA
III. George (Abt. 1648 - 1686) m. Lucy Bullock
IV. Hugh (1666-69 - 1719) m. Sara Besouth (?? - 1804-05)
V. William (1690 - 1757) m. (Unknown)
VI. William (1725 - 1802) m. Rebecca Johnson
VII. Thomas (Living 1804)
V. Elizabeth (1692 - ??) possibly m. (Unknown) Baskerville
V. George (Abt. 1693 - 1786) m. Sara Holdcroft (1695 - 1780)
VI. George (Abt. 1722 - By 1809)
VI. James (1726 - 1789) m. Anne Spencer
VII. James Jr. (Bef. 1741 - ??)
VII. John (Bef. 1742 - 1782)
VII. William (By 1742 - By 1807) m. Susannah (Unknown)
VIII. William (1771 - ??) m. Mary Payne
IX. Elizabeth (Born & Died 1803)
IX. James (1804 - 1870) m. (1) Lavina Harris, (2) Sarah Walker
IX. Nancy (1805 - 1884)
IX. Spencer (1806 - 1879) m. (1) Emily M. Ross, (2) Mary A. (Unknown) - (1824 - ??)
IX. Matilda (1809 - 1844) m. Oswell Horton
IX. Mary (1811 - ??) m. Isaac Yarnell.
IX. Rebecca (1812 - 1887) m. Hugh Smith
IX. George Anson (1813 - ??) m. Mary Ann King
IX. John (1815 - ??) m. (1) Marie S. Harris and (2) Emma Martin.
IX. William (1816 - 1889)
IX. Hugh (1819 - 1863)
IX. Sarah (1821 - 1895) m. Henry Davidson
IX. Caroline (1825 - 1920) m. Alexander Davidson
VIII. Thomas (?? - ??)
VIII. James (?? - ??)
VIII. Probably Edward (?? - ??)
VIII. Probably Peggy (?? - ??) married John Granger
VIII. Probably Elizabeth (By 1790 - ??) married Perry B. Tracey
VII. Spencer (1747, Hanover Co. VA - 1829) married Frances Hill
VIII. Susannah (?? - ??) m. Burwell Snead
VIII. Peachy (?? - ??) m. Mr. Doyle
VIII. John P. (?? - ??)
VIII. Ludiman (?? - ??)
VIII. Nathaniel (?? - ??)
VIII. James (?? - ??)
VIII. Thomas (?? - ??) m. (Unknown)
VIII. Benjamin (?? - ??)
VIII. Frances (?? - ??) m. Mr. Appleberry
VIII. Spencer D. (?? - ??)
VII. Thomas (By 1747 - ??) m. (1) Mary Dawson, (2) Judith Parish
VII. Christian or Christiana Terril (By 1749, VA - ??) m. Booth Napier Jr.
VII. Maccarine/"Mackie" (1750, St. Ann's Parish, Albemarle, VA - 1822) m. William Thurmond on 10/4/1766
VII. George (By 1752 - ??) m. Louisa (Unknown
VIII. Thomas (1798 - ??)
VIII. Mary (1802 - ??) m. James Walker.
VIII. William (1803 - ??)
VIII. Hendrick (1808 - ??)
VIII. Martha (1810 - ??)
VIII. Caleb Cushing (1813 - ??)
VIII. John (1773 - ??)
VIII. James (1775 - 1855)
VIII. William (1782 - ??)
VIII. Patsy (1785 - 1810)
VIII. Thomas Spencer (1787 - 1850)
VIII. Elizabeth (1790 - 1897)
VIII. George (1791 - 1850)
VII. Elizabeth (1750 - ??) m. Peter Lyon Jr.
VII. Hugh (1755 - ??)
VII. Benjamin Reuben (1756, Hanover, VA - 1803) m. Mary Anne Jones (1760 - 1840)
VIII. Benjamin Reuben (1782 - 1847) m. Rachel Curry (1786 - 1861)
IX. John Curry (1817 - 1896) m. Lucinda Boone (1820 - 1882)
X. Benjamin Franklin (1842 - 1922) m. Mary Ann Risk
XI. Pleasant Adam Hackleman (1862 - 1928)
XI. William Sherman (1865 - 1865)
XI. James Franklin (1866 - 1942)
XI. Daisey Della (1868 - 1942)
XI. Rosa Belle (1871 - 1953)
XI. Myrtle Alice (1879 - 1950)
VII. Anna (1757, Nelson, VA - ??) m. Benjamin Johnson
VI. John (Abt. 1724 - 1789-1803) m. Mary Lipscomb
VII. Lipscomb (1756 - 1843) m. Mary Hendrick
VIII. Moses (1786 - ??)
VIII. John (1789 - 1850) m. 3 times, (3) Isabella Hodgkiss Freeman
IX. Freeman (1827 - 1881) m. Mary Dean Redfield McPherson
X. Hamilton Redfield (1863 - 1936)
IX. Dallas (?? - ??)
IX. Stevens Thompson (?? - ??)
IX. 2 Unknown sons
IX. 1 Unknown daughter
VIII. Joshua (Abt. 1790 - ??)
VIII. Joseph (1793 - ??)
VIII. Lipscomb Jr. (1795 - 1877) m. Sarah W. Smith (1798 - 1874)
IX. Benjamin Rush (1843 - 1869) m. Ann Mariah Swearingen
X. Benjamin Rush (1865 - 1928)
X. Lipscomb S. (?? - ??)
VIII. Almanda Malvina (1802 - 1838) m. David Walker (1799 - 1845)
VIII. William P. (1807 - 1839)
VIII. Reuben Butler (1809 - 1884) m. George Ann Beale
VIII. Anna Eliza (Living 1830) m. Edward M. Brown.
VII. George (Abt. 1755, Hanover Co. VA - ??)
VII. Mary (Abt. 1760, Hanover Co. VA - Abt. 1837, Hanover Co.)
VII. John (1765, Hanover Co. VA - 1826, Oldham Co. VA)
VII. Hugh (1767 - 10/1848, Barren Co. VA) m. Susannah Bush.
VIII. Elizabeth H. (1795 - ??)
VIII. John R. (1796 - 1878)
VIII. S. Lipscomb (1799 - ??)
VIII. Hugh (1799 - 1860)
VIII. Thomas G. (1801 - 1875)
VIII. Edmund Moses (1803 - 1838)
VIII. William A. (1808 - ??)
VIII. Susanah R. (1810 - ??)
VIII. Moses Lewis (1812 - 1862)
VII. William Peyton (1780 - 1850, Prince William Co.VA)
VI. Sarah (1730 - 1812) m. Jeffrey Robertson III
VI. William (1746 - 1794) married Martha Butler of Hanover Co.
VII. Thomas (1764 - 1817) m. Ann Mosby
VII. Reuben (1768 - 1852) m. Mary King (1770 - 1821)
VIII. Edward S. (1794 - 1822)
VIII. George Robert (1796 - 1827)
VIII. Martha Jane (1797 - 1844) m. John Caskie (1790 - 1867)
VIII. Lorenzo (1801 - 1880) married Lucy Harrison (1813 - 1885)
IX. Edward L. (1832 - 1887) m. Susan D. Richardson
X. Lavinia (Est. 1859 - ??)
X. Lucey H. (Est. 1862- ??)
X. Edward L. (1866 - 1932) m. Ada (Amelia) Virginia Curdts (1873 - 1960)
XI. Susan Dandridge (5/30/1899 - 6/7/2000) m. Richard O. Sawyer
XI. Edward Louis (1903 - 1993)
XI. Virginia Spotswood) (1907 - 1983)
XI. Fred Loring (1909 - 1997) m. Rosalee Whitehurst
XI. Ellen Amelia (1910 - 2006) m. Franklin H. Phillips
IX. Robert (1833 - 1852)
IX. William Harrison (B & D 1839)
IX. Lucy H. (Est. 1849-??)
II. William (Bef. 1645 - ??) m. Lydia Robertson about 1658.
II. Thomas (Living 1658) received a grant of 700 acres in Warwick Co. on the James River.
II. George (?? - ??)
VII. William (1770 - 1823) m. Ann Wiatt
VIII. William Wiatt (1795 - 1871) m. Ann Harrison
IX. Ann Maria Harrison (?? - ??)
IX. Martha Emmeline (?? - ??)
IX. William Harrison (1826 - 1832)
VIII. Martha Ann (1797 - ??) m. Chiswick Dabney
VIII. Elizabeth Emmaline (1799 - ??) m. Edward Trent
VIII. Lucy Wilhillmina (2/23/1801 - ??) m. John Otey
VIII. Sussanah Caroline (?? - ??)
VIII. John Edmundson (?? - ??)
VIII. Samuel Gustavus (1807 - 1871)
VIII. Fayette Henry (?? - ??)
VIII. George Edward (?? - ??)
VIII. Flora Ann Emmeline (?? - ??)
VII. Martha (1775 - 1848) m. Seth Ward
VII. Elizabeth (1781 - 1868) m. (Unknown) Burton
VII. Mary (1783 - 1819) m. Christopher H. Clark
VII. Lucy (1787 - 1865)
VII. Edmund Butler (1789 - 1830) m. Saluda Morris
VI. Henry Holdcroft (1/1759 - 12/29/1846) m. Mary Wingfield (Est. 1760, age 69 in 1829) of Campbell County, VA, Sgt. 15th VA Inf. Regt.
VII. George (?? - Before 1842)
VII. John (?? - Before 1842) m. Martha A. Horne
VII. Nancy (?? - ??)
VII. Wingfield (1771 - 1854) m. Nancy Hare
VIII. Daughter (d. in infancy)
VIII. Richard
VIII. Samuel
VIII. Rowland R. (1822 - ??) m. Martha Mawyer (1824 - ??)
VII. William (1807 - ??) of Bedford, living1855
VII. Polly (1797 - Before 1842) m. Mr. Dove.
VII. Mary Ann (1802 - Before 1842) m. her cousin Henry Holdcroft Norvell
VII. Elizabeth (1805 - Before 1842) m. (1) William Kimbrough/Kimbo & (2) Mr. Gaines
V. Hugh Jr. (1699 - 1759-60) married Mary Ballard.
VI. James (1726 - 1823) m. Mary Knott (1738 - 1813)
VI. Mary (Abt. 1728 - ??)
VI. Elizabeth (1730 - ??) m. William Sandifer/Sandefur
VI. Thomas (1734 - 1812) m. Anne (Nancy) Nightingale Young
VI. Francis (1735 - 1783) m. Mary McLemore
VII. Briggs (?? - ??)
VII. Nancy (?? - ??)
VII. Charlotte (?? - ??)
VII. Elizabeth (?? - ??)
VII. James (?? - ??)
VII. Thomas (?? - ??)
VII. Mary (?? - ??)
V. Mary (1700 - ??) m. William Lightfoot
V. Sarah 1702, James City Co., VA - ??)

II. JOHN NORVELL (2/1635 - Between 1665 and 1672) was the son of Thomas and Mary Frye Norvell. He married LYDIA PERKINS (Abt. 1640, England - Abt. 1693), daughter of Nicholas Perkins, and had children. John resided in Warwick, James City, Hanover, York, and Charles City County off Route 5 on Morris Creek, a branch of the Chickahominy River, in the area of the present day Chickahominy State Wildlife Management Area. Early grants on the north side of Morris Creek show the Fry/Norvell land adjacent to the Elerbees, Wolfs, John Phillips, Richard and John Williams, John Edloe and Bridgett Freeman. The area is close to Holdcroft, Virginia, an unincorporated community in Charles City County. John's home was called Mary's Mount.

On 4/16/1683 Thomas sold 357 acres in James City County on the north side of the James River to Mrs. Lydia Norvell, presumably his brother John's wife. (Land Office records, Richmond, VA)

III. GEORGE (Abt. 1648, James City County, VA - 1/29/1686 Charles City, VA) married Lucy Bullock.
III. MARY (Living 1653, Warwick County - ??)
POSSIBLEY III. WILLIAM (?? - ??) and III. EDWARD (?? - ??)

III. GEORGE NORVELL (Abt. 1648, James City Co, VA - 1/29/1686, Charles City, VA), son of John and Lydia Perkins Norvell, married LUCY BULLOCK (1650 - 1680), daughter of Capt. Hugh Bullock, and had a son, Hugh Norvell. The family lived in or near Williamsburg where they held pew #21 in old Bruton Parish Church as early as 1683. George Norvell was listed on the death records of Bruton Parish in 1686 and Lucy is said to have died six years prior.

IV. HUGH (1666-69, James City, VA - 10/25/1719, Williamsburg, VA) married SARA BESOUTH

IV. HUGH NORVELL (1666-69, James City, VA - 10/25/1719, Williamsburg, VA) was born in 1666-69 to George and Lucy Novell. Around 1691 Hugh married about 1692 to SARA BESOUTH (1674, Goochland, VA - 9/14/1704-05, Williamsburg, VA) and had children.

In 1694 Hugh appeared as the guardian of his daughter, Elizabeth, in a lawsuit against Mr. Robert Harrison and Mrs. Elizabeth Archer over money owed to Elizabeth. In the same year, he was appointed to the vestry of Bruton Parish with Mr. Samuel Eburne, Minister, Edmd. Jennings, Esq., Phil. Ludwell, Daniel Parke, John Dorman, Wm. Pinkethman, Henry Tyler, John Kendall, Ro. Crawley, and Baldwin Matthews. He also served as a vestryman in 1694, 1697, 1704, and from 1710 to 1715. In that capacity, he was a member of a special committee to welcome Rev. Dr. James Blair, President of the College of William and Mary, and also served on a committee to oversee the building of the new church. On 6/3/1704 the Vestry Book of Bruton Parish referred to him as Captain Hugh Norvell, due to his service in the Colonial Wars.

On 6/7/1699 the Virginia General Assembly passed an Act for the building of the Capital and the City of Williamsburg. Appointed as trustees were Hugh Norvell, Lewis Burwell, Phil Ludwell Jr., Benjamin Harrison Jr., James Waley, and Mongo Ingles, Gentleman, who sold the half-acre lots that the city had been laid out on. On 6/9/1699 Hugh appears on a list of officers for James City County, VA, along with Philip Lightfoot; Henry Soan; Henry Duke - Sheriff; Philip Ludwell, Jr.; Michael Sherman; James Bray; David Bray; Thomas Cowles; William Edwards; William Drummond; Chisheley Corbin Thacker. In 1702 he served as a justice for James City County Court along with Sheriff Thomas Cowles, Philip Lightfoot, Henry Duke, Benjamin Harrison, Philip Ludwell, Michael Sherman, James Bray, Thomas Mountfort, William Edwards, William Drummond, John Frasier, Dionisius Wright, John Geddis (Gaddis), and Henry Soane. On 10/20/1703 Hugh and others were mentioned on the Address of the Grand Jury for the Colony of Virginia to the Virginia Admiralty Court. The surnames mentioned included Tayloe, Foreman, Kenner, Taylor, Aylet, Bridges, Wyat, Story, Halliday, Jones, Thacker, Lightfoot, Bridger, Waller, Beverley, Duke, Frayser, Jno. Custis, Jr., Wm. Hansford, Henry and Wm. Fox, Tully Robinson, Geo. Nicholas Hack and Hugh Norvell. Also in 1703, Hugh served on the Grand Jury of the Virginia Admiralty Court and later became a county officer. In 1710 he is mentioned as a juror in a trial involving eight Tuscarora Indians.

Hugh, George and William Norvell were all vestryman at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg. The plaque below, mounted on Pew #7 at the church, shows the dates of their service. The actual Norvell pew in the church is said to be Pew Number 21.
Another marker names Hugh Norvell as one of the members of the vestry who erected the church building from 1710-1715. Hugh served in the Virginia House of Burgesses prior to his death.
Plaques, Bruton Parish Church, (Photo, Gayle N. Mandell, 2007)
Riverview (
Lake Norvell off York River between York River State Park and Camp Peary
Photo, Gayle N. Mandell, 2011
A planter, Hugh Norvell was listed on the quit rent roll of 1704 in James City County as the owner of 328 acres of land. [See Grace Norvell, "Maps of Norvell Neighborhoods," Mss1N8296, The Library of Virginia.] According to a patent dated 6/16/1714 by the Virginia Land Office, Hugh's plantation was across the York County boundary near Williamsburg adjoining Nicholas Valentine's land.
In 1934, an article by Priscilla Williams, titled "Homes That Have Seen Centuries Pass," appeared in a Sunday supplement of a Richmond newspaper and noted that a home called Riverview was owned by Thomas Norvell and his wife Lydia Tucker in 1683 that passed to William Norvell. Since William and Rebecca Johnson Norvell had no children, it was left to William's niece, Catherine Norvell Lightfoot, the granddaughter of William and Sarah Norvell Lightfoot. In 1937 the home was pictured in an issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. The article referred to the Norvell Mill, located on the York River near Norge, Virginia. However, according to property records, the house appeared to have been built in the late 19th century with two side wings added in 1914. ( One might conclude then that this house was built on property owned by the Norvells but was not built by them. The Lightfoot family sold at least part of this tract to William Hankins in 1828 after inheriting it from William Norvell. This writer visited the site in 2011. The house is located near Norge, Virginia above Williamsburg on the York River. A small pond there called Lake Norvell was surrounded by an upscale community of later-built homes.

Sara Besouth Norvell died in 1705, and Hugh outlived her by about 14 years, dying on 10/25/1719. Their deaths were recorded in the register of Bruton Parish Church. He and Sara are said to be buried in the basement at Bruton Parish.

V. WILLIAM (1690 - 1757) married (Unknown) and had a son, William (1725 - 1802).
V. ELIZABETH (1692 - ??) In 1694 Hugh was Elizabeth's guardian in a lawsuit against Mr. Robert Harrison and Mrs. Elizabeth Archer over the payment due Elizabeth of a Negro girl. Possibly married a Mr. Baskerville.
V. GEORGE (Abt. 1693-1700, Williamsburg, VA - 4/5/1786, St. Paul's Parish, Hanover, VA) married Sara Holdcroft (1695 - 1780) and had children.
V. HUGH JR. (1699, Williamsburg - 1759, Lunenburg Co.) married Mary Ballard (1700 - 1734)
V. MARY (1700 - ??) m. William Lightfoot
V. SARAH (1702, James City Co., VA - ??)

V. WILLIAM NORVELL (1690 - 1757) was born to Hugh and Sara Norvell in 1690. He married (Unknown) and had a son, William, born in 1725. There may have been other children.

VI. WILLIAM NORVELL (1725 - 1802) married 1) Rebecca Johnson and 2) Martha Lucy Norvell.

VI. WILLIAM NORVELL (1725 - 1802), son of William and (Unknown) Norvell, married 1) Rebecca Johnson and 2) Martha Lucy Norvell. He had at least one son, Thomas.

In 1757 William served as Sherriff for James City County and was a member of the House of Burgesses at the last assembly under English rule and took part in the conventions in 1775-76. He was living in James City County in 1788 when he is shown with 25 slaves and six horses.

The Honorable William Norvell died on 11/22/1802 at age 77. His will, executed on 9/1/1802 and proved 12/13/1802, was administered by WILLIAM WALKER of the Walker family who intermarried with that of COL. EDWARD DIGGES of Bellefield. The will devised that all of his slaves over age 22 be set free and the others trained in preparation for freedom. William left his property to his great-nephews and nieces, children of William Lightfoot of James City County. He made bequests to James N. Walker; Mary Taylor, wife of Jeremiah Taylor; William Walker and Mary Walker, children of James N. Walker; William Allen, Mary Allen, Samuel Allen, Catherine Allen and John Allen, children of John and Mary Allen, deceased; and Park Goodal, son of William and Elizabeth Goodall. He also provided for the children of WILLIAM LIGHTFOOT and his wife, LUCY ARMISTEAD DIGGES, namely Armistead Norvell Lightfoot, Catharine Norvell Lightfoot, Elizabeth Lightfoot and George Benskin Lightfoot. William Norvell adopted Catherine Lightfoot, who married Richard Henly in James City County in 1819.]

William's executors were William Lightfoot and James Semple, and his will was witnessed by Leonard Henley and William Richardson. On 1/5/1804, William's son, Thomas Norvell, sold William's 338 acre tract of land and Grist Mill in Hanover County located on Chickahominy Swamp within 12 miles of Richmond.

VII. THOMAS (1765 - ??) Living 1804) sold his father's land in Hanover County, VA.

V. GEORGE NORVELL (1693 - 4/5/1786) was born to Hugh and Sara Norvell around 1693. George married SARA HOLDCROFT (1695 - 1780) about 1712 and had children. He resided in Charles City County, VA until moving to Hanover County where he is shown in the Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish in 1733 as a land owner.

According to the processioning records in 1743, George's tract of 282 acres was bounded by Isaac Winston. An entry dated 11/12/1771 in the Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish concerns the processioning of the lands of George Norvell and Moses Lipscomb, among others. George is not mentioned on the Special Tax Record for Hanover County of 1780, but William Norvell is listed with 300 acres.

In 1779, George Norvell swore the Oath of Allegiance in Albemarle County, VA, and on June 21st of that year he was a signer on the Albemarle Declaration of Independence, along with Thomas Jefferson and other prominent citizens. The original document is preserved at the Virginia Historical Society.

George Norvell died on 4/5/1786 in St. Paul's Parish, Hanover County, VA.

VI. JAMES (1726, Hanover, VA - 1789) married Anne Spencer (1715, Albemarle, VA)
VI. JOHN (1724, Albemarle County, VA - 1805) married Mary Lipscomb and had children.
VI. GEORGE (Abt. 1722, Hanover, VA - By 1809)
VI. SARAH (9/9/1730, Hanover, VA - 9/7/1812, Henrico Co, VA) married Jeffrey Robertson III in 1757 at Henrico County.
VI. WILLIAM (1746 - 1/71794) married Martha Butler and had children.
VI. HENRY HOLDCROFT (1/1759 - 12/29/1846) married Mary Wingfield and had children.

VI. JOHN NORVELL (Abt. 1724, Albemarle County, VA - 1805) was the son of George and Sara Norvell. He was known as Captain John Norvell and was living in Hanover County in 1791. He married MARY LIPSCOMB, daughter of Moses Lipscomb, and had children.

In 1785 John lived in Hanover County on a southern branch of Leith Water Creek off the Chickahominy River about 10 miles southwest of Hanover Court House. He was listed on the 1780 Special tax Rolls of Hanover County with one white tithe 16 years or older. Also listed was William Norvell with two white tithes, 16 or older. Family members are buried at the Norvell family cemetery in Hanover County, VA.

VII. GEORGE (Abt. 1755, Hanover Co. VA - ??)
VII. LIPSCOMB (9/1756, VA - 3/2/1843, Nashville, Tenn.) married Mary "Mollie" Hendrick (1763 - 4/1820) and had children.
VII. MARY (Abt. 1760, Hanover Co. VA - Abt. 1837, Hanover Co.)
VII. JOHN (1765, Hanover Co. VA - 6/18/1826, Oldham Co. VA)
VII. HUGH (8/28/1767 - 10/15/1848, Barren Co. VA), buried in the Norvell Cemetery in Barren County.
VII. WILLIAM PEYTON (1780 - 6/1850, Prince William County, VA.

VII. LIPSCOMB NORVELL (1756 - 3/2/1843) was born in Hanover County, Virginia in September of 1756 to John and (Unknown) Norvell, said to be the daughter of Moses Lipscomb. He married MARY "MOLLIE" HENDRICK (1763 - 4/1820) and had children.

Lipscomb enlisted in the Contintal Army on 8/7/1777 as a cadet in the company of Captain William Mosby of the 5th Virginia Regiment of Foot, commanded by Colonel Josiah Parker. He became a regimental paymaster on 1/15/1778 and fought at the battles of Brandywine, Trenton and Monmouth. He attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in September of 1778 and 1st Lieutenant in February of 1780. During that year he was in Charleston, SC with the forces sent to defend the city. At the fall of Charleston he was taken prisoner and remained in British hands until the end of the war. As a result of his service Lipscomb acquired considerable bounty lands in Kentucky where he was an early pioneer. After the war he was a justice of the peace and was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati. He died in Nashville, Tennessee where he was living with his family on 3/2/1843 and is thought to be the first Revolutionary War officer to be buried in the Nashville City Cemetery.
Graves of Lipscomb and Mary Norvell, Nashville City Cemetery, Tennessee
VIII. MOSES (11/10/1786 - ??)
VIII. JOHN (12/21/1789, Danville, Boyle Co., KY - 1850) married three times. His third wife was Isabella Hodgkiss Freeman by whom he had a daughter and five sons.
VIII. JOSHUA (Abt. 1790, KY - ??)
VIII. JOSEPH (6/16/1793, Garrard Co., KY - ??)
VIII. LIPSCOMB, JR. (7/27/1795, KY - 1877) married Sarah W. Smith (1798 - 1874). Their son was Benjamin Rush Norvell (1843 - 1869) who married Ann Mariah Swearingen.
VIII. THOMAS (1798, KY - ??)
VIII. MARY (1802, KY - ??) married James Walker.
VIII. WILLIAM (11/10/1803, KY - ??)
VIII. HENDRICK (9/29/1808, KY - ??)
VIII. MARTHA (11/25/1810, KY - ??)
VIII. CALEB CUSHING (4/24/1813, Greene Co., KY - ??)
Portraits of Senator John Norvell & his wife Isabella Hodgkiss Freeman Norvell (attributed to Sully)
VIII. JOHN NORVELL (1789 - 1850) was born on 12/21/1789 in Danville, Kentucky to Lt. Lipscomb Norvell, a Virginia soldier during the Revolutionary War, and his wife Mary Hendrick. His father was taken prisoner by the British when they captured Charleston, South Carolina in 1781 and was later an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

John Norvell enlisted as a private in the War of 1812 and served at the Battle of Bladensburg. His experiences during the war were included in "Some Account of the Life of Spencer Houghton Cone, A Baptist Preacher in America." Cone was John's brother-in-law and his business partner in Baltimore. Both men fought at Bladensburg and afterwards returned to Washington to rescue their wives from the city before the British attacked. They attempted to walk out of the city but Cone's feet were badly blistered and his sister, Catherine Cone Norvell, was eight months pregnant. John found a pony for Cone in a nearby field so the group was able to leave but stopped at the White House where one of the servants gave them water. They crossed the Potomac, went about three miles before stopping to rest, and from their vantage point saw the White House and Capitol burning.

After the War John worked for various newspapers in several cities and edited the Baltimore Whig in 1813 and 1814. He also studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1814 and began private practice in Baltimore, Maryland. From 1815 to 1817 he worked at the
Baltimore Patriot but moved back to Kentucky where he assumed leadership of the Lexington Kentucky Gazette in 1817. During this time he applied or clerkships in Washington and moved to Philadelphia where he was editor of an Anti-Federalist newspaper. He joined the Franklin Gazette in 1819 and published the paper in partnership with Mr. Richard Bache, grandson of Benjamin Franklin. By June of 1829 he and John R. Walker co-founded the Pennsylvania Inquirer, later The Philadelphia Inquirer, but soon sold it.

John Norvell married three times. His third wife was ISABELLA HODGKISS FREEMAN (1804 - 1873), the adopted daughter of Tristram B. Freeman, a Philadelphia printer. Her parents were Michael and Sarah DeWeese Hodgkiss. John and Isabella had a daughter and five sons, three of whom fought in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War.

John continued to work in the newspaper business until he was appointed to the Treasury Department under President James Madison, a position he attained through his support of President Andrew Jackson. In 1831 Jackson appointed John postmaster of Detroit in Michigan Territory where the family moved. He served in that post until 1836 and was a leading member of the Constitutional Convention in 1835, serving in the State Senate until 1841. From 1837 to 1839 he was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan and in 1842 served as a member of the State House of Representative. He was also a United States district attorney in Michigan from 1846 to 1849. After not seeking re-election to the Senate, John resumed his law practice in Detroit.
John Norvell died on 4/24/1850 at his home in Hamtramck, Michigan, on the same day that he was appointed US Consul to Turkey. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. Norvell Township, Jackson County, Michigan, first called Norvell Plains and settled in the 1830s, was named for him.

IX. SPENCER(1814 - 1850) -- possibly born to another wife.
IX. JOSEPH (1819 - 1840) -- possibly born to another wife.
IX. ISABELLA GIBSON (?? - ??) married Capt. Angus Keith, a Great Lakes boat captain.
IX. DALLAS (1825 - 1888) served as a lieutenant on the staff of General George Custer.
IX. FREEMAN (1827 - 1881) married Mary Dean Redfield McPherson (1842 - 1918) and had children.
IX. BARRY (1829 - 1858)
IX. JOHN MASON (1832 - 1892)
IX. STEVENS THOMPSON (1835 - 1911) an officer with the 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers. Stevens was at the Battle of San Juan Hill with Theodore Roosevelt.
IX. EMILY VIRGINIA (1837 - 1914) married Henry Nelson Walker, a newspaper owner, lawyer, and attorney general of Michigan.
IX. ALFRED CUTHBERT (1842 - 1883)
IX. EDWIN FORREST (1843 - 1876)
IX. JAMES KNOX POLK (1845 - 1906)
IX. FREEMAN NORVELL (1827 - 1881) was born to John and Isabella Norvell on 1/15/1827. On 9/9/1862, Freeman married MARY DEAN REDFIELD MCPHERSON (11/26/1842, Cassopolis, Michigan - 12/14/1918), daughter of Colonel Alexander Hamilton Redfield, a descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins and the fifth cousin of President John Adams. Their wedding ceremony took place in South Wales, New York and was conducted by Reverend Benjamin H. Paddock, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Detroit. They had children.

Freeman Norvell's photo and the following paragraphs are courtesy of his great grandson, writer John E. Norvell. "Freeman Norvell served as a 2nd lieutenant in the Mexican War, with Co. A, Marine Battalion in 1847. He was breveted 1st Lieutenant for storming of Chapultepec and capture of Mexico City, and appointed Adjutant, Nov 1, 1847. He was with the Army in Mexico in 1848. The U.S. Marines had no regimental organization, and consisted of 1283 privates, doubled on 2 March 1847 to 2293, with 12 commanding officers, one of which was Freeman Norvell. A battalion of this force marched to Puebla with Franklin Pierce's troops in July and joined Quitman's division, seeing action at Chapultepec, and were among the first to enter the Belén gate. They formed the guard at the Palacio Nacional on the plaza, the "Halls of Montezuma"

"Freeman later served as a Colonel in the 5th Michigan Cavalry in the Civil War, as did his brothers Dallas Norvell, John Mason Norvell, Alfred C. Norvell, Edwin Forrest Norvell, and Stephens Thompson Norvell."

Freeman Norvell died on 5/13/1881 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, of pneumonia. His obituary appeared in the Detroit Free Press on May 14.
There died yesterday, at his home in this city Col Freeman Norvell, one of the best known of our citizens. Col Norvell was an able and an honest man. He was devoted to the public service, a patriot whose intellect, voice, and arm were over at his country's call. The subterfuges of the politician had no attraction for him; the welfare of the people, law, order, good government the utmost purity in the administration of public affairs, the fullest liberty of the citizen for these he labored with energy and unselfish devotion. He sought for himself nothing but that freedom with the political history of the nation a man of broad views and strong convictions, firm in his opinions. . . .

He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in the family plot of his father in law, Alexander Hamilton Redfield.
(Photo: Hamilton R. Norvell & Mother Mary Redfield Norvell)
IX. STEVENS THOMPSON NORVELL (1835 - 1911) was born to John and Isabella Hodgkiss Freeman Norvell on 2/14/1835. He married SARAH ELIZABETH PROAL (1849 - 4/17/1931) on 8/23/1870 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sarah was the daughter of Charles and Sarah Proal of Minneapolis.

He enlisted in the army on 1/23/1858 as a private in Company A 5th US Infantry. He served in Utah during the first part of the Civil War until 1860, was promoted to first sergeant and assigned to the 5th Infantry. In 1862 he fought the Apache at Peralto, New Mexico, was later discharged from the enlisted ranks on 1/23/1863 and promoted to 2nd Lieutenant of the 13th Infantry on 2/19/1863 and 1st Lieutenant in July of the same year. In 1865 he was assigned to the Military Division of Mississippi but was transferred to the 31st Infantry on 9/21/1866, and promoted to Captain on 6/10/1868. After the war he was stationed at Fort Stevenson, Dakota Territory.

In 1870 Stevens Thompson was assigned to the 10th Cavalry, serving in command of Troop M from August 1882 to April 1883 at Fort Davis and at Fort Custer Montana. He was promoted to major in March of 1890 after leading his company in a number of actions against the Indians. As commander of the 1st Squadron of the 10th Cavalry during the Spanish American War, Stevens was deployed to Cuba where he led four companies of African American cavalrymen, Buffalo Soldiers, during the Battle of San Juan Hill. They saw action at several battles leading to the surrender of Santiago and earning Stevens a commendation. He was 64 years of age at the time. After being promoted to Lieutenant, Stevens commanded the 9th Cavalry Regiment and retired on 2/14/1899, his birthday. In 1904 he was promoted to Colonel and died at Ogunquit, Maine, on 8/20/1911.
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X. HAMILTON REDFIELD (1863 - 1936) married Anna Catherine Bower (1868 - 1923).
X. EMILY VIRGINIA (1864 - 1957 ) married a Mr. Gillespie
X. STEVENS THOMPSON (1865 - 1901)
X. MARY DEAN (1866 - 1956) married a Mr. Furman.
X. SARAH DEWEESE (1868 - 1920) married a Mr. Van Duzer
X. SUSAN FLANDREAU (1872 - 1955) married a Mr. Van Dyke
I wish to thank John E. Norvell, M.A. (Lt Col. USAF, Ret) for providing some of the early information on this family. His own publication is titled HISTORY OF THE NORVELL AND RELATED FAMILIES.

VIII. LIPSCOMB NORVELL JR. (7/27/1795, KY - 1877) was born on 7/27/1795 to Lipscomb and Mary Hendrick Norvell. He married SARAH W. SMITH (1798 - 1874) and had a son, Benjamin Rush Norvell.

IX. BENJAMIN RUSH (1843 - 1869) married Ann Mariah Swearingen and had children.

IX. BENJAMIN RUSH NORVELL (1843 - 1869) was born in Brookeland, Sabine, Texas, in 1843 to Lipscomb and Sarah W. Smith Norvell. He married ANN MARIAH SWEARINGEN and had two children before his death on 12/30/1869 in Nibletts Bluff, Calcasieu, Louisiana.

X. BENJAMIN RUSH (1865 - 1928)
X. LIPSCOMB S. (?? - ??)

VII. HUGH NORVELL (8/28/1767, VA - 10/15/1848, Barren County, KY) was the son of Captain John and Mary Lipscomb Norvell of Hanover, VA. Hugh was well known in the Freedom area of KY and has descendants living in Barren County, KY. He married SUSANNAH H. BUSH (1771 - 1846) and had children. Hugh is buried at the Lyon Cemetery in Barren County, Kentucky.

VIII. JOHN R. NORVELL (1796 - 1878)
VIII. HUGH NORVELL (1799 - 1860)
VIII. THOMAS G. NORVELL (1801 - 1875)
VIII. MOSES LEWIS NORVELL (1812 - 1862), First Lt., buried at Lyon Cemetery, Barren County, KY.

VI. WILLIAM NORVELL (1746 - 1794) was born in 1746 in Hanover County, VA to George and Sara Holdcroft Norvell. He married MARTHA BUTLER (1745 - 1/30/1798, St. Paul's Parish, Hanover County, VA) and had children. Their home was the Norvell plantation, situated on 300 acres of land in St. Paul's Parish. The house was burned to the ground during the Revolutionary War.

William Norvell, who served as a Captain in the Hanover County Militia during the Revolutionary War, also served in the Virginia House of Burgesses and in 1775 was a vestryman at Bruton Parish Church. He served with Robert Carter Nicholas as delegates from James City County at the Third Virginia Convention, convened at St. John's Church in Richmond in possible preparation for an attack by Lord Dunmore at Williamsburg. In September of the same year, William Norvell, Robert Carter Nicholas, and Nathaniel Burwell met with district leaders at the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse. On 4/24/1776 a large group of James City County freeholders gathered at the Six Mile (Allen's) Ordinary where they drafted written instructions to Robert Carter Nicholas and William Norvell, who were the county's delegates to the Fifth Virginia Convention.

William Novell died on 1/7/1794. Both he and Martha were buried on their property.

VII. THOMAS (1764, Hanover Co. VA - 9/26/1817, Richmond) married Ann Mosby
VII. REUBEN (8/6/1768 - 6/17/1852) married Mary King (1770 - 1821) on 6/4/1792 in Campbell Co., VA.
VII. WILLIAM (12/1/1770, Hanover Co. - 10/27/1823, Lynchburg, VA) married Ann Wiatt and had children.
VII. MARTHA (1775, Lynchburg, VA - 1848) married Seth Ward.
VII ELIZABETH (12/27/1781, Hanover Co. - 1/8/1868, Campbell Co. VA) married (Unknown) Burton.
VII. LUCY (2/27/1787, Hanover, Co. - 1/29/1865)
VII. EDMUND BUTLER (9/11/1789, Hanover Co. - 11/1/1830, Lynchburg, VA) married Saluda Morris, daughter of Dabney Morris.
VII. MARY (1783, Hanover Co. - 12/17/1819, Campbell Co. VA.) married Christopher Henderson Clark on 7/10/1815 in Campbell County, VA.

VII. REUBEN NORVELL (1768 - 1852) was born on 8/6/1768 in Hanover County to William and Martha Butler Norvell. He married MARY "POLLY" KING (1770 - 6/19/1821, Amherst County, VA) in Campbell County, VA on 6/4/1792 and had children. Mary King was the daughter of Captain Sackville King (1748 - 1839 and his wife Ann Payne (?? - 1781). Reuben served with Henry Clay in the Clerk's Office of Hanover County, VA. When he moved to Amherst, he was elected a vestryman of Lexington Parish. He served three sessions in the General Assembly representing Amherst County. Reuben died in Richmond on 6/17/1852 and was buried at Shockoe Cemetery. Polly King Norvell was buried at her parent's home, Solitude, in Amherst County.

VIII. EDWARD S. (1794 - buried 4/25/1822, Lynchberg) unmarried.
VIII. GEORGE ROBERT (1796 - 1827) died in Liverpool, England.
VIII. MARTHA JANE (1797 - 12/2/1844, Richmond, VA) married John Caskie (1790, Little Carsehill, Stewarton, Ayrshire, Scotland - 9/13/1867) on 6/10/1817. Martha Norvell Caskie is buried at Shockoe Cemetery in Richmond and her descendants later resided at Gale Hill in Albemarle County, VA.
VIII. LORENZO (7/21/1801 - 3/18/1880) married Lucy Harrison (1813 - 1885)
VIII. AMANDA MALVINA (4/18/1802, Amherst County - 9/11/1838, Richmond, VA) married David Walker (8/10/1799, Scotland - 5/7/1845, Richmond) on 12/11/1826.
VIII. WILLIAM P. (1807 - 9/12/1839, Baltimore, MD) unmarried.
VIII. REUBEN BUTLER (7/21/1809 - 2/22/1884, Huntsville, Alabama) married George Ann Beale on 11/29/1842.
VIII. ANNA ELIZA (Living 1830) married Edward M. Brown on 1/13/1830.
IX. EDWARD L. NORVELL (1832 - 7/13/1887) was born in 1832 in Lynchburg, VA to Lorenzo and Lucy Harrison Norvell on 1/17/1832. He married SUSAN DANDRIDGE RICHARDSON (1837 - 1/17/1888, Lynchburg, VA) on 11/13/1856 in Richmond, VA and had children. Susan was the daughter of John Blair and Lavinia Washington Dandridge.

Edward appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, as a merchant, age 47. In his household were his wife Susan D., age 43; daughters, Lavinia, age 21; Lucey H., age 18; and son Edward L. Norvell, age 14, placing his birth year at 1864. Edward died on 7/13/1887 and was buried at Springhill Cemetery, VA.

X. LAVINIA (Est. 1859 - ??)
X. LUCEY H. (Est. 1862 - ??)
X. EDWARD LORENZO NORVELL (10/1/1866 - 1/18/1932) married Ada (Amelia) Virginia Curdts (1873 - 1960)
VIII. LORENZO NORVELL (7/21/1801 - 3/18/1880) was the son of Reuben and Mary King Norvell. He married LUCY HARRISON (2/3/1813 - 10/28/1885) at Lynchburg, VA and had children. In 1850, at age 45, he appears on the census in District 38, Mason, Virginia. He is listed as having been born in Virginia about 1805. He is listed on the 1860 census in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, as a Bank Officer, age 54, born in Virginia. Living in his household are his wife Lucy, age 43, a daughter Lucy H., age 11, and one Margaret Metcalfe, age 40. There were also other children. Lorenzo appears on the 1860 slave schedules for Campbell County as the owner of five slaves including three females ages 50, 18, and 9, and two males, ages 48 and 2. In 1870 he again appears on the census in Lynchburg aged 65, born in Virginia.

Lorenzo Norvell died on 3/18/1880 and was buried at Spring Hill Cemetery in Lynchburg.

IX. EDWARD L. NORVELL (1832 - ??) married Susan Dandridge Richardson
IX. ROBERT (1833 - 4/29/1852, Blue Sulphur Spring, VA)
IX. WILLIAM HARRISON (Est. 1839 - 9/12/1839)
IX. LUCY HARRISON (Est. 1849 - ??)

Photo courtesy of John E. Norvell
X. EDWARD LORENZO NORVELL (1866 - 1932) was born in Lynchburg, VA, on 10/1/1866 to Edward and Susan Richardson Norvell. [According to some records Edward was born in Virginia; however his son Loring's birth certificate places his birth in Maryland in 1864. In the book titled "William Norvell (1746-1794) of Hanover County, Va." by Lucy Harrison Miller Baber it is stated that Edward's name was Edward Lorenzo, but that he changed it to conform to social norms and acceptability of his time and community.

On 9/29/1897 in Norfolk, VA. Edward married ADA VIRGINIA CURDTS (9/1/1871 - 7/1/1960) and had five children. Ada Curdts was the daughter of LOUIS THEODORE CURDTS (1843, Germany - 1922) and his wife MARGARET AMELIA BAYTO (1848 - 1915) of Norfolk, VA.
LOUIS THEODORE CURDTS (1843 - 1/21/1922), nicknamed "Wootsie," was born on 11/14/1843 to KARL LUDEWIG EDUARD CURDTS (Abt. 1814, Gross-Stockheim, Wolfenbuttel, Lower Saxony, Germany - Aft. 1875) and JOHANNE HENRIETTE MARIE LOUISE BUGEL in Fummelse, Germany. Louis Theodore Curdts married MARGARET AMELIA BAYTO (8/12/1848, Norfolk, VA - 3/17/1915, Norfolk, VA) in Norfolk, VA, on 9/7/1869. Their marriage is confirmed in Norfolk Marriages 1869, Book 1, p. 111. Their children were EDWARD, FREDERICK, GEORGE, ELLA, and ADA VIRGINIA CURDTS. Margaret was the daughter of JOAQUIN MARTINEZ BAYTO (Abt. 1819, Seville, Spain - 3/7/1868, Norfolk, VA) and MARGARET ELIZABETH GREENWOOD, daughter of JOHN MARTIN and MARGRETH KOCH GREENWOOD. [For additional information see]

Louis Theodore's grandparents were JOHANN FRIEDRICH DANIEL CURDTS (Abt. 1785 - Aft. 1845) and his second wife, JOHANNA DOROTHEE HENRI ROHLICKE, who he married on 12/28/1826 in Fummelse, Lower Saxony. A school teacher, first at Gross-Stockheim, Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel, and then at Fummelse, Johann married (1) ERNESTINE LUISE BENEDIKTE BEYER about 1810 in Gross-Stockheim, Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel. He had two children: Luise Mathilde Emilie Curdts & Karl Ludewig Eduard Curdts.

Originally a native of Prussia, Louis Curdts renounced his allegiance to Frederick William, King of Prussia, and became a United States citizen on 11/24/1851 (Order Book, Norfolk Borough, p. 370). Louis Curdts died at 205 Westover Avenue in Norfolk of heart disease. Both he and Margaret Amelia were buried at Elmwood Cemetery. [Lot No. N, 1/2#14, 6th Alley East, location of the grave south, 2nd row from W. Line.] Lewis Theodore Curdts appears on the 1880 Federal Census in Norfolk as a salesman. Living in his household were his wife Amelia, age 30, and children Ada V., age 8, Fred L., age 5, and Edward M., age 2. Also listed on the census were Louis Curdts, born in Germany about 1826, and his wife Ellen, who were probably Lewis' parents.
Louis Theodore Curdts and Margaret Amelia Bayto Curdts
According to family stories, Edward left the family at some point when the children were still young. Edward L. Norvell died 6/18/1931, age 65. Ada Curdts Norvell was living at 4811 Newport Avenue in Norfolk's Colonial Place at the time of her death. Members of both the Norvell and Curdts families are buried at a Norvell family plot in Elmwood Cemetery off Princess Anne Road at Monticello Avenue, Norfolk.

XI. SUSAN DANDRIDGE (5/30/1899 - 2000) married Richard Sawyer and later divorced. She headed a household in Norfolk consisting of her mother, Ada, and sister, Virginia. The house was a duplex on Newport Avenue and Sue, Ada and Virginia lived on the first floor while Ada's daughter, Ellen, lived upstairs with her husband Frank Phillips and their two children. Susan Dandridge Sawyer had one daughter, Frances Norvell Sawyer, who married Jack S. Marrow and had two children.
XI. EDWARD LOUIS (1/17/1903 - 3/23/1993) married and had children. Known by his family as Louis, he was a public relations manager for the Union News and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He was also a member and deacon of Central Congregational Christian Church in Norfolk. Louis married twice and had two daughters, Jean Thompson and Marsha Foy, both of Virginia Beach. Louis is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, VA.
XI. VIRGINIA SPOTTSWOOD (12/13/1907 - 6/11/1983) was unmarried and lived with her mother and sister. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery with her parents.
XI. FRED LORING (12/22/1909, Norfolk, Va. - 10/7/1997, Phoenix, Arizona) married Rosalee Whitehurst and had two children, Gayle and Linwood.
XI. ELLEN AMELIA (9/14/1914 - 9/3/1996) married Franklin Hadley Phillips, Norfolk, Virginia, and had children, Franklin H. Jr. (7/7/1944 - ), called "Chip", and Susan Dandridge Phillips, called "Susie." Frank Jr. married Frances Patricia Bowen in 1970 and had children, Franklin H. II (4/23/1976 - ), Emily Martin (7/14/1978 - ) and Carey Dandridge (2/11/1982 - ). Susan married in 1974 to Donald Edmonds Kinloch and had children, Gordon Hadley Kinloch (1977 - ) and Graham Balfour Kinloch (1981 - ).
Coat-of-Arms granted to unknown individual
The Norvells were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk where two of their children, Susan and Edward Louis, were baptized. The family appears on the 1900 Federal Census in Ward 6, Norfolk, Virginia. Edward Lorenzo Norvell is listed as age 34, born in Virginia. Also in his household were his wife Ada A., age 26, and daughter Susan D., age 1. Edward also appeared in 1910, aged 42, born about 1868; however his place of birth is noted as Maryland. With him were his wife Ada V., age 39, born in Virginia; Susie D., age 11; Edward L., age 7; Virginia S., age 2; and Fred L., called Loring, an infant. At the time of Loring's birth, the family was living at 531 Martin Avenue in Norfolk.
Photo, Gayle N. Mandell
XI. FRED LORING "PETE" NORVELL (1909 - 1997) was born on 12/22/1909 to Edward Lorenzo and Ada Virginia Curdts Norvell. Loring, nicknamed "Pete," was educated in the public schools in Norfolk but was called upon frequently to help out at home since his father left the family at some point before Pete came of age. In 1910 the family was living at 531 Martin Avenue and in 1920 at 205 Franklin Avenue in Portsmouth, VA. In 1930 they lived at 4811 Newport Avenue in Norfolk. Although his education only extended through high school, Pete established a rewarding career and for a number of years was a regional sales representative for the Johnson's Wax Company. Later he went to work as manager for the Harry B. Cook Company, a food brokerage firm in Hyattsville, Maryland, from which he retired. He also served in the Virginia National Guard as a Sergeant, Company K, 1st Infantry,

On 11/4/1939, married
ROSALEE "DIXIE" WHITEHURST (2/1/1917, Norfolk, Va. - 3/19/1985, Norfolk, Va.), the daughter of Ernest Linwood and Sally Reed Gayle Whitehurst [SEE WHITEHURST FAMILY] in Norfolk and the two began their married life in apartments on Brandon and Colonial Avenues in the Ghent section of Norfolk. They had two children, Gayle Curdts Norvell and Loring Linwood Novell. The family later moved to a house at 741 Baldwin Avenue, and when the children were pre-teens they moved across the street to 742 Baldwin Avenue, where Pete and Dixie remained until retiring to their summer home at 1352 West Ocean View Avenue at Willoughby Beach in Norfolk.

Active in his community, Pete attended Ghent Methodist Church where he was a member of the Men's Club. He was also active with the PTA at Taylor Elementary School and was a coach of the boy's baseball team in Atlantic City, a section of Norfolk, VA. Pete also had a great appreciation of music, an interest shared by his son Woody. His favorite piece of music was the "Warsaw Concerto."

Pete's favorite holiday was Christmas, and he always made it special for his family. One of his traditions was the creation of the "perfect" Christmas tree and the "perfect Christmas morning." Following the selection of a tree, a Balsa Fir just the right width and height, Pete would proceed to sculpt it by sawing off branches in some areas and adding them in areas he considered blank. Drilling holes in the tree trunk and inserting cut branches to achieve the desired effect, Pete was always successful in creating a perfectly symmetrical tree. Decorating the tree would not begin until after Gayle and Woody were in bed on Christmas Eve. They were never allowed to see the finished tree until they awoke on Christmas morning. Lights would be hung in perfect symmetry, ornaments would be carefully placed, and finally, strands of tinsel lovingly hung. Only then would the gifts be placed under the tree. Come Christmas morning the stage was set. The lights on the tree were turned on, Christmas records were playing on the stereo and the camera was loaded with film for that first Christmas photo. When Gayle and Woody were young, Pete invented a Christmas elf, named "Silly Tingle." He told the children that the elf helped Santa in his workshop and even visited Pete's own basement workshop. He placed a small bell near his workbench that he would ring occasionally to signify that "Silly Tingle" was with him in the basement. When daughter Gayle's son Chris became old enough, she continued the tale of "Silly Tingle".
Photographs, Collection of Gayle N. Mandell
In 1992, Gayle opened her own art and custom framing studio in Virginia Beach, called "Vincent's", after her favorite artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Meanwhile, Barry had returned to flying, but after being diagnosed with Meniere's Disease he left piloting and joined Gayle in business. The two operated the gallery in Virginia Beach until the end of 1999 at which time Gayle's interest in genealogy led them to Mathews County where her maternal ancestors first settled. She and Barry bought a Victorian farmhouse built in 1876 called Dragon's Cove, located in Hudgins, VA just outside Mathews Courthouse. The house had been built on Hill's Bay opposite Gwynn's Island on land that was the site of the Revolutionary War "Battle of Cricket Hill" where Gayle's ancestor, Captain Robert Gayle, had been stationed.

In 2000, Gayle and Barry opened a second gallery and frame shop,
Bay Country Custom Framing, in Mathews. Barry was active in the business community, and Gayle served on the board of the Mathews County Historical Society where she was chairperson of the Historic Building & Sites Committee. They remained in Mathews until 2003 when an opportunity to expand their business led them to move to Virginia's Northern Neck where they owned and operated "Bay Country Studios" in Irvington and White Stone. They bought a home on Moran Creek in Weems, off the Corrotoman River, where Gayle maintained a studio. After closing the gallery in 2008, Gayle and Barry decided to return to Norfolk which they did in 2010, reconnecting with family and friends. Barry sadly passed away at age 75 from pulmonary fibrosis on 11/22/2015. Gayle lives in the Ghent section of Norfolk where she continues to produce art. She sells her work to galleries on the East Coast through an agent.

XIII. CHRISTOPHER LIONEL BROWN (5/10/1970, Norfolk, VA - )
Barry Mandell & Chris Brown, 2007

VII. WILLIAM NORVELL (1770 - 1823) OF AMHERST COUNTY was born to William and Martha Butler Norvell on 12/1/1770 in Hanover County, VA. On 7/13/1794 he married ANN/NANCY WIATT (5/25/1779 - 1842), daughter of Col. John Wiatt, and had children. The family moved to Campbell County VA in 1797 and settled at Radcliff near Candler's Mountain in that county.

William was first corporation clerk in Lynchburg and was elected a member of the town council in 1811. In 1813 he was appointed to a committee of three to build a new market house and was one of the directors of the Exchange Bank, organized in 1814. He was president of the Bank of Virginia for many years and was on the board of managers of the Lynchburg Charity School. He was among seven marshals, along with his brother-in-law John Otey, at the funeral of Thomas Jefferson.

William's home in Lynchburg, built in 1815, is known as the Norvell-Otey House and is called the largest and finest Federal mansion in Central Virginia. William Norvell died on 10/27/1823 in Lynchburg. Both he and Ann are buried at the Norvell family burial grounds near Radcliff.
VIII. WILLIAM WIATT (4/9/1795 - 1871) married Ann M. Harrison on 12/10/1818.
VIII. MARTHA ANN (3/1797 - 10/1/1815) married Chiswick Dabney on 1/1/1814.
VIII. ELIZABETH EMMALINE (4/23/1799 - 9/26/1819) married Edward Trent in 1815.
VIII. LUCY WILHILLMINA (2/23/1801 - 5/23/1866) married Jonathan M. Otey on 12/10/1817 and they became the next occupants of the Norvell-Otey House in Lynchburg. Both the Norvell and Otey families were lifelong friends of Thomas Jefferson, and John Otey assisted in raising funds for Jefferson in Lynchburg during a time of need. Lucy Norvell Otey was one of only two women given a commission as Captain in the Confederate Army due to her work in the army hospitals in Lynchburg.
VIII. SUSANNAH CAROLINE (4/15/1803 - 2/19/1872) married Jonathan M. Warwick
VIII. JOHN EDMUNDSON (5/1/1805 - 1850) m. Elizabeth E. Whitteker. Children were IX. CHARLES W. (?? - 11/28/1848); IX. JOHN EDMONDSON (?? - 8/28/1851); IX. WILLIAM GASTON (8/13/1838 - 10/1903) m. Ruth Ann Smithers; IX. FLORENCE MINOR (1841 - 1870) m. Charles E. Kinkle; IX. ANNIE WARWICK (1844 - 1936) m. Isaac Noyes Rand.
VIII. SAMUEL GUSTAVUS (12/27/1807 - 9/1/1871) m. (1) Lelia Ann Bradfute, (2) Henningham V. Reid. Samuel had 22 children.
VIII. FAYETTE HENRY (11/6/1809 - ??) m. Mary Coriana Roane
VIII. GEORGE EDWARD (9/20/1811 - 3/13/1839)
VIII. FLORA ANN EMMELINE (Abt. 1810 - ??) m. (Unknown)

Norvell-Otey House, Home of William Norvell, Lynchburg, VA
VIII. WILLIAM WIATT NORVELL (1795 - 1871) was born to William and Martha Butler Norvell on 4/90/1795. He married ANN MARIA HARRISON (1803 - 1886) on 12/10/1818 and had children. William was Clerk of Hustings Court in 1816, City Treasurer of Lynchburg, and fought in the War of 1812. His home was the Speed House, 822 Federal Street, Lynchburg. He is buried at Old City Cemetery in that city.
William Wiatt Norvell House, Lynchburg, VA
VI. HENRY HOLDCROFT NORVELL (1/1759 - 12/29/1846) was born in January of 1759 to George and Sara Holdcroft Norvell. On 2/13/1788 he married MARY WINGFIELD, daughter of John Wingfield Sr. and his wife Mary Hudson, in Albemarle Parish and had eight children.

In 1756 Holdcroft Norvell appeared as a tithable in Amelia County, Virginia, in Raleigh Parish between Flat Creek and Deep Creek. (Amelia Co. Tax Records; VSL Archives #20919) He also owned 200 acres of land in Albemarle County as mentioned in the following notation. "Thomas Pleasants patents 200 acres in Albemarle County on the North side of the Rivanna River on both sides of Little Mychunk Creek which was formerly granted to James McGehee, January 12, 1747, being part of a grant of 400 acres, 200 acres became vested in Holdcroft Norvell, who deserted it, after which John Biley obtained a grant which he assigned to the said Thomas Pleasants." (Book 42; 12/7/1774, "Valentine Papers"; Vol. 11)

On 9/27/1779 Holdcroft was a witness when Thomas Pemberton, John Prince, Josiah Wingfield and James Garland of Saint Anns Parish in Albemarle County and Thomas Wingfield, Joseph Wingfield and Mary Norvell of Saint Pauls Parish in Hanover County were bound to John Wingfield of Saint Pauls Parish for the sum of £100,000 and were to relinquish all rights to a Negro woman called SAL [and her increase] belonging to the estate of John Wingfield, deceased, and sold by his executors to his son, John Wingfield. The order was signed by Charles Wingfield, Jr., William Wingfield, Henry Hold Croft (sic) Norvell, Christopher Wingfield, Thomas Pemberton, John Prince and Josiah Wingfield.

Holdcroft Norvell served in the Revolutionary War for three years in the 1st Virginia Regiment under Captain John Flemming. On 6/12/1783 he was awarded a "proportion of land allowed a Sergeant of the Virginia Continental Line for three years service." (Microcopy 804, roll 1831, National Archives - Bounty Land Warrant N796 for 200 acres)

In January of 1809 Holdcroft appointed his nephew Reuben Norvell of Amherst, Virginia as his attorney in order to receive the bounty lands as heir to his deceased brothers, George and John Norvell, who died in service. In his deposition at Henrico County Court in January of 1810 Reuben stated that George and John, both deceased, were Revolutionary War soldiers and that Henry was their only heir. (Virginia Land Office, Richmond, Virginia, Revolutionary War Bounty Land Warrant # 5802, BLW Book 2-674)

On 4/18/1818 William Danire, a judge of Campbell County, wrote a letter confirming that Holdcroft was then "in reduced earning circumstances, about sixty years old, resident of the town of Lynchburg in the county aforesaid, and that he has no other assistance now is his power of his said services, except a copy of an order of council of the state of Virginia whereby he is recognized as a sergeant of the Virginia Continental line for three years- That he was at the battles of Germantown, Brandywine, Stony Point and several other skirmishes…" (National Archives, Microcopy 804, roll 1831) He was awarded a pension at the rate of $8.00 per month for his service on a certificate of pension issued on 10/16/1818 sent to William Daniel, Esq. in Lynchburg, Va. It appears from subsequent records that the pension was somehow affected and letters written in 1828 by William W. Norvell, among others, referred to an application for restoration.

On 12/7/1829 Henry, then 71 years old and a resident of Lynchburg, made a declaration of Revolutionary War service and a statement of worth to the Lynchburg Court of Hustings. Henry testified that he enlisted in 1775 Virginia under Captain John Flemming for one year and the following August enlisted for three years in the same regiment under the same captain.

He further stated that he never received any pension from the Government until pension certificate 3649 was granted by the Secretary of War on 10/16/1818. Henry stated that he was a carpenter by trade, "but being infirm with the natural want-of-sight and unable to employ apistrents (apprentices?) He has been obliged to Seek for Small jobs of work to maintain his family which consists of a wife very infirm aged Sixty-Nine Years last October named Mary and three Daughters, Polly, Mary Ann, and Eliza aged about Thirty two years-Twenty Seven Years-and Twenty four Years." Henry submitted to the court a schedule of real and personal property including "a one half acre lot in the South West part of the Town of Lynchburg with a framed house 18 by 18 feet, neither lathed or plastered 1/2 doz. common windsor Chairs, 1 old maple bureau, 2 pine Tables, 1 Walnut Case, 1 pine chest, 1 old pine and walnut prep cradle, 1 hand wash stand all made by himself. 1 iron pot, 1 oven, 1 Do. Without a lid, about 1 dozen Common plates, 2 cups & saucers of the common kind, common teapot, sugar dish and Coffee mill, 1/2 doz Common knives & forks, about 1 dozen volumes old books consisting of Bible, Hymn book and other religious works, 1 axe and a few Carpenters tools, 1 old writing desk 1 small pitcher 2 old Spinning wheels. 1 pr. cotton Cards & wool cards, 3 common tea spoons." (National Archives, Microcopy 804, roll 1831)

In January of 1830 the residents of the town of Lynchburg petitioned Congress for pension funds on behalf of Henry H. Norvell noting that he was one of the few surviving soldiers of the Revolution and entitled to his pension. "The undersigned citizens of Lynchburg and vicinity have been long acquainted with the petitioner, Henry Norvell, he has uniformly supported the character of an honest, and industrious man, and from his past services as a soldier of the Revolution, and his present poverty, they most cheerfully, and sincerely recommend him to congress as a fit and meritorious object of National bounty and benevolence." (National Archives, Microcopy 804, roll 1831) Signers of the petition included many prominent citizens of Lynchburg, including William W. Norvell and E. B. Norvell. On 1/29/1830 one J. W. Eaton stated, "The amount of property & size & description of his family is such as brings this petition under the law. The only property of any consequence is a half acre but in a town which can contribute but little if rented or sold to his support." (National Archives, Microcopy 804, roll 1831)

Holdcroft Norvell died intestate on 12/29/1846 and was buried at Old City Cemetery in Lynchurg. On 6/8/1847, on motion of Mary Ann Norvell, the Hustings Court of Lynchburg appointed one Henry Dunnington as administrator for his estate noting that no one from his family had applied. Present at the proceedings were Daniel Warwick, Major Samuel G. Norvell, Senior Alderman John C. Shakleford and Samuel Nowlin, Gentleman Justices. (Chancery and Law Order Book, February 1846-August 1849, p. 204) On 10/4/1847 the Hustings Court of Lynchburg affirmed Henry's position as a Sergeant in Captian Flemming's Company, Colonel Reid's Regiment in the Army of the Revolution and a pensioner under the laws of the United States. Henry left survivors Mrs. Polly H. Dove, wife of George Dove; Mrs. Eliza H. Gaines, widow of George W. Gaines and Mary Ann Norvell. (Chancery and Law Order Book, February 1846-August 1849, p. 240)

On 5/31/1855 the court in Bedford County, Virginia, noted that William Norvell was the son and only heir of Henry H. Norvell. "This day John Adams and William Hewitt, residents of the county aforesaid… declare that they were personally well acquainted with Henry H. Norvell deceased, late of the county of Campbell, in the State aforesaid who was a Revolutionary Soldier and pensioner of the United States… and died in the said county on the 29th day of December in the year One thousand eight hundred and forty six. They know that he died on the day above specified from the following facts and circumstances. To wit: that they (the affiants) were then officers in a volunteer company of Virginia Militia, and together with their Company, joined a military procession and attended the burial and funeral of the said Henry H. Norvell on the 30th day of December 1846, and they further say that they know that he was buried on the day after his death. They further declare that William Norvell of the county of Bedford is the son and only child of Henry H. Norvell, deceased who survived the said decedent, and so far as they know or believe is the only heir of the said decedent. They further swear that the said decedent left no widow surviving him" (National Archives, Microcopy 804, roll 1831)

On 6/25/1855 William Norvell of Bedford County, age 48, testified that "he is the son of Henry H. Norvell deceased, who was a Revolutionary soldier and pensioner under the act of March 1818, and for his services in the Virginia Continental Line in the Revolutionary war, received a pension of ninety-six dollars per annum. That his said father served as a sergeant at least two years in the Revolution, and drew the 4th day of September 1846 the pension aforesaid. That he was ignorant of his right to the provision of the act of 7th June 1832, which would have entitled him to one hundred and twenty dollars per annum from the 4th March 1831 to the date of his death. and did never in his lifetime make application therefor. That his said father died in the county of Campbell, state of Virginia, on the 29th day of December in the year one thousand eight hundred forty-six. That he left no widow surviving him, but left the following named child who is now living, viz. William Norvell. He further declares that in behalf of himself as the only surviving child of said Henry H. Norvell deceased, he does now relinquish whatever pension his said father may have under the act of March 18, 1818, or any other act of Congress, and applies for the balance due his said father according to the provisions made by the act of 7th June 1832, for those who may have served two years in the Revolution as sergeants, which balance now belongs exclusively to this declarant, as the only surviving child aforesaid of the aforesaid Henry H. Norvell..." (National Archives, Microcopy 804, roll 1831)

A brief in the case of Henry H. Norvell, deceased, was filed in Bedford County and Thornton Triplett, the Examining Clerk, stated"Norvell was pensioner under the act of 1818 at $90 a year for services as a sergeant and was at times at that rate to his death. $90 a year was the highest rate of pay allowed under the act of 1818 for services rendered in any grade not under commission, sergeant is not a commissioned officer. The act of 1832 pensioned for Revolutionary services according to the rate rec'd for said services at the time of rendering it. Sergeants are, therefore, allowed $120 a year for 2 years services under 1832. The case is allowed under 1832 at $120 deducting $90. Proof that Wm. Norvell is the only child furnished." (National Archives, Microcopy 804, roll 1831) At the time William was residing at Forest Depot, Bedford County, Virginia. A duplicate pension certificate was issued on 11/4/1870 and sent to Wm. W. Norvell Esq. Lynchburg Va.

VII. GEORGE (?? - Before 1842) served in the Revolutionary War and died without children.
VII. JOHN (?? - Before 1842) married Martha A. Horne and served in the Revolution.
VII. NANCY (?? - ??)
VII. WINGFIELD (1771 - 1854) married Nancy Hare in 1801 and lived in Nelson County, VA. They had children.
VII. WILLIAM (1807 - Living 1855)
VII. POLLY (1797 - Before 1842) married a Mr. Dove.
VII. MARY ANN (1802 - Before 1842) married on 2/13/1788 in Albemarle County, VA, to her cousin, HENRY HOLDCROFT NORVELL.
VII. ELIZABETH (1805 - Before 1842) married William Kimbroughh/Kimbo.

VII. WINGFIELD NORVELL (1771 - 1854) was the son of Henry Holdcroft and Mary Wingfield Norvell. He married NANCY HARE in 1801 and had children.

In 1842 Wingfield Norvell of Nelson County, Virginia, testified that he was the heir at law of the late Holdercraft (sic) Norvell of Nelson County who was a sergeant in the Virginia Line during the Revolutionary War. He also testified that he was an heir at law of George Norvell who served in the same war as a soldier in the Virginia Line. He named WASHINGTON NORVELL of Prince William County, Virginia as his lawful attorney to receive any land or money due him as the heir at law of Holdercroft (sic) Norvell.

VIII. UNKNOWN DAUGHTER (?? - Died in infancy)
VIII. ROWLAND R. (1822 - ??) married Martha Mawyer (1824 - ??) in 1843 and had a daughter, Hester (1859 - ??) who married and had children.
VIII. RICHARD (?? - ??)
VIII. SAMUEL (?? - ??)

VI. JAMES NORVELL (1723 - 3/20/1789, Albemarle Co, VA) was born to George and Sarah Holdcroft Norvell in either James City or Charles City County, VA. About 1740 he married ANNE SPENCER (1715, Albemarle, VA - 1803) and had children. James was living in Charles City, VA when he enlisted in the Colonial Wars and received payment for services at Lunenberg County. He was described as being 23 years of age, 5'9" tall, "brown and comely" with black hair. He was a carpenter by trade.

In 1756 James Norvell of Hanover purchased land from one Peter Massie in northwest Goochland County on Peter's Creek, a branch of the little Byrd [probably now Mill Creek or one of its tributaries], and made his home there. He was probably a farmer. In 1782 he was compensated for 25 bushels of corn that he provided to the patriots during the Revolution. After the war, he owned seven or eight slaves. According to the Goochland and Albemarle personal property tax records, he paid tax on his land in 1786 but was living with his son, Benjamin, in 1787. He is presumed dead by 1789-90 since Benjamin was not taxed for additional tithes and James was not found to be living with any of his other children.

Anne Norvell outlived her husband and apparently was living with her son, Benjamin.
She appears to have been an invalid from 1797 until her death on 5/27/1803, and caretakers were hired for her. It also appears that she was supported by proceeds from the hiring out of one of Benjamin's slaves, AGGY, who was a weaver. Aggy was included in the inventory of Benjamin's estate in September of 1803.

VII. JAMES Jr. (Bef. 1741, VA - ??)
VII. JOHN (By 1742 - 1782)
VII. WILLIAM (By 1742 - 1807, Sumner Co., Tenn.) married Susannah "Sukey" (Unknown)
VII. SPENCER (1747, Hanover Co. VA - 8/2/1829, Amherst, VA) married Frances Hill.
VII. THOMAS (1741-49 - ca. 1809, Goochland, VA) married (1) Mary Dawson, (2) Judith Parrish, daughter of William Parrish.
VII. CHRISTIANA TERRIL (1744, Goochland, VA - 1771, Goochland, VA) married Booth Napier, Jr.
VII. MACCARINA/"MACKIE" THURMOND (1750, St. Ann's Parish, Albemarle, VA - 1823-25) married William Thurman/Thurmond on 4/10/1766 and had children. They settled on Green Creek in the southern part of Albemarle County, VA near her brothers and sisters. She died in Albemarle between 1823 and 1825, and her will, dated 1823, was witnessed by Anna Johnson and George Norvell, her sister and brother…
VII. GEORGE (By 1744, Goochland - 1756, VA) married Louisa (Unknown) and served as a Captain in the 5th Virginia Regiment and received a pension in Albemarle County. According to tradition, the family stopped using the name George after the war because of the English kings of that name.
VII. ELIZABETH H. "BETTY" (1750, Goochland - ??) married Peter Lyon Jr. in Goochland County, and the family settled in Albemarle County on Green Creek. Peter purchased land there along with Betty's brother, Spencer, in 1773, (DB 6/148). After the Revolution, Peter and Betty settled in Sumner and Maury Counties, Tennessee.
VII. HUGH (1755 - ??)
VII. BENJAMIN REUBEN (1756, Hanover, VA - 1803, Albemarle, VA) married Mary Anne Jones.
VII. ANNA (1757, Nelson, VA - Abt. 1840) married Benjamin Johnson and also lived on Green Creek in Albemarle County. They moved to Maury County, Tennessee where Anna died. They were Quakers.

VII. WILLIAM NORVELL (By 1742 - Abt. 1807, Sumner Co., Tenn.), son of James and Anne Spencer Norvell, married Susannah "Sukey" (Unknown) and had children.

VIII. WILLIAM (8/4/1771 - ??) married Mary Payne.
VIII. PROBABLY PEGGY (?? - ??) married John Granger.
VIII. POSSIBLY ELIZABETH (By 1790 - ??0 married Perry B. Tracey.

VIII. WILLIAM NORVELL (8/4/1771 - 1/24/1833, Macoupin County) was born on 8/4/1771 to William and Susannah Norvell of Goochland County. He married MARY PAYNE (9/4/1783, VA - ??) on 9/8/1801. Bond for the marriage was given by her brother, Dudley Payne, in Botetourt County, VA. The couple moved to Sumner County, Tennessee and purchased land on the Red River in 1805, probably around the same time Mary's father moved his family there. Their children were all born in Sumner County.

William Norvell served in the War of 1812. And in 1828 he and Mary moved to Macoupin County, Illinois, where they both died. In April of 1830 William served on the Grand Jury in Carlinville. He died on 1/24/1833 in Macoupin County, Illinois.

ELIZABETH (2/20/1803 - 1803, Robertson County)
JAMES (2/14/1804 - 1870, Macoupin County) married (1) LAVINA HARRIS (?? - Before 1850) on 11/4/1834 at Carlinville, Illinois, and (2) SARAH WALKER before 1850.
NANCY (9/2/1805 - 11/23/1884)
SPENCER (11/14/1806 - 1/29/1879, Macoupin County) married (1) EMILY M. ROSS (?? - 8/9/1845, Macoupin County) of Sumner County and (2) MARY A. (UNKNOWN) - (1824, Kentucky - ??). Spencer served Macoupin County in the Black Hawk War Rendezvous at Beardstown on 4/22/1832.
MATILDA (9/30/1809, Sumner County - 1844) married OSWELL HORTON on 2/22/1835 to Oswell Horton (5/26/1809, Fauquier County, VA - 8/28/1884). Horton was the son of Augustus and Mary Taylor Horton. He went to Green County, Kentucky, in 1811 and to Morgan County, Illinois, in 1831. At Matilda's death, she was buried at the Blue Grass (Horton) Cemetery at Morgan County Illinois.
MARY (3/4/1811 - ??) married Isaac Yarnell.
REBECCA (11/4/1812 - 9/5/1887, Girard, Crawford County, Kansas. She married on 5/16/1833 to Hugh Smith (1795, Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee - ??), a widower with five small children, one an infant.
Hugh was the son of Robert and Margaret Smith. His parents, brothers and sisters, and his 1st wife Betsy Roach are listed as members of Suggs Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Mt. Juliet, Wilson County. About 1871 Hugh, Rebecca and seven of the children, including two daughters from the first marriage, and their families went to Girard, Crawford County, Kansas where Hugh received land from his service in the War of 1812 and the Seminole Indian Wars. Hugh and Rebecca Smith are buried at Dumbauld Cemetery.
GEORGE ANSON (11/28/1813 - ??) married MARY ANN KING.
JOHN (4/30/1815 - ??) married (1) MARIE S. HARRIS and (2) EMMA MARTIN. John Norvell died in Macoupin County, Illinois.
WILLLIAM (12/1/1816 - 12/26/1889, Macoupin County, Illinois)
HUGH (11/4/1819 - 1/1/1863) Hugh was a private in Company A, 32nd Regiment of Illinois, Vol. Inf.
SARAH (1/30/1821, Sumner County, Tenn. - 5/5/1895, Modesto, Macoupin County, Illinois) married HENRY DAVIDSON (9/15/1816, Alabama - ??) on 1/5/1845 at Palmyra, Macoupin County. Henry was the son of Joshua Davidson of Virginia and Elizabeth Sharp of North Carolina. Henry served as a Captain during the Civil War. He was discharged as a Major after serving for three years with Sherman at the Battle of Atlanta. He and Sarah lived throughout their lives at the home, two miles east of Modesto in Macoupin County. The Horton Cemetery, where both are buried, is across the road from their farm.
CAROLINE (8/4/1825, Sumner County, Tenn. - 11/23/1923, Macoupin County, Illinois) married Alexander Davidson (3/3/1821 - 11/3/1862, Boliver, Tenn.) on 10/16/1843. Alexander died on 11/3/1862 soon after he enlisted in the 32nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry after contracting Typhoid Fever. He is buried at the Corinth National Cemetery at Corinth, Mississippi. Caroline died 11/23/1920 at Springfield, Illinois and is buried in the Girard Cemetery.

VII. SPENCER NORVELL (1747 - ??) was born in Hanover County, VA in 1747 to James and Anne Spencer Norvell. He married FRANCES HILL in 1770 in Goochland County and had children. During the Revolutionary War they lived in in Albemarle County and later moved to Amherst.

Spencer left a will, dated 6/26/1829 and probated on 9/29/1829, that mentioned his children Peachy Doyle and her children; Susannah Snead, deceased, & her children; John P. Norvell; Ludiman Norvell; Nathaniel Norvell; James Norvell; Thomas Norvell and his children; Benjamin Norvell; Spencer D. Norvell; and Frances Appleberry & her children. His estate was divided into ten equal parts with Spencer's portion left in trust with his brother Benjamin as executor. The will stipulated that if Spencer died without living lawful issue then his portion would be divided equally between his siblings and/or their children. Executors were Benjamin Norvell, Chiswell Dabney and James Powell. Witnesses were Lewis Campbell, James Powell and Nathan Green. His wife probably predeceased him since she was not mentioned in the will. (Will Book A-1, pg. 126, Amherst County, Va.)

VIII. SUSANNAH (?? - ??) married Burwell Snead and had children. She inherited two servants from her father. (6/20/1808, Amherst County, Deed Book L, pg. 83)
VIII. PEACHY (?? - ??) married Mr. Doyle and had children. She inherited a Negro girl named SUCKEY from her father.
VIII. JOHN P. (?? - ??)
VIII. LUDIMAN (?? - ??)
VIII. JAMES (?? - ??)
VIII. THOMAS (?? - ??) married and had children.
VIII. BENJAMIN (?? - ??)
VIII. FRANCES (?? - ??) married Mr. Appleberry and had children.
VIII. SPENCER D. (?? - ??)

VII. GEORGE NORVELL (By 1744, Goochland - 1829, VA), son of James and Anne Spencer Norvell, married Louisa (Unknown) - (1752 - ??) and served as a Captain in the 5th Virginia Regiment and received a pension in Albemarle County. According to tradition, the family stopped using the name George after the war because of the English kings of that name.

VIII. JOHN (1773 - ??)
VIII. JAMES (1775 - 1855)
VIII. WILLIAM (1782 - ??)
VIII. PATSY (1785 - 1810)
VIII. THOMAS SPENCER (1787 - 1850)
VIII. ELIZABETH (1790 - 1897)
VIII. GEORGE (1791 - 1850)

VII. BENJAMIN REUBEN NORVELL (1756 - 1803) was born at Hanover, VA, in 1756 to James and Anne Spencer Norvell. He married MARY ANNE JONES (1760 - 1840) and had a son.

VIII. BENJAMIN REUBEN (1782 - 1847) married Rachel Curry (1786 - 1861) and had a son.

VIII. BENJAMIN REUBEN NORVELL (1782 - 1847) was born to Benjamin Reuben and Mary Anne Jones Norvell in 1782. He married RACHEL CURRY (1786 - 1861) and had a son, John Curry Norvell.

IX. JOHN CURRY NORVELL (1817 - 1896) was born to Benjamin Reuben and Rachel Curry Norvell in 1817. He married LUCINDA BOONE (1820 - 1882) and had a son. John Curry Norvell died on 12/4/1896 at Lee's Summit, Cass, Missouri.

X. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN NORVELL (1842 - 1922) married Mary Ann Risk (1843 - 1915) and had children.
IX. ANN MARIA HARRISON (4/28/1821 - 1899) m. E. Winston Radford
IX. MARTHA EMMELINE (12/8/1819 - 1875) m. James Maurice Langhorne.
IX. WILLIAM HARRISON (3/24/1826 - 5/12/1832, Lynchburg, VA)
X.. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN NORVELL (1842 - 1922) was born in Indiana on 12/3/1842 to John Curry and Lucinda Boone Norvell. He married MARY ANNE RISK (1843 - 1915) and had children. He died in Jackson, Missouri on 10/9/1922.
(Back row: Rosa Belle, Daisey Della, Myrtle Alice - Front Row: James Franklin, Mary Ann Risk Norvell,
Benjamin Franklin Norvell, and Pleasant Adam Hackleman Norvell)
XI. WILLIAM SHERMAN (1865 - 1865)
XI. JAMES FRANKLIN (1866 - 1942)
XI. DAISEY DELLA (1868 - 1942)
XI. ROSA BELLE (1871 - 1953)
XI. MYRTLE ALICE (1879 - 1950)
V. HUGH NORVELL JR. (1699 - 10/10/1759) was born to Hugh and Sara Besouth Norvell in 1699. He married MARY BALLARD and had children.

The York County Book of Records of 1714-1715 notes that Hugh Norvell, Jr. received 40 pounds of tobacco for one day's evidence in the suit of Hugh Norvell Sr. against Gabriel Maupin, a tailor. Also noted was the petition of Hugh Norvell Sr. against James Morris, carpenter, for not properly instructing Hugh Jr, who was later apprenticed to Henry Cary who was building the new governor's palace and Capitol.

Hugh's father, Hugh Sr., died in 1719, and Hugh Jr. continued to live in the Williamsburg area. In 1747, like his father, he became a vestryman for Bruton Parish Church and was also called to the York County court from time to time and was mentioned in the court orders in December of 1726.

By January 1739-40, Hugh Jr. had moved to Isle of Wight County, VA, which later became Southampton County. At that time he was appointed as an executor and witnessed the will of one John Ward. Another witness to the will was William Spence, a neighbor of Hugh in 1740 and later to Hugh's son, Francis, at the same location. According to Hugh's deed to John Morgan in 1749 this was a tract of land between Flat Swamp and the Meherrin River in southern Southampton County, VA.

After the sale to Morgan in 1749, Hugh and Mary moved to Lunenburg County and settled on Allens Creek, a tributary of the Roanoke River, in an area that later became Mecklenburg County. They were joined here by the Ballard and Holloway families, who were associated with the Norvells in Williamsburg. The Lunenburg County tax lists for 1750-1752 list Hugh Jr. with two additional males in his household, one of them his son, Thomas. On the 1752 tax list for Lunenburg, John and William Ballard were named. And in 1756 William Ballard bought property on both sides of Allens Creek adjoining the Norvells. James Norvell was a witness to the deed.

Hugh Norvell wrote his will in October of 1759. A year later, he obtained a patent for 333 acres on both sides of Allens Creek. He died sometime afterward and his will was proven at Lunenburg in 1760 by Thomas Norvell, heir and executor of the will. Hugh named his wife Mary; daughters Elizabeth Sandefur and Mary Norvell; son Thomas Norvell and two unnamed children. Witnesses included William Ballard, Adam Thomson and James Smith. Bequests were made to Elizabeth Sandefur of furniture, and son Thomas received his father's plantation of 333 acres. Wife Mary received the rest of Hugh's estate until her death, "providing, however, that at her death his estate be sold and the money arising therefrom equally divided between the rest of my five children, providing that my wife Mary may not waste or imbezzel any of the money arising from my estate" (Elliot)

An appraisal and inventory of Hugh's estate, recorded 9/2/1760, included a table and cloth; a parcel of old books, one feather bed, bedstead, furniture and slaves. Named were a Negro girl named NUT and a Negro man named TARBOR. A value of 106 pounds was given and the appraisal was signed by Stephen Mallet, William Ballard and Daniel Gorre.

Mary, Hugh's widow, survived her husband and was named in a 1763 deed in Lunenburg County and the 1764 tax lists for Mecklenburg County.

VI. JAMES (1726, North Carolina - 1823, Bell Buckle, Bedford County, Tennessee) married Mary Knott (1738, NC - 1813, Tenn.), daughter of James Knott.
VI. THOMAS (1734 - 6/1812, Tinker Creek, Botetourt County, VA) married Anne (Nancy) Nightingale Young in 1757
VI. ELIZABETH (1730 - ??) married William Sandifer/Sandefur.
VI. MARY (Abt. 1728 - ??)
VI. FRANCIS (1735 - 1783, Southampton County, VA) married Mary McLemore in Southampton County.

VI. FRANCIS NORVELL (1735 - 1783, Southampton County, VA), son of Hugh and Mary Ballard Norvell, married MARY MCLEMORE in Southampton County and had children.

THE EARLIEST SETTLERS IN THE AREA OF ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY were 100 immigrants brought over in April or May of Christopher Lawne on Lawne's ship, Marygold, commanded by Captain Evans, In 1634 Virginia plantations were divided into eight counties that included "Warrascoyack," which became Isle of Wight County in 1637. The same year the county of New Norfolk was formed out of Elizabeth City County which extended on both sides of the river." New Norfolk was divided into Lower and Upper Norfolk, the latter becoming Nansemond County. One of the earliest inhabitants here was WILLIAM NEVILL/NORVELL who appears in Warrascoyack in 1639. It is not know if or how he may be related to the family of THOMAS NORVELL.

I. WILLIAM NEVILL/NORVELL (?? - Bef. 1663) was born to unknown parents and was living in Isle of Wight in 1639-40 and 1642-43 when acts were passed establishing boundaries. "Isle of Wight County was declared to begin at Lawne's Creek from thence down the river to the plantation of Richard Hayes, formerly belonging to John Howard, including the said plantation, from thence to extend into the woods southerly to the plantation of William Norvell and Robert Pitt, including the said plantations and families." Norvell's plantation, Oyster Banks was situated south of Lawne's Creek on the James River near the boundary between Isle of Wight and Nansemond counties in 1656 at the time the boundary line between the two counties was run. (SEE ABOVE MAP)

William married LYDIA (UNKNOWN) and had children. He died before 1663 because by then Lydia, widow of William Nevill, had married Arthur Skinner. In the same year his sons, John and Roger Nevill, received their inheritances from William's estate. And on 4/25/1665, Roger sold his interest in William's land to Arthur Skinner. On 5/16/1665, John Nevill and his wife Elizabeth of Nansemond County did the same.

In 1674, the General Assembly enacted that "a southwest by south line be run from the river side at Hayes' plantation (including that plantation in Isle of Wight) to the creek at or near the plantation called Norvell's Oyster Bank, thence up the creek to Col. Pitt's Creek, thence southwest half a point westerly indefinitely extended, provided, nevertheless, that the house and cleared grounds of Capt. Thomas Godwin…be deemed in the county of Nansemond... " (

II. ROGER (Abt 1642 - ??) married ELIZABETH HAMPTON, widow of Thomas Hampton, and had children.
II. JOHN SR. (Bef. 1663 - Bef. 1704) married ELIZABETH (UNKNOWN) and had children.
II. WILLIAM (Bef. 1663 - ??) In 1695, the same year that William and his brother, John, witnessed a deed, Joseph Jordan testified that he saw William Nevill burnt on his arms and legs by Charles Darron and Will Green. William apparently died as a result and is not mentioned in further records.

II. ROGER NEVILL (Abt. 1642 - ??), son of William and Lydia Nevill and step-son of ARTHUR SKINNER, married ELIZABETH BRIDLE HAMPTON, widow of THOMAS HAMPTON JR. (Abt. 1654, York Co. VA - 1703, IOW) whose will, dated 6/28/1703, proved 12/9/1703 in Isle of Wight, named his wife Elizabeth and children Francis, Thomas, John, Mary, Elizabeth and Sarah. Witnesses to Hampton's will were John and James Denson and Francis Bridle. Incidentally, the son, FRANCIS HAMPTON (1690 - 1747) married ELIZABETH NEVILLE, daughter of JOHN & ELIZABETH BOHANNON NEVILLE of Gloucester County, VA.

On 4/25/1665 Roger Nevill sold his interest in his father's land to Arthur Skinner, noted in the deed as his father-in-law rather than his step-father, as was the custom of the day. In the Quit Rent Rolls of 1704, Roger was listed with 200 acres in Isle of Wight County. On 9/15/1718 Roger and Elizabeth Nevill deeded 50 acres to "our loving son" John Hampton and his wife Ann. It was described as land conveyed by Thomas Powell Sr. and Jr. on Indian Swamp adjoining Darden's land. Witnesses to the deed were William Kerle, Michael Murfrey and John Powell.

Roger was executor of the will of Isaac Cook of Newport Parish in Isle of Wight, filed in 1727-28. Legatees were Isaac's brother, John Cooke; his sister, Mary Stringer and one Bridgett Rogers. As executor, he received the remainder of the estate after the shares were apportioned. Appraisal was by John Garner, John Marshall and Michael Murfrey.

In 1747 the will of Elizabeth Hampton Nevill was filed in Isle of Wight. Beneficiaries were her daughter-in-law, Mary Sikes; granddaughter Mary Sikes; daughter-in-law Rachel Wainwright; Amy and Ann Wainwright; daughter-in-law Mary Nevill, granddaughter Elizabeth Nevill; granddaughter Rachel Nolleboy, granddaughter Elizabeth Garner; granddaughter Sarah Murfrey, granddaughter Ellinor Everett; daughter Sarah Carter; son Francis Hampton; daughter Mary Marshall and son-in-law James Marshall, who was executor. Witnesses to the will were John Marshall, Jacob Darden and John Everett.

[NOTE: The Murfrey and Marshall families who intermarried with the Nevills were also associated with the family of Thomas Gale in Isle of Wight.]

III. RACHEL (Living 1775) married William Bullock (Abt. 1695 - ??). In 1775 John and Sarah Bullock of Perquimens County, NC, John being the son of William and Rachel Bullock, sold 170 acres near the head of the Western Branch of the Nansemond River to Thomas Newby, Jr. of Isle of Wight. The tract was formerly given by Roger Nevill to daughter Rachel Nevill Bullock.
III. ANNE (Abt. 1699 - ??) married John Hampton, her step-brother.
III. ROGER (Abt. 1703 - ??) married Rachel (Unknown).

II. JOHN NEVILL SR. (Living 1665 - Bef. 1704), son of William and Lydia Nevill, was a planter in Nansemond County. John married ELIZABETH (UNKNOWN) and had children.

In 1663 John purchased a tract of 250 acres from Governor Berkely and sold it to John Marshall of Isle of Wight. During the same year, he purchased 450 acres from Henry Bradley and sold it a year later to John Marshall. In 1665 John sold 125 acres in Isle of Wight to Arthur Skinner and in May of the same year his land was mentioned in a patent to Christopher Wade.

In 1677 John signed a petition to His Majesty's Commissioners asking for restoration of the estate of William West to his wife and children. West, a leader in Bacon's Rebellion along with John Marshall and others, had his estate confiscated as punishment. During the same year, he sold West 160 acres in Isle of Wight.

In 1684 John Nevill patented 92 acres in the Lower Parish of Isle of Wight for the transport of two persons. The tract was adjacent to Robert Coleman and Christopher Wade, the patentee in 1665. In 1685 John patented 246 acres, also in the Lower Parish, on the Western Branch of the Nansemond River opposite Thomas Oglethorpe and adjacent to Wade for the transport of five persons.

In 1689 John and Elizabeth Nevill made a deed of gift of 100 acres to their daughter Martha and her husband Benjamin Beale. According to the deed, the property was to pass to Martha's brother, Benjamin Nevill, if she and Beale did not have children. John Nevill Jr. witnessed the deed. In 1690 there was a dispute over the Nevill's deed of gift as the land was originally patented by Richard Sharpe. This resulted in a division of the tract between Richard Reynolds and the Nevills. Reynolds was the son of Christopher Reynolds, an early settler of Isle of Wight, and had married Sharpe's sister.

In 1698 John Sr. sold land on the Western Branch called Olde Indian Town for 8,000 pounds of tobacco. The tract was originally purchased from Dr. John Johnson of Nansemond County. In 1699, John Nevill and Thomas Marlor acquired 650 acres in Nansemond County.

The date of John Nevill's death is unknown.

III. MARTHA (Living 1689) married BENJAMIN BEALE JR. in 1689, and John and Elizabeth Neville made a deed of gift to them of 100 acres of land witnessed by JOHN NEVILLE JR. Benjamin and Martha's children were Florence, Benjamin, Patience, Martha and Mary Beale. Benjamin Beale wrote his will in 1713. Witnesses were John Nevill, Thomas Dixon, Richard Beale and Solomon Horner. The estate appraisal was done by Jacob Darden, William Murfrey, John Watts and Robert Smelly. The appraisal was signed by Martha and her son Benjamin.
III. JOHN JR. (?? - Between 1726 and 1730) married ELIZABETH (UNKNOWN) and had a son, John, and nine daughters,
III. BENJAMIN (Living 1704) married Elizabeth (Unknown) and had children.

III. JOHN NEVILLE JR. (?? - Betw. 1726-30) married ELIZABETH (UNKNOWN) and had nine daughters and a son, John.

In 1684 he patented 92 acres of land and in 1686 patented 246 acres. He was taxed on 433 acres in Isle of Wight on the 1704 Quit Rent Rolls. His will, made in September of 1726, was probated in Isle of Wight in 1730. He gave all his land to his son John and named all his daughters, Penelope, Elizabeth, Martha, Eleanor, Florence, Mary, Patience, Sarah and Anne. Executors were his wife and son John. Witnesses were John Marshall, Michael Murfrey and John Garrett.

IV. JOHN III (?? - Will dated 1740) married (Unknown) and had children.

IV. JOHN NEVILL III (?? - Will dated 1740), son of John Jr. and Elizabeth Nevill, married (UNKNOWN) and had three sons and one daughter. He died in January of 1740 in Isle of Wight, leaving a will dated 1/10/1740 naming his children.

His son JOHN received the home plantation, furniture, household items and "my Pistoles & holsters & Sword and one young Horse & one Ovell Table and one Iron pott and one Brass Kittle and one Gold Ring." Son THOMAS received 125 acres of land "lying at the Meadows and one Negro man called Luke." Thomas was also given furniture, household items and a hand gun. Son JOSEPH received 125 acres of land "lying at the Meadows and one Negro called Nan." He also received furniture and household items. Daughter PENELOPE received furniture, household items and "one Negro Girl called Moll with her increase Excepting the first that she Brings I give to my son John and the next two to Jos.(eph)." The balance of the estate was to be equally divided among "my four Children Three Sons and one Daughter."

John Marshall Jr. was named executor and witnesses were Thomas Gale, B. Beal, Thos. Bullock. The division of the estate was recorded in 1745 by John Marshall. It was noted that the share of Thomas Nevill was to be divided among the three surviving children. [SEE THOMAS GALE, ISLE OF WIGHT]

V. JOHN (Living 1765) m. Garnes Garner in Isle of Wight County. But no children have been found.
V. THOMAS (Abt. 1737 - ??) married Rhoda Lawrence on 7/20/1786 in Isle of Wight.
V. JOSEPH (Abt. 1739 - By 1782 1782) died in Isle of Wight County where his will was filed in 1782. His estate was appraised by Robert Driver, Thomas Newman and Benjamin Beal.
V. PENELOPE (Abt. 1740 - ??) married William Watson.
V. MARTHA (?? - ??) married Charles Drury.

V. JOHN NEVILL (Living 1765), son of John and (Unknown) Neville, married GARNES GARNER, daughter of John Garner whose will named his family. Filed in Isle of Wight in 1761, it named wife Elizabeth, son John, daughter Sarah Mathews, wife of Samuel Mathews; Morning Dixon; Mary Everett; Elizabeth Gale, wife of Jethro Gale; Garnes Nevill; Penelope Bullock and granddaughter Margaret Bullock. Samuel and Sarah Everett and John and William Bullock witnessed the will.

In March of 1765, John and Garnes Nevill sold 100 acres in the Lower Parish to Robert Driver of Newport Parish. It was described as part of the land willed by John Nevill, deceased, to his son, Thomas, on 1/10/1740. At Thomas Nevill's death, the land passed to his brother John. The tract adjoined Thomas Norsworthy, Joseph Nevill, John Nevill, Benjamin Beal and Robert Driver. Witnesses to the transaction were John Marshall, John Smelly, John Parnel and John Nevill.

III. BENJAMIN NEVILL SR. (?? - 11/15/1758), son of John and Elizabeth Nevill, married ELIZABETH (UNKNOWN) and had children.

In 1704 Benjamin owned 475 acres in Nansemond County, thought to be land patented by his father. At the time, several families migrated from Isle of Wight and Nansemond into nearby North Carolina, particularly the Albemarle District. And in 1745-46 Benjamin purchased 90 acres of the west side of Elk Marsh Swamp from Thomas Smith of Edgecombe County. Witnesses to the deed were Anthony Holliday, Joseph Marshall and John Marshall. The following year, Benjamin bought another 300 acres on Fishing Creek from John Hubbard, also in Edgecombe County, and in 1748 he purchased 200 acres on the west side of Elk Marsh Swamp from William Pace. Witnesses were Joseph Marshall, William Roberts and John Marshall.

In 1752 Benjamin, then described as a planter of Granville County, purchased 300 acres on Taylor Creek from Lord Granville. And in 1755, Benjamin Nevill, planter, of Edgecomb County purchased 634 acres on the west side of Elk Marsh, again from Lord Granville.

Benjamin died in Halifax County, NC, on 11/15/1758. He left his plantation in Halifax County to his son Benjamin. Son Jesse received the plantation in Granville and Edgecombe Counties. To his wife and daughter Elizabeth he left one Negro. Executors were his wife and Charles Drury. Witnesses were John Marshall, Jr., Amy Marshall and Robert Sanders.

IV. THOMAS R. (Abt. 1744, Halifax - 1832, Halifax. ) married Sarah Green, daughter of George and Nancy Smith Green.
IV. BENJAMIN JR. (?? - ??) married (1) Sarah Nevill, daughter of Jesse Nevill, and (2) Lucretia Smith (?? - Bef. 1819, Halifax), daughter of Thomas Smith in 1762.
IV. JESSE (Living 1760), of Halifax County (formed from Edgecombe in 1759), purchased 290 acres on the west side of Elk Marsh.
IV. JAMES (1749, Halifax Co. NC - ??)
IV. ELIZABETH (Abt. 1748, Halifax Co. NC - ??) married Patrick Martin.

IV. BENJAMIN NEVILL JR. (?? - Betw. 1831-32), son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Nevill, married (1) SARAH NEVILL, daughter of JESSE NEVILL, and (2) LUCRETIA SMITH (?? - Bef. 1819, Halifax), daughter of Thomas Smith in 1762.

Benjamin Jr. appeared on the 1790 Census with two sons under 16, two females and one slave. In 1820 he is deeded 162 1/2 acres on Fishes Swamp in Halifax county adjoining the land of William Partin, deceased; r. Partin, B. Nevill, Thomas Nevil and Darling Branch. Witnesses were William Nevill and William Jones.

Benjamin's will, dated 1831, was filed in 1832. The executor was Thomas R. Nevill and witnesses were Egbert W. Lewis and John D. Nevill. He stated, "My two granddaughters, Martha G. Whitaker and Willmouth M. Whitaker take in their possession in trust for my daughter Bathsheba Whitaker, immediately after my decease, … land she now lives (on), and …Negroes Sam, Ruth, Hannah, Canda and twenty barrels corn, ..five hundred weight of pork, one cow and calf and saw and picks…, after her decease…to my grandson Andrew Nevill, …My grandson Drury Nevill, land I purchased from Alexander McCullock, Negro man Henry…My grandson Albert Nevill … land I purchased of Samuel McCullock. …My granddaughter Malissa Nevill, one Negro … Ciller, … My graddaughter Mary G. Nevill one Negro … Anardy and her daughter. …My granddaughter Susannah Nevill one Negro. …My granddaughter Margaret Nevill, Negro girl…Maria.

Benjamin Jr. also provided for a parcel of land to be sold on credit for two years with interest equally divided between his other grandchildren no provided for in the will, with the exception of Osmond Nevill. The rest of the estate, after all debts were satisfied, was to go to his son, Thomas Nevill.

V. HARDY (1765, Halifax - 11/2823, Halifax) married (1) Rebecca Burt about 1795 in Halifax and (2) Nancy (Unknown). Hardy left a will, and the executor was Robert L. Marshall. Hardy Nevill's children were Osmond J. Nevill (1796 - ??) of Morgan County, Alabama; Hillman Holloman Nevill of Halifax (1805 - ??) who married Sophia W. Carstarphen; Nathaniel G. Nevill, and others unknown.
V. CYNTHIA (10/1772 - ??)
V. BATHSHEBA (1778 - ??) married Wilmont Whitaker.
V. ELIZABETH "BETSY" (Abt. 1782 - ??)
V. REDDIN (Bef. 1787 - ??) married (1) Frances Barnes and (2) Gilly Hill in 1830.
V. MARTHA (Abt. 1789 - ??)
V. PATSY (Abt. 1790 - ??) married Lemuel Crawley.
V. THOMAS R. (Abt. 1790 - Aft. 1862, Heathsville, Halifax County, NC) married Sarah T. "Sally" Green. His son, Drury A. Neville, settled in Dallas County, Arkansas, where he died in 1879.
V. PATRICK HENRY (Abt. 1793 - 2/1856, Halifax) married Lydia G. Smith in June of 1825.
V. JAMES (Abt. 1794 - ??) married Nancy Green.

IV. THOMAS R. NEVILL (Abt. 1744 - 1832) was born ot Benjamin and Elizabeth Norvell about 1744 in Halifax County, NC. He married SARAH GREEN, daughter of George and Nancy Smith Green, and had children.
In 1788 a deed from Thomas to his son, Benjamin, was filed in Halifax County. The deed referenced another son, Jesse. In 1793 a deed to Jesse, son of Thomas Nevill, mentioned 225 acres on Bear Swamp adjacent to brothers Edmund and Benjamin Nevill. Witnesses to both these deeds were Goodman Nevill and John Nevill.

In 1796 John Nevill paid $100 to Thomas Nevill for PAT, a Negro girl, and for furniture that Thomas had lent to his wife, Sarah, which would become John's after either of his parent's deaths. Witnesses were Goodman Nevill and Nancy Nevill. Additionally, Goodman Nevill, Benjamin Nevill and Jesse Nevill witnessed a deed of Gift of MILL, a Negro wench, to Josiah Smith and his children (Thomas' grandchildren), James Smith, Guilford Smith, Elizabeth Haile and Sarah Haile. In 1802 Thomas gave his son, Edmund, 267 acres of the east side of Beaver Dam Swamp adjoining John, Jesse and Benjamin Nevill. Witnesses were Goodman Nevill and Jesse Nevill. Thomas R. Nevill died in Halifax County, NC, in 1832.

V. JESSE (7/5/1759 - 1819, Halifax County, NC) Jesse's will lists daughter Sarah who married Benjamin Nevill Jr., Tempy Holt, Jack Nevill and lands called Daniels and land bought from Chappell Carstarphan.
V. MARY (1760 - ??)
V. GOODMAN (Abt. 1765 - ??)
V. BENJAMIN (Abt. 1768 - ??)
V. JOHN (1770 - ??)
V. WILLIAM (1772 - ??)
V. EDMUND (1776 - ??)

IV. JESSE NEVILL (9/24/1746 - 1809) was born 9/24/1746 in Halifax County, NC, to Benjamin and Elizabeth Nevill of Halifax County (formed from Edgecombe in 1759), purchased 290 acres on the west side of Elk Marsh. Jesse married ELIZABETH PARKE, (9/8/1752 - ??) and had children. In 1806, Jesse received a deed from Edmond Neville for 188 acres of land adjoining Beaver Dam Swamp and the land of John and Jesse Nevill. Jesse later sold this tract and moved to Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina, where he died in 1809.

V. GOODWIN (1/13/1771, Orange County - ??)
V. CYNTHIA (10/18/1772 - ??)
V. ELIZABETH (1/28/1775 - ??)
V. BENJAMIN (7/8/1779, Chapel Hill, Orange County - ??)
V. JESSE (12/29/1779, Chapel Hill, Orange County)
V. GOODMAN (1/9/1781, Chapel Hill, Orange County - ??)
V. CYNTHIA ARIS ANN (3/16/1786, Chapel Hill, Orange County - ??)
V. WILEY WHITLEY (12/16/1787, Orange County - ??)
V. SAMUEL PARKE (3/23/1790, Orange County - ??)
V. SARAH SELAH (4/16/1792, Orange County - ??)


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