Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 65] a stone dealer of New Castle, Pa., was born in Washington Co., Pa., Sept. 15, 1829, and is a son of Charles Norris, who was born in Washington County, in 1808. Charles was reared and educated in his native county and followed agricultural pursuits for a livelihood. Soon after his marriage he bought a farm about sixteen miles south of Pittsburg, in Allegheny County, and lived there until his death in 1875. He married Sarah Winters, who was born in 1806, and died in 1865, and they raised to manhood and womanhood the following children: John, who lives in the State of Missouri; David S., our subject; Mary J. (Graham), deceased; Charles P., an undertaker of the city of New Castle; Sarah A. (Gunsaulus); William, deceased; Daniel, a resident of New Castle; Joseph, who lives in Meadville, Pa.; and Clark, a house painter of New Castle. Our subject's father was a Whig and then a Republican, and the family favored the M. E. Church.

David S. Norris spent his boyhood days in Allegheny County, and was married in 1852 to Rachel Stevens, daughter of Craven Stevens of Allegheny County. In the same year of his marriage he moved to Sewickley, Pa., and engaged in teaming there for two years, after which he came to New Castle, and worked in the iron mills for three more years. He then started a draying business, with which he was connected for some thirty years. In 1887, he was elected street commissioner of New Castle, and served in that capacity for five years, and then engaged in the stone business, in which he is still interested.

Our subject's first wife bore him a family of four children, as follows: Samantha M. (Wahl); Lizzie (Churchfield); Eva; and Mary (Patterson). After the death of his first wife, Mr. Norris formed a second union with Mrs. Mary J. Bannon of New Castle. The family are regular attendants of the M. E. Church, and are in close touch with its benevolent and charitable work. Politically, our subject is a Republican, and in party work is unhesitating. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. of New Castle.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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