De Have Norton, an honored veteran of the Civil war, is numbered among the valued and representative citizens of Hingham, where he has made his home for more than a half century. He was born in Solon, Maine, on the 5th of June, 1839, and has therefore passed the seventy-third milestone on life's journey.
The family comes of English descent and was established in Maine at a very early day. Elihu Norton, the father of our subject, was born in the the Pine Tree state in 1814 and for many years was engaged in railroading in that state. In 1855 he brought his family to Wisconsin, locating in Sheboygan county, on a farm on section 30, Lima township, which he cleared and improved and upon which he resided until 1886. In that year he retired from active life and took up his abode in Hingham, where he spent his remaining days, his death occurring in 1899. For thirty years he had survived his wife, Mrs. Emily (Taylor) Norton, who was born in 1817 and passed away in 1869. In their family were two children, the younger sister of our subject being Mary, the widow of Frank Sisson, whose residence is in Akron, Colorado.
De Have Norton spent the first sixteen years of his life in the state of his nativity and to the public schools of Maine and of Wisconsin he is indebted for the educational advantages which he enjoyed. After coming to Wisconsin he assisted his father in the cultivation of the home fields, his time being thus engaged until 1861, when, responding to the call of the Union for troops to fight in the Civil war he enlisted in Company C, Fourth Wisconsin Infantry. This later became the Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry and was the first company to leave Sheboygan county. His entire service was characterized by loyalty to duty and courage in the face of danger, and he took part in all engagements in which his command participated, including the battles of Baton Rouge, Pleasant Hill, the siege of Port Hudson, and the engagement at Vicksburg, and after a service of four years and four months he was honorably discharged, leaving the field of battle with a most creditable military record.
After the close of hostilities Mr. Norton returned to Lima township and again took up the work of the farm, in which he continued until the year 1886, when he withdrew from agricultural pursuits and moved to Hingham, where he has since maintained his residence.
On the 20th of December, 1865, Mr. Norton was united in marriage to Miss Mary M. Johnson, a native of Maine, where she was born in 1840. She was the third child in order of birth in the family of John and Belinda (Clough) Johnson, who were likewise natives of the Pine Tree state, where the father passed away in early life. Later the mother brought her family to Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, establishing her home in Lima township, and here her daughter gave her hand in marriage to Mr. Norton. Unto this union one son has been born, Frank I., who is connected with a chair factory in Port Washington, Wisconsin. He married Miss Ava Wood, of Sheboygan Falls, and has two children, Vera and Dorothy.
Mrs. Norton holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church of Hingham while fraternally Mr. Norton belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and the Royal Neighbors of America and holds pleasant relations with his old army comrades through his membership in the Grand Army of the Republic. He is deeply interested in all matters pertaining to the general welfare and for one year he served as supervisor of Lima township, is now a notary public and for the past twenty-two years has been justice of the peace, which office he still holds. His performance of the duties that devolve upon him in connection therewith has ever been capable and efficient, his decisions ever being strictly fair and impartial, and by his equitable rulings he has won the confidence and regard of his fellow citizens. His life record now spans a period of seventy-three years, more than a quarter of a century of which time has been passed in Hingham, and his long residence in this town has made him well known, while his many good traits of character have won for him the honor and respect of a large circle of warm friends.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL