Sarah Jane Norris

30 November 1832–11 May 1909 (Age 76)
Decatur, Georgia, United States

The Life of Sarah Jane

When Sarah Jane Norris was born on 30 November 1832, in Decatur, Georgia, United States, her father, Enoch Allen Norris Jr., was 28 and her mother, Sarah Walker, was 26. She married James Cordell on 3 April 1849, in Iron City, Decatur, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in District 1387, Decatur, Georgia, United States in 1880. She died on 11 May 1909, in Georgia, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Seminole, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Cordell
Sarah Jane Norris
Marriage: 3 April 1849
Rebecca Cordell
Albert James Cordell
Catharine Cordell
Caroline Cordell
Selome Sarah Cordell
Joel B. Cordell
Forest William Cordell

Spouse and Children

3 April 1849
Iron City, Decatur, Georgia, United States


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Polly Ann Norris



    James Joseph Norris


    Nancy Norris



+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1835 · Treaty of New Echota

Age 3

A minority group of Cherokees including John Ridge, Major Ridge, Elias Boudinot, and Stand Waite, signed the Treaty of New Echota which ceded all Cherokee territory east of the Mississippi in exchange for five million dollars. The majority of Cherokees did not agree and 16,000 Cherokee signatures were gathered to protest the treaty. Boudinot and both Ridges were killed several years later by angry Cherokees for signing the treaty.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 4

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Age 29

Civil War History - Some 11,000 Georgians gave their lives in defense of their state a state that suffered immense destruction. But wars end brought about an even more dramatic figure to tell: 460,000 African-Americans were set free from the shackles of slavery to begin new lives as free people.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish:1. regional name for someone who had migrated from the North (i.e. further north in England, or from Scotland or Scandinavia), from Old French nor(r)eis ‘northerner’. 2. topographic name for someone who lived in a house on the north side of a settlement or estate, from Middle English north ‘north’ + hous ‘house’. 3. occupational name for a wet-nurse or foster mother, from Old French nurice, norrice (Latin nutrix, genitive nutricis).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sarah Cordell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sarah J Cordell, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Sarah Cordell in household of Jams Cordell, "United States Census, 1860"

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