Ellen Crocker Norton

1828–1899 (Age 70)
Livermore, Androscoggin, Maine, United States

The Life of Ellen Crocker

When Ellen Crocker Norton was born on 2 August 1828, in Livermore, Androscoggin, Maine, United States, her father, Zebulon Norton, was 50 and her mother, Mary D. Merritt, was 33. She married John Robinson Brett on 23 August 1851, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Plumas, California, United States in 1860 and California, United States in 1870. She died on 12 February 1899, at the age of 70, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda, California, United States.

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Ellen Crocker Norton
John Robinson Brett
Marriage: 23 August 1851
Ada C. Brett
Mabel Brett
Edward Merritt Brett

Spouse & Children

23 August 1851
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States


  • Ada C. Brett


  • Female1856–1937Female

  • Edward Merritt Brett


Parents & Siblings

  • Zebulon Norton


  • Female1794–1886Female



  • Sewell Merritt Norton


  • George Dana Norton Sr.


  • Jane Norton


  • Female1824–1905Female

  • Female1828–1899Female

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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 4

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 20

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of the many places so called, from Old English norð ‘north’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. In some cases, it is a variant of Norrington .2 Irish: altered form of Naughton , assimilated to the English name.3 Jewish (American): adoption of the English name in place of some like-sounding Ashkenazic name.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Ellen C Brett in household of John B Brett, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Ellen C Brett in household of John R Brett, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Ellen C Norton in household of Zebulon Norton, "United States Census, 1850"

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