Hope Norton

about 1697–1 January 1777 (Age 80)
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Hope

When Hope Norton was born about 1697, in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Joseph Norton Jr, was 21 and her mother, Sarah Swain, was 27. She married Zephaniah Luce on 19 April 1714, in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 1 January 1777, in West Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in West Tisbury Village Cemetery, West Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States.

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Zephaniah Luce
Hope Norton
Marriage: 19 April 1714
Stephen Luce
Jane Luce
Jedidah Luce
Hezekiah Luce
Cornelius Luce
Rebekah Luce

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19 April 1714
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America


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Age 79

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 79

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

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.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Hope in entry for Jean Luce, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Hope Norton Luce, "Find A Grave Index"
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1700s-Current

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