jnorriss has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2013.
yes, James Joseph NORRIS was 57 when he died 23 April 1942
I'm not related but I believe the following should help you;
James was born in 1884 and went to New Zealand in the early 1900s he was the son of Joseph NORRIS 1858-1938 and his first wife Emma BOLES 1860-1886. His father's father was James NORRIS 1827-1917 arrived with his wife Mary Jorimsey KENNEDY 1829-1912 as assisted Immigrants from Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland on the 29 September 1849 on the vessel 'Sea' Their first child was born on the vessel a month before arrival and they named her Catherine Sea Norris. They went on to have another 6 children. After Catherine Sea Norris 1849 – 1925 there was
William Norris 1851 – ????, *Joseph Norris 1858 – 1938, Ellen Norris 1860 – 1929
Michael Norris 1863 – 1929, Alice Norris 1865 – 1918' Patrick Norris 1867 – 1939
and Mary Norris 1870 – 1877
After James Joseph Norris arrived in New Zealand he married Lucy ANDERSON in 1911 they had 4 children 3 boys and a girl.
His mother Emma BOLES 1860-1886 was the daughter of William BOLES 1827-1870 (he died in Orange) and Catherine ANGUS 1829-1897. William BOLES father was a convict from Ireland, John BOLES 1786-1837 he arrived on the 'Recovery' which arrived on the 1st April 1818 he'd been sentenced to 7 years for trying to cheat the bank out of some money. I'm not sure of the details, I haven't seen the court transcripts.
this site lists 11 children for James NORRIS & Mary KENNEDY
Thanks. He was my grandfather but died before I was born and no one in the family has knowledge of him except he came from Orange...supposedly. How...why he came to NZ and then married Lucy Anderson are not known.....BRGDS
Again thanks Janilye. The information is much appreciated. The interesting thing would be to know as mentioned above why and how he came to NZ. His children were Gregory (who died as the family story goes by waking in the night covered in blood), Lester (my father), Patrick and Myfanwy (my Aunt). Unfortunatetly as is often the case I have only started to explore my family when my antecedents have died and taken all the family history with them. Again thanks
Be aware when researching James Joseph Norris, that there were two in the same area at the same time. The other James Joseph Norris born Parkes in 1886 and died in Parkes in 1968, His father Benjamin Christopher Norris 1863-1943 and all his syblings were all born and lived in Orange. This family were of no relation having decended from convict from Dublin Richard Norris 1776-1843.
Thank you...I have just been reading your notes on Richard Norris and figured out he was not and antecedent of mine. I suppose it is possible there is a connection in Ireland. I found your journal great reading.....RGDS
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