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1877 John Willard Norris CDV Photo, Wash DC, Son of Capt. John Norris


On reverse: "John Willard Norris, when he was messenger for F.E. Spinner, treasurer of the US, about 1877 or 1878, now resides at Dayton, Washington, Jan 24 1921, J.W. Norris" is handwritten and autographed in old period pencil. Note: There is a "skinned" are on reverse, as seen in scan, it does not affect any of John's personal handwriting. Photo type: Original Vintage Victorian CDV carte de visite Photograph. Photographer: M.P. Rice & A.I. Rice, 1217-1219 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C. (known to be Moses Parker Rice 1840-1925 and his brother Amos Ingraham Rice 1850-1912, both born in Canada)

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
J.W. Norris: John Willard Norris 1859-1928, born in Washington DC and died in Dayton, Columbia County, State of Washington in 1828 at age 68. His father was Civil War Captain John Norris 1837–1868 born in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania to John Merideth Norris 1802–1898 and Sarah Ann Stetler Norris 1804–1838, also seen as part of the Fitzrandolph family. He was a POW, Prisoner of War in South Carolina from July 30, 1864 to March 25, 1865. He fought with the 112th PA regiment, and was Quartermaster Sergeant of Battery G. Sadly, he died of war related sickness in Wash DC in 1868.

His mother was Emily Roxy Levina Willard Norris Langford 1838-1880, born in Niles, Berrien County, Michigan to Orson Ragotz Willard 1814–1850 and Emily Willard 1813–1844. She was a Civil War nurse at Cranch Hospital in Washington, D.C during the Civil War. 5 years after John's death, she married Washington DC Judge William George Langford in 1873. They had no children. Some of this information is from the wonderful "Biography of Captain John Norris" by Darrel Salisbury found here.

His siblings:
Calvin Columbus Jackson Norris 1858–1936
John Willard Norris 1859–1928
Francis Elias Spinner Norris born 1867

His wife:: Nancy Jane Silbaugh Norris 1864-1940
Their Children:
Pearlie Willard Norris 1885-1889
Melvern Silbaugh Norris 1886-1950
Fred Milo Norris 1888-1980
Neville Spinner Norris 1892-1972
Bonnie May Norris Talbott Inman born 1895
Mary Levina Norris Thorn 1897-1956
Calvin A. Norris 1902-1966
Lillian Faye Norris 1904-1978

wiki: "F.E. Spinner: Francis Elias Spinner 1802-1890 was an American politician from New York. He was Treasurer of the United States from 1861 to 1875. He was the first administrator in the federal government to employ women for clerical jobs. He was the 10th Treasurer of the United States, in office March 16, 1861 to July 30, 1875 under President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, President Andrew Johnson and President Ulysses S. Grant."

John and his wife Nancy are buried at the Dayton City Cemetery, in Dayton, Columbia County, State of Washington. It appears he named one of his children Neville Spinner Norris, after F.E. Spinner.

This is a beautiful historical piece. Imagine what young John saw in his Washington tenure during those times and with the loss of his Civil War veteran father.  It was said his father weighed 90 pounds when released as a POW. he did return to service though. Overall, another very sad Civil War story.

Interestingly, this photo was found in the area of Niles, Berrien County, Michigan, in the area of John's mother Emily's family. This is a  beautiful and rare hand signed piece from a very important Civil War family. It is an exceptionally close up and intimate shot, and is stunning to see at full size, taken by the famous and very skilled Washington DC Rice Bros. photographers.

Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy         Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. You may buy a piece alone, or large intimate 300 dpi scans of the front and back sent immediately via email, or both. Please search carefully, as they are often found together and many may be related. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)
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