29 November 2011

Henry Norton 1818-1893 - Mayor of Carmarthen


  • Subject: Henry Norton
  • Date: before 1893
  • Photographer: T Fall, 9-10 Baker St, Portman Square, London West
  • Found: eBay

Photographer, Thomas Fall, was born on 19th October 1833 in Leyburn, Yorkshire. In 1867 Thomas Fall moved down to London to work as a photographer in the famous portrait studio of Elliott & Fry. By 1875 Thomas Fall had established his own photographic studio at 9 Baker Street, London. After he passed away in 1900 the new owners continued to trade under the name of Thomas Fall upto 1990 when they retired. However, it seems this Carte de Visite photograph was taken sometime in the 1890s when head & shoulders only became popular.

Written on the back is ‘Henry Norton father of Frances Marshall’.

Frances Annie Margaret Norton married Frank Marshall in the 4qtr of 1887, their marriage was registered in Carmarthen in Wales. Her birth was registered in Carmarthen also in the 4qtr of 1852.

      1861 Census - Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 4141; Folio: 58; Page: 4; GSU roll: 543241.


Here we have Frances at home in 1861 with her parents and four siblings, living at Green Hill, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire. Henry was a ‘Common Brewer & Coal Proprietor’, aged 42 born in Longstone Hall, Derbyshire. From that I ascertain that he is most probably the Henry Norton found on the IGI, bap 27 Sep 1818 at Great Longstone, Derbyshire, parents Charles & Elizabeth Norton.

Then I was lucky to hit upon Henry when searching ancestry.com and found the same photograph in a family tree. His parents were Charles Edward Baron Norton & Elizabeth Tucker. Henry was a J.P and the Mayor of Carmarthen from 1859-1873.

ancestry.com; familysearch.org; FreeBMD; Sussex PhotoHistory


He is most probably well documented on the Internet so I won’t do any further research. If anyone has Henry Norton in their family tree and would like this photograph of him I’d be happy to pass it along at no cost to you. Contact by email is preferable but if you are going to leave a comment please don’t forget to include your email address.

All the information I’ve found on this family may also be seen on the next update of the Strangers in a Box database on WorldConnect.

Dawn Scotting

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