Saturday, May 22, 2010

Surname Saturday: Family of Thomas Frank Norman and Letha/Lillie Brown

Thomas Frank Norman
b. 1862, Alabama
d. ca 1912, Texas
& Letha/Lillie Brown
b. Oct 1873, Texas
d. ca 1904, Texas
|--Vina Mable Norman
|----b. Sep 1896, Texas
|---& James Edward “Ed” Vance
|--Jessie Norman
|----b. Mar 1899, Texas
|---& Earnest Elbert Wheeler
|----b. 13 Dec 1897, Texas
|----d. 18 Jun 1927, Hunt County, Texas
|--Joseph M. C. Norman Jr.
|----b. 1900, Texas
|--Donald Barret Norman
|----b. 4 Mar 1902, Texas
|----d. 21 Oct 1988, Athens, Henderson, Texas
|---& Dorothy Gage

This is the family of one of the brothers of my great-grandfather William Henry “Jack” Norman. Thomas Frank Norman’s parents were Joseph Madison Carroll Norman and Rebecca Monk. My great-grandfather named his oldest son Thomas Frank, probably for this brother.

There are quite a few “mysteries” (that is, gaps in my knowledge) connected with this family. Inez Cline (author of the Norman Family History) says that Thomas Frank’s wife’s name was Letha Brown; on the only census I have seen for her (1900, since she died before the 1910 census), her name is given as Lillie. Inez Cline also says that Thomas Frank and Letha had nine children, but only four lived to maturity.

I do not actually know when Lillie died. Some researchers say that triplets were born in 1904 who died, and one of her sons said that he was two years old when she died, which would have been around 1904.

Inez Cline also has a cryptic note for Thomas Frank’s son Joseph M. C. Norman Jr. (one of many grandsons of Joseph Madison Carroll Norman who was named for him): “Left home at age 18, NFR [no further record].”

I would love to share information with anyone related to/researching this family; you can contact me at my e-mail address, which can be found by going to my profile page (there is a link to that page in the About Me section to the left).

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