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Pam Sherlock Victoria Australia Jun 25, 2006
Looking for any information on Richard Leech Norton and his wife Ann Collett. They married 1852 at Edgebaston Birmingham they had one daughter Elizabeth Leech Norton born 1853 at Ladywood Birmingham, they came to Australia on the Ben Nevis in July 1856 and settled in Tasmania where they had 8 more children.

Richard was the son of Ferdinad & Hannah Norton nee Leech, they also came to Australia in December 1856 and settled in Tasmania.

Ferdinand was the son of Richard & Sarah Norton nee Westwood. There was also a David Norton who was the son of Richard & Hannah Norton nee Bates born 1800 Birmingham, he was sent to Tasmania as a convict in 1828, David died 1879 in Hobart.

I think Ferdinand and David were half brothers, but have never been able to prove it. The family story is that one of the Nortons brought his brother to Tasmania, but it is only a rumour. David Norton sponsored Ferdinand & Hannah out along with their children, George, Thomas, William, Sarah & Henry. There was a daughter Betsy but she did not come to Australia.

When Richard and Ann arrived in Australia Richard stated he had an uncle living in Hobart, so that would make Ferdinand & David brothers or half brothers.

I would love to hear from anyone who might be able to help me, if there is anyone out there who could help it would be greatly appreciated.

Pam Sherlock
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