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Brief History - Grandison Norman Family
BAZEEL (Bazabeel) B. Norman was born July 12, 1760, in Fredrick Co. Maryland. He served in the Revolutionary War. He married Fortune Stevens in 1792. He died in Washington Co., OH on July 17, 1830. Their children: James, Grandison, Rebecca, Aquilla, Bazil, and Samuel.
Grandison is the son of Bazeel and Fortune Stevens. Grandison married Anna Combs. Their children were: George, Theodore, Jesse, David, Grandison Jr, Marquis, Gilbert, Ellen, Hiram, and Henry.
Marquis and Grandison, Jr. came to Michigan. Marquis married Johanna Cummings. Grandison, Jr. married Susan Cook. David is the son of Grandison and Anna Combs. David married Elizabeth Stevens. David didn’t come to Michigan but two of his daughters, Minerva and Margaret Elizabeth married and came to Michigan. Minerva married Friley Johnson (See Sabroth Johnson) and Margaret Elizabeth married John G. Harper (See John G. Harper, Sr.) Minerva and Margaret Elizabeth are the grandchildren of Grandison and Anna Combs, and the great-grandchildren of Bazeel and Fortune Stevens.
George is the son of Grandison and Anna Combs. George married Mary Stevens. Their children were: George, Grandison, William, Horace, Elizabeth, Michael, Eliza, Joseph Dow, and Marcus.
George, Grandison, William, Horace, and Michael served in the Civil War. William is buried in Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, SC. He was part of the 102nd USCT and mustered in Detroit, MI on July 4, 1862. Horace is buried in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, VA. Grandison had land in Michigan. He died in the Civil War and left his property to his father. Their father gave the property to Michael, Eliza, Joseph Dow, and Marcus. The children are the grandchildren of Grandison and Anna Combs and the great-grandchildren of Bazel and Fortune Stevens.
GRANDISON NORMAN, JR.
GRANDISON Norman Jr., son of Grandison and Anna (Combs) Norman, brother of Marquis, uncle to Michael, Eliza, Joseph Dow, Marcus, Minerva, and Margaret Norman. Grandison (Jr.) married Susan Cook on January 19, 1837, in OH. To this union four children were born, Amon, Francis, Ellen, and Samantha. Grandison was one of the first people of color to settle in the Millbrook, MI area.
MARQUIS D. NORMAN
MARQUIS, son of Grandison and Anna (Combs) Norman, brother of Grandison, Jr., uncle to Michael, Eliza, Joseph Down, Marcus, Minerva, and Margaret Norman. Marquis married JoAnne Cummings. Johanna is the daughter of John Cummings and Susan Lett. She is also the twin sister of Joseph Cummings. To this union, 11 children were born: Joseph H., Chancy (Pete), Daniel, Robert, Kate (Nina), Frankie, John, Belle, Charles, Elmer, and Surnore. Marquis was killed in a lumber accident.
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