NORTON, JAMES (?–ca. 1841). James Norton, early settler and official, arrived in Texas on the Lively and was on the Brazos River in company with Capt. Zepeniah Butler in 1821. In October 1825 and again in May 1826 he wrote Stephen F. Austin from New Orleans that he hoped to immigrate to the Austin colony and planned to visit it in the summer of 1826. By August 1826 he was located on Lavaca Bay, and Green DeWitt had made him alcalde of his colony. In December 1830 Norton received thirty-six votes in the alcalde election at San Felipe. He was appointed a notary public in Matagorda County in February 1840. He was dead by February 6, 1841, when the Colorado Gazette and Advertiser at Matagorda carried a notice of his death.


Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Eugene C. Barker, ed., "Minutes of the Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, 1828–1832," 12 parts, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 21–24 (January 1918-October 1920). Colorado Gazette and Advertiser, February 6, 1841. Ethel Zivley Rather, "DeWitt's Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 8 (October 1904).

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, "NORTON, JAMES," accessed August 24, 2019,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on March 29, 2019. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Get this week's most popular Handbook of Texas articles delivered straight to your inbox