Katherine Mary Norton (1894-1942) circa 1925

Katherine Mary Norton (1894-1942) was a school teacher in Jersey City, New Jersey who died after being hospitalized for depression. (b. June 30, 1894; Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA)- d. November 10, 1942, 4:20 pm; Hudson County Hospital, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA)

Name[edit | edit source]

  • Katherine Mary Norton
  • Catherine Norton
  • Kitty Norton
  • Kitty Langan

Parents[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Katherine was born on June 30, 1894. She was one of five children, out of which only three lived to adulthood.

Siblings[edit | edit source]

Education[edit | edit source]

She had four years of teacher's college.

Jersey City, New Jersey[edit | edit source]

In the year 1900 she was living at 101 Bright Street in Jersey City and by 1910 the family had moved to 31 Germania Avenue. During World War I the name of Germania Avenue was changed to Liberty Avenue.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

On July 28, 1930 she married James Patrick Langan I (1889-1975). James was an Army sergeant during World War I and a newspaper pressman after the war.

Children[edit | edit source]

They had three children: James Patrick Langan II (1931- ), John Bernard Langan I (1934- ) and Kathryn Anne Langan (1937- ) who married Donald Joseph Smith (1935-2001).

Teacher[edit | edit source]

Katherine was put through teacher's college by her bother, Thomas Patrick Norton I (1891-1968). He became the man of the house at age 14 when his father died. Tom went to work for the railroad and became the source of income for the household. Katherine became a school teacher in the Jersey City public school system, as were her two sister-in-laws, Helen Marie Maher (1895-1974) aka Eenie Maher, and Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949) aka May Burke.

Roman Catholic[edit | edit source]

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Holy Rosary Society of her church. Her mother forbade her from attending the wedding of her nephew, Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920-2011) on October 03, 1942 because Tom was marrying a Protestant, but, she watched the wedding from outside the church. She wrote Tom a letter telling him she saw the ceremony from outside the church.

Death[edit | edit source]

She died just five weeks later, on November 10, 1942. Her death is a bit of a mystery, Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920- ), her nephew, says that she died while they were trying to clear her sinuses with a hot needle. Ann Elizabeth O'Malley (1933- ) remembers talk in the family that she had become very depressed. Her death certificate says that she died from "exhaustion from psychosis with decubitis of ... extremities". Unless her medical records are recovered, the circumstances of her death will remain a mystery. She may have been tied down and died from a bedsore.

Burial[edit | edit source]

She was buried at Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City:

Memories of Katherine Norton[edit | edit source]

  • Ann Elizabeth O'Malley (1933) wrote on August 1, 2012: "Our family was living in the West Bronx at 2850 Sedgewick Avenue when my mother got the call that Kitty Norton Langan died. My mother was a very stoic individual and not prone to showing emotion of any kind. It was then, and only then, that I remember my mother weeping. Kitty was obviously my mom's favorite cousin. From what I could gather my mother thought that Kitty one of the nicest, kindest and most beautiful person she had ever met."

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Ancestors[edit | edit source]

Katherine Mary Norton (1894-1942)'s ancestors in three generations
Katherine Mary Norton (1894-1942) Father:
Patrick J. Norton (c1858-1905)
Paternal Grandfather:
Michael Norton (c1830- ) of Ireland
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Paternal Great-grandmother:
Paternal Grandmother:
Bridget Mulligan (c1830- ) of Ireland
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Sarah Jane Carr (1863-1950)
Maternal Grandfather:
Bridget Conboy (c1840-aft1901)
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Maternal Grandmother:
Thomas Carr I (c1840-bef1901)
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Maternal Great-grandmother:
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