MOSES NORTON was born 2/10/1828 in Warsaw, Poland.  He came to this country somewhere around 1840 as best I can tell.  MOSES died at the age of 82 on April 13, 1910 in Alameda, California.   At the time of his death, he lived at 2132 Lincoln Avenue in Alameda, CA.  He was buried at the Salem Cemetery in San Mateo County.

MOSES was married to DEBORAH GREENBAUM.  She was born on December 28, 1828 in Pietrokova, Poland, and died at the age of 84 on November 28, 1910 in Alameda, California.   She was also buried at Salem Cemetery. 

MOSES and DEBORAH were  married on September 5, 1849 in New York City, New York.  They came to California in 1850 across the Isthmus of Panama.  After moves up and down the state, they settled in Los Angeles in 1853.  MOSES was one of California's pioneer merchants establishing a plumbing business near First and Main in downtown Los Angeles in 1853.  After his death, two of his sons, JULIUS and SIMON continued running the business.  His store was apparently close to a store owned by Ephraim Greenbaum (Deborah's brother). 

I found this article concerning Moses and Ephraim:

In 1853, M. Norton and E. Greenbaum sold merchandise at the southwest corner of Los Angeles and Commercial streets (when J. L. Jacob,  an early Supervisor and City Treasurer, 1863-64 and Moritz Morris, Councilman in 1869-70, were competitors). In time, Jacob returned to Germany, where he died. Herman Morris, a brother to Moritz, was a local newspaper reporter.

MOSES' brother, ISAAC NORTON, also settled in Los Angeles. 

MOSES was a member of the Los Angeles Lodges of Odd Fellows and Masons. 

Fortunately, we have some great newspaper clippings that have been passed down through the generations.  We were able to get a lot of information from those clippings (they are available for viewing on the family album page).


MOSES and DEBORAH had five children: 

Of interest, ISAAC and ABRAHAM married SISTERS!   ISAAC Married AUGUSTA JACKSON (known as "GUSSIE") on 9/30/1888, and ABRAHAM married SARAH JACKSON on 6/10/1883.

To go directly to Moses and Deborah's picture album, click here.  After viewing the pictures, click your browser's back button to return to this page.

We will now move to the THIRD GENERATION - the five (5) offspring of Moses and Deborah.

Before moving to the next generation, I received from Mel a history of Jewish residents taken from the U.S. Census for the following years.



There is also a publication titled "Southwest Jewry (An Account of Jewish Progress and Achievement in the Southland) edited in 1926 that lists some of the ancestors.




ISAAC was born on November 20, 1860 in Los Angeles.  He died on June 16, 1897.   He married AUGUSTA (GUSSIE) NORTON on September 20, 1888 in San Bernardino, California.  GUSSIE was born January 31, 1867, and died on July 21, 1954 in Alameda, California.  

Shortly after their marriage, ISAAC opened a store in the silver-mining town of Calico, in the desert near Barstow, California.  Soon, however, the mines closed down and so did the store.  ISAAC and his family moved to San Francisco in the early 1890's.  Calico is now preserved as a ghost town.

After Isaac's death, GUSSIE moved in with ABRAHAM and SARAH.  All of the children were raised together.

This is further information I obtained on ISAAC NORTON from:

Isaac Norton was one of the real pioneers of Los Angeles. That city was his home forty-eight years. He found it as a community still dominated by the Spanish and Mexican influences, with a large part of the population Mexican. His business enterprise contributed to the growth and development of the city, and no less important among the factors and influences emanating from his life were his civic loyalty and public spirit.

Norton, a Vermonter, who had first practiced law in New York, then migrated west, and had later been a prime mover for, and a member of, the first California Constitutional Convention, and who was afterward Superior Court Judge at San Francisco, was an excellent lawyer, when sober, and a good fellow. He came to the Coast in the summer of 1848, was made First Lieutenant and Chief-of-Staff of the California Volunteers, and drifted in 1852 from Monterey to Los Angeles. He joined Bean's Volunteers, and in 1857 delivered here a flowery Fourth of July oration. Norton was the second County Judge, succeeding Agustin Olvera and living with the latter's family at the Plaza; and it was from Norton's Court of Sessions, in May, 1855, that the dark-skinned Juan Flores was sent to the State prison, although few persons suspected him to be guilty of such [p.48] criminal tendencies as he later developed. Norton died in Los Angeles in 1887; and Norton Avenue recalls his life and work.


ISAAC and GUSSIE had four children: 

To follow the ISAAC and GUSSIE family line (their children....) - the FOURTH generation, please click here.  To go directly to Isaac and Gussie's picture album, click here.



ABRAHAM was born on 1/5/1857 in Los Angeles, California, and died in San Francisco on July 2, 1909.  ABRAHAM died young on the operating table from surgery on his gall bladder.  ABRAHAM married his second wife, SARAH JACKSON, on June 10, 1883 in San Bernardino, California.   SARAH was ABRAHAM'S second wife. 

SARAH JACKSON was born March 6, 1863, and died on June 17, 1958 in Alameda, California.

ABRAHAM and SARAH were married on June 10, 1883 in San Bernardino, California.  SARAH was ABRAHAM'S second wife.

From census records, we know that in 1920 (about 11 years after ABRAHAM'S death), Sarah was living in Alameda, California.  Living with her in her large home was her sister, AUGUSTA, her son, HARRY, daughter, HELEN, and two nephews - ALFRED and ISAAC HAROLD.    There was also a boarder living in the house - ROSA CRAMER.  The census had listed her as a cousin in 1920, but then listed her as a boarder in 1930. 

In 1930, again from census records, Sarah was 67 and still head of the household at her Alameda, California home.    HARRY and HELEN were still living there.  ALFRED and ISAAC had moved out between the two census polls.  ROBERT JACKSON, who was apparently SARAH'S other brother, was living in the house along with the boarder, ROSA CRAMER. 

1930 is the last census information that I was able to locate.

After SARAH died in 1958, the tall Victorian house on Lincoln Avenue in Alameda was sold.  Helen and Harry Norton (daughter and son) moved to a small and more modern place in the newly filled-in area on the south shore of Alameda.


ABRAHAM and SARAH had four (4) children:

ABRAHAM, by his first marriage, had a son, FRANK LOGAN NORTON, SR., born July 28, 1878 in Oakland, California, and died May 9, 1965.  ABRAHAM'S first wife died in childbirth with FRANK JR.

To follow the ABRAHAM & SARAH family line - the FOURTH generation, please click here.  To go directly to Abraham and Sarah's picture album, click here.  After viewing the pictures, click your browser's back button to return to this page.



FANNY NORTON was born on July 2, 1850 in New York.   She married SAMUEL COHN (born 1838), and had at least one child:

From my reading, I came across a BERNARD COHN.  I am not sure if he was related to SAMUEL.   The similarities in their history are very close.   Here is an article I found concerning BERNARD:

Bernard Cohn was one of the originators of Hellman, Haas & Company (now Haas, Baruch & Company, the well-known grocers), and a pioneer of 1856. During the late seventies and early eighties, he was a man of much importance, both as a merchant and a City Father, sitting in the Council of 1888 and becoming remarkably well-read in the ordinances and decrees of the Los Angeles of his day. Hippolyte Cahen (whose widow was a member of the Lazarus Stationery Company,) had an up-to-date general store at Anaheim; and Simon Cahen, son-in-law of Bernard Cohn, was similarly occupied in the Azusa district.

She later married SOLOMON MENDELSON on October 15, 1871 in San Francisco.  SOLOMON was born in 1853 in Prussia.  He was one of the members of the company Mendelson Brothers who traded between the U.S. and Japan.  SOLOMON died in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1892 at the age of 49.


FANNY had the following children:



JULIUS NORTON was born on April 23, 1855 in San Francisco, California. His date of death is unknown.  We assume JULIUS was married as we found a record of a child.  We are seeking information regarding his wife, date of marriage and all offspring.

In 1880, at the age of 25, he was living alone (and single...) in Los Angeles, California.  A copy of his Census sheet for the 1880 census is in the Moses-Deborah Norton family album page..


JULIUS had the following child that we know about::



SIMON NORTON was born on November 16, 1867 in Los Angeles, California.  In the 1910 census, when he was 42, he was living in San Francisco, California.   We have no information on when SIMON passed away.  As far as we can tell, SIMON never married.


 SIMON had no children.