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William Matthew Norman

Born c.1838 - Died 1918

William M. Norman (c.1838-1918) was the son of Thomas Norman (c.1790-1846) and Mildred Ficklen Hill (1804-1886) of Edge Hill in the Wide Water area of Stafford County, Virginia.  During the War Between the States, William served with the 9th Virginia Cavalry.  In April 1862 he was held in Falmouth as a prisoner of war.  For a few years after the war, Norman partnered with James Edward Schooler (c.1833-1898) in a general merchandise store near Stafford Courthouse.  In 1870 he was working at a sawmill but, according to his obituary, was an invalid for the last forty years of his life.  William M. Norman was the last of the Norman family to live at their family homeplace, Edge Hill.  He died unmarried.