In the Civil War pension file of Emily R. L. Norris, widow of Captain John Norris, 2nd Provisional Heavy Artillery, Pennsylvania Volunteers, is a statement made by William Bryant, MD, on 24 Feb 1869 in Sycamore, De Kalb County, IL. He states that he was well acquainted with John, wife, Emily and their 3 sons at the time of John's enlistment on 16 Nov 1861 and for "sometime" before, being their family physician. He further states that John "returned" to Sycamore after the war (which I take, with his previous statement, to mean that John was in Sycamore for sometime before the war) However, on a claim form Emily submitted for her her children's pensions, Emily states that John enlisted in Philadelphia, more than 800 miles to the east. Dr Bryant states that John was unwell when he returned and that he, Dr. Bryant again became the family doctor until John left for Washington, DC in the summer of 1868. John died in Washington on 14 Dec 1868.
Other than the record of marriage (in Emily's pension file) and record of death (pension file) I have been unable to find any trace of John, other than what is in the pension file. He and Emily m. 7 Apr 1856, Buchanan, Berrien, Mich. (no record), John was 20, of St Joseph County, IN (no record), he and Emily and children lived in Sycamore (no record) and he died in Washington, DC (no record).Any information, census, wills, land, etc. will be greatly appreciated.