Samuel Norton was the oldest child of Samuel and Dinah Birdseye. He was born on March 6, 1718 (although some sources list the year as between 1712 and 1719) in Durham, Connecticut. Durham was first settled in 1699 and had one of the first (1733) public libraries in America. His father was one of the original proprietors of this town. In 1737 he was living in Litchfield, Connecticut. On November 27, 1740 he married Mary (Molly) Lucas. The wedding took place in either Goshen or Middletown, Connecticut. After the marriage they lived on East Street in Goshen, Connecticut and had nine children. Goshen was a small town just beginning to be a real settlement. The Congregational Church was formed the year Samuel and Mary were married. Different sources list him living at various times in his life in Goshen, Litchfield and Torrington, Connecticut. He died on September 19, 1801 at the age of 83 and was buried in the East Street Cemetery.