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Alderman John Norman (b1657-d1724) was born in Norwich in the County of Norfolk, England. He was a local farmer, landowner and brewer, later becoming Mayor of the City of Norwich. Upon his death he had no descendants, despite being married twice. Consequently he left the bulk of his estate 'in Trust' to educate the Male descendants of 10 of his closest relatives, as named in the 'First Schedule' as part of his will. In 1839 the 'Claimants Unity' was formed by a group of the descendants to keep a watchful eye on the Trustees of the Foundation.

The Unity now has a membership of over 850 people from all over the World. The Claimants Unity issue a Pedigree to individuals proving a valid line of descendancy from the 'Named Relatives' of Alderman Norman or another proven descendant. Children with a valid Pedigree and fulfilling the financial criteria as laid down by the Charities Act are entitled to Educational Grants from the Foundation.

The Claimant's Unity issues regular Newsletters and updates to members and is very active on the social front, particularly in the Norwich area. It also has an informative Website, which can be found on www.normanfoundation.org

This e-Group has been established for the exchange of ideas and genealogical information by members of the Alderman Norman Claimants Unity. It is the perfect medium for the discussion of local and family history or any other topics of interest. After all we are all related in one way or another, despite the fact that we have spread out all over the World. I hope it will prove an enjoyable, interesting and above all fun group.

Andy Potts
Manchester, U.K.
2nd August 2000

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  • Genealogy
  • Aug 2, 2000
  • English

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