James Norton, early settler and official, arrived in Texas on the Lively and was on the Brazos River in company with Capt. Zepeniah Butler in 1821. In October 1825 and again in May 1826 he wrote Stephen F. Austin from New Orleans that he hoped to immigrate to the Austin colony and planned to visit it in the summer of 1826. By August 1826 he was located on Lavaca Bay, and Green DeWitt had made him alcalde of his colony. In December 1830 Norton received thirty-six votes in the alcalde election at San Felipe. He was appointed a notary public in Matagorda County in February 1840. He was dead by February 6, 1841, when the Colorado Gazette and Advertiser at Matagorda carried a notice of his death.