WILLIAMSBURG, October 7, 1779.
I have for SALE by the package, the following articles: Mens and youths leather shoes, a great variety of cutlery, mens and youths hats, worsted and thread stockings, mens and womens gloves, an assortment of needles and pins, Kendall cottons, German serges, shalloons, Dutch blankets, Bath coating, Irish linens, and good West India rum. J.H. NORTON.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Nicolson) October 9, 1779
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John Hatley Norton, listed as a merchant of Yorktown, purchased the present Roscow Cole House in 1778 where he operated his business supplying fine goods to the residents of Williamsburg. In 1781 he sold the house and moved to Frederick County with his wife Sally, the eldest daughter of Robert Carter Nicholas whom he had married in 1772.
Sources: CWRR Roscow Cole House; WMQ 9(1) 239, 22(1) 169