Joseph Orton was born 12 Mar 1779 in Rowan County, North Carolina.
Joseph Orton married Mary Bryan 6 Nov 1810 in Davidson County, Tennessee
In 1813/14, Joseph Orton, his brother Samuel Orton and David Pinkerton, who was married to the Orton brother's first cousin, Jennie Bryan, enlisted together in Col. John Cocke's Company of the 2nd Tennessee Militia and subsequently fought in the Battle of New Orleans.
Joseph Orton is head of household on the Williamson County census of 1820; he lived/owned land in the area of Donaldson's Creek, very near the Williamson-Davidson County line.
"Survey and Entry Book, Williamson Co TN, 1824-1902", Louise Gillespie Lynch:
p. 34, "Nicholas Perkins, Jr., Entry 5, 5 Jul 1824, 536 acres lying on the ridge dividing the waters ofthe Big Harpeth from the south, beginning near a branch that runs into Donaldson's Creek to Samuel Bryan's 25 acre tract - Joseph Orton's 25 acre survey, Mairse's 640 acre tract now owned by John David, 640 acre tract entered by Thomas H. Perkins in the name of Burks Litterals survey."
p. 43, "Joseph Orton, Entry 99, 2 Aug 1824, 60 acres on the waters of Donaldson's creek bounded by Samuel Bryant's 20 acre tract."
p. 43, "Joseph Orton, Entry 100, 2 Aug 1824, 60 acres on the waters of Donaldson's Creek bounded by Samuel Bryant's 20 acre tract."
p. 67, "Joseph Orton, entry 497, 21 Oct 1826, 6 1/4 acres on the head waters of Donaldson Creek, bounded by Samuel Bryant's 20 acre survey conveyed to said Orton, John Donaldson's land sold to Nicholas Perkins, Jr." [this entry indicates Samuel Bryan had given land to Joseph Orton and his wife, Mary, Samuel's daughter]
[Some time after 1835, Joseph Orton/Orten took his entire family to Illinois.]
Source US Gov't, Bureau of Land Management, Edwardsville IL Land Office:
4 Nov 1836, Joseph Orton bought 120 acres
@1.25/a, two transactions,
Greene Co IL, New Providence Twp
Source Illinois Public Domain Land Sales Database:
12 Mar 1852, Joseph Orten presents LAND WARRANT in exchange for 76.78 acres in Greene Co IL.
From the "Monthly Abstract" record, Edwardsville Land Office,
held at the Illinois State Archives at Springfield --
Receiver's and Recorder's number -- 375
Number of the Warrant -- 3,829
Date of the Warrant Certificate -- April 23, 1851
No. of acres -- 80
In Whose Favor -- Joseph Orton
Tract Located -- E1/2 SW 1/4 Section 6 Township 10 Range 11 Contents 76.78
Date of Location -- March 12, 1852
By Whom Located -- Joseph Orten
Remarks -- none
National Archives, Washington D.C., Military Records case file:
United States of America
Office of the Commissioner of Pensions
Dept of the Interior, Bounty Land Warrant # 3829
issued under the Act of September 28th 1850
to Joseph Orton, Private in Lieutenant Gunter's Company, Col. Carroll's Regiment,
Tennessee Militia, War of 1812, date of warrant 23 Apr 1851
signed J. E. Heath, Commissioner
[stamped "located and patented"]