John Norris, the family name was changed from Noreys to Norris, was born in the early 1500's in Congham, County Norfolk, England. He was known to be living in Congham in 1566. He died about 1572 or 1575 in Congham. He was married to Alice Might, of Gunthorpe, about 1548 in County Norfolk. They had six children: Thomas, Cuthbert, Elizabeth, Alice, Edmund, and Geoffrey.