Marshall, John P. (History - 1845)


Janet Schwarze




----Source: Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, 1891-Lewis Publishing Co, pages 260 and 261.

JOHN P. MARSHALL, of section 3, Withee Township, Clark County, was born in Middlesex, Canada, twenty-five miles west of New London, February 14, 1845, the son of Thomas G. and Isabella (Carr) Marshall, both natives of County Armagh, Ireland. The latter came to Canada in 1840, and in 1851 removed with his family to Port Huron, Michigan, where the mother died in 1853. The father then returned to Canada, where he still resides. They were the parents of seven children, six of whom survive: William, John, Joseph, James, Mary A. and George. One son, Thomas, died in 1887, at the age of forty-one years.

John P., our subject, was but nine years of age when his father returned to Canada, since which time he has been thrown upon his own resources. He worked several winters in the pineries of Michigan, and also on a farm during the summers. In 1868 he removed to Marshall County, Kentucky, and for two years was engaged in making white-oak staves in the Tennessee valley, after which he returned to Port Huron, Michigan. IN the spring of 1871 he came to Clark County, stopping first in Greenwood with W. H. Begley, where he worked in the woods during the winters and in driving logs in summers. In the fall of 1872 he homesteaded 120 acres two and a half miles southeast of Thorp, Withee Township, and there worked in the woods, drove logs, and also farmed for ten years, when he sold out. In the spring of 1882 he went to Hamlin County, Dakota, but returned in 1883, and settled on his present farm of eighty acres, twenty-three of which is cleared.

Mr. Marshall was married December 25, 1873, to Elsie A. Carpenter, who was born in Chemung Township, McHenry County, Illinois, February 14, 1855, the daughter of David Carpenter, deceased. She came with her parents to Black River Falls, Wisconsin, when in her third year, where she was reared and educated. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall have had six children, four of whom are now living: Diana, Bessie, Percy and Pearl. Mr. Marshall has been a member of the Town Board of Hixon three years, and also two years in Withee. Politically he is a Republican, having cast his first vote for Grant in 1872.



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