William L Marshall


WILLIAM L. MARSHALL, farmer, residing in Wayne township, Armstrong Co., Pa., where he is serving in the office of tax collector, was born on the old family homestead in that township Oct. 2, 1857, son of James R., grandson of William and great grandson of Archibald Marshall.

William Marshall is the first ancestor of this line of which there is record.

Archibald Marshall, fourth son of William Marshall, married Margaret Wilson, and they had children as follows: Catherine, William, Joseph, Margaret, Archibald, James and Samuel.

William Marshall, first-born son Archibald Marshall, was born Sept. 25, 1790, and about 1814 located on the farm in Wayne township, Armstrong Co., Pa., now owned by his grandson, William L. Marshall. He was a well-read man for his day and taught school for a time , engaged also in farming, and evidently was one of the leading men in his district. His first marriage, on March 23, 1815, was to Isabella Russel, of Westmoreland county, who died March 30, 1831. In May, 1832, Mr. Marshall married Isabella Clyde for his second wife. He died in 1853, survived by children born to both marriages.By the first union his five children were: James R., Margaret, Archibald A., Mary and Isabella. By the second union there were four children: Jane, who married John Stewart; and John, William and Thomas, all of whom died young.

James R. Marshall, son of William and Isabella (Russell) Marshall, was born on his father's farm in Wayne township Jan. 10, 1818. As soon as he could safely handle toools he learned the carpenter's trade, but followed carpentering only a short time, finding it more profitable to operate the home farm., which he continued to do throughout his active life. He was a man of more than average ability, although he had comparatively few educational opportunities, and his gifts and high character were recognized by his fellow citizens. For many years a large portion of his time was taken up with the duties of administering and settling up estates. He served acceptably in numerous public offices, being a school director, township supervisor and assessor nad overseer of the poor, and in 1882 was one of the board of directors of the Dayton A. & M. Association. For many years he was an elder in the Glade Run Presbyterian Church and took much interest in the Sunday school, serving as its superintendent twenty-one years. A useful man in every way, his influence was beneficially felt and his death which occurred Jan. 13, 1905, was regretted, although he had outlived many of his contemporaries.

James R. Marshall was married Dec. 8, 1842, to Margaret J. Marshall, daughter of Joseph and Margaret Marshall, born Feb. 11, 1817. They became parents of four children, namely: Amos W., who was born April 14, 1844, attended Glade Run Academy, and married Ellen E. McGaughey; George A. , born Sept. 11, 1845, died March 22, 1855; Calvin, born Dec. 1, 1848, died Feb. 28, 1852; and William Lewis is the youngest.

William Lewis Marshall attended the country schools in boyhood and the summer terms at Glade Run Academy in 1875-76-77, as well as one winter term , after which he turned his attention to farming, the management of the home farm falling on his shoulders. He owns the old Marshall farm of 135 acres in Wayne township, and continued to operate it until 1910, when he moved to his present home nearer Dayton, Pa. He is well known all through Armstrong and adjoining counties, his business as agent for Pine Creek Insurance Company calling him to many points, and during the twelve years of his connection he has not only done a large amount of insurance business but has made hosts of personal friends. Politically he is a Democrat, and for thelast six years has been serving in the office of tax collector.

On Oct. 14, 1879, Mr. Marshall was married to Sadie E. Beck, a daughter of Daniel Beck, deceased, late of Wayne township and formerly of Clarion county, Pa. They have had eight children, namely: Nancy Margaret; Oscar Reed, who resides in Illinois; James Walter, who left the home farm in December. 1912 and moved to Illinois, where he is now engaged in farming; Rosella, who is the wife of Charles Shaffer, residing at Dayton; John C., who lives in Illinois; Ira, who died at the age of seven months; Alice H., and Nellie. Mr Marshall and the family belong to the Glade Run Presbyterian Church.

Source: Pages 745-746, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Rodney G Rosborough for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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