1925 Biography - Charles Marshall

Charles Marshall, a farmer and stock raiser of Belknap, is a native of Kentucky. He is a member of a distinguished southern family, Charles the original ancestor, coming here from England in colonial times and settling in Virginia. He was a brother of Chief Justice Marshall and served in the war of Independence from Virginia. Martin P. Marshall, son of Charles, was born in Virginia but emigrated to Kentucky in pioneer days and became speaker of the House of Representatives of Kentucky and cast the deciding vote which kept the state of Kentucky in the Union. Martin P. married u first cousin, Elizabeth Marshall, also of Kentucky. R. M. Marshall was the son of this union. Martin P. practiced law in Rock Island, Illinois, for some time but returned to his native state residing there the remainder of his life. He married a daughter of Willis Forman of that state whose father, Joseph Forman was also a resident of Kentucky. In 1824 he with several of his neighbors made a trip to New Orleans on a flat boat to market their produce. They landed at Shawneetown on their return trip and entered a section of land each. Charles, our subject is a son of R. M. and was reared in Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Lebanon, Ohio, in the early eighties and 1884 came to Belknap, his maternal grandfather having given him a hundred acres of wooded land in that section to which he has added to and improved till he now has, as has been stated, probably the largest body of land in the county. Besides his farming interests he is a director in the First National Bank of Vienna and has been instrumental in securing the drainage systems of the Cache basin. He and family are members of the M. E. Church. He married first Effie, daughter of Marion Williams of Belknap. She died in 1893. They had one daughter, Elizabeth F. who married C. O. Judson and resides in Kansas City, Missouri. They have one child. Robert M. married May Stephens of this county. He graduated from a dental college in 1923 and resides in SI. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Marshall married second Clara, daughter of George and Martha (Copeland) Evers. They have one son, William P., who is a graduate of Vienna High School and of University of Illinois and is a federal land bank agent, with headquarters in St. Louis. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall reside on their farm a short distance from Belknap.

Extracted 08 Feb 2017 by Norma Hass from 1925 A History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, pages 474-475.

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