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William Marshall

Male Abt 1780 - Abt 1839  (~ 59 years)


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  • Name William Marshall  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1780  Anne-Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt Oct 1839  Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • William Marshall was married twice, having five children by his first wife and seven by his second wife. A listing of his descendants can be found on the Draper/Marshall of Botetourt and Bedford Counties, Virginia tree at the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project. (Compiler: Cecile Caldwell email: ccaldwel@etcrier.net)

      The land records for William begin in 1805, when he purchased 137 acres on waters of Little Otter River. He and Sarah sold half of this land in 1815. Then they purchased 286 3/4 acres on Reed and Wolf Creeks in 1819. After William died the commissioner of his estate sold 271 1/2 acres in 1841 described as on headwaters of Reed Creek, a north branch of Goose Creek. (Ralph Marshall, p 17).

      The 1810 census (in which he is listed as William Marsh) indicates he had 4 sons and 1 daughter, but no wife at that time. (Ralph Marshall, p 22).

      Ralph Marshall cites Harry Fulwiler's book GATEWAY TO THE SOUTHWEST which includes a brief biography of the Marshall family on pages 739-740: "William Marshall was born in Maryland, a soldier of the War of 1812 in Captain John P. Gray's Bedford County Company of the Bedford Regiment, assigned to regiment at Camp Bottom's Bridge. He married Sarah Pollard (1795-1864), a daughter of Thomas and Keziah Hunt Pollard of Bedford County, Va. They had at least eleven children.  Eight sons and three daughters are named in the administration of his estate in Bedford County Will Book 12, page 460. At the time of his death in 1839, he owned 69 1/4 acres and eleven slaves. One man, Sam and his wife Ann, and child Elizabeth were valued at $550; one man, Anderson, value $600; one boy Jacob $50; one girl Harriet $450; one girl Matilda $225; one girl Charlotte $375; one girl Carolina $270; one boy Jim $231, and one girl Martha $150. He had a "water grist" and saw mill on the waters of Reed Creek. The Marshalls were diligent in their care of their slaves, always sure they were well cared for in sickness and in health. They did their best for them and good feelings and kindnesses were mutual. This was evidenced by the fact that after freedom was given them, they stayed on with future generations." (Ralph Marshall, p 22).

      Ralph Marshall further noted that the estate inventory and appraisal are recorded in Will Book 10, page 132. The division of the estate in 1845 did not include the name of daughter Cassondra who married Goodrich Moore in 1833 and was living next door to other family members in the 1850 census. There is nothing to indicate an intentional omission of her name from the list of heirs.
    Person ID I19070  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Thomas Marshall,   b. Abt 1757, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Oct 1819, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Mother Nancy Ann Oliver,   b. Abt 1758, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1841, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Married Abt 1777  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • "Thomas was most likely born in the late 1750's and probably married in Maryland in the late 1770's. Son William appears to have been born by at least the early part of 1780. Nancy is named as wife of Thomas in his will and they are mentioned in an 1804 land transaction. However, no marriage record has been located yet for Thomas in either Maryland or Virginia to prove whether Nancy was the mother of all of his children. The fact that the first two known children of Thomas were named William and Nancy gives some credence to the idea that his father was named William and his wife was Nancy. Woodson Marshall (a grandson) state that the maiden name of Riley (his father's) mother was Oliver, and that his oldest sister, Harriet Oliver Marshall was named for her. It could be interpreted to mean that Riley's mother was actually named Harriet Oliver, in which case Thomas would have married Nancy after Riley's birth in 1797 but before 1804. Am inclined to think that Thomas only had one wife, and her name was Nancy Oliver.

      Based on the bits of available information, would guess Nancy was born about 1759 and was at least 81 years old when she died in 1841. Although probably cared for most by the youngest daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and George Pollard, the 1840 census shows she COULD have been living with Nancy and Joseph Eubank. This Nancy was the daughter of William Marshall and probably the oldest grandchild of Thomas. If Nancy Marshall was living with the Eubank's then it woudl be another indication that she was the only wife of Thomas."

      Marshall, Ralph E. DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS MARSHALL BEDFORD CO., VA PLUS HIX-OWEN-NICHOLSON & RELATED FAMILES (Self Published, September 1986), p 15.
    Family ID F2972  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Susanna Allen,   b. Abt 1782,   d. 23 Jun 1810  (Age ~ 28 years) 
    Married 21 Jan 1802  Amherst County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F6936  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah M. Pollard,   b. 2 Aug 1788, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1864, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 28 Jan 1811  [1, 2
    • Thomas Pollard was (the) surety on marriage record of William. (Ralph Marshall, p 16).
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F6937  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1780 - Anne-Arundel County, Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Jan 1802 - Amherst County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt Oct 1839 - Bedford County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S306] Caldwell, Cecile (ccaldwel@eterier.net) "Draper/Marshall of Botetourt and Bedford Counties, Virginia" Ver. Feb 23 12:03:01 2002 ; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=4909.

    2. [S186] Marshall, Ralph E. DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS MARSHALL BEDFORD CO., VA PLUS HIX-OWEN-NICHOLSON & RELATED FAMILES (Self Published, September 1986), p 16 (Reliability: 3).