The Marshall Brothers, Co. B, 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves

Commemorative biographical record of northeastern Pennsylvania: including the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and many of the early settled families by J.H. Beers & Co, 1900.

E. A. MARSHALL. Among the brave men who made up the quota of soldiers sent by Pennsylvania to defend the Union in the dark days of the Rebellion was the subject of this biography, now a prominent resident of Palmyra township, Wayne county. He made an honorable record, taking part in important battles at different points, and throughout his term he displayed the same faithfulness to duty which has characterized his conduct in private life.

The Marshall family is of English origin, but Henry A. Marshall, the father of our subject, was born in New York State, and for some years was a resident of Sullivan county, where he was engaged in business as a harness maker. Later he removed to Ulster county, in the same State, where his first wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Monroe, died in 1853. Soon after this he came to Pennsylvania and spent some years in Hawley, following his trade, but he finally located at Port Jervis, N. Y., where his death occurred in 1892. By his second wife, Mrs. Dr. Jewitt, of Rosendale, Ulster Co., N. Y., he had no children, but by his first marriage there were six, two daughters and four sons: (1) Lottie died at an early age. (2) E. A. (3) Thomas enlisted in 1862 in Co. G, 141st P. V. I., from Wayne county, and was in service with the Army of the Potomac until the close of the war, participating in all the battles of his regiment. After his return home he married Miss Jennie Shannon, of Pike county, this State, and later he removed to Port Jervis, where he died in 1895, leaving no family. (4) Frederick [R.], who was born in Sullivan county, N. Y., enlisted in 1861 at the age of seventeen, in Company B, 3rd Penn. Reserves, and took part in the campaign on the Peninsula, being in the famous “seven-days fight.” Soon afterward he was stricken with fever and died, his remains being interred at Fortress Monroe, Va.1 (5) Cornelius, who was born in Sullivan county, N. Y., enlisted in 1862 at the age of fourteen, in the 6th N. Y. H. A., as bugler, and remained in the service until the end of the war. The family was then residing at Port Jervis, and after his return home he married Miss Tyson, of Port Jervis, N. Y., and settled in New York City, where he has since been employed as an engineer on the 2nd Avenue Elevated road. His only son, Frederic R., died in early manhood. (6) Miss Mary, who was born in Ulster county, N. Y., is now a resident of New York City, where she is prominent in charitable work, to which she gives liberally of her time, means, and talents. She is one of the leading members of the local Society of the King’s Daughters.

Mr. Marshall was born February 4, 1841, in Sullivan county, N. Y., and at the age of thirteen came to Wayne county, where he soon afterward found employment on the canal as a water boy. In 1858 he was employed by the canal company as a carpenter, and was thus engaged when the Civil war broke out. His ardent patriotism, which, as has been seen, was fully shared by his brothers, led him to enlist, in the spring of 1861, in Company B, 3rd Penn. Reserves, for three years, and he was mustered into service at Easton, Penn., under Capt. William D. Curtis, of Wayne county. After a short stay in Washington the regiment was sent south and he was present at the second battle of Bull Run, later taking part in the engagements at Fredericksburg, South Mountain, Antietam, and Cloyd’s Mountain, also in what is known as Cook’s raid. He remained in active service until June 17, 1864, participating in all the battles in which his regiment was engaged, and then spent a few months at home in Wayne county. In the fall he joined a construction corps, and served with Sherman’s army until after the battle of Nashville, when he returned home to stay. In 1860 he married Miss Mary Armstrong, daughter of George and Nancy (Brown) Armstrong, prominent residents of Wayne county. For some time after his marriage he resided at Hawley, where he was employed by the D. & H. Co. in building locks and similar work connected with his trade, and while there he purchased real estate and built himself a home. In 1883 he was appointed to his present position of foreman on the canal, and he has since made his home in Palmyra township. Mr. Marshall is highly esteemed as a citizen, and he is a leading member of the G A. R. Post No. 195, at Hawley, while for thirty years past he has been prominent in the Masonic Fraternity in that locality, belonging to Hawley Lodge No. 305. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church at Hawley, and his family has always taken an active part in the work of the society. In politics he is a Republican, and, although he is not an office seeker, he is now serving as school director, having been elected in 1897.

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall have five children, two sons and three daughters: (1) Frank H, born at Hawley in 1867, is assistant superintendent of the Pennsylvania Coal Co., at Dunmore, Penn. He married Miss Tillie Masters, of Dunmore, and has two children, James and Clarence. (2) Cornelia B., born at Hawley, married George Woodward, who is employed as shipping clerk in the Clark glass factory at Honesdale ; they have one son, Edwin. (3) Miss Josephine, who was born at Hawley, is an attractive young lady, and one of the brightest students of the Haw ley public schools. (4) Charles and (5) Mary, who were born in Palmyra township, are at home, and the latter is attending school.

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