The earliest ancestor of mine having the surname Marshall is a Richard Marshall who was born in 1798. Records indicate that he was in Ohio by 1820. Where did he come from? Who were his ancestors? What was life like for him and his family? In searching for answers to these questions, I’ve discovered information about various people who lived in previous centuries. Some of them may be my ancestors, and some clearly are not. As I learn about these people, I find I want to document the scant facts I have about their lives. I also want to discover more about the times and places in which they lived.

Below are summaries of posts I’ve written about various people and places from earlier times. Click on the link if you want to read more.

1628 – Joshua Marshall Master Mason to the Crown who lived and worked in London. His work can be seen today in various churches. He also had significant responsibility for construction of the Monument to the Great Fire of London (designed by Christopher Wren).

1660 – Joshua Marshall The biography of this Joshua Marshall helps us understand the early history of the American south and how the fortunes underpinning its mansions and large plantations were acquired.

1757 – Richard Marshall A Revolutionary War soldier who came to Ohio, probably before 1809, and spent the rest of his life in or around Muskingum County, Ohio.

1770 – Moses Marshall Moses Marshall and Lydia Lamborn worshiped with the New Garden Quaker Meeting of Chester County, PA. They were disowned by that meeting after eloping and marrying in a ceremony performed by a magistrate rather than in a Quaker meeting. They moved west and Lydia wrote letters home describing their new life.

1786 – Lazarus Marshall Lazarus Marshall was born in Pennsylvania and came to Meigs Township, Muskingum County, Ohio sometime between 1817 and 1824. Lazarus and his family were part of the westward movement and population growth in that part of the USA once known as the Northwest Territory.