Biography of Alexander S. Marshall
Marin County, CA Biographies





Alexander S. Marshall. This old settler of Tomales township was born in Ireland, where he remained till 1849, at which time, he, in company with two elder brothers, James and Hugh, emigrated to America and settled in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the subject of this sketch resided about one year. During the time that elapsed between the year he settled in Indianopolis and 1854, Mr. Marshall traveled through the Western States, but in that last mentioned he started from Louisville, Jefferson county, Kentucky, for California, with a younger brother, bringing with them over the plains a band of cattle and horses. He came direct to Margin county, and settled on what is now known as "Marshall Bros' Home Ranch." His two brothers, James and Samuel having preceded him to the county, coming in 1853. Hugh, the elder brother coming to the county in 1852. Mr. Marshall has lived on and within a half mile of the home ranch, since his coming, with the exception of ten months he. lived in what is now Tomales village, in the early days when Keys and Dutton were the only inhabitants. In the year 1854, and a little before Mr. Marshall started for California, he married in Kentucky, near the State line of Tennessee, Fannie A. Brown, on March 4, 1854, who was born in Kentucky. Twenty six years ago this brave woman left home and friends and with her husband crossed the plains for the purpose of making for themselves a home in a new country, thousands of miles away from all that was dear to her girlhood days. But she left all behind cheerfully, settled on the farm in this township with her husband, and came with him to Tomales, where she lived for ten months in a little "seven by nine" house that Keys had built on the creek, keeping the house and boarding the first settlers of the village, viz, John Keys and Warren Dutton. While she was living on the old home ranch in 1855, there was born to her, Emma Jane, on March 18, 1855, who we are informed was the first white child born in the township. There were three children born to them, the remaining two are named Fannie and Lizzie. Mrs. Marshall died on November 30, 1861, and is buried in the cemetery in Tomales. Mr. Marshall married, for his second wife, Emma Brown, a half sister to his first wife, February 16, 1870, by which union they have Florence, Mattle, Ida, Lena and a little boy named Henry. Mr. Marshall is one of Margin county's earliest and prominent settlers, has by incessant toil accumulated a competence, and is ever ready and willing to aid in all public and private enterprises which are worthy of patronage.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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