Biography of Daniel Marsh
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Daniel Marsh, who was a well known farmer of Knoxville township, was called to his reward on the 26th of February, 1900, after an illness dating from the 28th of July, 1899, when he was stricken with paralysis. He was born in Washington county, Indiana, on the 9th of August, 1824, of Scotch descent. His parents, Cyrus J. and Elizabeth (Goss) Marsh, passed away in Morgan county, Indiana, the father when Daniel was but a small boy and the mother on the 27th of November, 1857, at the age of sixty three years. Cyrus J. Marsh was a farmer by occupation and well known in his locality. There were seven sons and three daughters in his family, namely: Osbin, Daniel, Cyrus J., Erasmus, Franklin, Fielden, Martin Luther, Mary, Elizabeth and Catherine. Osbin, the eldest, came to Marion county about 1849 and found the county as yet undeveloped.

When seven years of age Daniel Marsh was taken by his parents to Morgan county, Indiana, and remained there until 1850, when he came to Iowa, joining his brother Osbin in Marion county. He made the journey westward with a party but left his companions at Red Rock, this state, and walked to his brother's home, arriving there on the 10th of May. He continued to reside with his brother until he had entered land of his own and erected a house thereon. He energetically began the improvement of his claim, which was on sections 8 and 9, Knoxville township, and continued to cultivate and develop it during his active life. From time to time, however, he added to his holdings until he owned a large farm which he eventually divided among his children.

On the 14th of October, 1852, Mr. Marsh was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Butcher, who was born near Greencastle, Indiana, on the 21st of July, 1830, a daughter of Jacob and Mary (Smith) Butcher. Her father's birth occurred August 6, 1803, and her mother's on the 12th of March, 1805. Mrs. Butcher was called to her reward on the 2d of August, 1832, leaving two children: William, who died on the 11th of February, 1849; and Mrs. Marsh. Mr. Butcher was again married and his second wife died leaving a son, John, who died in June, 1864, while in the Union army and was buried in the National cemetery known as Arlington Heights. Jacob Butcher married a third time, Miss Mildred Woodall becoming his wife. She was born April 27, 1811, and became the mother of five daughters: Melissa, born December 10, 1834; Rebecca, whose birth occurred March 30, 1837; Keziah, who was born January 3, 1840, and died January 10, 1840; Nannie, born October 14, 1842; and Melvina, born August 22, 1845.

To Mr. and Mrs. Marsh five children were born: Annette, born August 27, 1853, now the widow of Robert Morrow and a resident of Knoxville township; Sheldon Jay, whose birth occurred on the 14th of October, 1855, and a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work; Arthur B., whose natal day was the 28th of July, 1858, and who resides in Knoxville township; Laura A., born September 29, 1862, now the wife of W. F. Burnett; and Mary Edna, who was born on the 12th of August, 1867, and died on the 29th of July, 1876. Mr. Marsh was a republican and reared his sons to allegiance to that party. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and his wife belongs to the Christian church, being a charter member of the organization in Knoxville. He was one of the most liberal contributors to the Methodist church and gave the land for and helped to build the edifice for the Eden Methodist church, four miles west of Knoxville. He was a veteran of the Mexican war, having enlisted on the sth of July, 1847, in Company B, Fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry under Captain J. Alexander and Colonel Garmand. He participated in a number of battles and was mustered out July 16, 1848. For many years he was an esteemed resident of this county and while gaining individual success as a farmer he also contributed to the agricultural development of his locality. Those who knew him recognized his public spirit and integrity and honored him accordingly.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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