James P. Marsh came to Marion county when but ten years of age and has remained within its borders continuously
since or for about a half century. He devoted his time and energies to general agricultural pursuits throughout
his active business career and is still the owner of one hundred and twenty five acres of valuable land but now
lives retired at Tracy. His birth occurred in Decatur county, Indiana, on the 1st of May, 1855, his parents being
Prince B. and Zerilda (Ryan) Marsh, who were likewise natives of the Hoosier state. The former passed away in 1854
and in 1858 his widow gave her hand in marriage to James B. Means, of Indiana. They came to Marion county, Iowa,
in 1865, locating on a farm in Clay township on which they spent the remainder of their lives. To Mr. and Mrs.
Prince B. Marsh were born three children, two of whom survive, namely: Lewis T., who is now a resident of Kansas;
and James P., of this review.
The latter acquired his education in the common schools and remained under the parental roof until twenty two years
of age, when he was married and established a home of his own. He cultivated rented land for a period of six years
and then bought fifty five acres, subsequently extending the boundaries of his farm by additional purchase until
it now embraces one hundred and twenty five acres. The property is highly improved in every particular and in its
operation he has won a gratifying competence that now enables him to live retired.
In 1877 Mr. Marsh was united in marriage to Miss Delilah J. Scott, who was born in Marion county, Iowa, in 1855,
her parents being William and Elizabeth (Smith) Scott, natives of Ohio and Indiana respectively. They came to this
county in 1844 and located on a farm which remained their place of abode until death. Their three children are
all yet living. To Mr. and Mrs. Marsh have been born five children, as follows: William P., who is now a resident
of Nebraska; Roy E., living in Clay township, this county; Anna E., who is the wife of Rev. C. E. Pettit, of Chicago,
Illinois; Homer S., of Clay township; and Archie M., who is now attending college at Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Mr. Marsh gives his political allegiance to the republican party and served on the school board for several years,
while during eight years he held the office of justice of the peace, making a highly commendable record in that
connection. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to Lodge No. 568
at Tracy, in which he has filled all of the chairs, and he is likewise a member of Camp No. 1695 of the Modern
Woodmen of America. Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church. They are widely and favorably
known throughout the community, enjoying the warm regard and esteem of a host of friends.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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