Sheldon J. Marsh, a prosperous farmer and stockman residing in Knoxville township, was born on the 14th of October,
1855, in that township, and is a son of Daniel Marsh, mentioned more at length elsewhere in this work. He has resided
in Knoxville township during his entire life and gained his early education by attendance at the public schools.
He was also a student in Professor McKee's Academy at Knoxville in 1875 and 1876. His home training prepared him
well for the work of an agriculturist and upon arriving at mature years he decided to follow that occupation. He
owns two hundred and fifty five acres of productive land on sections 3, 4 and 8, Knoxville township, and has made
many improvements upon his place, which is lacking in none of the equipments of an up to date farm. He follows
general farming and his practical knowledge of the best methods of agriculture, coupled with his energy, insures
him good crops annually.
On the 10th of January, 1889, Mr. Marsh was united in marriage to Miss Susanna Griffith, who was born in Greene
county, Pennsylvania, on the 15th of February, 1860. Her parents, Samuel and Juliana (Burris) Griffith, were both
born in the vicinity of Morgantown, West Virginia, the former on the 30th of September, 18t4, and the latter on
the 9th of January, 1829. Their marriage occurred at Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, on the rah of November, 1847.
Mr. Griffith gave his time and attention to agricultural pursuits in the Keystone state until 1868, when he came
west with his family, arriving at Pella, Marion county, on the 14th of September of that year. The following December
a removal was made to Wayne county and there he farmed for three years. At the end of that time he returned to
this county and in 1876 he purchased the farm now owned and operated by his son, Samuel Ross" Griffith. The
place is on section 5, Knoxville township, and is a valuable property. Mr. Griffith served in the Civil war, enlisting
in Company F, Seventh Virginia Volunteer Infantry, on the 18th of September, 1861. He participated in the battles
of Winchester, Romney and Harrison's Landing and a number of other engagements. At Harrison's Landing he contracted
a severe cold which eventually affected his eyes and he was sent to a hospital in New Jersey. The care which he
received was unavailing and he was sent home totally blind. He lived twenty six years after this, his death occurring
on the 6th of August, 1888. He was of Welsh descent, his parents coming to this country from Wales. His wife was
of Irish and English lineage, her maternal ancestors coming to this country from the Emerald isle in the seventeenth
century. Her father, William Burris, was an Englishman and married Miss Sarah Donley, a daughter of James and Susanna
Donley. Mrs. Burris lived to a remarkable age, lacking but a month of rounding out one hundred and two years. Mr.
Burris died April 19, 1850. The family were Methodists in their religious belief. Mrs. Griffith died on the 7th
of July, 1907. Her daughter, Mrs. Marsh, is one of seven children, the others being: William Burris, deceased;
Sarah, the wife of A. F. Conn, of Garden City, Kansas; Charles M., of Knoxville township, this county; James Donley,
deceased; Edward F., of Denver, Colorado; and Samuel Ross, living upon the old home place in Knoxville township.
Mr. and Mrs. Marsh are the parents of five children: one who died in infancy; J. Howard, who was born December
1, 1893; Lila Gertrude, born April t3, 1895; Sheldon Perry, who was born January 12, 1897, and died when a year
and a half old; and Forrest Burris, born May 19, 1900.
Mr. Marsh is a republican, and fraternally belongs to the Masonic order and is a member of the Eastern Star, as
are his wife and daughter Lila. The family belong to the Methodist Episcopal church and manifest in many ways a
keen interest in the growth of the organization. The high opinion which their neighbors entertain for them is the
best testimony to the high standards of conduct that guide their lives and their friends are many.
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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