Biography of Col. L. M. Marsh
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COL. L. M. MARSH, deceased, who bore an honorable record for service in the Union Army during the Civil War, was one of the foremost citizens of Washington, Pa., that borough having been the scene of his greatest business activities. He was born at Orange, Essex Co., N. J., June 23, 1824, and was a son of Abraham R. and Sarah (Munn) Marsh.

Abraham Marsh was born in Rahway, N. J., July 8, 1800, where he was reared and educated. He learned the shoemaking trade and worked at it and also engaged in merchandising, both in his native State and subsequently in Ohio. He married Sarah Munn, a daughter of David Munn, of New Jersey, and she died in Huron County, Ohio, in 1860, aged fifty eight years, but he survived into extreme old age, dying two days after his ninetieth birthday. He was a Presbyterian of the old Knox faith and for many years was an, elder in the church. He saw the formation of the Republican party and became a strong supporter of the same. His nine children bore the following names: L. M., David, Stephen, Harriet, George, Abraham, Charles, Henry and Mary.

When the late Col. Marsh was thirteen years old, his parents moved from New Jersey to Coshocton County, Ohio, and them be completed his school attendance and then learned the tailoring trade. When twenty one years old be went to Marietta, Ohio, where he followed his trade, and from there to West Virginin, where he was residing at the time of the outbreak of the Civil War. His loyalty to the Union was manifested by his immediately enlisting, and his standing was shown by his being made captain of Co. B, 10th W. Va. Vol. Inf., which was assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He encountered many of the direst misfortunes of war. At the battle of Kernstown he was wounded in the foot and being left helpless on the battle field was taken captive. For two months be was confined in the infamous Libby Prison at Richmond, at the end of that time securing a parole, and six months later was exchanged and rejoined his regiment. His subsequent career as a soldier was brilliant and when be was honorably disenarged and mustered out it was with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Col. Marsh then returned to peaceful pursuits, locating at Washington, Pa., and he was occupied for two years as bookkeeper for a large business concern. In 1870 he was made secretary and treasurer of the Washington County Fire Insurance Company and he continued to discharge the duties of that position during the remaining years of his active life. He had additional interests, being associated for some years in the real estate business with his son, Addison C. Marsh, under the firm name of L. M. Marsh & Son. He was a man of upright life and sterling character.

On January 14, 1850, Col. Marsh was married to Miss Louisa McCollum, a daughter of Asa McCollum, and they reared two children: Ella, who became the wife of William S. Park; and Addison C., who is a representative citizen of Washington, of which he has been burgess since March, 1906. The late Col. Marsh was a Republican in his political affiliation. Both he and wife were consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His death occurred in March, 1899.

Hon. Addison C. Marsh was born February 26, 1858, and was educated in the Washington schools. He is secretary and treasurer of the Washington County Mutual Fire Insurance Company, with office at No. 55 South Main street. He was elected burgess of Washington Borough on the Republican ticket and his official career has been satisfactory to his fellow citizens to whose best interests be has devoted his careful attention for the past three years. He married Miss Nettie Foster, a daughter of E. D. Foster, a resident of Bradford, Pa., and they have four children: Ola E., Ellis F., Helen L. and Ruth. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church. They have a beautiful home, the family residence being situated at No. 205 West Beau street.


From:
20th Century History Of The City of
Washington and Washington County Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens
By: Joseph F. McFarland
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Illinois, 1910

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