Born in Windsor, Connecticut, 1706. He was a Congregationalist who became a Separatist Baptist during the Great Awakening. Ordained at Abbott's Creek, N.C. in 1757 he was a leader in establishing Baptist work in Virginia, the Carolinas, & Georgia. In his support for the cause of religious freedom he was arrested for preaching in Georgia. He led in establishing that state's first continuing Baptist Church on the Little Kiokee in 1772. Marshall was the only pastor to remain in Georgia throughout the Revolution. He helped form the Georgia Baptist Association shortly before his death on November 2, 1784. Georgia Baptists are indebited to him for nurturing many men who contributed to the movement's early growth.
MARSHALL HOMESITE THE HOUSE WHERE THE REV. A. MARSHALL LIVED STOOD HERE. PURCHASED FROM HIS FATHER'S ESTATE (COUNTY DEED BOOKS Z.P. 449 & C.P. 102). BAPTIST HISTORIAN DAVID BENEDICT WROTE: I SPENT SOME TIME WITH HIM [ABRAHAM MARSHALL] AT HIS OWN HOME AT KIOKEE, IN 1810, WHERE HIS VENERABLE FATHER [DANIEL MARSHALL] DIED. SITE IS PART OF ORIGINAL LAND GRANT TO DANIEL MARSHALL (GEORGIA PLAT BOOK E.P. 269). REMAINING TIMBERS OF HOUSE WERE DISMANTLED IN 1981 AFTER DOCUMENTATION. DANIEL MARSHALL SAID TO HIS WIFE SHORTLY BEFORE DEATH: AGO ON, MY DEAR WIFE, TO SERVE THE LORD. HOLD OUT TO THE END. ETERNAL GLORY IS BEFORE US. ----------------------------------------
KIOKEE BAPTIST CHURCH To Daniel Marshall also belongs the honor of establishing the first continuing Baptist church in Georgia at Kiokee in 1772. MORGAN EDWARDS, 1772, WROTE: AT LITTLE KIOKA IS A MEETINGHOUSE. ERECTED IN 1771 DAN. MARSHALL. THESE SEPARATE BAPTISTS, BRANCH OF BIG STEVENS CREEK, S.C., BECAME A CHURCH, SPRING 1772, WITH DANIEL MARSHALL, PASTOR. THEIR BUILDING, EAST/SOUTHEAST OF THIS MARKER, WAS ALSO FIRST VOTING PLACE FOR RICHMOND COUNTY, 1777. SECOND BUILDING ERECTED 1792 AT NEW SITE CALLED MARSHALL'S MEETINGHOUSE; THIRD, 1808, STANDS ON SAME SITE CALLED OLD KIOKEE, MILE WEST OF THIS MARKER. CHAPEL, BUILT IN APPLING ABOUT 1828 AS ARM, DESTROYED BY TORNADO 1875. FIFTH STRUCTURE MOVED TO APPLING 1907, USED UNTIL 1937, WHEN SIXTH BUILDING WAS ERECTED ON PRESENT SITE. MOTHER OF CHURCHES. MOLDER OF PREACHERS. PILLAR OF THE ASSOCIATION. PROMOTER OF MISSIONS. GEORGIAS FIRST CONTINUING BAPTIST CHURCH. ----------------------------------------- GEORGIA BAPTIST ASSOCIATION ORGANIZED AT KIOKEE, OCTOBER 1784, BY BEST EVIDENCE. FIRST CHURCHES: KIOEE, FISHING CREEK, GREENWOOD, ABILENE, LITTLE BRIER CREEK. FOUNDING FATHERS: DANIEL MARSHALL, ABRAHAM MARSHALL, SANDERS WALKER, PETER SMITH, SILAS MERCER, LOVELESS SAVAGE, WILLIAM FRANKLIN, ALEXANDER SCOTT. KNOWN MEMBER CHURCHES, 174, IN 28 GA. AND 5 S.C. COUNTIES. PARENT OF ASSOCIATIONS: HEPHZIBAH, 1794; SAREPTA, 1799; OCMULGEE, 1810. CHURCHES HELPED FORM: 15 OTHERS. MAJOR INFLUENCE IN FORMING GEORGIA BAPTIST CONVENTION, POWELTON, 1822, AND STRONGLY SUPPORTED FORMATION OF SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION, AUGUSTA, 1845B BOTH IN MEMBER CHURCHES. LEADER IN FOUNDING MERCER UNIVERSITY. STRONG MISSIONARY INFLUENCE. TERMED AMOTHER,@ AMODEL,@ AND ACRADLE OF GEORGIA BAPTIST HISTORY. ---------------------------------------
MARSHALL CEMETERY: Some Marshall family graves may have purposefully been left unmarked. Abraham Marshall wrote about his father, Daniel: NO MONUMENTAL PILE OR LETTERED STONE HIS VIRTUE TO POSTERITY REVEALS: HIS NAME AND CHARACTER ARE BETTER KNOWN BY HOLY TRUTH AND MINISTERIAL SEALS.
Abraham's son wrote about his mother: I'LL RAISE NO STONE HER MEMORY TO RETAIN, SINCE MY SORE LOSS IS HER ETERNAL GAIN.
Abraham Marshall is known to be buried here, August 15, 1819. Circumstantial evidence indicates others:
DANIEL MARSHALL, Nov 2, 1784 MARTHA STEARNS, wife of Daniel, 1793 NANCY ANN WALLER, wife of Abraham Nov 14, 1815 ABRAHAM WALLER MARSHALL, son of Abraham & Ann Oct 15, 1800 JUBAL ORION MARSHALL, son of Abraham & Ann GENERAL COLLINS MARY ANN COLLINS, wife of the General
Also believed to be buried here are members of the Black family, once owners of the property, as well as a number of slaves. Sources: Committee on Baptist History, Georgia Baptist Convention; Kiokee Baptist Church; Georgia Baptist Association
MARSHALL HISTORICAL SITE: Dedicated November 12, 1984, it was developed by the History Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention in cooperation with Kiokee Baptist Church & the Georgia Baptist Association.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN GEORGIA THIS BUILDING, KIOKEE CHURCH=S SIXTH MEETINGHOUSE, WAS ERECTED IN 1937 WITH THE HELP OF MANY GEORGIA BAPTISTS AS A MONUMENT TO DANIEL MARSHALL. NOT LATER THAN 1770 HE WAS ARRESTED FOR PREACHING IN COLONIAL GEORGIA AT A SITE EAST OF THIS MARKER. AT A TRIAL IN AUGUSTA BEFORE COLONEL EDWARD BARNARD AND PARSON EDWARD ELLINGTON OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, HE WAS ORDERED TO DESIST FROM PREACHING IN THE PROVINCE.@ HIS WIFE MARTHA DEFENDED HIM AWITH SOLEMN DENUNCIATION OF THE LAW, QUOTING WITH FLUENCY PASSAGE AFTER PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE.@ MARSHALL ALSO REPLIED: AWHETHER IT BE RIGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MAN, JUDGE YE.@ HE CONTINUED TO PREACH. HIS ARRESTING OFFICER SAMUEL CARTLEDGE WAS CONVERTED, BECAME A MEMBER OF KIOKEE CHURCH WHICH MARSHALL BEGAN IN 1772, WAS ALSO ORDAINED, AND ORGANIZED AND PASTORED CHURCHES IN THE AREA. COLONEL BERNARD [sic] BECAME A CLOSE FRIEND. THEREAFTER RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION ENDED IN GEORGIA. THE MARSHALL HISTORICAL SITE, WHERE MARSHALL LIVE AND DIED, IS EAST OF THIS SITE ON TUBMAN ROAD ONE MILE PAST OLD KIOKEE CHURCH. Source: Georgia Baptist Historical Commission
Peace and love to you Grandpa Daniel. I finally was able to see your beautiful homesite in Appling and visit Kiokee. We will never forget you and Grandpa Abraham and Grandpa Jabez Pleiades. Your loving GrGrGrGrGrGrandaughter -
Elaine Added: Dec. 5, 2012