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William Golden Marshall
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1820
Death: Jun. 10, 1894

William G. Marshall, born August 4, 1820, married first, Catharine, daughter of John Phillips, formerly of Hopewell, and had two children, who died in infancy. He married second, her sister, Elizabeth, resided at Cordova and became very wealthy. (History and Genealogy of the Ege Family In The United States 1738-1911)

William G. Marshall is one of the pioneers
of Rock Island County, and one of the
prominent citizens of the township of Cordova.
He was the possessor of little but health,
strength and ambition to get along in the
world when he arrived in the county, and he
is now in circumstances which afford ample proof of
the quality of his good senses and labors.
He was born in the township of Hopewell, which
was then in Huntington Co., N. J., but which by later
municipal division is now included in Mercer
County. His birth occurred Aug. 4, 1S20, and he is
the second son of John and Charity (Golden) Marshall.
His parents were both natives of New Jersey,
respectively and their ancestors were Germans and
Hollanders. John Marshall died when his son was
12 years old, and the latter, with his brothers, remained
on the homestead, which they carried on
until 1839. In that year he and an older brother, a
sister and her husband, A. S. Ege, set out to come
to Illnois. They left May 16, 1839, and traveled in
the manner common in those days when there were
no means of public conveyance, and time was less a
consideration than money, coming all the way with
horses and wagons, doing their cooking and camping
on the route. They arrived in Cordova at the
end of six weeks of travel, landing in July, 1839.
Mr. Marshall passed the first summer as a farm
assistant, working by the day. In the fall of 1839
the land on the river came into market, and Mr.
Marshall entered land on section 3 of township 19,
and which is now Coe Township. In the spring of
1840 he erected a log cabin and broke a piece of
prairie, on which he raised a crop of sod corn. At
the same time he worked a tract of land on shares
on which he raised wheat and oats. The grain was
stacked on the land where the home was placed,
and late in the same fall, before the threshing could
be done, the prairie fires came on, and the grain and
cabin were both destroyed. The little home was re-
placed, and the next season a crop of corn and also
of wheat was raised. The latter was threshed with
flails and trampled by horses, as was the custom to
a great extent.
In the fall of 1841 Mr. Marshall started on his return
to New Jersey. He went on foot to Chicago,
and there he embarked on a steamer for Buffalo
whence he went on the Erie Canal, traveling on a
line boat to Troy, N. Y., and from there on the river
Hudson to Albany. There he embarked on a steamer
for the city of New York, and traveled thence to
Princeton by rail. He went from Princeton to the
home of his mother on foot, and spent the winter at
his boyhood home. In the spring of 1842 the home-
stead was sold, and again Mr. Marshall journeyed
over land to Illinois from New Tersev. He was ac-
companied by his mother and the remaining mem-
bers of the family, and the party required two pair of
horses and two wagons in the transportation of
themselves and their household property. They lo-
cated on the land which the brothers had entered,
and Mr. Marshall made his home there with his
mother and her family until 1845, when he bought
land on section 3, adjoining the other place, of which
he at once took possession and commenced to improve.
He split rails and fenced about 100 acres of
land during the first year, and he continued the work
of improvement until he had put the whole quartersection
in advanced cultivation. Later he bought
the quarter-section adjoining, and placed that too
under improvements.
He continued the prosecution of his agricultural
projects until 1856, when he moved to Cordova, and
afterward operated as a farmer and dealer in lumber
until 1864. In that year he commenced buying
grain, and has since been engaged in that variety of
traffic at Cordova. The success which has attended
his efforts is defined by the fact that he is the
owner of nearly 2000 acres of land, on which he carries
on his agricultural operations with the aid of
hired help. Accompanying this sketch, we give a
full page- view of Mr. Marshall's residence, showing
the splendid view of the Father of Waters which is
to be had from it. His elevator and ware-room is
also shown.
Mr. Marshall has been twice married. May 3,
1847, he formed a matrimonial alliance with Catherine
Phillips. She was born in the same township as
her husband, Feb. 28, 1824, and died May 8, 1856,
after having become the mother of three children.
They are all deceased. Mr. Marshall was a second
time married Feb. 15, 1857, to Elizabeth Phillips,
who is a sister of his first wife. She was born Aug.
25, 1815, and was the widow of Stephen Humphrey.
Edgar Humphrey, the only child of her first marriage,
lives at Cordova. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall are
childless. They are members of the Baptist Church
at Cordova. He was originally an old-line Whig,
but is now a Republican.

Family links: 
  John Marshall (1793 - 1832)
  Charity Golden Marshall (1795 - 1878)
  Catherine Phillips Marshall (1824 - 1856)
  Elizabeth Phillips Marshall (1815 - 1911)
  Mary Ann Marshall Ege (1817 - 1898)*
  John Marshall (1819 - 1903)*
  William Golden Marshall (1820 - 1894)
  Henry M. Marshall (1822 - 1864)*
  Elizabeth Marshall Crosby (1824 - 1905)*
  Sarah Marshall Smith (1826 - 1906)*
  Jacob Hoff Marshall (1828 - 1911)*
  Theodore Marshall (1830 - 1908)*
  Jerred Marshall (1832 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
Cordova Cemetery
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Ruth Hundley
Originally Created by: Alberta Daniels Withrow
Record added: Oct 17, 2004
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William Golden Marshall
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