History of the land bought by Joseph Marr from Turbut Francis - The New Purchase was advertised by the land office Feb. 23, 1769. In 1764 officers who served under Colonel Bouquet made an agreement in writing with each other that they would apply to the Proprietors (the Penns) for a tract of land for their services, to be divided among themselves. One Col. Turbutt Francis' tract was 2,775 acres, surveyed to him in one tract adjoining the tract bought by him in Montour, embracing what is called Turbut township. It was called the "Colonel's Reward."
Joseph Marr bought part of this land from the widow of Turbutt Francis on July 2, 1792, a tract of land one mile square, a part of the tract known as the "Colonel's Reward," lying on the east bank of the west branch of the Susquehanna river, embracing the northern part of what is now Milton, including the three farms north of that place. For this land he paid "four pounds per acre lawful money of Pennsylvania and a negro girl at the price of thirty pounds." He settled on the property in 1793 and immediately built a stone house beautifully situated on the banks of the river. It is still standing. In later years it was purchased from the family of Alem Marr, his son, by Moses Chamberlin. Joseph Marr died Sept. 18, 1796, aged forty-six years, and was buried in what was then the Marr burying ground, where the Lincoln street schoolhouse stands. Later his remains were removed to the upper cemetery, where they now rest. Mr. Marr was an earnest and consistent member of the Episcopal Church, in his day called the Church of England. On Aug. 18, 1794, he and his wife Susanna gave a tract of land, in Church lane, adjoining Upper Milton, to the trustees of the Episcopal congregation for burial and church purposes. He was one of the founders of the church of that denomination and the prime mover in the erection of the first church of that faith in Northumberland county. The church as an organized body dates back to 1793.
From Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891: JOSEPH MARR was born June 15, 1750, in Northampton county, Pennsylvania. In 1793 he settled upon his purchase, where he died, September 3, 1796; his widow survived him until December 27, 1826. They were the parents of six children: Mary, who married Robert Martin; Hannah, who became the wife of Williarn Hull; David, who died, February 14, 1819; William. who died December 18, 1823; Joseph, who died October 5, 1804; and Alern, who became quite a prominent lawyer and politician and served two terms in Congress.