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John Marshall

1703 - 1779

Father Humphrey Marshall
Mother Isaballa Alderson
Wife Jane
Children Samuel, Jane, Humphrey, Thomas, Elizabeth, Charles, Job, Ruth, Jane


John was born in Gratton in 1703, and baptised at All Saints, Youlgreave on 2nd November (1). He appears to have been the eldest child of Humphrey and Isabella, even though they had been married for almost six years by the time of his birth (2). A younger sister named Elizabeth was born in 1706 (3), but only survived for a few days (4), so when his parents had another daughter in 1808, they called her Elizabeth too (5). Finally, his youngest sister, Mary, was born in 1710 (6). His sister Elizabeth died in 1719 (7). John's father taught him his trade as a stone mason, the trade he would follow all his life (22).

He married a woman called Jane, and they lived in Gratton (8)(10)(11)(12)(13)(16)(18)(19). Their first child, Samuel, was born in 1727 (8), the year before the death of his father (9). His eldest daughter Jane was born in 1730 (10), followed by son Humphrey in 1732 (11), and Thomas in 1734 (12). Daughter Elizabeth was born in 1740, and was apparently baptised twice, in both Youlgreave and Winster (13)(14)! Son Charles was born around late 1741 or early 1742 (15), and youngest son Job in late 1742 or early 1743 (16). His mother died the following year (17). He had a daughter Ruth in 1745 (18), and finally a daughter Jane in 1747 (19), but she only lived for a few days (21). His wife died at the same time (20), presumably due to complications with the pregnancy and/or birth. He never remarried.

In 1771, news reached John of his cousin Humphry from America, who he had never met. Humphrey was trying to establish the date of his father, John's uncle Abraham's, birth, following his death at a reputedly very old age. John wrote, or perhaps more likely dictated, a letter to him, in which he gave brief details of his family, and asked Humphrey for similiar in return (22). Its unknown whether he ever got the reply he wanted prior to his death eight years later. He was buried in Youlgreave on 29th September 1779 (23).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [1703, November] Gratton: Bapd John the son of Humphry & Issabellah Marshall the 2d day
  2. See his parent's pages for details.
  3. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [October 1706] Gratton: Bapd Elizabeth Daughter of Humphrey & Issabell Marshall ye 21st
  4. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [1706] Gratton: Buried Elizabeth Daughter of Humphrey & Issabel Marshall October ye 27th
  5. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [February 1708] Gratton: Bapd Elizabeth daughter of Humphrey & Issabell Marshall ye 23d
  6. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [1710] Gratton: Bapd Mary daughter of Humphrey & Isabel Marshall ye 23: No:
  7. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [1719] Gratton: Buried Elix: D of Humphery Marshall Feb ye 13th
  8. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [1727] Gratton: Bap Samuel the son of John & Jane Marshall 13 August
  9. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [Burials, 1728] Gratton: Humphry Marshall Feb 1
  10. The Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave (Transcription by Val Neal) lists the baptism of Jane, daughter of John Marshall and Jane his wife, on 10th June 1730.
  11. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [Baptisms, June 1732] Gratton: Humphrey the son of John & Jane Marshall the 4th day
  12. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [1734] Gratton: Bap: Thomas ye son of John and Jane Marshall Novbr ye 13
  13. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [January 1739/40] Gratton: Bapd         of John and Jane Marshall the 28 day
  14. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Winster includes the entry:
    [1739/40] Elizabeth Daughter of John Marshall of Gratton baptized January ye 28
  15. No baptism appears in the parish registers for Charles. However there are clues to his parentage and date of birth:
  16. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [January 1742/43] Gratton: Bap Job son of John and Jane Marshall the 2 day
  17. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [August 1744] Gratton: Buried Isabel Marshall Widow       The 15
  18. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [1745] Gratton: Bap Ruth the Daughter of John & Jane Marshall June ye 12
  19. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [October 1747] Gratton: Bap Jane the Daughter of John and Jane Marshall June ye 26
  20. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [October 1747] Gratton: Buried Jane Marshall   the 28 day
  21. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [October 1747] Gratton: Buried Jane Marshall infant the 30 day
  22. "Memorials of John Bartram and Humphry Marshall" by William Darlington, Philadelphia, 1849, pp524-526 contains a copy of a letter to Humphrey Marshall, the American botanist, dated 14th August 1771, from John Marshall of Gratton. In it he says
    "Cousin Humphry
    I not hearing of your family, of a great number of years, expected I should never have heard of you more; nor had not now, but by Mr Storrs' inquiry after your father's age, and whether any of his family or relations were living. I John Marshall, am all the nephew your father hath living, and live in a hamlet called Gratton, in the parsish of Youlgreave, and in the county of Derbyshire: that is, I live in the same hamlet where my uncle Abram was born, and all his brothers. His brother's names were Humphry, Samuel, and John Marshall. My father, Humphry, died when he was about sixty years of age, was a stone cutter, or what we call a mason, and I learned the same trade with my father, and still follow it. I am now in the sixty-eigth year of my age, and have eight children now living, five sons and three daughters.
    Dear Cousin, if these lines come safe to you, which I hope they will, I beg you will be so kind, as sonn as you conveniently can, as to send me a few lines of the number and welfare of your family: for you see, by my age, that my glass runs apace, and I must expect soon to be called hence; but should be glad, if God permit, to hear from you before I die. May the blessing of God attend you, and all your family, and all your undertakings.
    This from your loving cousin
    John Marshall"

    This letter was accompanied by one from the above mentioned Joseph Storrs of Chesterfield, dated 28th August 1771, which says
    "Friend Marshall
    Thy letter to my father came duly to hand; agreeably whereto, I have made some enquiry about they father's age, and thy relations, as follows:- Humphry Marshall, the eldest brother of Abram, was born and registered at Youlgreave, in the year 1667. Abram was the next son, and two years younger, according to thy cousin John's account, but is not to be found in the register. As they were often without a parson, the register was neglected. His sister Sarah married one Wilson, and hath one daughter living, called Sarah. I don't hear of any more of the relations, except John, the writer of the annexed letter, who lives very reputably, and I believe is a sober, religious man (of the Church of England). His children have all done well.
    One of Humphry's brothers died a friend, at Aldwark, and was buried at Monyash, in this county. Others were most convinced, but not so as to be joined to Friends. This is what intelligence I have procured, and hope will be satisfactory.
    Gratton and Youlgreave are about thirteen miles from this place.
    I remain thy friend
    Joseph Storrs"
  23. Parish Register of All Saints, Youlgreave includes the entry:
    [Burials, September 1779] Gratton: John Marshall 29th



Notes:

Confirm the baptism of Jane Marshall on 10/6/1730 in PR (note that PR from this era is difficult to read on film, so will have to confirm in original).


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