James Marsh Descendants
Generation No. 3
6. JAMES AUSTIN4 MARSH (EDWARD AUSTIN3, JAMES2, CUTHBIRT (RALEIGH?)1) was born August 19, 1855 in Linn, Osage Co., MO44,45, and died June 11, 1937 in Long Beach, CA46,47,48. He married (1) DOCIA BELLE HINCH October 17, 188749,50. She was born 1863, and died March 19, 1902 in Kingfisher, OK. He married (2) ELIZA ELLEN GIDEON 190751,52. She was born 1877.
Notes for JAMES AUSTIN MARSH:
Source: MARSH FAMILY RECORDS, published in June 1993, Ed Kyser.
Written by Lucy Virginia Marsh about 1970.
My father, James Austin Marsh, was born at Lynn, Osage County, Missouri, on August 19, 1855. He was the second child of Edward and Virginia Seay Marsh. Both parents were of Scotch, Irish and English ancestry and on the mothers side there was also French and German blood.
Father was educated at Steeleville Academy and at the Rolla School of Mines. He gave up his profession of a pharmacist because of his great fear of making a mistake in a prescription. He became a public school teacher.
He was married to DOCIA BELLE HINCH on October 17, 1887. In April 18, 1889 he made the RUN FOR LAND IN THE CHEYENNE ARAPAHOE COUNTRY OF OKLAHOMA TERRITORY, where he and mother braved the rigors of pioneering life. He farmed and was one of the first county agents in the US.
He served 8 years in the new state's legislature and was zealous member of the Republican party and frequently expressed his opinions on public matters through letters to the editor of the local papers.
Ten years after the move to the new land our mother died, leaving five children. Our youngest sister had preceded her death the year before. Father's sister, Nancy Jane Marsh, who never married, came to live in our home to care for us. Three years later he married Eliza Ellen Gideon. Three children were born to them.
Father was six feet tall, of slender build when he was a young man. At one point, he weighed 180 pounds, but for most of his life his weight was around 150. As child he had been taught to turn his toes out as he walked - the habit remained. He kept his ruddy complexion and dark hair until late in life. His eyes were blue. He was an exceptionally well-informed man, read a great deal and was seldom "on the fence" about anything but he talked little. He had a reverence for God and the common miracles of nature, but he never joined a church because he felt no denomination had the only direct path to God, as each claimed.
When one of us asked his opinion about some possible course of action, I have often heard him say. " I believe if I were your, I would do this and such, but you do as you like" We were taught never to interrupt as he read but to stand at his elbow waiting to be acknowledged.
He left physical punishment of us to Mother, but I do recall his once applying a small thin shovel used for ashes to my younger brothers' rear. I do not remember him in robust health, but neither do I recall his ever speaking of feeling badly. He used tobacco until the age of 50 when he stopped and did not resume the habit. Liquor was taken rarely and only as a medicine.
He was a quiet thoughtful man, interested in people and places the world over, and in all nature. His home-made road dray was the first one used in our part of the country, and his method of polishing peanuts in the shell was an innovation.
His suggestion to a visiting, noisy grandson was typical of him - "Sonny, why don't you go out and look for little things in the grass?" He died in Long Beach California two months before his 82nd birthday, of carcinoma of the stomach and cystitis. He had made three requests, all of which were carried out. First, that none of us should see his face in death. Second, that his body should be wrapped in a soft, clean sheet, placed in the least costly coffin and cremated, and that his ashes be scattered from an airplane over southern California's San Bernardino mountains which he loved.
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Article by JEAN MARSH
When the news of the opening of new land in Indian Territory reached Missouri, James Austin Marsh left his home and general store on the banks of the Hazzah River and staked a claim in Blaine County. He built a sod house and his wife Docia and children Harry and Daisy joined him. The soddy also served as the Post Office and a place for trials to be heard as he was also the Justice of the Peace.
William and Lucy were born in the sod house an shortly before his claim was proven, his uncle, Territorial Governor AJ SEAY, persuaded him to come to Kingfisher and take over a farm 4 1/2 miles southeast of Kingfisher. It was a good farm and Mr. Marsh conducted a complete modern family farm.
In 1910 he was appointed a Special Agent of the US Department of Agriculture, and he was one of the first, if not the first, County Agent after the system was established in 1914. He introduced alfalfa in the area and wrote a pamphlet about its culture and value, both as good for stock and an enrichment of the soul.
He grew peanuts and developed a machine, which cleaned and polished them. He planted a large grove of catalpa and locust trees to use as fence posts. He cultivated many grub trees and grapes and a large vegetable garden. He raised beef and dairy cattle and hogs and built a concrete feeding floor for hogs. he also invented a road drag to use on the dirt roads after rains. Later when he served in the State Legislature, he led the fight for good roads, good school and against patent medicines. Mr. Marsh was an ardent Republican with strong opinions, which he voiced freely.
Two more children were born on the Kingfisher farm, Jean and Ruth. Ruth died in infancy. In 1902 Mrs. Marsh died leaving five children to him to car for and in 1907 he married Ellen Gideon from Missouri. Three children were born from this marriage - Gracia, Eva and James A Jr. Eva and James are deceased and Gracia lives in Santa Barbara, CA.
All of the original family attended Kingfisher College and have attended the reunions regularly. Harry and Daisy have been prolific writers and in 1957 Daisy had a book of poems published. The title poem, "Wave in the Wind, Bent Grass" is a family story of pioneer days. There is a copy in the Kingfisher Library. harry has been known as a raconteur and master of ceremonies.
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From a conversation between Jim Marsh and Ed Kyser, here is some more information about James Austin Marsh:
JA Marsh did gold prospecting somewhere in CA and mined $80,000 worth of gold by himself. He was gone for several months at a time. A landslide covered up the mine. Then he filed a claim on the mine and spent a year trying to make the claim good. He spent $50,000 in the process.. Grandma Ellen wanted him to stay in town. He took the rest of the money, invested in real estate and bought a "section" Grandma talked him into selling it to buy a house. Six months later, oil was discovered on the property he sold. By then, Austin was up in years, and became quite discouraged. He played croquet with a bunch of "good 'ole boys".
Note from bb ( Marsh Family Records - Huguenot record indicates death date 1917, however on page 9 of the same book is a copy of letter from him dated 1919.
Children of JAMES MARSH and DOCIA HINCH are:
Children of JAMES MARSH and ELIZA GIDEON are:
7. JOHN JEFFERSON4 MARSH (EDWARD AUSTIN3, JAMES2, CUTHBIRT (RALEIGH?)1) was born January 31, 1859 in Steelville, Osage Co., MO55, and died July 17, 1945 in Olathe, Colo56. He married HATTIE ELIZABETH KILLEN57 December 24, 1885 in Delta, CO, daughter of HENRY KILLEN and MARGARET NOLAND. She was born July 21, 1869 in Buchannon Co, MO58, and died March 31, 1959 in Montrose Hospital, Delta Co., CO.
Children of JOHN MARSH and HATTIE KILLEN are:
8. JOSEPH FRANKLIN4 MARSH (EDWARD AUSTIN3, JAMES2, CUTHBIRT (RALEIGH?)1) was born January 21, 1861 in Osage Co., MO, and died Aft. 1938 in Steeleville, Crawford Co., MO. He married HANEY E. HALBERT November 29, 1888.
Children of JOSEPH MARSH and HANEY HALBERT are:
9. SUSAN AMELIA4 MARSH (EDWARD AUSTIN3, JAMES2, CUTHBIRT (RALEIGH?)1) was born May 06, 1863 in Osage Co., MO, and died 1936 in Kingfisher, OK. She married JAMES MADISON 'MATT' SANDERS April 08, 1885 in Steelville, Crawford Co., MO63, son of GEORGE SANDERS and EVALINE TRASK. He was born 1862.
Children of SUSAN MARSH and JAMES SANDERS are:
Children of GEORGE MARSH and LILLIE LEA are:
11. MABEL CLARA4 MARSH (EDWARD AUSTIN3, JAMES2, CUTHBIRT (RALEIGH?)1) was born July 01, 1879. She married ORVEL C. CAVENAH Abt. 1900 in Steeleville, Crawford Co., MO.
Children of MABEL MARSH and ORVEL CAVENAH are:
12. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4 MARSH (GEORGE DABNY3, JAMES2, CUTHBIRT (RALEIGH?)1) was born February 04, 1867 in Oakland, CA, and died June 30, 1919 in Evanston, WY66. He married SOPHIA VIOLA DESPAIN October 26, 1891 in Toole, UT.
Child of BENJAMIN MARSH and SOPHIA DESPAIN is:
13. LAURENA ANNE4 MARSH (ANDREW JACKSON " ANDY"3, JAMES2, CUTHBIRT (RALEIGH?)1)67 was born October 23, 1868 in Crawford Twp, Osage Co., MO, and died September 06, 1944. She married (1) JOHN A. BECKHAM. He was born 1881, and died 1953 in Steelville, MO. She married (2) WILLIAM J. DRENNAN November 15, 1891.
Children of LAURENA MARSH and JOHN BECKHAM are:
Children of LAURENA MARSH and WILLIAM DRENNAN are:
14. CHARLES EDWARD4 MARSH (ANDREW JACKSON " ANDY"3, JAMES2, CUTHBIRT (RALEIGH?)1)67 was born July 08, 1871 in Linn, Osage Co., MO, and died May 06, 1951 in Shepard Hill, MO (near Cuba, MO). He married MARTHA ELMER SCANTLIN March 29, 1896 in Oak Ridge School Community, MO @ parents' home..
Children of CHARLES MARSH and MARTHA SCANTLIN are:
15. SARAH ESTHER4 MARSH (ANDREW JACKSON " ANDY"3, JAMES2, CUTHBIRT (RALEIGH?)1)69 was born April 21, 1873 in Osage Co., MO, and died February 03, 1960 in Roosevelt, OK. She married DAVID MERVIN KEY70 March 07, 1894 in Steelville, Crawford Co., MO, son of JEREMIAH KEY and JANE CRAIG. He died October 1927 in Hobart, OK.
Children of SARAH MARSH and DAVID KEY are:
16. ROSILEE BELLE4 MARSH (ANDREW JACKSON " ANDY"3, JAMES2, CUTHBIRT (RALEIGH?)1)72 was born November 01, 1877 in Crawford Co., MO, and died October 20, 1969 in Fayetteville, AR. She married JOSEPH HENRY CLARK May 12, 1901 in Salem, MO, son of BENJAMIN CLARK and SUSAN WHITMIRE. He was born in Crawford Co., MO, and died December 08, 1949 in Salem, MO.
Children of ROSILEE MARSH and JOSEPH CLARK are:
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