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John Marsh of Hartford, Ct,

1636 — 189^.








l&KjS? of Carpenter U JUaorebouise.







of the salem family,
President of the Marsh Family Association, 1887-94,

Who with unwearied interest collected and published the history of
his own line, John of Salem, who has given freely to collect and
record facts in all our lines, and without whose sympathy and aid
this volume could not have been published for several years to come.

Hardly less credit is due to John Edward Marsh of New York
City and Rahway, N. J. of the New Haven Family, for entirely unso-
licited and generous aid.

Let all within our lines be grateful for this outside help and unite
in the hope that farther search in England may disclose for us and
them a common Marsh origin.

The knights of old
Were stout and bold,
Below the sod
Their fire is cold,
Their flesh is mold,
Their doom with God.

All were brave and some were good.

This plate of arms of Sir Thomas Marsh, A. D. 1660, is from a
very rare and ancient work on Heraldry (London 1679) and is
" probably the ancient arms of all the Marshes with some slight
variations for difference in families." It is supplied to us by the
courtesy of Mr. George W. Montague, Amherst, Mass.


" Gules, a horse's head couped, between three crosses bottonee
fitchee, argent."

G///fs, means a red shield.

CoHpecL cut off smoothly.

Bottonee^ a cross that is crossed at three ends or points.

Fitchee, a cross that has the lower end pointed like a dagger.

Argent^ that the crosses are white in color (or silver)

to wit

" A red shield with a horse's head cut off smooth between three
crossed crosses that are white and pointed at the foot."



To face page iv.




We have good reason to think that for a thousand years, men of
Marsh name have been known in all parts of England. The name is
found in Ireland, in a limited degree, mainly connected with the
English church, but not in Scotland. As the name (common in
America for over 260 years) has been distinctly English for these
certainly eight, and probably ten centuries, we need not go farther
back. We will here give names of definite persons for more than 20
generations, from the year 1174, 721 years ago.

" Our days are like the shadows
On sunny hills that lie."

From Burke's Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of England.


Page 247. Sir Stephen Marsh', Lord of Newton, Walsoken, Tid,
St. Giles, etc. (These places were in the northwest corner of Nor-
folk Co., Eng., not far from "The Wash." D. w. m.)

His son, Jeffrey de Mariscow Marsh^.

Jeffrey's dau. and heiress Desiderata Marsh'', m. about 1240 Sir
Roger de Colville of Newton by Leverington.

(If Desiderata Marsh^ m. in 1240; she was b. about 1222, her
father' about 1198 and Sir Stephen Marsh' about 1174. d. w. m.)


Page 20 in supplement. Col. Marsh' of Mildenhall, Suffolk Co.
His dau. Martha Marsh'', m. 1706, (second wife) Jeremiah Bigsby>


Esq., Suffolk Co., and their son Thomas Bigsby'* was A. M. and M.
D. of Cambridge. (This Col. Marsh must have been b. as early as
1660, and his dau. 1684 to 1688. D. w. M.)


Page 117 in supplement. Thomas Marsh' of Dey or Darton
House, Darton, York Co.

His dau. Elizabeth Marsh' d. 1580 ; m. Roger Elmehirst of Elme-
hirst and Houndhill, York Co.

(If she d. 15S0 after m. she was bovn before 1562 and her father
Thomas b. before 1538. D. w. m.)

Page 405. Richard Marsh", D. D., Dean of York. Vicar of Hali-
fax, York Co. m. Elizabeth Batt. Their dau. Frances Marsh'' m.
Rev. Lewis West, Archdeacon of Carlisle and Vicar of Aldenham,
Cumberland Co.

Page 408. Anne Marsh m. Samuel Ferrand, bap. in Bingley Feb.
24, 1664, Rector Todwick and Vicar Rotherham (all three in York
Co. D. w. M.) (If he was b. 1664, she prob. b. 1670, or 1668.
D. w. M.)


Page 1 191. Sir Edward Marsh' had dau. Mariana Marsh"', m. Sir
Harloven Saunders who came into England in or about 1270. He
(Saunders) was descended from Robert, Lord of Innespruck, second
brother of Rodolph, Count of Hapsburg and subsequently emperor.
The family settled in Ireland. Their son Sir Robert Saunders, m.
Dorothy, dau. Sir Edward Vickers of Lancashire.

(If Mariana Marsh m. about 1270 or 1280, she was b. about
1252 or 1262 and her father. Sir Edward, about 1228 or 1238.

D. w. M.)


(Narcissus Marsh, according to the Methodist Encyclopedia, was
b. 1638 at Hannington, Wiltshire, England, was Archbishop 1690,
and of Dublin, 1694, and of Armagh 1703, built a public library in
Dublin, filled it with choice works and settled provision for two libra-
rians. He d. 17 13. We have again of the Landed Gentry :

Page 333- Francis Marsh', Archbishop of Dublin, his son ?

His grandson. Rev. Jeremy Marsh', D. D., m. Mary dau. Jeremy
Taylor, Esq.


Their dau. Elizabeth Marsh**, m. Rev. Simon Digby, Bishop of
Down and Connor who d. 1824.

(The following Marshes are prob. of the same family, d. w. m.)

Page 332. Dean Marsh', his only child Mary Marsh", m.

17 17 John Digby, Esq. of Landenstown, M. P. tor Kildare, 1731
and high sheriff 1732.

Page 135 in supplement. Digby Marsh, Esq., m. Eliza, dau. Chris-
tophilus Garstein, Esq., m. Elizabeth Thompson, 1790, of Braggans-
town, Louth Co., Ireland.


(Probably same family as the Archbishop who was b. 1638.
D. w. M.)

Page 1596. Samuel Marsh' of Clapham, M. P. for Chippenham.

His dau. Annabella Marsh', m. (second wife) Thomas Adams,
Vicar of Uske, b. Sept. 15, 1758. (Prob. his father-in-law Samuel
Marsh, b. as early as 1740. d. w. m.)


1. Frederick.

2. Arthur, in holy orders. Vicar of Llanbaddock.

3. Annabella.

4. Frances.

5. Mary, m. her cousin Charles Marsh, Esq.

6. Emma, m. 1834.

7. Catherine.

Catherine Marsh*, eldest dau. of Samuel Marsh', M. P., m.

1784, William Adams Williams (son Thomas above by

his first wife) eight children given. (If eldest dau. m. in

1784, prob. b. 1766 and her father Samuel Marsh, M. P.

prob. b. 1742. D. w. M.)

Page 1206. Gen. Marsh' had sister' who m. Robert Sealy, Esq.

of Bandon, Ireland, whose father went there in beginning of the

reign of Charles II. Sons " Armiger " John and George, (about

1649. D. w. M.)


Page 831. This ancient family, styled De Marisco in ancient
Latin deeds was at East Langdon near Dover, Kent, in 1326, in reign
of Edward III.


In addition we have the names of over fifty members of this Marsh
family in Kent, among whom was Richard Marsh, Clarke of Dover
Castle and the Cinque Ports, who d. in 1626.

From other records we have Prof. Herbert Marsh of Cambridge,
b. London, 1757, Bishop in 1816 ; Gabriel Marsh of the Admiraltie
(1633) to discharge Mary and John and other vessels in the Thames ;
Walter Marsh who d. 1540 and his widow Eleanor m. Sir William
Locke; also among "the noble army of martyrs," George Marsh,
who studied at Cambridge and was curate of Deane, and martyred
April 24, 1555 and Nicholas Marsh in 1532.

If we consider these persons as to time and place we have :

Sir Thomas Marsh of Middlesex Co., 1660. Near London in the
heart of England.

Col. Marsh, 1660. Suffolk Co. on the east coast.

Narcissus Marsh, b. 1638, Archbishop of Dublin. Wiltshire Co.,
near the west coast.

The martyrs of Lancashire 1555 and Norfolk 1532.

Thomas* Marsh b. before 1538 and Elizabeth" b. before 1562, d.
1580, after marriage. Of York Co., northeast coast.

Ancient Marsh family of Kent, styled in Latin deeds " de Marisco."
■"Seated near Dover in the reign of Edward, 1326.'' South of Eng-
land on the English Channel.

Sir Edward' Marsh, b. about 1228-38. Marianna^ Marsh, b.
about 1252-62, for she m. Sir Harloven Saunders soon after 1270.
Northwest coast of England near Lancashire.

Sir Stephen' Marsh, b. about 11 74. Jeffrey* de Mariscow Marsh,
b. about 1 1 98. Desiderata^ Marsh, b. about 1222, m. 1240. East
coast of England, Norfolk Co.

There are others claiming our notice and among them we give first
honor to the printers. Their work is more valuable than that on
brass or marble. And we delight to find that a printer of our name
did splendid work in London more than 300 years ago. A spoken
word melts on the air ; a printed word lingers down the ages.


" Among the books which formerly belonged to the kings and queens
of England, and which are now in the library of the British museum,
savs the American Bookmaker, there are two which have bindings of
a particularly beautiful and distinctive character. The volumes them-
selves are exceedingly interesting, both being presentation copies to
Queen Elizabeth. The larger, a small folio, iif inches by eight
inches, is a copy of the " Flores Historianum," collected by Matthew
of Westminster, and was printed in London by Thomas Marsh on
June 2, 1570. It was published under the superintendence and at
the expense of Matthew Parker, archbishop of Canterbury, and was
presented by him to the Queen.

The smaller one, a quarto, eight inches and one-eighth by five
inches and three-fourths, contains the Gospels in Anglo-Saxon and
English, and was printed in London in the year 157 i by John Day.
This most interesting volume, which was also published under the
supervision of the archbishop, contains a dedication " tothe Queenes
Majestic," by John Fox, the Martyrologist ; and we learn from a MS.
note in the title page, that " This was the Dedication Book presented
to the Queenes owne hands by Mr. Fox."

The bindings of these volumes are not only very charming, but
they are also quite different from any others in the royal collection.
They are identical, with the exception that in the smaller, a portion of
the design is omitted to suit the size of the covers. The material
used is a brown calf, with corners and side pieces of inlaid white
leather, beautifully decorated wi!h military trophies and musical
instruments stamped in relief upon a gold ground. In the center of
each cover is an ornament of very elegant design executed in the
same style as the corners and side pieces, and inclosing the arms of
the queen impressed in gold, her initials being placed outside ; the
sides are also powdered with gold dots. The larger book has brass
clasps handsomely engraved, and both volumes have the edges of the
leaves gilt and gauffred."


The following letter as to the Marsh family in England is of
interest :

95 Whalley Road, Accrington, Lancashire, Eng.

October 4, 1888.
Rey. D. W. Marsh,

Amherst, Mass., U. S.:

Dear Sir :

Having been for a series of years engaged as
opportunity offered, in occasional antiquarian researches into the
history, connections and origin of my family. I was somewhat inter-
ested in a circular issued by the " Marsh family of America " recently
sent me by a Canadian relative.

Though a native of this town, I have lived in the early years of my
childhood, in Massachusetts, my father having left Accrington and
gone to the United States when I was only four months old. He, I
believe, attended the ministry of the late Rev. Asa Brunson of Fall
River, of whom an obituary notice, (1 suppose on account of his
patriarchal age ) was copied into the English newspapers. My father
died in 1833 at Fall River and my mother came back here with
myself and sister. My father's great uncle Thomas Marsh (son of
Nicholas Marsh of Dykenook) went to America (I suppose with his
wife whose maiden name was Heywood) toward the end of last or
beginning of present century. So far as I know he never returned
to this country.

I have not been quite successfurin ascertaining to my satisfaction
the origin of the name Marsh. The Lancashire Marshes to whom
my family belong, are said to be of yeoman origin, and are very
easily traceable for at least 400 years in this neighborhood or rather
in that of Bolton Le Moors. My ancestor Nicholas Marsh came
from Rivington (near Bolton) last century and became the ancestor of
every person of the name of Marsh living in this town and neigh-
borhood until within the last few years, when a \ery few others from
Yorkshire, etc., have migrated hither.

In view of the fact that nearly every Lancashire town has its name
duplicated in that of persons and families, in view also of the fact
that in the vicinity of the rivers Mersey and Ribble, there are swampy
lands liable to submersion in flood times, and taking into account
the fact that Marsh is a geographical name, the inference seems
natural that when surnames came into general use, this, like many


Others had a geographical origin. This however is entirely my own
idea and I have not as a matter of fact found that the name has
been ascribed to such a source.

The theory held by the landed gentry of the name of Marsh is
this. Francis or Francisco de Marisco, a Norman, who came hither
with William the Conqueror, founded the family whose patronymic
has been Anglicised into Marsh. An intimate friend of mine, a
Scottish landed proprietor, and Deputy Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, a
noted authority in matters relating to Heraldry, alleges that the armo-
rial bearings of the name of Marsh indicate ducal rank. So far as
I have been able to ascertain, the name of Marsh, which is certainly
and most essentially Fnglish, has never been associated with the
English peerage except by marriage. The curious and interesting-
fact (supposing my friend's conclusion to be correct^ referred to above,
must therefore have what may be called a prehistoric or Norman
reference. I have not been able to trace any relationship connection
between the Marshes of the south and those of the north, except one
single suggestion. In my family the distinctive and historic land-
marks are the names Nicholas and Giles, these are so distinctive as
to be o\)\\o\i^\y fa7nily names, and not merely importations from the
female line.

In Fox's Book of Martyrs is given an account of the putting to
death of Robert Denham, Nicholas Marsh and another at Harwich
Dover Court in the County of Norfolk. My ancestor Nicholas
came from the neighborhood of Horwich or Rivington about i6 or
20 miles from here. The account of Nicholas of Norfolk given also
in "The Lollard,'" a book published by the Religious Tract Society
pages 207 and 208 is to me most tremendously suggestive, albeit I
am without certain evidence of the connection of this Nicholas of the
southeast coast with my family.

There is not the same want of evidence of the connection of my
family with another member of "the noble army of martyrs" George
Marsh to wit. He was Curate of Deane near Bolton and was burned
at the stake for his faithfulness to Christ and his doctrine, in the
reign of Mary of bloody memory. His life is also given in extent in
Fox's book of Martyrs, and it has also been written again somewhat
more fully by the Rev. Alfred Hewlett recently deceased. My copy
of this work I gave to my relative the Rev. David Marsh of Quebec
who died in February last.


William Marsh, Churchwarden of Deane, invited me over there
some years since and he took me through Deane church and up to
the pulpit from which the martyr it is said preached and which has
been transposed from the now demolished ancient church into its
modern successor. Only somewhere about 30 or 35 years separated
the martyrdom of Nicholas of Harwich in Norfolk from that of
George of Deane near Horwich in Lancashire.

My aunt stated to me that we are the descendants of George, but
I think had it been so, the tradition would have been more vivid
than it is. That he left a family is evident how^ever and that we are
of the same stock is well nigh certain. There have been a good
many Irish Marshes, but these are certainly, of the English stock.
Among them there have been several prelates of the Episcopal
church. There was a Bishop Jeremy Taylor Marsh whose close
relationship to Bishop Jeremy Taylor is thus plainly indicated.

The late Rev. William Marsh of Beckenham of blessed memory
was of this stock. He was the son of Sir Charles Marsh an Indian
soldier. He, the Rev. William Marsh, was an Evangelical Episcopal-
ian, one of the most saintly men of his, or any other generation, and
a man most marvelously used of God in conversions. He was mar-
ried to the Lady Elizabeth Cadogan a daughter of the Earl of Cado-
gan. His daughter (by his first wife\ is an authoress, whose name
and works are doubtless more or less know^n in America. Among
other works she wrote the life of Capt. Hedley Vicars who was
slain in the Crimean war. Some years ago when residing for a short
time at the marine village of Lytham, I met a clergyman who acosted
me by stating " I have a sister of the same name as you." This he
told me was Lady Marsh, widow of the late Sir Henry Marsh. Baronet
of Dublin. This baronetcy I am sorr}- to say, is extinct, there being
no heir. This is undoubtedly another of the Anglo-Irish Marshes.
I lived in Glasgow for 20 years and there was not during that time
one other person of the name, so far as known in that immense city.
There are no Scotch Marshes. Hoping to have the circulars by
newspaper post,

I am, dear sir,

Yours respectfully,

J. Paul Marsh.

Rev. William Marsh
of Beckenham, Eng.

To face page xiii.


When your historian was at Mosul on the Tigris, Lieut. Pengelly
of the Indian navy was there during the Crimean war, making pur-
chases of horses and mules for service in the English army before
Sebastapool. He gave me the Life of Hedley Vicars, by Miss Marsh :
and whoever has read that work and also her " English Hearts
and English Hands," sees a solution of the labor question in her
Christian treatment of English "Navvies " while they were building
the Crystal Palace and when afterward, many of them went to the
trenches in the Crimea. I have long had in my library the life of
Rev. William Marsh and I take great pleasure in presenting to my
American kinsmen from that work, his likeness, as a type of an all
around English Marsh who united in his lineage, environment and
soul-growth, much that is heroic from knightly descent, graceful in
learned culture, refined in courtly associations, but above all Christian
in due regard for all men, especially in most humble and constant
service of the lowly. Happy for us could we all read his story, and
put its splendid meaning into our lives.

I have not been able to make any extended and exhaustive study
of the English Marshmen. As the years pass on, some other will do
that work. So far as I have been able to carefully examine and to
judge, there is as yet no proof, by exact dates and names, of the
definite connection of any head of one of our Marsh tribes in America
with his exact Marsh parent in the English family from which he
came. Of course there has been in each case absolute connection
with some English Marsh parent and family which at some future
day may be exactly traced.

On the side of our mothers we have several definite connections
carefully traced. In this genealogy it may be noted that all the
descendants of Gov. Joseph Marsh of Vermont and Judge Perez
Marsh of Berkshire, Mass., can, through their mother's line, trace
their descent from several kings of England. And when we remem-
ber that in thirty generations back (a thousand years) we each have
probably had a hundred thousand ancestors, it would not be strange
if every one of Marsh name in America were descended from an'
English king. And what of that ! What if a ten thousandth or a
millionth part of you be tinged with royal blood ! We must ask, was.
the king noble, and is a drop of his blood worth having ? If we knew
its whole history might we not prefer to let that drop out ?


Better be born of a noble yeoman than of an ignoble knight or king!
As the case stands, so far as we know, we can highly honor our name
for its martyrs, its printers, its prelates and princely men.

" Down from the past has come,
Mighty as the sun,

Our father's name.
As on a mountain's height ;
It shines a beacon light,
To guide to paths of right

And noble fame."

— S. D. iMars/i, Paynesville , Ohio.

Some may be pleased to know that The Pedigrees of Ye family of
Marsh in England can be found in the following works:

Berries Kent Genealogies, page 460.

Visitation of Middlesex (.Salisbury 1820 fob), page 4.

Burke's St. James Magazine I, 243.

Burke's Landed Gentry (Snave Manor) 2, 3, 4, 5.

Burke's Landed Gentry (Gaynes Park) 2 supp. 3, 4, 5.

Burke's Landed Gentry (Springmount) 3, 4.

Burke's Landed Gentry (Ramridge) 4, 5.

Hunter's Deanery of Doncaster U, 370.

South Mimms by F. C. Cass, page 56.

Harleian Society, XIII, 10.

The above works can be found and referred to in the Boston
Public Library and the Astor Library, New York.

The following is from Hottens " Original List of Emigrants from
1600 to I 700."

In ship " Plaine Joan " from London to Virginia May 15, 1635,
John Marsh, age 26.

"He brought Attestacon of his Conformitie to ye orders and dis-
cipline of the Church of England."

From London to St. Christophers May 21, 1635 in ship " Mathew "
William Marsh, age 26.

From London to Virginia July 27, 1635, i" '^^^V " Priiin'ose " Fran-


cis Marsh, age 28 and Joseph Marsh age 33, both took oath of
allegiance and supremicie, etc.

Monmouth Rebellion, Dec, 1685. From Dorchester jail to Bar-
badoes sold for ten years, political prisoner Ethvard Marsh in ship
" Bettie " of London from ye port of Waymouth in Co. Dorset.

So we find that if many Marshes have been knighted, some have
been martyred and at least one, for political offence, sold. And
some became exiles in a new world.

In a church at Haverhill, Mass., where Marshmen of the Salem
line settled, a bell " iti memory of the Marsh family " has this
inscription :

" Peace to the past,
Joy to the present,
Welcome to the future."

That bell seems to ring out all unkind memories of the mother-
land, and to ring in pleasant recognition of American prosperity, and
to peal out again, buoyant anticipation of still more favored Marsh-
men yet to be, wherever they may come in all the world.
In the homeland or new land we can all join :
" Peace to the past,
Joy to the present.
Welcome to the future."



Early in 1884 David C. Marsh of Montague, Mass., received a letter
from Mrs. Pamelia Wellman (p. 123 and 464) of Parma, N. Y., dated
Feb. II, 1884. asking- for records of the Marsh family, particularly
of descendants of John Marsh of Hartford, Ct.. of 1636; and stat-
ing that she was a descendant of Joseph Marsh who came to Leba-
non, Ct., in 1700. This letter was shown to many members of the
Marsh family in the vicinity and to J. Johnson of Greenfield, Mass.,
whose wife Climena was a daughter of Calvin Marsh of Montague,
born Oct. 21, 1828. The matter of the ancestry of the family was
frequently discussed whenever two or three of them were together
until by mutual consent, David C. Marsh and wife, Sanford Marsh
and wife and J. Johnson met at the home of Hannah R. and Elvira
F. Marsh, sisters of Mrs. Johnson, on the afternoon of June 2. 1884
and effected a temporary organization by choice of David C. Marsh,
chairman, J. Johnson, secretary and Sanford Marsh, treasurer. At
an adjourned meeting, June 16, it was decided to hold a Marsh
familv gathering at Lake Pleasant, Montague, Mass., July 23, 1884.



— Ezra 2 ; 62.

The first regular meeting of the Marsh family association
was held at Lake Pleasant in the town of Montague, Mass., in
July, 1884, with a very good attendance. An organization was com-
pleted. D. W. Marsh of Amherst, Mass., was chosen president with
several vice-presidents and J. Johnson, Esq., of Greenfield, secretary,

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