CHARLES MARSHALL, a prosperous general farmer and stock-raiser of Pratt's Hollow, was born in the town of Eaton, Madison County, N.Y., January 20, 1824. His maternal grandfather, James Connor, a native of Ireland, came to America at an early date in the present century, bought forest land, and by hard and continued toil cleared it, built a log house, and laid out his farm. His wife, who came with him from the old country, succumbing early to the hardships and privations of this new land, died at the age of thirty years, thus leaving him to work his way without her help and solace.
John and Jane (Connor) Marshall, the parents of our subject, were born in Ireland, and on emigrating to America settled first for a while in Canada, but remained there only a short time, coming from there to the town of Eaton, where after their marriage here they bought a farm, Mr. Marshall having previously been a tailor. Seven children were born to them, of whom only three are now living, namely: James, residing in Oneida; Jane, wife of William Griswold, of the village of Hamilton, N.Y.; and Charles. The father, John Marshall, died on his farm, aged eighty years; and his wife departed this life aged seventy-five. They were strict members of the Methodist church, and in politics Mr. Marshall was an unflinching Abolitionist.
Charles Marshall received his education in the district schools in the town of Eaton, and from early youth turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, which he has followed all his adult life. He remained with his father on the farm until his twenty-first year, when he hired himself out, receiving nine dollars a month for his first six months and one hundred and twenty dollars for the next year. By wise economy he saved enough to buy, with his brother James, one hundred and forty acres of land, which, after improving it for some years, he sold to James, and bought the farm adjoining. Thus, selling and buying, he increased his landed estate, until he now owns about three hundred acres. So successful has Mr. Marshall been in his undertakings that he has now retired from active work, and in his beautiful home can spend his declining years in grateful ease and serenity. About twenty-six years ago, having moved to Pratt's Hollow, he built a substantial mansion, which stands in most inviting grounds, adorned with trees and shrubs, the interior being a model of tasteful decoration, and the place quite the pride and admiration of the neighborhood. While having retired from active participation in the toils of husbandry, Mr. Marshall still interests himself in his farm, where there are forty acres of hops under cultivation this year, and where he possesses a fine herd of thirty head of Holstein cattle.
On March 1, 1858, Mr. Marshall married Miss Lois S. Burroughs, a native of Stockbridge, N.Y., whose parents were William and Laura (Parker) Burroughs. Her father, one of the prominent farmers of his day, and a member of the Methodist church, as his widow is to this day, died at the age of sixty-five. Her mother still lives in Pratt's Hollow, a well-preserved and active lady for her eighty odd years. Mr. Burroughs was a Republican in politics. Mr. Marshall is a Democrat.
The family of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall consists of eight children: Florence, wife of John Dowd; Jay, a railroad agent, living in Pratt's Hollow; and Nettie, Lorenzo, Laura, Samuel, Lois, and William, residing at home--a truly religious household, all being consistent and active members of the Methodist church. Mr. Marshall is justly prominent as one of the most energetic men of these parts, having achieved his present comfortable position by untiring industry and wise management of his affairs.
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