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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William H. Marshall, farmer and stockman, Holly Springs, Ark. The parents of Mr. Marshall, Francis and Elizabeth A. (Penic) Marshall, were natives of Prince Edward County, Va., and were reared and married there. In 1836 they removed to Madison County, Ala., thence to Lincoln County, Tenn., then back to Alabama, and in 1852 came to Arkansas. There Mr. Marshall died on March 16 of the following year. The mother died in Calhoun County in 1882, both being formerly members of the Baptist Church, but in later years became Presbyterians. After the death of Mr. Marshall, his widow joined the Baptist Church again. The father was a successful farmer and stockman. He was captain of the militia for some time, and during the removal of the Indians from Alabama, he was captain of a company. He was justice of the peace while living in Alabama. The paternal grandfather, Richard Marshall, was a native of Virginia, and a farmer. The maternal grandfather, Thomas Penic, was also a native of Virginia. William H. Marshall, the fourth of nine children, two sons and two daughters now living, divided his time in early youth in assisting on the farm and attending the common schools. He came with his parents to Arkansas, and was married on September 27, 1853, to Miss Emma A. Williams, a native of Franklin County, Ala., and the daughter of Henry and Eliza Ellen Williams, natives of Virginia and Alabama, respectively. Her parents moved from Alabama to Dallas County, Ark., in 1850, and there both died. The father was killed about the year 1879, and his widow received her final summons a few years later. Both were members of the Christian Church. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall: Eliza A. (wife of W. L. Parham, of Texas), Levilla Frances (wife of A. J. Chandler), William H., Kate Emma (wife of A. B. Towler), Alice (wife of Ed. Shugart), and Frank Robert. When first married, Mr. Marshall settled in the woods on his present farm, and now is the owner of 909 acres of land, with 200 acres under cultivation on Mill Creek. He is one of the first-class farmers and stock-raisers of the county, and is a man of energy and perseverance. In 1861 he joined a regiment of Arkansas Infantry, and operated in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. He was in the fights at Prairie Grove, Jenkins’ Ferry and Mansfield. The army was disbanded at Marshall, Tex., and Mr. Marshall returned home. During the time he was in the service he took the measles, and was disabled for over a year. In politics he is a Democrat, his first presidential vote being for James Buchanan in 1856. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, La Burta Lodge, Princeton, Mo. He and wife and two daughters are members of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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