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Posted By: Norma Jennings
Date: 11/14/2012 at 18:34:37

WOODFORD MARR, a retired farmer, resides on section 20, Oregon Township. He
was born near Cynthiana, Harrison Co., Ky., Oct. 6, 1803, and is the son of James and Polly Marr, the former a native of Kentucky and of Scotch-Irish descent, and the latter a native of Virginia. When fifteen years of age Woodford went from Kentucky to Bartholomew County, Ind., where he remained until 1842, at which time he came to this county and settled on the farm where he now lives. He was married, in 1827, to Margaret Jones, also a native of Harrison County, Ky., born in 1805. They reared a family of six children, three of whom are now living: Thomas, the oldest, resides in this county ; Sophronia is the wife of George Easter, and has five childrenóThomas, Edward, Ellen, William and Clara B. ; Margaret is the wife of Lorestin Carll; they have three childrenóClara, Lincoln B. and Margaret; Clara, the oldest, is now keeping house for her grandfather, the subject of this sketch. Margaret married Frank Osborn, of Oskaloosa; they have five childrenóParker, Woodford, Maggie, Viola and Willie. Lincoln is a train dispatcher, and now residing at Clinton, Mo.

Mr. Marr is numbered among the few pioneers who came to this county in 1842. For forty-five years he has been a citizen of Washington County. During his first year's residence in this county he lost a valuable span of horses, which left him in an almost destitute condition, being without means to purchase another, but he did not sit down, fold his hands, and bemoan his ill-luck, but with that grit characteristic of the pioneer, went immediately to work, and in time was able to replace those that were lost, and also to make such improvements upon the farm as he deemed best. He toiled early and late, from the rising to the setting of the sun, and success has crowned his efforts. Today he is the owner of 200 acres of land, which is well-improved, and he is now enjoying the fruits of a life of industry and such economy as was necessary to acquire such a valuable property. Politically, he is a Republican.

Mrs. Marr died Aug. 21, 1886. She was a plain, unassuming woman, given to hospitality, and left a large circle of friends and acquaintances, a devoted husband, and loving children and grandchildren to mourn their loss. As already stated, Clara Carll, the grand-daughter of Mr. Marr, is his housekeeper. She deserves great credit for the noble part she has performed in taking care of her aged grandfather. She is highly respected by all who know her, and is a woman of most excellent habits.


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