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William W. Marquis


Posted By: Karen Brewer (email)
Date: 1/21/2018 at 11:18:48

Clarke County Historical and Biographical Record, by Lewis Publishing, 1886. p. 118.

WILLIAM W. MARQUIS, deceased, was born in Highland County, Ohio, the date of his birth being May 30, 1825, the eldest son of John and Sarah (McCully) Marquis. His early life was passed on the home farm in his native county, his youth being spent in assisting with the work of the farm.

October 30, 1847, he married Lucy B. Pace, she being a daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Pace, both of whom are deceased, the father dying in Osceola Township, and the mother in the State of Ohio. Mrs. Marquis is a native of the State of Virginia, born September 5, 1828. To Mr. and Mrs. Marquis were born the following children-- Sarah M., deceased wife of Levi Wolf; John M., of Liberty Township; Joseph T., of Adair County; William, of Liberty Township; Albert, died in his sixth year; Eliza, wife of Levi Wolf, of Madison County; Jackson B. and Alfred B., of Liberty Township; James E., died aged one year, and Charles.

Mr. Marquis came with his family to Clarke County, Iowa, in 1856, and made his home on section 1, Liberty Township, purchasing eighty acres of Government land, on which he resided till April, 1865. He then sold that property to Oliver Pelt, and bought 120 acres of partially-improved land located on section 13, of the same township, and there he spent the rest of his life.

At his death, which occurred August 21, 1872, he left a widow, who was united in marriage to Charles Miller September 1, 1881, and eight children. He was a good citizen and neighbor, a kind husband and an affectionate father, and his death was a source of universal regret throughout the township. In his youth he joined the Methodist church, but in later years he became a member of the Christian Union church.


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