M. L. Marsh, farmer and stock-grower, was born in Genesee County, N.Y., Jan. 28, 1828, and was a son of Jonathan and Clarisa (Shumway) Marsh, who had a family of eight children. M. L. by occupation is a mechanic, and when twenty-one years of age was employed in a shop, manufacturing separators for thrashing machines, where he remained until 1853, when he came to Clayton County and engaged in the milling business in company with his brother, on Bloody Run. In 1855, he spent one year in the machine shops at Dubuque, and in 1866 moved on to his present farm. In 1867 he married Adelaide R. Burnham, of Vermont, widow of Jason M. Marsh, by whom she had three children--Julia, Eugenia, Jason Everett and Addie. By this union there were seven children, five of whom are lving, viz.: Clara, Dexter, Bennie, Blanche and Marian. Mr. Marsh has always taken an active interest in the Republican party, and was one of the original signers of a petition for the organization of the same.
source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 821-822
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