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Elizabeth Martha Marshall (Markham)

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: Died in Fauquier County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Locust Level
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Markham and Elizabeth Martha Markham
Wife of Capt. John Marshall "of the Forest"
Mother of Mary Neal Wiseman; Ann Smith; Elizabeth Martin; Col. Thomas Marshall; John Marshall and 6 others
Half sister of James Markham; John Markham and Lewis Markham

Occupation: Housewife
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About Elizabeth Martha Marshall

(h) The wife of John Marshall of the Forest was Elizabeth, daughter of John Markham. Tradition has gone wild over the career of John Markham. One legend makes him a British peer, another calls him a pirate, a third insists upon his being the buccaneer Black-beard, but all authority agree in pronouncing him a handsome, dashing and fascinating gentleman, and a daring, cruel and adroit villain. Here again Col. Thomas M. Green (648) shows his skill and power in interpreting traditions, and in deciphering legends. He writes :

There lived near the family, a John Markham, an Englishman with a peculiar history. He was by birth a gentleman, as the term is used in England_, and of mixed Anglo-Saxon lineage,— had been an officer in the British Navy, had killed his captain in a duel in the West Indies, and had taken refuge in Virginia, where he had engaged in mercantile pursuits, and had married the widow of a merchant, much older than himself, by whom he had no children, but of whose whole property he managed to obtain possession. His wife died, and he returned to England, sold a small inherited estate which had come down to him from Anglo-Saxon ancestors, who had owned it before the conquest, for which one of his descendants used to- say he ought to have been hung, and eloped with and married a young English girl, with whom he returned to Virginia, and by whom he had seventeen daughters and one son. A shrewd, money-getting, out-breaking, lawless, self-witted, large- brained, devil-defying man was this John Markham, if all accounts of him be true, respecting neither God nor man, and fearing neither; and every now and then there breaks out in his race the genuine Markham streak. His son, named John, gobbled up all the paternal estate, and was the father of Commodore James Markham, a distinguished officer.

Will of Elizabeth Markham Marshall, widow of John Marshall. It reads: 

"I, Elizabeth Marshall, being aged, infirm and sick do give:  Item l. To my granddaughter, Elizabeth M., daughter of my son, Thomas, a negro.  Item 2. To my grandson, Lewis M, a negro.  Item 3. To my son William, a negro.  Item 4. To my grandson Thomas, son of John, a negro.  Item 5. To my grandson Thomas Smith, a negro.  Item 6. To my grandson William Lovell, a negro.  Item 7. To my daughter Mary McClanahan, a mare and 60 pounds.  Item 8. To my son, Markham, a negro.  Item 9. To my daughter Margaret Snelling, one-half my stock.  Item l0.To my granddaughter, Elizabeth Shelling, a negro. 

Dated April l7, l779 

Executors were her two sons, William and Markham Marshall. 

Sarah Marshall Lovell was the daughter of John and Ann Markham Marshall of Westomoreland Co., Virginia. Sarah's brothers were: Thomas (1730-1802), and William (1735-1809). Her brother Thomas, was the father of U.S. Secretary of State and longest serving U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice: John Marshall.


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Elizabeth Martha Marshall's Timeline

Albemarle County, Province of Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 17
Berks County, Province of Pennsylvania
March 1, 1725
Age 21
Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Province of Virginia
Age 21
Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Province of Virginia
April 2, 1730
Age 26
Westmoreland County, Province of Virginia
Age 28
Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Province of Virginia
Age 31
Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Province of Virginia
Age 32
Washington Parish, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States