Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nicholas Marshall, 1815-1903

Nicholas Marshall was born on February 15, 1815, in Licherode, Hesse, Germany. He first married Anna Elisabeth Schmidt, and he married secondly, Catherine Elisabeth Erckmann. According to SANDUSKY THEN AND NOW, Nicholas Marshall settled in Sandusky, Ohio in 1848. In the 1850 U.S. Census, Nicholas was living in Portland Township (an early name for a portion of the City of Sandusky) with his wife Catherine, 10 year old son Ernst, and 6 year old daughter Elizabeth. (Ernst is incorrectly identified as Antz in the census.) Lena/Magdalena Marshall would be born later in 1850.

In the 1855 Sandusky City Directory, Nicholas Marshall was listed as a laborer, and he was residing on Second Street in Sandusky. By the time of the 1880 Census, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Marshall had moved to Perkins Township, where Nicholas was a farmer. In the photocopy below, from the 1896 Erie County Atlas, Nicholas Marshall's property is just a few block west of Oakland Cemetery.

In the year 1900, Census records show that Nicholas Marshall, now widowed a second time, was living again in Portland Township, with his daughter Elizabeth Marshall Cross, her husband James. Elizabeth and James had two children still residing at home at this time, along with the brother of James Cross, photographer Charles A. Cross. It must have been a busy household, with several generations living in one home! On March 3, 1903, Nicholas Marshall passed away. He was buried on March 3, 1903 at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

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