The Marshall Family
My paternal grandfather
My Grandfather John Francis MARSHALL was born on 11 April 1877 at Westwood House, Lofthouse in the County of York. The Registration district is given as Guisborough, Yorkshire, England. I have not discovered the whereabouts of Westwood House.
John’s father was Alfred Marshall, born in 1854 at Newton, Suffolk (about 12 miles north of Colchester). He was a gardener, sometimes described as a market gardener.
John’s mother was Mary Jane Hodgson, born in 1858 at Brotton, York. It appears that the Marshalls were an East Anglian family, and that Mary came from a Yorkshire family. I wonder how they met? Alfred and Mary were married in September 1876 in Guisborough, North Riding of Yorkshire. Guisborough is 6.5 miles from Mary’s birthplace, so her family probably comes from the area between Middlesborough and
Alfred and Mary’s second son Thomas was born in Chelmsford, so the family must have moved from Yorkshire to Essex between 1877 and 1879. At the time of the 1881 census the family was living at 2 Prospect Place, Chelmsford, Essex, and
Alfred’s occupation was “Gardener at Nurseries”. At this time they had three children, John Francis aged 3, Thomas aged 2, and a daughter Florence who was 6 months old.
By 1891 they had seven children, and lived at 3 St John’s Place, Moulsham St John, Chelmsford. Alfred was a “Gardener, Florists”.
The 1901 census saw them living at 4 Reuben Terrace, Moulsham, Chelmsford. This address no longer exists, and Moulsham has been swallowed up by the town of Chelmsford. Alfred’s occupation was simply Gardener. The three eldest children, now in their early twenties, had left home, but eight further children had arrived. Of the children still at home the two eldest were working, Charles (18) as a gardener and Cecil (16) as a grocer’s assistant. . The other children were Ada, Maud, Ethel, Stanley, Harold and Owen.
John Francis MARSHALL emigrated to South Africa as a young man and settled in Johannesburg. Being an astute business man he did very well financially. He married twice and had 6 children, the eldest of whom was my father, Cecil John, born on 25 April 1905.