I suspect this photograph is of Mary Marshall, Kate’s mother. She’s definitely in the family because of family resemblance, and Mary died 17 years after Sophia Ovenden. If anyone knows differently, let me know.
Many thanks to Val Snow of FFHS who’s ancestor was Thomas Marshall’s brother. She has kindly added to the following:
Kate’s father, Thomas Marshall, was born in 1791 at Elmsted. He was married first to Mary (Susanna) Pooley at Waltham in 1816 and they had 10 children:
Sarah b 1816, Mark b 1818, Elizabeth b 1819, Caroline b 1821, Harriet Sutton + twin Sutton John, b 1823,
Mary b 1824, Rebecca b 1827, Thomas b 1829, and Frances b 1832. Of these,
Mary Pooley Marshall died on 28th September 1832 and buried at the St James’ church in Elmsted on 11th Oct 1832.
Thomas then married Mary Elizabeth Read b 1805. Their first three children John, Emily and William died as babies. They then had Kate, b 1840, Ellen b 1843 and Frank b 1845.
Is this Frank Marshall?
In 1851 Thomas is described as a farmer of 114 acres, employing 4 persons. John Norris is one of those, he lives in as does Thomas Philpot. Thomas, one of the sons, is employed at home. So there are 9 of them at 20, Bodsom, Elmsted. In the 1865 Post Office directory, he is described as a miller. Elmsted at that time evidently had a shop, a post office (run by Thomas Kidder Sutton who was also a blacksmith), a wheelwright, and 2 carpenters, one of whom was also a retailer of beer. As well as plenty of farmers. There is a notebook in the family of the rents paid by the villagers (presumably paid for the land he was renting out). As I recall there is no date on the book.
In the 1871 census, he and Mary Elizabeth live on their own, retired at Stonecroft or Stonewall Cottages, Upper Hardres. (His grandson lived at Stoneycroft in another village.)
Thomas died on 11th April 1877 of “old age and decay of nature” in Upper Hardres. Maria Read, sister-in-law of Petham was present at the death.
In 1881, Mary Elizabeth was living at Petham. She died of “senile decay” on 5th August 1887. Ellen was present at the death. The gravestone at Elmsted reads “Thomas Marshall died 11 April 1878 aged 85. Also Susanna wife of above died 28 September 1832 aged 38 and of Mary Elizabeth relict of the above died 6th August 1887 aged 82.
Thomas was the son of John Marshall bpt 5.11.1765 and Elizabeth Kidder bpt 3.4. 1768. They married on 18.5.1789 by license at Hastingleigh. John Marshall was at some time the Church warden of Hastingleigh (1811 – 1813). He was buried on 31st December 1845, aged 80, at Hastingleigh. There were 10 children, 8 of whom survived childhood.
In the 1832 Poll book is listed John Marshall, senior, Hastingleigh. And John Harfleet Marshall (resident at) Hastingleigh Combe.
John Marshall was the son of Mark Marshall bpt 20.3.1732, d 1801 and Martha Harvey bpt 2.4.1738 of Stowting. (Mark Marshall’s will is in the family.) They married in 1758. Martha Harvey was the daughter of Samuel Harvey and Ellen Curling who married on 3rd June 1733/4. Samuel died 11th May 1752. Ellen was bapt 25.4.1714, the daughter of Jeames Curling. The ML for Mark Marshall reads ” Mark Marshall of Brabourne yeo bach (25) & Martha Harvey of Smeeth sp (20, guard Benj Andrews of Stouting by will of Jas H (fath) at B or S 2 Dec. Not R” In 1758. On the death of Martha in 1766, Mark married Catherine Warrington in 1767.
Mark Marshall was the son of Hezekiah Marshall b 19th April 1692 in Paddlesworth. He married 1st, Mary Elgar on 9 Jan 1719 by license. The license reads Hezekiah Marshall, Junior, of Brabourne, ba., and Mary Elgar of Sellinge, spr. At S. Jan 9th 1719. Mary was buried at Brabourne on 16.5.1730. Their children baptised at Brabourne were Thomas, 20.11.1720, Mary, bpt 27.12.1724.
Then, on 23rd October 1739, now a widower, he marries Elizabeth Godden, spinster of Brabourne. She was born in Sellinge, Jan 13th 1705, “a bastard of Francis Godden and Alice Mayborn”. Hezekiah was a widower. Hezekiah and Elizabeth married at St Nicholas’ Rochester, another dioscese, also by license. I fear that Hezekiah had some sort of falling out with the Canterbury dioscese. Canterbury Cathedral archives have a note that Hezekiah passed to them to tell them of his marriage. I discovered that he’d left a note there through the national archives website and with great interest went to see the note. I had hoped for something more interesting than the bald facts of his second marriage, but no. Full marks to Canterbury for keeping the 250 year old scrap of paper, which was dated 22nd May 1740.
Hezekiah was churchwarden in Brabourne parish in the mid 1720s and he and Elizabeth had children when they married. Churchwardens were mostly supposed to set the example, so having children outside marriage may have contributed to his falling out with Canterbury. Their children, born at Brabourne were Mark 20.3.1732/33. Elizabeth 7.5.1734, Margaret 1.2.1736, Sarah, 11.11.1740, Margaret 7.3.1744.
Hezekiah junior’s sister was born in Folkestone, bpt 21.2.1687 Elizabeth, dau of Hezekiah and Catherine. There was another daughter, Sarah, born about 1695. Also, Thomas born 1690 in Paddlesworth. There is a memorial to Sarah, wife of John Sankey, daughter of Hezekiah Marshall, and Katherine his wife, late of Brabourne… at Hastingleigh church.
Hezekiah’s father, another Hezekiah Marshall, married Katherine on June 10th 1686 at St Peter’s, Canterbury. A child baptised at Brabourne was Sarah i 19.5.1695. (No other Marshalls mentioned in Brabourne back to 1674.)
And he was the son of Thomas and Frances Marshall? (Although that would make Hez, as we call him in the family, only 15. I have seen a survey of the marrying ages of women in the latter part of the 17c as being 26 years on average.) On the other hand, looking at marriage licenses for Marshalls from the Canterbury transcripts, it seems that a disparity of ages – him 24, her 40, was by no means uncommon. However, there was a Hezekiah Marshall bpt in Folkestone, on July 25th 1671, son of Thomas and Francis. And Margaret d of Thomas & Francis on 3 Feb 1673. Perhaps it was this one, I need to look at the records again, we may have had an outbreak of Hezekiahs in the family. Or perhaps it was this one:
In Wye, June 18th 1655 Thomas Marshall of Postling m Frances Baker of Postling. Before his Justice Weevil. (Need to go back to Wye records to check this, it’s what my note says, written before I thought we were related.)
Hezekiah sr was buried at Brabourne on 4.9.1720, and Catherine was buried 10.9.1720.
Also other Marshalls/Marchals. 1635 – 1695 at Folkestone.
There are Marshalls in the Elham registers 1734 – 1798 and Brabourne seems to have been colonised with Marshalls in the 18c.
Elmsted records also contain Marshalls 1581 Edward Marshall & Catherine Page + christenings 1581 – 94, children of Edward Marshall. Then 1757 – 1793.
Also Wye which records also contain May 28th 1793, a list of the donors for ‘The Relief of the French Clergy”. Very generous they seemed to be.
1664 Hearth tax – Marshalls in Folkestone & Lyminge (Eachinghill).
There are a few Goddens in the Sellinge records 1697 – 1758, including Lucretia Godden. The record was difficult to read.
PS There are Curlings in the People of East Kent index.