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Marshall family honored by Sons of the American Revolution

Posted: October 6, 2015 - 11:06pm
College Hill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution stand with a monument in honor of the Rev. Daniel Marshall and his family.   Special
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College Hill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution stand with a monument in honor of the Rev. Daniel Marshall and his family.

A crowd of about 75 people braved wet and dreary weather on Saturday to honor an American patriot and one of the founding members of what would become Columbia County.

Bill Colbert, the president of the Sons of the American Revolution Col. William Few Chapter, greeted those who gathered to honor the Rev. Daniel Marshall and his family, and said they shared the same patriotic spirit with the nation’s founders.

“This is an amazing group for the weather that we have,” Colbert said. “When we looked at it we said our ancestor patriots did not quit because of the weather and we won’t either.”

Marshall, who emigrated with his family to the area in the 1750s, initially settled on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River, near Stevens Creek. He soon began making regular crossings of the river into Georgia to preach to farmers who had settled in what then was western Richmond County. He eventually moved into the Appling area and established Kiokee Baptist Church.

His grave is unmarked and graves of his sons and other monuments are scattered across the county, which is why the Sons of the American Revolution decided to create a new monument in Appling that would honor Marshall and his five patriot sons, Abraham, John, Zaccheus, Levi and Joseph, who fought and otherwise served in the Revolutionary War, Colbert said.

Columbia County Commissioner Bill Morris said those who gathered for the marker dedication were standing on “hallowed ground.”

“Just imagine the people we are honoring today slept out in conditions such as this,” Morris said. “That we are the leader of the world it is because the Marshall family and others literally gave everything for us to have what we have today. It is often said, freedom is not free, someone has to pay the price and we are standing on their shoulders.”

Thomas Owen, who represented the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution at the ceremony, said it was unusual to recognize so many members of a single family at such an event.

“The History of the Marshall family patriots is an extension of the history of the birth of our republic,” Owen said. “Their service to their community, faith in God delivered a generation from tyranny, established a new government and secured a home for generations of Americans.”

Colbert said Daniel Marshall served as a military chaplain during the war and was arrested by the British several times for his refusal to stop preaching the Gospel as ordered. Abraham also served as a chaplain and his other sons all served in the Georgia Troops and received bounty land, Colbert said. All six men are featured in the two-volume book set

Georgia Revolutionary Soldiers & Sailors, Patriots and Pioneers.

Jospeph H. Marshall III, a sixth generation descendant of Marshall and one of about 20 descendants at Saturday’s ceremony, told those gathered that the Marshall’s and those like them serve as an example they should aspire to emulate.

“The revolutionary war period was indeed a difficult time in the history of our country and it is very appropriate for those with a sense of history to look back at our ancestors for an example of leadership in these difficult times,” he said.

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