FROM: The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).  P. 723-724..

           John W. Marshall, postmaster, McLeansboro, was born November 10, 1814 in Ireland, and came to the United States with his parents, at the age of five years. He was reared and educated at Shawneetown, and in 1830 came to McLeansboro, where his father bad already engaged in the mercantile business. After three years' clerking with his father he started a general merchandise business of his own, at which he continued more or less regularly for fifteen or twenty years. In 1848 he was elected county clerk and served four years. In 1856 he was re-elected and served by re-election until 1872. He was justice of the peace and police magistrate several years. September 1.. 1885, President Cleveland appointed him to his present position. April 25, 1835, be married Mary Lockwood of this county. She died September 25, 1858. Six of ton children are living: Rebecca (wife of A. M. Sturman, of Dahlgren), Daniel, Joseph, Thomas, Rosalie (wife of T. M. Eckley, an attorney, of  McLeansboro), and Sophia (wife of R. T. Meador). He is an unswerving Democrat in politics, He is a Mason, having passed of all the chairs in local lodges, being master several times.

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