Robert A. Marshall Feb. 5, 1832 – Dec. 21, 1911

Source – Entry #660 in Paxton’s Marshall Family
(written circa. 1885)

660  (a)    Robert Morris Marshall, b. at “Belle Grove”, Fleming Co., Ky., February 10, 1832, = May 21, 1856, Elizabeth Forman.

After receiving the instruction of tutors at home, and attending the private school of his uncle, Dr. Louis Mar­shall, Robert graduated at Yale College. He studied law with Hon. Harrison Taylor, in Maysville, Ky., and was licensed in 1853. After practicing for fifteen months in Maysville, he went to Rock Island, Ill., and  practiced for five years s successfully. In 1860, be returned to Mason Co., Ky., and settled on his farm of 600 acres, near Sardis, on the line of Mason and Robertson Counties, where he now lives, and where I visited him in 1884. His natural abilities and finished education make him  an interesting  gentleman. Failing health  is the cause of his giving up the practice of law.

Several pages of further details of the Forman family are happened to this enter in Marshall Family enter, but not included here for brevity

The following taken from the Web site Find-A-Grave

Robert Morris Marshall was born on February 5, 1832 to Martin Pickett and Elizabeth “Eliza” Colston (Marshall) Marshall at his father’s farm, “Belle Grove” near Mt. Carmel in Fleming Co., Ky. He was likely named after his cousin and uncle-by-marriage, Robert Morris Marshall.

After private instruction at home by tutors, Robert attended first Kenyon College in Ohio and finally Yale University in Connecticut, where he graduated in 1853 with a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B) degree. 

Robert returned home to Ky., became licensed and briefly practiced law in Maysville. Around this time, Robert began courting Miss Elizabeth Forman. In 1855, Robert moved to Rock Island, Ill. where he was to practice law for five years. On a return trip home, Robert married Elizabeth on April 21, 1856. She returned with him to Rock Island. Due to a breakdown in health, Robert moved his growing family back to Kentucky in 1860 to become a farmer.

Robert purchased several hundred acres of land near Sardis in Mason County and began growing tobacco. Robert and Elizabeth spent the rest of their lives in Sardis and raised six surviving sons together: Martin P., a mining speculator who disappeared in Montana in the late 1880s and was never heard from again; Charles, a farmer, who moved to Belknap, Ill; Logan, a farmer, who eventually moved to McAllen, Tex; Robert Jr., a physician who practiced in Colorado, New Mexico and finally Texas; Louis, a physician who practiced in Washington, Ky; and John, a farmer who remained with his parents in Sardis. Robert and Elizabeth also raised two of their grandchildren (children of their son, Charles) for several years after the death of their daughter-in-law. 

Elizabeth passed away in 1901 and Robert spent the last ten years of his life living with his son, John. Robert died on December 21, 1911 at his home. He was survived by four sons: Charles Marshall of Belknap, Ill; Logan M. Marshall of Florida; Robert Marshall of Denver, Col; and John Marshall of Sardis, Ky.; four grandchildren; and two sisters: Miss Phoebe Marshall and Mrs. Susan Massie.

1. “Robert Morris Marshall, L.L.B. 1853,” Obituary Record of Graduates Deceased During the Year Ending July 1, 1920, No. 5 of the Seventh Printed Series, Yale University, New Haven, 1921. Accessed through Google Books.
2. “Grandnephew of Chief Justice Marshall Dies,” Lexington Herald (Lexington, KY), Dec 22, 1911, Issue 356, 2nd Section, p. 7. Accessed through
3. Private family history.

Family Members


  • Martin Pickett Marshall1798–1883
  • Elizabeth Colston Marshall 1801–1874


  • Elizabeth Tebbs FormanMarshall 1834–1901


  • Frances Jane MarshallMaltby1820–1882
  • Charles Marshall1825–1894
  • Lucy Pickett MarshallMcKnight1827–1881
  • Mary Willis Marshall1829–1908
  • Elizabeth C MarshallDurrett1834–1902
  • Susan M MarshallMassie1838–1915
  • Phoebe Marshall1840–1915


  • Elizabeth Forman Marshall 1857–1858
  • William F Marshall 1861–1873
  • Charles Marshall 1863–1945
  • Logan McKnight Marshall 1866–1949
  • Robert Morris Marshall 1869–1948
  • Thomas K Marshall 1871–1878
  • Louis Marshall 1874–1910
  • John Marshall 1877–1945