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Thomas George Marshall was one of the oldest sons of Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Marshall. He was born in Dunnville, Ontario around 1870. On April 16, 1895 he married 15-year-old Maud Anderson, the daughter of Woodstock’s night watchman Marshall Anderson. On June 4 of the same year Maud gave birth to a daughter, Beatrice Maud, but by June 14 Maud passed away.

Marshall Anderson and Beatrice Maude and LeRoy Marshall
Marshall Anderson, 1920C and Beatrice Maude with LeRoy Marshall, 1942C

In 1902 Thomas George married 22-year-old Charlotte Ann Martin. Charlotte was born to Joseph Martin and his second wife Emily Campbell.  She was the third of four children and throughout her life was very close to her older sister Roxalaine. The Martin family was well established in Dereham Township and had many strong ties to other Black families in the area.

Joseph Martin and Emily Campbell with Alexander Leon Lee
Joseph Martin, 1865C and Emily Campbell with Alexander Leon Lee, 1900C

Following Thomas George and Charlotte’s marriage they lived at 226 Oxford St. in Woodstock. The house, which still stands today, is on a corner lot just across from the site of the Old Thomas Organ factory and the Stewart Brothers Foundry at Brant Street. Thomas George’s parents lived at 222 Oxford and his uncle at 224. Most of the males in the family worked as labourers at either of the two factories. Thomas George himself worked at the Stewart Foundry for many years until his death in 1952.

Thomas George and LeRoy and Charlotte Marshall
Thomas George with LeRoy, 1922C and Charlotte Marshall Thomas George with Charlotte Marshall, 1946C

The couple had three children together: LeVern A., William Lloyd and Thomas LeRoy. LeVern travelled through the United States and various areas in Ontario. He taught music for a few years here in Woodstock before moving to Galt, Ontario (now Cambridge).  LeVern was believed to have married a woman named Ruby. William Lloyd was born on April 19, 1905 but disappears from census data by 1911.

LeVerne with Lloyd Marshall and LeRoy MarshallLeVerne with Lloyd Marshall 1905C and LeRoy Marshall, 1924C

LeRoy Marshall, the youngest son, was born around 1920. He held several jobs in Woodstock starting at Thomas Organ with his uncle. During World War II, LeRoy belonged to the Oxford Rifles and was believed to have gone out west with them. Following the deaths of his parents, he continued to live on Oxford Street with his partner Isabelle McCallum.

Ruby with LeVerne Marshall and LeRoy Marshall with Isabelle McCallum
Ruby with LeVerne Marshall, 1945C and LeRoy Marshall with Isabelle McCallum, 1958

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