1. Family Group Sheet by Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati
and her grandmother, Maude Irene (Thompson) Rose.
2. William Ogburn Russell, ed. 1940. History of
Yolo County, California. Self-published, Woodland, CA.
JAMES WILLIAM MARSHALL
Among the first of the Yolo County ranchers to become interested
in pure-bred stock was James William MARSHALL, who was also one of the
most successful breeders within the confines of the famed "Purple Circle,"
comprising Sacramento, Solano and Yolo Counties. The greatest MARSHALL
horse, of course, was Verna McKinney, who won the World's Fair Futurity
of 1915. But there were others just as good: Aero-Lite, who as a
three-year-old set track fans agog with a pace of 2:04¾; Mona Wilkes,
2:03¼; More Trix, 2:07¼; Zoe Trix, 2:06¾ and Cyrus
Pointer, 2:11¼. Stake winners all, they, their sires and offspring
were some of the fastest horses ever seen on the Pacific Coast.
Almost from the day he first saw Yolo County, Mr. MARSHALL was interested
in blooded stock. He began by importing Shropshire sheep from England,
extending this until he was one of the leading importers on the Pacific
Coast. Though he retired from active farming in 1921 and has since
leased to truck farmers his ranch on the edge of the town of Davis, Mr.
MARSHALL followed his thoroughbred sheep business until 1936. For
the past eighteen years he has been living at 433 F Street, Davis, where
he follows his hobbies of collecting clippings and raising fancy birds
such as wild geese, pheasants, and African pigeons.
Descended on his mother's side from the clan that produced the famed
frontiersman, Daniel BOONE, Mr. MARSHALL was born in Warren County, Missouri,
May 19, 1865. Andrew MARSHALL, the father, was born in Virginia,
October 15, 1816, of a family which was among the first to migrate from
England to Virginia in the first half of the Seventeenth Century.
Andrew's father, William MARSHALL, was born in Virginia in 1782 and his
mother, Catherine FULKES, was born there in 1792. In 1817, thirteen
years after the Louisiana Purchase was completed, the MARSHALLs moved to
Warren County, Missouri, where Andrew met and married Mary Elizabeth BOONE
in 1845. She was born in Kentucky, May 13, 1826, a daughter of Hayden
and Emily CALOWAY BOONE and a great-grandniece of Daniel BOONE. Although
Daniel was one of the first Americans to settle
||west of the Mississippi in what is now Arkansas
and Missouri, Hayden and Emily BOONE did not reach this country until after
the marriage of their daughter and appear not to have come further west.
As early as 1818 the frontiersmen of the Mississippi Valley were
aware of the existence of a lotus-land on the Pacific Coast. Daniel
BOONE, though old and feeble, wanted to come further west this year.
He was destined never to make the trip. On his deathbed at Charette,
Missouri, in September, 1820, the old man urged those young adventurers
around him to make every sacrifice to reach California, where he was sure
a golden future lay. The dying Indian fighter's eloquence was not
in vain. The stripling in whose arms he died was Isaac GRAHAM, whose
name is indelibly written in Californian annals. The name of BOONE
is lacking among the pre-Gold Rush pioneers, and it appears that Mary Elizabeth
BOONE MARSHALL was the first of her family to reach the banks of the Sacramento
One year after the birth of James William MARSHALL his parents brought
the family to California coming, not overland as Daniel might have wished,
but by way of the Isthmus of Panama and settling for a short while in Contra
Costa County before moving to the MARSHALL ranch six miles east of Winters
that same year. Five sons and two daughters of this union reached
adulthood here. They were Hampson (H.O.), Gordon S., Virginia (KING),
Josephine (ELY), John C., James W., and Andrew Lee, who was born in California.
The youngest, Lee MARSHALL, lives in Napa County. Andrew MARSHALL
died in Winters, January 14, 1884. Mary Elizabeth BOONE MARSHALL
died there October 26, 1889. The ranch was later sold to the BRINK
Brothers and is now owned by Thomas W. LILLIARD.
James William MARSHALL attended the public schools of Plainsville
and the Dixon Academy before he married Mary Lucinda THOMPSON in Dixon,
September 1, 1886. Born in Sonoma County, January 3, 1867, she was
a daughter of Colonel John C. and Amanda WILLIAMS THOMPSON. Her paternal
grandfather was "Uncle Tommy" THOMPSON, famed circuit preacher and first
Christian Church minister to California, who was born in Christian County,
Kentucky, July 8, 1797, and died near Santa Clara, April 14, 1872.
Her mother was born in Queen Anne County, Virginia, in 1828, to English
immigrants and married Colonel THOMPSON in 1845.
The family crossed the plains by ox team in 1863 and, after many
hardships, reached Sonoma County, their home for nine years. In 1872,
they moved to a farm south of Dixon, which community they eventually made
their home. Colonel THOMPSON died there in 1907. Mrs. THOMPSON
died at the James MARSHALL home in 1914. They had thirteen children:
Charles W., Christopher C., Milton C., Delilah (SHELFORD), Royal T., David
M., Eugene D., Victor A., Ida (NETHERCOTT), Francis A., Mary Lucinda (MARSHALL),
Nettie (GRAY), and George T.
To James and Mary THOMPSON MARSHALL were born three daughters. Cora
Irene, born August 30, 1887, on the old MARSHALL estate in Yolo County,
married Wilbur T. EIBE in 1905. Their home is in Dixon, where Mr.
EIBE died in 1935. Their children are Marshall T., who married Carolyn
HANSON of Sacramento, Marjorie and Wayne. Bernice Ione, born in Dixon,
April 23, 1893, was graduated from Snells Seminary, Oakland, and married
Edward C. (Ward) WATSON, September 1, 1915. The WATSONs live in Dixon
where they are engaged in general farming and dairying. Their children
are Phyllis and Gordon Lee, both attending University of California. Beryl
Virginia, a graduate of Mills College, was married September 1, 1928, to
Warner WILSON, cashier of the Bank of Davis. They have one child,
Marshall Thompson WILSON, born March 12, 1938.
|1. Thomas THOMPSON was born July 7th, not July 8th.
2. Mary Lucinda THOMPSON's mother, Amanda Caroline WILLIAMS,
was born in Prince Edward Co., not Queen Anne Co., and Amanda's parents
were born in Virginia, not England. However, Prince Edward
Co. was formed from Queen Anne Co. in 1753/4, and the fact that the Queen
Anne Co. location was passed down in the oral history of the family may
be a clue that the family's origins in that region of Virgina very likely
go back before the 1750s.