In giving the history of Jefferson County as told in the lives of its citizens, mention
may certainly be made of the gentleman above named, who, besides being a prominent farmer
of Weber Township, deserves honorable mention as an old soldier. He was born in Tennessee
September 8, 1822, and was the fourth in order of birth of his parents' family, the others
being: William, Gabriel, James, henry, Ted, Mary and Susan.
James and Mary (May) Marlow, the parents of our subject, were natives of Virginia, where
they married and whence they later went to Tennessee. Their advent into this county was made
in 1828, at which time they located on the farm near Mt. Vernon, where their family grew to
mature years. The first representatives of the Marlow family in the United States came from
England in an early day.
The lady to whom our subject was married in 1842 was Miss Elvira, daughter of Burl Warren.
In 1847 he enlisted as a soldier int he Mexican War, and with his company was ordered to
Santa Fe, N. Mex. On being mustered out a year later he returned to his home in Weber Township,
where he removed his family prior to entering the army, and there purchased a quarter-section
of timber land, which he set to work to clear and improve. He was very ambitious to acquire a
good property, and as his means would allow, added to his original tract until he now owns three
hundred and forty acres of as fine land as is to be found in Jefferson County.
On the outbreak of the late war, our subject in 1862 became a member of Company E, Eightieth
Illinois Infantry, under Captain Stratton, and aided in defending the Stars and Stripes until
the close of the war. He was present at the Grand Review at Washington, and on receiving his
discharge returned home and engaged in farming pursuits, which he carried on until 1891. That
year his health failing him he was obliged to abandon hard work, and renting his farm, he is
now living retired from active labor.
To Mr and Mrs Marlow were born eleven children, eight of whom grew to mature years. Mary married
Abraham Staley and is now deceased; Jane is the wife of Isaiah Delaney, M.D. of Wayne County;
Sarah became the wife of John Scott and is living in Marlow; Winfield is an agriculturist in this
county; Filmore resides in Jefferson County; Lincoln departed this life in his twenty-third year;
Hiram P is living in Alabama; and Cora, Mrs Frank Richards, makes her home with her parents.
Mr Marlow has served his township as Supervisor for many years, and filled the responsible
position of Justice of the Peace for some time. Since the organization of the Republican party
he has been a stanch worker in its ranks, and in social matters is a prominent Mason. Mr and
Mrs Marlow are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, with which they have been identified
for more than forty years, and in whose present prosperity they are important factors. Burl Warren,
the father of Mrs Marlow, was a native of Virginia, whence he emigrated to Tennessee, and later
became a resident of Mt. Vernon Township.
Portrait And Biographical Record of Clinton, Washington, Marion and Jefferson Counties, Illinois.
Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties,
Together with Biographies and Portraits of all the Governors of the State and the Presidents
of the United States. Chicago, Chapman Publishing Co, 1894
This file was contributed to the Jefferson County ILGenWeb website by Nancy Trice.
This file IS NEVER to be placed in the USGenWeb Archives
I am not researching this particular Marlow family and have no further information on them.
Thanks, Nancy Trice
Abram Marlow, farmer, P.O. Marlow, was born in Wilson County, Tenn.,
September 8, 1822, and is a son of James Marlow (deceased), a native of Virginia,
who brought his family to this county in 1828, and settled on Bullock's Prairie,
four miles west of Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Marlow attended a subscription school in a log cabin, with stick chimney, and
sat on a split pole, with pins in for legs. When the Marlows settled here, there
were many deer, turkeys, wolves, wild cats, and a few bears and panthers here.
Our subject was married, in 1842, to Elvira, daughter of Burrel Warren (deceased).
They had eleven children, seven living - Winfiled S., Millard F., Sarah A., A. Lincoln,
Lucretia J., Hiram P., and Cora. Mr. Marlow was Justice of the Peace fifteen years,
Supervisor three years, Postmaster at Marlow one year, and is a Notary Public.
Member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Masonic fraternity.
Source: The History of Jefferson County, Illinois
By William Henry Perrin
Published by Globe Publishing Co in 1883
Biographies from Webber Township Page 75
Submitted by Sandy Bauer