F.M. MARSH, who owns and operates a farm in Roodhouse township, was born in Greene county, Illinois, one mile east of Patterson, on the 5th of August, 1852. He represents one of the old and honored pioneer families of his county. His paternal grandparents were Joseph C. and Clarissa Marsh, and their son John B. Marsh became the father of our subject. He was a farmer, devoting his entire life to agricultural pursuits, and he died in 1898. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary M. Gourley and was a daughter of Joseph Gourley, is still living and makes her home with her son W. H. Marsh.
Reared to the occupation of farming, F. M. Marsh acquired his education in the public schools, and when not busy with the duties of the schoolroom he assisted his father in the labors of the home farm, so that he brought to his work, when he entered agricultural life on his own account, marked enterprise and practical knowledge. He has always carried on general farming and he now has a well developed tract of land, the well tilled fields yielding to him good harvests, for which he finds a ready sale on the market.
In 1873 F. M. Marsh was united in marriage to Miss Francis L. Ballard, a daughter of A. J. Ballard, a native of Tennessee. He married Martha Smith, who is still living. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Marsh have been born three children, but they lost two: Buel Christina, who died in Patterson township, at the age of two years; and Marie Luella, who died at the age of eleven years. The living child, Harold, is now seventeen years of age and assists his father in his farming operations. The parents are members of the Baptist church and are highly esteemed in the community. Mr. Marsh votes with the Democratic party but has never sought or desired office.