Stephen Green, the father of Marshall W., was a native of Knox County, Ohio, and was born May 15, 1808. He emigrated to Morgan County when he was twelve or fourteen years of age. His death occurred in 1888. When he came to this county there was but one home in Jacksonville, and there was then little prospect for the upbuilding of a bustling, thriving city which it has since become. He entered land four miles north of the then embryo city, just after his reaching the age of twenty-one. He owned 535 acres of land, as good as ever the sun shone upon. He also owned a residence in Jacksonville for which he paid $12,000, was a large owner of bank stock, and a cattle dealer of prominence. His wife, whose maiden name was Cynthia Riggs, was from Tennessee, and her father, Scott Riggs, was born in North Carolina. Our subject's father was one of ten children, three of whom are living, William, Nanca and Susan. William married Sophronia Follio and lives in Chicago; Susan married John P. Henderson of Jacksonville who had seven children: John, William, Harvey, Susan, Laura, Mary and Fannie. Of these, John is a lawyer and lives in Carrollton, Ill.; William married Nealie Roberts, and is now living in Winchester, Ill.; Harvey is a telegraph operator and is married. Susan married George Hogeland, and lives in New York City. Nanca, now Mrs. Washington Armstrong, lives in LaSalle County, Ill.
The subject of this sketch had seven brothers and sisters, a record of whom follows. Their names were: Louisa M., Franklin M., Horatio R., Austin B., Alvira J., Oliver S., and Cynthia A. Louisa married John Potts of Jacksonville who is a farmer and breeder of Short-horn cattle; Franklin W. is the owner of a cattle ranch in Washington, where he was married; Horatio R. married Mary O'Neal of Morgan County, and is engaged in farming; they have seven children, viz: Edward, Laura, Thomas, Amy, Effie, Scott and Nellie; Austin B. married Mary Reeter, of Morgan County. He is engaged in farming, and has eight children, as follows: Nettie, Clifton, James, Charles, Leona, Elnore, Minnie and Clark. Alvira married Oliver Culley, and lives in Morgan County also. They have seven children: Clara, Charles, Homer, Lena, Edgar, Eva and Howard; Oliver S. married Mattie Cheeney of Morgan County, and is engaged in business at the stock yards, Kansas City, Mo.; they have one child, Mamie. Cynthia A. is single and living in this county. Our subject's first wife was Anna Dalby of New Castle, Del., to whom three children were born; Frank, Nathan, and Alice. His present wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Waggoner was born in Perry County, Pa., Nov. 3, 1813. She emigrated with her parents to Morgan County, and was married Oct. 17, 1878.
Marshall W. Green enlisted as a volunteer in the late war in Company K, 101st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Aug. 22d 1862. On the 26th of November following he was sent from Jacksonville to Columbus Ky., whence he stared on the march to Holly Springs, where he did garrison duty, guarding Rebel prisoners. He was taken prisoner and paroled, then sent to Memphis, Tenn., and from there he went to St. Louis, Mo. This was in June, 1863. He joined his regiment afterward at Union City, Tenn. He was in the midnight fight at Wahatchie, and also Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Tenn., Kelly's Ferry, Snake Creek Gap, Kennesaw Mountains, Pine Mountain, Peachtree Creek, Atlanta and numerous skirmishes. He also went with Sherman on his march to the sea. All of which constitutes a brilliant record.
Mr. Green is the owner of a splendid farm of 210 acres, upon which the best of buildings are erected. He does a general farming business, and is a dealer in horses, hogs and grain. In politics he is a sound Republican, and socially he belongs to Post 378, G. A. R. at Jacksonville.