Deaconess Rebecca Marshall, daughter of .Jesse and Susan
Mayberry Montgomery, was born in Floyd
County, Virginia, September 7, 1827.
She was married by Elder Nathaniel Thompson, March 18, 1847
to Deacon Daniel Marshall, who was a son of Simon and Sarah Reece Marshall. To
this union were born, eleven children; six sons and five daughters. The sons
were James L. Marshall, of Mecca, Va.; Lewis A. Marshall, deceased; Jesse W. Marshall, of .Mecca,
Va.; Abner D.
Marshall, of Pulaski, Va.; Eld. Daniel
W. M. Marshall, of Columbus, Texas; and Ilas H
Marshall, deceased. The daughters were: Eliza J. Baker, whose first marriage
was to Moses M Baker, deceased and who is now the wife of C. C. Weeks, of Willis, Va.,
Sarah Ann Boyd, wife of Henry J: Boyd, of New Market, Tenn.; Orlena E. Branscome,
wife of Elder F. P. Branscome, of Laurel Fork, Va. ; and Nettie M Jennings,
She united with the Primitive Baptist church at Panther
Creek, then an arm of the church at New
Hope, in May 1879, and was baptized by Elder Thomas
Dickens. She remained a member of New
Hope church till the arm was constituted into a new
church, called tile church at Panther Creek. This was organized on Tuesday
before the first Sunday in June, 1881. She and her husband were in the
organization and were ordained Deacon and Deaconess. They served in that office
together till the death of her husband, April 16, 1900. She remained a member
here till Thursday before the third Sunday in July, 1902; when the church at Reed Island
was constituted. She here held membership and sweet fellowship till she was summoned
from the church below to that which is above.
Truly she was a mother in Israel. Her character was ever
above reproach, and in every way lived up to her profession; and her adorning was
that which the word of God commends. She reminded us of tile scripture that
says, "She did what she could."
She died about 8 o'clock a. m., on Thursday, October 18,
1917. Her great age was 90 years, I month and 11 days.
After simple burial service by Elder Q.
D. Weeks and the writer, her body was
laid beside her husband, where it will repose till Jesus comes to raise the
We loved her and shall ever miss her While in this
tabernacle of flesh.
F. P. BRA NSCOME.
Laurel Fork. Virginia.