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, of Sylvatus, VA

 

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 dead.

 

We loved her and shall ever miss her While in this tabernacle of flesh.

 

F. P. BRA NSCOME.

 

Laurel Fork. Virginia.