Biography of Austin C. Marsh
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Austin C. Marsh, son of Jesse and Althea (Foster) Marsh, was born in Sharon Township, Litchfield County, Conn., July 15, 1793. The family is of English extraction, and Jesse acted in the capacity of teamster during that sanguinary struggle, the Revolutionary war.

Having received a common school education, Austin C. went to Armenia, Dutchess County, N. Y., in 1809, to learn the scythe maker's trade, which at this time was an important industry, and there, in 1824, married Miss Zade (Case), who was born in 1796, and died in February, 1831. They became the parents of three children, Rufus, Walter and Emmott, the two former of whom died in that State.

Having married Abigail Darling in April, 1834, who was born in Armenia, Dutchess County, N. Y., in the year 1794, he, in June, 1836, came to Edwards burg to carve out for himself a home, and purchased the village lots on which he now resides and which since that time have been his home.

Owing to Eastern competition, there was no possible opening for pursuing his trade, and for two years he turned his attention to blacksmithing, and then, in company with Abiel Silver, H. H. Cooledge and E. Taylor, established a foundry of which he shortly became the sole proprietor, and to which his son Emmott was admitted as a partner when arriving at manhood's estate. This business was conducted until 1875 and then discontinued, owing to the death of his son thejear previous. In 1840, he east a cannon which did duty for the Whigs during, the memorable campaign of this year. Mr. Marsh has been an active, energetic and successful business man, and during his long residence in this place of nearly half a century has won and maintained the esteem and respect of the community of which he has been an honored member. Although he has long since passed his threescore years and ten he is in the possession of all his faculties, and bids fair to enjoy many more years. He is now the sole survivor of his father's family of nine children. Although an ardent Republican, Mr. Marsh has not taken an active part in politics, but has held several township offices.

His second wife having died October 1, 1839, he married Sarah S. Lofland May 1, 1845. She was born in Milford, Kent County, Del., February 6, 1812, and departed this life January 6, 1879, leaving one daughter, Aithea M., now Mrs. Thomas, a widow lady, who now resides with her father on the old home he purchased so many years ago.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.