ARCHIBALD W. MARSHALL, one of the useful citizens and progressive farmers of Valley township, is a son of Archibald
and Rebecca (Taylor) Marshall, and was born on the farm on which he now resides in Valley township, Armstrong county,
Pennsylvania, March 29, 1840. Of the many families who left Ireland over a century ago and made Pennsylvania their
home, one was the Marshall family, from which Archibald W. Marshall is descended. His paternal grandfather, Archibald
Marshall, Sr., died November 28, 1888. Of his sons who grew to manhood, one was Archibald Marshall (father), who
was born in Indiana county in 1800 aud passed away in 1878, when in the seventy eighth year of his age. In early
life he came to Valley township, where he followed farming until his death. He was a democrat and a united presbyterian
and was respected and esteemed in the community in which he resided. He was well acquainted with the educational
interests of the township, which he had frequently served as school director. Mr. Marshall married Rebecca Taylor.
Mrs. Marshall was a member of the United Presbyterian church and passed away in 1883, aged eighty four years.
Archibald W. Marshall was reared on a farm, and, like the most of farmers' sons, received his education in the
common schools. Since attaining his majority he has been engaged in farming except from 1861 to 1864, when he kept
the toll gate at the Kittanning bridge. His farm of one hundred and thirty acres of productive land is three miles
from Kittanning and is situated one half mile back from the Dayton road. A heavy vein of coal underlies the entire
farm and is easily accessible. To the permanent improvement and successful cultivation of his farm, Mr. Marshall
has given considerable thought, which is evinced in the increased yield of his fields as well as in the higher
valuation of his land. Mr. Marshall is a republican politically, has been a member of the school board and is now
serving his township as assessor. He is a member of the Kittanning United Presbyterian church, in which he has
been an elder for several years.
In 1867 he married Elizabeth Speer, daughter of Robert Speer, of Manor township. To Mr. and Mrs. Marshall have
been born four children, three sons and one daughter. Of these children three are: Jennie R., Thomas W. and William
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