B. February 20, 1796 in New York
D. March 12, 1879 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL
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- Father: Ephraim Marble born September 9, 1767 in Conway, Franklin County, MA; married (1) Anna Dunham in 1789, daughter of Hezekiah Dunham and Jane (Stewart) Dunham; married (2) Betsey Wood on July 3, 1832 in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, OH; Ephraim died 1825 in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, OH; buried in Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, Cuyahoga County, OH
According to “An American Family – Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines” compiled for Otis Marble Botsford of Winona, Minnesota. by Donald Lines Jacobus, New Haven, Connecticut. 1933, page 113-115:
Born at Conway, Mass., 9 Sept. 1767, Ephraim Marble was a child of eight when the Revolutionary War broke out, and was still under sixteen years at the declaration of peace. In 1776 his eldest brother died as a soldier in the patriotic army. During these hard years of war, Ephraim doubtless remained on his father’s farm in Conway.
His marriage to Anna Dunham of Williamsburg, Mass., was published 4 May 1789, and took place soon after. She was daughter of Hezekiah and Jane (Stewart) Dunham of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, where she was born 14 June 1767, and removed with her parents in early girlhood to Williamsburg. Her father, and her grandfather Daniel Stewart, were soldiers in the French and Indian War. She was descended from many of the early families of the Vineyard, a fact which gave rise to the tradition among her descendants that the Marble family was of Vineyard origin.
Hezekia Dunham of “Edgarton” bought from Elihu White of Hatfield, lot #25 laid out to Dea. John White’s heirs in that tract in Williamsburg called Hatfield, in the three-mile additional grant, in the southern half, being 28 acres, on 12 Sept. 1774. Hezekiah later (4 Apr. 1788) purchased land bounded on his own land, and was then called of Williamsburg.
In 1791 Ephraim received a deed from his father for 40 acres in Conway which were a part of the paternal homestead. The original of this deed, which was not recorded until 1796, is still in possession of the family.
About 1797 the family removed to Phelps, Ontario County, N. Y.; and the younger children were born there. Phelps is some twenty miles south of Sodus, in Wayne County, where Ephraim’s son Levi married and lived for a time. His son Thomas remained in Phelps, but in 1833 joined the family in Bedford, Ohio, perhaps being drawn there by his mother’s death and his father’s failing health.
Just when Ephraim and other members of the family settled in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, we have not learned. A daughter was married in Phelps in 1819, and the removal probably took place at some time between 1820 and 1830. According to Mr. Converse Marble, Ephraim had a cooper shop near Cleveland, and died of the cholera during the epidemic of 1832. But he did not die until 1835, as appears by the probation of his will, a full copy of which follows.
Less than three years before his death, he had married a second time, his bride being a widow, Mrs. Betsey Wood. His first wife, Anna Dunham, probably died in Bedford not long before 1832, as Ephraim’s will directed that a gravestone be set up to her memory. If this provision was carried out, the stone must have been broken when the graveyard was moved from its old location to the present one, for no stone exists to-day either for her or for Ephraim.
The biography of a grandson, published in 1891, is authority for the statement that Ephraim’s trade was chair making, and that a chair of his manufacture, then seventy years old, was in 1891 in possession of his grandson, Hon. George Wait of Grant Township, Lake County, Ill.; also that he was a member of the Baptist Church, and a strong Democrat in politics.
“I, Ephraim Marble of the county of Cuyahoga in the State of Ohio do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say.
First: It is my will that my funeral expences and all my just debts be paid.
Second: I give, devise and bequeath to my first beloved wife, Anna Marble a good and respecable grave stone to be erected to her memory out of the expence of my property.
Thirdly: I give and devise to my second wife One hundred dollars and one Milch cow and go back to Henry Wood to live or stay with my son Thomas Marble if she chooses, but I would choose to have her to stay with my son Thomas.
Fourthly: I bequeath to my son Thomas Fifty acres off of No. Lot No. 14 in the town of Bedford of off the West side and that my son Thomas shall pay the balance due on said lot out of the moneys due me. It is my will that the remainder of said lot be sold and the proceeds of the sail be equally divided amongst my daughter in the following manner viz; that my daughter Fanny who has had one hundred dollars to apply towards her shair of an equal distributions of the proceeds of said sail lot, that all notes and accounts which I hold against my sons are to be given upt and also do hereby appoint my son Thomas Marble my true and lawful executor.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto caused my name and seal this day in the year of our Lord August the twenty-sixth 1834.
Ephraim Marble (Seal)
by Elijah Smith
Signed published and declared by the above named Ephraim Marble as and for his last will and testament, in presence of us who at his request have signed as witness to the same.
John P. Robison.
The will was proved 17 Mar. 1835 and is filed in Docket A of the Cuyahoga County Probate Court. On 20 Apr. 1835, Levi Marble was appointed Administrator with the will annexed. (The son Thomas, named as Executor, had just died.) Curtis Wells and Newell C. Barnum were sureties on Levi’s bond, and the appraisers appointed were Hezekiah Dunham, George M. Payne, and William Morse. On 9 June Henry Wood was accepted as a bondsman in place of Dunham.
The inventory was file 7 Aug. and included notes against Hezekiah Dunham, Ethan Wait, and Robert Trowbridge. Part of the estate was ordered sold to the highest bidder for payment of debts, and among the purchasers were Catherine Marble and Orrin Marble.”
- Mother: Anna (Dunham) Marble born June 19, 1769 in Massachusetts; intention of marriage to Ephraim Marble on May 4, 1789 in Conway, Franklin County, MA; Anna died March 25, 1832 in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, OH; buried in the Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, Cuyahoga County, OH
- Wife 1: unknown
- Wife 2: unknown
- Wife 3: Mary (unknown) born about 1799; Mary died August 3, 1845 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL (According to the below statement there was a “gravestone” but the location of the burial is unknown. Unable to verify if Mary is buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
According to An American Family, Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines,” compiled for Otis Marble Botsford of Winona, Minnesota by Donald Lines Jacobus. New Haven, Connecticut. 1933, page 116:
“His third wife, Mary, d. at Waukegan, 3 Aug. 1845 ac. 46 (gravestone).” (Footnote: The age on the stone was read as 16, an obvious misreading for 46. Perhaps the year of death was also misread; otherwise, the Bible record errs as to the date of the next marriage.)”
- Wife 4: Catherine Bingama (Converse) (Marble) Fox born August 1, 1813 in Vermont, daughter of James A. Converse (1775-1828) and Lucinda (Smith) Converse (1779-1869); married (1) Solomon Marble in May 1845; married (2) Hiram Box (1814-?) on March 9, 1880 in Lake County, IL; Catherine died May 18, 1883 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Catherine Bingama (Converse) (Marble) Fox buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- Children of Solomon and unknown wife:
- Alice (Marble) Granger; married Gilbert Granger on June 20, 1838 in Cuyahoga County, OH; Alice died August 7, 1847 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL
- Cynthia (Marble) Wilson born about 1829 in New York; married Lorenzo Wilson on January 28, 1845 in Lake County, IL; Cynthia died before 1878; According to the 1850 U.S. Census: Cynthia and her child, Lorenzo A. Wilson, age 1, was living with her sister, Sabrina Brown in the Town of Goodale, Lake County, IL
- Sabrina (Marble) Brown born March 13, 1830 in Willoughby, Lake County, OH; married James B. Brown on December 16, 1847 in Lake County, IL son of William Brown and Sarah “Sally” (Boutwell) Brown; Sabrina died November 11, 1895 in Grayslake, Lake County, IL; James married (2) Lucinda L. Pearce as his second wife on May 18, 1896 in Lake County, IL; Sabrina and James are buried in Grant Cemetery, Ingleside, Lake County, IL
According to An American Family, Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines,” compiled for Otis Marble Botsford of Winona, Minnesota by Donald Lines Jacobus. New Haven, Connecticut. 1933, pages 117:
“Sabina, who m. in Lake County, Ill., 16 Dec. 1847, James B. Brown and in 1878 was the only child living who had come from Ohio with Solomon.”
- Children of Solomon and Catherine Bingama (Converse) Marble:
- Converse Marble born November 2, 1847 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL; married Arabella King (1849-1928) on October 3, 1870 in Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County, WI, daughter of Chauncy King (1809-1871) and Hannah (Marble) King (1819-1903) and a granddaughter of Levi Marble; Converse died December 22, 1926 in Sheboygan County, WI; Converse and Arabella are buried in Sheboygan Falls Cemetery, Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County, WI
According to the Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan WI) Wednesday, December 22, 1926, page 13:
BRINGS DEATH TO
Sheboygan Falls. – Converse Marble, 79, died at 7:15 a. m. today as the result of a stroke which he received a week ago.
Although retired from business for many years, Mr. Marble was well known in this community and was in possession of a large list of friends. he was born Nov. 2, 1847, in Avon township, Lake county, Illinois. Mr. Marble resided in Chicago from 1879 until 1883 and then went to South Dakota where he engaged in stock raising until 1892.
During the past fourteen years he lived in Sheboygan Falls, with the exception of the winter months when he went to Florida. He was a member of Waukegan chapter of the A. F. and A. M.
He was married to Miss Arabella King at Sheboygan Falls on Oct. 3, 1870. Mrs. Marble and one sister, Cora Cleveland, Lake Villa, Illinois, survive him.”
- Coroline “Caroline” “Cora” (Marble) Cleveland born March 5, 1849 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL; married Erastus Tyler Cleveland (1844-1926) on November 26, 1867 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL, son of John Milton Cleveland (1804-1881) and Mary Ann (Tyler) Cleveland (1818-1902) (See section pertaining to Erastus Tyler Cleveland buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); their children are: (1) John Solomon Cleveland (1870-1937) (See section pertaining to John Solomon Cleveland buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) and (2) Catherine Converse “Kate” Cleveland (1875-1941) (See section pertaining to Catherine Converse “Kate” Cleveland buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); Coroline died January 15, 1927 in Long Lake, Lake County, IL; (See section pertaining to Coroline “Caroline” “Cora” (Marble) Cleveland buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- Mary H. (Marble) Huson born July 7, 1852 in Illinois; married Marshall Booth Huson (1852-1929) on March 5, 1873, son of Dr. Richard Huson (1817-1877) and Sarah Elizabeth (Tyler) Huson (1818-?) (See section pertaining to Marshall Booth Huson buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); Mary died July 1905 (See section pertaining to Mary H. (Marble) Huson buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- Siblings (six of twelve children identified):
- Levi Marble born May 10, 1790 in Williamsburg, Hampshire County, MA; married Elizabeth “Betsey” Granger (1791-1878); Levi died March 4, 1874 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Levi Marble buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Elizabeth “Betsey” (Granger) Marble buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- Thomas Marble born May 26, 1799 in Williamsburg, Hampshire County, MA (also given as born June 1798 in Bedford, OH); married Catharine Winfield (1800-1891); Thomas and Catharine had the following children: (1) Levi W. Marble (1820-1889), (2) Thomas W. Marble (1821-1896), (3) Lucinda (Marble) Palmer (1822-1906), (4) Phebe (Marble) Armitage (1824-1899), (5) Asenath (Marble) Turney (1828-1902), (6) Serephna Jane (Marble) LeMoine-Worley (1831-1920), (7) Ephram Marble (1833-1885); Thomas died February 2, 1835 in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, OH; Thomas and Catharine are buried in Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, Cuyahoga County, OH
According to “An American Family – Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines” compiled for Otis Marble Botsford of Winona, Minnesota. by Donald Lines Jacobus, New Haven, Connecticut. 1933, page 117:
“iii. Thomas, b. June 1798; d. at Bedford, Ohio, 2 Apr. 1835 ae 36 yrs. 10 mos. (gravestone); came from Phelps, N. Y., to Bedford in 1833; m. Catherine Winfield, b. 20 July 1800, d. 7 July 1891 ae. 90 yrs. 11 mos. 17 days (gravestone); she m. (2) Thomas Burgess, by whom she had four children.”
- Fanny (Marble) Westbrook born March 20, 1801 in Williamsburg, Hampshire County, MA; married Peter Westbrook (1797-1851) in 1815-1816 in New York; Fanny died May 15, 1849 in Kalamazoo County, MI
According to “An American Family – Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines” compiled for Otis Marble Botsford of Winona, Minnesota. by Donald Lines Jacobus, New Haven, Connecticut. 1933, page 117:
“iv. Fanny, b. 20 Mar. 1801, d. 15 May 1849; m. in 1815 or early in 1816, Peter Westbrook, b. 30 Sept. 1797.”
- Amanda (Marble) Wait born February 12, 1804 in Phelps, Ontario County, NY; married Ethan Wait (?-1844) on November 13, 1819 in Phelps, Ontario County, NY; Amanda died January 8, 1893 in Monaville, Lake Villa Township, Lake County, IL; buried in Grant Cemetery, Ingleside, Lake County, IL
According to “An American Family – Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines” compiled for Otis Marble Botsford of Winona, Minnesota. by Donald Lines Jacobus, New Haven, Connecticut. 1933, page 118-120:
“v. Amanda, b. at Phelps, Ontario County, N. Y., 12 Feb. 1804; d. at Monaville, Ill., 8 Jan. 1893; m. at Phelps, 13 Nov. 1819, Ethan Wait, b. at Ashfield, Franklin County, Mass., 23 May 1800, d. in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in 1844. (NOTE: “But according to a biography of his son George, Ethan Wait started for California in 1849, and was never heard from again.”) Her obituary notice is printed below.”
“Newspaper Obituary, Amanda (Marble) Wait
(Sister of Levi Marble)
In Memory of Aunt Wait.
As the Autumn leaves flutter, whirl and eddy to their final resting place on the bosom of Mother earth, what a similitude it is to life. To them comes death; and to us it comes as certainly. And this time it has come and taken from our midst one of the oldest and most highly respected settlers, Mrs. Amanda Wait, more familiarly known as Aunt Wait, whose death occurred at Monaville, on the 8th of January, at the residence of her granddaughter, Mrs. Ida Tweed.
She was a leaf who was worn the emerald, but has now soared away to be sheltered “Safe in the arms of Jesus.” Aunt Wait, as she was called, was born at Philipstown, N. Y., in 1804, and was the daughter of Ephraim and Ann (Dunham) Marble. Aunt Wait was the last survivor of a family of twelve children. Levi and Solomon Marble were her brothers, and among the early settlers of Lake County. In 1819 she gave her hand in marriage to Ethan Wait who was a native of Massachusetts, where they resided for three years, then removed to Philipstown, N. W., and subsequently with the four children they emigrated to Cuyahoga county, Ohio.
Being left a widow in 1844, at the request of her brothers Levi and Solomon Marble, in 1849, she with sever of her children came to Illinois by way of the Lakes, and settled in what is now Grant township. Two years later she purchased twenty-seven acres of wild land and with the aid of Mr. A. I. Seeber, now of Waukegan, who was then a carpenter, erected a substantial log house where she lived about twenty-four years. With most praiseworthy fidelity she cared for those dependent upon her until they were able to provide for themselves.
Levi being the last of the family to marry she kept house for him, while he added to the old homestead at different times, until through their efforts it was made on of the best farms in the town. After Levi’s marriage she gave up the responsibility of housekeeping; but still continue to spend a share of her time at the old home, and the remaining time with her son George and her granddaughter, Mrs. Ida Tweed.
Aunt Wait was a natural born farmer, and in her active days took great interest in cattle, horses, sheep and poultry, and loved as she often said to feed the pigs and hogs that she might see them grow.
She leaves a family of ten children to mourn her loss, as follows: Horace Wait, Elgin, Kan.; Jerusy Butler, Boscobel, Wis.; Geraldine Owens, Gurnee, Ill.; John Wait, Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Lorenzo Wait, Kimball, Dak.; Levi Wait, Volo, Ill.; Amanda Dilley, Gurnee, Ill; Charles Wait, Chicago, Ill.’ George Wait, Volo, Ill.; Sarah Hamilton, Chicago, Ill. Those deceased are Lucinda (Wait) Smith, whose death occurred in the year A.D. 1856. Then the unusual length of thirty-six years elapsed before another death in the family, when Mrs. Louisa (Wait) Gleason passed away, only a few more months before her mother. Aunt Wait also leaves about thirty grand children and a number of great grand children.
The funeral services were held at the Fort Hill Christian church of which she has been a member for the past thirty-five years, Elder Joseph Owen conducted the services, selecting his text from the fifth chapter of Corinthians, and her remains were interred at the Grant cemetery beside those of her two daughters. And thus passed away one who through her own heart’s pain and sorrow was ever ready to help others in distress.
As her feet were worn and weary,
And her eyes were dimmed with tears,
And the days were long and dreary,
With the monotone of years.
As her fainting footsteps faltered,
In the marshes dark and deep,
With dire grief no time could alter,
Then he gave his loved one, “sleep.”
- Ann (Marble) Lozier; married William Lozier
According to the 1830 U.S. Census for Chagrin, Cuyahoga County, OH: Name of Heads of Families:
“Solomon Marble; 1 male 30 thru 39, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5 thru 9, 1 female 10 thru 14, 1 female 30 thru 39”
According to the 1837 Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Tax Lists, 1819-1869:
“Solomon Marble; Range: 10; Township: 9; Section: 5; and Section: 1
According to the Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909:
“Name: Solomon Marble; Section: SE; Price per Acre: 1.25; Total Price: 200.00; Date: 30 Sep 1840; Volume: 685; Page: 255; Page: 255; Type: FD; Sect: 25; Township: 45N; Range: 09E; Meridian: 3; Acres: 160.00”
According to the 1840 U.S. Census for Lake County, IL: Name of Head of Family:
“Solomon Marble; 1 male under 5, 1 male 10 thru 14, 1 male 15 thru 19, 1 male 20 thru 29, 1 male 40 thru 49, 1 female under 5, 1 female 10 thru 14, 1 female 15 thru 19, 1 female 20 thru 29, 4 person employed in agriculture”
According to the Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records: 1813-1909:
“Name: Solomon Marble; Section: LOT1SW; Price per Acre: 1.25; Total Price: 100; Date: 25 May 1842; Volume: 686; Page: 111; Type: FD; Sect: 30; Township: 45N; Range: 10E; Meridian: 3; Acres: 80.00”
According to the Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909:
“Name: Solomon Marble; Section: W2SW; Price per Acre: 1.25; Total Price: 100.00; Date: 19 Oct 1843; Volume: 686; Page: 111; Type: FD; Sec: 30; Township: 45N; Range: 10E; Meridian: 3; Acres: 80.00”
According to the 1850 U.S. Census for Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were:
“Solomon Marble, age 53, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Catherine Marble, age 37, born in Vermont; Converse Marble, age 3, born in Illinois; Caroline Marble, age 1, born in Illinois”
According to the 1860 U.S. Census for Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Fox Lake Post Office the household members were:
“Solomon Marble, age 65, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Catherine Marble, age 49, born in Connecticut; Converse marble, age 13, born in Illinois; Caroline Marble, age 11, born in Illinois; Mary Marble, age 8, born in Illinois”
According to the 1870 U.S. Census for Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Hainesville Post Office the household members were:
“Solomon Marble, age 73, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Catherine Marble, age 60, born in Vermont; Converse Marble, age 23, occupation: farmer, born in Illinois; Mary Marble, age 18, born in Illinois; Thomas Stumble, age 18, occupation: works on farm, born in Illinois”
According to An American Family, Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines,” compiled for Otis Marble Botsford of Winona, Minnesota by Donald Lines Jacobus. New Haven, Connecticut. 1933, page 124:
“They (Levi Marble and wife Elizabeth) both died in Waukegan, Ill., and are buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery, the land for which was donated by his brother, Solomon Marble, and by George Thompson (sic Thomson).”
According to An American Family, Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines,” compiled for Otis Marble Botsford of Winona, Minnesota by Donald Lines Jacobus. New Haven, Connecticut. 1933, pages 116-117:
“Soloman, b. 20 Feb. 1796 (Bible record); d. at Waukegan, Ill., 12 Mar. 1879 ac. 83 (gravestone) or 13 Mar. 1879 (Bible record). He was married four times. His third wife, Mary, d. at Waukegan, 3 Aug. 1845 ac. 46 (gravestone).” (Footnote: The age on the stone was read as 16, an obvious misreading for 46. Perhaps the year of death was also misread; otherwise, the Bible record errs as to the date of the next marriage.) He m. fourth, May 1845, Catherine Converse, b. 1 Aug. 1813, d. 18 May 1883. She probably m. (2) as Catherine B. Marble, aged 66, in Lake County, Ill., 9 Mar. 1880, Hiram Fox. Soloman lived in Ohio for a time, but in 1839 moved to Lake County, Ill., traveling with covered wagon from Cleveland. He brought ten sheep on foot, and three horses, among the first horses to be brought to Lake County. Getting stuck in the mud on the site now occupied by Chicago, he said he would not locate there if they gave him the land, it was a mud hole. Soloman suffered an infection of the leg in early life, which left him lame and in-capacitated him for hard work. He raised peppermint and extracted the oil and sold it; having secured a competence thus, he bought a large acreage in Lake County. He always wore a high plug hat and white shirt and collar, unusual for that period and in a wild new country. By one of his earlier marriages he had daughters,–Alice, m. 20 June 1838, Gilbert Granger, and d. at Waukegan, Ill., 7 Aug. 1847; Cynthia, who m. in Lake County, Ill., 28 Jan. 1845, Lorenzo Wilson; and Sabina, who m. in Lake County, Ill., 16 Dec. 1847, James B. Brown and in 1878 was the only child living who had come from Ohio with Soloman. By his fourth wife, he had two daughters,–Caroline, b. 5 Mar. 1849, m. 30 Nov. 1867, Erastus T. Cleveland and lived in Lake Villa, Ill., and Mary H., b. 7 July 1852, m. 5 Mar. 1873, Marshall B. Huson; and a son, the late Converse Marble. (Footnote: Converse Marble, b. in Avon Township, Lake County, Ill., 2 Nov. 1847, d. at Sheboygan, Wis., 28 or 29 Dec. 1926; m. 3 Oct. 1870, Arabella King, a granddaughter of Levi Marble.” (Levi Marble was Soloman’s brother, so Arabella was Converse’s 1st cousin, once removed.)
According to An American Family, Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines,” compiled for Otis Marble Botsford of Winona, Minnesota by Donald Lines Jacobus. New Haven, Connecticut. 1933, page 136. A letter from Soloman’s niece, Elizabeth Electa (Marble) Botsford, to her cousin Ephraim Westbrook, dated March 4, 1878, states in part:
“Uncle Soloman is living 14 miles west of here (Waukegan, Ill.,) on a farm, he is quite an invalid, has been lame from a child, has a bad cough, seldom goes from home, his P. O. address is Fort Hill, Lake Co,, Ill., shall send him your letter. He is living with his fourth wife, he has but one child living, who came with him from Ohio, that is Sabina Brown, she lives near her father. Uncle has one son and two daughters by his present wife, Aunt Kate.”
According to the Waukegan Weekly Gazette (Waukegan IL) Saturday, December 7, 1878, page 2:
There was quite a gathering at the residence of Solomon Marble in the town of Avon on Thanksgiving day. As the old gentleman had been quite feeble for some three weeks, his wife and daughters thought they would get up a Thanksgiving dinner and invite in the relatives and trip to cheer up the old gentleman. Accordingly the first thing was to kill some turkeys and chickens and prepare them for the oven. Well, about twelve o’clock Thanksgiving day found some thirty-five or more friends and relatives gathered together to have a good time and make an assault with knives and forks upon the turkeys, chickens and other eatables. Well, we all had a good time as the old gentleman was feeling considerable better than he had been for some time, and Mrs. Marble was right in her elements and full of life as she always is on such occasions. Among those present were J. B. Brown, wife and two daughters; Mr. E. Cleveland, wife, son and daughter; Mr. M. Huson, wife and daughter; Mrs. Amanda Wait, only surviving sister of Uncle Solomon; Levi Wait, George Wait and wife, Dighton Granger, wife and daughter; Mrs. Abbie Fox and daughter; Claten Owen and wife; Huson Dilley, wife and daughter; Jason Converse and wife; Mrs. Washington Converse, Miss Clara Converse, of Waukegan; Charles Wait and wife; Mrs. Ida Fisher and two daughters; Leroy King and John Landers. All were family connection with the exception of the last two. Solomon Marble, the host, is 82 years of age and has resided in Lake county since 1839, with the exception of about three months spent in Kansas. He has attended every general election in this State since he became a resident, with the exception of one. Mrs. Marble declares that Thanksgiving has done Mr. Marble good than all the medicine he had taken for the last three weeks.
ONE WHO WAS THERE.”
According to the Waukegan Gazzette (Waukegan IL) March 15, 1879, page 3:
“MARBLE – In Avon, March 12th, 1879 Soloman Marble aged 83. Mr. Marble was a native of New York State and moved to Ohio in an early day, but settle in Lake county in 1839 and has made this his home nearly all of the time for forty years. His remains were interred in the Fort Hill burying ground.”