Civil War Service of Sons and Grandsons of Miles Marshall

Miles Marshall (1789-1868)                  Miles (2)

Two of Miles Marshall’s sons served in an Iowa unit during the War Between the states: Collin and Miles C. “Bob.”



And three of his grandsons–all sons of his oldest son Thomas: Clayton “Clate” (who served with his uncles from Iowa), Swain and Alonzo (in Indiana units).

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Miles Marshall’s Children

Thomas Ellsworth Marshall, Mitchell Marshall, Elmira Marshall, Maben J. Marshall, Minerva (Marshall) Thornburg, Margaret Ann Marshall (1822-1822), Calvin “Peet” Marshall, Collin Marshall, Miles C. “Bob” Marshall, Martha Jane (Marshall) Lank.

Several of Thomas Marshall’s children moved to Dallas County, Iowa, including Maben (who platted the town of Dexter), Minerva (Marshall) Thornburg, Calvin (who discovered and developed a mineral spring, which eventually was made into Dexfield Park), Collin, Miles C., and Martha (Marshall) Lank.

The Soldiers

Collin Marshall (1826-1863) He and wife Sarah June “Sally” moved to Iowa before the war. A lieutenant in Co. H, 39th Iowa Inf., he served under Col. James Redfield in the same unit as his brother Miles C. “Bob” and nephew Clayton. Collin Marshall was killed by guerillas at Corinth, Mississippi, July 4, 1863. His body was brought back to Dallas County, Iowa, by his brother Bob–as far as Eddyville, as far as there was freight service, buried temporarily–and their brother Calvin drove a team and wagon there to bring him the rest of the way. Collin Marshall is buried at Wiscotta.


The Marshall GAR post in Redfield, Iowa, is named for Collin Marshall.

Miles C. “Bob” Marshall (1830/1-1898) Served in Co. H, 39th Iowa Inf. with his brother Collin and nephew Clayton. Brought his brother’s body partway back to Iowa. Buried at Dexter

Miles C. “Bob” Marshall


Thomas Marshall’s Children–Grandchildren of Miles Marshall

Thomas Ellsworth Marshall (1811-1901), m(1) Cynthia Swain. Stayed in Indiana. Children: Clayton “Clate” Marshall, Rhoda L. (Marshall) Neal, Swain Marshall, Alonzo Marshall, Orlando Marshall. Thomas m(2) Elvira Macy; children: Cynthia Ellen (Marshall) Bias, Elmer Ellsworth Marshall.

The Soldiers

Clayton Marshall (1835-1923) had moved to Iowa, and in 1857 he married Rachel Lank in Redfield. He served under Col. James Redfield in Co. H, 39th Iowa Inf. with two uncles–Collin and Miles C. “Bob” Marshall. Clayton was a prisoner in Belle Isle Prison, but was exchanged in time to join Sherman’s march to the sea. Because he was weak from the imprisonment, he got a ride most of the way, and participated in the grand parade in Washington, DC at the end of the war. He later moved to Oregon, where he is buried

Clayton “Clate” Marshall

Two younger sons of Thomas Marshall served with Indiana units:

Swain Marshall (1839-1905) m(1) Cynthia Swain; widowed; m(2) Cynthia’s sister Lucinda Swain. Served with Co. G, 8th Reg., Indiana Inf. Lived in Dallas County, Iowa, for a while after the war, but is buried in Indiana

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Swain Marshall

 Swai (3)

Swain (4)

Note: Swain’s oldest son, Thomas Worth Marshall, a graduate of Purdue U., was a civil engineer in Washington, DC, and designed the roofs for the Senate and House Chambers of the US Capitol; also an editor of Hinshaw’s Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. His son Thomas Worth Marshall, Jr., was a 1930 graduate of the US Naval Academy and served as a Lt. Commander in WWII. After he died at sea off Cape May, NJ in early 1942, the destroyer USS Marshall (DD 676) was named for him in 1943.

Alonzo Marshall (1842-1920) served with Co. D, 69th Indiana Inf. Lon Marshall was wounded, a minie ball in the elbow. He settled in Iowa after the war but returned to Wayne County, Indiana in 1872. Farmer, bookkeeper, pension attorney, notary public. County Auditor 1896-1900. Buried in Indiana.

Note: Both of Thomas Marshall’s daughters married soldiers in the War Between the States.

John Neal, from Tennessee, deserted Co. H, 3rd Forrest’s Cav., but later joined Co. A, 9th Reg. Ind. Cav.

William Bias had served in Co. I, 147th Reg. Ind. Vol. Inf.

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