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Charlotte KELKER Marshall, daughter of Jacob Kelker & Rebecca Thome; Western PA
Posted by: Kelly Marshall (ID *****4740) Date: November 18, 2005 at 13:46:57
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My research focuses on Descendant Families of JOHN MARSHALL (about 1761 to 1806) and his wife CATHARINA TRUBY ROHRER MARSHALL (about 1763 to 1806), and of her children by her first marriage to FREDERICK ROHRER, JR. (1766/7-1794).

Marshall was born in Ireland, and he seems to appear suddenly in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in the late 1790s; his first child, Andrew Marshall, was born there in 1800. His arrival in Greensburg may (or may not!) be related to the disastrous Irish Rising of 1798 against the British.

Catharina Marshall was the daughter of Christopher Truby, a descendant of French Huguenots, a soldier and an early settler in Westmoreland County. The Trubys moved to the near vicinity of present-day Greensburg from eastern Pennsylvania in 1771. He took his place in the civil and military life of the Pennsylvania frontier. Truby's wife was Sybilla Bauman, and the family found itself part of the growing German-speaking community of this region. Truby died on 20 February 1802 in the tavern-home of the Marshalls in Greensburg. John Marshall was one of the administrators of his estate.

Catharina first married Frederick Rohrer. Their children were Elizabeth Rohrer (1792-1881, married Elisha Robinson) and Frederick Augustus Rohrer (1794-1882, married first Sarah (Sallie) Frains/Frame; and second, Eliza Ulam Wolf). The children of John and Catharina Marshall were Andrew Marshall (1800-1832, married Barbara McQuiston of Butler, PA); Samuel Marshall (1801-1835, married Phebe Perry of Scrubgrass Township, Venango County, PA); John Marshall (1803-1889, married Charlotte Kelker of Butler); and Mary Ann Marshall (1804-1895, married Elisha H. Bailey, who was born in Centre County, Pennsylvania).

This blended Marshall-Rohrer family moved from Greensburg in late 1805 or early 1806 to the Ohio frontier village of New Lancaster, Fairfield County. Tragedy struck them in the summer of 1806 when both parents died of a fever. Catharina's sister, Mary Ann "Polly" Truby Hovey, wife of Dr. Simeon Hovey, was responsible for bringing the orphaned children back to western Pennsylvania. With the exception of Frederick A. Rohrer, who lived in Greensburg, the other five children seem to have been reared by their Truby relatives on the west bank of the Allegheny River in Perry Township, northwestern Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Within a decade or so, the villages of Parker's Landing, on the river, and Lawrenceburg, situated above Parker's Landing, were established. These small towns merged into Parker City during the oil boom after the Civil War; today it is known simply as Parker. The story of Marshalls, Trubys, Hoveys, Rohrers and Robinsons in this region is tightly interwoven.

If you are a member of this family, please contact me! I am eager to exchange information.

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