Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, May 22, 1879
Page 2, column 5
Sketch of His Life and Character
          Marshall Stoddard was born in the city of Boston August 25, 1805.  He died in Shelbyville, Indiana, May 16, 1879, in the 74th year of his age.  When the tide of immigration first began towards the West, in the year 1829, he came to seek his fortune in the valley of the Mississippi.  He lived for several years in the city of Cincinnati, where he was married in 1832.  In the month of September, 1837, he removed with his family to Shelbyville, and has ever since been a citizen of this place, engaged in the business of a carpenter and builder, which he pursued unto the time of his death.  He was favored by Providence with a good constitution and good health and had the energy of character that let him to prefer to wear out rather than to rust out.  His last sickness was the only serious sickness of his life.  It is the testimony of all who knew him that he pursued the quiet unobtrusive, even tenor of his way, honest and faithful in his business transactions, kind and obliging as a neighbor and friend, a model in his devotion as a husband and tenderly indulgent as a parent.  His funeral took place on last Sunday afternoon.  Mr. Sluter preached the sermon.  The funeral procession was one of the largest ever seen in our midst.  The honorable order of Masons, of which the deceased had been a worthy member for thirty years, conducted the remains to the cemetery and placed then in their last resting place.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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