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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Edward M. Marson

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 232-233 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Edward M. Marson is a prosperous agriculturist and leading citizen of Oneida county who resides at Marcy on a farm which came into possession of his maternal ancestors a century and a quarter ago. His birth occurred at Vernon, Oneida county, New York, on the 15th of April, 1866, his parents being William and Laura (McNeil) Marson of Marcy, Oneida county. His great-grandparents, John and Mary (Terrington) Marson, were lifelong residents of England, where they reared a family of three sons and one daughter. The youngest of these, Edward T. Marson, who was born in Lilbourne, Northamptonshire, England, on the 28th of April, 1808, was a young man of twenty-three years when in 1831 he crossed the Atlantic to the United States. It was in 1839, the year following the organization of the town, that he took up his abode in Marcy, New York, where he purchased a tract of land comprising one hundred acres and made his home to the time of his death, which occurred in 1878. When eighteen years of age, in 1826, he wedded Mary Ann Lee, a native of England. Their son, William Marson, the father of Edward M. Marson, was born in 1840 and departed this life in 1879, at the comparatively early age of thirty-nine years. He gained substantial and deserved success as an enterprising agriculturist of Marcy.

Edward M. Marson obtained his early education in the district schools and subsequently continued his studies in Whitestown Seminary. The work of the fields has claimed his attention throughout his business career and his efforts in this connection have been attended with a most gratifying and well merited measure of prosperity. The property which he is cultivating and on which he resides came into possession of his mother's people in the year 1800. Evidences of his personal supervision and attention to business are available in the results which he has achieved, and his career has been notably successful, owing to the steady application and persistent effort which he has brought to bear on the details of agricultural affairs.

On the 2d of February, 1887, Mr. Marson was united in marriage to Miss Ellenetta Roberts, daughter of David G. and Hannah M. (Samuels) Roberts of Marcy. Their children are five in number, as follows: William David, who was born on December 7, 1887; Ruth Ellenetta, whose natal day was April 7, 1890; Homer Roberts, whose birth occurred on April 17, 1893; John Edward, born on February 19, 1896; and Laura Rowena, who was born on the 18th of July, 1909.

Politically Mr. Marson is a stanch republican who has taken an active and helpful interest in public affairs of his community. He served as town clerk of Marcy in 1889 and 1890 and again during the years 1898 and 1899. Then followed his election from the third assembly district (Oneida county) to the state legislature, of which body he was a member in 1900, 1901 and 1902, giving thoughtful and earnest consideration to the vital questions which came up for settlement. He also made a most commendable record as commissioner of jurors, to which position he was appointed in 1910 and which he filled for five years, or until 1915. Mr. Marson is a worthy representative of an old and honored family of Oneida county, where he has long enjoyed high standing as a valued and respected citizen.

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