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John Marshall I (1565 - abt. 1600)

Captain John Marshall I
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Captain John Marshall I was born in 1565 in Ireland and died about 1600 in Ireland. He married Isabell Nicholson. Their son was Captain John "the Immigrant" Marshall II. It is believed that one of his ancestors died from wounds received in the Battle of Calais, 1558 (


The following notes are taken from W. M. Paxton's book, "The Marshalls—Their Origin":

Tradition is the only authority the Marshall family have for claiming descent from William le Mareschal, who came over to England with the army of the Norman conqueror. As his name implies, he was a commander in the army of invasion. From him was descended John Marshal, nephew of the great Earl of Pembroke William Marshal.

The estates of William, Earl of Pembroke, were on the border of Wales. After the death of King John, he was Mareschal of England. After the crowning of the infant King Henry III, he was chosen Protector of the Kingdom. He had married a daughter, Isabel Clare Marshal, of Richard, Earl of Pembroke, surnamed Strongbow, Richard Clare FitzGilbert, who in 1172, in the reign of Henry II, had conquered the Irish, and re-instated Dermot, King of Leinster, Diarmuid (MacMurrough) MacMurchada. For his services he had been rewarded with the hand of Eva, Aoife (MacMurrough) de Clare, the King's daughter. On the death of Strongbow, William, Earl of Pembroke, succeeded to his estates in Ireland.

As Protector of England and Guardian of Henry III, William, Earl of Pembroke, sent his nephew, John Marshall,to Ireland, and constituted him Mareschal of Ireland. This John Marshall is mentioned by Irish historians as the leader of the Irish nobility, in their efforts to gain “for that Island the benefits of Magna Charta. After the confiscation of the Pembroke estates in Ireland, we “hear no more of the Marshall name, until it appears in history in 1558, at the fall of Calais, in the reign of Queen Mary. Capt. John Marshall there distinguished himself and was severely wounded at the capture of the city. He returned to Ireland, and there died

From John Marshall (abt. 1170-1235), descended John Marshall (1596-1688), who was a Captain at the battle of Edgehill in the reign of Charles I. Being an Episcopalian, he did not follow the fortunes of his deposed Sovereign, but came to America about 1650, and settled, first, at Jamestown, Va., and afterwards removed to Westmoreland County, in the same colony. He became distinguished in the Indian wars. He appears to have left no will. His son Thomas, (Thomas Marshall), an humble farmer, here died in 1704. The second son of (that) Thomas was John, known as John Marshall of the "Forest."[1][2]


  1. Excerpt From: Paxton, W. M. (William McClung), 1819-. “The Marshall family, or A genealogical chart of the descendants of John Marshall and Elizabeth Markham, his wife, sketches of individuals and notices of families connected with them.” Cincinnati, R. Clarke & co., 1885. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright.
  2. Entered by Sara V Mosher, Dec 1, 2017
  • Louise Pecquet du Bellet. Some Prominent Virginia Families Volumes I-II. "Marshall Family." Chapter IV, Pages 458, 459.


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