Samuel Marshell, one of the oldest pioneers of Jefferson Township, and a resident of it over 50 years, was born in Franklin County, Ohio, February 1, 1812. He was the second in a family of ten children, born to Thomas and Margaret Marshell, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania, and of English descent. They were married in Licking County, Ohio, about 1810, and the former continued to reside in Ohio until his death, which occurred in 1844. The later was called away in Huntington County, while residing with her son, our subject, in 1879. Samuel spent his boyhood and youth on the farm, and received a fair education for that day of log school houses. At his maturity he began doing for himself, engaging principally in carpenter work. At the age of twenty-four, or in the spring of 1836, our subject found his earnings amounted to about $200, and as it would be an endless undertaking to remain in Ohio and save his money until he had enough to secure a home, he resolved to go west. Accordingly, about the first of April, 1836, he started on foot to seek a home somewhere in the west. About the middle of the month he arrived at Joseph Anthonyâ€™s, who resided in what was then known as Charleston. Mr. Anthony showed him the tract of land he now lives upon, and he immediately started to Fort Wayne, to enter 160 acres in Sections 9 and 10, this was then a wild woodland, filled with game, and an occasional Indian. There were no public highways, and pioneers cabins were scarce. He began working at his trade, here and there, in a radius of fifty miles of what is his home to-day, but occasionally he spent some time clearing up his farm. On April 5, 1855, he was married to Mary C. Shull, daughter of John and Lydia Shull, old and respected residents of this township. This union was blessed with nine children: Thomas C., John S., James H., Laura B., Lydia C., Margaret E., Elmeda J., Mary A., and Samuel G., of whom Thomas C., Lydia C., and Samuel G., are deceased, and interred in the Purviance Cemetery. Mrs. Marshell died September 24, 1874. She was a Christian woman, and esteemed by all who knew her. Mr. Marshell is a member of the Christian Church, with which he has been identified for a number of years. Politically he is a staunch Republican, and has held the office of Township Trustee. He now resides on his fine farm of 160 acres, which is under a high state of cultivation, with good improvements.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Jefferson Township, p. 682 and 683.