Biography - William P. Marmon

WILLIAM P. MARMON, ESQ., is a native of King and Queen's county, Va., was born March 31, 1810, and is the eldest of a family of four children of John and Ellen Marmon, three of whom are yet living. In 1816 Mr. Marmon removed to Kentucky, which was, at that time, quite a wilderness, where they resided until 1835, at which time they removed to Greene county, Ill. Mr. Marmon and wife both lie buried in the Carrollton cemetery.

The subject of this sketch received his early education in the schools of Jessamine county, Ky., attaining a sufficient education for the transaction of his business. On the 12th of May, 1831, he was wedded to Miss Nancy March, daughter of Lawrence and Sallie March, of Jesssamine county, Ky. After his marriage, he settled at Athens, Fayette county, Ky. On the 5th of October, 1832, he made a prospecting trip to Greene county, Ill., and returned to his home, and, in 1833, brought his family to Illinois, and settled in Carrollton. Soon after, he engaged in merchandising and tailoring. They had one son, who lived until about ten years of age. Mr. Marmon, when he commenced life was poor, but being endowed with an energetic will, he was not the man to be thwarted in his designs. He was compelled to earn his own way in the world, and hence soon learned the value of time and money. For many years he has been known as a successful operator in real estate in the county, and he has made several substantial improvements in the city of Carrollton. He has been amply repaid for his efforts in business, and is now in the possession of a comfortable competence. His career has been marked by honesty and a straightforward rectitude. Several years ago he adopted, as his daughter, Miss Sarah Ellen Marmon, daughter of James T. Marmon. Mr. Marmon, wife, and daughter, are members of the Christian Church. He is a consistent member of the order of Masons, with whom he has acted for a considerable time. Early in life he became a member of the whig party and voted for its principles, casting his first vote for Henry Clay, and has voted at every presidential election since then. He voted the second time for Abraham Lincoln; and during the late civil war the Union cause had in him a fervent supporter. By those who have known him best and longest, it is said that the truth of his word in business in never doubted. This is a high commendation from his fellow-citizens, and by his course of conduct he has well merited all the respect and honor they so cheerfully accord to him. He is now living with his wife at his residence, surrounded by the necessary comforts of life.

Extracted 07 Sep 2018 by Norma Hass from Atlas Map of Greene County Illinois, 1873, page 54.

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