Randolph County, Indiana
The Union City Eagle
MARQUIS, Mary (Stingley) "Polly". Polly Marquis's grandmother on her father's side was Elizabeth Bussard, Her first marriage was to Mr. Overholtzer, they were living in Germany at this time, After their marriage they united with church; they were then driven from their native land and home by the cruel religious persecutions which arose, turning their faces toward the then inviting peaceful shores of the new world, America. While they were on their long tedious journey of months duration which sailing vessels then had to make, Mr. Overholtzer and their only child died. Upon the arrival of the vessel in America, Elizabeth Overholtzer was sold by the ship captain as a slave for three years to pay tor their transportation, and was sent into the fields to cuItivate corn and tobacco, but by diligence and industry her master set her free, at the expiration of one year. After regaining her freedom, she married John Stingley, a Swede by birth. This unIon was blessed with seven children. He died leaving her to again fight the battles of Iife in a new, mountalnous wilderness home in Virginia. Wm. Stingley, one ot their sons, Polly Marquis's father, was born in 1764. After his father's death, when seven years ot age, he was bound out to Col. Welton, remaining with him until he was twenty-one years old. Then in company with several other young adventurers, he went to Kentucky, but remained only a few months on account ot Indian hostilities. Returning to Virginia, he married Charity Roby, in 1791. Charity's mother's maiden name was Shaw. The Robys and Shaws were a long lifed people, living 80, 90, 100 years. Wm. and Charity Stlngley were the parenls of six children. Wm. Stlngley died at the advanced age of 91 years. Polly Marquis, nee Stlngley, their second child, was born Oct. 19th, 1794, in the valley between the Alleghany and New Creek mountains, Hardy County, Virginia, and was married to Wm. K. Marquis Sept. 8th, 1816, by Elder Samuel Arnold. They moved from Virginia to Ross County, Ohio, in 1818, settling on Paint Creek. Lived there 8 years, then moved to the Darby Plains in Union county, Ohio, in 1826, lived there 4 years; then, in March, 1830, they came to Darke County, Ohio, settling in the woods on the farm now owned by Samuel Parent, adjoining Union City on the southeast, where they resided until the death of Wm. K. Marquis, which occurred Nov. 9th, 1857, after which the old homestead was sold and grandmother made her home with her children, peacefully and patiently passing her days until death came and called her away to that home on the other shore which she has been longing to enter, to enjoy that "rest that remaineth for the people of God." Grandmother died March 29th, at the extreme age of 96 years, 5 months and 10 days. She lived to see her fourth generation. She was the mother of 9 children. The first death of her children occurred seven years ago. Two weeks before her death, March 15th, her son Wm. K. Marquis, Jr, who resided in Quinter, Kansas, died. The other children are yet living. One son, Geo. W. Marquis lives in Cedar County, MO; one daughter resides in Marion, Grant County, lnd., another son and the youngest daughter live in Wabash County, lnd.; another daughter lives near Jaysvllle, Darke County, Ohio. The other son and daughter lives near Union City, Ind. The following is the record of her descendants at her death: Her own children 9, 2 are dead; grandchildren, 63, 21 are dead; great-grandchildren, 103, 22 are dead; great-great-grandchildren, 17, 1 is dead. Grandmother was a zealous, faithful member of the Dunkard church for 60 years. Her husband, W. K. Marquis. was a minister of the same church for about 25 years. Funeral services at the home of her son, James Marquis; sermon by Silas Gilbert, from Rev., 14 chap., 13 vs., after which her remains were interred in the Marquis cemetery on the old homestead farm.
April 9, 1891
May we ever cherish in our memories the loved one now gone. W.K.S.
Note: The obituary was written by her grandson, the Rev. Wm. K. Simmons.
She was the widow of Rev. William Kidd Marquess/Marquis, Sr., an early Brethren Minister in Darke Co., OH and Union City, IN. For more information on the Stingley and Marquis families see: STINGLEY FAMILY by Sandra E.H. Mumah (1991) -Updated in 2005 and MARQUIS-MARQUESS-MARQUIS by Sandra E.H. Mumah (1999).
Contributed by Sandra Mumah
A Randolph County Area Newspaper
1st w/o Dr. W.K. d. 10/22/1876 44y 8m 3d Bur. Mt. Zton Cem. Surv husb and
sev. ch. 3rd death in fam in past few months.
Contributed by Sandra Mumah
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