George Marsh, RN
(1683-1753?)

of Chatham and Sheerness Dockyards, Kent

Born: 1 December 1683 and died 1753? in his 71st year.
Son of: Francis Marsh (1643-17??) and Hannah Marsh (nee ?).
Brother of:
1. Margaret.
2. Mary.
3. Hannah.
4. Daniel Marsh (1684-????)
George married: 24 September 1707, St Mary's Church, Portsea, Elizabeth Milbourne (1687-17??), daughter of John Milbourne (16??-1722).
George and Elizabeth had issue:
1. Francis Marsh (1708-17??), Army Officer, died unmarried.
2. Milbourne Marsh (1709-1778), who married twice?
3. Mary Duval (nee Marsh, 1712-1718) who married John Duval.
4. George Marsh (1714-171?) who died an infant.
5. Daniel Marsh (1715-17??).  Christened 14 February 1715 at St Mary's, Portsea, Hampshire.  Naval Officer or a Shipwright who possibly died in 1740 in an accident at work.
6. John Marsh (1718-17??).  Christened 9 June 1718 at St Mary's, Portsea, Hampshire. 
7. Isaac Marsh (1720-17??), Sir Peter Warren's First Lieutenant and died in London.  Possibly the Isaac Marsh buried 10 November 1750 at Christ Church, Spitalfields, Middelsex, London.
8. George Marsh (1722-1800) who married Ann Long (1720-1784).
9. Eliza Marsh (1724-17??) who died unmarried.

George Marsh: An Overview

We know of George from the following sources:
1. Diary of his son George Marsh (1722-1800).
2. "History of the Ancient Family of Marsh" by Joseph J. Green, Archivist and Genealogist, 1903, revised to date by Wm. Ernest Marsh, of Marston, Bromley, Kent, 1912.
3. His will which is in the Public Record Office.  This was proved 6 August 1753 (I have not seen this).

The note in the History of the Ancient Family of Marsh reads as follows:

George Marsh, RN, Officer in Chatham and Sheerness Dockyards, eldest son of Francis Marsh of Titchfield and Hannah his wife, born 1683, married September 1707 Elizabeth, daughter of John Milbourne, of Milbourne, Northumberland.  She was born 19th September 1687.  It was her grandfather who was the great friend of the Marquis of Montrose who was put to death by the Covenanters in 1650.  There are several printed pedegrees of this family of Milbourne, Milborn, or Milburn.  John Milburne Esq of Chirton, Northumberland, married Esther (baptised 19th April 1653) daughter of Robert Spearman Esq, of Preston, and Dorothy Pattison of Boldon, County Durham, his wife; and her nephew William Spearman Esq, baptised 1707 (brother to Robert Spearman of Old Acres, County Durham, baptised 1702-3, a distinguished Biblical scholar, and whose "memory" says Hutchinson, in his History of Durham "is immortal in the literary world, and who for his erudition, was not more illustrious than for his private virtues") married Hannah, daughter of Mr Milburne of County Durham.  Ralph Madysonne of Uthanke, living 1615, married as his second wife Isabelle, daughter of John Milburne, and Christopher Hutchinson, aged 26, in 1666 married Susan daughter of William Milborne of Newcastle.

A note in the diary of his son George Marsh (1722-1800) reads as follows:
My father, died a naval officer in HMS Dockyard Chatham (two lines difficult to read) in the 71st year of his age after living a comfortable happy with and of the best of women, by whom he had nine children, and tho' he had but a slender income, by good management and prudence, he brought them up genteely. He was a remarkable fine person, walked upwards of six feet high, was very upright and well proportioned, amazingly strong and healthy, so that there was great reason to suppose he would have lived many years had he not by an unfortunate strained himself in the following manner, which put a sudden end  to his existence, to the great grief of his wife and family, to whom he was a most affectionate husband and father Viz; some caulkers being at work on board his ships, had not caulked the deck under where a small anchor stood, and upon his reprimanding of them for this neglect, they said, tho' there was four of them, they could not move it upon which he replied they were strong enough to throw it over board into the river, and in a passion took it up himself and removed it from the spot, by which he not only strained himself but broke some blood vessel, and died in a few days after.

 

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