Henry B. Marshall

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
November 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 315

HENRY B. MARSHALL. In annotating the qualities which
have brought Henry B. Marshall to a position of importance
among the bankers of Braxton County, those of persistence
and singleness of purpose should not be overlooked. While
he possesses other qualities which add to his equipment for
successful participation in financial affairs, almost from the
start of his career he has devoted himself whole-heartedly
to one line of effort and has persevered in one avenue of
activity. The result is that he is a thorough master of every
detail of his special line of work, and as cashier of the
Burnsville Exchange Bank occupies a place high in the
esteem of his associates and firm in the confidence of the
people of the community.

Mr. Marshall was born in Ritchie County, West Virginia,
January 4, 1876, and is a son of Benjamin P. and Virginia
(Jackson) Marshall. Benjamin P. Marshall was born in
Albemarle County, Virginia, and as a youth was brought by
his parents to Ritchie County, West Virginia, where he re-
ceived a common school education, grew to manhood and
married Virginia Jackson, a native of Ritchie County, and
also a product of the public schools. Following their mar-
riage they settled on a farm near the Village of Petroleum,
in that county, and there spent the remainder of their well-
governed lives. They became prosperous in a material way
and in the respect in which they were held by their neigh-
bors, and were active and faithful members of the Meth-
odist Protestant Church. Mr. Marshall was a republican
in his political views, and served one term as a member of
the County Court. At the outbreak of the war between the
states he enlisted in the Eleventh Regiment, West Virginia
Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for five years, or
until the close of the war. He and his worthy wife were the
parents of twelve children, of whom five died in infancy,
the others being: One who died after reaching maturity;
Fannie, the wife of R. M. Foutty, living in Wood County,
West Virginia; Jennie, the wife of A. M. Douglass, of Cairo,
this state; Viola, whose home is at Akron, Ohio; R. C., a
hardware merchant at Cairo; C. A., who is carrying on
operations on the old home farm in Ritchie County; and
Henry B., of this review.

Henry B. Marshall was reared on the home farm in
Ritchie County, where he obtained his primary education in
the rural schools, and in the summer months assisted his
father and brothers in the cultivation of the home fields.
Subsequently he took a business course in a commercial
college situated at Cairo, then returned to the farm, whence
he removed to Cairo to accept a position as bookkeeper with
the Bank of Cairo. During the time that he was identified
with that institution he rose to the post of assistant cashier,
and it was in a like capacity that he first joined the Burns-
ville Exchange Bank in 1903. In 1907 Mr. Marshall became
cashier of this institution, a position which he has since
retained. His fellow officials are: Hon. John I. Bender,
president; W. C. Hefner, vice president; and Frank Amos,
assistant cashier, the board of directors consisting of the
following: John I. Bender, G. D. Marple, C. A. Wade, H.
B. Marshall, E. A. Stockert, W. C. Hefner, P. G. Hoover,
Frank Amos, John M. Marple, R. D. Dennison and W. G.
Wilson. This is one of Braxton County’s sound and reliable
institutions, and Mr. Marshall has contributed to its success
in no small degree.

In 1902 Mr. Marshall was united in marriage with Miss
Matilda Gilbertson, who was born at Blair, Nebraska, where
she was educated in the public schools, and who first met
her future husband while on a visit to relatives at Cairo,
West Virginia. Three children have come to this union:
Helen B., born September 23, 1903, a graduate of the
Burnsville High School; Virginia May, born August 9,
1915; and a son that died in infancy in 1907. Mr. and Mrs.
Marshall are members of the Methodist Protestant Church,
Mr. Marshall being a member of the official board and a
contributor to all religious movements. As a fraternalist
he holds membership in Burnsville Lodge No. 87, A. F. and
A. M., is a past noble grand of Burnsville Lodge No. 252,
I. O. O. F., and belongs to the Grand Lodge of that order.
In politics he is a republican.