Marshall, Christopher, 1709-1797

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Christopher Marshall was a druggist and merchant in Philadelphia, Pa. He was in business first as Christopher Marshall & Son and later as Christopher and Charles Marshall.

From the description of Account book, 1765-1772. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 122355444

Christopher Marshall was born in Dublin, Ireland, on November 6, 1709. He was educated in England and sailed to America sometime in the late 1720s. By 1729, he had established a pharmacy shop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married Sarah Thompson (1702-1771) in 1736 and the couple had three surviving sons. A few years after Sarah's death, in 1774, he married again, this time to Abigail Fisher Cooper (1721-1782). His success as a pharmacist and chemist allowed him to retire from business in 1774, but he remained a vital public figure. In 1776, he became a delegate to the Philadelphia Provincial Council, and he was twice appointed to the Continental Committee of Council and Safety. His retirement afforded him the time to keep diaries of public and personal events. He wrote these "remembrances" almost daily from about 1774 to at least 1795. Marshall was a devout member of the Society of Friends, although he was eventually excommunicated from the Society. According to the minutes of the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, in 1751, he was disowned by the Society for counterfeiting money. Later in life, he apparently supported the American cause for independence from the British. In 1777, Marshall relocated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to improve his health and avoid the British armies. After hostilities ceased, Marshall moved back to Philadelphia where he died on May 7, 1797.

From the description of Christopher Marshall papers, 1744- ca. 1971. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 340996732

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creatorOf Marshall, Christopher, 1709-1797. Christopher Marshall papers, 1744- ca. 1971. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Extra-illustrated books. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Marshall, Christopher, 1709-1797. Account book, 1765-1772. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Society for the Encouragement of Manufactures and the Useful Arts. Weavers' ledger, 1788-1790. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Society of Free Quakers. Records, 1781-1975. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Religious Society of Free Quakers records, 1781-1975, 1781-1975 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Wayne family. Anthony Wayne family papers, 1681-1913. William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Marshall, Christopher, 1740-1806. Day book and receipt book : manuscript, 1800-1806. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Marshall, Christopher, 1709-1797. Diaries, 1773-1793. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Anthony Wayne family papers, Wayne, Anthony, family papers, 1681-1913 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf [Christopher Marshall, biographical materials] University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Pennsylvania Society for the Encouragement of Manufactures and the Useful Arts. Manufacturing fund ledger, 1788-1801. Hagley Museum & Library
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Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Philadelphia (Pa.)
United States
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Shipment of goods
Wholesale trade--History--18th century
Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
Business records


Birth 1709-11-06

Death 1797-05-04



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