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Marrs, William B.

Born: 1787-10-12 Tennessee

Died: 1867-02-21 Clark County, Illinois

Flourished: Clark County, Illinois

Marrs was a farmer, landowner, and politician who moved first from his native state to Indiana before settling in Clark County, Illinois. In 1836, he purchased thirty-five acres of public land in Dolson Township, and a year later, he purchased an additional eighty acres. From 1836 to 1838, Marrs represented Clark County in the Illinois House of Representatives. After his term, he took up farming. In 1850, Marrs owned real estate valued at $1,300. In 1860, Marrs owned $5,000 in real estate and had a personal estate of $1,000. Marrs married Margaret Snodgrass, with whom he had several children.

Gravestone, Richwoods Cemetery, Westfield, IL; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Clark County, 291:136, 157, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; William Henry Perrin, ed.,History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois: Part 3, Biographical Sketches(Chicago: O.L. Baskin, 1883), 210; Illinois House Journal. 1836. 10th G. A., 1st sess., 4; Illinois House Journal. 1837. 10th G. A., special sess., 3; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 206; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Richland, Clark County, IL, 199; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Dolson, Clark County, IL, 195.