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Octavius Augustus Marsac (1856-?)
Owned The Pioneer Boat & Pattern Co., in Bay City, MI.

1915 biography. Added April, 2010.

History of Michigan, by Chalres Moore - 1915


This well known resident identified with public affairs is now serving as county clerk of Bay county. Mr. Marsac is well known over the state of Michigan, and is a son of one of Michigan's distinguished pioneers, and an old-timer who was associated with Governor Cass, and many other prominent men in the old territorial days, and also after Michigan became a state.

Octavius A. Marsac was born at Bay City, Michigan, in April, 1856. His family was one of the first to locate there, and no name has been longer or more closely identified with this community. His parents were Joseph F. and Theresa (Revard) Marsac. His mother, who was born at Grosse Point, near Detroit, was a daughter of one of the very first farmers in that locality. Joseph F. Marsac, who was born in 1796, and died in 1880 at the venerable age of eighty-four, came to Michigan early in the last century, and showed his ability and usefulness as an Indian interpreter and also acted as Indian agent. He served as interpreter for Governor Cass during the treaty of Saginaw in 1813. For some years he was engaged in farming, and in 1838 moved to Bay City, when there was scarcely a single habitation to on the site of that now flourishing center of population and industry. For a number of years he was in the real estate business. His wife, who died at Bay City, in 1881 at the age of seventy-four, was a very capable helpmate to her husband during the pioneer time, and both are well remembered for their many acts of kindness to travelers, and to newcomers, who suffered misfortune in sickness and in financial troubles. The Marsacs were always quick and ready to help any unfortunate, and their home in Bay City was always a place of liberal charity and hospitality. Their family of children were as follows: Charles F., a well known resident of Bay City; Mrs. M. Southwater, Minnesota; Mrs. G. H. Robinson, of Waterville, Michigan.

Octavius A. Marsac, the youngest of the family, attended the public schools of Bay City, and also took a commercial course in Detroit, graduating in 1875. From that time forward for a number of years he was engaged in various lines of business experience, and from 1892 to 1905 was city recorder of Bay City. He also held office for one term as alderman and as supervisor. For five years from 1905 to 1911, Mr. Marsac was in business with the Pioneer Boat & Pattern Company. He was then nominated and elected county clerk of Bay county, a position which he has filled most capably for two terms.

Mr. Marsac is one of the influential Democrats in his section of the state. Fraternally his relations are with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Columbus, and his church is the Catholic.

In October 1890, was celebrated his marriage with Miss Mary Conley in Bay City. Her father, John Conley, now deceased, was long a well known citizen of Lapeer county, Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Marsac have two children: Miss Marie Marsac, born at Bay City, is a graduate of the St. James Catholic School and is now assisting her father in clerk's office; Miss Lucy Marsac, a native of Bay City, is also a graduate of the St. James School.

Additional Notes.

1878 - Directory: Brown's, of Saginaw Valley

  • Marsac, Augustus, wks Watrous Bros. & Co., Bay City
  • Marsac, Frank, wks Watrous Bros. & Co., Bay city

1883 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Marsac, Charles F., Sheriff Bay County, office Court House.
  • Marsac, O. Augustus, clk, bds 815 Harrison.

1900 Census: Bay City, Mich. (513 N. Sherman)

  • Marsac, Octavius, b. Apr. 1852, Mich., city recorder
  • Mary, wife, b. Oct. 1852 Canada
  • Marie, daughter, Oct. 1892 Mich.
  • Lucy A., daughter, b. Mar. 1895 Mich.

1918 - Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Mich.

  • Date: Aug. 17, 1918
  • Bride: Marie E. Marsac, age 25, at home, parents: Augustus Marsac & Mary Conley.
  • Groom: Frank Jordan, age 32, bookkeeper, parents: John Jordan & Minnie Beutel.
  • Official: John E. Troy, pastor.
  • Witnesses: John Carroll & Lucy Marsac.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Marsac, Jos. & Theresa
People Referenced
Beutel, Minnie
Carroll, John
Cass, Lewis Gov.
Conely, John
Conely, Mary (wife)
Jordan, Frank (s-inlaw)
Jordan, John
Marsac, Charles F. (bro.)
Marsac, Frank
Marsac, Joseph F. (father)
Marsac, Lucy A. (dau.)
Marsac, Marie (dau.)
Marsac, Octavius A. (subject)
Rivard, Theresa (mother)
Robinson, G.H. Mrs. (sister)
St. James School
Southwater, Mrs. (sister)
Troy, John E., pastor
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Detroit, MI
Groose Point, MI
Lapeer Co., MI
Pioneer Boat & Pattern Co.
Treaty of Saginaw 1813
Waterville, MI
Watrous Bros & Co.
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.