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George Arthur Marston (1873-?)
Bay City, native, son of Isaac and Emily Marston.

The History of Michigan - by Charles Moore (1915)


One of the prominent members of the bar in Bay City, Michigan, is George A. Marston. Mr. Marston not only has had splendid educational advantages, but he is also blessed with a goodly inheritance, for his father was one of the most brilliant and successful lawyers in the state. Mr. Marston has not yet reached his prime, yet he had already accomplished much in his profession. Like his father, he devotes all his time and energy to his work.

Isaac Marston, the father of George A. Marston, was born in Ireland in 1840. His courage and self reliance were early shown by his determination to come to America, when he was a lad of twelve years. It was in 1852 that he came to this country, all along an utterly ignorant of the conditions of most boys, taken thus from the life of the Old World and plunged into the rushing life of the new, takes the form of a business career, with money as a goal, but not so with this young Irish lad. He had his heart set on studying law, and by his unaided efforts, succeeded in obtaining a grammar school and college education. He was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1862 and immediately entered upon the practice of his profession. In 1875 he was appointed by Governor Bagley, Judge of the Supreme Court of the State of Michigan, thus becoming the youngest supreme judge in the State. He succeeded Judge Christiancy and served in the office for seven years, being a powerful factor in founding the bar of the state, and in giving to it the high ideal of service which was his own. He removed to Detroit upon retiring from the bench and took up the practice of law in this city. He was one of the most prominent men, not only in Detroit, but also in the state and for several years served as Attorney General of the State of Michigan. In politics he was a member of the Republican party and in religious affairs he belonged to the Presbyterian church. Although one of the leaders in the state he never entered into commercial or industrial affairs, devoting himself exclusively to his profession. He died in Bay City in 1891, at the age of fifty-one. Mr. Marston married Miss Emily Sullivan, the daughter of Adam Sullivan. The Sullivan family had lived in Michigan for several generations, coming to Michigan from New York state, but they were originally among the first of the Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam. Mrs. Marston was born twelve miles from Detroit and is now living, making her home in Bay City. Four children were born to Isaac Marston and his wife, three sons and one daughter.

George A. Marston was the third of his parentsí children, having been born at Bay City, Michigan, on the 10th of January, 1873. He was educated in the public schools of Detroit and Bay City, being a graduate of the high school of the latter city. He next attended the University of Michigan, taking the literary course for two years, and then entering the law school, from which he was graduated in 1896, with the degree of LL. B.

Mr. Marston began his practice in Detroit where he lived until 1906. At this time he returned to Bay City where he opened an office and has proved one of the most successful lawyers in the city. He served one year under Fred M. Warner, as Circuit Court Commissioner, and for the past three years, or rather, since 1910, he had been Referee in Bankruptcy for the Eastern District, Northern Division, of Michigan. Mr. Marston is steadily gaining prominence because of his work and his friends look to see him attain the same high position in the state which was held by his father.

Additional Notes.

    Michigan Births Bay City, Mich.

  • 1869 - Frank, b. Mar 15 1869, Bay City, paarents: Isaac & Emma Marston.
  • 1873 - Marston, George A, b. Jan 10, 1873, Parents: Isaac & Emma Marston.
  • 1877 - Marston, Charles I, b. Nov. 5, 1877, Parents: Isaac & Emily Marston.

    1893 - Directory Bay County, Mich.

  • Marston, Emily, dairy, 6, 34, $1000, Bangor, West Bay City
  • Marston, Frank, f, 1, 237, $3800, Montor, Kawkawlin.

    1900 Census Detroit, Mich. (123 Bagg St.)

  • Marston, Emily, widown, b. May 1843 Mich, capitalist.
  • Marston, George A, son, b. Jan. 1873, Mich, lawyer.
  • Marston, Chas I, son, b. Nov. 1878, Mich, salesman dry goods.

    1901 Michigan Marriages Detroit, Mich.

  • Date: Dec. 10, 1901.
  • Groom: Marston, George A, age 28. Parents: Isaac Marston & Emily Sullivan.
    Bride: Edith Butler, age 23. Parents:William A Butler & ? j. Knight.
    Clergy: J. Shannon.
    Witnesses: James E. Truman & Margaret McCaffy.

    1920 Census Bay City, Mich.

  • Marston, George A., b. 1874, Mich., divorced
Related Pages/Notes

George A. Marston

Related Pages:
Marston, Isaac Father
Marston, Thomas F. Bro.
People Referenced
Bagley, Gov.
Butler, Edith (wife)
Butler, William A.
Christiancy, Judge
Knight, Miss
Marston, Charles I (bro.)
Marston, Geo. A. (subject)
Marston, Frank (bro.)
Marston, Isaac (father)
Marston, Thomas F. (bro.)
McCaffy, Margaret
Shannon, J.
Sullivan, Adam (g-father)
sullivan, Emily (mother)
Truman, James E.
Warner, Fred M.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Detroit, MI
New Amsterdam
New York
Supreme Court MI
Univ. of Mich.
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