Knew of the Marshalls on the Census years, but wanted to know more about them as people (social standing etc.), about their house - and yes I've also found the details on HeritageGateway of what is now known as Newton House, at Kelly School - and the nature of the business. Interested in whether as Timber Merchants they were simply local retailers or exporting or importing timber and if the latter who might they have been selling it to - if it had been 50 years earlier, the mines might have been good customers. Didn't think of them as ship breakers!. Did they entertain visitors socially or were they business contacts, advisors or customers. All sorts of info. was of interest. Primarily who were these unmarried sisters running a business who took on two individuals as significant domestic staff only 10 years at most since they were simply part of the labouring class who must therefor have been quick learners to gain sufficient experience be considered suitable for such a household, or who otherwise impressed the sisters when they applied for the jobs.
Interesting to find that there were actually five sisters only one of which married - Ellen about whom not much is said, except in Blanche's Will, which also gave me the clue as to who the much younger Eldred Marshall was - no doubt the son of Ellen.
Thanks again lot for all your helpful interest, I'll settle down now to slowly work my way through the newspapers - and thanks to two of you for your suggestions in that respect - there is a lot to look through and that assumes, hopefully, not most of it is the other Marshalls for there seem to be quite a few with the same christian names but who do not look to be relevant
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