Mr. Noah Marsee and Miss Virginia Watts Carter
daughter of the late W. N. and Polina 'Barlow' Carter
Garrard County Kentucky

NOAH MARSEE, merchant and banker at Bryantsville, has lived since early childhood in this section of Garrard County, and was a practical farmer until he turned his energies and talents into commercial channels at Bryantsville.

The Marsees are an old family of Eastern Kentucky, and they originated a Marseilles, France, and were Colonial settlers in Virginia. The great-grandfather of the Bryantsville merchant was Jackson Marsee, who was born in Virginia in 1801. As a young man he moved to Bell County, Kentucky, and spent his active life there as a farmer. He died in 1889. His son, Speedwell Marsee, was born in Bell County in 1825, and lived there the greater part of his life as a farmer and merchant, but died in Garrard County
in 1896.

His wife was Nancy Snuffer, who was born in Bell County in 1826 and died in Garrard County in 1911.

Joel Marsee, also an honored resident of Bryantsville, was born in Bell County in 1864, was reared and married there and owned and operated a farm until 1890, when he moved to Garrard County, and is still active in the ranks of the live and enterprising agriculturists of this section, though since 1918 his home has been in Bryantsville.

He votes as a republican and is one of the very active members of the Baptist Church. He married Patty Marsee, who was born in Bell County in 1868. They have two children, Noah and Lucy, the latter the wife of James Durham a farmer near Camp Nelson, Garrard County.

Noah Marsee, was born at Middlesboro in Bell County, October 14, 1884, and was six years of age when brought to Garrard County. He attended the rural schools and until he was thirty he found his duties and opportunities on his father's farm.

In 1915 he embarked his capital in a general store at Bryantsville, and made that store the trading place for a large part of the population in and around this enterprising village. He is also a director and second vice president of the Bank of Bryantsville and a director in the Bryantsville Telephone Company. He has prospered in his affairs, and besides being head of a successful business owns his store building and home on Main Street. He was financially and personally interested in all the patriotic drives made in his locality during the war.

Mr. Marsee is a republican, is a past master of Bryantsville Lodge No. 764, F. A. M., a member of Lancaster Chapter No. 56, R. A. M., Ryan Commandery No. 17, K. T., at Danville, and is also affiliated with the Franklin Lodge No. 7, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Woodmen of the World.

On August 14, 1918, at Nicholasville, Kentucky, Mr. Marsee married Miss Virginia Watts Carter, daughter of the late W. N. and Polina 'Barlow' Carter. Her father was a Garrard County farmer, and Mrs. Marsee finished her education in the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School at Richmond, graduating both in the normal and domestic science departments. For five years before her marriage she was a teacher in Garrard County. Mr and Mrs. Marsee have two children: Patsey Carroll, born May 24, 1919, and Anna Mildred.......

History of Kentucky, edited by Judge Charles Kerr Volume IV
American Historical Society, New York & Chicago, 1922


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