Daniel Marshall was born in 1706 at Windsor, Connecticut. This is the same town that Jonathan Edwards was born in making it possible that Marshall and Edwards were sprinkled as children in the same church. It was not until he was thirty-eight years old that he was converted to Christ.
Shortly after his conversion he began to minister among the Mohawk Indians. When war broke out between savage tribes he moved and eventually settled down near Winchester, Virginia. It was here that he came under the influence of a Baptist preacher named Samuel Heaton. Marshall would become a Baptist, and, along with his wife, would follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. This was in the forty-eighth year of his life.
God used Daniel Marshall to plant the first Separate Baptist church in Virginia. Then, he planted one in North Carolina, six in South Carolina, and the first Baptist church of any kind in Georgia with six more to follow. Marshall is also attributed for starting the first Georgia Baptist Association.
Marshall served the Lord faithfully until the day of his death which occurred in November of 1784. He was in the seventy-eighth year of his life. We thank the Lord for our Baptist forefathers that gave us an example to follow.
James B. Taylor, Virginia Baptist Ministers