John Marston Family Collection
The Marston family has a long lineage that goes back to John Marston II who fought in the Revolutionary War. John Marston VI was the collector of his family’s papers and the one most represented in the collection. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1908 and served in the Marine Corps. In 1937 Marston was the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Marine Forces in North China. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1940. During World War II he served in the South Pacific and ended his military career as Commanding General, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He retired in 1946. The collection spans six generations of the Marston family and consists of official and personal correspondence of the Marstons, journals and diaries, newspaper clippings, photographs and engravings, wills, and scrapbooks.