Joseph Furber Marshall was born on 25 April 1926 at Kingston, Nova Scotia to Karl and Vera (Palmer) Marshall. He married Jean Adelaide Eldridge of Yarmouth, N.S on 6 December 1950. They had three children: David, Anne Marie and Sheila Jean. Marshall and his family lived in Middleton, N.S where he served as mayor from 1979-1982. He worked his entire life for the Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company in a variety of capacities: technical, public relations and finally as the company historian. Following his retirement in 1982, Marshall concentrated on his interest in genealogy and began travelling the province working on family histories. He also worked as a genealogical consultant and professional researcher. In 1986 he wrote and published The History of Middleton and The Rozee Family History in 1991. Marshall was also president of the Middleton Rotary Club and the Annapolis Valley Historical Society. He was a life member of Telephone Pioneers of America and a founding member of the Nova Scotia Genealogical Society. J. Furber Marshall died on 22 May 1992.