Information not connected directly with my family has now been transferred from this Web site to:

My sincere thanks to Chris for his offer, gratefully accepted, to host the site in its new location in order that the information will still be available to all.
I shall be using this home page for personal family information and messages.
Bill Marsh, August 2003

I am no longer able to answer requests for help or handle enquiries about Marsh trees, other than my own, that I have posted on my site hosted by Chris Ashman. If you require assistance with your Kent family research contact one of the many professional researchers. One researcher with reasonable fees I recommend is:
Mr. Vince Marsh
4 Fenton Court,
Kent CT14 9WE
E-mail: vincemarsh@
Phone: 01304-374484
Bill Marsh, March 2006


Our Family
My Marsh Line
Redhill Junior Technical School


A listing of Barham Parish baptisms, 1701-1908, has now been posted to the Barham Village Web site at:

 Barham Village Web site


I am a participant in this interesting project. You can see my results at: My Results

or you can read more about the project at:Marsh DNA



Fay & I started the year right with a pleasant holiday in Mexico - a resort centre in the mountains a few miles from Monterey. It was great to enjoy the sunshine away from Ottawa's frigid temperatures, cold winds, ice and snow.


Sunset From Our Hotel in Mexico

In April Hugh again was declared winner of the National Jazz Award for violin.

In May disaster struck. Fay was the victim of a bizarre car accident. She received a lift home from church and when she alighted and closed the door, her coat was caught. The driver drove away as soon as he heard the door close and Fay was dragged a few feet before her coat tore and broke away. She suffered a broken and dislocated shoulder, a broken hip and multiple scrapes and bruises. After nine weeks in hospital there followed a programme of physiotherapy sessions through into 2006. That meant that a planned trip to England in the Fall had to be cancelled.

In July, son Paul returned from a one-year tour of duty in Jordan, where he was training Iraqi police officers. We were happy to see him back home safe and sound. He returned to his position as Media Officer at the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa.

Peter continued to live and work in Switzerland. He spent some time on vacation in England, visiting with his uncle Dennis and cousins near Southampton.

Son Fergus continues with his music career from his base in Toronto. This included tours and concerts in England, the USA and Canada. He also did recording sessions with other musicians in the USA and Canada.

Hugh was also very busy with his music career: Tours in the USA, Canada and England. His work as a featured musician playing background music for films has expanded. If you have seen films such as Shrek2, Man of Fire, Armageddon, Kingdom of Heaven, or Narnia (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) you have heard Hugh play.


On 24th February 2004 son Hugh Marsh was declared winner of the National Jazz Award for Violin. This is the second
time that Hugh has won the award in the three years the award competition has been held under its current format. Previously he had won the Jazz Violinist of the Year award four times under the preceding format.

Hugh Performing with Irish Singer Peter Murphy during a North American & European Tour

  National Jazz Award
Stainless Steel with Acrylic Base 3.5" x 1.5" x 5.5"


The concept and design of the NATIONAL JAZZ AWARD was to include work with an abstract interplay of jazz instruments and jazz idioms such as improvisation, movement, rhythm and a chromatic element. As well, I hoped for a look that would be distinctly Canadian.

Piano keys or trumpet valves are evident on the left. The curve of a Bass is on the right. The curving up the middle suggests the letter 'J' for Jazz, the saxophone and the bodies of a trumpet, trombone i.e. the complete brass section.

Where the Canadian theme is imparted is that the form and content of an Inuit 'Inukshuk' was directly considered. As you drive north, along the sides of the highway are consciously placed stones that primitively capture the essence of the human form. They are a mark of the human spirit, a marker to 'help us find our way'. The ball at the top of the award is a head. The rectangular projections, mentioned earlier to suggest paino keys and the valves of a trumpet, here represent the flat stones composing the remainder of the human form.

The arch of the 'J' shape plays with the well known and highly recognizable image of the wind blown Canadian pine.

The materials that make up the award itself are stainless steel and cast acrylic. The blue is a metaphor for the chromatic element in jazz. The optic quality of the acrylic is exceptional. No other material matches its clarity. Acrylic is rarely used for such projects because it is worth
more than its own weight in gold.

It was more than a pleasure to have worked with Bill King and Thom Hirtz of the of the National Jazz Awards in seeing this project through to fruition. To the many musicians who work day in and day out with little recognition for their dedication I am so very greatful. I only hope the design of this award meets with your standards in excellence.

To all musicians...thank you for the music.

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