Marcus met his wife, Elizabeth O'Halloran, the youngest daughter of immigrants from County Cork, when he was studying law at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Marcus was a classmate of one of Elizabeth's brothers. She was only 17, but Marcus was smitten and so they married in November 1843 and settled first in Granby, where they began their family, which grew to 12 children born between 1844 and 1867:
- Ellen Elizabeth (1844-1919) never married
- Thomas James (1845-1894) Q.C., never married
- Marcus (1847-1856)
- Mary Louisa Cecilia (1851-1919) m Patrick Walter Kavanagh, three children
- Daniel O'Connell (1853-1878) never married
- Charles Joseph (1855-1931), K.C., MP, married Catharine Lucy Barnard, five children
- Anna Maria (1857-1944) never married
- Margaret Agnes Mary (1859-1894) took religious vows, known as Rev. Madam Mary of the Annunciation
- Elizabeth Mary (1861-1926) m Judge Henry W. Mulvena, three children
- Sarah Curran (1863-1863)
- Marcus Emanuel (1866-aft 1931), lawyer, never married
- Michael Joseph (1867-1907) accountant, never married
|3462 (formerly 38) rue Ste-Famille, 2016|
During those years, Marcus had offices in what today we know as Old Montreal, in a building that till standing today, mentioned here. In the 19th century, the building's address was 59 Little St. James Street. Today the street is known as rue St-Jacques.
|59 Little St James Street|
The family lived in Sherbrooke, Quebec, from 1873 until 1882, when Judge Marcus was re-assigned back to Montreal.
Judge Marcus must have liked Ste-Famille a lot, because he moved the family into number 24 Ste-Famille in 1882, when they returned from Sherbrooke. That house also still stands today, as number 3442 Ste-Famille.
|3442 (formerly 24) rue Ste-Famille, 2016|
Three of Judge Marcus' sons also became lawyers: Thomas, Charles and Marcus E. They shared offices at 590 Sherbrooke St W, for many years, joined by their father after he stepped down from the bench in 1891. That building no longer exists. The space today is occupied by a large Universite de Québec à Montréal student residence at the corner of Sherbrooke and St-Urbain Streets, the always helpful staff at the Bibliotheque et Archives Nationale du Quebec (BAnQ) tell me. I walked this block during a recent visit to Montreal.
When he died in July 1903, Judge Marcus was memorialized in several newspapers, including this item in the July 6, 1903 edition of The Gazette.
Judge Marcus and several family members are buried in Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery on Mount Royal in Montreal.
The never ending story continues....