Dr. Francis Button Marr was born on the 4th of April, 1841 in Markham, Ontario. His parents Jacob Marr and the former Anna Button were farmers. He was the 4th of 5 children. His siblings were John Billings Marr (1829), Phebe Ann Marr (1834), Edwy Marr (1838) and Artemesia Marr (1844).
Dr. Marr was educated in the Markham area until he attended medical school at the University of Michigan. He was certified by the Homeopathic Medical Board in 1865. He continued his education at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He graduated in 1871.
He married Mary Ann Smith in 1870. She was born in Quebec on the 7th of September, 1846.
Dr. and Mrs. Marr had 3 sons; Delaski was born in 1871 in Almonte Michigan, Ralph was born in Ridgetown in 1875 and Freddie was born in 1876. Ralph and Freddie died as small children.
According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Marr joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 30th of November, 1871.
Dr. Marr had a long career as a physician. His office was located on the Main Street of Ridgetown, now numbered as 45 and 47 Main Street East. Dr. Marr purchased the property in 1872. He is listed in the 1900 Ontario Business Directory as practicing in Ridgetown.
Mrs. Mary Ann Marr died at her residence in Ridgetown on the 18th of April, 1907.
Dr. Marr married Minetta Sumner in London, Ontario on the 1st of September, 1909. She was born in April of 1854, the 5th of 10 children born to Samuel Lockhart Sumner and the former Kesiah Sohns Carter. She was employed by Canada Post when they married.
Dr. Marr retired prior to 1911. He died on the 19th of February, 1915 in Ridgetown. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown. Dr. Marr’s wife, Minnetti died in 1942 and she was also buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.
*His son Dr. Delaski Marr is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
The photo below is of the Marr residence located at 45-47 Main Street East.