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Marshall Andrew Hathaway


Yvonne Giles, Research Consultant

Birth and Family

Marshall Andrew Hathaway was born in Mount Sterling, Kentucky. He had a brother and sister. Their parents were Andy and Lucy Hathaway.1

Hathaway married Zella B. Mitchell. They were parents of a daughter.2

Choosing a Career Path

At the age of fourteen, Marshall Hathaway found his career path. He was quoted as saying he “had to go with the horses.”3  In 1930, Marshall and Zella were living in Millersburg, Kentucky where he worked as a horse rubber - a groom.

Photographed Moments

As a younger man, Hathaway worked for several owners as groom and trainer. S. D. Sidell, J.W. Rogers, Mrs. A. B. Clay, J. Keene Daingerfield and Tom and Jack Young kept him busy. From 1934 to 1944 he groomed and trained Thoroughbreds:

  • At It
  • Bib
  • Bring Back
  • Fiji
  • Gray Dream
  • Jo Betty
  • Layout
  • Lee Wee

They won races in Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, New York and Ohio. Hathaway was photographed with the winners. His grandson, Phillip Jones, shared the photos that he had kept for fifty-three years.

In later years, Hathaway worked in Lexington at Broadmoor Farm, Maine Chance Farm, Danada Stock Farm and Stallion Station Farm. He was employed as foreman, assistant trainer, trainer and manager.4

Passing Skills to Another Generation

Hathaway, like others of his generation, passed on his knowledge and skills. He mentored younger men coming into the industry. He worked with Oscar Dishman Jr. (1923 - 2000) when he began as an exerciser. Dishman became a trainer and owner in the 1960s.

Phillip Jones started following his grandfather to the stables when he was sixteen. From him, he learned how to work with horses. Jones passed the exam to receive his trainer’s license in 1979 and now breeds, trains and owns Thoroughbreds. He races them in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.5

Final Tribute and Legacy

Hathaway and his wife Zella lived in East Lexington on Wilgus Street. When he died in 1966, Zella returned his remains to his birthplace. He was buried in Lincoln View Cemetery, Mount Sterling, Kentucky.6

Thirteen years after Hathaway’s death, J. Keene Daingerfield highly praised him. In a conversation with Phillip Jones in 1979, Mr. Daingerfield said that he never had to worry when Marshall was in charge. He always had everything in order. Marshall Hathaway had been his right arm.7


Jones, Phillip L. 2019. Giles. Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. University of Kentucky Libraries

Jones, Phillip L. 2021. Conversation with Giles.

World War II Draft Registration Cards for Kentucky, 10/16/1940 - 03/31/1947. Records of the Selective Service System,1926-1975; Box:284. Record Group 147. National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. Marshall Andrew Hathaway, October 16, 1940

Berryman, Helen. “Notes and Obituaries” Lexington Leader. 1966. Marshall A. Hathaway, Jr. February 27,1966

“Death Certificate: Marshall Andrew Hathaway.” February 26, 1966. Fayette County, Kentucky. #2327

Marshall Andrew Hathaway (1906-1966) Grave Memorial.  accessed March 12, 2021


When citing this article as a source in Chicago Manual of Style use this format: Last name, first name of Author. Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry. n.d. “Title of Profile or Story.” International Museum of the Horse. Accessed date. URL of page cited.

  • 1Berryman, Helen. Lexington Herald-Leader. 1966.“Notes and Obituaries.” Marshall A. Hathaway. February 27, 1966
  • 2Fifteenth Census of the United States. 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930.
  • 3Jones, Phillip L. 2019. Chronicle of African American in the Horse Industry Oral History Project
  • 4Jones, Phillip L. 2019. CAAHI Oral History Project
  • 5Jones, Phillip L. 2019 CAAHI Oral History Project
  • 6Marshall Andrew Hathaway Grave Memorial
  • 7Jones, Phillip L. 2021 Conversation with Giles