AS SUGGESTED BY SPUD WORKING LINE, HERE IS A NOT TOO POPULAR BUT A DEADLY BREED OF GAMEFOWL ORIGINATED IN THE 1800S.
DURING THOSE TIMES, WHAT WERE BEING FOUGHT AT THE PITS WERE WHITEHACKLE FOWL, BROWN REDS RED QUILLS AND ROUNDHEADS FROM THE OLD COUNTRY, ENGLAND
THE ORIGINATOR CROSSED A WHITEHACKLE FOWL TO SPANISH SPEEDERS AND CAME OUT WITH A FASTER VERSION OF THE WHITEHACKLE FOWLS..
THIS FAMILY OF GAMEFOWL LOVERS DEVELOPED A FAST BREAKING RED GAMEFOWL THAT UP TO THIS DATE IS A VERY IMPORTANT BREED, THAT WHEN BLENDED INTO THE NEW MODELS OF GAMEFOWL, WOULD IMPROVE THE WINNING PERCENTGES OF THE CROSS!!
THESE BUTCHERS ARE QUITE UNPOPULAR THESE DAYS BECAUSE OF ;
1) THEIR LOW STATION,; ALTHOUGH THEIR LONG THIGHS AND SHORT SHANKS MAKE THEM DEADLY AT THE DRAW;
2)DEEP KEELED, ALMOST SLAB SIDED;TO THOSE WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH THEM, GIVES THAT EXTRA KICK THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WIN AND A LOSE IN THE BOARD!!!
3)PERHAPS WE CAN SAY THAT THIS IS THE HISTORY OF THE MARSH FAMILY, THE ORIGINATORS OF THIS FAST AND FURIOUS GAMEFOWL!!
Peter Marsh (1800's) - The first gamefowl breeder/cockfighter in the family. He bred and fought Whitehackles, Smokeballs, and Roundheads. He took part in small money mains and local tournaments. He became associated with George Green who was to become the father-in-law of Peter's son Phil.
Phil Marsh (1869-1945) - Phil was probably the best known of the Marsh family as he became nationally known through his efforts in breeding and fighting gamefowl. It was Phil who made the Speeder bloodline and along with his son Bill created the Butcher fowl. He operated a meat market in Fort Plain,N.Y., and the Butchers were named after his profession. Phil was considered to be a better breeder than conditioner and his son Bill was just the opposite. He prided himself on excellent physical condition and at the age of 70 could still kick higher than his head. Phil was an avid coon and fox hunter with the hounds and took pride in his hound breeding also. He passed away after sustaining injuries brought on after being kicked in the kidney by a cow in his slaughterhouse.
Bill Marsh (1894-1977) - Son of Phil. Fed and conditioned his first main alone at the age of 13. Considered to be a better conditioner than breeder. When he and Phil fought at the Orlando Tournaments he went down to Florida one month ahead of the tournament with the fowl. He did most, if not all, of the conditioning from age 15 on. Bill fought cocks along the eastern United States from New York to Virginia. He worked most of his life as a cattle dealer and was a bootlegger during Prohibition. Like his father he was an avid bird, coon, and fox hunter as well as an avid carp fisherman. In the 1950's Bill would occasionally fight under the name "Goodman".
Alfred Marsh (1897-1971) - Alf was not as well known as his brother Bill. He basically dabbled in small mains and tournaments and took care of the fowl when Bill was unable to. Although he was not involved with the fowl to the extent that Bill was he was by no mean a pushover and won many mains on his own. Alf worked all his life in the family cattle business.
Phil Marsh II (1918-1995) - Son of Bill and named for his Grandfather. Serves as a Captain in the Military Police in WWII and served in North Africa and Europe. Participated in the Anzio campaign and the Battle of the Bulge. He also served as an aide to General Mark Clark while in Italy. He worked as a truck driver most of his life. After his retirement Phil was active in the sport fighting most of his fowl in New York and Pennsylvania.
Mark Marsh (1962-present) - Son of Phil II and employed in the law enforcement field for over 17 years. Learned from Bill and Phil and is fortunate to have access to many of their personal notes, breeding records as well as the family keep. Started caring for fowl at 4 years of age. Former amateur boxer and a well known softball player in central New York. Like his ancestors he is an avid hunter and carp fisherman and appreciates his heritage in the sport.[b]