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Descendants of John Marvell

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 MARVELL was born Abt. 1504. He married MARGARET. She was born Abt. 1508.

"Evolution of the Name Marvel"

The pride of ancestry seems to be innate in nearly everyone, and there are very few who claim indifference to the origin of their family and its name. Ithas been asserted that "He who cares nothing about his ancestors will rarely achieve anything worthy of being remembered by his descendants." The knowledge of the origin of our family name brings to us a generous enthusiasm and a harmless vanity created by the fact of its antiquity. The family name, MARVEL, is not the result of any scientifically created system of nomenclature, but the result of an adoption of a place-name by the first man who bore it.

When the gallant Robert de Merveille left his native hamlet in France, to pursue fame and adventure with William the Conqueror, in the eleventh century, he became the progenitor of a family who for nine hundred years has borne his name.

The family name, Merveille, takes its origin from a town in what is today a part of France, though in the middle ages when surnames were in the process of formation, it was a part of maritime Flanders. This name was first applied to Robert because his friends found it a convenient label to distinguish him from others bearing the same name. No more natural method of referring to the man of alien birth could have arisen to designate him from others than this custom of attaching the name of the locality from whence he came. Thus, Robert became the bearer of the name of his native town, Merveille.

This peaceful French village, with its quaint old stone houses, is situated in the valley of the river Lys. It was the scene of tragic conflict during WorldWar I when the Allied and German Armies fought in the last great battle for military control of the French seaports along the English Channel. The spelling of the name of this town, Merveille, has been modernized to the form of Merville.

The early form of the name Merveille was retained for a period of two centuries or more in England, in which the Norman Conquerors spoke only French, the language they brought across the Channel with them. The Anglo-Saxon language was spoken by the conquered population. The nobility was almost without exception of the former race. Hence, in the castles only the French language was spoken, and naturally, the French forms of names prevailed. Robert of Merveille was written Robert de Merveille since "de" is the French word meaning of.

Later, due to the political severance of Normandy from England, there was an amalgamation of language that was basically Anglo-Saxon, and from which modern English has developed. During this period "de" was dropped from its former usage in family names. Thus de Merveille became Merveille.

Hugh de Morvill (some records give de Mervill) had his chief estate on Burgh-on-Sands, Cumberland. Apparently he lived until 1202 or 1203 when his English estate passed into the hands of his two daughters, Ada and Johanna.

The de Mervills and Morvils (another form of the same name) each had a coat of arms, which signifies that they were held in high repute. Some of them held worthy positions in the northern part of England. The town of Morville in Shropshire derived its name from a line in this family. The name Morvill became illustrious in Scotland where it finally became Marvell. It is reported as an extinct baronage.

The Morville name continued in France. Comte de Morville born in Paris in 1688, was a French diplomat. He became minister to Foreign Affairs in 1723 and was elected to the French Academy in the same year. He died in 1732.

In the village of Meldreth in Cambridgeshire, England, there is an old manor house called "The Marvells." It was in Meldreth in 1586 that Reverent Andrew Marvell was born. He married Anne Pease, a member of an old and politically famous family of England. In the district of Holderness, Yorkshire, England, Rev. Andrew Marvell, was serving the parish of Winestead, when their son was born on Easter Day, March 31, 1621. He was given the name Andrew Marvel, the same as his father. He was educated at Trinity College in Cambridge and became secretary to John Milton, the poet. In 1660 he was elected to Parliament from Hull, which parish he represented honorably until his death on August 16, 1678. He was well known for his writing ability, and was called the "Poet of Gardens" because of his intense admiration of flowers.

The name of William Marvel is recorded in 1702 on the baptismal roll of St. James, Clerkenwell, a district on the north side of London. In 1724, themarriage of Richard Marvel and Elizabeth Walford is recorded at St. Mary Aldermary, London. These reports go to show that the spelling of the name,Marvel, was used two hundred years ago in the same way it is today. It is chiefly in Yorkshire that the surname exists in this form.

Perhaps no better conclusion can be offered to our readers than the following quotation:

"No virtuously disposed mind can look back upon a long line of truly venerable ancestors without feeling his motive to a virtuous life strengthened. He can scarcely help feeling that it is not for you to be the first to bring disgrace upon his lineage. It will, however, lead him to reflect that his posterity will also be looking back and comparing life with that of his progenitors."

Source: Written material provided by Bettye Wheat of Fairfield, Illinois.

Children of JOHN MARVELL and MARGARET are:

i. WARREN2 MARVELL, b. Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England.
2. ii. THOMAS MARVELL, b. Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England; d.January 02, 1555/56.
iii. JOHN MARVELL, b. July 02, 1527, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England.
iv. WARD MARVELL, b. July 02, 1527, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England.

Generation No. 2

2. THOMAS2 MARVELL (JOHN1) was born in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England, and died January 02, 1555/56. He married ELIZABETH. She was born Abt. 1534.


3. i. JOHN3 MARVELL,SR., b. 1540, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England.
4. ii. DANIEL MARVELL, b. Abt. 1550, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.

Generation No. 3

3. JOHN3 MARVELL,SR. (THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born 1540 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England.

Notes for JOHN MARVELL,SR.: According to Bardsley in his "English and Welsh Surnames," the name Marvel, or Marvellis, a nickname meaning "the marvel". Medieval English, Mervaile; French, Mereveille; THE WONDER. Probably the name of some youthful prodigy in learning or physical prowess. Name now found in Yorkshire.

Description of Marvell Coat of Arms: The family coat of arms carries the heads of three black lions, supposedly the emblem of fighters; the chevron,which indicates builders; and is topped by a helmet carrying three white feathers, which significance I have forgotten.

This coat of arms was probably granted to the family during the life of Andrew Marvell, garden poet of England, and Chancellor of the Exchequer ofEngland at the time of Milton. Apparently his greatest contribution to society was the intervention to prevent the beheading of Milton when Milton was on the wrong side of the political fence.

John Marvell (born 1540) was a descendant of Robert de Mervelle of France. The Marvel family moved to England to escape religious persecution.

The Marvel or Marvell family were originally from France, having come to England about the year 1200. It is said the descendant, Robert de Mervelle of France, fought with William the Conqueror. They settled in the parishes of Melbourne, Meldreth and Shepreth in Cambridgeshire where they resided forcenturies. The name is now almost extinct in this locality, although there are a few of the name in Yorkshire, who no doubt are descended from the same family.

Motto in Latin - IN HOC SIGNO, VINCAS - By this sign, we conquer.

Evolution of Norman French Family Name

La Merveille - Granite Rock (across the channel) on the coast of Normandy.
Merveille - 1091 - City of Maritime, Flanders.
Robert Merveille - English Norman French in England.
Robert Merville - County Cambridge
Robert Marvyle - County Cambridge
Thomas Marvell - County Cambridge
John Marvel - Accomac County, Virginia, U.S.A.


1. O'Connor, Charles A., The Marvel Family in England, p. 296.

2. Letter and enclosures from William Lee Marvel, son of Augustus Mitchell Marvel and Marilyn Louise Marvel Essary, daughter of Billy Bryan Marvel. Both are the grandchildren of Lewis Whitsel Marvel. Letter was dated May, 1994.

3. Letter from Mr. Carl S. Marvel, son of John Thomas Marvel, grandson to Joseph Wiley Marvel. Letter written from The University of Arizona dated June 4, 1969.

4. Compiled List from Jane Carol Marvel Fender dated November 6, 1969. Her information was taken from a History of the Marvel Family, by Mildred Marvel Burwell (Mrs. Vernon), 2645 North 21st Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66104.

5. Census taken by Jane Carol Marvel Fender from the Wayne County, Illinois Census, copies by her from the original Census in Washington, D.C. and from tomb stones in Wayne County, copied by her parents.

6. Mr. Billy Earnest Marvel taken from the Marvel Family Bible (1994) Uncle Bill has the original sheepskin deed to the Marvel Farm located in Fairfield, Illinois (hanging in his living room).

7. Mr. John Earl Marvel and his wife, Ann Marvel, from previous Marvel history study.

Children of JOHN MARVELL,SR. are:

i. ROBERT4 MARVELL, b. November 25, 1561.
ii. JANE MARVELL, b. November 15, 1563.
5. iii. JOHN MARVELL,JR., b. November 02, 1569, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.

4. DANIEL3 MARVELL (THOMAS2, JOHN1)was born Abt. 1550 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.. He married PARNELL BRASYER March 28, 1574 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng. She was born Abt. 1556.

More About DANIEL MARVELL: Burial: May 03, 1587, Melbourne, Cambridge, England
Fact 1: January 02, 1555/56, Christianed


i. THOMAS MARVELL, b. June 19, 1575, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.
6. ii. JOHN MARVELL, b. January 06, 1575/76.
iii. AGNES MARVELL, b. Oct 07, 1581, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.; m. ROGER ANDROES, Sep 29, 1609.
iv. EDWARD MARVELL, b. December 07, 1581, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.
More About EDWARD MARVELL: January 06, 1575/76, Chrisianed
v. WARREN MARVELL, b. February 27, 1583/84, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.

Generation No. 4

  1. JOHN MARVELL,JR. (JOHN3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born November 02, 1569 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.

Children of JOHN MARVELL,JR. are:

8. ii. THOMAS MARVELL, b. 1594, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England

6. JOHN4 MARVELL (DANIEL3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born January 06, 1575/76. He married (1) ELIZABETH MUNES/MANES/MINE September 12, 1604 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng. He married (2) ALICE GENTLE/GENT October 06, 1610 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.

More About ELIZABETH MUNES/MANES/MINE: Burial: May 02, 1610, St. Paul's, Bedford, England



More About WILLIAM MARVELL: Burial: September 09, 1610, St. Paul's, Bedford, England

Fact 1: April 16, 1610, Christianed


More About THOMAS MARVELL: Burial: October 13, 1611, St. Paul's, Bedford, England
Fact 1: April 16, 1610, Christianed


9. iii. WILLIAM5 MARVELL, b. April 17, 1614, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.
iv. JOHN MARVELL, b. April 17, 1614, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.
v. ALICE MARVELL, b. April 30, 1616, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.
vi. DANIEL MARVELL, b. July 04, 1619, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.

Generation No. 5



10. i. REV. ANDREW6 MARVELL,SR., b. 1594, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England; d. January 23, Drowned while crossing the Humber River near Hull.

8. THOMAS5 MARVELL (JOHN4, JOHN3,THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born 1594 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England. He married MARY WRIGHT June 08, 1617 in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, Eng. She was born 1596.

Notes for THOMAS MARVELL: Thomas Marvell was a first cousin of Andrew Marvell - Garden Poet, Latin Tutor to Mary, daughter of Lord Fairfax, Chancellor of Exchequor, Writer of Literature.


i. THOMAS6 MARVELL, b. May 10, 1618, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.
ii. MARY MARVELL, b. April 14, 1620, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.
iii. DANIEL MARVELL, b. September 03, 1623, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, ENG.
iv. SUSANNA MARVELL, b. April 18, 1626, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.
v. ROBERT MARVELL, b. November 22, 1629, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.
11. vi. JOHN MARVELL/MARVEL,SR., b. Aug 04, 1632, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng; d. July 29, 1707, Accomack Co., VA.

9. WILLIAM5 MARVELL (JOHN4, DANIEL3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born April 17, 1614 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng. He married ELIZABETH/ISABEL CROCKER October 16, 1636 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.. She was born 1614.

More About WILLIAM MARVELL: April 17, 1614, Christianed
More About ELIZABETH/ISABEL CROCKER: Burial: January 25, 1651/52, St. Paul's, Bedford, England
More About WILLIAM MARVELL and ELIZABETH/ISABEL CROCKER: Marriage: October 16, 1636, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.



Generation No. 6

10. REV. ANDREW6 MARVELL,SR. (UNKNOWN5, JOHN4, JOHN3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born 1594 in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England, and died January 23. He Drowned while crossing the Humber River near Hull. He married (1) ANNE PEASE October 22, 1612. He married (2) LUCY ALURED Abt. 1625, daughter of JOHN ALURED.

Notes for REV ANDREW MARVELL, SR.:  Andrew was educated at Eminanuel College, Cambridge. In 1608, he took thedegree of M.A. In 1610, he is found signing the registers of Flamborough in Yorkshire as "minister" and in 1611, as curate. Three years later, he is giving the living of Winestead in Holdemess, to which he was inducted on April 23, 1614. In 1624, he removed to Hull as master of a grammar school there and became about the same time, master of the Charter house and lecturer at Holy Trinity Church.


Children of ANDREW MARVELL and ANNE PEASE are:

i. ANNE7 MARVELL, b. March 14, 1614/15; m. JAMES BAIDES, Dec 29, 1633; b. Sutton.
ii. MARY MARVELL, b. 1617; m. EDWARD POPPLE, 1636.
iii. ELIZABETH MARVELL, b. 1618; m. ROBERT MORE, 1639.
iv. ANDREW MARVELL,JR., b. March 31, 1621, Winstead, Holderness, Yorkshire; d. August 16, 1678, Overdose of an opiate taken during an attack of ague. London, England; m. MARY PALMER, May 1677.

Notes for ANDREW MARVELL,JR.: In his lifetime the English poet, Winestead-in-Holderness, was known as a Puritan member of Parliament who published political verse satires and a satirical prose argument, The Rehearsal Transprosed (1692), in favor of toleration. In the 20th Century he is remembered from a small body of lyric poems not published until after his death, which have earned him a reputation matched only by that of John Donne. "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Garden" perfectly embody qualities now treasured in 17th-Century lyrics--what T.S. Eliot called their characteristic "wit, a touch reasonableness beneath the slight lyric grace," and their urbanely balanced "alliance of levity and seriousness.

Like his older contemporary John Milton, Marvell was educated at Cambridge University, then a stronghold of Puritan religious conviction. He spent some time abroad, acted as tutor to the daughter of Lord Fairfax and to a ward of Oliver Cromwell, and in 1657 was appointed assistant to Milton, the Latin Secretary to Cromwell's government. From 1659 until his death, during which time his satires were published, he served as member of Parliament for Hull.

The kind of wit characteristic of Marvell's poems associates him with Donne; the cultural tradition that enriches them--Latin, European, and English--likens them to Ben Jonson's verse. The quality perculiar to the poems is a detachment, an elusiveness, a personal evasiveness, with which Marvell frames the speakers in his "Mower" poems, or views "The Picture of Little T.C., or balances moral estimates of Cromwell in "An Horatian Ode." This detachment, or even burlesques of poetic conventions, and which often end in brilliant anticlimax.

Source: Bibliography: Colie, Rosalie, "My Echoing Song": Andrew Marvell's Poetry of Criticism (1970); Donno, E.S., ed., Andrew Marvell: The Critical Heritage (1978); Hunt, John D., Andrew Marvell: His Life and Writings (1978); Hyman, Lawrence W., Andrew Marvell (1964); Legouis, Pierre, Andrew Marvell: Poet, Puritan, Patriot, 2d ed. (1968); Lord, George D., ed., Andrew Marvell: A Collection of Critical Essays (1968); Stocker, M., Apocalyptic Marvell (1986); Wilcher, R., Andrew Marvell (1985).

Cause of Death: DROWNING
Marriage Notes for ANDREW MARVELL and MARY PALMER: Rumored to be a disputed marriage.

v. JOHN MARVELL, b. 1623, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England; d. 1624.


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