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Descendants of John Marvell

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN MARVELL was born Abt. 1504 in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England. He married MARGARET Abt. 1525. She was born Abt. 1508.

Notes for JOHN MARVELL: "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. It has 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 World War 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, the marriage 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.

The following is from a private email from Robert L. Smith: "The Registers often do not go beyond 1550 and in most of the parishes and where they do, it is difficult to decipher the sketchy records. In Shepreth the records indicate a John Marvell (3) was born in 1551. He could well have been the John that was the father of John (2) and Rev. Andrew. This John (3) was the son of John (4) born in 1528. He was the son of John de Marvell (5). This lineage has been extended to Sir Rogerus de Marvyll of Sandbach, Kunsford, County Chester, who came out of France with William the Conqueror in 1066. With a generous helping of imagination it can be said to include Hugh de Meurville who was one of the four Knights who assassinated Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.""In the village of Meldreth in Cambridgeshire, there is an old manor house called "The Marvells." It was in Meldreth where Andrew Marvell, the elder, was born in 1586.""From Burke's "General Armory of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales: "Andrew Marvel: (note spelling). The patriotic member of Parliament, temp. Chas. I and II. or, a chev. engr. between three leopards' facessa. Crest: out of a ducal coronetor, a plume of featlrers ar'.""It has been written that the first "Marvel" to settle in England came from Merville in France but there is a Merville in Flanders, decimated in WW I, and a Merville in Normandy, decimated in WW II.""The court records show that in 1331 "John Mervele drew blood maliciously upon Nicholas the cobbler" and was fined twelve-pence."" Andrew Marvell's name is among the list of Rectors in the All Saints Church in Melbourn.""There is a beautiful Marvell Court in Meldreth including a house formally owned by the Rev. Andrew Marvell. Inside the old part of the house is a mirror designed by super imposing an "A" over a "M". It is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Powles."

Children of JOHN MARVELL and MARGARET are:

i. WARREN MARVELL, b. Jun 02, 1527, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England.
2. ii. THOMAS MARVELL, b. Jul 02, 1527, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England; d. Jan 02, 1555/56.
iii. JOHN MARVELL, b. Jul 02, 1527, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England.
iv. WARD MARVELL, b. Jul 02, 1527, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England.

Generation No. 2

2. THOMAS MARVELL (JOHN) was born Jul 02, 1527 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England, and died Jan 02, 1555/56. He married ELIZABETH. She was born Abt. 1534 in England.

Children of THOMAS MARVELL and ELIZABETH are:

3. i. JOHN MARVELL, SR., b. 1540, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England; d. Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England.

4. ii. DANIEL MARVELL, b. Abt. 1550, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.

Generation No. 3

3. JOHN MARVELL, SR. (THOMAS, JOHN) was born 1540 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England, and died 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.

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 for centuries. 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 - Accomack County, Virginia, U.S.A.
SOURCE: 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).

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).

Children of JOHN MARVELL, SR. are:

5. i. ANDREW MARVELL , b. Abt. 1560, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire; d. Apr 1628, Hull.
ii. ROBERT MARVELL, b. Nov 25, 1561, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England.
iii. JANE MARVELL, b. Nov 15, 1563, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England.
6. iv. JOHN MARVELL, JR., b. Nov 02, 1569, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.; d. Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England.

4. DANIEL MARVELL (THOMAS, JOHN) was born Abt. 1550 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.. He married PARNELL BRASYER Mar 28, 1574 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.. She was born Abt. 1556.

More About DANIEL MARVELL: Burial: May 03, 1587, Melbourne, Cambridge, England;  Jan 02, 1555/56, Christened

Children of DANIEL MARVELL and PARNELL BRASYER are:

i. THOMAS MARVELL, b. Jun 19, 1575, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.
7. ii. JOHN MARVELL, b. Jan 06, 1575/76.
iii. AGNES MARVELL, b. Oct 07, 1581, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.; m. ROGER ANDROES, Sep 29, 1609.
iv. EDWARD MARVELL, b. Dec 07, 1581, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.  Jan 06, 1575/76, Christened
v. WARREN MARVELL, b. Feb 27, 1583/84, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.

Generation No. 4

5. ANDREW MARVELL (JOHN, THOMAS, JOHN) was born Abt. 1560 in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, and died Apr 1628 in Hull.

Notes for ANDREW MARVELL: The information regarding Andrew Marvell being one of the children of John Marvell is only a guess since the dates of birth are consistent with this time frame. It is not a proven fact that Andrew Marvell is one of this family's children. Andrew Marvell's information furnished by Mark Blaydes ([email protected]) on June 1, 2004.

Child of ANDREW MARVELL is:

8. i. REV. ANDREW MARVELL, b. 1586, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England; d. Jan 23, 1640/41, Lost in crossing the Humber.

6. JOHN MARVELL, JR. (JOHN, THOMAS, JOHN) was born Nov 02, 1569 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng., and died in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England. Nov 02, 1569, Christened

Child of JOHN MARVELL, JR. is:

9. i. THOMAS MARVELL, b. 1594, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England; d. Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England.

7. JOHN MARVELL (DANIEL, THOMAS, JOHN) was born Jan 06, 1575/76. He married (1) ELIZABETH MUNES/MANES/MINE Sep 12, 1604 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.. He married (2) ALICE GENTLE/GENT Oct 06, 1610 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.

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

Children of JOHN MARVELL and ELIZABETH MUNES/MANES/MINE are:

i. WILLIAM MARVELL. Burial: Sep 09, 1610, St. Paul's, Bedford, England; Apr 16, 1610, Christened
ii. THOMAS MARVELL. Burial: Oct 13, 1611, St. Paul's, Bedford, England;  Apr 16, 1610, Christened

Children of JOHN MARVELL and ALICE GENTLE/GENT are:

10. iii. WILLIAM MARVELL, b. Apr 17, 1614, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.
iv. JOHN MARVELL, b. Apr 17, 1614, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.
v. ALICE MARVELL, b. Apr 30, 1616, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.
vi. DANIEL MARVELL, b. Jul 04, 1619, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng..

Generation No. 5

8. REV. ANDREW MARVELL (ANDREW, JOHN, THOMAS, JOHN) was born 1586 in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, England, and died Jan 23, 1640/41 in Lost in crossing the Humber. He married (1) ANNE PEASE Oct 22, 1612 in Cherry Burton, Yorkshire. She was born Abt. 1590, and died Apr 13, 1638. He married (2) LUCY ALURED Nov 27, 1638 in Norton, daughter of JOHN ALURED. She was born Abt. 1590, and died 1664.

More About ANNE PEASE: Burial: Apr 28, 1638, Holy Trinity Church Hall.

Children of REV. ANDREW MARVELL and ANNE PEASE are:

11. i. ANNE MARVELL, b. Mar 14, 1614/15; d. Apr 1697.
12. ii. MARY MARVELL, b. 1616; d. 1678.
13. iii. ELIZABETH MARVELL, b. 1618.
iv. ANDREW MARVELL, b. Mar 31, 1621, Winstead, Holderness, Yorkshire; d. Aug 16, 1678, Overdose of an opiate taken during an attack of ague. London, England; m. MARY PALMER, May 1677.

Notes for ANDREW MARVELL: 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 peculiar 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).

More About ANDREW MARVELL: Burial: ST. GILES IN THE FIELDS, LONDON; Cause of Death: DROWNING; Medical Information: CONTEMPORARIES SUSPECTED POISONING.

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

v. JOHN MARVELL, b. 1623, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England; d. 1624. Burial: Sep 20, 1624, Winestead.

9. THOMAS MARVELL (JOHN, JOHN, THOMAS, JOHN) was born 1594 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England, and died in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England. He married MARY WRIGHT Jun 08, 1617 in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, Eng.. She was born 1596 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England, and died in England.

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.

Children of THOMAS MARVELL and MARY WRIGHT are:

i. THOMAS MARVELL, b. May 10, 1618, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng.
ii. MARY MARVELL, b. Apr 14, 1620, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng..
iii. DANIEL MARVELL, b. Sep 03, 1623, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, ENG.
iv. SUSANNA MARVELL, b. Apr 18, 1626, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng..
v. ROBERT MARVELL, b. Nov 22, 1629, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, Eng..
14. vi. JOHN MARVEL, SR., b. Aug 04, 1632, Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England; d. Jul 29, 1707, Somerset Co., MD.

10. WILLIAM MARVELL (JOHN, DANIEL, THOMAS, JOHN) was born Apr 17, 1614 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.. He married ELIZABETH/ISABEL CROCKER Oct 16, 1636 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.. She was born 1614.

More About WILLIAM MARVELL: Apr 17, 1614, Christened
More About ELIZABETH/ISABEL CROCKER: Burial: Jan 25, 1651/52, St. Paul's, Bedford, England

Children of WILLIAM MARVELL and ELIZABETH/ISABEL CROCKER are:

15. i. JOHN MARVELL.
ii. CICELY MARVELL.
iii. ELIZABETH MARVELL.
iv. ISABEL MARVELL.
v. MARY MARVELL.
vi. JOSEPH MARVELL.
vii. ALICE MARVELL.

Generation No. 6

11. ANNE MARVELL (REV. ANDREW, ANDREW, JOHN, THOMAS, JOHN) was born Mar 14, 1614/15, and died Apr 1697. She married JAMES BLAIDES Dec 29, 1633 in Charterhouse Chapel, Hull, Yorkshire, son of JOSEPH BLAIDES and ANN BOOTH. He was born Abt. May 1604 in Sutton, and died May 09, 1657.

More About ANNE MARVELL: Burial: Apr 10, 1697, St. Mary's Lowgate, Hull, Yorkshire.

Notes for JAMES BLAIDES: The Blaides changed the spelling of their last name to Blaydes. They were wealthy ship builders and shipping merchants in Hull. "Blaydes House" is still in Hull and is now used as a Maritime History museum by Hull University. It was the Blaydes ship yard that built the infamous ship "The Bounty". Lord of the Manors of Sutton with Bransholme, Sudcoates and Sculcoates.

Justice of the Peace and Freeman of Hull January 16, 1633. Chamberlain of Hull in 1651.  When Andrew Marvell died without issue, the Marvell family crest and arms were carried on in the Blaydes family through Ann by Royal Assent.

More About JAMES BLAIDES: Baptism: May 17, 1604, St. Mary's Lowgate, Hull, Yorkshire

Children of ANNE MARVELL and JAMES BLAIDES are:

i. ANDREW BLAIDES, b. 1634; d. Nov 20, 1646. Andrew Blaydes was the eldest son and was baptized at Holy Trinity, Hull. He died unmarried.
ii. JOSEPH BLAIDES, b. Oct 1634; d. Sep 1692, Hull.
iii. ANN BLAIDES, b. Jan 1635/36; d. Feb 28, 1646/47. Baptized at Holy Trinity, Hull on Jan 7, 1636.
iv. ELIZABETH BLAIDES, b. Jul 1638.
v. BRIDGET BLAIDES, b. Jun 1640; m. M. PRITCHETT.
vi. JANE BLAIDES, b. Mar 1641/42.
vii. LYDIA BLAIDES, b. Abt. 1655.
viii. MARY BLAIDES, b. Abt. 1657.

12. MARY MARVELL (REV. ANDREW, ANDREW, JOHN, THOMAS, JOHN) was born 1616, and died 1678. She married EDWARD POPPLE Aug 18, 1636. He was born Abt. 1615.

Notes for EDWARD POPPLE: Edmund Popple was described in the marriage registry of Holy Trinity as a "Nautam". He would became one of the wardens of Trinity House, Hull, and a Sheriff of Hull, in which capacity he was able to assist in making the poet Andrew Marvell (his brother-in-law) a "free burgesse" of the Corporation of Hull. He also acted as Marvell's banker and business adviser.

Child of MARY MARVELL and EDWARD POPPLE is:

i. WILLIAM POPPLE, b. 1638.

13. ELIZABETH MARVELL (REV. ANDREW, ANDREW, JOHN, THOMAS, JOHN) was born 1618. She married ROBERT MORE 1639, son of GEORGE MORE and ELIZABETH STRINGER. He was born Dec 1610.

Child of ELIZABETH MARVELL and ROBERT MORE is:

i. ELIZABETH MORE, b. Oct 1642.

14. JOHN MARVEL, SR. (THOMAS MARVELL, JOHN, JOHN, THOMAS, JOHN) was born Aug 04, 1632 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England, and died Jul 29, 1707 in Somerset Co., MD. He married ANN WEST 1663 in Accomack Co., Va., daughter of JOHNATHAN WEST and CATHERINE. She was born 1632 in Accomack Co., Virginia, and died 1710 in Worchester County, Maryland.

Notes for JOHN MARVEL, SR.: The first Marvel came from Normandy and settled in Marvelle/Marvaile, France. His name was Robert de (of) Marvelle. He served under Duke William (1028-1087), known as William the Conqueror, ruler of the independent duchy of Normandy, who defeated England at the battle of Hastings in 1066. At that time Robert de (of) Marvelle/Marvaile stood up and proclaimed himself Robert Marvel.

The Marvels settled in the parishes of Melbourne, Meldreth and Shepreth in Cambridgeshire where they resided for centuries. John Marvel was born in the parish of Melbourne on May 27, 1630. He was a son of Thomas Marvel who was born in the same parish in 1594. John, the original emigrant to America, sailed with a number of young men for the district of Virginia (and possibly Maryland) in 1661. Later descendants of Robert Marvel and John Marvel state they were known in Virginia/Maryland for their good wine and fast horses.

Original immigrant. John sailed with a number of young men of the district for Virginia in 1661 (1)

John Marvel appears to have been the first person of this family in America. His name was included in a list of 61 persons transferred from England to Charles Scarburg of Northampton County, Virginia, who on May 10, 1652, was granted 3.050 acres of land in that county. Early records show several different spellings of the name: Marvel, Marvil, Marvell, Maruell. John Marvel married Ann West, daughter of Jonathan and Catherine ? West, in 1663, and they had two sons, Thomas Marvel and John Marvel, Jr.

On May 15, 1680's, John Marvel, Sr., entered into an agreement whereby he gave and bequeathed his son, John Marvel, Jr., to William Jarman to be educated and employed at his discretion until he reached the age of twenty-one. In consideration therefore Jarman was to give and grant John Marvel, Jr., 100 acres of land.

Later, on October 14, 1695, John Marvel, Jr., deeded to his mother and father, lifetime.

John Marvel appeared in the Accomack County tax list in 1669 and continued to appear in other lists. John Marvel, Sr., died in 1707 and the files indicate that he was seventy-five years of age which would mean that he was born in 1632. His will mentioned Thomas Marvel (apparently his son), Jonathan West, Mrs. Catherine West, and Mrs. Mathilda West, who was named executrix. Mrs. Mathilda West was the daughter of Colonel Edmond and Mary Scarburg and the widow of John West. (2)

SOURCES: 1. O'Connor, Charles A., the Marvel in England, p. 296.
2. Virgin, Donald Odell. "The Marvel Family: The Path to Delaware". Received copy of this document from Bonnie Fields. December, 1995.

OTHER NOTES: When John Marvel immigrated to America he settled in Accomack County, Virginia. Records show he was born 4 August 1632 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England. ('shire' in England is somewhat the same as 'county' in America.) In the book "Early Virginia Immigrants 1632 to 1666" by George Greer, is found the name of John Marvel. Another book found in the Accomack Library the following notation reads, "May 10, 1652, Charles Scarburgh, son of Col. Edmund Scarburgh, 3050 acres in Northampton County, Virginia, transfer of 61 persons from England." John Marvel's name was on this list of persons brought over by Charles Scarburgh. In the early Colonial times a man could earn much land in America by transporting people from England to America. The King of England, then King George II, wanted to get the continent settled but did not want to invest any money to do so. The payment in land, on the continent itself, for the people's transportation was the cheapest and fastest way to do this. John Marvel, entered land in the registry in 1652 and again in 1653. The land registry was made in Northampton County, where the land office was located. Accomack County is next to Northampton County and was made a separate county in 1663. Remember that at this time Virginia's boundary lines were very questionable. Virginia contained all the land that was later divided into the states of Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, also portions of other surrounding states. John, was married in 1663 to Ann West, daughter of Jonathan and Catherine West. Ann was born in 1632 but it is not known where. The records in Virginia show that Ann died in 1710. This date is questioned because in John's will, dated 1707 he mentions his housekeeper, Matilda West (possibly a relative of Ann), but no mention of his wife Ann. The date of 1710 is likely the date Ann's will was probated which sometimes took several years. The will of John Marvel III, was dated 3 February 1707 and recorded on 18 February 1707. It lists him as 75 years old and names only one descendant, Thomas Marvel. It also names Jonathan West, Mrs. Catherine West and Mrs. Matilda West. Catherine West was the name of his mother-in-law. It is highly unlikely that Ann's mother would be alive at this age because Ann's age on this date would have been 75. Records have been found stating that Mrs. Matilda West was the daughter of Col. Edmond and Mary (Scarburg) West. She was also the widow of John West, who she married in 1655. John West died in 1703. There is a strong possibility that she was Ann's sister- in-law. She was named executrix of John Marvel III's will. Many Quakers lived in Accomack County, Virginia as early as 1656. In later years, as their numbers increased, they were greatly persecuted. So large numbers of them fled into Maryland, at the invitation of Governor Calvert, who granted each Quaker 50 acres. Among many who fled is mentioned Matilda West, widow of John West. It is possible that John and Ann (West) Marvel had immigrated to Maryland much earlier. Somerset and Worcester Counties in Maryland are next to Accomack County in Virginia. Somerset County, Maryland was created in 1666 and divided in 1742, when Worcester County was formed. There were many boundary disputes between the two states and this part of Worcester County was given to the state of Delaware. John and Ann Marvel lived in the area of Worcester County, Maryland although it was known as Somerset County then.

In the book "Early Virginia Immigrants 1632 to 1666" by George Greer is found the name of John Marvel. Another book found in the Accomack Library the following notation reads, "May 10, 1652, Charles Scarburgh, son of Col. Edmund Scarburgh, 3050 acres in Northampton County, Virginia, transfer of 61 persons from England." John Marvel's name was on this list of persons brought over by Charles Scarburgh.

The first Marvel came from Normandy and settled in Marvelle/Marvaile, France. His name was Robert de (of) Marvelle. He served under Duke William (1028-1087), known as William the Conqueror, ruler of the independent duchy of Normandy, who defeated England at the battle of Hastings in 1066. At that time Robert de (of) Marvelle/Marvaile stood up and proclaimed himself Robert Marvel. The Marvels settled in the parishes of Melbourne, Meldreth and Shepreth in Cambridgeshire where they resided for centuries. John Marvel was born in the parish of Melbourne on May 27, 1630. He was a son of Thomas Marvel who was born in the same parish in 1594. John, the original emigrant to America, sailed with a number of young men for the district of Virginia (and possibly Maryland) in 1661. Later descendants of Robert Marvel and John Marvel state they were known in Virginia/Maryland for their good wine and fast horses. Original immigrant. John sailed with a number of young men of the district for Virginia in 1661 (1) John Marvel appears to have been the first person of this family in America. His name was included in a list of 61 persons transferred from England to Charles Scarburg of Northampton County, Virginia, who on May 10, 1652, was granted 3.050 acres of land in that county. Early records show several different spellings of the name: Marvel, Marvil, Marvell, Maruell. John Marvel married Ann West, daughter of Jonathan and Catherine ? West, in 1663, and they had two sons, Thomas Marvel and John Marvel, Jr. On May 15, 1680's, John Marvel, Sr., entered into an agreement whereby he gave and bequeathed his son, John Marvel, Jr., to William Jarman to be educated and employed at his discretion until he reached the age of twenty-one. In consideration therefore Jarman was to give and grant John Marvel, Jr., 100 acres of land. Later, on October 14, 1695, John Marvel, Jr., deeded to his "mother and father, lifetime. John Marvel appeared in the Accomack County tax list in 1669 and continued to appear in other lists. John Marvel, Sr., died in 1707 and the files indicate that he was seventy-five years of age which would mean that he was born in 1632. His will mentioned Thomas Marvel (apparently his son), Jonathan West, Mrs. Catherine West, and Mrs. Mathilda West, who was named executrix. Mrs. Mathilda West was the daughter of Colonel Edmond and Mary Scarburg and the widow of John West. (2)

SOURCES:1. O'Connor, Charles A., the Marvel in England, p. 296.2. Virgin, Donald Odell. "The Marvel Family: The Path to Delaware". Received copy of this document from Bonnie Fields, December, 1995.

John and Ann (West) Marvel had two sons, John, Jr. and Thomas. Records of their birth conflict. It seems apparent, however, that one was born in 1674 and other in 1682. One record gives John, Jr. as born in 1682. This seems highly questionable because of records of deeds and court cases available. There is a record indication that John Marvell, Sr., apprenticed his son, John, Jr., to William Jarman to be educated and employed at his discretion. In consideration whereof, William Jarman was to give to John Marvel, Jr. 100 acres of land. The deed book (1677-1690) in Accomack County, Virginia names William Jarman, grantor, and a John Marvel, Jr., grantee, for 100 acres of land by agreement. This is dated May 16, 1682. It is questionable that this transaction would have taken place when John, Jr. was an infant. It is more plausible at age 8.

Note: Aug. 12 John Marrell (Marvel) was listed as a head right for Edmund Scarburgh (Jr.) in a patent for land on Occohannock Creek, which is in Accomack Co., VA, on the bay side of the peninsula called "the Eastern Shore". This may have been John Marvell; many of the names listed were also listed, along with John Marvell, in a patent to Edmund's brother Charles Scarburgh; see next entry. (Nugent, "Cavaliers and Pioneers", first volume, p. 183.)

1652-1653 John moved from Cambridgeshire, England to Accomee, VA. (Notes from Juanita Ruff, [email protected], 1997).

1652 May 10 John Marvell was listed as a head right in a patent to Charles Scarburgh for land on Pungoteague Creek, Northampton (later Accomack) Co. (Nugent, p. 286).

1652 May 10 John Marvel appears to have been the first person of this family in America. His name was included in a list of 61 persons transferred from England to Charles Scarburg of Northampton County, Virginia, who on May 10, 1652, was granted 3,050 acres of land in that county. Early records show several different spellings for the name: Marvel, Marvil, Marvell, and Maruell.(O'Connor, Charles A., The Marvel Family in England, p. 296.)

HISTORY NOTE: In the early years, land was distributed through a head right system; that is, a person was entitled to 50 acres of land for each person (head right) whose way he paid into the area to help settle the land, including himself and family members. Appearance of a name on a head right list does not guarantee that the person was actually there because lists of names were frequently bought, or borrowed, from other enterprising adventurers, as may have been the case with the three land patents described here.1661 Original emigrant. John sailed with a number of the young men of the district for Virginia. (O'Connor, Charles A., The Marvel Family in England, p. 296.)

1662 John Marvell on early Accomack Co., VA tax lists. (Northampton Co. Order Boo, 1657-1664).

1663 John Marvel married Ann West, daughter of Jonathan and Catherine West and they had two sons, Thomas Marvel and John Marvel, Jr. (O'Connor, Charles A., The Marvel Family in England, p. 296.)1663 John Marvell married Ann. Two dates have been offered: "1651 (John Everett Marvel, Waynesville, IL, in Virkus, "Compendium of American Genealogy", IV, 680); and 1663 (Daisy Marvel Jones, "A Brief History of the Marvel Family",1960); and 1663 (J. B. Turner Collection, Delaware Archives, Marvel microfiche file). Mildred Marvel Burwell's history relies on the Jones' history for information on the early generations of Marvels. Jones says that Marvel married Ann West, but I have found no proof and suspect this is a guess, based on John Marvell's will (1707-1708), see below. J. B. Turner says that John Marvell married Ann in Accomack Country. Some miles north of the area settled by the Scarburghs, between Little Back Creek and French (or France) Creek, is an area of marsh, divided by narrow channels into two islands. These were early called Marvell's Islands. And Little Back Creek was called Marvell's Creek or My Lord Marvell's Back Creek -- a possible indication of where John Marvell eventually settled, although there is no record of his having owned land in the area himself. The islands had originally belonged to Col. Edmund Scarburgh, father of Edmund Jr. and Charles. (Whitelaw, "Virginia's Eastern Shore, II, 1107).

1669 John Marvel appeared in the Accomack Co. tax list and continued to appear in other lists. (O'Connor, Charles A., The Marvel Family in England, p. 296.)

1677 John listed for last time on tax lists of Accomack County. (Nottingham, "Accomack Tithables (Tax Lists) 1663-1695). Did John Marvill become indigent or disabled after 1677, so that he was no longer taxed?

1682 May 16 John Marvel, Sr., entered into an agreement whereby he gave and bequeathed his second son John Marvel, Jr., to William Jarman to be educated and employed at his discretion until he reached the age of twenty-one. In consideration therefore Jarman was to give and grant John Marvel, Jr., 100 acres of land. (O'Connor, Charles A., The Marvel Family in England, p. 296.); (Accomack Co., VA Land Records, 1676-1690, p. 306-07). The purpose of this bargain may have been to provide John Sr. a place to live.

1688 June 20 Will Jarman sold to John Abbot 250 acres of marshy land, between Oyster Creek and "my Lord Marvells back Creek". (Accomack Co. Land Records, 1676-1690, p. 483.) So perhaps John Marvell, Sr. was now living on the land that Jarman had granted to John Marvell, Jr.

1694 Feb 19 John Marvell, Jr., planter, traded his 100 acres to Samuel Young in exchange for 100 acres of Samuel Young's plantation, part of a divident of land on which Young's father in law (stepfather) and mother were then dwelling, in the southwest corner thereof. This was on the south edge of the present town of Parksley. (Accomack Co. L.R., transcribed Part 1, 1692-1715, pp. 125-26)

1695 Sep 14 John Maruell Jr. of his own free and voluntary will granted to his mother and father, John Maruell and Ann his wife, the land whereon they then lived during their lifetime. This is the same land John Jr. had acquired from Samuel Young early in the year. (Accomack Co. L. R., transcribed Part 1, 1692-1715, p. 159-160); (O'Connor, Charles A., The Marvel Family in England, p. 296.)

1695 Dec 16 John Marvell Jr. sold to William Hutson (Hudson) the 100 acres that he had received in trade from Samuel Young. (Accomack Co. L.R., transcribed Part 1, 1695-1715, pp. 164-65)1695 Dec 17 John Marvill Jr. came into court and acknowledged that the grant of 14 September was his real act and deed to his father and mother. (Accomack Co. L.R., transcribed Part 1, 1692-1715, p. 160)1697 Jun 2 Samuel Young sold to William Young (his brother) the 100 acres he had received in trade from John Marvill Jr. Marvill witnessed the deed. (Accomack Co. L.R., transcribed part 1, 1692-1715, pp. 277-78)

1697 Oct 5 Another deed to William Hudson, repeating the transaction of 16 December 1695, with a couple of details added, on 5 October 1697. John Marvill, Jr. sold to William Hudson 100 acres, "being part of a divident of land whereon the said Wm. Hudson now dwelleth." (Accomack Co. L.R., transcribed Part 1, 1695-1715, pp. 297-98) ... William Hudson was evidently Samuel Young's stepfather).

1707 Jul 29 John Marvel, Sr., died and the files indicate that he was seventy-five years of age which would mean that he was born in 1632. His will mentioned Thomas Marvel (apparently his son), Jonathan West, Mrs. Catherine West, and Mrs. Mathilda West, who was named executrix. Mrs. Mathilda West was the daughter of Colonel Edmond and Mary Scarburg and the widow of John West. ( Virdin, Donald Odell. "The Marvel Family: The Path to Delaware"); ( 815 Green Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Received copy of this document from Bonnie Fields, December 1995); (Juanita Ruff, [email protected], direct descendant, 1997).

1707 July 29 John Marvill, "being now very aged weak and feeble" wrote his will (it was probated on 3 Fe. 1707). He made bequests to his son Thomas Marvill (a heifer), Mr. Jonathan West (5 barrels of corn), and Mrs. Catherine West ( a heifer named Kitty), but his principal legacy was to his "most Kind and Ever loving friend Mrs. Matilda West," whom he also appointed his executrix. The will was witnessed by Tully Robinson, John West, and John Lewis. (From a copy furnished by the Virginia State Archives, from Accomack Co. Records); ("Marvels on the Eastern Shore". A Documented Chronology by Pauline Manning Batchelder); (R.L. Smith, MARVEL "Compilation", Champaign, IL); (Research notes of Marguerite Moore);("Wills and Administrations of Accomack, County, VA 1663-1800").

Note: 2 General Marvel Family References- 1. Virdin, Donald Odell. "The Marvel Family: The Path to Delaware". 815 Green Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. 2. de Valinger, Leon, Jr. Compiled. "Calendar of Sussex County Delaware Probate Records 1680-1800". Public Archives Commission, Dover, DE 1964.3. Records of Lewes and Coolspring Presbyterian Church, Lewes, DE, 1755-1855.5. 1790 Delaware Census, Sussex County, Screen 9 of 85, CD137, 1st Edition. 6. 1800 DE Census of Sussex County, screen 11 of 84, CD151, 1st Edition.GCT95 = Gibson County TODAY; published Monday, Oct. 2, 1995.

Note: Source; Compendium American Genealogy; Marvel History pg 5-6; Early Virginia Immigrants; Northampton Virginia Land Registry Cox Papers; Evolution of the Name Marvel, p 10; A Brief History of the Marvel Family; The Hargadines and Other Delaware and Maryland Families.

More About JOHN MARVEL, SR.: Bet. 1652 - 1653, Came from England to America; Settled in Accomack Co., VA;  Moved to Worcester Co., Md; Later given to Delaware; In America, he changed his name to Marvel

Children of JOHN MARVEL and ANN WEST are:

i. JOHN MARVEL, JR., b. 1674; d. Bef. 1707. Never married. No children born.

Notes for JOHN MARVEL, JR.: John Marvel, Jr., son of John and Ann (West) Marvel, apparently never married and since he was not mentioned in his father's Will, it is assumed that he died prior to 1707. However, there are several land transactions, in addition to those previously mentioned, in which he was involved. On February 19, 1694, he sold 100 acres of land to Samuel Young and on the same date Samuel Young deeded a 100 acre "plantation" to John Marvel, Jr. On December 16, 1695, John Marvel, Jr., sold 100 acres of land to William Hudson for 4000 pounds of tobacco. On January 5, 1697, John Marvel, sold William Young the land he had acquired from Samuel Young in 1694 "where said Hudson now lives and part of a plantation where John Marvel now dwells." John Marvel, Jr., was probably born about 1673 since he deeded land in 1794 when he must have been twenty-one years of age. (1)

SOURCE: 1. Virdin, Donald Odell. "The Marvel Family: The Path to Delaware". Received copy of this document from Bonnie Fields. December, 1995.

John and Ann (West) Marvel had two sons, John, Jr. and Thomas. Records of their birth conflict. It seems apparent, however, that one was born in 1674 and other in 1682.

There are records of deeds between John Marvel, Jr. and Samuel Young dated February 19, 1694. Again it is questionable that this would have transpired when John, Jr. was 12 years of age. Age 20 is much more plausible. Furthermore, there is on record a deed from John Marvel, Jr. to John and Ann Marvil dated October 14, 1695 stating "to my mother and father, John and Ann, his wife, the land whereon they now live during their lifetime." This action would probably have taken place when John, Jr., was 21 years of age rather than 13. You will note variations in the spelling of the name even in the same document.

Since the will of John Marvel, Sr., left to his son, Thomas, one "heaffer", one can conclude that any worldly goods accumulated by Thomas Marvel came by his own efforts and not by inheritance. Deeds and records of land transactions in the Hall of Records at Dover, Delaware, indicate that Thomas Marvel accumulated considerable property during his lifetime.

Source: Charles A. O'Conner, a New York genealogist, written 1930, who went to England to search parish records, which included the Marvels.

16. ii. THOMAS M. MARVEL, SR., b. 1682, Somerset, Maryland; d. Mar 28, 1753, Sussex County, Delaware.
iii. MYRTLE MARVEL.

15. JOHN MARVELL (WILLIAM, JOHN, DANIEL, THOMAS, JOHN) He married ANNE CARTER Oct 06, 1662 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng..

More About JOHN MARVELL: Burial: Jan 21, 1698/99, St. Paul's, Bedford, England; Jan 06, 1639/40, Christened
More About ANNE CARTER: Feb 19, 1642/43, Christened

Children of JOHN MARVELL and ANNE CARTER are:

i. WILLIAM MARVELL.
ii. KATHERINE MARVELL, m. ROBERT JAMES, Apr 19, 1696.
iii. EDWARD MARVELL.
17. iv. ELIZABETH MARVELL.
v. RICHARD MARVELL.
vi. ISABELLA MARVELL.
vii. MARY MARVELL.
viii. JOSEPH MARVELL.

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