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11. JOHN6 MARVELL/MARVEL,SR. (THOMAS5 MARVELL, JOHN4, JOHN3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born August 04, 1632 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England, and died July 29, 1707 in Accomack Co., Virginia. He married ANN WEST 1651 in Accomack Co., Va., daughter of JOHNATHAN WEST and CATHERINE NO SURNAME. She was born 1632 in Accomack Co., Virginia, and died 1710 in Worchester County, Maryland.

Notes for JOHN MARVELL/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 decendants 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". 815 Green Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Received copy of this document from Bonnie Fields, 234 Main Street E., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N1R-1W8. December, 1995.

OTHER NOTES:

When John Marvel immigrated to America he settled in Accomac 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 Accomac Library the following notation reads, "May 10, 1652, Charles Scarburgh, son of Col. Edmund Scarburgh, 3050acres 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. Accomac 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 February1707 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 Accomac 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 Quaker50 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 Accomac 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.

Note: 1 In the book "Early Virginia Immigrants 1632 to 1666" by George Greer is found the name of John Marvel. Another book found in the Accomac Library the following notation reads, "May 10, 1652, Charles Scarburgh, son of Col. Edmund Scarburgh, 3050acres 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.

Note: 7 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 independant 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 sameparish 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 decendants 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". 815 Green Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Received copy of this document from Bonnie Fields, December, 1995.

Fact 1: Bet. 1652 - 1653, Came from England to America; Settled in Accomac Co., VA
Fact 2: Moved to Worcester Co., Md; Later given to Delaware
Fact 3: In America, he changed his name to Marvel

Note: 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 Accomac County, Virginia names William Jarman, grantor, and a John Marvel, Jr., grantee, for100 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: 21649 Aug. 12 John Marrell (Marvel) was listed as a headright 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.)HISTORY NOTE: Col. Edmund Scarburgh (1618-71) was a talented, aggressive, and powerful man. Held posts of high sheriff of Accomack Co. and treasurer and surveyor-general of Virginia, among others. Acquired much land, provided large tracts tohis children, public-spirited, but hisaggressiveness got him into trouble. He hated and abused the Indians. He incurred the wrath of Maryland by trying to claim a portion of Somerset Co. as part of Virginia. (Somerset Co. was founded and settled principally by settlers from Accomack.) Col. Scarburgh married Mary, probably Littleton; children: Charles, Edmund, Littleton, Tabitha, Matilda.17th Century colonia Ancestors list Johns occupation as LANDOWNER. (Notes from Juanita Ruff, ruff[at]cafes.net, 1997)1652-1653 John moved from Cambridgeshire, England to Accomee, VA. (Notes from Juanita Ruff, ruff[at]cafes.net, 1997).1652 May 10 John Marvell was listed as a headright 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.)1652 Aug. 12 John Marvell was listed as a headright in a patent to John Brone for land on the seaside, Northampton Co. (Nugent, p. 267).HISTORY NOTE: In the early years, land was distributed through a headright system; that is, a person was entitled to 50 acres of land for each person (headright) whose way he paid into the area to help settle the land, including himself and family members. Appearance of a name on a headright 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 withthe 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. (Northhampton Co. Order Boo, 1657-1664).1663 Aug 18 Deposition of John Marvell, said that about five or six weeks ago he was at John Waltham's house where he saw Capt. Batts and others with him, but did not see any weapons or hostile behavior. Signed John Marvell. (Accomack Co., Virginia Court Orders, pg. 37)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, Marvelmicrofiche 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 onJohn Marvell's will (1707-1708), see below. J. B. Turner says that John Marvell married Ann _____ in Accomack County. 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 Creekwas 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. (White law, "Virginia's Eastern Shore, II, 1107).1667 John listed on tax lists through 1677.1669 John Marvel appeared in the Accomack County 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 bequethed 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 thatJarman 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. (AccomackCo. 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 evidentlySamuel 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, ruff[at]cafes.net, direct descendant, 1997).HISTORY NOTE: The statement in the Jones history that John Marvill married the daughter of Jonathan and Catherine West is probably based on a study of this will; if so, it's a virtual impossibility. Marvill's wife's parents would have been dead long since. However, there was certainly a close association between John Marvill and the Wests. Another thought ... John Marvill left identical legacies to son Thomas and to Mrs. Catherine West -- a two-year-old heifer each. Might Thomas and Catherine have been brother and sister? The will of John Marvel, dated February 3, 1707 and recorded February 18, 1707, names a son Thomas, Mrs. Catherine West his mother-in-law, and Mrs. Matilda West his housekeeper. Matilda West was a daughter of Colonel Edmond Scarburgh and the widowed wife of John West. Matilda was named executrix of the will.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 princial 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: When John Marvel III immigrated to America he settled in Accomac 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 Accomac Library the following notation reads, "May 10, 1652, Charles Scarburgh, son of Col. Edmund Scarburgh, 3050acres 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 III, 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. Accomac 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 III, 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 February1707 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 Accomac 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 Quaker50 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 Accomac 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.

Note:  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. 

4. 1790 Delaware Census, Sussex County, Screen 9 of 85, CD137, 1st Edition.

5. 1800 DE Census of Sussex County, screen 11 of 84, CD151, 1st Edition.GCT95 = Gibson County TODAY; published Monday, Oct. 2, 1995.

Note: 1  Source; Compendium American Genealogy; Marvel History pg 5-6; Early Virginia Immigrants; Northampden 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

Children of JOHN MARVELL/MARVEL and ANN WEST are:

i. JOHN7 MARVEL,JR., b. 1674; d. Bef. 1707.

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". 815 Green Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Received copy of this document from Bonnie Fields, 234f Main Street E., Cambridge, Ontario N1R-1W8. 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 Accomac 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.

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.

The name is found spelled Marvell, as well as Marvil, Marvill, Marvel and Marvell. They are all undoubtedly the same name with variations due to the interpretation of hand-written records.

The facts lead one to the conclusion John, Jr., was born in 1674. He was a bachelor and left no heirs. Since the will of John, Jr., had preceded his father in death, or since John, Jr. apparently owned land, he did not need to be considered in the will.

If the above facts substantiates 1674 as the birthdate of John, Jr., then 1682 seems to be the more likely birthdate for Thomas, the other son, whom the records show was born in Worcester County, Maryland. No daughters were mentioned in any of the records, examined.

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.

More About JOHN MARVEL, JR.: Never Married. No children born.

13. ii. THOMAS M. MARVEL, SR., b. 1682, Somerset, Maryland; d. March 28, 1753, Sussex County, Delaware.

iii. MYRTLE MARVEL.

12. JOHN6 MARVELL (WILLIAM5, JOHN4, DANIEL3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) He married ANNE CARTER October 06, 1662 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.

More About JOHN MARVELL:
Burial: January 21, 1698/99, St. Paul's, Bedford, England
Fact 1: January 06, 1639/40, Christened
More About ANNE CARTER: February 19, 1642/43, Christened
More About JOHN MARVELL and ANNE CARTER: Marriage: October 06, 1662, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng. 

Children of JOHN MARVELL and ANNE CARTER are:

i. WILLIAM7 MARVELL.
ii. KATHERINE MARVELL, m. ROBERT JAMES, April 19, 1696.
iii. EDWARD MARVELL.
14. iv. ELIZABETH MARVELL.
v. RICHARD MARVELL.
vi. ISABELLA MARVELL.
vii. MARY MARVELL.
viii. JOSEPH MARVELL.

Generation No. 7

13. THOMAS M.7 MARVEL, SR. (JOHN6 MARVELL/MARVEL,SR., THOMAS5 MARVELL, JOHN4, JOHN3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born 1682 in Somerset, Maryland, and died March 28, 1753 in Sussex County, Delaware. He married ELIZABETH HUGGINS June 16, 1720 in Sussex Co., DE, daughter of EDMUND HUGGINS and ANN NO SURNAME. She was born 1684 in Somerset, Maryland, and died 1755 in Sussex Co., DE.

Notes for THOMAS M. MARVEL,SR.:

Thomas Marvel, younger son of John and Ann (West) Marvel, was born about 1682 in Worcester County, Maryland. He married Elizabeth Huggins of Somerset County, Maryland, June 16, 1721, and they had six children: Abigail Marvel, born April 5, 1723; Viley Clear Marvel, born December 14, 1726; David Marvel, born January 5, 1729; Thomas Marvel, Jr., born November 11, 1732; Philip Marvel, born November 30, 1735; and Robert Marvel, born May 15, 1737. The Will of Thomas Marvel was dated March 28, 1753, naming his four sons, David, Thomas, Phillip and Robert; and leaving his plantation of 150 acres to his youngest son, Robert Marvel, in return for the care of his father in his old age. (1)

Since the daughters are not mentioned in his will, it may be presumed that they had died, or perhaps married and were sufficiently taken care of. At this time, it was customary for sons to inherit their father's estate.

SOURCE:

1. Virdin, Donald Odell. "The Marvel Family: The Path to Delaware". 815 Green Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Received copy of this document from Bonnie Fields, 234f Main Street E., Cambridge, Ontario N1R-1W8. December, 1995.

Children of THOMAS MARVEL and ELIZABETH HUGGINS are:

i. ABIGALE8 MARVEL, b. April 05, 1723, Stepney Parish, Wicomico Co., Md.
ii. VILEY CLEAR MARVEL, b. December 14, 1726, Stepney Parish, Wicomico Co., Md.
15. iii. DAVID MARVEL,SR., b. Jan 05, 1728/29, Sussex Co., DE; d. Feb 09, 1796, Sussex Co., DE.
16. iv. THOMAS MARVEL,JR., b. Nov 11, 1732, Sussex Co., DE; d. 1801, Sussex Co., DE.
17. v. PHILLIP P. MARVEL,SR., b. Dec 03, 1732, Stepney Parish, Somerset Co., MD; d. May 04, 1795, Sussex Co., DE.
18. vi. ROBERT MARVEL, b. May 15, 1737, Stepney Parish, Somerset Co., MD; d. Aft. March 1772, Worcester County, MD/Somerset, MD.

14. ELIZABETH7 MARVELL (JOHN6, WILLIAM5, JOHN4, DANIEL3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) She married WILLIAM DAY December 16, 1711 in St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng..

More About WILLIAM DAY: Fact 1: April 15, 1688, Christened

Children of ELIZABETH MARVELL and WILLIAM DAY are:

i. WILLIAM8 DAY.
ii. JOHN DAY, m DOROTHY COOK, Jan 05, 1756, St. Paul's, Bedford, Eng.
iii. JOSEPH DAY.
iv. ANN DAY.
v. ELIZABETH DAY.
vi. MARVEL DAY, m. (1) ELIZABETH PEAK, Dec 25, 1745; m. (2) HOPE LYNFORD, Jan 04, 1748/49.

Generation No. 8

15. DAVID8 MARVEL, SR.(THOMAS M.7, JOHN6 MARVELL/MARVEL, SR., THOMAS5 MARVELL, JOHN4, JOHN3,THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born January 05, 1728/29 in Sussex Co., DE, and died February 09, 1796 in Sussex Co., DE. He married SARAH COMFORT "SALLY" PRETTYMAN 1744 in Somerset Co., Md., daughter of THOMAS PRETTYMAN and ELIZABETH ENLOE. She was born 1725 in Sussex Co., DE, and died 1801 in Sussex Co., DE.

Notes for DAVID MARVEL, SR.:

David Marvel is the oldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Huggins) Marvel and was born in Sussex County, Delaware, January 5, 1721. Some records gave conflicting dates of 1727 and 1729. We feel 1721 is the most plausible. It is the date used in this account.

David's sweetheart, Sarah (Sally) Prettyman, was the daughter of Thomas, Jr. and Elizabeth (Enloes) Prettyman. John and Mary (?) Prettyman, her emigrant ancestors, came from England to Maryland about 1663. By July 1643, they had migrated to Northampton County, Virginia. They owned extensive tracts of land here and in Accomac County. Later their descendants went to Delaware and became wealthy land owners.

One record gives Sarah Prettyman's birth date as 1725 and the date of her marriage to David Marvel as 1744. Both dates seem questionable. David and Sarah (Prettyman) Marvel were the parents of six children: Prudence, Patience, Prettyman, Elizabeth, David Jr. and Burton. The will of David Marvel dated January 4, 1796, is recorded in the Hall of Records in Dover, Delaware, as are the wills of his brothers, Thomas Jr., Phillip and Robert.

Soon after David Marvel's death, his widow married Moses Daisy. Sarah (Prettyman) Marvel Daisy died in 1801 in Sussex County, Delaware.

Note: David Marvel grew to manhood on his father's plantation in Delaware. Peach growing was the main industry in Delaware and the Marvels gave much care and attention to their orchards. From this luscious fruit the Marvels made exceptional brandy. A decanter of peach brandy always graced the Marvel table.

Source; American Compendium Vol 4; Hall of Records, Dover, Delaware; Marvel History pg 9-10; 1790 Delaware census; Prettyman Letter by Ethel Prettyman; Prettyman Genealogy; Joan Knowles, corresp.

Another vocation that merited much care and attention among the Marvels was the raising of fine horses. Of Thomas II's four sons it was said that David was the most avid respecter of those fine horses. When he went courting as a young man, no young man in the country rode finer horses.

David married Sarah Prettyman , daughter of Thomas, II and Elizabeth(Enloes) Prettyman (See The Prettyman Family), in 1744.

David's will, dated 4 January 1796, is recorded in the Hall of Records in Dover, Delaware. His brother's wills are recorded there also. David's will was probated 9 February 1796. In it he bequeathed all his lands and livelihood to his wife, 'Salla', to be at her disposal during her life or widowhood. At her decease or remarriage his land was to be divided between his sons David and Burton. To his daughter, Elizabeth, he left one cupboard, one dozen pewter plates and one spinning wheel. To daughter-in-law, Polly Prettyman, he bequeathed one feather bed and furniture, one spinning wheel, one chest and pewter dish, four pewter plates, six pewter spoons, two chairs, one earthen pan and one basin. To his daughter, Patience Knowles, he bequeathed one shilling sterling. Toson, Prettyman Marvel, he bequeathed one shilling sterling and thirty-five dollars. The money was due Prettyman for his part of said land. (In the estate inventory he received an amount of thirteen pounds, four shillings and six pence.)

After paying funeral charges and other expenses, the rest of his estate was to be divided among the three youngest children, Elizabeth, David, Jr. and Burton. The inventory of the estate of David Marvel (except theland) amounted to 98 pounds, 16 shillings and 6 pence. The amount left was 58 pounds, 11 shillings and 5 pence to be given to Elizabeth, David, Jr. and Burton. Since daughter, Prudence, is not mentioned in her father's will it is assumed that she had died before 1796. Soon after David Marvel's death his widow married Moses Daisy. Sarah (Prettyman) Marvel Daisy died in 1801 in Sussex county, Delaware.

Several people are questioning the marriage of David and Sarah (Sally) These dates are comparible to their births, children and deaths. I see no reason to assume anything other than these are the true facts from American Compendium Vol 4; Hall of Records, Dover, Delaware; Marvel History pg 9-10; 1790 Delaware census; Prettyman Letter by Ethel Prettyman; Prettyman Genealogy; Joan Knowles, corresp.

More About DAVID MARVEL, SR.: Occupation: Planter
Fact 1: January 04, 1796, Will made.
Fact 2: February 09, 1796, Will probated.
Notes for SARAH COMFORT "SALLY" PRETTYMAN:

I question the following:

Sara Prettyman Marvel by September 12, 1797 Moses Dazey as she appeared in court as Sara Dazey and widow of David Marvel. Sarah Prettyman Marvel Dazey had son Prettyman Marvel Dazey born December 5, 1997 (Wright p158). The Sussex Co., DE Orphans Court Records show that in 1803-4 that David and Burton Marvel were under guardianship of Eli Pepper, so they were still underage at that time.

There is no way Prettyman Marvel Dazey's birth could be to Sara (Sally) at her age.

Children of DAVID MARVEL and SARAH PRETTYMAN are:

i. POLLY9 MARVEL.
19. ii. PATIENCE MARVEL, b. Jan 21, 1758, Sussex Co., DE; d. May 05, 1817, Mount Station, IN.
20. iii. PRUDENCE MARVEL, b. 1759; d. Bef. 1796.
21. iv. PRETTYMAN MARVEL,SR., b. Jan 29, 1763, Dagsboro, Sussex Co., DE; d. Oct. 01, 1856, Waynesville, Dewitt Co., IL.
v. ELIZABETH MARVEL, b. 1765.
vi. DAVID MARVEL,JR., b. 1767, Sussex Co., DE; m. SARA PRETTYMAN, Jan 05, 1789, Lewes, Sussex Co., DE (Presbyterian Church).
vii. BURTON MARVEL, b. 1769, Sussex Co., DE; m. ELIZABETH PRETTYMAN, Abt. 1789.

16. THOMAS8 MARVEL,JR.(THOMAS M.7, JOHN6 MARVELL/MARVEL,SR.,THOMAS5 MARVELL, JOHN4, JOHN3,THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born November 11, 1732 in Sussex Co., DE, and died 1801 in Sussex Co., DE. He married (1) PATIENCE NO SURNAME. He married (2) SUSANNA RODNEY 1765 in Sussex Co., DE, daughter of WILLIAM RODNEY and MARY HILL. She was born 1742 in Maryland, and died Bef. 1797.

Notes for THOMAS MARVEL,JR.:
Thomas Marvel., Jr., second son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Huggins) Marvel, was born in Sussex County, Delaware. He grew to manhood on his father's plantation. From the earliest times, peach growing was one of the main industries of Delaware and the Marvel family gave much attention to their orchards. From the lushious fruit they made brandy. A flagon of this beverage always stood upon the family table, and occupied a special position upon every festal board.

They also gave their attention to the raising of fine horses. The four sons of Thomas Marvel had a liking for horses and has been said, "They had a way with the beast". When they went courting, no other,could compete with the horseflesh these young men were riding.

Thomas Marvel, Jr., married Susanna Parker or Rodney. She was the mother of his children. His second wife, Patience, last name unknown. The will of Thomas Marvel, Jr., dated December 15, 1801, names the following children: Thomas, Joseph, Parker, Stephen, Robert, Eli, Obediah, Elisha and Patience. Two other children, Elizabeth and Isaac, mentioned in another record, are not listed in his will. No doubt they were dead at that time.

An insert of the will is being given on the next page. It is a photocopy of the actual will on file in Archive Volume A 87, pages 27 and 28, in the Hall of Records in Dover, Delaware.

More About THOMAS MARVEL, JR.:  December 15, 1801, Will made.

Children of THOMAS MARVEL and SUSANNA RODNEY are:

i. ELIZABETH9 MARVEL.
ii. ISAAC MARVEL.
iii. OBEDIAH MARVEL.
22. iv. PARKER MARVEL, d. Abt. 1881.
v. PATIENCE MARVEL.
vi. ROBERT MARVEL.
23. vii. THOMAS MARVEL III.
24. viii. JOSEPH MARVEL, b. June 04, 1769; d. 1817, Sussex Co., DE.
ix. STEPHEN MARVEL, b. Abt. 1770.
25. x. ELISHA MARVEL,SR., b. Oct 28, 1771, Sussex, Delaware; d. Mar 26, 1846, Posey Co., IN.
26. xi. ELI MARVEL, b. Oct 25, 1773, Sussex County, Delaware; d. Oct 23, 1833, Livingston County, KY.

17. PHILLIP P.8 MARVEL, SR.(THOMAS M.7, JOHN6 MARVELL/MARVEL,SR.,THOMAS5 MARVELL, JOHN4, JOHN3,THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born December 03, 1732 in Stepney Parish, Somerset Co., MD, and died May 04, 1795 in Sussex Co., DE. He married COMFORT RODNEY, daughter of WILLIAM RODNEY and MARY HILL. She was born April 28, 1738 in Sussex Co., DE, and died January 06, 1801 in Sussex Co., DE.

Notes for PHILLIP P. MARVEL, SR.: MARVEL, Phillip, Sr., Planter Dagsboro Hd. WILL. Made May4, 1795. Heirs: wife, Comfort Marvel; sons, Phillip, Thomas, William, Aaron, Adam and David Marvel; daughters, Mary and Cloe Marvel, and Rhoda Butcher. Executrix, wife Comfort Marvel. Witnesses, Simon Kollock,Rachel Sirman. Probate May 12, 1975. Arch. Vol. A87, pages 11-12. Reg. of Wills, LiberE, folios 36-37. (Note:-Arch. Vol. A87, page 12 mentions William Butcher.)

Another account states:

Phillip P. Marvel, third son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Huggins) Marvel married Comfort Rodney (1738-1802). They were the parents of eleven children: Phillip, Rhoda, Thomas, Adam, William, David, Aaron, Mary, Chloe, Rodney and Rebecca. The will of Phillip P. Marvel dated May 12, 1795, mentions nine children. Rodney and Rebecca probably died in childhood.

More About PHILLIP P. MARVEL, SR.:

Fact 1: May 04, 1795, Made Will

Fact 2: May 12, 1795, Will Probated

Children of PHILLIP MARVEL and COMFORT RODNEY are:

i. REBECCA9 MARVEL.
27. ii. THOMAS MARVEL, b. March 08, 1761, Sussex Co., DE; d. Sep 04, 1836.
28. iii. RHODA MARVEL, b. Feb 18, 1763, Sussex Co., DE; d. 1804, Sussex Co., DE.
iv. WILLIAM MARVEL, b. May 16, 1765, Sussex Co., DE; d. 1847, Broadkill Hundred, Sussex Co., DE; m. RACHEL.
29. v. AARON MARVEL, b. October 12, 1768, Lewes, Sussex Co., DE; d. April 18, 1836, Lewes, Sussex Co., DE.
vi. MARY MARVEL, b. May 27, 1770, Indiana River Hundred, Sussex Co., DE.
30. vii. ADAM MARVEL, b. July 19, 1772, Sussex Co., DE; d. Abt. 1867, Sussex Co., DE.
viii. RODNEY MARVEL, b. Aft. 1775.
31. ix. DAVID MARVEL, b. Jan 18, 1775, Sussex Co., DE; d. Sep 13, 1866, Kent Co., DE.
32. x. PHILLIP MARVEL, JR. (CAPTAIN), b. Feb 09, 1779, Sussex Co., DE; d. August 19, 1851, Dagsboro Hundred, Sussex Co., DE.
xi. CHLOE MARVEL, b. May 10, 1782, Sussex Co., DE; d. Sep 28, 1843, Georgetown, Sussex Co., DE; m. ELI PEPPER; b. Apr 28, 1770, Georgetown, Sussex Co., DE; d. Nov 03, 1856.

18. ROBERT8 MARVEL(THOMAS M.7, JOHN6 MARVELL/MARVEL, SR.,THOMAS5 MARVELL, JOHN4, JOHN3,THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born May 15, 1737 in Stepney Parish, Somerset Co., MD, and died Aft. March 1772 in Worcester County, MD/Somerset, MD. He married RACHEL CHASE Abt. 1762 in Somerset Co., MD. She was born 1737 in Worcester Co., MD, and died August 27, 1791 in Sussex Co., DE.

Notes for ROBERT MARVEL:

Robert Marvel, youngest son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Huggins) Marvel, was the first member of this family to locate in Delaware. He purchased land in Sussex County, Delaware, in 1754. His Will was made March 37, 1772, and probated July 25, 1775. His heirs: wife, Rachel Marvel; sons Tom, Joseph, Robert and Phillip Marvel; daughters, Rachel, Patience, Betty Marvel, Ann Smith (wife of Charlton, Chl Scudderf (wife of Jonathan.) Exec'rx, wife, Rachel Marvel. Witnesses, Levin Connaway, John Willis, Joseph Piper, Sim Kollock. Arch. vol. A87, pages 18-Reg. of Wills, Liber C, folios 3-4.

He married Rachel Chase whose Will was probated September 5, 1791. Robert and Rachel had nine children. Ann Marvel, Thomas Marvel, Robert Marvel, Jr., Patience Marvel, Philip Marvel, Rachel Marvel, Betsy Marvel, Joseph Marvel and Chloe Marvel.

SOURCE: Virdin, Donald Odell. "The Marvel Family: The Path to Delaware". 815 Green Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Received copy of this document from Bonnie Fields, 234 Main Street E., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N1R-1W8. December 1995. (Ruth Montgomery).

Another account states:

Robert Marvel, the youngest son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Huggins) Marvel, married Rachel Chase. They were the parents of nine children: Ann, Thomas, Joseph, Robert, Chloe, Patience, Phillip, Rachel, and Betty. His will is dated March 27, 1772 and recorded July 25, 1775. The will of Rachel (Chase) Marvel is dated August 27, 1791 and probated September 5, 1791. She does not mention Thomas so he probably died before reaching maturity. The other two members of the third generation were girls: Abigail and Viley Clear Marvel

More About ROBERT MARVEL: March 27, 1772, Will Made. July 25, 1775, Will Probated. Occupation: planter

More About RACHEL CHASE: August 27, 1791, Will made. September 05, 1791, Will probated.

Children of ROBERT MARVEL and RACHEL CHASE are:

i. BETTY/BETSY9 MARVEL, m. ELI MCCALLEY.
ii. CHLOE MARVEL, m. (1) NONAME NOTTINGHAM; m. (2) JONATHAN SCUDDER; m. (3) JAMES BARR.
iii. DEBORAH MARVEL.
iv. JOSEPH MARVEL, d. December 06, 1786, Sussex Co., DE; m. RACHEL SMITH.

Notes for JOSEPH MARVEL: Marvel, Joseph. Will. Made Dec. 6, 1786. Heirs: Wife, Rachel Marvel; brothers, Thomas, Robert and Phillip Marvel; Wife's daughter, Mary Smith. Exec'rs, wife, Rachel Marvel and brother Thomas Marvel. Witnesses: Leven Connaway, William Marvel. Prob. Dec. 28, 1786. Arch. Vol. A86, pages 197-200. Reg. of Wills, Liber D, folios 123-124. (Note: Arch. vol A86, page 198 shows Thomas Marvel, John Mann and Rachel, his wife, late Rachel Marvel, exhibited an account on the estate March 4, 1789; page 199 shows Elizabeth Marvel and Philip Marvel exhibited an account August 11, 1795 as exec'rs of Thomas Marvel.)

More About JOSEPH MARVEL: December 06, 1786, Will Made. December 28, 1786, Will Probated

v. MARY MARVEL.
vi. PATIENCE MARVEL, m. WILLIAM BROWN.
vii. PETER MARVEL.
viii. RACHEL MARVEL, m. JOSHUA ROBERTSON.
ix. RICHARD MARVEL.
33. x. ROBERT MARVEL, b. Sussex Co., DE.
xi. THOMAS MARVEL, d. October 29, 1794, Sussex Co., DE; m. ELIZABETH.
34. xii. ANN MARVEL, b. Abt. 1753; d. 1807, Sussex Co., DE.

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