David James Marvel

According to an article for Counties of Clay and Owen in the Indiana Historical and Biographical by editor Charles Blanchard dated 1884.

“David J. Marvel – Farmer and plasterer, is the third of the children of Robert and Sarah (Williams)* Marvel, natives of Delaware. David was born near Centerville, Ohio, June 110, 1831, whence his parents came to this state in 1833, and settled in Hendricks county, where he resided until 1867, when he moved to Iowa. and then he returned to Indiana in the spring of 1870 and settled on the farm that he currently lives. He was reared on a farm, and lived with his parents until he was twenty-two. He had little schooling – maybe three months total. He has acquired a practical education by observation and experience. February 16, 1854, he married Amanda Brown and they had ten children. September 1862 he enlisted in Company K, Serventyninth (79th), Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He served one year and was discharged for disability, after having participated in all the battles from Louisville to Cumberland Gap. In his youth he learne(d) the pasters (plasters) trade, at which he works occasionally. In politics, Mr. Marvel is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.”

Biographical Sketches: Lewis Township Clay County Indiana.

David James Marvel died of Carbuncle on his left shoulder. Also between his left shoulder and neck. He was treated by Dr. J.W. Davis. The children and their birthdates is supplied by Mary Chestnut during a deposition for the a claim of pension increase for her father David J. Marvel. This is dated July 11, 1899. She stated that there existed a framed record of the births of the family. It was in the possession of Willliam Morton Marvel.

During the deposition, Mary stated “that her father and mother were married either in Boone – Marion Co. or Hendricks Co. Indiana. They lived near the border line of those counties. They were married at Levi Brown’s – father of my mother Amanda Brown. Neither had been married before they married each other. They never divorced and they were never separated until Death.”

David J. Marvel enlisted in the Company K of the 79th Indiana Regiment of Vol. Infantry on August 21, 1862 to serve 3 years. According to the Certificate of Disability for Discharge – “he was born in Centerville in the State of Ohio is 29 years of age, 5 feet 11 inches high, dark complexion, grey
eyes, Dark hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Farmer.” Dated August 31 st , 1863. Signed by Henry A. Mitchel at Louisville, Kentucky

According to the Declaration for Invalid Army Pension dated July 30, 1864:

On this 30th of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty four personally appeared before me, William Wallace Clerk of the Circuit Court within and for the county and State aforesaid, David J. Marvel aged 32 years, a resident of Royalton in the county of Boone in the State of Indiana who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical David J. Marvel who enlisted in the service of the United States on the 2 nd day of September in the year 1862, as a Private in company K commanded by Captain Joseph Jordon in the 79 Regiment of Indiana Vol. Infantry in
the war of 1861, and was honorably discharged at Louisville on the 31 day of August in the year 1863: that while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty at a place called Louisville in the State of Kentucky on the 20th day of September 1862, he was disabled as follows, to-wit: He was taken sick with a Bowel complaint at Louisville Ky. he left said place for Glaser Ky with the Regt. w/wn his arrival thus he was immediately stricken down with the Dysentery and sent back to Hospital No. 9 at Louisville Ky where he remained about a month then transfered to the Hospital No. 8 at New Albany, Ind.where he remained about two months then returned to the Regt at Murfreesboro Tenn where he remained about three months being unable to do any service on account of his Dysentary he was sent to the field hospital where he remained about a month then sent to Nashville, Tenn Hospital No. 7. his Dysentary became Chronic, he remained in said hospital about a month then sent back to No. 7 Hospital Louisville, Ky where he was discharged from the service. Since discharge he has been unable to perform any manual labor he is almost reduced to a skeleton. his chronic Diarrhea remains unabated, is hardly able to get about.

Declaration of Invalid Pension found at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The following is a timeline for David J. Marvel’s Civil War Experience in 1862 at the age of 29. The information was gathered from various “Muster Cards” for David Marvel.

Inducted in Indianapolis, Indiana September 2, 1862, – David joined on August 21, 1862, for a 3-year period of service. He received a Bounty premium pay of $27.00.

September 2 to October 31, 1862 – David was ‘Present’ for Muster those days.

November to December 1862 – David was ‘Absent’ from Active Duty. He was sent to the hospital on November 4, 1862, in Bowling Green, Kentucky

January to February 1863 – David was ‘Present’ again and out of the hospital.

March to April 1863 – David was ‘Present’ for all roll calls

April 10, 1863, – A Special Muster was called and he was ‘Present’

May to June 1863 – David was listed as ‘Absent’ – he was sent to the Covalence Camp in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on May 12, 1863.

July and August 1863 – still in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

September and October 1863 – David James Marvel was discharged at Louisville, Kentucky by order of Co. Mondy. The discharge was dated August 31, 1863.

The interesting thing about his discharge was that David appears on the Company’s Muster-Out Roll dated June 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee. His last pay day was June 30, 1863, and he was ‘Discharged’ on August 1, 1864, for Physical Disability.

Below are copies of the Muster Cards for David J. Marvel. They were gathered at the National Archives building in Washington, D.C. several years ago. (They are, however, not in chronological order.)