The Family of Thomas M. Marvel Sr.

THOMAS M. MARVEL SR. was born in 1682 in Somerset, Maryland. He died on 28 March 1753 in Somerset, Worcester, Maryland. Thomas married Elizabeth Huggins, daughter of Edmund Huggins and Ann Huggins on 16 June 1720 in Stepney Parish, Somerset, Maryland. She was born in 1684 in Somerset, Maryland. She died in 1755 in Somerset, Worcester, Maryland.

Thomas M Marvel Sr. and Elizabeth Huggins had the following children:

1.   ABIGAIL MARVEL was born on 05 Apr 1723 in Stepney Parish, Somerset, Maryland. She died on 14 Dec 1726 in Stepney Parish, Somerset, Maryland.

2.  TILEY (VILEY) CLEAR MARVEL was born on 04 Dec 1726 in Stepney Parish, Somerset, Maryland. *

3.  DAVID MARVEL SR. was born on 05 Jan 1729 in Stepney Parish, Somerset, Maryland. He died on 04 Jan 1796 in Dover, Sussex, Delaware. He first married COMFORT PRETTYMAN, daughter of William Prettyman and Elizabeth Warples Burton in 1744 in Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware. She was born in 1725 in Sussex County, Delaware. She died before 1789  in Sussex County, Delaware. He then married SARAH ‘SALLIE’ PRETTYMAN, daughter of Thomas Prettyman II and Elizabeth Inloe on 05 Jan 1789 in Somerset, Maryland. She was born in 1740 in Dagsboro Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware. She died in 1801 in Georgetown, Sussex County, Delaware.

4.  THOMAS MARVEL JR. was born on 11 Nov 1732 in Stepney Parish, Somerset, Maryland. He died on 15 Dec 1801 in Dover, Kent County, Delaware. He married SUSANNAH RODNEY, daughter of William Rodney and Mary Hill in 1765 in Sussex County, Delaware. She was born in 1742 in Sussex County, Delaware. She died in 1797 in Sussex County, Delaware. He then married ELLENOR NELLIE(last name unknown).

5.  PHILIP PHILLIP MARVEL SR. was born on 30 Nov 1735 in Stepney Parish, Somerset, Maryland. He died on 04 May 1795 in Dover, Sussex, Delaware. He married COMFORT RODNEY, daughter of William Rodney and Mary Hill on 16 Jun 1751 in Somerset, Maryland. She was born on 28 Apr 1739 in Sussex County, Delaware. She died on 12 Feb 1801 in Dagsboro Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware.

6.  ROBERT MARVEL SR. was born on 15 May 1737 in Stepney Parish, Somerset, Maryland. He died on 25 Jul 1775 in Dover, Kent County, Delaware. He married RACHEL CHASE in 1757 in Somerset, Maryland. She was born in 1737 in Worcester County, Maryland. She died on 27 Aug 1791 in Sussex County, Delaware (Buried in St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery).

* Notes for Tiley Clear Marvill:    According to the Stepney Parish Records of Somerset County, Maryland. By Ruth T Dryden – Willow Bend Books 2001  Page 7
Tiley Clear Marvill, daughter of Thomas & Eliz. born 4 December 1726.. Many others say that it is Viley. Tiley makes more sense.

 Notes for Thomas M Marvel Sr.:

According to English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records, Thomas Marvell owned 1238 acres of land – source: Ancestry.com

Thomas Marvill purchased two tracts of land on the Nanticoke River on the site of the present little village of Riverton, once known as Bacon Quarter, in Somerset (now Wicomico) County, Maryland.

1723 Dec. 6 Thomas Marvel purchased a tract of 150 acres called “Gladstone Adventure” from Lewis and Elizabeth Rigby of Somerset Co, Maryland. (Somerset Co. L.R., Book GH, p.108-10); and 1725 July 14 Thomas acquired an adjoining tract of 200 acres called “Hardship” from William and Elizabeth Phillipson. (Somerset Co., L.R., Book TH, p. 24). For proof of the location of these tracts, see Somerset Co. L.R. Book LW-4, p. 341-2, 11 Jan 1849. The land at this spot is high, by local standards, and very sandy, with a lovely outlook across the Nanticoke River.

1753 Mar. 20 Thomas Marvill executed two deeds of gift, in which he divided his personal property and his real estate among his family. To sons David, Thomas, and Philip he gave personal effects and livestock, and to Job Gastineau (relationship not stated) he gave a mare. David received 100 acres of land “in the middle of the tract”; Thomas received 100 acres, “the back part of the tract”; Philip did not get any land. Robert Marvil, in exchange for caring for his father for the rest of his life, received the largest portion of personalty and the dwelling plantation with 150 acres of land belonging thereto. George Lewis Gastineau (a schoolmaster and father of Job) was a witness to the two deeds. (Somerset Co. L.R., Book A, p. 292).

1753 Mar. 28 The will of Thomas Marvel was dated March 28, 1753, naming his four sons, 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.

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

A thought from Nanette Davis – Often you see Robert Marvel described as the youngest son but the Deed of Gift did not say that. In fact, I would say that since he received the biggest portion, he would be more likely to be the oldest son.

Notes for Elizabeth Huggins: 1721 June 16 Thomas MARVILL married Elizabeth HUGINS [HUGGINS] in Stepney Parish, Somerset Co., MD. (Stephey Parish Register, p. 10). Earlier histories say she was the daughter of Edmund and Ann Huggins, and although I haven’t found any proof of this, it is plausible, because Edmund was the only Huggins appearing in the records in the right area. He had owned land on the north side of Wetipquin Creek, and in 1718 he bought land on the Nanticoke River a few miles north of where Marvill would soon settle. (MD. State Archives, Patents, 1695, Vol. BB-3, p. 381-83); Somerset County. L.R., Book EF, p. 211); Source: Hall of records at Dover, Delaware.; Marvel History pg 7-8; Early Marriage records of Maryland.

Elizabeth and Thomas are buried in the St. Paul’s cemetary in Georgetown, Delaware.

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