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Matthew Marvin (1600 - bef. 1680)

Matthew Marvin
Born in Great Bentley, Essex, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1621 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1645 in Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died before before age 80 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut Colonymap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Matthew Marvin migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Note: The U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 records indicate a marriage between Mathew Marvin born 1600 and Alice Bouton. [Note these are not necessarily actual marriage records, but rather an index of marriages referred to in print without evaluation of the source quality]



He is an ancestor of President Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr.[1]

Disputed Maiden Name of Wife Alice

There appears to be no solid evidence for the identity of Matthew Martin's second wife, Alice. There are theories that she was Alice Kellogg. Due to the lack of proof, Matthew's wife Alice is shown here as Alice Unknown. Please read the discussion that follows to the see the research into the dispute.

Among family historians, the notion that Matthew Marvin's second wife, Alice, had been previously married to John Bouton wasn't known until 1897. The earlier Kellogg association likely springs from a reference in her will to a daughter, Bridget Kellogg. In hindsight, others suppose an early author and/or his correspondents thought Alice might have been the widow or mother of Daniel Kellogg, thus Alice (____) Kellogg or, "Mrs. Alice Kellogg."

Some years later, updated family associations connected Alice as the first wife of John Bouton and, thus, the mother of Bridgett (Bouton) Kellogg. For those interested only in the published correction, see the work below, others may want to read on.

William T. R. Marvin, "Matthew Marvin and his second wife, widow Alice Bouton,`" __New England Historical and Genealogical Register_ 51 (1897):330-334. At p. 330 he writes of the "Mrs. Alice Kellogg" identification saying, "I have recently found that this was an inference made by one of his [T. R. Marvin's] correspondents--whether based on inspection of the will of Alice Marvin, or from some other source, cannot now be determined." Marvin

As early as 1845 and 1848, T. R. Marvin printed and distributed small books about the Marvin family. The author's son later described the early material as "one of the first family-histories ever published in this country."[1] In 1862, T. R. Marvin authored “Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin, who came to New England in 1635,” published and distributed in_New England Historical and Genealogical Register_ 16.[2] The later article cited globally, "authentic sources," and it identified Matthew Marvin's second wife as "Mrs. Alice Kellogg." [2]

Upon request thirty years later, William T. R. Marvin recompiled his father's notes and correspondence. Again the notion of "Mrs. Alice Kellogg" became published distributed, this time by Edward E. and Evelyn (McCurdy) Salisbury as "Marvin-Marvyn-Mervyn," in the third volume of _Family histories and genealogies. A series of genealogical and biographical monographs on the families of ...…_ (1892).[3]

By the time the oversight about Alice was discovered (1897), information confused about John Bouton in Savage (1860)[4] had advanced to an all but fictional account of the immigrant in James Bouton's _Bouton--Boughton family …_ [5] Of this work, one author later wrote "The account of the origin of the Bouton family and its founder in New England given in James Bouton’s _Bouton-Bouhton Family_ (1890) contains so many mistakes that it has to be disregarded.”[6]

Sometimes a good genealogical mistake, once documented and outdated, takes on a life/notion of its own. That seems to be the case with Alice's identity. Ala, "if she was not 'Mrs. Alice Kellogg,' let us cling to the notion she was 'Alice Kellogg' and thus seek a daddy!"

For dear Alice, this might explain the apparent oversight by Charles Arthur Hoppin, who set out to correct James Bouton's record. In 1932, Hoppin wrote, "One cannot but be amazed at such unintelligent interpretations of history and such unscientific misapplications of records as appear in the book by James Boughton [_Bouton-Bouhton Family_, 1890] and elsewhere."[7] In want of correcting the earlier 1890 tale of John Bouton's three wives, Hoppin unfortunately continued his criticism with the statement, "It entirely omits his only known wife, Alice Kellogg …"

Attempting to weave pre-1897 references with later dated materials, some of which he mis-quotes or mis-cites; adding his own supposition, Hoppin advances a discussion of about the possible parentage of "Alice Kellogg." In his otherwise oft-cited work Hoppins wrote,

"Doubtless, [Alice Kellogg] came to New England 1635/36 with Nathaniel Kellogg; but it is not clear whether she was his sister, niece, cousin, or granddaughter of William and Alice Kellogg of Saffron Walden, Essex England. Nathaniel Kellogg was born about 1600, evidently at Braintree, Essex, England, where his parents resided after leaving the adjacent Great Leighs, where their earlier children were baptized. The Braintree vital records are lost prior to 1660, and the births and baptisms of some of Nathaniel's known brothers and sisters are not recorded. The vital records of Debden, Great Leighs, and Saffron Walden reveal the Kellogg connections there. Alice (Kellogg) Bowton-Marvin, from the American viewpoint, seems to have been a granddaughter of William and Alice, or a sister of Nathaniel, or a daughter of Thomas and Annis (Hare) Kellogg, daughter of Nathaniel's elder brother Robert of Braintree … [chart appears]."[8]

In the years since the correction about "Mrs. Alice Kellogg" was published (1897), countless authors have made attempts to correct the record. I hope the WikiTree community helps broadcast that corrected record and thank Vic Watt for providing the opportunity.

It seems highly doubtful there was an Alice Kellogg born "March 26, 1600 in Essex, England." Essex, England is the location given for Matthew Marvin's birth, the date of which is at times written "March 26, 1599/1600."

T. R. Marvin's early 1848 work, the contents of which mostly pertain to the family of Matthew's brother, Reinold, does not mention the name Kellogg.

Marvin/Bouton/Kellogg References: [1] Edward Elbridge Salisbury and Evelyn McCurdy Salisbury, _Family histories and genealogies. A series of genealogical and biographical monographs on the families of …_ 3 vols. (1892), 3:77-78; digital images, _Hathi Trust_ (accessed 2014).

[2] T. R. Marvin, “Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin, who came to New England in 1635,” _New England Historical and Genealogical Register_ 16:235-254, in particular, p. 250; digital images, _Internet Archive_ (accessed 2014).

[3] Edward Elbridge Salisbury and Evelyn McCurdy Salisbury, _Family histories and genealogies. A series of genealogical and biographical monographs on the families of …_ 3 vols. (1892), 3:77-214, in particular, 89, 91; digital images, _Hathi Trust_ (accessed 2014). At page 91, Marvin writes, "Mrs. Alice Kellogg, whom my father thought to have been the widow of Daniel Kellogg."

[4] James Savage, _A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer's Register_ 4 vols. (1860-1862), 1:220, entries for "Bouton"; digital images, _Hathi Trust_ (accessed 2014).

[5] James Bouton, _Bouton--Boughton family; descendants of John Bouton, a native of France, who embarked from Gravesend, Eng., and landed at Boston in December, 1635, and settled at Norwalk, Ct._ (1890), 7-9.

[6] Nathan Grier Parke, _The Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley and His Wife Emma Arabella Bosworth_, Donald Lines Jacobus, ed. (Woodstock, Vt., 1960), 214. Access available to many via Heritage Quest.

[7] Charles Arthur Hoppin, _The Washington ancestry, and records of the McClain, Johnson, and forty other colonial American families : prepared for Edward Lee McClain_ (1932); digital images, _Hathi Trust_ (accessed 2014), pp. 489-513 for "Bowton, Bouton of Connecticut"; in particular, p. 495.

[8] Charles Arthur Hoppin, _The Washington ancestry, and records of the McClain, Johnson, and forty other colonial American families : prepared for Edward Lee McClain_ (1932); digital images, _Hathi Trust_ (accessed 2014), pp. 489-513 for "Bowton, Bouton of Connecticut"; in particular, p. 496-497.

Additional Boughton-Bouton references:

Nathan Grier Parke, _The Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley and His Wife Emma Arabella Bosworth_, Donald Lines Jacobus, ed. (Woodstock, Vt., 1960), 214-215. Access available to many via Heritage Quest.

Willis A. Boughton, Bouton, Boughton and Farnam Families (n.p., 1949), 1.

Gary Alan Boughton and Mary J. Bigelow, "A line of Matthew Boughtons of Danbury Conn (1661-1821)," _The American Genealogist_ 65 (1990):97-106

Gary A. Boughton and Frederick C. Hart, Jr., "Sorting out some Boutons: A new look at the family of John^4 and Mercy (Hickok) Bouton of New Canaan, Connecticut," _The American Genealogist_ 73 (1998):33-43, 146-55

William Jones and Donald Lines Jacobus, "Bouton Family of Norwalk, Conn.," _The American Genealogist_ 11 (1934):114-118 (page 118 for line of descent from John^1 Bouton m. Alice ____).

A few Marvin references: Robert Charles Anderson, _The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P_ (2007), 63-71.

Donald Lines Jacobus, _The Granberry Family and Allied Families_ (Hartford: E. F. Waterman, 1945), 145, 276. Access available to many via Heritage Quest.

Donald Lines Jacobus, et al., _Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley_ (Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society, 1952), 555, 713. Access available to many via Heritage Quest.

Mary Walton Ferris, _Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume_, 2 vols. (Milwaukee: privately printed, 1931–43). 2:575-578. Access available to many via Heritage Quest.

George Franklin Marvin and William T. R. Margin, _Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin of Hartford, Ct., 1638 and 1635_ (Boston: T. R. Marvin & Son, 1904 [reprinted c199?]), 287; digital images, _Hathi Trust_ (accessed 2014).;view=1up;seq=341

Martin Hollick, _New Englanders in the 1600s_ (2006), reports modern information about Matthew Marvin was also published as William Marshall Bollenback, Jr., _The New England Ancestry of Alice Everett Johnson, 1899-1986, Memoirs and Bollenbach Genealogy_ (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press., 2003).

Some Kellogg references:

Myrtle Stevens Hyde, FASG, "The Ancestry of Prudence Bird, wife of Martin Kellogg of Braintree, Essex, England (who had descendants in New England," _The American Genealogist_ 71 (1995):87-92.

Timothy Hopkins, _The Kelloggs in the Old World and the New_, 3 vols. (1903). Kelloggs

Sketch of Phillippe Kellogg begins p. 11

Nathaniel Kellogg (immigrant), therein son of Phillippe Kellogg, begins p. 23

Sketch of Martin Kellogg, therein son of Phillippe Kellogg, begins p. 13

Sketch of Daniel Kellogg (immigrant), therein son of Martin and Prudence (Bird) Kellogg, begins p. 31

Martin Hollick, _New Englanders in the 1600s_ (2006), reports modern work about Daniel Kellogg was also published in Clara Pierce Olson Overbo, _Ancestors and Desccendants of Clark Proctor Nichols …_ (2002), 100-101.


Matthew was born at Great Bentley, Essex, England, the youngest son of Edward and Margaret Marvin. His mother's maiden name is UNKNOWN and assignment of her last name (LNAB) of "Gillyat" is highly speculative at best.[2] He was baptized at St Marys Church, Great Bentley, Essex, England on March 25 or 26, 1600.[3]

By the will of his father, who died in 1615, Matthew received the "mentchon house called Edons alles (alias) Dreybrockes, and in Croftes of land called Hartles and Brocken Heddes", on the condition that he pay to his mother yearly during her life "the fulle sume of Sexe Poundes", in default of which it was to pass to his brother Reinold with a like condition. He was then about fifteen years old. He probably resided there with his mother until her death in May 1633.

He married Elizabeth _____ by 1622. Her maiden name is unknown.[4][5][6][7] Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700 gives her surname as [?Gregory], which is certainly not very confident,[8] supposedly Elizabeth Gregory, daughter of Henry Gregory. See G2G

Elizabeth and Matthew had seven children.

He served as "sydeman" at St. Mary's in 1621; "overseer" in 1627; senior warden in 1628.

Matthew embarked for New England after the death of his mother in 1633. We know he was made a Freeman before departing England as Robert Lea, Master of the Increase proved that his party had taken the oath of Allegiance and Supremacy prior to sailing. Matthew sailed from London on the Increase for Boston, in April 1635, with his wife Elizabeth (aged 32), his five oldest children[3] and two men servants (Jo Warner, 20 yr and Isaac More 13 yr old). In 1638, Reinold, Matthew's older brother, also moved to New England.

The western movement of colonists to the Connecticut River region had already begun and from the vicinity of Boston, in the early autumn of 1635, a group of pioneers made their way along Indian paths to the Great River and thence down toward the Dutch fort or trading post which had been built on the southern side of the Little River which flows into the Connecticut and which became a bisecting line through the later city of Hartford. The newcomers laid out their home lots and built their dugouts upon the ridge above the meadow and back from the Little River, on its north side. How many remained all through the bitter winter is not clear. The greater, and better-known, migration came the next summer, when the Rev. Thomas Hooker with the larger part of his congregation left Newtown, Mass. the 31st of May for the new plantation, where most of the families settled south of the Little River. Known as Suckiaug to the first comers, the name Hartford was given, February 21, 1636/7, to the town.

Matthew Marvin was one of the original settlers of Hartford (about November 1635) and resided for some years on the corner of Village and Front Streets. Surveyor of Highways in 1639 and 1647. On 9 November 1640, Matthew and a neighbor were fined five shillings "for putting over of their hoges over the great [Connecticut] river." In March 1641, in an agreement about fencing land to the corner of John Clark's lot in the Soldier's Field, Matthew agreed to maintain a common gate with the caveat that "if any children shal be taken [found] swinging [on the gate] by the said matthew mervill [sic], he shall complayn to their parents or masters and if they doe not restraine them the second time it shall be lawful for him to prevent them, and if they brake the gate ther parents or masters shall make it good." The family attended the Hartford First Church.

The Founders' monument in the city carries the names of both groups and the names of others who arrived individually and helped in establishing the settlement.[9] In the Adventurers' Green on Hartford's main street, has been set up in recent years a stone bearing the names of the Adventurers, those who arrived in the autumn of 1635, the North-siders. Matthew Marvin's name appears on the Founders' monument and on the Adventurers' stone.

Elizabeth died around 1642, probably in Hartford. About 1647 at Hartford, Connecticut, he married Alice, the widow of his daughter-in-law's father John Bouton. Matthew and Alice had three children, and Alice brought three Bouton children from her first marriage. There is question as to Alice's maiden name. Some say it was Alice Kellogg, b. March 26, 1600 in Essex, England.

In 1648/9, he received a bounty of ten shillings from the town for killing a wolf. On 22 April 1649, he sued Matthew Beckwith for defamation of character and recovered damages in the amount of £50. The Court remitted the fine on condition that Beckwith make a public retraction of his slander. Matthew apparently contemplated moving to Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, where his brother Reinold had settled; he owned both lands and dwelling houses there. He decided against the move, and before 1653, the date the transfer was recorded, he sold his Farmington holdings to Nathaniel Kellogg. Instead, on 19 June 1650, he was one of those who signed an agreement for the founding of Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, where he was one of the original grantees. His name also appears third on a deed dated 15 February 1651 from the sachem Runckiriheage. He is remembered as a First Settler.[3]

He was a settler on the original Ludlow Agreement lands. His four acre homelot in Norwalk -- No. 10 -- was in a place of honor next to the meeting house. On May 19, 1654, he was "freed from watching and training". In 1664, when the meeting house was enlarged, he and Thomas Fitch were appointed "to call out as many men as they think fitt . . . to fell and cutt the timber and allso to summon each to draw saied timber," and to "provide a luncheon and a barrel of good beans for the help."

Towards the close of his life he made a series of land transfers to his daughters, and the appraisal list of 9 February 1671/2 showed that the value of his estate had shrunk to £169. He still owned land in adjacent villages. Records show that on 11 July 1672 he sold a farm at Saukatuck of about forty acres to Peter Clayton.

He died at Norwalk, Connecticut, between December 20, 1678, the date he signed his Will, and July 12, 1680, the date the inventory of his estate wake taken. [3]

Matthew's wife Alice died December 17, 1680.[3][10]


Matthew's will is dated 26 Dec 1678[11] and the inventory, July 12, 1680 in Norwalk, Connecticut.

"To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come greeting -- I Mathew Marvin Senr of Norwalk in the County of fairfield in the Colleney of Connecticot being aged fourscore years or ther aboute though weake and feeble in body yet through the mercy of God of perfect mind and Memory disallowing disowning cancelling and making void all former wills and writings of this kind hitherto made by me doe make ordayne and appoint this present wrighting to be my last Will and Testament.

"First I doe bequeath and resigne up my soul unto God who gave it and doe commit my body to the duste from whence it came to be Interred by desent and comely buriall hoping and Trusting in the Lord of a happy Resurrection at the Last day: and as for the Temporal effects wherewith the Lord hath blessed me I doe will and dispose thereof as followeth. Im pms I doe will and bequeath unto my dearly belove wife Alice Marvin the sum of Twenty pounds as her owne true and proper estate for her to will order and dispose as shee pleaseth and alsoe I doe give will and bequeath unto my sd dearly beloved wife the use of all other my estate whatsoever during her natural Life.

"Item I doe give and bequeath unto my son Mathew Marvin of Norwock aforesaid all my right of the Devission of Lands on the east side of Sagatuck River to have hold possess and enjoy to him and his heirs forever.

"Item I doe will and bequeath unto my gran childe Mathew Marvin sonn to my sonn Mathew Marvin aforesaid my now dwelling house with half my orchyard and home Lot the same to Lye Lengthwise as it now Lyeth next to his fathers dwelling lot partly and partly to the Town Land to have hold possess and enjoy to him and his heirs forever after my decease and the decease of my beloved wife aforesaid provided always my will is that my said Grand childe and his heirs Successively doe at all times allowe and aknowledg free egress and regress unto my sonn Samuel Smith and his heirs to and from the barn (which is in the Lot aforesaid) with Carts or any other way without any hinderence Let or Molestation. But yf my said Grand child or his heairs at any time shall refuse or deny the aforesaid liberty unto Samll Smith or his heirs then my Will is that the said Samll Smith shall have the whole barn yard to him and his heirs forever. More over I doe Will and bequeath unto my said Grand child Mathew Marvin one peace of Meadowe Lying and being between his fathers Meadowe and the Meadowe of Samll Campfield at a place or near a place comonly called fruitful Spring; and further I doe give will and bequeath unto my said Grand child Mathew Marvin my Stony Hill Lot of upland as it now Lyeth and is bounded all which the premises to the said mathew Marvin my Grand son my will is it shall be to him and his heirs forever.

"Item I doe give will and bequeath unto my sonn John Bowton and to my daughter Abigal his wife one parcel of Meadowe of mine which is adjoyning to the meadowe of the said John Bowton Lying at Sagatuck brooke. Item I do give and bequeath unto my Grand childe Richard Bushnell the sum of Ten pounds.

"Item I doe give and bequeath unto Francis Bushnell of Norwalk aforesaid four Acres of Land which is granted me for a house Lot near Standford path together with Ten pounds Comonage to him and his heirs forever. Item I doe give and bequeath unto the Reverent Mr Thomas Handford Pastor of the Church of Norwock the sum of five pounds. Moreover my will is that after my due debts and Legasies together together with funeral rights be discharged what estate Lands Chattels goods whatsoever shall remaine after mine and my wives deceas (to whom as aforesaid I give and bequeath the use of my whole estate during her Natural Life) I say it is my will that all such estate (which is not disposed off by will or deed of gift under my hand and seal:) shall be equally devided amongst my four daughters (viz) Mary Adgate of Norwich Hanna Semer (abating her Twelve pound for a pair of oxen already payd) Abigal Bowton of Norwocke and Rebecca Clarke of farmington this distrebution my will is shall be made by the discreation of my Executors and Overseers: By whom my Will and desire is all Controversies amongst my Children (yf any shall arise) about this my Will shall be decided. And farther it is my Will and desire that my Children rest satisfyed in their decssion. Furthermore my Will and desire is and I doe hereby make appoint and ordayne after mine and my wives deceas my sonn John Bowton and John Platt the executors of this my Last Will and Testament. I also doe request and desire the Reverend Mr Thos Handford and Lieut Richard Olmsteed to be overseers of this my said Last Will and Tetstament; And my will and desire is that the said executors of this my Last Will and Testament be payd out of my estate to each man Three pounds (that is to say) the sum of Twelve pounds in all for their care and pains they shall be at in ye behalf of the servises. And that this is my true intent and meaning in my last Will and Testament: for the True and full Confirmation of this my Last Will and Testament as my own Act and deed I have hereunto set my hand and seale this six and Twentyeth day of decembr Anno Domenii 1678.

Signed and sealed in the presence of us—
The Marks of
Thomas Handford.
James Cornish
Christo: Cumstocke"

His estate was inventoried on 13 July 1680: "Wearing clothes, In housing and Land £212, Neat Cattle Sheep and Lambs, 1 Carpit and 1 Curtain, Linsie Woolsy 28 pound of yearn, 17 Napkins 4 Towels and three Table clothes, 6 pillow beers 9 pr of Sheets 1 Single Sheet, one bed and Silk rugg, one boulster and 5 pillowes, one bed and Curtains vallens, one boulster and Ruggs 2 blankets, one bed and 1 rugg 2 bed steeds, Pewter and Tin vessels, brass Kettles and one Lanthorn, Iron pot and Pothookes and Iron Kettles, frying pan Tonges fire shovel and Cob Iron, old And iron and Spit and grid Iron, old Iron armes and Ammunition, Axes wedg-tings hooks and other things, peass hook one fan 1 forke Corn Sacks, wheat peass and Indian Corn, wool and flax Nayles and stocklock, Porke and bacon Malt and brann, wool Card Measures Skales wayets, Candle Mould other necessaries to make candles, Tallow and Candles and hogs fat, a pair of bellowes, book Spice and endecoe, Alkemy Spoons and earthen ware, one Smoathing iron and Sheep sheers money, Cheast Boxes Chayer and Cushings, Trayes and bowles, a Table forme Trenchers and brush, Payles and musterd bowl sives and Meat Troff, Spinning wheels one Trammer, Cask and other things wheat upon the ground, Cheespress and other things, Sawes and other things horses, debts due to the estate £71.10.00."[3]

The total value of the estate was £398.12.08; subtracting the value of the debts due from the estate -- £42.10.00 -- a net total of £356.02.08.

The widow Alice died within a year after Matthew Marvin's death, inventory of her estate being taken the last day of January 1680/1. Her will, which was dated the first of December 1680, dealt with her family by her first husband and with her daughter Rachel Marvin, wife of Samuel Smith.


Matthew had 7 children with his first wife, Elizabeth. Hannah was 6mo old when the family embarked on the Increase in 1635. He had three more with his second wife, Alice, the widow of John Bowton. Alice had three children from her first marriage.[3]

  1. Elizabeth Marvin bp. September 15, 1622 in Great Bentley, England, d. 1708, m. by 1650 to Dr John Olmstead,[12] no known children.[3]
  2. Matthew Marvin bp. November 8, 1626 in Great Bentley, England, d. 1712 in Norwalk, Connecticut, m. Mary UNKNOWN about 1650,[13] 8 children[3]
  3. Marie Marvin bp. December 16, 1628 in Great Bentley, England d. March 29, 1713 in Norwich, Connecticut m. 1) Richard Bushnell, October 11, 1648,[14] 5 children m. 2) Deacon Thomas Adgate in 1659,[15] 4 children[3]
  4. Sarah Marvin bp. December 27, 1631 in Great Bentley, England d. 1701 in Stratford, Connecticut, m. 1) October 4, 1648 to Ens. William Goodrich[16], 9 children; m. 2) Capt. William Curtis about 1680[17][3]
  5. Hannah Marvin b. about October 1634 in Great Bentley, England d. after 1680 m. Thomas Seymour January 5, 1654[18] in Norwalk, Connecticut, 11 children[3]
  6. Abigail Marvin b. about 1637 in Hartford, Connecticut d. after December 1680, m. John Bowton (son of Alice Marvin, Abigail's step-mother) January 1657[19] in Norwalk, Connecticut, 7 children[3]
  7. Rebecca Marvin b. about 1639 in Hartford, Connecticut d. unknown m. to a John Clark of Farmington, about 1662[20], exact identity unknown 12 children[3]
  8. Lydia Marvin b. about 1647 in Hartford[3]
  9. Samuel Marvin bp. Feb 6, 1648 in Hartford, Connecticut, Probably died young[3]
  10. Rachel Marvin bp. December 30, 1649 in Hartford, Connecticut d. about 1687 m. Samuel Smith about 1670-1[21] in Norwalk, Connecticut, 5 children[3]
Step children by Alice:[22]
  1. John Bowton
  2. Richard Bowton
  3. Bridget Bowton

Death may have been December 20, 1679


  1. Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents
  2. #S4 The English Ancestry of Reinold and Matthew Marvin of Hartford
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 Marvin
  4. #S3 The Washington ancestry... p. 524
  5. #S5 Descendants of Reinhold and Matthew Marvin p. 287
  6. Great Migration 1634-1635, M-P. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007.
  7. Jacobus, Donald Lines, MA (compiler, editor.) History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield. (Fairfield, Conn.: The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, 1930.) [p. 402]
  8. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 493, Text="MARVIN, Matthew (1600-1680) & 1/wf Elizabeth [?GREGORY]; by 1623; Hartford/Norwalk {Granberry 143, 276; Hale (1952) 555, 713; Reg. 16:250, 71:111; Dawes-Gates 2:577; Knapp Anc. 103, 125; Blakeney-Sabin 136, 175; Williams (,16) 129; Brownell Anc. 140; Coxe Anc 36; TAG 18:12; and 12 more if someone wants to check them.
  9. #S1 Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut
  10. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 493,
  11. ( Connecticut, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 [database on-line], Fairfield, Probate Records, Vol 1-5, 1648-1750, image 152-153. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Connecticut County, District, and Probate Courts. Two free images by ;
  12. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 544,
  13. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 493,
  14. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 126
  15. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 6
  16. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 311
  17. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 199,
  18. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 663
  19. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 85
  20. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 156
  21. #S6 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Page 688
  22. #S3 The Washington ancestry...
  • Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P (2007), 63-71, "Matthew Marvin"; digital images, (accessed 2014). Among other information, reports baptism at Great Bentley, "26 March 1600," citing "TAG 18:12."
  • "England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503-1997," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2014), Mathew Marvin, 26 Mar 1600, Christening; citing Essex, England, Record Office, Chelmsford; FHL microfilm 571175.
  • John Insley Coddington, "Notes on the Ancestry of Reinold and Matthew Marvin," The American Genealogist 18 (1941):1-13; digital images, (accessed 2014).
  • Gay, Julius. A record of the descendants of John Clark of Farmington, Conn. : the male branches brought down to 1882 : the female branches one generation after the Clark name is lost in marriage. Hartford, Conn.: Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1882. p. 8.
  • The Goodrich Family in America. A Genealogy of the Descendants of John and William Goodrich of Wethersfield, Connecticut, et al. 1889.
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #5017, List of early settlers in Norwalk, Connecticut


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Matthew Marvin was the eighth great grandfather of President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., and the ninth great grandfather of Deborah David|David-2121
posted by Deborah David
I am going blind trying to read all that!!!
posted by Chris Hoyt
Chris check out the G2G thread There is a wonderful analysis done several years ago.
posted by Anne B
RE: Wife Elizabeth Gregory

Elizabeth (unk) who married Richard Webb, was the widow of Seth Grant. It appears her profile is incorrect in that regard as well. GM V 1-3 p. 1956 (Subscription req) She should probably be removed. GM V p. 68 lists Matthews 1st wife as Elizabeth Unk as you noted.

posted by Chris Hoyt
If he only married one Elizabeth (maiden name unknown), shouldn't Elizabeth Gregory be detached as a wife.
posted by Kenneth Kinman
[1] Page 463 Matthew Marvin ?
posted by Anonymous Vickery
Marvin-293 and Marvin-11 appear to represent the same person because: Matthew Marvin-293 has no details or documentation. It needs to be merged or removed.
Marvin-370 and Marvin-11 appear to represent the same person because: Marvin-370 and Marvin-11 were reported as a rejected match, but these seem almost certainly profiles about the same person.
posted by GeneJ X
Marvin-281 and Marvin-11 appear to represent the same person because: Please see discussion and sources attached to Marvin-11
posted by GeneJ X
Marvin-285 and Marvin-11 appear to represent the same person because: Dates, names, and places regarding spouse are either the same or very close.
posted by Robert Silver