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201 "Deming Genealogy": Jacob Deming was a large land-owner in Wethersfield, as appears by the frequent transfers, in his name, upon the land records. His first two children were born in Wethersfield, and the others in Farmington. Jan. 17, 1716/17, he was given the "second set in the square body" of Farmington Church. From 1741 to 1747 he is referred to as living near the Farmington line, and is called a resident of Kensington. In December 1730, he is a member of the "Prudential Committee" of KensingtonChurch. The land records show that he had property in Rocky Hill and Newington. According to Hinman he lived in Berlin and New Britain, and it is certain that his first wife is buried in the latter town. His second wife left a considerable estate, including negro slaves, which went by bequest to her children by her first husband, Timothy Jerome. She was a member of the church in Bristol, and was buried there in "Old South Burying Ground." DEMING, Jacob Sr. (I18320)
 
202 "Deming Genealogy": John Deming, the immigrant ancestor of most of the persons bearing his family name, was one of the early settlers of Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he recorded his homestead in 1641, as a house, a barn, and five acres of land, bounded by High Street, west, the Great Meadow, east, Thomas Standish's homestead, north, and Richard Crabbe's homestead, south. The dates of his birth, marriage and death, have never been discovered. His wife was HONOR TREAT, daughter of Richard Treat, whose second wife Alice Gaylord, was her mother. It has not been proven that Honor was his first and only wife, nor that she was the mother of all of his children, although it is probable. In his will of 13 Feb 1668, Richard Treat makes the following bequest: "Item: My debts being paid, I give to my loving sons John Demon, and Robert Webster, equally, all the rest of my goods and chattels whatsoever, except Mr. Perkins book, which I give to my son John Demon, and my great bible to my daughter Honor Demon. And that money in my cousin Samuel Wells, his hand, unto my cousin David Deming, son of John Demon senior." This obscure clause seems to indicate that there was a John Demon senior, as well as John Demon the son-in-law, and suggests the possibility that the father of John Deming of Wethersfield was also names John. This is stated as a fact by Hinman, without giving authority, and the theory is further supported by the statements of the compiler of the Wells Genealogy, and other genealogists. Treat refers to David Deming as his cousin, and indicates the same relationship with Samuel Wells, who is presumably the son of Gov. Thomas Welles, who married Elizabeth Deming, said to have been a sister of John Deming. It would thus appear that the Treats, Welles, and Demings were connected in some way, perhaps before their removal to America. This is the only clue to the parentage of John Deming, and may ultimately lead to its final discovery.

It has been stated by some genealogists that John Deming was among the very first settlers of Wethersfield in 1635, and such is probably the case, but the proof is lacking. His first appearance upon the public records of the colony, after recording his homestead, was in 1642, March 2nd, when he was one of the jury of the "particular court." In 1645, Dec. 1st, he appears among the deputies as Jo. Demon, and in 1656 as John Dement, when as a deputy, he is appointed one of a committee, "to give the best safe advice they can to the Indians." In 1657, May 21st, he appears as a deputy to the General Court, as John Deming, and the following year as John Dement. He was a deputy at various courts until 1667, under various names, the name Deming prevailing at the last. He was also a litigant in several lawsuits. He is one of those named in the famous charter of Connecticut, in which King Charles granted to them and to those who should afterwards become associated with them, the lands of connecticut, "in free and common socage," and established a colonial government with unusual privileges.

Across the river from Wethersfield, and within its boundaries, lay the "Naubuc Farms," afterwards incorporated into the town of Glastonbury. Here among the first to obtain a lot, was John Deming in the year 1640, his name appearing as John Demion. It is not at all likely that he ever lived here, for he had a house in Wethersfield the following year, and he sold the land on the east side of the river to Samuel Wyllis before 1668. he also owned land in Eastbury, for which he was taxed in 1673. In 1669 he is listed among the freemen of Wethersfield, as John Deming Senior, together with John Deming Junior, and Jonathan Deming. He bought considerable land in Wethersfield at various times, some of which he gave to his sons before he died. The actual date of his death has never been discovered. He signed a codicil to his will Feb. 3, 1692, and this is the last recorded act of his life. When the public lands were allotted to the inhabitants in 1695, he did not draw a portion. It is probable that he died soon after 1692, although his will was not pored until 21 Nov. 1705, and Savage, and other genealogists have assumed that he lived until that year.

No public record has been found of the births of the children of John Deming, but their names, as far as known, have been taken from his will, which is preserved in the Probate Court of Hartford........

This old will is the one glimpse we have of the character of John Deming. It reveals a spirit of piety, of love for his family and his friends, and the companionship of some of the best men in the colony. It shows that he was a man of substance, well supplied with lands, and cattle; that he was equipped to work at some trade, which o doubt proved of service in the little colony when they first settled so far fro the older towns on the coast. We would like to know what that trade was, but the records are silent on that point. under the first will, David was to have the tools of the shop, and David, we know, was a rope-maker; but under the codicil to the will, these tools went to john Deming Junior, and whether he continued in his father's trade or not, we are not informed. At the time this will was written, John Deming must have been over seventy years old, and we may picture him in his last days among his children, and grandchildren, reading from his old Geneva bible, or talking with his old friends and neighbors of the trials and hardships of the early days of the settlement. As his wife is not mentioned in his will, it is probable that she died first. The church records of Wethersfield show among the members in 1694 "Jon. Deming Jr's. widow." It is hard to tell to whom this refers, unless to the widow of John Deming the first settler, but it is more probable that some other person is meant. Eunice Standish and her sister Sarah mentioned in the will as cousins, were daughters of Thos. Standish, whose land adjoined Deming's. The connection of this family with Capt Miles Standish of the Plymouth colony, has not been discovered. It would be interesting to learn how close was the relationship between the Deming and Standish families.

That John Deming was a prominent man in the affairs of the Connecticut colony, cannot be doubted, and his apparent association by kinship and friendship with those whom we look upon as among the founders of new England, indicates that he was a man of more than ordinary intelligence, and possessed of some education. It is to be hoped that future investigation may bring to light more information than we now have regarding his life in America, and the history of his birth and ancestry in his mother country.

Trumbull speaks of John Deming as one of the fathers of Connecticut, and Hinman says of him, that in 1654 he held the office of constable of Wethersfield, an office which proved that he was in the full confidence of the Governor. His name frequently appears upon the records of the colony with the prefix "Mr.," a courtesy paid only to men of some prominence. The same authority states that he was a representative at fifty sessions of the General Court, while in Hollister's roll of deputies, he is credited with nineteen sessions. It is certain that he bore his full share in the upbuilding of the colony, serving his country as the opportunity presented itself, and setting an example of good citizenship, which has born fruit in the loyalty and patriotism of many of his descendants during many generations. 
DEMING, John (I70178)
 
203 "Deming Genealogy": Jonathan Deming appears frequently upon the land records of Wethersfield, but aside from transfers of land, little is to be found which throws any light upon his life. The date of his death has not been found, nor any record of the distribution of his estate, but on Apr 3, 1726, his widow Martha joins with his son Isaac in a deed of land inherited from him. Nov 11, 1719 he divided by deed to his sons, some of his property, including his home-lot went to Isaac and Gideon. This would indicate that he died soon after and no later transfer appears to have been made by him. His wife was admitted to the Church in Wethersfield 28 Aug 1696, but the date of her death has not been discovered. the names of his children are from the Wethersfield records, with the exception of Grace, whose name is included in the list prepared by Talcott. There has been found no proof of the marriages of his daughters, but it is probable that his daughter Anna married 20 Mar 1712 nathaniel Wright of Wethersfield His daughter martha may have been that one who married 13 mar 1757, Joshua Stoddard and died 22 Sep 1771... DEMING, Jonathan (I18321)
 
204 "Deming Genealogy": Joseph Deming was a farmer of Wethersfield until 1769, when he bought land in Berkshire Co., Mass., and soon afterwards removed to the new settlement at Williamstown, together with his sons, Aaron and Titus. It is probable that his wife survived him, as she is mentioned in his will of 9 apr 1782. the father and his sons were diligent and thrifty, and acquired land from time to time, which was retained by their descendants for three generations. The old house, built by the father soon after he came to Williamstown, was standing until 1876, when it was destroyed by fire. At a point where the farm adjoins Hancock brook there was a small mill privilege, which was utilized by the family for manufacturing purposes for many years. DEMING, Joseph (I70193)
 
205 "Deming Genealogy": Josiah Deming was a man of weight and prominence in the affairs of the parish of Newington, and was their agent to intercede with the General Assembly in 1748 for compensation for the loss of their minister, Rev. Simon Backus. He was a member of the class of 1709 Yale College, was a student of theology, and preached, but was never ordained. In his will of 30 Jul 1761, he names all of his children except Zebulon, who may have been that Zebulon who settled in Canaan, and of whom no further record has been found beyond a few land transfers in Canaan as late as 1744. The parentage of his second wife has not been discovered. She survived her husband and had a dower interest in his estate as late as 1786.  DEMING, Josiah (I70173)
 
206 "Deming Genealogy": Lieut. Ephraim Deming settled in the western part of Wethersfield, and was early identified with the church at Newington, being frequently appointed on important committees. On 13 Oct 1726 he was appointed Lieutenant of the train-band of Newington, by the Conn. Gen. Assembly. he left a considerable estate, which was distributed among his children, all of whom are mentioned in his will. DEMING, Ephraim (I18313)
 
207 "Deming Genealogy": Martin Deming was an unsuccessful man, and seems to have been discouraged by misfortune. The latter part of his life was spent in the home of his daughter Mrs. Jane Gardner, Northville, Mich., where he died, and was buried. His early life was spent in farming, but later he became a commercial traveller. DEMING, Martin (I70231)
 
208 "Deming Genealogy": Moses Deming was a resident of Wethersfield all of his life. In the distribution of his estate appear the names of all of his children and the names of the husbands of his daughters. He left a negro slave, "Asher," who with his bed and chest was valued at ten dollars, and was to go to the widow and after her death to his only son Moses. DEMING, Moses (I70197)
 
209 "Deming Genealogy": Moses Deming with his wife moved from Williamstown to Michigan, and for many years his relatives heard nothing from him. It was finally learned that he had joined the Mormons, and emigrated with them to Utah. It is said that he had a daughter by his first wife, who died young, and that his wife soon followed her. Whether or not his affiliation with the Mormons occurred before her death, is not known. After diligent inquiries in Salt Lake City, the following facts have been learned: Moses Deming did not come to Utah with the first colony of Mormons,but was a member of the band called the "Seventies," which left Nauvoo, Ill., in 1848. He acquired some prominence in the Mormon church of "Latter Day Saints", and possessed considerable property, owning at his death about twelve acres in the city limits. He had three wives, including the one he married in Massachusetts who may have did before he married his second wife. B his first wife he had one child, and by the second wife three children, all of whom are dead. By his third wife, who is still living in Salt Lake City, he had six children, three of whom are living; Granville and Frank in Coalville, Utah, and Miles in Salt Lake City. His second wife was Maria Kitter, but his third wife, who came from England, refuses to give her family name. DEMING, Moses (I70238)
 
210 "Deming Genealogy": Oliver Deming inherited land in Saybrook from his father, but seems to have spend his days in Wethersfield. He left a small estate, of which a double share was to go to his son Lemuel, but the latter admits an indebtedness of 150 pounds to his father, and offers to pay out of his share the funeral expenses, etc., if there is not enough left for that purpose. His wife Lucy probably died in 1801, as her estate of about 100 pounds was administered in Wethersfield by her son-in-law Mood, of Granville, Mass., which place is also called her home at the time of her death. DEMING, Oliver (I70194)
 
211 "Deming Genealogy": the birth-date of Ebenezer Deming has never been discovered. It is supposed that he was the youngest son of John Deming, and that he was born about 1659. In 1698 he received a deed of land in Wethersfield from his brother David Deming of Cambridge, and inherited from his father other land in the vicinity. In the record of his marriage the family name of his wife is obliterated, and it has not been discovered from any other source. In the distribution of his estate, his widow and all of his children including his two sons-in-law Talcott and Wright, are named. DEMING, Ebenezer (I70164)
 
212 "Deming Genealogy": the birth-date of Jonathan Deming is determined by the record of his death, which states that he "died suddenly, aged about 61 as he supposed." There is some doubt as to the identity of his first wife, but it is supposed that she was the daughter of George Graves. She died in child-bed, at the birth of her daughter Comfort. At the time of his second marriage he was said to be 34 years old, and his wife 20. the date of her death is given in the probate of her will, although other authorities differ. In his will dated 27 Mar 1696, proved 9 Mar 1699-1700, he names his wife Elizabeth, and his sons Jonathan, Thomas, Charles, jacob and Benjamin, giving to the latter the property inherited from Josiah Gilbert, his wife's father. He also names his daughters Sarah Ryley, Comfort, Elusia, Elizabeth, mary, and Ann, and a son-in-law John Williams, who was perhaps the first husband of his daughter Elusia. DEMING, Jonathan (I70159)
 
213 "Deming Genealogy": The identity of this man as son of Sergeant John Deming of Wethersfield, has not been fully established. His gravestone states that at his death in 1742, he was "about 78". This would make his birth-year in 1664, three years later than the recorded birth of Joseph of Wethersfield, a discrepancy which might easily occur. He was a grantor in Woodstock as early as 1697, and in 1728 "being advanced in years," he deeds his property to his son Joseph, :conditional upon the support of myself, and wife Mar." According to Hinman, he had a house-lot in Woodstock in 1688, and was a carpenter by occupation. There is every reason to believe that he was son of Sergeant John Deming, for the records of Wethersfield fail to show any other fate of Joseph, the son of Sergeant John, who was born 1 June 1661, and no other person of the name Joseph Deming, has been found to correspond to the record of this man. His wife's father came to America from Wales. Of the fate of his son Joseph nothing further has been found. He was living in Woodstock in 1728. A Joseph Deming married in Woodstock 13 Jan. 1774 Prudence Griffin, but the connection with this family is not discovered. DEMING, Joseph (I70162)
 
214 "Deming Genealogy": Timothy Deming appears to have lived most of his life in Wethersfield, although he is frequently mentioned upon the land records as a resident of Glastonbury. He is probably that Timothy Deming who was in the French war in 1758 in Capt. Gaylord's company of the 1st regiment....His will, dated 11 Oct 1785 names his sons Eliakim, Abel, Eli and Daniel, his daughter mary, the wife of Nathan Baldwin, and his daughter Charity, wife of Abijah Tryon, who, having married against his will, is to receive her share only in the event that she survive her husband. This same Charity appears upon the church records as having "gone to the Baptists." In 1779 he deeded to his son Abel a part of his hone-lot, together with the house thereon which Abel had built. His son Eliakim does not appear on the records except as one of the heirs of his father's estate in 1789, and it is said that he moved to the West at an early date, and all further traces of him has been lost. His son David does not appear in his father's will, and probably died first. His fate has not been discovered. DEMING, Timothy (I70196)
 
215 "Deming Genealogy": Titus Deming was only nine years old when his father took him to Massachusetts, but as soon as he was able to do so, he helped in clearing and working the farm which had become the new home of the family. In later years he took care of the southern half of the farm, and this passed into his possession at the death of his father. He was a private in Capt. Samuel Clark's Co. Col John Brown's Reg. from 30 June to 21 July 1777, being in the expedition which marched to Ft. Ann. About 1816 he moved to Henrietta, NY, where he lived until his death. DEMING, Titus (I70211)
 
216 "Derby Genealogy": Thomas Daby was a Narragansett soldier under Capt. Joseph Sill in King Philip's War, 1676....Was elected in 1706, a deacon of the Stow Church, which was organized in 1706. DABY, Thomas (I15079)
 
217 "Descendants of Andreas Getz" by Marianna L. Zuelsdorf, Source Medium: Book
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218 "Descendants of Angelo Zambon" by Kate Johnson. Source (S00015)
 
219 "Descendants of Benjamin Burr (Burre)" by Jennifer Siders. Source (S00016)
 
220 "Descendants of Benjamin Willis" emailed by Richard Predmore 8-21-1999, Source Medium: Book
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221 "Descendants of Daniel Tryon (c1739-1800)" by Pam Woodwaugh dtd 6/2/08. Source (S00018)
 
222 "Descendants of David Selleck" by Roger Pruitt, Source Medium: Book
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223 "Descendants of Elder John Strong Vol. 1, History at Large of His Descendants. Source (S04058)
 
224 "Descendants of Eleazer Slosson" by Netscape Web Sites, Source Medium: Book
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225 "Descendants of Francis Brown" on USGenWebProject - Fairfield County, Connecticut, Source Medium: Book
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226 "Descendants of Francis Holmes " at USGenWebProject - Fairfield County, Connecticut, Source Medium: Book
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227 "Descendants of Frank Wahle" by Sue Bowman. Source (S00023)
 
228 "Descendants of George Rowles" by Ann Moloney Lamb. Source (S00024)
 
229 "Descendants of George Rowles":

General notes: named for 1/2 uncle John William Theisen who was a wagonmaker in Wausau in the 1880's. Wausau Record- Herald, Sat Oct 30, 1909: "Miss Bertha Shroeder was married to William Theisen last evening at 8:30 o'clock at the home of Joseph Hoppe, 408 Canal St. Mrs. Hoppe and Miss Ella LaMere(?) were the witnesses. Justice Larner performed the ceremony."

OBITUARY: Wausau Daily record-Herald/Merrill Daily Herald, may 27 1971: "William J. Theisen, 83, 201 Seymour St., Wausau, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at a Wausau hospital.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Peterson funeral Home, and at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, both in wausau. the Rev. William Nikolai will officiate, and burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Wausau. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Sunday, where a parish rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Mr. Theisen was born Aug. 18, 1887, in Marshfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Theisen. He was married to Bertha Schroeder, who died May 17, 1945. He had lived in Wausau for 67 years and was a retired superintendent at Crestling.

Survivors include two sons, Russell, 210 Seymour St., Wausau and Eugene, Corry, PA; two daughters Mrs. Irene Llliquest, Austin, MN, and Mrs. Gerry Reeves, St. Paul, MN; a sister, Miss Olive Theisen, 201 Seymour St., Wausau; 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 
THEISEN, William John (I56610)
 
230 "Descendants of George Slawson" by US GenWeb shows a birth date of December 1762 and that she died unmarried. SLOSSON, Eunice (I52687)
 
231 "Descendants of George Slawson" Fairfield Co., Connecticut by Rootsweb, Source Medium: Book
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232 "Descendants of Jacob Willis and Phebe" by Ann Lovatt. Source (S00028)
 
233 "Descendants of James Hucker" by Betty Hucker dtd 11-18-07. Source (S00029)
 
234 "Descendants of John Harman" by Mariana L. Zuelsdorf, Source Medium: Book
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235 "Descendants of John Waterbury "at USGenWebProject - Fairfield County, Connecticut, Source Medium: Book
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236 "Descendants of Jonas Weed"--Part 1 @ Rootsweb, Ct. Fairfield, Source Medium: Book
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237 "Descendants of Jonathan Dike" by James McCann. Source (S00033)
 
238 "Descendants of Jonathan Latimer" by Carolyn Weibel Cherry dtd 01/1009. Source (S00034)
 
239 "Descendants of Jonathan Selleck" by David Selleck, Source Medium: Book
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240 "Descendants of Joseph Loomis" by Bob Saftenberg. Source (S00036)
 
241 "Descendants of Margaret Jane Bare" by Mariana Zuelsdorf. Source (S00038)
 
242 "Descendants of Moses Cleveland - Cleveland Genealogy" - Reuben Cleveland resided successively at Hemmingsford, Clark, Bond Head, hemmingsford, Belchertown, Mass., and Chicago. he was an honorable, highly esteemed man. In 1873 he held a position in U.S. Custom House, Chicago.

"Chicago Tribune, July 11, 1884"----

REUBEN CLEVELAND

One of the old pioneers of this city quietly passed away yesterday at his residence, corner Wabash Avenue and Van Buren street. he came to Chicago in 1849, commencing business as a carpenter and builder in the spring of 1850, under the firm name of Cleveland & Russell, and continuing in that business until 1857, when he became City Superintendent under Mayor Haines. At the breaking out of the Rebellion, Mr. Cleaveland entered the service of the United States as Capt. of Co. F. 8th Ill. Cav (Farnsworth's) participating in the Virginia and subsequent campaigns. At the close of the war he was appointed a member of the Board of Fire and Police under the administration of Mayor Medill. In the early days of this city he was a member of Garden City Lodge, A.F. & A.M., then in the South Division. Removing to the West Division in 1856, he became one of the founders of Cleveland Lodge, which was named after him, and of which he was the first W. Master. It subsequently became one of the largest and most influential lodges of the fraternity in this country. He was also a Past High Priest of Washington Chapter, No. 43, R.A.M. and a member of Apollo Commandery, No 1, K.T. Oriental Consistory, A. & A. S.R., and of Knights of Rome and Constantine, also a member of Post 28, G.A.R. 
CLEVELAND, Reuben (I12034)
 
243 "Descendants of Reinhold and Matthew Marvin": 26 Feb. 1701, twenty-eight acres of land were "layd out by the Town's Committe" to John Marvin; this land was on "the Danberry Roads," and eight acres of it was "on his father Marvin's account." 16 December 1708, he was appointed town collector. When the meetinghouse was seated in 1710, John was assigned "ye seat before ye hinde pillar." 14 December, 1711, he was chosen surveyor of highways and 18 December, 1712, he was on a committee to obtain a teacher for the school. he was chosen selectman 1706, '13 and '19, in which year he is called "sergeant," and he, or possibly his son John, called "sergeant," in 1738 and '40; he was a constable in 1717; fence viewer, 1721 and '29; "lyster" 1724. In 1734 and '38 he represented Norwalk in the Legislature. In 1718 he with others was chosen to lay before "a wise and judicious committee" the 'surcomstances of ye town in their present differences respecting the meeting-house." 1734, with Joseph Platt, he was appointed to lay out the land granted by the town "in ye plain before Lt. Lee's door," for St. Paul's Church.

18 Nov., 1737, he gave a lot of land eight rods square to the "Presbiterian or Congregational church of Wilton, on which to erect a meetinghouse." He confirmed this by deed of 6 May, 1738, in which he said "among the congregation are some of my children", naming John as one.


21 Jan., 1752, he bought for L2400 the farm previously owned by his son John in Sharon, and not long after settled there; he is called of Norwalk 1 Nov., 1754, and of Sharon 17 March, 1756, where he owned several other parcels of land, and soon after his purchase (11 may, 1752), he deeded to his "loveing son Joseph Marvine of Norwalk," a lot, for "love, good-will, and affection." Joseph was appointed adminstrator of his father's will 7 may, 1774.
 
MARVIN, John (I38025)
 
244 "Descendants of Reinhold and Matthew Marvin": After his father's death he lived in Sharon, Ct., with his sister Mehitable; when the Revolution began he enlisted under his brother-in-law, Capt. Benjamin Marvin, serving for a time on Long Island; 16 Aug. 1777, he enlisted as a corporal in Capt. Comstock's company, 8th Ct. Line, Col. John Chandler, and was made sergeant 2 April, 1780, in the same company; 1 Jan. 1781, he was first sergeant in Capt. Douglass' company, 5th reg't, made up from the 8th and 1st, under col. Isaac Sherman, and served a year in that command. He fought in many battles, among them those of Brandywine, Princeton, Trenton, Monmouth, Red Bank, and Mud Fort, and passed the terrible winter at Valley Forge, with Washington. He served under Lafayette in Virginia, and was one of the sixty-eight men selected by that officer from the light infantry, to storm the works of Cornwallis at Yorktown, October, 1781. In 178, when the 5th was consolidated with the 2d Ct. Line, he was a sergeant in Capt. Chapman's company, and was stationed at West Point when the army was disbanded; his discharge, signed by Gen. Washington, is till preserved by a descendant. About 1787 he went to Hoosick, Rensselaer co., NY, where his sister Elizabeth was living; later he resided in Cambridge, Argyle, and Rome, New York, but in 1799 settled in Walton, where he built a house at the base of "Mount Holley." MARVIN, Matthew (I70365)
 
245 "Descendants of Reinhold and Matthew Marvin": Edward, son of Rynalde and Johan Marvin, was born in Ramsey or Wrabness, and from a comparison of dates about 1550, or a little earlier.....His father had six children living in 1554, of whose relative ages we know nothing. His birth-place is thought to have been the corner estate, which by his father's will he was to inherit on his mother's death, and which he bequeathed to his son Edward. He also owned several farms in Ramsey and its vicinity, some of which he disposed of to his sons before his death, confirming the arrangement in his will. "Moye House and land of Moys," which can be located on the amps cited, near the boundary of Ramsey and Great Oakley, and not far from the marshy shore line of Tendring Hundred, he gave to his son Richard. Other "landes, medowes, woodes and pasters" in the same neighborhood he gave to Reinold. Another son, Robert, took his lands in Frating, a parish west of the Bentleys; to Matthew, the youngest son, was bequeath "the mentchon howse called Edons, alles (alias)Dreybrocks ....that I now dwelle in."

This mansion is in Great Bentley, still standing in good repair and bearing its ancient name, though showing evidence of various changes inside and out, since Edward died. The large room on the main floor, with its carved beams in the ceiling, and the stair-case to the chambers above, are thought to date from the period when Edward lived there; by the kindness of the present occupants we are able to give views of the building in its present condition. With this property Matthew further received "ij Croftes of land called Hartles and Brocken Heddes," for which he was to pay to his mother every year during her life, on the Feast of the Annunciation, and on St. Michael's Day (25 march and 29 September), at the mansion, "the full sume of Sexe Powndes of good and Lawfull money of England."

Edward died 13 or 14 Nov., 1615; his will is dated on the 13th, and the Register has this entry two days later: "Edward Meruin was buried the xvth November." The will was proved 17 January following. He married Margaret----, who survived him. St. mary's Register, under date of 28 May, 1633, has: "Margaret Meruin widow of Edward Meruin decd buried." He was probably married before he went to Great Bentley, as the births of his elder children are not recorded there.

Whether Edward removed from his previous home because of the troubles in St. Michael's, Ramsey, whose Vicar, John White, according to a Presbyterian writer, was "a candalous liver," and not long before had been "indicted for a common barrater," we cannot tell; if all the charges made against him were true, there would have been good reason for a change, but no doubt allowance must be made for the troublous state of affairs and the ecclesiastical contests at that time. White died shortly before October, 1592; the following June two of Edward's children were christened at Great Bentley. These are the first of the name recorde there; the Register begins in 1558, but some years are missing. 
MARVIN, Edward (I70359)
 
246 "Descendants of Reinhold and Matthew Marvin": He was admitted a freeman 14 Sept. 1731; elected lister in 1729, and again 27 June 1743; grand-juryman, 24 Dec. 1733, 10 Dec 1739, 30 Dec 1748; fence-viewer, 29 Dec 1736, 18 Dec 1746; treasurer, Dec. 1742, and annually for many years after, with hardly an exception; his last election was 11 Dec. 1777; the following year John Lay, 2d, was "appointed" to that position. Zachariah and his wife united with the Lyme church in August, 1731; he was chosen deacon in January, 1741, at the same time with his cousin, Dea. Reinold. In October, 1772, he presented a petition to the Legislature, claiming "that for twenty years he had had a fishery in a brook leading to Black Hall Pond," but his rights had been obstructed by weirs, etc., and asking for redress. In response, the Legislature passed a law by which he was allowed to fish "in said brook on his own land (!) from Monday morning until sun-rising on Friday, every week." Matthew Marvin might fish on his own land from Thursday morning until sun=rising Friday, every week; one other person was given a similar privilege from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning, and all others forbidden to fish there. MARVIN, Deacon Zechariah (I70369)
 
247 "Descendants of Reinhold and Matthew Marvin": Her death was attributed to "witchcraft." At a Quarter Court held at Hartford, 5 Sept., 1661, Nicholas Jennings and his wife Margaret, of Saybrook, were indicted for "having enterteined familiarity with Sathan... and by his help done works about ye course of nature, to ye loss of ye liues of several psons, and in pticuler ye wife of Reynold marvin....with other sorceries." The jury did not agree; a "Majority found them guilty, and the rest found strong ground for suspicion." About 1657 there had been "Suspitions about Witchery" in Saybrook, and the General Court sent Mr. Samuel Wyllys thither to investigate matters. In march, 1662/3, after Jennings' trial, the Court disallowed the account of the "Sea Brook Constables" for witnesses, and refused to "pay for their time and travaile, nor to any other upon such accounts for ye future." UNKNOWN, Marie (I70362)
 
248 "Descendants of Reinhold and Matthew Marvin": Lieut. Reinold became a freeman of Saybrook 20 May 1658, the same day with his father. He owned much land in Lyme, beside his inheritance there, and in Saybrook. In 1687 his estate in latter place was "Twenty acres of upland and fourteen acres of meadow," valued at L 80; he also owned two "hundred-pound rights" in the "Cow Common of Say Brook," one-half of which was conveyed by his three sons, 27 May, 1700, to John Whittlesey, Jr., of Saybrook. Savage says, on what authority we do not know, that he was a deacon; his son Reinold held that office, but we doubt if the father did, for Lyme Church was not regularly formed until 1693, although the Rev. Moses Noyes was preaching there in 1666, ten years before Lieut. Reinold died.

He represented Lyme in the General Court in the October session in 1670, and from 1672 to his death. he was on the committee appointed in 1666 to divide the town of Saybrook: the two divisions made a "loving parting", 13 February, 1666/7, and the names of Reinold Marvin and William Waller wee two of the six signed to the "parting covenant" for Lyme. The first land records after the separation are attested by Matthew Griswold and Reinold Marvin, "Town Surveyors;" in 1674 they were directed "to give notes with their names to them, for the records of all lands belonging unto this town, which shall be the Recorders security." Reinold was elected townsman February, 1672/3 and again in February, 1674/5; he was chosen, 9 Feb. 1673/4 "to review the town's accounts." 17 Dec 1674, he was chosen "constable for ye ensuing year."

2 Apil 1674, " Renald marvin's ear Marks for all sorts of Creatures onldly horses excepted: which is a Crope and a slite in the Crope one both ears. His Ear Mark for horses is a slite, upon the top off the near ear."

He was appointed "Sergeant to ye Band at Sea Brook," by the General Court at Hartford, 3 Oct. 1661, when Waller was made ensign, and succeeded him as lieutenant, which post he filled until his death. 10 May, 1677, the company being unable to agree on his successor, Matthew Griswold was appointed "to supply ye place of a Lievtenant till such choyse and approbation be made thereof by the Court." In 1678, the trouble continuing, "In order that the election of a lieutenant and ensign to be approved by the General Court....might be carried on in a solemn way... Mr. Noyes (Minister at Lyme) was desired to a sermon at the tie, which he was pleased accordingly to attend." Reinold is usually referred to on the later records as "Lieutenant," which distinguishes him from his father, who had no military title, and from his son, known as "Lyme's Captain."

The Lyme and Saybrook train-bands had some exciting experiences in the years just before Lieut. Reinold died. War had been declared against the Dutch in November, 1672, and a special assembly, convened at Hartford in August, 1673, ordered that all train-bands "should be complete in their arms." In July, 1676, Andros attempted to seize the fort at Saybrook, erected at the mouth of the river b Capt. Lyon Gardiner in 1635; on his approach it was hurriedly manned by the train-bands of the town, under command of Capt. Bull; on the morning of 12 July, Major Andros requested an interview, on the shore, with the minister and principal officers of Saybrook. On landing, he was met by Capt. Bull and the officers of the fort, but was not permitted to read his commission. No doubt the train-band of Lyme, under Lieut. Marvin, was present at that critical moment, which was only three weeks before his death.

Lieut. Reinold is often mentioned in the connecticut Colonial records. In October, 1660, Reinold and Waller had a difficulty with one William Parker, about certain "jades" (horses) which were claimed by "the country," and Matthew Griswold was concerned in it, adversely to Reinold. The latter was ordered to surrender them, but refused to obey, considering the demand unlawful; and in 1662/3, the "Marshall was ordered to distrein the sum of L50 of his estate for neglecting the order." The Colonial claim was later proved to be unjust, for Waller, as Reinold's agent, was "allowed one-quarter part of this L50, for his part of the horses, and Matthew Griswold was ordered not to trouble Reinold Marvin or William Waller for any part of the horses for which the bill is made." The elder Reinold was then dead.

Lieut. Reinold and his brother-in-law were among the champions of Lyme in the famous contests with New London, concerning the boundary line between the two towns. At the County Court in Hartford, 12 March, 1671, John Prentice complained of "Reynald marvin and others, for riotous practices and assaults on New London people." The Lyme men indicted their adversaries in similar terms, "for violence to drive them off their lands." The disputed territory, a strip about two miles wide between Bride Brook and Niantic River, contained about twenty-five acres of the "ministry farm;" it was finally included in the township of Lyme. Miss Caulkins has an amusing account of the conflict, which was "more comic than fearful or sublime. The encounter terminated without any serious injury on either side; the leaders drank a draft of seeming friendship together and all retired quietly from the field." 
MARVIN, Lieut. Reinold (I70373)
 
249 "Descendants of Reinhold and Matthew Marvin": Samuel was elected townsman of Lyme in 1699, 1708-12, and 1718-20 inclusive; 21 Dec., 1725, he was chosen town clerk, and "Capt. marvin and Capt. Coult appointed to deliver the books of Records belonging to the town to Sam marvin, the new town Clerk." He held the office for many years; he was town treasurer most of the time from 1725 to 1738; constable, 1695 and 1718; surveyor, 1701; lister, 1706 and 1715; tything-man, 1723; in 1700 he was on a committee to "proportion the inhabitants in four parts, and appoint where schools shall be kept and who to go to them;" and in 1707, to "order schools to be established;" he frequently served on other committees. He represented Lyme in the General Court in 1711 and 1722, and was for many years a deacon in the Congregational Church. In 1726 he was appointed to "Make the town and county rates for the ensuing year;" in 1729, with Capt. Reinold, he was

To examine the collectors of (the clergyman) Mr. Noyes' rate and fully empowered to prosecute them according to law if they refuse to pay over the dues that ought to have been collected by them.

He was one of the "prizors" of the estate of Lieut. Richard Lord, whose will he witnessed in 1726, and in all matters, civil and ecclesiastical, was highly esteemed for his excellent judgement. His will, drawn 19 Aug. 1741, proved 8 June 1743, mentions his wife Susannah, who is to have certain property "so long as she remains a widow;" names sons Nehemiah, Samuel, Zechariah, daughters Mary, Abigail and Elizabeth, and says "as for my son thomas Marvin, and my son Matthew Marvin, and my son Nathan Marvin, I have given them their portions already." 
MARVIN, Deacon Samuel (I70371)
 
250 "Descendants of Reinhold and Matthew Marvin": Samuel was one of the appraisers of his wife's father's estate. He was often in public office; he was chosen townsman 1702, '07. '10, '12, '14, '17, '24, and '27; he was "lyster" 1716 and '23'; "Survaior" 1719, '21; representative, 1708 and '18; ensign of the train-band 1712 or earlier, and "established and confirmed Lieutenant of the South Company or rain-band of Norwalk" by the Legislature 19 Oct., 1719.

3 June, 1723, he was on the committee to seat the new meeting-house, of which his brother-in-law, Joseph Platt, was chairman; from Feb., 1732, until his death, he lived in wilton parish. His house in Norwalk, one of the oldest there, was standing in 1902. By a deed, recorded at Norwalk 17 Dec., 1735, Isaac, his "loveing son," was given land called "Wolfpitt Hills," Matthew, "a portion," Josiah, "land equal to Matthew's" Samuel also received a gift of land the same day. Josiah was given more land 27 April, 1741, Isaac, 19 Dec., 1744, and Samuel, Jr., 18 Jan., 1744/5; two of these three deeds Lieut. Samuel signed with his mark, indicating he was then infirm. A very careful search fails to find a final division of his remaining property.
 
MARVIN, Lieut. Samuel (I38041)
 

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