Re: William Kenneth "WK" MARVIN 1828 Penn.
I would be very much interested in any information on the ancestyors of William K. Marvin.
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.william kenneth MARVIN
Theparents of william kenneth MARVIN are:
W.k.'s occupation was Machinist.
W.k. was born February 27, 1828 at PA.
W.k. died September 19, 1901 at Findlay, Hancock Co., OH.
W.k. was buried at Maple Grove Cem., Findlay, Hancock Co., OH.
w.k. and rachael malinda TEATSWORTH (thedaughter ofgaret d. TEATSWORTH andmary MOOREHEAD) were married.
w.k. and rachael had the following children:
3. i. russell MARVIN
4. ii. clara MARVIN
5. iii. garet dem MARVIN
William K. Marvin described himself as an engine builder in the
1870 Census for Hancock Co.,Ohio
In 1871 W.K. Marvin removed the two story frame building, corner of Main Cross street and Mechanics alley, to the south side of east front street and fitted it up for a foundry. The business was carried on for ten years as the Eagle Foundry and Machine Shop, then the building was torn down and a brick building with a large moulding room built in its place. At this time the business became known as William K. Marvin & Sons and engaged in the manufacture of
portable engines, mill gearings, castrup, and castings.
In the 1880 census, William K. Marvin is reported living on Corey St. in Findlay with a wife of 48 years named Malinda.
William K. Marvin was one of the first to recognize the industrial value of natural gas by putting down a well for his own use on East Front St. The well was completed on March 5,1885 at a depth of 1155 feet.This was only the third well in the Findlay area.The first was the Osterlen well of 5 Dec 1884 and the second was the Gas Works
well of 20 Jan 1885.W.K. Marvin & Sons foundry and machine shop ran their establishment on the natural gas from the Marvin well at a savings of $2,000 a year in fuel, and, besides, supplied a planning mill and furnished a large surplus to the gas company, which payed a considerable profit.
The Suber family friend, E.P. Jones, drilled a well on the first lot west of the municipal building to supply gas for a business block located on West Crawford Street, directly south of it, and west of the fire station. This well was drilled in March 1886.
A William Marvin was the second president of the Farmer's National
Bank in Findlay.
The JEFFERSONIAN newspaper of Findlay, Ohio carried an obit in its 26 Sep 1901 edition. William K. Marvin resided with his son Russell at the time of his death.
See:"A BRIEF HISTORY OF GAS AND OIL IN FINDLAY TOGETHER WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE CELEBRTION OF JUNE, 1937" William D. Humphrey,
"DESCENDANTS OF REINHOLD AND MATTHEW MARVIN OF HARTFORD, CT.,
1638 AND 1635, SONS OF EDWARD MARVIN OF GREAT BENTLEY,
ENGLAND", George Franklin Marvin, T.R. Marvin Co., 1904.
"HISTORY OF HANCOCK COUNTY", Jacob A. Spaythe, The B.F.
Printing Company of Toledo, 1903.
"HISTORY OF HANCOCK COUNTY', D.B. Beardsley, Republic
Printing Company, 1881.