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Mathew Marvin (b. March 26, 1600, d. 1679)Mathew Marvin (son of Edward Marvin) was born March 26, 1600 in ST Mary's Church,Great Bently,Essex, England, and died 1679.He married (1) Elizabeth (Elizaphatt) GREGORY on 1625 in ST Mary's Church,Great Bently,Essex, England.He married (2) Alice Kellogg on 1647 in Conn., daughter of Phillippe Kellogg.
Notes for Mathew Marvin:
(1) Matthew MarvinmarriedElizabeth ((???))
(2) Mary Marvin"Richard Bushnell
(3) Mary Bushnell"Thomas Leffingwell
(4) Elizabeth Leffingwell"John Tracy
(5) Elizabeth Tracy"Samuel4 Backus
MATTHEW MARVIN was baptized at Great Bentley, Essex, England, March 26, 1600, youngest son of Edward Mervyn, Marven or Marvin. He received from his father, who died in 1615, certain land and the mansion house called Edons alias Dreybrockes, on condition that he provide support for the widow, Margaret. She died in 1633 and Matthew sailed from London on the Increase for Boston, Mass. in April 1635, with his wife Elizabeth (aged 32) five children and two men servants. The children were Elizabeth (aged 11 or 13), Matthew 8, Mary 6, Sarah 3 and Hannah 1/2. In 1638, Reinold, an elder brother of Matthew's, also came 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.
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. 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.
In Hartford two daughters, Abigail and Rebecca, were born. The death of his wife Elizabeth is not recorded but at some time in the 40's (not later than 1647) Matthew married Alice, the widow of John Bouton, Senior. A home lot was assigned to Matthew Marvin in the new plantation which, in 1645, was given the name Farmington, but he sold his rights there and in 1650-1651 he was one of the Hartford group which removed to the new town of Norwalk, of which in 1654 he was deputy to the General Court.
He died in 1680, inventory of his estate being presented the 13th of July that year. His will had been made December 26, 1678. In it he named his wife Alice; only son Matthew and grandson Matthew Marvin; son (that is step-son and son-in-law) John Bouton, and "my daughter Abigail," who had married her step-mother's son; grandchild Richard Bushnell, son of his daughter Mary and her first husband, Richard Bushnell, Senior; Francis Bushnell and his heirs, nephew of Richard Bushnell, Senior, and recently married to Matthew's granddaughter, Hannah Seymour; "my four daughters," Mary Adgate of Norwich, whose first husband had been Richard Bushnell, Senior; Hannah Seymour, wife of Thomas Seymour; Abigail Bouton; and Rebecca Clark of Farmington, wife of John Clark.
He did not name his daughter Sarah (whose first husband was William Goodrich and second William Curtis) nor his eldest daughter Elizabeth (wife of John Olmstead-Holmstead) nor his youngest daughter Rachel, though incidentially in connection with a right-of-way her husband Samuel Smith and his heirs were mentioned. After his wife Alice's death, John Bouton and John Platt were to be executors; the Rev. Thomas Handford, also named in the will, and Lt. Richard Olmstead were appointed overseers.
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.
MARY MARVIN, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Marvin, was baptized December 16, 1628, in St. Mary's Parish, Great Bentley, Essex, England, and married in Hartford, Conn. October 11, 1648, Richard Bushnell (bapt. April 20, 1623, at Horsham, Sussex, England, son of Francis and Ferris (Quenell) Bushnell). (See Bushnell)
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Re: John Bouton I married Alice Pratt?
Posted by: Melvin J. Marion Date: April 05, 1999 at 12:27:01
In Reply to: John Bouton I married Alice Pratt? by Barbara Kayeof 203
I believe that the only wife of John(1) Bouton was Alice Kellogg whom he married in the 1636/37 time frame. Their issue was John(2) Bouton bc. 1637, Richard(2) Bouton bc. 1639, and Bridget(2) Bouton bc. 1642 who eventually married Daniel Kellogg. Alice Kellogg Bouton m2. Matthew Marvin Sr. abt 1647 after the death of John(1) Bouton about 1645. John(2) Bouton m1. Abigail Marvin Jan 1, 1656 in Norwalk. She was the daughter of Matthew Marvin, Sr. and his first wife Elizabeth. After the death of Abigail Marvin, John(2) m2. Mary ____ (Allen)(Stevenson) after Nov 1689.
I have sorted out about six generations from several sources but my typing now is considerably handicaped by fingers in a cast.
For whatever it's worth, the story in the book by James Boughton that indicates that the portrait of one of our Boughton ancestors hangs in the Versailles in France is a figment of someones imagination! About one year ago, I recorded a posting on the Internet by a Georgia Ellison that she had recently visited the Versailles and could not find the portrait nor could she find anyone that knew anything about such a portrait.
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From The Washington Ancestry and Forty Other American Colonial Families
by McLain Johnson
The Bowton-Bouton Family
The first record of any John Bouton at Norwalk, CT is that of the immigrant's son in the "Estates of Land," I655,.which gives the son's name a "John Bowton." Two hundred and ten years afterward occurs the first assertion that the immigrant was a Huguenot refugee. It is obvious that in England and America the surname was and is pronounced like Boughton, with the gh soft, not Bootone, as in French. The occasional bow as in bowing (bending) occurs only in English usage. Edwin Hall's brief, inadequate work, The Ancient Historical Records of Norwalk (1865, p. 182), contains an item contributed in 1855 by S. W. Benedict, in which occur the words: "John Bouton. At what time he came to this country the family have no record. He was a French Protestant." From this basis the French idea gained currency, and has been repeated since and enlarged upon in the six-hundred-page Bouton-Boughton Family book of 1890 and in other books about Norwalk and its early families.
One cannot but be amazed at such unintelligent interpretations of history and such unscientific misapplications of records as appear in this book by James Boughton, and elsewhere. For instance: it gives him a wife "Joan Turney," whose existence cannot be established. It ignores the fact that it was his son Richard Bowton who married Ruth Turney. John was unmarried when he came to America. It entirely omits his only known wife, Alice Kellogg, and instead marries him, secondly, to his own son John's first wife, Abigail Marvin. It makes the elder John father of the children of the younger John. It again marries John, for the third time, to the second wife of his son John; all this the book does after the immigrant John was dead; then it assigns to John, more than fifty years after he had died, the will of his son John II. Thus it buries the immigrant of 1635 at the time of his son's death, in 1706. But worse than all, it credits to the founder of 1635, Jo. Bowton I, the eleven years of service in the colonial legislature of Connecticut rendered by his son John II; this service did not begin until John I had been dead twenty-two years. The New York Society of the Colonial Dames has accepted and published this erroneous claim of public service by John Bowton, calls him "Bouton," and has received into membership ladies whose claim to eligibility was based thereon. It is easier to prove the error than to induce the Society to correct its error. Even the Huguenot Society of America has admitted into its membership persons surnamed Boughton, and others, on their claims of descent from our "Jo Bowton," though nothing is known as to his place of birth, parentage, or his parents' nationality. If "it is a wise child that knows its own father," then it is a wiser man who knows his own ancestry.
James Boughton's book of 1890 exhibits other errors equally serious. There is nothing by which it can be proved that the immigrant John Bowton ever came to the region in Connecticut that became Norwalk. Norwalk was not founded until 1649, at least two years after his death. He may have engaged while at Hartford, Connecticut, to become a first settler at Norwalk, but his son John, Junior, was the man who settled on the land at Norwalk. No records carry John the immigrant beyond Hartford whence he had come from the vicinity of Boston. His widow, Alice, had married again at Hartford and had children by her second husband, Matthew Marvin, Senior, baptized there before Matthew removed to help found Norwalk, about 1650, with her and her two sons and one daughter by her first husband, John Bowton I, and with her infant children by Matthew Marvin. These statements are contradictory to the statements of some of the historians of Norwalk, of James Boughton, and Royal R. Hinman. Their observations are rather general; ours are specific and personal, since we are obliged to proceed upon actual ancient records that leave no possibility of error.
When John Bowton arrived at Boston Harbor late in the year 1635 in the ship Assurance he appears as a single man. He did not become of record in Boston, as he soon left there for the new settlement at Newtown, later renamed Hartford, on the Connecticut River. He was too young to be an important man in this migration to Hartford, and as he died there in less than nine years after arriving, he did not take a prominent part in anything of a public nature, and was not one of the original founders who divided the land of Hartford among themselves in 1639. He is not even of direct record at Hartford. This is chiefly because he was occupied in the service of another. He was doubtless associated at Hartford with Nathaniel Kellogg. It is unknown whether they came together from Boston, or whether Kellogg had come from England shortly before or soon after Bowton came late in 1635; but it is fairly clear that John Bowton married Alice Kellogg about 1636 or 1637. She was his only wife and he her first husband. She is mentioned in The Kelloggs in the Old World and in the New (p. 31) only by her Christian name and as the wife of John Bowton, Senior, and mother of his children, one of whom, Bridget of Norwalk, Connecticut, married about 1657 Nathaniel Kellogg's nephew, Daniel Kellogg of Norwalk (baptized at Great Leighs, Essex, England, February 6, 1630, son of Martin and Prudence (Bird) Kellogg). Alice is identified on page 251 of The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, as "Mrs. Alice Kellogg," in connection with her second marriage about 1647 to Matthew Marvin, Senior, of Hartford, as his second wife. That she was then the widow of the immigrant, John Bowton, is proved by her own will, as well as by the will of her second husband, Marvin, both of which instruments name her children by her first husband Johnl Bowton. She could not have been the widow of any Kellogg in America, because there was no Kellogg here of whom she could have been the widow. Of Matthew Marvin, Senior, The Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin erroneously in part says (p. 287): "He married (2) about 1647, Alice, daughter of John Bouton, born about 1610; in her will, December 1, 1680, she calls herself 'aged about seventy.'" Alice was the widow, not a daughter, of John Bowton. When she married, first, about 1636, John Bowton, she was about twenty-six years old. Doubtless, she 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:
As neither the first Bowtons, Kelloggs, nor Marvins, all of whom arrived at Boston Harbor from England, are of record thereabout, and as Nathaniel Kellogg is but of momentary record at Hartford, as also was Matthew Marvin, Senior, and as the immigrant John Bowton is not now of direct record there, and as the Marvins, Kelloggs, and Bowtons removed from Hartford to Norwalk, Connecticut, about 1650, a statement as to the causes of this movement from Boston to Hartford and from Hartford to Norwalk, Connecticut, about 1650, will establish the fact that all these families migrated as a part of a large group of persons who found themselves allied in America for mutual interest.
Roger Ludlow did not believe in the Massachusetts law that a man should not be allowed to vote unless he was a church member. Others, like Ludlow, were becoming restive under the ecclesiastical domination of the Winthrop oligarchy in eastern Massachusetts. Becoming the leader of these forces, he planned a new settlement, and many immigrants newly arriving joined his exodus to the Connecticut River, where at Hartford he held the first court, on April 26, 1636. At this time he was practically the Governor of the new Colony of Connecticut. In June, 1636, his company at Hartford was joined by a company of men largely from Essex County, England, some of whom were from Braintree and vicinity in the shire from which the Kelloggs came. This group is historically known as the Rev. Thomas Hooker's party. Many of its members came from within forty miles of London, and so London was their most convenient port of embarkation. "Jo. Bowton" having sailed from Gravesend, the port of London, is likely to have resided at no greater distance or in that city itself. In America he was associated with the men from Essex. He was so minor a figure after arriving in New England, aged twenty years, that he hardly appears in the public records; he remained in obscurity at Hartford until his death at about thirty years of age, about 1645. He may have arrived there in November, 1635, with the first group from Boston, in which came his wife's second husband, Matthew Marvin, Senior. The latter is known to have sailed from London in the Increase April 15, 1635, and to have reached Boston Harbor some time in June. It will never be known whether "Jo. Bowton" came to Hartford at the time Marvin came, or when Nathaniel Kellogg cameif Kellogg came in 1636 or 1637, but Jo. Bowton certainly was ashore at Boston Harbor before Marvin left there for the Connecticut River, though Marvin had arrived from England a number of weeks before Bowton.
As Matthew Marvin comes into direct relationship to the Bowtons only with his marriage not later than very early in 1647 at Hartford to the widow Alice (Kellogg) Bowton, her first husband John Bowton must have been associated previously, as was she, both before and after she married John Bowton, with her relative, Nathaniel Kellogg. Her first marriage must have occurred at Hartford not later than 1639 (probably in 1636 or 1637), for by that husband "Jo. Bowton" she had borne there John II, Richard (who is recorded as having become twenty-one years old before May 1, 1660) [Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, p. 141], and Bridget Bowton; her husband had died; she had married again, and had a son Samuel Marvin, by her second husband, baptized at Hartford February 6, 1647/8. It has been thought that this Samuel was her second child by Marvin, but the supposed first child, Lydia Marvin, who if born at all, died young, is not proved of record. Nevertheless, here were three births, a death of one husband, a marriage to another, and one or two more births, all occurring at Hartford before February 6, 1647/8. This places the marriage of John Bowton and Alice Kellogg at Hartford not later than 1638; his son Richard, probably a second son, was born not later than July, 1639. There are no records of marriages, baptisms, burials, or births prior to 1685 now, extant at the First Church of Christ, Hartford. All birth and baptismal records of the town of Hartford are missing for the first nine years of the settlement, that is, prior to 1645. All records of marriages are lost prior to July 2, 1644, and all deaths before May, 1653, save one on March 9, 1644. "Jo. Bowton" left no will, and evidently no debts, for there is no record of any probate proceedings on his estate. As he was not one who drew land in the division of 1639, there was no necessity for probate proceedings after his death. The prompt remarriage of his widow, and the acceptance by Matthew Marvin, Senior, of responsibility for her three Bowton children seem to have settled the estate of "Jo. Bowton." It will be perceived that the latter was a young man who came to Hartford to begin married life. Unheralded he arrived; unrecorded he lived for a little while; and unwritten he died. If he became a freeman of the. colony of Connecticut it is not of record. Probably he attended in 1639 the meeting held at Hartford of the settlers of the river towns which adopted what is said to be "the earliest example of a written constitution constituting a government and defining its powers." Jo. Bowton's identity and presence at Hartford are proved by the will of his wife, by the records of their three children, and by the fact of her second marriage not later than early in 1647, though the marriage is not recorded in the incomplete town records now extant at Hartford.
Her first son by her second husband, Matthew Marvin, Senior, is recorded in the town records of baptisms: "Samiwell Marven, son Matthew Marven; bapt. Feb. 6, 1648"--(I647/8). He died young. Then follows: "Rachel Marven, dau. Mathew Marven; bapt. Dec. 30, I 649." Soon after this birth Matthew Marvin, Senior, removed with his children, his second wife, Alice, and her three Bowton children to the new settlement which became Norwalk. In this movement they were joined by her younger relative, Daniel Kellogg (baptized at Great Leighs, Essex, England, February 6,1630), who with his two brothers, Joseph and Samuel Kellogg, had arrived at Hartford from England about this time. And, at Norwalk, Alice (Kellogg) Bowton-Marvin married her daughter Bridget Bowton to Daniel Kellogg about 1658. [The Kelloggs I the Old World and the New, p. 33.] Alice also at Norwalk married her son John Bowton to Abigail Marvin, her (Alice's) second husband's daughter by his former wife Elizabeth. Thus Alice (Kellogg) Bowton-Marvin was both mother-in-law and stepmother to Abigail (Marvin) Bowton. The latter was the first of the children of Matthew Marvin, Senior, to be born in America, and born at Hartford, 1637/8. [Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin, p. 297.] Alice (Kellogg) Bowton in marrying Matthew Marvin, Senior, did well. Ten years her elder, he was a man of energy and foresight, one of the actual founders of Hartford in 1635, and a founder of Norwalk in 1649/50, where he continued for thirty years a man of much influence, with an estate comparatively large. Before removing to Norwalk, Matthew Marvin, Senior, had purchased land at Farmington, six miles west of Hartford, and had built a house upon it, where his brother Reinold Marvin had settled. But upon removing to Norwalk he conveyed that land to his second wife's relative (brother or cousin) Nathaniel Kellogg of Hartford who had settled upon it by I65I. Matthew Marvin, Senior, in his will of record at the probate court of Fairfield County, Connecticut [III, 58], dated December no, 1678 (inventory filed July 12, 1680), bequeaths:
"unto my dearly beloved wife Alice Marvin the sum of Twenty pounds as her own true and proper estate, and the use of all other my em late whatsoever during her natured Life.... 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 meadow of the said John Bowton Lying at Sagatuck brooke.... [The residue, after death of wife] shall be equally devided amongst my four daughters . . . Abigal Bowton of Norwocke [etc.] . . . I doe hereby make, appoint and ordayne after mine and my wives deceass my sonn John Bowton and John Platt the executors of this my Last Will & Testament . . . six and Twentyeth day of decembr Anno Domenij 1678. The Marke of MATHEW X MARVIN SENIER."
The "Twenty pounds as her owne true and proper estate" meant what she had of the estate of her first husband, John Bowton, when she married Matthew Marvin, Senior. Matthew Marvin, Junior, the testator's son by his first wife, appears to have been disappointed at the estate's being left to the widow, his stepmother Alice, during her life. Whereupon John Bowton II and the testator's son-in-law Thomas Semer (Seymour) made an agreement::
[Fairfield County Probate III-60]:
"We John Bowton [and Thomas Semer] in our owne and in our wives rights: and in the right of our brother and sister Clarke, doe Covenant and engage unto our sd brother Matthew Marvin that [he] shall have the eighth part of said effects.... Thomas Semer, John Bowton."
Alice (Kellogg) Bowton-Marvin made oath to the inventory of the estate of Matthew Marvin, Senior, December 17, 1680. In the inventory amounting, not including some lands not appraised, to about four hundred pounds (about five thousand dollars by present reckoning), the appraisers refer to the "lands Lying in Fairfield . . . not valued in this Inventory," viz.: "this Land did formerly belong to the estate of Richard Bowton." Also in the inventory are "sum tools," elsewhere mentioned in Fairfield probate records as having formerly belonged to Richard' Bowton. He was a son of John I and Alice (Kellogg) Bowton. In Volume III, page 60, of the same probate records is recorded the settlement of the estate of this Richard Bowton in 1665, by his widow, Ruth (Turney) Bowton. The aforesaid land was referred to: "The land at Fairfield is found to be in Ruth Bouton's Inventory, to be Ten pounds." Richard, and Ruth had the posthumous daughter, Ruth, named as "my grandchild" in the will of Alice (Kellogg) Bouton-Marvin. Richard' died June 27, 1665. The will of the twice-widowed Alice is genealogically important, and shows that the testatrix bequeathed chiefly to her first child, John Bowton II, and had kept intact for him and his sister the £20 that she had brought to her second husband Matthew Marvin:
[Fairfield County Probate Court, III-61]:
WILL OF ALICE MARVIN.To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come greeting. I Alce Marvin of Norwocke in the County of Fairfield in the Colony of Connecticot; being aged seaventee years or thereabouts; though weak and feeble in body yet through the mercy of God of perfect mind & memory: I doe make ordayne and appoint this present wrighting to be my last will and Testament.
Imprmis. I doe will give and bequeath the sum of Twenty pounds to my sonn John Bowton and to my daughter Bridgit Killock to be equally devided betwen thos two: That is to say Ten pounds apeese: Item. I doe give after my decease: to my daughter Briggit Kellock my Scarfe and my best cloath wastcot and my best serge Coat and my best green Apron: and the best of my two under cotton coats & my spectacles.
Item. I doe give unto my daughter Abigal Bowton my best hat and my best cloke and my Serge wast coats: and my under cotten wastcoat: and a pair of Cotton gloves: and a pair of lether gloves 2 brass small wayts: Item. I doe give to my daughter Rachell Smith my penne stone (a kind of fabric) Coat: and my flannell wastcoat: and to my grandchild Sarah Brinsmead my Cheast: And to my grandchild Ruth Bowton: my brasse kettle 3 old pewter dishes and a brasse Chafendish and a gilpot: And to my grandchild Rachell Bowton my bible. what remains not disposed of: my will is shall be devided between my two dafter Brigget Kellock & Rachell Smith. The hetchell my will is half to my sonn John Bowton and half to my daughter Briggit Kellock. That this is my last will and Testament witnes my hand this 1 of Decemr 1680.
The Marke of Alice X MARVEN
In the presence of us RICH. OLMSTEED, CHRISTO. CUMSTOCKE
An Inventory of Alce Marven deceased In norwocke taken this Last of Janur: Anno Dom: 1680 …Total 36-02-08."
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More About Mathew Marvin:
Ancestral File Number: FZQ5-J5.40
More About Mathew Marvin and Elizabeth (Elizaphatt) GREGORY:
Marriage: 1625, ST Mary's Church,Great Bently,Essex, England.
More About Mathew Marvin and Alice Kellogg:
Marriage: 1647, Conn..
Children of Mathew Marvin and Elizabeth (Elizaphatt) GREGORY are:
- +Sarah Marvin, b. December 27, 1622, Great Bently, Esses, England., d. January 16, 1701/02, Stratford, Fairfield, Ct40.
Children of Mathew Marvin and Alice Kellogg are:
- +Sarah Marvin, b. December 27, 1622, Great Bently, Esses, England., d. January 16, 1701/02, Stratford, Fairfield, Ct40.