John Marvin

Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1838 (aged 68–69)
Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Burial Mooreville, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 136957053 · View Source
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John Marvin was the son of Daniel and Abigail Grumman Marvin. John Marvin was born Aug. 15, 1769 in Norwalk, CT. He moved to Otsego County, NY as a young man. There he met Mary “Polly” Edson. He married Polly in about 1799. Their first child, Miranda Clark Marvin, was born in 1800 in Otsego County. Later the family moved to Livingston County, NY. It was from here that John applied to the territory of Michigan to obtain land. He purchased 160 acres of land in Washtenaw County and in 1831 his family, along with others, made their journey across Lake Erie.
John Marvin settled on the land he had purchased. He first built a log home and that was soon replaced by a frame structure. This new settlement soon became the town that is now known as Milan. John’s son William started a store and other buildings went up.
The children of John and Polly Marvin:
-Miranda Clark Marvin, born June 17, 1800, Otsego County, NY; she married Wells Chamberlin about 1820 at Cooperstown, Livingston County, NY; Miranda came to Michigan with her husband and small children at the same time as her father; her family settled in Pittsfield Township, then moved to Ingham County; Miranda died July 28, 1871, in Leroy Township, Ingham County, Michigan
-Jarvis Edson Marvin, born May 30, 1804, in NY; died Sept. 23, 1876, at Tuscola, Tuscola County, Mich.
-William E. Marvin, born May 6, 1806, in NY; married on May 6, 1841 in Springwater Valley, NY to Mary Ann Carpenter. He died April 21, 1869, in Monroe County, Mich., buried in Spaulding Cemetery.
-John Milton Marvin, born January 26, 1809, in NY; married Jan. 28, 1841 to Mary Anne Mase; John Milton Marvin died 1844, Washtenaw County, Mich.
-Mary Marvin, born Feb. 19, 1811; died before 1838.
-Matilda Marvin, born Feb. 2, 1813; died before 1838.
-Caroline Marvin, born about 1820, in NY; married Henry Tolan on Dec. 21, 1837 in Washtenaw County; died Sept. 15, 1852, Washtenaw County, buried in Spaulding Cemetery.
-Elizabeth Jane Marvin, born Dec. 16, 1824 in NY; died in Washtenaw County.

By 1837, John and Polly Marvin had sold much of their land. John Marvin died by Nov. 1838.

Source: members of the John Marvin family, especially Joyce Collar Witten, who is descended from John’s daughter, Miranda. Miranda came to Michigan with her father, with her husband, and with her children. She went to Pittsfield Township and then to Ingham County.

In about 1834, John Marvin cast the first ballot at York Township’s first meeting, which was held at the home of Noah Woolcott in Mooreville. Source: History of Washtenaw County, by Charles C. Chapman, page 1413.

The location of John Marvin’s burial is uncertain, but his son William was buried in Spaulding Cemetery. Many headstones in Spaulding Cemetery no longer remain. It seems possible that John was buried there, too. However, 1848 is the date when the Spaulding Cemetery land was given to Milan Township for a cemetery; since John Marvin died before that, and since John was associated with some early settlers in Mooreville, it seems more likely he was buried in Mooreville Cemetery.

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