Matthew Marvin and Elizabeth

My 11x Great Grandparents, Matthew Marvin and Elizabeth were the immigrants for this line of my tree. Matthew was baptized on 26 March 1600 in Great Bentley, Essex, England. It is not known the surname of Elizabeth but was born about 1604.
They married about 1622 and had 7 children: Elizabeth 1622, Matthew 1626, Mary 1628, Sarah 1631, Hannah 1634, Abigail 1637, and Rebecca 1639.

On 15 April 1635, the family embarked on the ship Increase to come to America. The names and ages of the family include: Matthew 35, Elizabeth 31, Elizabeth 13, Matthew 8, Marie 6, Sara 3, and Hannah 1/2.

They first lived in Hartford, CT. A 1639 land inventory revealed that the family had 10 parcels of land. Below is the map of Hartford in 1635. The Marvin family lot is towards the top on the right. Matthew was surveyor of highways in 1647. He was fined 5 schilling for his hogs doing damage. He was to put up a fence with a swinging gate. If any children were to swing on the gate Matthew had to complain to the parents and if they are caught a second time, Matthew had the right to prevent them. If a child breaks it the parents would have to make it good. He received 10 schillings for killing a wolf in 1648. Matthew sued Matthew Beckett for defamation and was awarded 50 pounds.

Elizabeth died sometime before 1645 and there has been no more documentation found.

Matthew remarried in 1645 to Alice and had 2 children: Samuel 1648, and Rachel 1649.




The family moved to Norwalk around 1649 and had 16 parcels of land. He was a deputy to the General Court in 1654 and freeman in 1659. In a deed in 1674, it revealed that Matthew was a wheelwright. He is on a memorial in the East Norwalk cemetery as one the the first settlers. He is also on the Founders Memorial in Hartford.



Matthew Marvin died in 1679/80. His will was proven in January 1680. His will was written in 1678 and it revealed that he was “being aged fourscore years or thereabouts”. He gave Alice 20 pounds and land. He named some of his children and grandchildren dividing the estate among them. The estate was appraised at 398 pounds.


Matthew Marvin and Elizabeth their daughter.

Sarah Marvin and William Goodrich their daughter,

Abigail Goodrich and Thomas Fitch their daughter,

Abigail Fitch and Abraham Kimberly their daughter,

Hannah Kimberly married James Hard their son,

Abner Hard married Hannah Beers their daughter,

Currence Hard married David Bostwick their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother


Ancestry. com Matthew Marven Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1680 – Connecticut, USA

Ancestry. com Matthew Marvin New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 Birth: 1600 Death: 1680 Origin: Great Bentley, Essex Departure: 1635

Photo from Wikipedia East Norwalk Historical Cemetery

The Ancient Historical Records of Norwalk, Connecticut: With a Plan of the Ancient Settlement Edwin Hall Published 1847

Colonial history of Hartford, Connecticut William Love Published 1914

The English Ancestry of Reinold and Matthew Marvin, of Hartford, Ct., 1638 …
By William Theophilus Rogers Marvin

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