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Nicknames: "Mars", "Born Marin Du Voll", "The Emigrant"
Birthplace: Laval, Duché de Normandie, France
Death: Died in South River Hundred, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
Occupation: merchant & planter
Managed by: Glen Lofton Bedgood
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About Mareen Duvall

Note: As of now, it is not known who Mareen's parents were. His lineage is very much in dispute among his descendants. Please refrain from adding more unconfirmed data to his ancestors if at all possible.

There is a Mareen Duvall Society based in MD, honoring our ancestor and his many descendents which include our new President Barack Obama, Harry S. Truman, Robert Duvall the actor along with a few other famous people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mareen_Duvall

Born Mareen DuVal, he was a French Protestant — a Huguenot — who fled his homeland sometime around 1650 to escape religious persecution from the Catholics and the French Crown. After a stay in England, he settled in Maryland — changing his name along the way to "Duvall."

"No more striking figure in colonial history is found than the personal achievements of this fleeing immigrant," J.D. Warfield wrote in The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland (1905). "He came as one of the one hundred and fifty adventurers, brought over by Colonel William Burgess. He settled near Colonel Burgess, in Anne Arundel County, on the south side of South River and became one of the most successful merchants and planters of that favored section."

Burgess, a leading figure in 17th century Maryland, at one point served as the Deputy Governor.

"The land records of Anne Arundel and Prince George Counties show that this Huguenot planter and merchant held a vast estate, and left his widow and third wife so attractive as to become the third wife of Colonel Henry Ridgely, and later the wife of Rev. Mr. Henderson, the commissary of the Church of England," Warfield writes.

One of Mareen Duvall's sons, "Mareen the Younger," apparently was not pleased about his step-mother's first remarriage. "The younger Mareen objected to his guardian, Col. Ridgeley, but the courts did not sustain him," Warfield writes.

Mareen is the ancestor many prominent figures, including:

• President Barack Obama • President Harry Truman • Vice President Dick Cheney • Supreme Court Justice Gabriel Duvall • Duchess Bessie Windsor • Actor Robert Duvall • Confederate Spy Betty Duvall • Businessman Warren Buffett

Mareen DUVALL Born: Abt 1629-1630, Luval, Mayenne, France Marriage (1): Mary BOUTH about 1658 in , Normandy Province, France 1 Marriage (2): Susannah BRASSEUR before 1677 2 Marriage (3): Mary UNKNOWN about 1693-1694 1 Died: 8/5/1694, Anne Arundel, MD about age 64/5

General Notes: A Huguenot refugee who settled in Anne Arundel county Maryland in the 1660's, he is the immigrant ancestor on this branch of the family tree. John South stated that he was from Normandy France. Both Normandy and Laval are in the Northwestern region of France. I have followed his parentage as presented in "Mareen Duvall of Middleton Plantation" but it should be noted that there are other theories out there. Ex: According to Harry Wright Newman in "Mareen Duvall of Middle Plantation", it is not certain that Mary is Mareen's wife, but the following will of Thomas Bouth suggests it. In his will in 1672 it states he died without issue (without children). He does however, bequeath to Mary Dewall (Devall) the first calf of his cow and "one sow shoot." In an I.G.I. file which we have no substantiation for, this Mary Bouth is listed as the wife of Mareen Duvall. His deathdate matches but his parents are listed as Massiott Duvall and Margaret D'Orbin instead and his birth is given anywhere from 1630 to 1635 in Nantes, , Bretagne Province, France. Her parents are not given but her dates are b. 1634 in Normandie Province, France and died abt 1670. This record is much more prevalent in the I.G.I records than when I originally did my research. I also found an I.G.I record that states he was born in abt. 1632 in Lanal Castle,Mayenne Province, Near Remnes, France, but this one lists no parents. It is important to note that when his father is listed as Massiott, it is the same person as his grandfather in this version. There is no proof yet of their dates or connections.

Marin is listed in "The Early Settlers of Maryland" as Marin Du Vall. He arrived in the colonies sometime in the 1650's. He was a conservative in France, a Jacobite who supported James Stuart, the son of Charles II. France sided with Scotland in supporting Charles II as the King of England and this explains more why Marin, a Frenchman, would have supported Charles II's son. Marin was also a Huegonot. This was a very unpopular time for conservatives and Hugonots in France. He was supposedly in the Service in 1659 when the French were siding with the Scotts to help bring Charles II into power. Harry Wright Newman conjectures that he was captured and then transported by Willima Burgess to Maryland from France where he was "sold" as an indentured servant to John Covell. On July 25, 1659, Marin demanded 50 acres of land for performing his term of service with John Covell. He received 100 acres of land he named "Laval". This is significant in that it could be his origin in France. Laval is the capital of "Mayenne, France, a town 42 miles east of the Rennes. It was a custom in Maryland to name one's land after one's homeland.

In 1664, he had surveyed the main property he was to live on, "Middle Plantation". John Ewen gave him 250 acres, Thomas Parsons gave him 50 acres, and Andrew Skinner gave him 300 acres that comprised what he named "Middle Plantation" for work he apparently did as a carpenter. He applied for a patent for that land in that year under the heading "Marin Dewall, Carpenter". It was in Anne Arundel Co., on the south side of the South River though it did not adjoin any major body of water. Ann Covill was one of his neighbors.

In 1665, he and William Young jointly received a land patent for 200 acres called "Rich Neck" on the west side of Jacob's Creek. He added more land that adjoined Middle Plantation. By this time, he was called "Gentleman" in the records. His land purchases became extensive. In March of 1677/78 he obtained 375 acres in what was then Calvert Co., MD from Thomas Bowdle at a cost of 4,000 pounds of tobacco which was half of the land called "Bowdles Choice". Other properties he obtained included Essington, Morley's Grove, and Howerton's Range. He was also referred to as "Merchant" in one of these sales.

He obviously became a very successful businessman of the time, a gentleman in his own right. Even though he started in this country as an indentured servant, he showed ambition, education and intelligence in his business dealings and was a very wealthy man at the end of his life. The value of his clothing alone shows that he lived as a country gentleman before his death. His educational background can also be noted in the inventory of his books including law books at his estate settlement.

He left a will in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland in 1694, Book 2, p. 327 and Book 2A, p. 131. It is extensive and reproduced in "Mareen Duvall of Middle Plantation" by Harry Newman Wright. In it he bequeaths his well beloved wife, Mary, Middle Plantation for her lifetime. He gives his son Lewis 300 acres on the south end of Middle Plantation. He gives his daughter, Elizabeth Duvall, 375 acres called "Bowdel's Choice". Benjamin and Katherine received equal shares of "Howerton's Range". Mareen Duvall "the Younger" by his wife Susannah received "The Plains" in Calvert Co., MD. Mary received "Morley's Grove" and 300 more acres called "Marley's lot" in Anne Arundel Co. Joanna, his "youngest daughter," received Larkins Choice as well as Duvall's range in Anne Arundel Co. These appear to be his younger children whom he wants to have the claims when they are of age, being age 18 for the sons and age 16 for the daughters. He then gives some of his grown children 5 shillings sterling: John, Eleanor Roberts, Samuel, and Mareen "the eldest of that name". He gives 150 lbs sterling to Elizabeth Duvall, Johanna Duvall, Mary Duvall, Katherine Duvall, Mareen "the younger", Benjamin, and Lewis. He lastly gives his wearing apparel and silver tobacco box to his son John. His wife was named executor.

There appeared to be some discourse between Mareen's third wife and his older children. He specifically asked that she was not to be molested by anyone named in the will. To her he requested that his younger children remain in her care until of lawful age. He requested that she be "loveing and tender unto them and I do hereby conjoin her to use her endeavour to educate them in that fear of God and obedience to man." Within a month she requested to not be the administrator. Mareen's son John was named same. Later, Mary requested that she re-obtain the administrative role. Her step son John, was executing the will "to the great Damage and prejudice" of her according to her testament. In the end, she won out. 4 6 7 8 9 10 11

  • Noted events in his life were:

Mareen married Mary BOUTH about 1658 in , Normandy Province, France.1 (Mary BOUTH was born in 1634 in , Normandy Province, France and died about 1670.)

Mareen next married Susannah BRASSEUR before 1677.2 (Susannah BRASSEUR was born about 1650 in Nasemond River, , VA 2.)

Mareen next married Mary UNKNOWN about 1693-1694.1 (Mary UNKNOWN was born in 1640 in , , Maryland and died on 1/19/1736 in , Anne Arundel, MD.)

Extract from "The Duvall Society" -

"Mareen Duvall was born about 1625, in the Kingdom of France and settled on the south side of the South River in Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland circa 1655. The first tract of land patented to him in 1659 by Lord Baltimore was called "Laval," the name of an ancient town, the capital of the present Department of Mayenne in France. He was a planter and merchant, and a public spirited citizen of the Province until his death in 1694. He resided at the time of his death at his estate, Middle Plantation, located on South River, and patented to him in 1664 by the Lord Proprietary. His public service consisted in part, with leadership in the Jacobite Party, and the Provincial Archives show his appointment to the Provincial Commission in 1683 by the Proprietary and Assembly, to lay out town sites and ports of entry for the encouragement of trade. He was the patentee of numerous tracts of land, and the purchaser of many others containing several thousand acres, as evidenced by the Public Land Records and his Will dated, and probated in August, 1694."

  • Will 2 Aug 1694 Written in Ann Arundel Co., MD
  • Died 5 Aug 1694 Anne Arundel Co., MD
  • Will 13 Aug 1694 Probated in Anne Arundel Co., MD
  • Person ID I086204 Herring
  • Father said to be Thomas Duvall and mother to be Nicola Stagard. More research needed.

He was a Huguenot refugee. He emigrated from Laval, Normandy, and arrived in Maryland in the 1650s as an indentured servant to John Covell; his indenture ended in 1659, at which point he gained property became a freeholder in Anne Arundel County. He has two sons named Mareen; the son by his first wife is "The Elder"; the son by the second is "The Younger." His family's descent is described in Harry Wright Newman, Mareen Duvall of Middle Plantation. Also see for this William N. Hurley, Our Maryland Heritage, Book 44: Duvall Family. 2004.

There is a Society of Mareen Duvall Descendants. This numbers among his descendants Robert Duvall (actor), Harry Truman, and Bessie Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.

His nickname was "The Emigrant". -------------------- He is the immigrant ancestor on this branch of the family tree. John South stated that he was from Normandy France. Both Normandy and Laval are in the Northwestern region of France. I have followed his parentage as presented in "Mareen Duvall of Middleton Plantation" but it should be noted that there are other theories out there. Ex: According to Harry Wright Newman in "Mareen Duvall of Middle Plantation", it is not certain that Mary is Mareen's wife, but the following will of Thomas Bouth suggests it. In his will in 1672 it states he died without issue (without children). He does however, bequeath to Mary Dewall (Devall) the first calf of his cow and "one sow shoot." In an I.G.I. file which we have no substantiation for, this Mary Bouth is listed as the wife of Mareen Duvall. His deathdate matches but his parents are listed as Massiott Duvall and Margaret D'Orbin instead and his birth is given anywhere from 1630 to 1635 in Nantes, , Bretagne Province, France. Her parents are not given but her dates are b. 1634 in Normandie Province, France and died abt 1670. This record is much more prevalent in the I.G.I records than when I originally did my research. I also found an I.G.I record that states he was born in abt. 1632 in Lanal Castle,Mayenne Province, near Remnes, France, but this one lists no parents. "Historic Montgomery Co., MaD Old Homes and History" published in 1952 says that records state he was also born near Nantes, France. This could have been where the IGI record got his supposed birth place. This source does not list his parents. It is important to note that when his father is listed as Massiott, it is the same person as his grandfather in this version. There is no proof yet of their dates or connections.

Marin is listed in "The Early Settlers of Maryland" as Marin Du Vall. He arrived in the colonies between 1652-1659. He was a conservative in France, a Jacobite who supported James Stuart, the son of Charles II. France sided with Scotland in supporting Charles II as the King of England and this explains more why Marin, a Frenchman, would have supported Charles II's son. Marin was also a Huegonot. This was a very unpopular time for conservatives and Hugonots in France. He was supposedly in the Service in 1659 when the French were siding with the Scotts to help bring Charles II into power. Harry Wright Newman conjectures that he was captured and then transported by Willima Burgess to Maryland from France where he was "sold" as an indentured servant to John Covell. On July 25, 1659, Marin demanded 50 acres of land for performing his term of service with John Covell. He received 100 acres of land he named "Laval". This is significant in that it could be his origin in France. Laval is the capital of "Mayenne, France, a town 42 miles east of the Rennes. It was a custom in Maryland to name one's land after one's homeland.

In 1664, he had surveyed the main property he was to live on, "Middle Plantation". John Ewen gave him 250 acres, Thomas Parsons gave him 50 acres, and Andrew Skinner gave him 300 acres that comprised what he named "Middle Plantation" for work he apparently did as a carpenter. He applied for a patent for that land in that year under the heading "Marin Dewall, Carpenter". It was in Anne Arundel Co., on the south side of the South River though it did not adjoin any major body of water. Ann Covill was one of his neighbors.

In 1665, he and William Young jointly received a land patent for 200 acres called "Rich Neck" on the west side of Jacob's Creek. He added more land that adjoined Middle Plantation. By this time, he was called "Gentleman" in the records. His land purchases became extensive. In March of 1677/78 he obtained 375 acres in what was then Calvert Co., MD from Thomas Bowdle at a cost of 4,000 pounds of tobacco which was half of the land called "Bowdles Choice". Other properties he obtained included Essington, Morley's Grove, and Howerton's Range. He was also referred to as "Merchant" in one of these sales.

He obviously became a very successful businessman of the time, a gentleman in his own right. Even though he started in this country as an indentured servant, he showed ambition, education and intelligence in his business dealings and was a very wealthy man at the end of his life. The value of his clothing alone shows that he lived as a country gentleman before his death. His educational background can also be noted in the inventory of his books including law books at his estate settlement.

He left a will in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland in 1694, Book 2, p. 327 and Book 2A, p. 131. It is extensive and reproduced in "Mareen Duvall of Middle Plantation" by Harry Newman Wright. In it he bequeaths his well beloved wife, Mary, Middle Plantation for her lifetime. He gives his son Lewis 300 acres on the south end of Middle Plantation. He gives his daughter, Elizabeth Duvall, 375 acres called "Bowdel's Choice". Benjamin and Katherine received equal shares of "Howerton's Range". Mareen Duvall "the Younger" by his wife Susannah received "The Plains" in Calvert Co., MD. Mary received "Morley's Grove" and 300 more acres called "Marley's lot" in Anne Arundel Co. Joanna, his "youngest daughter," received Larkins Choice as well as Duvall's range in Anne Arundel Co. These appear to be his younger children whom he wants to have the claims when they are of age, being age 18 for the sons and age 16 for the daughters. He then gives some of his grown children 5 shillings sterling: John, Eleanor Roberts, Samuel, and Mareen "the eldest of that name". He gives 150 lbs sterling to Elizabeth Duvall, Johanna Duvall, Mary Duvall, Katherine Duvall, Mareen "the younger", Benjamin, and Lewis. He lastly gives his wearing apparel and silver tobacco box to his son John. His wife was named executor.

There appeared to be some discourse between Mareen's third wife and his older children. He specifically asked that she was not to be molested by anyone named in the will. To her he requested that his younger children remain in her care until of lawful age. He requested that she be "loveing and tender unto them and I do hereby conjoin her to use her endeavour to educate them in that fear of God and obedience to man." Within a month she requested to not be the administrator. Mareen's son John was named same. Later, Mary requested that she re-obtain the administrative role. Her step son John, was executing the will "to the great Damage and prejudice" of her according to her testament. In the end, she won out.


  • Sources

1 I.G.I. Files at the Mormon Family History Centers and at www.familysearch.com.

2 Robinson, Dierdre, Kaeling, BIrkel, Kellar, Morrissey, Anderson, Butler, Woodward, Rutter, Mayberry---MD, NJ (Sources "Mareen Duvall of Middle Plantation" by Harry Wright Newman, c.1952, reprinted 2000 by Carl P. Brown, Pittsfield, MA).

3 Reitwiesner, William Addams, Ancestry of Richard Bruce Chaney (http://www.wargs.com/political/cheney.html).

4 Ancestry of Barack Obama (http://www.wargs.com/political/obama.html).

5 World Family Tree at www.ancestry.com.

6 Farquhar, Roger Brooke, Historic Montgomery County, Maryland, Old Homes and History (Silver Spring, Montgomery Co., MD, c1952).

7 Ancestry World Tree Submissions at www.ancestry.com.

8 Coldham, Peter Wilson, Settlers of Maryland (Genealogical Publishing Company, 4 volumes.)

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10 MaGruder, James M. Jr, Index of Maryland Colonial Wills, 1634-1777 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., c1975).

11 Newman, Harry Wright, Mareen Duvall of Middle Plantation (c1952, reprinted in 2000).

12 Skordas, Gust, The Early Settlers of Maryland (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., c1968).

13 Baldwin, Jane, The Maryland Calender of Wills from 1685-1702, Vol. II (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., c1968).

"Maureen Duvall was born about 1625, in the Kingdom of France and settled on the south side of the South River in Anne Arundel County, province of Maryland circa 1655. The first tract of land patented by him in 1659 by Lord Baltimore was called 'Laval', the name of an ancient town, the capital of the present Department of Mayenne in France. He was a planter and merchant, and a public spirited citizen of the Province until his death at his estate, Middle Plantation, located on South River, and patented to him in 1664 by the Lord Proprietary. His public service consisted in part, with leadership in the Jacobite Party, and the Provincial Archives show his appointment to the Provincial Commission in 1683 by the Proprietary and Assembly, to lay out town sites and ports of entry for the encouragement of trade. He was the patentee of numerous tracts of land, and the purchaser of many others containing several thousand acres, as evidenced by the Public Land Records and his will dated, and probated in August, 1694. Founded on 9 December by Dr. Whirt Adams Duvall in Baltimore, Maryland... The Duvall family is one of the oldest families of this state, being descebded from Maureen Duvall, a French Hugunot, who, during the religious persecutions in Fance, fled from Normandy, his native land, and came to America, settling in what is now known as Prince George County, MD, about the year 1640. Being a civil engineer, he was appointed by the proprietary government, a commissioner to lay out towns and ports of entry in the new colony." - http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=spot54&id=I01800

Mareen ('Mars') Duvall was a French Huguenot. He was 'sold' as an indenture to Jean Covell and exiled from France. He arrived in Maryland about 1655 and upon completion of his indenture in 1659 he proceeded to establish a new life. He became a prosperous planter and merchant. He was appointed to the colonial commission in 1683 to survey and lay out town sites and ports. He married three times, first to Marie Parran Bouth (sometimes shown as 'South'), another French immigrant. Marie died in 1670, possibly in childbirth. The second marriage was to Susannah Brasseuir also of French ancestry. The third marriage was to Mary Stanton of an English family. Marreen Duvall died in 1694 leaving several thousand acres of land to his family.

Mareen Duvall is an ancestor of President Barrack Obama on the maternal side, through Mareen and his second wife Susannah Brasseuir.

Find A Grave Memorial # 37115938. -------------------- Came to America on August 28, 1650 as an indentured servant of John Covell. After his indenture (by 1659) he became a subject of Lord Baltimore and the Brirish Crown. In 1659 he demanded 50 acres for his services to John Covell, he received 100 acres. He called this land "Middle Plantation." His land purchases became quite extensive In the book "Maureen Duvall of MIddle Plantation: A Genealogical History" by Harry Wright Newman, Newman writes "The Duvall intermarried with all the gentry families if the Angelican oligarchy" of Prince Georges and Anne Arundel Counties.

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Mareen Duvall "The Immigrant"'s Timeline

1625
1625
Laval, Duché de Normandie, France
1658
1658
Age 33
Abington, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
1659
1659
Age 34
Normandy Co., France
1659
Age 34
Came to America from France
1659
Age 34
Anne Arundel County, MD
1662
1662
Age 37
South River Hundred, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
1663
1663
Age 38
All Hallows Parish, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland
1664
1664
Age 39
Middle Plantation, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
1667
July 16, 1667
Age 42
Middle Plantation, Anne Arundel Co., MD
1676
1676
Age 51
Middle Plantation, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA