Norval Sinclair Marley (1895 - 1955)

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Birthplace: Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
Death: Died
Occupation: Marine officer and captain, as well as a plantation overseer
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"Captain" Norval Marley,

  • Born Norval Sinclair Marley 1885 Clarendon, Jamaica
  • Died 1957
  • Cause of death Heart attack
  • Occupation Private, Royal Marines
  • Children Bob Marley

Norval Sinclair Marley (1885–1957) was a Jamaican Marine famous for being the father of the reggae musician Bob Marley.

Born in Jamaica to Albert Thomas Marley, who was from Sussex in England, and Ellen Broomfield, a Syrian Jewish Jamaican. He traveled to England where he joined the British Army in August 1916 at Liverpool, enlisting in the Labour Corps (Home Service); he had previously been employed as a Ferro-Concreter in Cuba.

Marley’s mother Cedella Malcolm (later Cedella Booker) began her romance with Captain Marley, a colonial supervisor, when he was sixty years old and she was merely seventeen.[4] Norval Marley’s family was made up of white Jamaicans from the parish of Clarendon. He was relocated for work purposes to St. Ann where Cedella had grown up and resided.

She gave birth to their son Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley on 6 February 1945. No other children arose from this relationship. The couple split after a short time. Bob Marley, at his own admission, never really came to know his father.

Bob was about ten years old when Norval Marley died of a heart attack in 1957.


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Norval Marley's Timeline

Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
February 6, 1945
Age 50
Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica
Age 60