Mareen Duvall

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Mareen Duvall
Coat of arms of Mareen Duvall.jpg
Coat of arms of Mareen Duvall
Born Marin Duval
1625
Nantes, Kingdom of France
Died 1699
Province of Maryland
Nationality French
Religion Huguenot
Spouse(s) Mary Stanton
Children "Maruis" (Mareen the Elder),
John,
Eleanor,
Samuel,
Susannah,
Lewis,
Mareen (the younger),
Catherine,
Mary,
Elizebeth,
Roberts,
Johanna,
Benjamin

Mareen Duvall (1625–1699)[1] was a French Huguenot and an early American settler.

Background[edit]

He was born Marin Duval, at Nantes, France in 1625 and arrived in the Province of Maryland on August 28, 1650. He received a patent from the first proprietors of the Maryland Colony, the Calvert family on that day for La Val, named after his family's estate in the County of Laval, an independent county created in the 15th century in the County of Maine, on the south side the South River in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.[2]

He became quite prosperous and his Middle Plantation in Davidsonville, Maryland and La Val were "as luxurious and courtly as any of the manors of the English gentry."[3]

He died in 1699 and his third and final wife, Mary Stanton, administered his substantial estate.[2][4] Duvall had purchased sizeable tracts of land, including Catton, later known as Belair[5] as well as owning Middle Plantation in Davidsonville, Maryland. Combined, he owned several thousand acres in Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties.[2] It is believed that the original house called Middle Plantation was located somewhere along Rutland Road.

In 1705, his son, John Duvall and his wife Mary deeded land to Queen Anne Parish to construct St. Barnabas Church.[2] Mareen Duvall's widow, Mary went on to marry Henry Ridgely and later after his death, Reverend Jacob Henderson.[5]

Genealogy[edit]

In genealogies, he is often called "The Emigrant" to distinguish him from several descendants also named Mareen Duvall.[6] His notable descendants include U.S. Presidents Harry S. Truman and Barack Obama, American Vice-President Dick Cheney,[6][7][8] Wallis Simpson (for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne), and actor Robert Duvall.[6]

Other descendants include U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice Gabriel Duvall, billionaire Warren Buffett, Confederate General Bradley Tyler Johnson,[9] and Confederate spy Betty Duvall.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baltz, Shirley Vlasak (1984). A Chronicle of Belair. Bowie, Maryland: Bowie Heritage Committee. pp. page 5. LCCN 85165028. 
  2. ^ a b c d Williams, T. J. C.; Folger McKinsey (1910,1979). History of Frederick County, Maryland, Vol 2. L.R. Titsworth & Co./Clearfield Co. pp. page 948. ISBN 0-8063-8012-8. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Hester Dorsey (1903). Side-lights on Maryland History: With Sketches of Early Maryland Families. Baltimore, Maryland: Williams and Wilkins Company. p. 96. ISBN 0-8063-0296-8. [unreliable source?]
  4. ^ Warfield, Joshua Dorsey (July 1905). The Founders of Anne Arundel And Howard Counties, Maryland. Baltimore, Maryland: Kohn & Pollock. p. 106. ISBN 0-8063-7971-5. 
  5. ^ a b Baltz, Shirley Vlasak (1984). A Chronicle of Belair. Bowie, Maryland: Bowie Heritage Committee. pp. pages 1–8. LCCN 85165028. 
  6. ^ a b c Vickers, Hugo (2011). Behind Closed Doors: The Tragic, Untold, Story of the Duchess of Windsor. London: Hutchinson. p. 377. ISBN 978-0-09-193155-1. 
  7. ^ Hasani Gittens (October 17, 2007). "Dissing cousins: Obama. Cheney, Bush related". New York Post.  Mentions Chicago Sun-Times article from early September as the source.
  8. ^ "Obama and Cheney, Making Connections". The Washington Post. October 17, 2007. p. A06. 
  9. ^ Joshua Dorsey Warfield. The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland. p. 105. 
  10. ^ "Notable Descendants of Mareen Duvall". [unreliable source?]

Further reading[edit]

  • William P. Doepkins, Excavations at Mareen Duvall's Middle Plantation of South River Hundred (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1991)

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