Mareen Duvall


Mareen Duvall

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

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Background

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 situated between County of Maine, Duchy of Brittany, Duchy of Normandy and Duchy of Anjou in France, 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]

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

In genealogies, he is often called "The Immigrant" to distinguish him from descendants also named Mareen Duvall.[6]

Notable descendants include U.S. Presidents Harry S. Truman and Barack Obama, and former American Vice-President Dick Cheney,[7][8] Bessie Wallis Warfield Simpson (for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne),[9] U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice Gabriel Duvall, billionaire Warren Buffett, Confederate spy Betty Duvall, Nathan Duvall and actor Robert Duvall.[9]

See also

References

  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 0806380128. http://books.google.com/books?id=a-M8wQ27_NsC&pg=RA1-PA948&dq=%22Mareen+Duvall%22+Mary+Stanton&as_brr=3&ie=ISO-8859-1&sig=3wm1OuhXkpuyU-W9yPxP2u_qICU. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Hester Dorsey (1903). Side-lights on Maryland History: With Sketches of Early Maryland Families. Baltimore, Maryland: Williams and Wilkins Company. pp. 96. ISBN 0806302968. http://books.google.com/books?id=l_oMAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA191&dq=Anne+Tasker+Samuel+Ogle#PPA96,M1. [unreliable source?]
  4. ^ Warfield, Joshua Dorsey (July 1905). The Founders of Anne Arundel And Howard Counties, Maryland. Baltimore, Maryland: Kohn & Pollock. pp. 106. ISBN 0806379715. http://books.google.com/books?id=vgINAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA78&dq=%22Mareen+Duvall%22+Mary+Stanton&as_brr=1&ie=ISO-8859-1#PPA106,M1. 
  5. ^ a b Baltz, Shirley Vlasak (1984). A Chronicle of Belair. Bowie, Maryland: Bowie Heritage Committee. pp. pages 1–8. LCCN 85165028. 
  6. ^ "First Generation". A Partial Listing of Descendants of Mareen Duvall "the Emigrant". http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdannear/firstfam/duvall/d18610.htm. [unreliable source?]
  7. ^ Hasani Gittens (October 17, 2007). "Dissing cousins: Obama. Cheney, Bush related". New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/seven/10172007/news/regionalnews/dissing_cousins__obama__cheney.htm.  Mentions Chicago Sun-Times article from early September as the source.
  8. ^ "Obama and Cheney, Making Connections". The Washington Post: p. A06. October 17, 2007. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/16/AR2007101602362.html. 
  9. ^ a b "Notable Descendants of Mareen Duvall". http://www.duvallsociety.org/notables.html. [unreliable source?]

Further reading

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

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