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MARSTONs and Related Families

My on-line database now includes only the known progenitors of the several early MARSTON families of New England, New York and Virginia. The off-line database extends several of these line to the present time and also includes scores of recently discovered lines, most of which can not be connected to their European ancestors. A couple MARSTON lines in the off-line database extend from the present back to Humphrey De MERESTONA of the 11th Century. Still others off-line trace their roots to royalty through the female spouses who married into the MARSTON family. To view the on-line data, click HERE. If you would like to add to or correct your own MARSTON paternal line as found in [or omitted from?] this database, please email me. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

I have combined all the MARSTONs from "The Marston Genealogy", compiled by Nathan Washington Marston of Lubec, Maine, in 1888 [often abbreviated TMG here], with all the persons from Mary Lovering Holman's "Marston English Ancestry," and all those formerly contained in my Virginia and British databases. Except for the spouses (and sometimes their ancestors), most of the persons here are descended from Thomas MARSTON, born about 1435. Also combined in my off-line database are the ancestral lines from Governor Thomas DUDLEY back to Royalty that formerly made up our Royalty database. Most of the British MARSTONs included were found in Burke's "Landed Gentry," the only other published genealogical list of MARSTONs of which I am aware.

This database oten includes names of MARSTON males taken from the Social Security Death Index whose connections are yet to be found as well as new MARSTON heads of household found in several U.S. [1790-1930] and Canadian [1841-1901] Censuses.

 

MARSTON People, Places and Such

 

A MARSTON Crest


Motto: Magnanimiter Chucem Sustine

 


 

Marston House, Hampton, ca 1895?

The last Marston to own and occupy the Marston House of Hampton was Adeline Copeland MARSTON, 1883-1963, beloved Hampton teacher, 1907-1954 [4th cousin, twice removed], the person for whom Hampton's Marston Elementary School is named. Until 1975 the house was located at 868 Lafayette Road [N.H. Rte 1] before it was dismantled brick-by-brick and board-by-board and reconstructed by Alexander Herlihy, its new owner, at 55 Lang Road in Rye. The article, based, I believe, on family tradition, provides that this house was first built as a one-room structure in 1654. If true, and the house was then owned by a Marston, then it was either the home of Captain William MARSTON, SR., or else of his eldest son, Thomas. However, it must also be reported here that this "tradition" contradicts information contained in Joseph Dow's "History of Hampton." If Dow is correct, this house was not occupied by a MARSTON until Isaac MARSTON, Jr., settled in it as a newly-wed about 1792. Whether Isaac built the house, or whether he simply moved into one previously built by someone else, is not stated in Dow's book. A title search should reveal the name of the owner prior to Isaac, Jr., and that, in turn, may shed some light on this discrepancy. Perhaps we will learn that Isaac, Sr., owned 2 farms and that he kept one and conveyed the other to Isaac, Jr.

 


 

The "S.S. William H. Marston" on her maiden voyage in 1901. Pictured here in San Francisco Bay, she foundered off Mobile, AL, in 1928.

This schooner is named after Captain William Harrington MARSTON [1835-1926], a former sea captain; later a director of the Planters Line (later acquired by Matson Lines); president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; and mayor of Berkeley [6th cousin, twice removed].

 


 

George White Marston's second home in San Diego, 1905.

The first Marston to make his fortune in California didn't do it in the gold fields. George White Marston [1851-1946] [5th cousin, twice removed] became a prosperous and very well known merchant in San Diego. Until 1961, when Marston Co. merged with Carter-Hawley-Hale [The Broadway], the Marston Department Store was the premier department store of San Diego. He and his large family became great benefactors of that city. October 22, 2000, was the 150th anniversary of his birth, and special tribute was paid to him by the San Diego Union Tribune on October 17, 2000.

 


 

Van and Edith Marston's first home in Pasadena, 1910.

If Marston Manor could have ever been more than a place in Dick's imagination, then Sylvanus Boardman [Van] Marston, FAIA [1883-1946], is certainly the man who should have designed it. Southern California owes much to this prestigious architect. From bungalows to mansions, his homes have been owned by the rich and the famous. The home above was his surprise for Edith upon the return from their Hawaiian honeymoon.

The home of Elisha Marston, built in 1850 and now known as the Elisha Marston House, serves as the home of the Sandwich Historical Society, of Sandwich, N.H.

Marston Family Vineyard in Napa Valley, California, is owned and operated by descendants of the New England MARSTONs.

The Winslow Marston House, built in 1786 and now known as the The Marston Family Bed and Breakfast, in Hyannis Port, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The Marston House, another Marston Bed and Breakfast place to stay and shop for antiques when you visit Wiscasset, Maine.

In 1941 Marvin R. "Muktuk" MARSTON [1889-1980] [6th cousin, thrice removed] received a direct commission as major in the Army Air Corps. In 1956, Marvin was a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention. He was voted in the Alaska Press Club's Forty-niner Hall of Fame. A painting depicting his work with the ATG is hanging the Pentagon Hall of Fame. He has been inducted into Greenville College's Sports Hall of Fame. Marvin made a large contribution to the "winnings" for the first 1973 modern day Iditarod races, and in 1979, Marvin was promoted to Brigadier General and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award and The Eagle Award by the Alaska Army National Guard.

Be sure to see and read about the Philipse-Marston Portraits of the Museum of the City of New York. This includes brief bios on the 4 subjects, including Nathaniel MARSTON, Jr., and his daughter, Margaret [MARSTON] PHILIPSE, sister-in-law by marriage of a lady who was once the apple of George Washington's eye.

The Benjamin MARSTON Diaries Project. About Benjamin, III [4th cousin, 6 times removed], a loyalist (See also: "The Marston Genealogy," pgs. 526-532).

 


 

Marston Hall, Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois. This classroom building was named in honor of a past president of the college, Bishop Leslie Ray MARSTON [1894-1979]. Leslie is a descendant of the New England MARSTONs.

 


 

Marston Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This Engineering building was named in 1970 in honor of the University's first Dean of its College of Engineering, George Andrews MARSTON [1908-1999]. George is a descendant of the New England MARSTONs.

 


Marston Hall, Iowa State University. This Engineering building was named in 1947 in honor of the University's first Dean of its College of Engineering, Anson MARSTON [1864-1949]. We have connected him to his New England roots.

 


Marston Hall on the campus of Seattle Pacific University is named in honor of Professor Cassandra May [Cassie] MARSTON who served with distinction on that school's faculty for many years before she retired and later passed away.

 


 


Marston Science Library, University of Florida. This library is named in honor of the University's seventh president, Dr. Robert Quarles MARSTON, M.D.. For a biography about this remarkable man, click here. Robert is descended from the MARSTONs of Virginia.

 


Virginia's "Marston Plantation". Barry Lee MARSTON's research on his Virginia MARSTONs. Barry is a Forensic Science Specialist and a past Vice President of the Kentucky Genealogical Society. He is also a valued participant in the MARSTON Y-DNA Project.

 


St. Mary the Virgin, John Marston [1576-1634], an infamous Enlish dramatist and satirist.

Oliver Cromwell's Parliament army was victor over the forces of Prince Rupert at the famous Battle of Marston Moor, Yorkshire, England, on 2 July 1644. See, also, Cromwell's letter following the victory.

Bedroom/Entertainment Center/Home Office. Furniture befitting a proper British/New England Manor.

Marston House of Hampton is haunted by the ghost of young Valentine Hugh MARSTON [5th cousin, once removed].

John Marston [1836-1918], of Sunbeam, an extremely successful Victorian manufacturer who became one of England's largest manufacturers of japanware, and later made bicycles, motorcycles and cars.

These are 24 of the English parishes and villages bearing the MARSTON name [more?]. None is, however, the parish, village or county from which the colonial New England line comes.

AND, over on the west side of "The Pond" we have:

Broad Marston Manor . It exists!! A handsome, creeper-clad Manor House of mellow Cotswold stone, whose history and architecture spans more than 750 years [dating back to the reign of King Henry III]. Drive in through the stone pillared entrance, along a tree-lined carriageway to the solid iron-studded front door. Located near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire near the Cotswolds. It is now available for reservation as a group Bed and Breakfast hotel.

The leader of the founders of Hampton was my ancestor, the VERY controversial Stephen BACHILER. Much has been written about him, and several of those articles are now on-line. Try this to find links to these articles.

Some of the men on my list of ancestors were involved in the various wars which occurred during our colonial history. One of the first of those wars was the King Philip's War. Joseph Dow, in his "History of Hampton, N.H. 1638-1892," (1893), at pages 219 - 224, gives an account of how that war affected the area, along with a list of the names of those who fought for the colonists. These included, Henry DOW, Abraham DRAKE, Jr., Morris HOBBS, Jr., Ephraim W. MARSTON, and Benjamin SWETT, Sr. (who was killed by indians on 28 June 1677). Some of these men also fought in the Indian wars which followed through the year 1763, as did also Benjamin LAMPREY, Deacon Thomas MARSTON, Samuel ROBIE, Lt. John SANBORN, Sr., Ens. Daniel TILTON, Sr. John FABYAN of Newington also fought. Ephraim MARSTON's son, Jeremiah, was killed in the French and Indian War on 13 February 1745. Abraham DRAKE, Jr., and Thomas MARSTON (both above) also fought in that war.

Among my Hampton ancestors who fought in the War for Independence that I've identified so far are Samuel DRAKE, Sr., Samuel DRAKE, Jr., and Jeremiah MARSTON. Others also included [not my ancestors] Capt. Joshua BERRY of Pittsfield, Ephraim DENNETT of Portsmouth and Ephraim PICKERING of Newington.

None of the Hampton families has yet been proven to descend from royalty [unless we count the ancestors of former First Lady, Jane Means (APPLETON) PIERCE, who was born in Hampton]. We are hoping that break-throughs may occur in the not-too-distant future. The two surnames we still hold out hope for are SANBORN and HUSSEY. John HUSSEY, father of Christopher, has the best chance, so far, but the proof is lacking as of March, 2004. The descendants of Mary (HILTON) MARSTON, wife of John MARSTON, Sr., (1748-1793), of Newmarket, N.H., are among those who connect to royalty.

Here's another feature we'll be working to expand as resources and time allow. This will be links to websites about places in England which either bear our ancestors' names (other than MARSTON), or are about places where our ancestors once lived. This topic has the potential of becoming a whole new room in the Manor someday!

Felbrigg (Philbrick), county Norfolk, village information.

Click Dudley Castle, one of the ancestral homes of the Sutton-Dudleys.

Hilton Castle, Sunderland, county Durham.

Pickering Castle in Yorkshire.

If you have additional information or conflicting sources, or if you can help fill in any blanks or add a photo, your help would be appreciated.

Please E-MAIL your comments to: Dick Marston Simi Valley, CA (USA)

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Created: March 16, 1998
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