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Are we Mabilles?

As noted in Mutrie’s 6,000 New York Ancestors: A Compendium of Mabie Research, the original story that Pieter Casparszen was of French descent from a Seigneur Pierre Mabille de Nevi of Anjou started with an unpublished family history by one Edward C. Marshall.

We know from The Frisbee-Frisbie Genealogy by Edward S. Frisbee (1919) that Marshall prepared his paper for the Reverend Henry Clay Mabie, secretary of the American Baptist Missionary Union. Mr. Frisbee had earlier written of Marshall’s paper in a letter to Mrs. Jerome I. Stanton dated October 12, 1905. Thus, we know that Mr. Marshall wrote his paper prior to 1905, likely in the late 1890s.

As noted by Mutrie, Marshall suggested the link between the Mabie and Mabille Families only as a possibility, but nothing more. Mutrie documents his significant efforts to either prove or disprove this link, finally concluding only that there was possibly an ancestor named Pierre Mabille. Thus, this link is based not on historical data, but on an unfounded suggestion by Mr. Marshall.

Two articles published in the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record gave credibility to Marshall’s creation. The first, The Founders of the Beck and Mabie Families in America by Catherine T. R. Mathews (Vol. XXXVIII, 1907, pages 98 - 103), did not mention Marshall as a source, but said: "There seems no doubt that their name was Mabille." The second article, The Mabie Family by Sarah Adelaide Mabie (Vol. LII, 1921, pages 251-255) cites Marshall as her only source, and includes the Mabille name not as a possibility, but as a fact.

Thus, we find ourselves left with the inescapable conclusion that there is absolutely no historical evidence whatsoever to suggest that the Mabie Family in America is related in 3 any way to the Mabille Family of France. And while a French origin remains a possibility, the presence of the Mabie Forest in Scotland, and various historical references to Mabey, Maybee and Maby families throughout England as far back as the 16th century, strongly suggests other possibilities.

Steve Mabie, Maybee Society Vice-President