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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Patrick and Rose Marvel, Two of Pelhamville's Earliest Residents, Died in 1906 and 1910, Respectively

Patrick and Rose Marvel were two of the earliest residents of the settlement once known as Pelhamville created in the early 1850s.  The couple moved to Pelhamville in 1855, shortly after their marriage.

Patrick J. Marvel was born in Ireland in August, 1827.  His wife, Rose, also was born in Ireland, but in September, 1834.  Genealogists believe that Patrick immigrated to the United States in 1851, followed by Rose who immigrated in 1852.  Researchers differ over the date of their marriage, but it appears that the couple married shortly before moving to Pelhamville in 1855.  Patrick J. Marvel became a naturalized U.S. citizen on October 8, 1856.

The couple lived in a home on Fourth Avenue near Second Street and raised a large family.  Among their six children was Patrick J. Marvel, Jr. who became Town Clerk of the Town of Pelham before his untimely death on December 30, 1910.  According to some genealogists, the couple had at least seven children:

Patrick J. Marvel (b. 1861)
Celia Marvel (b. 1865)
Rose Marvel (b. 1868)
Ellen Marvel (b. 1870)
Mary Marvel (b. 1872)
Tesse Marvel (b. 1879)
Walter Marvel (b. ?)

The Marvel family became a Pelhamville institution.  Upon the death of Rose Marvel on October 17, 1906, an obituary appeared on the front page of the local newspaper detailing her life and the length of her residency as "one of the oldest residents in the village."

Today's Historic Pelham article transcribes the obituary of Rose Marvel, early Pelhamville resident.

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Was One of the Oldest Residents of the Town and one of the Earliest Settlers.

North Pelham, Oct. 18. -- Mrs. Rose Marvel, wife of Patrick Marvel, died at her home on Second avenue, near Sixth street yesterday afternoon at 2:45 o'clock.

Mrs. Marvel was one of the oldest residents in the village, having lived here since 1855, in which year she came to this country from Ireland, where she was born.  

Mrs. Marvel was one of the earliest settlers in Pelham, and was one of the original inhabitants of the old Pelhamville.  She was a neighbor of Frederick Case, who was a member of the old Pelhamville association.  At that time she resided on Fourth avenue, near Second street.  She had seen, during her life, many changes take place in the village of North Pelham, and had seen it grow from a village with only a few houses to one of nearly a thousand population.  She also saw Pelham Heights and Pelham Manor come into existence.

Besides her husband she leaves six children to mourn her loss:  P. J. Marvel, Mrs. M. C. Driscoll, Nellie, Mary, Cecelia and Walter Marvel, all of Pelham.

The funderal services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, in St. Catherine's church, where mass will be said."

Source:   DEATH OF MRS. ROSE MARVEL IN NORTH PELHAM YESTERDAY -- Was One of the Oldest Residents of the Town and one of the Earliest Settlers, Daily Argus [Mount Vernon, NY], Oct. 18, 1906, No. 4448, p. 1, col. 2.  

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