Some Other Marables


Dy'Shon Marable, South Philadelphia Monarchs

"[Jackie Robinson]'s a great role model because he did everything for black people," the 11-year-old pitcher Dy'Shon Marable said. (On the first day of the trip, Dy'Shon wrote on a baseball that he put on Jackie's grave, "Thank you for changing my life.")

From the New York Times, reprinted in Tomorrow's Morning -- News Stories for Kids, Vol. 6, No. 235, Internet Edition.

The next Jackie Robinson?  


The woman seated above and standing on the left in the photo to the right is Mrs. Marable, the adoptive mother of Philip Marable Jones (b., 1908, Riverhead, New York). The others in the photos are probably other memebers of this Marable family. The family is associated with the POUNDS and JAMES families of Halifax Co., Virginia, but Mrs. Marable and her husband resided in Cumberland Co., Virginia. Her grandson, John Philip Jones <johnjon@startext>, would like to hear from anyone with information about this Marable family.


Unknown couple (photo on cardboard) from an album in the family of Samuel Lawson Marable, grandson of Thomas C. Marable and Senenth M. McCurdy.

Unknown young woman (photo on cardboard) from an album in the family of Samuel Lawson Marable. Unknown young man (tintype) from an album in the family of Samuel Lawson Marable.


Simmie Ann Strong (b. 1825, Oglethorpe Co., GA; d. 1911, LA), daughter of Elizabeth Marable and Charles Strong, married Thomas Patterson Thompson in 1845 in Georgia (they had three sons) and then William Friday in Louisianna (the had one son).



These are the arms of Sir Thomas Smith Marrable, Knight, Secretary to the Board of Green Cloth, in the Lord Steward's Department of the Royal Household, responsible for the King's personal papers and finances. He was the second son of John Marrable, Esq., of the city of Canterbury. The arms were granted by George IV in 1832. Sir Thomas' father, John Marable, Esq., was also granted arms which were identical except for the ring in the first quarter, which symbolizes a ring given to Sir Thomas by the King in recognition of his devotion and loyalty.

The motto of Sir Thomas' arms -- Integritate sola -- means "By integrity alone."

Needless to say, the Marables of the Southern United States are not descendants of Sir Thomas Smith Marrable, since our progenitor, George Marable, was in Jamestown 150 years before Sir Thomas was born. As Marables of Canterbury, however, there can be little doubt that we are cousins.

These ancient Norman arms suggest the antiquity of our ancestors. The name Lucia Mirable is noted in English sources in 1272, Richard Marabile in 1244 and Roger Mirabell in 1290. French sources show these Norman occurances: Mirebellum, 1000; Miribellum, 1031; Mirabellum, 1083; de Mirebello, 1097; Mirabel, 1163-1179.

In Italy too, Marable is a descriptive surname meaning "The admired, adored, wonderful man." Variants are Mirabile and Mirabelli.  

These arms are said to have been granted in the ancient city of Bologna. First called Felsina, an Etruscan town, Bologna was captured by the Boii and renamed Bolongnia. It was a Roman colony in 189 B. C. but fell to the Lombards, and later the Franks. It was then sacked by Charlemange and made a free city.

The motto emblazened on these Italian Marable arms -- A posse ad esse -- translates as "From being possible to being  accomplished."


Fate Marable (b. 1890, Paduca, KY; d. 1947, St. Louis, MO) with the steam calliope that he played on the Strekus Mississippi riverboats. His Society Syncopators band was an early home to some of the great names of Jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Baby and Johnny Dodds, Zutty Singleton, King Oliver, Johnny St. Cyr, Tommy Ladnier, and Pops Foster.