Third Generation


12. George MARABLE, the immigrant, was christened, it is believed, on 14 Aug 1631 in1659 Signature Canterbury, Saint Alphege, Kent, England.2He immigrated in or before 1652 to the Colony of Virginia.3,4This signature appears on a bond dated 19 Jul 1659 made in Surry Co., Virginia.5 

George Marable patented 1/2-acre on the James River in Jamestown on 25 February 1663 in James City Co., VA.

The 1/2-acre lot was purchased from the heirs of Ann Talbot, and it was probably at this time that he also acquired Talbot's only other property in Jamestown, the one acre lot on which  the "Marable House/Workhouse" is located.

Row House

George Marable and his family occupied the middle house of the three that make up what are called the "Merchant Rowhouse" on the walking tour of the New Towne. To the left is a sketch of the floor plan of the three houses. The premises were used as an "ordinary," or inn, certainly by his widow's second husband, Henry Gauler, and possibly by George Marable as well.

 

New Towne Tour

The map shown at the right is the National Park Service walking tour map of the New Towne area of Jamestown, modified to focus on the Marable properties. The Marable House / Workhouse is stop 11 on the tour, the small building next to the James River (the formerly called the Yeoman's Cottage). The Workhouse area may include two buildings across the path from the River not shown on this map. The Merchant Rowhouse is stop 12. The larger rectangles mark the approximate boundaries of the 1/2-acre patented by George Marable in 1663 and the one-acre lot where the workhouse is located. Marked within the Rowhouse is the middle house occupied by George Marable's family.

 

 

George Marable was awarded the contract to build the second Bruton Parish Church, the so-called "First Brick Church," in Jun 1679, Bruton Parish Churchbut a dispute arose with the Vestry which resulted in a lawsuit. The contract was modified and re-let to Capt. Francis Page in 1681,7 possibly after the death of the immigrant.

It is possible that, before the dispute arose, George Marable laid the foundation of the church (which is now buried beneath the churchyard of the third church which was built in 1715 and still stands in Williamsburg). The foundations include supports for buttressed walls, but the only known drawing of the finished church (made in 1702 by Swiss traveler Francis Louis Michel) shows no buttresses.  It may be that the original plans called for buttressed walls but that the revised 1681 plans eliminated that feature after the foundations were laid. (See, Ivor Noël Hume, Here Lies Virginia, An Archaeologist's View of Colonial Life and History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1963), p. 194.) So, it may be that the foundations which are now beneath the churchyard (unearth in 1938 and then reburied) were laid by George Marable.

 

With his wife Agnes, George Marable witnessed the Power of Attorney of Sarah S. Drummond on 10 Oct 1679.8 Sarah was the widow of William Drummond, one of the three leaders of Bacon's Rebellion of 1676.  Drummond was the only one of the three who was hanged. Nathanial Bacon died of disease before his capture, and Richard Lawrence simply disappeared, never to be heard from again. Sarah was left destitute. The Drummond leasehold in the Governor's Land abuted that held by George Marable, so they were neighbors.The power of attorney was given to her son in an effort to collect debts that might have been owed to her late husband in North Carolina from the time that he was Governor there. Ultimately, she had to appeal to the Crown for relief for herself and her children.

George Marable was a justice of James City Co. in 1680, and likely in other years as well.9 His presence in Jamestown is shown in the surviving court records of James City and Charles City Co.counties in which he appears throughout the 1670's as the plaintiff in cases to settle accounts and as a juror in matters relating to lands held by a persons who died intestate. He died before July 1683 in James City Co., VA.10

George Marable married Agnes Marjorum, possibly in 1652,11 and certainly before 1675, when an order of the General Court dated 3 March 1675 directed James Alsapp [Alsop] to deliver the estate of Bennett Marjorum to George Marable in the right of his wife, Agnes.

Agnes Marjorum must have died shortly after 1680 (when the Drummond power of attorney was signed). We know that Agnes predeceased the immigrant, because he remarried shortly before his death. On 3 February 1685 the court of Charles City Co. issued a judgment in favor of "Henry Gawler [Gauler] as marrying Katherine late relict and one of the exors of George Marable decd."10

George MARABLE and Agnes MARJORUM had the following children:

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i.

Maj. George MARABLE.

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ii.

William [possible] MARABLE12 died about 1683 in James City Co., VA.

George MARABLE and Katherine were married about 1680 in James City Co., VA.13 Katherine14 died after 1685.