Charles Augustus Marvin

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Charles Augustus Marvine, painted by Ammi Phillips, about 1830–1840. Private Collection.

Charles Augustus Marvin was born [at Delhi?] 3 Sept., 1804 to Anthony Marvin and Abigail Paine [fff, Marv Bible, “See Foot Gen;85, and Paine Fam Rec;2:126 (which calls her Margaret), for further particulars of the family” |Marv Fam;377].

He died at Delhi 26 Feb. 1874 [as “Charles Marvine,” |fff, Marv Bible, Marv Fam;378, Foote Fam; Foote Rec]. "Marvine, Charles, Died Feb. 26, 1874, 69 yrs. Old." [Woodlawn Cemetery, Delhi, New York, Delhi Cem Rec;308].

He married 15 Oct., 1832 Frances Foote [Delhi;m.r.?, fff] daughter of Hon. Charles Augustus Foote and Maria Baldwin; she was b. at Delhi? 1 Aug., 1809; d. 27 Aug., 1891; [fff, Marv Bible;2, Marv Fam;378, ___;d.r.]. "Marvine Francis, 308, Died July 27, 1891, 82 yrs. Old Wife of Charles Marvine" [Woodlawn Cemetery Rec;Delhi].

Children born at [Delhi? fff, ii., iii., mentioned Dela Probate, nygbs, H;367]:

  • i. Charles Augustus Marvin, b. 8 July, 1833, d. 31 March, 1840 [fff, d. listed in Marv. Fam;378]; Marvine, Charles Augustus, 309, Died Mar. 31, 1840, 6 yrs. 8 mo 23 days, Eldest son of Chas + Francis Marvine. “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” --Woodlawn Cemetery Delhi.
  • ii. George Edward Marvin, b. 14 June, 1836, d. 27 March, 1905 [fff, Marv Bible] , m. at ___ 15 Oct., 1863 Harriet N. Steele [fff], daughter of Dr. Eben Steele and Harriet Danforth [ibid.]; Woodlawn Cemetery, Delhi, New York: "Marvine, George E. 308, Died March 27, 1905 69 yrs. Old. Rest and Peace” [Delh Cem Rec;308] From clippings George Marvine appears to have been a bank president and business person in Delhi for many years. His wife Harriet was president of the Army Relief association during the Civil War.
  • iii. Margaret Maxwell Marvin, b. 9 Aug., 1840 [fff], d. at ___, m. at ___ 28 June, 1871 Isaac Horton Maynard, son of Isaac Horton and Jane Falconer, he was b. at Bovina, N.Y. 9 April, 1838 [ibid.] and d. at Albany, New York.
Marvin Fam. Rec;1:
A Token of Approbation to Charles Marvin for excellence in his studies. [signed] M. [Teuel] Teacher


Charles Marvine, will not dated, probated, 10 March, 1874.
Lists sons: George, Brothers, Elihu P, George. Mentions daughters: Margaret Maxwell wife of Hon Isaac Horton Maynard; wife’s brother Charles A. Foote and daughter Catherine Foote. Three children of his brother Elihu: “pf” brother George; Fanny, daughter of Mrs. Charles E. Perry.
Executor: Isaac Horton Maynard, son-in-law. Delhi, Delaware county probate abstracts, nygbs, Bk. H;367

Feb. 14, 1874 - Charles Marvine, the well-known president of the Delaware National Bank, is lying in critical condition from goitre. His situation excites the anxious solicitude of his warm friends. [added, "Mr. Marvine died on Feb. 26."]

Presidents of the Delaware National Bank of Delhi:

Charles Marvine Bible, clipping glued in end-papers of book dated, in pencil, “1840”:

Died. In this village yesterday morning (March 31) of scarlet fever, Charles Augustus, eldest son of Charles and Frances Marvine, aged 6 yrs. 8m’s and 23 days.

Mysterious are the ways of Divine Providence. Its gent, death,—could scarcely have taken for its victim one more lovely, or tenderly beloved, than this dear boy. In the hearts of all who knew him, he had secured a strong feeling of interest and attachment—How firm then must have been the hold he had upon the affections of his dear parents.—but we invade not the sanctuary of their sorrows, by attempts, which must be vain, to declare them. Though dark and mysterious, seem to us, oft times as in this instance, the ways of God’s providence we must believe that righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his seat. Although by the removal of this dear boy, so many earthly hopes are blasted, and promises falsified, and ties of love and affection sundered, in the wisdom, righteousness, goodness, and compassion of Him who occupies the throne of the universe, we may discover reasons for submission, hope and peace. He afflicts in kindness, and chastises in love. The wisdom of his dealing with the children of men shall one day be unfolded to the full satisfaction of all, and to the joy of his faithful people. Be still then every repining feeling and compelling word.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, 
But trust Him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence,
 He hides a smiling face.”
Dead, though we say, is this dear boy—on the authority of God’s word, we build the belief that he is dead but to sin, to sorrow, and care. He liveth still. And since He who is the resurrection and the life, has said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven;” we may indulge the belief, that he liveth now, where “therein angles do always behold the face of the Father who is in heaven.” —Communicated.

Ephraim Sands, letter in The Stamford 3 March, 1874:

At the present writing, there is a pall of melancholy hanging over our village, caused by the hopeless sickness of one of our best and wealthiest citizens, Mr. Charles Marvine. Anxious inquiry goes from mouth to mouth, to be answered only by—“there is no hope.” All his wealth will not save him when the King of Terrors bids him to follow. He is a man who has but few enemies, if any; has made his money, not by, to use the common phrase, “robbing,” that is note shaving, &c, but by honest speculation, aided by intelligence and most excellent financering and far sightedness in money matters. A man who always attended strictly to his own business, and the business of the the legitimate banking institution over which he has had the supervision and under whose most excellent management it has thriven and paid well, and at one time, Phoenix like, rising and going on successfully, after its severer loss by burglary, a number of years since. It is a fact which no one will gainsay, that he is one of the ablest financiers, that he is one of the ablest financiers in this section of the country. Making no ostentations show of his great wealth, but living in a quiet, plain and sensible manner.

I have already written at greater length than I intended to at first, I will bid you good evening. 

Yours &c., Ephriam Sands.


Marv Bible;2:

At a meeting of the vestry of St John’s Church Delhi, N.Y. held Saturday evening Feby 28th ‘74, the following Preamble and Resolutions were unanimously adopted.

Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God to remove from our midst, and from his sphere of active duties and Earthly life, Our beloved friend and brother Charles Marvine, from many years a Warden of this Parish, and one of its original Corporators and members, and ever its faithful Servant and helper, its unvarying attendant and sincere friend, therefore be it, Resolved; that we bow in submission to the Divine Will with a deep sense of the loSs which we as individuals, as members of this Parish, and of the Community have sustained in the death of this valued and honored man, Christian Gentleman and Churchman. Resolved, that we hold in grateful Memory his long and useful life in the Church, and in the Community, and shall sorely miss his Consul, his assistance, and Cooperation in the work of the Church, and of the Parish in which he lived. Resolved, that we cherish with gratitude the memory of his life, and are thankful for the peace and happiness of his Christian death, and will ever seek to Emulate his virtues, zeal and devotion to the Church and to God. Resolved, that this expression of our sorrow be inscribed upon the records of the Parish, and a copy of the same with every message of condolence be sent to the family of our departed brother, and that copies of the same be published in the village papers, and in the Churchman and further Resolved: that we attend the funeral Services of our late brother in a body, and pay all suitable respect to him and to his venerated memory.


Delhi, Delaware county probate abstracts?, nygbs, Bk. H;367:

  • Charles Marvine, will not dated, probated, 10 March, 1874.
  • Sons: George, Brothers, Elihu P, George.
  • Mentions daughters: Margaret Maxwell wife of Hon Isaac Horton Maynard; wife’s brother Charles A. Foote and daughter Catherine Foote.
  • Three children of his brother Elihu: “pf” brother George; Fanny, daughter of Mrs. Charles E. Perry.
  • Executor: Isaac Horton Maynard, son-in-law.


Background: Charles Marvine seems to have attended Fergusonville Academy in Fergusonville (Delaware County) New York.

Letter from Charles Marvine to Sam Jayne, "Delhi N Y July 5 / 55"

Dear Sam,

Good morning old fellow; I say Good morning. How do feel after the fourth? Completely “stove up”, or like myself like a fighting cock? Rather think my first guess nearer right of the two. How is it?

With me the day passed as all others do. I spent it nearly all at my desk and probably full as profitably as though I had had nothing to do. I enjoyed it of course. I saw others happy and it made me happy too. But sad to relate the patriot sin of the Delhi People has wonderfully cooled off since I last celebrated the fourth with them. Then the day was ushered in with the ringing of bells and the noisy huzzas of “us boys”; Now it is quite different. The people do not rise until very late and because there is no disturbance made to awaken them; it seems more like a Sabbath morning than any other so still and quiet is it. Then The Firemen and the various secret societies and too what few military men we had seemed to take great pride in going in for great speeches, big dinners, Grand music, Long processions, Pic Nicks etc, etc, etc. While now nothing of the kind is done save perhaps the promenading of our juvenile Hook and Ladder Company and a two penny pic nic.

“Things aren’t as the[y] used to was.”

6th Just as I finished writing the above my confounded old Jew employer commenced “blowing” me about something and I told him to shut up his Dutch clack and find some one else to do his business in my place. I posted up the books and while getting my “duds” – such as letters papers and Books – together the old fellow came round and told me he would like to have me stay with him until he could get another clerk in my stead. I told him I would stay as I did not care to leave town before the first of August and I would rather do something than loaf. The old fellow has not as yet made any move towards getting anyone else and furthermore he told a friend of mine that he would not let me go on any account if he could help it.

Just now he offered me $50 dollars cash if I would stay with him until the first of Oct. and too he says he will board me and at the expiration of the 4 mos present me with a Straight Line Lever watch that I know cost him $35. Now Sam, Uncle Chas, says he thinks he can get me a situation in the Metropolitan Bank on a salary of $400 per year Stay here and enjoy the country in the summer on as good wages as any of our county clerks get or try my fortune in N. Y. City. IF I remain here I shall come down in the fall. Give us your opinion Sam.

My Coz Geo. went down to N.Y. on Saturday last; went on Monday morn to his situation in the Bank of Commerce and in the afternoon was taken with a severe attack of the Cholera Morbus and the same day left for this place. He is here now on his back where he will probably remain for at least two weeks. He had a splendid situation and a Salary of $800 per annum He regrets leaving it very much. Notwithstanding his ill success I am ready to try my fortune in the city at any moment.

I am exceedingly glad to hear of the Dominie’s convalescence and I sincerely hope he may be able to attend to his duties as ever in a short time. Why in Sam Hill son’t you call on Jim Smith? The fellow is afraid he has offended you I guess, from what he says. I say old boy I heard the other day that you was up or down to Mr. J. Stephensons one evening not long since and a certain young lady asked you if you knew me. Is it so? Ha! Ha! Old boy if you see her again you may pump her as much as you please but if you, “let on” that you know any thing – I’ll raise Ned with you. Hear that Old Chap? Hey? What? Keep Mum and when we meet I will explain all to you. I heard from Chapman a few days since. All well and flourishing finely at the Ville. I have been most awful busy for some time and shall be until this Saturday evening after which I shall have less to do even if I do stay here for the farmers and in fact all other buyers will be so busy they will not often call on us. But I am not at all sorry for this for week after next Uncle Edward and his family of eleven beside servants will be out here and I shall have more time to visit them.

The weather for the last two or three days has been capital — cool and pleasant.

The crops never looked finer in the world and the Farmers never felt better.

Look out this fall for a rush Oh what a business will be done.

My kind regards to Dr. Watterbury and Mrs. Ferguson also the Dominie if in N.Y. Father wishes to be remembered to you Write soon too Your Sincere friend

Charlie Marvine S F Jayne Esq.

P. S. I am happy indeed to hear of your conversion to Know Knothingism but I guess you lean towards Know Somethingism or Massachusetts Know Nothingism more than any thing else. Since I have been with this old Jew I have become more firmly fixed than ever in Know Something principles.


Delhi N Y July 17, 1855

Dear Sam,

Yours of the 10th inst came to hand in due time and found me not as it left you–flourishing–but somewhat the reverse. I had been flourishing but hot weather, Maine Law etc cut me down and I withered like a cabbage. I was afflicted with the colic probably caused by being deprived of ---- Well no matter I’m a strict temperance man you know and of course the Maine Law had but little effect upon me. By-the-way our liquor dealers obeyed The Statues to the very letter and ceased selling after the first of May in quantities less than five galls. and on the fourth they stopped that. All seem perfectly satisfied with it and in fact it has ceased to be a matter of much discussion. I forgot to say when I was speaking of being sick that I had entirely recovered.

Jemima Sam how business must have flown while your employer was gone. Wasn’t the workmen glad to have their Big Boss come home? Business here is dull, dull. The Spring and Summer trade was very good indeed but these have now nearly passed and we are enjoying the interval or calm between the Summer and Fall trade.

Jerusalem won’t business fly when Autum does come When boy if you could just see the crops in this part of old Delaware I guess you would think so. I have heard several of our old Farmers say they never knew a better growing season and that they never saw better crops since they were born. They all sowed and planted every inch of ground they could spare from their meadows and pastures and if nothing happens before they get their crops harvested they will have to buy no bread nor Potatoes, and will have at least twice as much produce to carry to market as they had last or almost any previous year. They are a good natured looking set of fellows even now. What then will they be when they return from market? Just the chaps to sell goods to.

But ‘tis useless for me to congratulate myself that I am going to have nay of that fun for probably before that time I shall find myself snugly ensconced within the brick walls of Gotham, at least I hope so. O how I wish I were in N.Y. with a good situation and on good pay. I de-clar Sam I rather think I should enjoy it some. I wouldn’t mind working like the ---- old Boy for 7 or 8 hours in the day provided I could enjoy the society of “Fair women” brave men and good wine” after business hours.

If such are your pleasures Sam “aint you mighty glad” when your days work is done? See here Sam if you should chance to hear of a good situation anywhere just do what you can for me and I’ll be your most obedient. I have no notion at al of coming to N. Y. to look up a place particularly during this awful hot weather. I had an offer from the Metropolitan but before I could let them know I would take it, it was filled. Geo. (my cuz) lost a splendid situation in the Bank of commerce by sickness. He was check clerk and on a salary of $600 with admirable prospects for promotion. The chasere however informed him by letter the other day that he would let him know the first time a vacancy occurred, and Geo says he will have me there too if he has to break his neck for it. I am going in a day or two to put some more of my friends on track for me so that ere Autumn I can get a situation

Well Sam I am glad you endorse know nothingism as far as you do and glad too that you do not any farther. I go in for open warfare against Romanism and Judaism for of all classes they are the most tyrannical and the meanest.

I am looking daily for a union between the Northern Know Nothings and the western Know Somethings, and then I expect to see them throw off the veil of secrecy and like men come up to the contest for the next Presidency and I hope too that they may be victorious and not only elect their candidate for the Presidential chair but also have an overwhelming majority in both houses. I reckon then there would be swearing and tearing at the South hey? And too I reckon the Missouri Compromise would be restored and as far as it lay in the power of Congress and the President – Kansas and Nebraska would be made free states.

I hear the Dominie received a hearty welcome at the Ville, such as the ringing of the bell, displaying the colours at mast head and enthusiastic cheers.

You do well in keeping mum to Miss Stephenson. Continue to do so. She is now in Rochester.

Write soon. My regards to all friends Sincerely Yours Charlie Marvine

—College at Oneonta, Milne Library, Voice of the People: Daily Life in the Antebellum Rural Delaware County New York Area Courtesy of the Davenport Historical Association, Davenport, NY, 13750. Over 500 letters from the Ferguson and Jayne families, most dating from the mid-nineteenth century, are available from the Davenport Historical Society in The Ferguson-Jayne Papers, 1826 - 1938, edited by Mary Briggs. Transcribed for this web site by Margaret Monaco. All misspellings have been carefully preserved. All materials on this website are for non-profit, educational use.

Abigail Paine Marvin

In Hobart, on the 28th February, 1854, Mrs. Abigail Marvine, relict of Anthony Marvine, Esq., in the 80th year of her age.
...she having removed hither in 1784, with her father's family, then a child of ten years. For many years, there was neither school-house nor place of public worship. The early settlers were subject to many privations and hardships, but they were gradually surmounted, and a number of Episcopal families having removed hither from Connecticut, they were enabled to erect the church edifice now standing in Hobart, on the 4th of July, 1801. Mrs. Marvine was then 27 years old. It was the only place of public worship in the town of Stamford for some time, and is believed to be the oldest Episcopal church within a circuit of fifty miles. In 1810, Mrs. Marvine lost her husband, a lawyer of large practice for those times, and living as he died, among a rural and scattered population, leaving his widow with eight children, the eldest being only seventeen years, and the youngest about four months old. ...
  • Gould, History of Delhi, New York.
  • Edward Elbridge Salisbury, Evelyn McCurdy Salisbury. Family Histories and Genealogies: A Series of Genealogical and Biographical Monographs on the Families of MacCurdy, Mitchell, Lord, Lynde, Digby, Newdigate, Hoo, Willoughby, Griswold, Wolcott, Pitkin, Ogden, Johnson, Diodati, Lee and Marvin, and Notes on the Families of Buchanan, Parmelee, Boardman, Lay, Locke, Cole, De Wolf, Drake, Bond and Swayne, Dunbar and Clarke, and a Notice of Chief Justice Morrison Remick Waite. With Twenty-nine Pedigree-charts and Two Charts of Combined Descents, Volume 3. Press of Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1892.
  • Foote Family.

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