Marable Family History

Marable Family History
(and other bits of history and genealogy)

The Marable families of the southern United States seem all to derive from one George Marable who travelled to Virginia in or before 1652 and made his home in what we now call Jamestown. There were Marables in the Massachusetts colony even earlier than this, but they are not southern Marables, and many of them succumbed to the relentless pressure to change the name to "Marble." There are now many more Marbles than there are Marables in the United States. 

 

For a substantial proportion of the southern Marable families, the connection with George Marable, the immigrant, is indirect in that their ancestors were slaves owned by his descendants. The African-American Marable families may well account for a majority of those who bear the Marable name at this time. Consider the extreme case of the state of North Carolina where the census of 1860 showed that there were only four Marable households in the state; but in the 1870 census, after the War Between the States and the emancipation of all slaves, there were at least 30 Marable households enumerated. African-American Marables may be particularly interested in the slave lists and references to slaves in wills that Marable researchers have been able to locate. 

 

The Marables remained in Virginia with surprising unanimity until about 1800. Then, suddenly, groups of cousins struck out, primarily for Georgia (1800) and Tennessee (1805) and later to Alabama (by 1840), the Carolinas and Texas (by 1870). Tennessee has replaced Virginia as the state with the largest number of Marable households; but the descendants of George Marable of Jamestown can probably now be found in every corner of the United States. 

 

  
By the time of the Civil War, the Marable family of Jamestown, Virginia, had spred across the South. Marables are found in the rosters of units of several of the Confederate States.  In Virginia, Edward W. Marable of the Charles City Southern Guard served aboard the Confederate ship Patrick Henry during the engagement of the Merrimac with the Federal fleet at Hampton Roads, and John H. Marable of the 13th Virginia Cavelry served as a courier for Gen. J. E. B. Stuart. Marables have also been found in units from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, and among the dead at Gettysburg.  By the 1860's there were also a number of descendants of George Marable of James City, Virginia, who did not bear the Marable name; and many of them  would have served as well.  John E. S. Major of the Charles City Southern Guards and Benjamin Graves, who fell at Gettysburg, are known among these. 

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Modified last on May 11, 2000 by James L. Marable. Your input would be welcome.

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