Posted By:Willard Emery
Post Date:May 13, 2002 at 16:02:58
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Forum:Amazeen Family Genealogy Forum
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I have this information about the Amazeen family of New Hampshire from the historical records of my grandfather the Hon. William E. Marvin (4) of Portsmouth and New Castle, NH. Martha Bell Amazeen, born Sept 5,1808, married William Marvin (2) born 1810, of New Castle, NH. Martha Bell Amazeen's parents were Capt. Ephraim Amazeen born Apr 1, 1779 and Jane Watkins Bell. Her brother was Capt. Andrew Watkins Bell Amazeen, born Jan 7, 1806, who was First Mate of the Brig "Pilgrim" made famous in Richard Henry Dana's "Two Years Before the Mast". Other siblings were William, Marion, Abigail J, Harriet, Samuel B and Robert W Amazeen.

Jane Watkins Bell was the daughter of Capt. Mathew Bell and Dorothy Pepperrell Watkins married at New Castle June 7, 1772. Capt. Mathew Bell's parents were Col. Thomas Bell who was in command of Fort William & Mary from 1735 to 1772, and Mary Sheafe of Portsmouth.

Dorothy Pepperrell Watkins, born Sept 29, 1749, was the daughter of Andrew Pepperrell Watkins, born June 13, 1722 and Jane Pepperrell Frost, born May 15, 1722. Their parents were, respectively: Capt. John Watkins who married Jane Pepperrell March 21, 1719, and her sister Mary Pepperrell who married Hon. John Frost (born Sept 4, 1702), thus a marriage between first cousins.

Mary Pepperrell and Dorothy Pepperrell were daughters of Col. the Hon. William Pepperrell, born 1647 at Tavistock, Devonshire, England and Mary (Bray) Pepperrell of Plymouth, England, born 1659. They were married at Kittery 1680. Their brother was Sir William Pepperrell, Baronet, born June 27, 1696, who commanded the Colonial forces which, with the English fleet under Sir Peter Warren, Bt., took Louisburg, Cape Breton Island, from the French in 1744