Mrs Daniel Warner Marvin (Mary Graham Carmichael Farquarson)


Shannon Blank

Hello all,
This is my first new post as I just found this website last evening ~ I did some research concerning my great-grandmother (Mary Marvin) a few years back but did not find this site at the time, and therefore did not get many answers! She never wanted to discuss what happened (the sinking of the ship) on her honeymoon after being rescued, so much of my research has been via extra-familial sources. If anyone out there (I know there are many, many researchers on this site!) who can give me any and all information you have on Mary Marvin, I would really appreciate it!!!

Thank you,

Shannon Blank
hi shannon,
you can find mary's biography by clicking on the link below:

and there is quite an interesting thread about your great-grandmother which can be found by clicking on the link below


Mark Baber

The ET data page on Mrs. Marvin now includes a few articles from The New York Times about her, Mr. Marvin, and her second husband, Mr. De Camp.

P.S. Outdated link replaced 29 November 2005.
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Shannon Blank

Hi Mark,

It's been awhile since I have logged in, thanks for the new link and the wonderful info ~
A couple online genealogies list Mary Marvin's birthplace as Edinburgh, Scotland. They're definitely referring to the same Mary Graham Carmichael Farquarson Marvin De Camp who was born in 1894 and died in upstate New York in 1975. Her parents are listed as Frank Farquarson and Jessie Carmichael.

Can anyone say if this is true and just what her family was doing in Scotland? In other words, were they Scots who emigrated or were they Americans living in Scotland for some reason? Obviously the family names indicate Scottish descent, and I know that they were Presbyterian.
Hi Brian.
I realise I am late in replying. It is true that Mary Graham Carmichael Farquharson was born in Scotland. According to her birth registration, Mary was born on 30 January 1894 at 7:30 PM. She was born at 12 Atholl? place, Edinburgh. I can't quite read the exact name, but it looks like Atholl.
Her father Francis Farquharson was born in Aberdeen. He married Jessie Carmichael on 8 August in Burntisland, Fife. According to the 1920 census, Frank and Jessie and Mary immigrated to America in 1903.
I am interested in finding the descendants of Daniel Warner Marvin and his wife Mary Graham Carmichael Farquharson Marvin DeCamp. I would like to add this info to my Marvin genealogy database. Daniel's ancestry can be viewed at my site:
Shannon Blanks and Mr DeCamps email address are no longer any good.
I have gleaned what I can from these posts, but would like more complete info.

Best regards, LeEric Marvin
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query nytimes com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=940DE7DC1F3BE633A25752C2A9649D946296D6CF

Here is a link to the announcement of Mary Marvin's second marriage, to Horace de Camp, from the Society pages of The New York Times in late 1913.

Interestingly, the same article mentions a stained-glass window, dedicated to the memory of Colonel John Jacob Astor, which Madeleine has had constructed at the Church of the Messiah, near the Astor country estate, in the Hudson River Valley.
Combing through the first-class passenger list for the umpteenth time, I've been struck by the 'home address' supplied by the Marvins when they booked their tickets for their return voyage to the States aboard the Titanic (that is, the address at which they were resident during their sojourn in England).

Unlike the majority of their fellow travellers, who booked themselves in to smart and expensive West End hotels (Harry Anderson and William Sloper at the Waldorf, Lily Bonnell at the Carlton, Albert and Vera Dick at the Cecil, Colonel Gracie, Fred Seward and the Minahan family at the Savoy, J. Hugo Ross at the Ritz), Daniel and Mary apparently put up at 58 Acre Lane in Brixton - certainly not a fashionable or affluent location in 1912 and one which should be approached with caution by tourists today!

Does anybody have any idea why they elected to spend part of their honeymoon in such an unlikely location?
Victorian Brixton had developed as a respectable middle class suburb, and the main thoroughfares like Acre Lane had some quite substantial 3 and 4 story town houses like No 58. By 1912 the area was no longer fashionable and many of the large houses were being subdivided and sublet, but that process of transition still had a long way to go back then. Here's a pic of Acre Lane around the turn of the century.

Thanks for sharing that, Bob. Brixton still seems to be a destination for a wealthy young couple like the Marvins - but it is not impossible that, given Mary's British roots, they might have been staying with some London-based relatives.

I don't know how Frank Farquharson made his money, following his move State-side earlier in the century, but he was obviously doing sufficiently well by 1910/1911 to allow his debutante daughter to appear in the Society columns of the period press (yachting at Narragansett Pier, for example). By the time of her second wedding, Frank and Jessie were living on Riverside Drive in New York. I believe that this was quite a swanky neighbourhood in 1912 - am I correct?