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The Dutch Marres family has three branches, the most known is Marres, the second Mares and the third Volgraaf. The story of the family is described from the first historical mention in the year 1388. Johan Marres acquires a prior property of the Knights of Boxberch in Zussen in 1403.

Family activities from the Middle Ages are the manufacture and trade of Clothes. Paul Marres was governor of the Maastricht cloth guild in the years 1416, 1421 and 1423, Johan Marres in 1457 and 1467 and captain of city resilience in 1471. Reyner Marres settled in Heukelom at the end of the 15th century. Here the family owns two estates that remain in the family until the 17th century.

A charter of the town Maastricht confirms in 1523 the brothers Matthijs, Jan and Reyner Marres exemption from tolls for their trade in the duchy of Brabant. At Reyner Marres, the family splits into the Marres and Mares branches. The Dordrecht Huguenot family Volgraaf comes from Matthijs Marres.

From the year 1641, members of the Marres family have been active in the Maastricht brewers guild in sixteen family Breweries and also in one in Dordrecht.

In the nineteenth century, the activities expanded into other industries such as the Salt refinery and later also the stone extraction.

They had positions in education as director of a city college, rector of a gymnasium, and professors in medical, law and theological faculties and also judicial activities as alderman, reeve, mayor, judge, counsellor and positions in the diplomatic service as envoy and ambassador.

There is something about family heraldry.

Some Archaeologic finds found during the renovation of their houses in the historic part of Maastricht from Roman Times and in their quarry la Belvédère in Caberg near Maastricht are shown.

Described are the possible places of residence of the family in prehistoric times.

In Genetics the continuation of the written pedigree is discussed with Y-DNA research deep into prehistoric times. The family has as its own Y-DNA clade G-FGC6634.

    Auteur: Boed Marres, Amsterdam   –

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