MARVIN HESS, who resides on a beautiful and well located farm of 50 acres between Woodhull and Pond Lakes, in sections 2 and 3, Waterford township, and section 34, Independence township, Oakland County, is a highly respected citizen of the county, and has one of the best cultivated and most productive farms to be found in this fertile and lovely lake region. He was born February 6, 1840, in Rensselaerville, Albany County, New York, is a son of Peter and Charlotte (Scutt) Hess, and a grandson of Peter Hess, who was of German parentage, and had eight children, as follows: Jeremiah, John, Daniel, Lewis, Sophia, Hannah, Peter and David.
Peter Hess was born in Albany County, New York, where he engaged in farming throughout his whole life. He was a home lover and a friend of everyone and always took a leading part in the affairs of his community. He was a Republican in his political allegiance. In his later years he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. By his first marriage to Charlotte Scutt, a native of New York, and the daughter of Abraham Scutt, he had three children, namely: Marvin, our subject; Samantha (Thorne), deceased; and Martin. By his second marriage he had four children, namely: Mary J. (Matice); Smith P.; George; and Wellman, all residents of Albany, New York.
Marvin Hess, our subject, was engaged in farming in New York before coming to this region in 1873, and has farmed here ever since. Besides carrying on general agricultural operations, he also keeps some graded stock. He is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the Baptist Church of Waterford. He married Emily Turner, a native of Albany County, New York, and they are the parents of two children, namely: Josephine, who married Irving King, a resident of Waterford township; and George W., a student at Albion College who resides with his parents.