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Descendants of Jeptha Markham

Generation One

1. Jeptha1 Markham1 was born March 26, 1782,192 and baptized on 2 June 1782 East Hartland Second Congregational Church, East Hartland, New London County, Connecticut.2 Jeptha died Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon, on 16 January 1869 at the age of 86 years, 7 months and 14 days, where he was living with a son.1

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Before 30 Dec 1808 Jeptha Markham and Jenny (--?--) were married New York; circa 1817.

Jeptha Markham and Lovina Vaughn were married New York.3

He and Mary D. Morse obtained a license 24 May 1843 and were married on the 31st in Knox County, Illinois:4

State of Illinois, Henry County: The people of the State of Illinois. To any one authorised to solemnize marriages greeting. You are hereby authorized and permitted to celebrate & certify the marriage of Mr. Jeptha Markham and Mrs. Mary D. Morse according the usual customs and laws of this state of Illinois, and for so doing this will be your sufficent warrant. Witness H. J. Runkle clerk of the Co. court at Knox. this 24th day of May AD 1843 & attached hereto my official seal. H. I. Runkle, clerk.

On 31 May 1843 Jeptha Markham and Mary D. Morse were married Knox County, Illinois:4

State of Ill, Knox County. This may certify that I selebrated the marriage between Mr. Jeptha Markham and Mrs. Mary D. morse on the 31 day of May 1843 as witness my hand. John Scott.

He purchased land on 26 Dec 1804 Otsego Co., New York;   "the northeasterly corner of great Lot number 77" from Elias Colburn. Elias Colburn had purchased this lot in 1802 as part of a 110-acre lot co-owned by William Markham.5 He sold that piece of land on 30 Dec 1808 Plainfield, Otsego Co., New York; they jointly sold the 100-acre lot, being "a part of great lot number seventy-seven in Schuylers Patent, it being the northerly and westerly part of lots number one and number two in the subdivision of said great number seventy seven in Schulyers patent."6

Jeptha was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 1820 Athens Co., Ohio; with one male aged 26-45; one female aged 16-25; two males aged 10-16; and two males and one female under 10.7 He purchased 80 acres in that county on 16 Jan 1824 from John Tucker & Damaris, his wife; described as: the N of the SE of S32 T6 R13 in Ames Township, bounded as follows: beginning at a point eighty rods N from the SE corner of said section, thence north along the east line of said sction 80 rods thence west one hundred and sixty rods, thence south eighty rods, thence west one hundred and sixty rods, thence south 80 rods thence east 160 rods to the place of beginning. For $80. Witnessed by Alanson & Pamela Hibbard.8 He sold that same piece of land on 8 Nov 1825; witnesses to the deed were John and Amelia Markham.8 He then removed to Illinois.9

The 1830 census finds Jeptha living in Apple Creek District, Macoupin Co., Illinois. The household consisted of one male aged 40-50, one female aged 30-40, two males and one female aged 10-15; two males aged 5-10, and two females under 5. [Some possible family members living in the area include the households of Renswell Sterling, Morfee Sterling and Rachel Vaughn. She is 40-50 and has one male, aged 15-20 in her household].10

He purchased 80 acres of land on 10 Oct 1835 from Anson & Harriet Dolph, for $650.00,11 the land lying in the [S]E SE T9N R2E in Knox Co., Illinois.12 He bought more land on 29 Jul 1836 from John [Lary] & wife, being 80 acres in the same county, lying in the E NE T9N R2E.13

Jeptha was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 1840 Chestnut Twp, Knox Co., Illinois; Twp 9N 2E. The household consisted of: one male aged 50-60, one female aged 60-70 (probably a mother-in-law), one female aged 40-50, two males aged 20-30, two males aged 15-20, two females aged 10-15, and one male and one female aged 5-10.14

Jeptha was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 1850 Henry County, Illinois; his wife, Mary D. Morse, was not living in the household. It consisted of Jeptha, and four children: Matilda 15, Thayer 17, Milton 11, H[ou]nette 16.15

He and son Simon Sterling Markham were found on a 3 Oct 1850 passenger list for the Panama, bound to Astoria, Clatsop Co., Oregon; arriving from San Francisco. Also aboard was David Markham [relationship unknown].16 His obituary apapeared on 23 Jan 1869 in the Albany Herald, Albany, Linn Co., Oregon:17

Died from old age

One of our oldest citizens, Jeptha Markham, departed this life on sunday last (the 16th inst.) aged eighty-seven years, at the residence of one of his sons living in this county. The first vote that he cast was for Jefferson. He died of old age; and he died very easily -- something as one falls into a profound sleep.

Jenny (--?--) died New York circa 1816.3

The three known children of Jeptha1 Markham and Jenny (--?--) all born New York were as follows:

bullet    2   i. John2 Markham18 was born circa 1810.3
bullet    3  ii. Steven Markham3 was born circa 1811.3 Steven died circa 1828 at the age of 17 years; aged 16 years.19
bullet+ 4 iii. Emily Markham, born circa 1814; married Abram Long.

Lovina Vaughn20  was born New York, January 1, 1800.9,192   Lovina died Knox County, Illinois, between 1841 and 1843.

The eight known children of Jeptha1 Markham and Lovina Vaughn were as follows:

bullet+ 5   i. Reuben Fuller2 Markham, born 3 July 1818 Ohio; married Marilla M. Ferris; married Lovina Ferris.
bullet+ 6  ii. Simon Sterling Markham, born 26 February 1820 Athens, Athens County, Ohio; married Cynthia Fry.
bullet+ 7 iii. Sylvester Markham, born 15 February 1822 Illinois; married Mary J. Westfall.
bullet    8 iv. Martin Markham21 was born before 1822.22

He and Clemena S. Morse obtained a marriage license 19 Feb 1844 Knox County, Illinois:4

The consent of Mrs. Mary D. Markham mother of Miss Climena S. Morse having been obtained for that purpose.

Issued by Henry I. Runkle clerk of the County Commissioners Court of Knox county, at Knoxville 19 Feb 1844.  Included in the file is the following note:4

This is to certify that we give our consent to the proposed marriage Martin Markham to Clemena S. Morse. Jepthy Markham, Mary D. Markham;

They were married on 25 February 1844 by Peter Jones, Minister of the Gospel.4

bullet9 v. Mary Jane Markham21 was born before 1829 Green Twp, Mercer County, Illinois.23,24 On 17 October 1844 Mary Jane Markham and George Briggs were married at Harrisonville, Knox County, Illinois, by Charles E. Fisher, Pastor of the Baptist Church Harrisonville Knox Co. Ill,4 having obtained a marriage license that same day:4

I do hereby Certify that I give my willing consent that my daughter Mary J. Markham & George Briggs Shall be united in the holy bonds of matrimony. Jeptha Markham.

They had four children, including a set of twins.18 In September 1893 Mary Jane Markham resided in Henry County, Illinois.19

bullet10 vi. Matilda Sophia Markham21 was born circa 1830.21   On 16 November 1851 Matilda Sophia Markham and David Edward Burntrager were married at Albany, Linn County, Oregon.25

"They moved to St. Louis, but later, because of lack of money, walked back to Oregon. Mr. Bruntidger later divorced his wife because she bore no children."26 They received a donation land claim Washington,21 filing it on 18 October 1853  with affidavits from Edward Vaughan, George Tykel, G. W. French, and S. E. Dennis. The claim was located in Thurston County, Washington. In 1875 Horatio Hartley was the owner of this land, it having been conveyed to him from J. S. and G. W. French and SS Markham.25

bullet+ 11 vii. Seth Markham, born 1834 Green Twp, Mercer County, Illinois; married Jane Elizabeth Foster.
bullet+ 12 viii. Milton William Markham, born 16 April 1839 Knox County, Illinois; married Martha Ann Fry.

There were no children of Jeptha1 Markham and Mary D. Morse.

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