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4. Emily2 Markham (Jeptha1)21 was born circa 1814 New York.3 she and Abram Long obtained a marriage license 4 Apr 1837 Knox County, Illinois; issued by John G. Sanborn, clerk; "The consent of their Parents being hereto given." Affadavit from his father, A. M. Lay and from hers, Jeptha Markham;27 6 Apr 1837 Emily Markham and Abram Long were married Knox County, Illinois, by John Terry, JP.18,27

The five known children of Emily2 Markham and Abram Long were as follows:

bullet13    i. Martha3 Long.18
bullet14  ii. Silas Long.18
bullet15 iii. Luther Lee Long.18
bullet16 iv. Perrin Long.18
bullet17  v. Ella Long.18

5. Reuben Fuller2 Markham (Jeptha1)21 was born on 3 July 1818 Ohio.21,28 He and Marilla M. Ferris obtained a marriage license on 22 October 1839 Knox County, Illinois; consent to the marriage given by her parents (written in one hand, probably his mother's): Henry M. & Lodema Ferris on the 21st; and his, Jeptha & Lovina Markham on the 22nd:27

This certifies that we the parents of Reuben F. Markham have given and do hereby give consent for him to be joined in the holy state of Matrimony with Miss Marilla M. Ferris. Given under our hands this 22 day of Oct. 1839. Jeptha Markham, Lovina Markham.

On 24 October 1839 Reuben Fuller Markham and Marilla M. Ferris were married Knox County, Illinois, married by James Terry.27 In 1843, also in Knox County, he married Lovina Ferris.21 Reuben Fuller died Markham, Morgan County, Illinois, on 9 August 1897 at the age of 79 years, 1 month and 6 days.21

He was Congregational Minister.18 Reuben was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 1850 New Milford Twp., Winnebago County, Illinois,28 and as the head of a household on a census of 31 July 1860 Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois.24

There were no known children of Reuben Fuller2 Markham and Marilla M. Ferris.

Lovina Ferris.21 She was born circa 1826.28

The five known children of Reuben Fuller2 Markham and Lovina Ferris were as follows:

bullet+ 18    i. Mary Lodema3 Markham, born 1845 Iowa.
bullet    19  ii. Harriet Beecher Markham18 was born circa 1849 Illinois.28
bullet    20 iii. Henry Ferris Markham18 was born in 1851 Illinois.24
bullet    21 iv. Lucius G. Markham18 was born on 1 May 1855 Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois.24
bullet    22  v. Maria Celesta Markham18 was born in 1857 Illinois.24

6. Simon Sterling2 Markham (Jeptha1) was born on 26 February 1820192 Athens, Athens County, Ohio.29 He and Cynthia Fry obtained a marriage license on 18 March 1843 Knox County, Illinois; issued by Harvy J. Runkle, clerk,27 and on 25 March they were married by justice of the peace James Oakey. Incuded is an affadavit written, signed, and dated 17 Mar 1843, by her father, Olney Fry, stating that there is no objection "on the part of her parents to the contemplated marriage."9,27 Simon Sterling died Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, on 1 December 1898 at the age of 78 years, 9 months and 5 days,30 and was buried on 2 December at Mountain View Cemetery in Forest Grove.30

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He biography was published:31

SIMON STERLING MARKHAM, a well and favorably known citizen of Forest Grove, and one of the hardy pioneers of Oregon, having made his appearance on the wild and but little known scene of this commonwealth in 1848, is a native of Athens, Ohio, where he was born February 26, 1820. His ancestors came from England in the early settlement of New England. His father, Jeptha Markham, was born in Connecticut in 1783, and lived to be eighty-six years of age. He was thrice married, and was the father of fifteen children. His second wife, mother of our subject, had nine children. She was a Miss Lovina Vaughn, a native of New York.

The subject of our sketch accompanied the family to Illinois when he was but six years of age, and was there reared and educated, learning the trade of carpenter. When he was a young man he was engaged for some time in teaching school.

He was married on March 25, 1848, to Miss Cynthia Fry, a native of Rhode Island, and a daughter of Olney Fry, an honored Oregon pioneer of 1849, now residing in Albany, this State, at the age of ninety years. Her mother died in 1862.

Mr. and Mrs. Markham have had eleven children, five of whom are now living. Three were born in Illinois, and accompanied their parents across the plains, viz.: Reuben Henry, Lyman Ferris and Francis Marion. Eight children were born in Oregon, three of whom are living. Lyman Ferris is married, and resides in Idaho; Francis Marion lives in Idaho, and has a wife and seven children; Douglas resides in Forest Grove with his father and mother, and married the widow of his brother, and is raising his brother's two boys.

Mr. Markham at first located in Marion county, Oregon, twelve miles east of Salem, on a donation claim. This he afterward left and purchased a claim of 640 acres in Linn county, where he went, in 1850, and resided there for twenty years, improving it by the erection of a substantial residence, and barns for his gain and stock, besides highly cultivating the land, and made of it a very valuable farm. He then failed in grain speculation, and had to sell out to pay his debts. He then located at Gray's Harbor, in Washington, and made a new start, where he remained for twenty years on a stock and dairy ranch, in which enterprise he was eminently successful. In 1889 he again sold out, realizing a handsome profit, and then retired from active business, coming to Forest Grove and purchasing a pleasant home with attractive grounds, where he now resides.

When but sixteen years of age Mr. Markham was converted and joined the Methodist Church, in which faith he remained until 1875, when, there not being a Methodist Church where he lived, and liking the polity of the Congregational Church, he joined it. In 1872 he was licensed to preach, since when he has devoted much of his time to gratuitous preaching of the unsearchable riches of Christ, taking great delight in his work, and his efforts being greatly blessed of God, who has made him instrumental in founding many churches and bringing many souls into His kingdom. He has a warm and loving heart and a supreme faith in God and His word, and brings to his work all the enthusiasm of an ardent nature, to which his marvelous success is due, as his enthusiasm is contagious and never fails to leave a deep impression on all coming in contact with this truly great and good man. While in Illinois he attended the Christian Church part of the time, and such is the liberality and broadness of his faith that he can make his home with any orthodox church. He is justly proud of never having polluted his body with tobacco or whisky. Mrs. Markham has been a worthy co-worker in all of his good work, contributing by her sympathy and loving encouragement to his success, and enjoys the affectionate regard of a large circle of friends. If spared until March 25, 1893 they will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day, an occasion on which their numerous friends will view with each other in wishing them joy and many happy returns of the day.

In politics he was formerly a Douglas Democrat, and voted for George B. McClelland, but since then adopted the doctrines held by the Republican part, to which he has ever since consistently adhered.

Thus we leave him, perservering in his good work, which promises to sweep over the community like a blessed flood, eliminating disbelief and all ungodliness, while the seeds of Christian virtues shall fill the land and make it blossom like the rose.

In a newspaper account dated 7 September 1848, he is listed as being a member of the Fifth Company, his whereabouts were estimated to be east of the Cascade mountains, but "nearing town." Others listed in this company from Illinois are Pliny Richardson, Farley Pierce, and Daniel Cushman.32 He settled first in Marion County, where he filed for a provisional land claim on 6 Nov 1848 having settled the claim before Oregon was made a territory of the United States:33

Simon Markham claims 640 acres of land in Champoeg County situate on Drift Creek & bounded as follows to wit Beginning at the SW corner a stake Wit a red fir 36 inc chain dist 57 chs bearing N45 deg. E -- Thence running N 2 miles to a stake Wit White oak 16 inc diam bearg N72 E dist 34 chs --Thence E 160 rods to a stae, wits a Red fir 24 inc diam dist 1.12 chs bearg E34 deg. N thence S 2 miles to a stake Wits R fir 16inc diam dist 1.49 chs thence W 160 rods to the place of beginning. Bounded on the West by the claims of Jas. Bird & David Culver.

Recorded November 6th 1848
Attest Theo Magruder Recorder.

Until 1850 he resided on this claim, 12 miles east of Salem.9 At a Marion County Democratic Convention on 30 May 1850 he was nominated for Justice of the Peace.34 Sometime after this date, he removed to Linn County, where he remained until 1870.9 He settled a donation land claim on 3 Aug 1850 Linn County, Oregon.35 Simon Sterling was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 10 Sep 1850 Albany, Linn County, Oregon.36

Simon and his father were listed on a passenger list on 3 Oct 1850 aboard the Panama, arriving at Astoria, Oregon from San Francisco. Also aboard was a David Markham [relationship unknown]. Possibly Simon went to San Francisco to meet his father, as he reported no lengthy absences from his claim in his donation land claim..16 He appears on a tax list of 1851 Linn County, Oregon.37 He was mentioned as having letter waiting at post office on 7 Jan 1854 Oregon City, Clackamas County, Oregon.38 Simon was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 1860 Linn County, Oregon,39 and on the census of 1870 when his occupation was given as "storage/comm merchant."40 In 1870, the family removed to Chehalis (now Gray's Harbor) County, Washington where they operated a stock and dairy ranch.9 There he was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 15 Jun 1880.41 After 1889, and until his death, he resided Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon.9 According to a personal notice item in the Hillsboro Independent reported that he had fallen on a sidewalk in Forest Grove on Thanksgiving morning, "strking his head with such a force that the injury to the brain has resulted in a complete paralysis of the parts below the base of the brain."188 His obituary was printed on 2 Dec 1898 in The Oregonian, at Portland, Oregon:42


FOREST GROVE Dec. 1.- Simon Sterling Markham, aged nearly 79, died at 4 o'clock this morning, as a result of injuries received in a fall on a sidewalk a week ago. Mr. Markham came to Oregon in 1848, and located on a donation land claim in Marion county, 12 miles east of Salem. He lived there two years, and then left the claim and purchased 640 acres in Linn county, where he resided 20 years. He was born at Athens, O., February 26, 1820. When 6 years of age he accompanied his parents to Illinois, where he received his education, taught school, and learned the carpenter trade. He was married in New York, March 25, 1843, to Miss Cynthia Fry, a native of New York, who survives him. Eleven children were born to them, five of whom are living - Lyman F. and Francis M. Markham of Markham, Idaho; Jasper N. Markham, Delphi, Wash.; Milton D. Markham, Forest Grove and Mary C. Kame, Medford. Mr. Markham in 1870, moved to Gray's Harbor, where he resided nearly 20 years on a stock and dairy ranch. In 1880 he sold his property in Washington and came to Forest Grove, where he had since resided. In 1872 he was licensed to preach by the Congregational church. He devoted much of his life to gratuitous preaching. He was instrumental in founding many churches. In March, 1893, Mr. and Mrs. Markham celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The funeral will take place tomorrow. The pallbearers will be Mayor David Smith, Levi Smith, James Woods, James Shepherd, Daniel Bailey and Thomas Roe.

Cynthia Fry was born on 11 April 1822192 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.43,44,45 In 1834 Cynthia moved with her family to New York.45 Cynthia died at Stayton, Marion County, Oregon, on 20 September 1905 at the age of 83 years, 5 months and 9 days,46,47 and was buried friday afternoon, 22 September 1905, at Lone Oak Cemetery at Stayton.48 An obituary was printed on 29 September 1905 in the Stayton Mail:49

Cynthia Fry Markham was born in Rhode Island, April 11, 1822, died in Stayton, Ore., aged 83 years, 5 months & 9 days. When but a small child she went to New York with her parents where they resided until she was 12 years old, coming to Illinois at that time. She was married to Simon Sterling Markham March 25, 1843. Three children were born to them in Ill. Crossing the plains in 1848 with her husband & three small children - - they located in Marion county, twelve miles east of Salem; then they resided in Linn county for a term of years. Moving to Gray's Harbor, Wash., they resided there for a while & then returned to Oregon, locating at Forest Grove. Eight children were born to them in Oregon, making 11 in all, only four sons of whom survive her, viz: L. F. of Spokane, Wash.; F. M. of Laclede, Idaho; J. N. of Montesano, Wash.; M. D. of Stayton, Or. Seven of her children have passed on before., and also her husband receded her Dec. 1, 1898. She has since resided with her son M. D. and came with him to Stayton about two years ago. - - Her husband being a minister. - -.

The 12 known children of Simon Sterling2 Markham and Cynthia Fry were as follows:

+ 23   i. Reuben Henry3 Markham, born circa 1844 Illinois; married Sophronia C. Wilson.

   24   ii. Lyman Ferris Markham20,192 was born on 9 August 1845192 Knox County, Illinois.20,50 On 1 December 1886 Lyman and Emm Light were married Kootenai County, Idaho, by SS Markham, minister; witnesses were FM Markham & Mrs. D. Long.51,52,53 On 4 August 1902 Lyman married Lucy J. Edwards in Kootenai County, Idaho.50,54

His published biography reads:55  

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LYMAN F. MARKHAM is one of the earliest settlers in Kootenai county and has constantly striven for its advancement and development since those early days, being a man of energy, enterprise, and executive force, while the keen wisdom, uprightness, and sound principles, which have dominated him in his career, are of the highest order, and he stands today one of the foremost men in that portion of the county where he is domiciled.

Lyman F. Markham was bon in Knox county, Illinois, on August 9, 1845, being the son of Simon S. and Cynthia (Fry) Markham, natives of Ohio and New York, respectively. They crossed the plains in 1848 to Albany, Oregon, and there remained for twenty years. A move was then made to Washington and later they repaired to Forest Grove, where the father died in 1899, aged eighty years. The mother, who is in her eightieth year, is still living there. Our subject remembers a birthday anniversary he had while crossing the plain, also remembers the herd of buffalo which they encountered and Joe Meek, who was on his way to Washington, as representative from Oregon. Lyman F. was educated in Albany, remained with his father until twenty-one, then farmed for a couple of years, after which he went to Gray's Harbor and taught school for a term. Next we see him in the stock business, which he successfully followed for a decade and in 1880 Mr. Markham came to Kootenai county. He settled on unsurveyed land and for two years traded with the Indians and then opened his present place, which lies about one mile east from Laclede. The place is provided with fine barn, house, orchard, and all other improvements that could be suggested for the benefit of the estate, and Mr. Markham cuts about one hundred and fifty tons of hay annually, handles about one hundred head of cattle and is one of the leading men in the stock industry in this section. For fourteen years he was postmaster and only resigned when Laclede started up. He has been committeeman in his precinct since its organization and has also served on the school board since the district opened up.

On August 4, 1901, Mr. Markham married Lucy J., daughter of Elias B. and Nancy J. Edwards, who settled in Indiana in early days and died in 1891. Mr. Markham is a staunch Jeffersonian Democrat and a man with the courage of his convictions and the ability to propound the principles which he holds. Mr. Markham is a charter member of the F.A. at Priest River, Court no. 18. He and his wife are members of the Christian church and are highly respected people of real worth of character, while they have hosts of friends in every section.

He travelled with his family on the Oregon Trail in 1848.50 He taught school between 1865 and 1870 Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor County, Washington.50 He operated a stock business between 1870 and 1880.50 In 1880 he removed to Laclede, Kootenai County, Idaho,50 where he was enumerated on a census of 1880 living at Spokane Prairie, Kootenai County, Idaho in the home of Clayborne Duke, 60, (a mulatto, he and parents both born in VA) a "crippled" farmer. Also in the household was Thomas M. Polsom, a school teacher. Lyman is listed as a laborer.57 Lyman Ferris was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 1910 living at West Albany Precinct, Albany, Linn County, Oregon.58

+ 25 iii. Francis Marion Markham, born 12 December 1847 Knox County, Illinois; married Elmina Biggers.

+ 26 iv. Jasper Newton Markham, born 29 August 1850 Salem, Marion County, Oregon; married Amanda Jane Fry.

+ 27 v. Milton Douglas Markham, born 2 January 1851 Albany, Linn County, Oregon; married Sophronia E. Markham; married Lydia Edith Adelle Flower.

+ 28 vi. Mary Celinda Markham, born 8 February 1853 in Albany, Linn County, Oregon; married George W. Biggers; married William T. Kame.

   29 vii. Nancy Jane Markham59,192 was born 9 December 1855 in Albany, Linn County, Oregon. Nancy J. died Albany, Linn County, Oregon, on 6 March 1855 at the age of 1 years,59 and was buried on the homestead, but the grave later removed to Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Linn County, Oregon.60

   30 viii. Roxsey Lovina Markham60 was born on 1 September 1854192 Albany, Linn County, Oregon; died aged 2 years, 3 months, 21 days.61 Roxsey died in Albany on 8 January 1857 at the age of 2 yrs, 3 mos, 21 days,60 and was buried on the homestead, but the grave later removed to Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Linn County, Oregon.60

+ 32 x. Lucy Ann Markham, born 8 February 1859 Albany, Linn County, Oregon; married Orren Huntington Fry.

    33 xi. Matilda Jane Markham,59 was born 16 Feb 1860192 Albany, Linn County, Oregon,20 died there on 1 November 1860, 59 and was buried on the homestead. The grave was later removed to Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Linn County, Oregon.59  She is no doubt the child listed as Martha J. in the 1860 census.20

    34 xii. Rosa Maria Markham59,192 was born 9 March 1865192 in Albany, Linn County, Oregon.62 Rosa died in Albany on 20 October 1865; 7 months old,59 and was buried on the homestead, but the grave later removed to Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Linn County, Oregon. Her tombstone indicates she was "7 mos old."59

7. Sylvester2 Markham (Jeptha1)21 was born on 15 February 1822 Illinois.63 On 29 April 1847 Sylvester Markham and Mary J. Westfall were married Des Moines, Iowa.19 Sylvester died Mercer County, Illinois, on 20 March 1864 at the age of 42 years, 1 month and 5 days,19 and was buried Grahm Cemetery, Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois.19 He was farmer Illinois.18

Mary J. Westfall19 was born on 20 August 1816.19 Mary J. died Mercer County, Illinois, on 12 November 1884 at the age of 68 years, 2 months and 23 days,19 and was buried Grahm Cemetery, Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois.19

The three known children of Sylvester2 Markham and Mary J. Westfall were as follows:

bullet35 i. Henry Alonzo3 Markham18 was born in 1848 Mercer County, Illinois.19

He was also known as Alonzo Henry Markham.19

bullet36 ii. Julius P. Markham19 was born on 13 August 1850 Mercer County, Illinois; (calculated from age at death).19 Julius P. died Mercer County, Illinois, on 5 November 1851 at the age of 1 year, 2 months and 23 days; aged 1 year, 2 months, 23 days.19 His was buried after 5 November 1851 Grahm Cemetery, Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois.19
bullet37 iii. Armineta Markham19 was born in 1851 Mercer County, Illinois.19

She was also known as Minnie Markham.18

11. Seth2 Markham (Jeptha1)20 was born in 1834 Green Twp, Mercer County, Illinois.20,24 On 20 August 1857 Seth Markham and Jane Elizabeth Foster were married Linn County, Oregon, Witnesses were J. B. Forsyth and Olney Fry Jr.; by the Jno. E. Hannon, minister of the gospel.64,20,65,66

He sold land Washington County, Oregon.67 Seth was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 11 August 1860 Albany, Linn County, Oregon.68 He was enumerated as the head of a household in 1870, living in Washington County, Oregon. No precinct is given, but the nearest post office was listed as being at Forest Grove. In the household was a 16-year-old male, H. Snodgrass, born in Illinois. Seth was 36, had no real property, but $450 in personal property.191

Seth apparently married secondly to Ellen Harris.193 She was born about 1854, in Oregon, the daughter of Thomas and Mahulda (Dawson) Harris.192 She married secondly to George Volhard, about 1880, indicating that Seth likely died by this date.193

Jane Elizabeth Foster.64 Her married name was Elizabeth Markham. She was born circa 1835 Ohio.20 She probably was deceased by 1870, when Seth is living in Washington County.

The only known children of Seth2 Markham and Jane Elizabeth Foster were as follows:

bullet+ 38 i. Alonzo Martin3 Markham, born 11 June 1859 Albany, Linn County, Oregon; married Lucretia Octavia Baker.

The known children of Seth2 Markham and Ellen Harris, born in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon were as follows:194

bullet   38a   ii.    Jasper Newton Markham, born about 1872.
bullet   38b  iii.   Edward Markham, born about 1874.
bullet+ 39    iv. Willis Seth Markham, born 9 August 1876 Eugene, Lane County, Oregon; married Agnes May Mills.
bullet    40     v.    Inez Markham, born about 1879.

12. Milton William2 Markham (Jeptha1)21,24 was born on 16 April 1839 Knox County, Illinois.24 On 27 July 1862 Milton William Markham and Martha Ann Fry were married Albany, Linn County, Oregon.69,44 Milton William died on 4 November 1884 at the age of 45 years, 6 months and 19 days.70,24

Milton was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 5 June 1880 Olympia, Thurston County, Washington.24

Martha Ann Fry,44  was born in April 1846 Knox County, Illinois.44,71 Sometime before October 1885 she married as her second husband, Joel P. Russell, probably in Oregon.71 In 1895 Martha Ann Fry was residing inYaquina, Lincoln County, Oregon.72 Martha Ann died Dayton, Columbia County, Washington, on 11 February 1914 at the age of 67 years.24

The seven known children of Milton William2 Markham and Martha Ann Fry were as follows:

bullet40 i. Inez3 Markham24 was born in 1863 Linn County, Oregon.24
bullet41 ii. Alfred William Markham21 was born on 1 December 1865 Washington.24 On 16 April 1904 Alfred W. Markham and Kate Ewing were married Kootenai County, Idaho.73 On 29 April 1917 Alfred W. Markham and Elizabeth Biehler were married Bonner Creek, Idaho.74 Alfred W. died Meadow Creek, Boundary County, Washington, in 1935 at the age of 70 years.75  He filed for a homestead on 12 Sep 1911 located in S20 T63N R2E, Idaho; it was rejected 27 Sep 1911.76
bullet42 iii. Florence Evaline Markham;24 was born on 23 March 1868 Oregon.24 On 4 November 1883 she married Alfred Baily in Benton County, Oregon.24
bullet43 iv. Charles M. Markham21 was born on 10 April 1869 Oregon.24   He was enumerated as the head of a household on a census of 1900 Lake Precinct, Douglas County, Oregon.24
bullet44 v. Julie Irene Markham24 was born on 26 October 1872 Benton County, Oregon.24
bullet45 vi. Milton Irvine Markham24 was born on 19 October 1880 Olympia, Thurston County, Washington.24 Milton Irvine died on 13 March 1896 at the age of 15 years, 4 months and 23 days.24
bullet46 vii. Ivy Pearl Markham24 was born on 21 November 1882 Oregon.77,24

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