Bio: Markham, Curtis (History - 1822)

Contact: Janet Schwarze 

 

Surnames: MARKHAM MITCHELL LANGLEY SISCHO MORRIS MORSE MCMULLEN


----Source: "Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties" Lewis Publishing, 1891, pg. 171



CURTIS MARKHAM, one of the pioneers of section 20, Warner Township, was born in Oneida County, New York, February 2, 1822, the son of Curtis Markham (deceased), a native of the same State. The father died when Curtis was eighteen months old, and they, desiring to keep up the family name, changed his name from Amasa to Curtis. He was then taken, at his father's dying request, by his grandfather, Samuel Markham, with whom he remained until thirteen years old, or until the latter's death. He was then thrown upon the charities of a cold world, and , seeing other children reveling in home luxury, with a father and mother to look after their wants, he became heartsick, and once wept bitterly at his lonely condition. His mother had married again, and removed to Pennsylvania. Mr. Markham had but one brother, Morris, by his mother's first marriage. The former came to Thornton, Illinois, in 1850, and in a few weeks removed to Porter County, Indiana, where he lived until March, 1868. He then came to this county and in 1869 settled on his present place of eighty acres, forty-two of which is cleared.


He was married in Wayne County, New York, June 1, 1845, to Sarah Mitchell, born in Perrington, New York, November 19, 1823, the daughter of Edward Mitchell, deceased. Of their eight children, only two are now living: Amasa C. and Harriet A. The latter married William Langley, of Lake County, Indiana, and has five children, namely: Alice M., Eleanora F., Georgia A., Harrison B. and Mattie. Mr. Markham's eldest daughter, now deceased, married George Morris, who subsequently died, leaving two children Bessie A. and Haven P. She was again married, to William McMullen, and they had two children, only one of whom is still living, George W. Mr. Markham lost another grown daughter, Julia P., who died at the age of twenty-one years. His grandaughter, Bessie A. Morse, married Arthur Sischo, of this town.


Mr. Markham was a soldier in the late war, in Company A, Thirty-fifth Regiment Wisconsin (Actually was Indiana) Volunteer Infantry, serving nearly a year. He was assigned to the Pontoon Bridge Brigade, but was taken sick and lay several weeks in the hospital. He was then detailed as a nurse, and served until the close of the war. He was disabled in the army, and will soon draw a pension. He is a Republican politically and a member of the G. A. R. Post, and also of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

 

Emanuel Lewis was Julia Markham's first husband.  Apparently, N. H. Withee brought Emanuel back with him upon returning from the Civil War.  At that time, Emanuel was only 5 or 6 yrs. old.  Together, he and Julia raised and adopted a relative's two sons, Ross & Nate.  We've been told these two boys were challenged, but were able to work as laborers on area farms.  On the 1905 Census, Emanuel was 44, born in Alabama, of natives of Virginia and his occupation was farmer.

 

Julia was 41, born in WI of parents from NY & WI.

Reed (daughter) was 15, born in WI of parents from Alabama & WI.

Roy was 13, born in WI of parents from Alabama & WI.

Ruth was 11, born in WI of parents from Alabama & WI.

Casker (son) was 9, born in WI of parents from Alabama & WI.

Price was 8, born in WI of parents from Alabama & WI.

Ross was 10 months, born in WI of parents from Alabama & WI.

Nate was 10 months, born in WI of parents from Alabama & WI.

 

HISTORY OF STEELE BENAJMIN SCHOOL By Chas, A Varney 22 Apr. 1937

In 1871, the families of Thos, Steele, Chas. Patterson, Larry Drinkwine, Morris Markham, Curtis Markham and Mr. Baldwin being in need of school privileges for their children proceeded to build a house of logs 16 by 20 feet in dimension, made furniture of lumber, chinked the crack in the building, nicely pointed it up outside with mud and on the inside with lime. A big box stove stood in the center of the room. There were two windows in each side, (north and south side). The teacher had the west end and the outside door was in the east end.

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Marion, Montana, April 15, 1937

 

Dear Old Friends:

As I am unable to attend your dinner I will send my best greetings to all my old friends and neighbors.

Lots of water has flowed under the bridges since the last time we met. After my days work is done, with my pipe and my dog by my side I dream of old Memories of those days that are now so long gone by, when I was among you all. I would be very much pleased to meet them once more.

I am wishing you one and all many more happy days to come. I am very glad to be remembered by you.

Your old neighbor and friend.

Amasa Markham

1860 U. S. Federal Census - Liberty, Porter County, Indiana

Name

Relation

Sex

Race

Age

Marital Status

Birth Place

Real Estate Value

Personal Estate Value

Occupation 

Markham, Curtis

head

m

w

33

m

Connecticut

300

130

wagon maker

Markham, Sarah

wife

f

w

22

m

New York

 

 

 

Markham, Sarah

daughter

f

w

10

s

New York

 

 

 

Markham, Harriet

   daughter

f

w

6

s

Indiana

 

 

 

Markham, Julia

daughter

f

w

4

s

Indiana

 

 

 

Markham, Ann

daughter

f

w

8 months

s

Indiana

 

 

 

 

 

1870 U. S. Federal Census - Eaton, Clark County, Wisconsin

Name

Relation

Sex

Race

Age

Marital Status

Birth Place

Real Estate Value

Mother Birth Place

Occupation 

Markham, Curtis

head

m

w

48

m

New York

200

 

farmer

Markham, Sarah

wife

f

w

45

m

New York

 

 

keeps house 

Markham, Sarah A.

daughter

f

w

18

s

Indiana

 

 

 

Markham, Harriet

daughter

f

w

16

s

Indiana

 

 

 

Markham, Julia

daughter

f

w

14

s

Indiana

 

 

 

Markham, Amasa

son

m

w

3

s

Indiana

 

 

 

Markham, Morris (living next door)

head

m

w

46

m

Pennsylvania

500

 

farmer

Markhan, Minerva

wife

f

w

41

m

Virginia

 

 

keeps house

Markham, Samuel

son

m

w

8

s

Missouri

 

 

 

Markham, Julia

daughter

f

w

4

s

Wisconsin

 

 

 

Markham, Amasa

son

m

w

2

s

Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

1880 U. S. Federal Census - Warner, Clark County, Wisconsin

Name

Relation

Sex

Race

Age

Marital Status

Birth Place

Father Birth Place

Mother Birth Place

Occupation 

Markham, Curtis

head

m

w

57

m

New York

New York

Pennsylvania

farmer

Markham, Sarah

wife

f

w

55

m

New York

France

New York

keeps house 

Markham, Amassa

son

m

w

13

s

Indiana

New York

New York

laborer

Markham, Morris (living next door)

head

m

w

54

m

Pennsylvania

New York

Pennsylvania

farmer

Markham, Minerva

wife

f

w

45

m

Virginia

Virginia

Virginia

keeps house

Markham, Samuel

son

m

w

18

s

Missouri

Pennsylvania

Virginia

laborer

Markham, Julia

daughter

f

w

14

s

Wisconsin

Pennsylvania

Virginia

 

Markhan, Amassa

son

m

w

12

s

Wisconsin

Pennsylvania

Virginia

 

Markham, John

son

m

w

8

s

Wisconsin

Pennsylvania

Virginia

 

Markham, Mary

daughter

f

w

6

s

Wisconsin

Pennsylvania

Virginia

 

Markham, Armenia

daughter

f

w

4

s

Wisconsin

Pennsylvania

Virginia

 

 

 

[Marriage Record]

Military Records

Pension Records [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [Death Record] [Obituary Notice]

 

 

Curtis Markham, Civil War Soldier

1822 - 1908

 

 

Curtis Markham was born February 2, 1822 in Oneida, New York.  He enlisted with Co. "A" of the 35th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry on January 13, 1865 serving as a Private and was discharged September 13, 1865.  He died September 8, 1908 and is buried in the Greenwood, Wisconsin City Cemetery.  His grandchildren, Mrs. Dean Wallis and Mrs. Art Sischo, were listed as his next of kin on his grave registration.

Contributors

Anita Reeb (family member), Janet Schwarze,  & Ken Wood.

Related Links

 

Cemetery Record
  Curtis Markham Marker Dedication Photos
 

Bio: Morris Markham - brother

Obit: Morris Markham

News article about the Markham house fire - 1905

Bio: Emanuel Jones Lewis - spouse of Julia (niece)

Obit: William Andrew Langley - son in law

Obit: Harriet (Markham) Langley - daughter

Information on Family Contact

 

Curtis Markham is also featured in the book, "Civil War Soldiers in the heart of Clark Co., Wisconsin."

 

 

 


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