Markham of Chesterfield
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Bio: John Markham


John Markham was the son of John Markham and his wife Mary of Pittsylvania county Virginia. Lists of the children in this family place him as the fourth child and second son, probably born around the year 1790. His father died when he was about ten years of age and his mother died seven years later. The only record we have of John Markham is two court orders dated in 1810 and 1811 related to the settlement of his parent's estates. The 1811 court order names him as a minor child, under the guardianship of his older brother Peter Markham. Actually, John Markham was probably a minor at the time of his mother's death in 1809, but may have reached the age of twenty-one by the year 1811.

There is no further mention of John Markham after 1811. It is believed that his older brother, Peter Markham, went off to serve in the War of 1812. At this time, care of the minor Markham children and the business of the Markham family seems to have fallen into the hands of Markham spouses, James Whitehead and Elisha Burch. By 1815, John Markham's younger brother William H Markham had reached his majority, married and begun to appear regularly in county records along with his brother-in-law James Whitehead. But, the name John Markham does not appear during these years, nor is it found in the 1820 or later censuses of Pittsylvania county Virginia.

A diligent search has been made for John Markham in other places where Markham family was living, but no likely candidate has appeared.


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Biography of John Markham; written by Pamela Hutchison Garrett for John Markham of Chesterfield website; 2014.