Bio: Rebecca Markham
Rebecca Markham was probably born around 1785 in Chesterfield county Virginia, daughter of George Markham and his first wife Sarah Hill. Her mother died when
she was young and her father was remarried in 1789 to Mary Hardaway Osborne, who was likely the mother she remembered. When George Markham wrote his will in
October of 1800, Rebecca Markham was a teenager. She is mentioned as:
I give to my Daughter Rebecca four hundred pounds and two negroe girls named Dinah and Nancy. The monee given to my three children Judith, Rebecca and
Bernard are to be paid to them in two years after they are of age respectively and in the mean time they are to be supported out of
George Markham died in December of 1800, and at the January 1801 Court of Chesterfield county Virginia, "Rebecca Markham, orphan of George Markham, chooses
Henry Branch as her guardian." Henry Branch was brother-in-law to Rebecca Markham, having recently married her older sister Catherine Markham.
Two years after her father's death, Rebecca Markham was married to Thomas Powell.
Married on Thursday the 13th inst Mr Thomas Powell, to Miss Rebecca Markham, daughter of Captain George Markham, dec'd, both of Amelia county.
[source] Virginia Argus; 29 Jan 1803; Henley Marriage and Obituary Database.
8 January 1803; Thomas Powell and Rebecca Markham. Her guardian, Henry Branch, consents. Wit to consent, N Patterson and M Townes Jr. Sur Nelson
Patterson. Marrried 13 January by Rev John Skurrey (Baptist minister of Amelia county Virginia).
[source] Marriages of Amelia county Virginia 1735-1815; Kathleen Booth Williams.
I have not been successful in attaching Thomas Powell to his parents. There are several Powell families in Amelia county Virginia around the time that
Thomas Powell married Rebecca Markham. Among the few records I have found of Thomas Powell is a deed dated in August 1812 in Amelia county Virginia, Deed
Book 23, page 588:
This Indenture made and entered into this fifth day of August in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve Between Jacob Roberts, Austin
Seay, Samuel Ford & John Chappel Commissioners appointed by the County Court of Amelia to sell one half of the Mill seat late the joint property of the Orphan
children of William Clement decd and Cheadle Burch of the one part and Thomas Powell of the second part all of the County of Amelia . . in consideration of the
sum of one hundred and forty dollars and five cents to them in hand paid by the said Thomas Powell . . doth grant bargain sell and confirm unto the said Thomas
Powell his heirs and assigns forever the mill seat late the joint property of the orphans of William Clement deceased and the said Cheadle Burch containing by
estimation forty two acres the same more or less to have and to hold the said mill seat together with all its improvements appurtenances priviledges and
advantages thereunto belonging to him the said Thomas Powell his heirs and assigns forever . . And the said Cheadle Burch on his part doth hereby covenant
and agree with the said Thomas Powell to warrant and forever defend unto him the said Thomas Powell the right and title of his morety of the mill seat
aforesaid against the claim or claims of all and every person or persons whatsoever. In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals
the day and year above written; Signed sealed and delivered in presence of John Jeter, C Burch (seal), Austin Seay (seal), Edwd M Ford, Saml Ford
(seal), Saml Overton, John Chappell (seal), Bernard Seay for John Chappell, William Piller.
[source] Deeds of Amelia County Virginia; transcript by Marna L Clemons, 2001.
Presently in this database, I represent that Cheadle Burch was married to Rebecca Markham Powell's cousin - Judith Markham, daughter of William Markham
and Mary Wathen. But, it is very possible that Cheadle Burch was married to Rebecca Markham Powell's sister, Judith Markham. See a detailed discussion in
the sketch titled A Markham Wife for Cheadle Burch.
Thomas Powell was surety for the marriage of Elisha Burch and Mary Markham in 1808 Powhatan county Virginia. Elisha Burch is brother to the Cheadle Burch
above, and Mary Markham is cousin to Rebecca Markham Powell.
There are several cases in the Chancery Court of Chesterfield county Virginia involving Rebecca Markham Powell. These are available at the Virginia State
Library, and would be interesting to pursue.
Gdns of Rebecca Markham vs Exr of Georg Markham; 1807-022
Thomas Powell and Wife vs Exr of George Markham; 1807-034
Thomas Powell and Wife vs Exr of George Markham; 1810-023
Thomas Powell and Rebecca Markham may appear in the 1810 census of Amelia county Virginia, but the census record is damaged and difficult to read. I have
no clear record of children for Thomas Powell and Rebecca Markham.
It is possible that Rebecca Markham Powell was secondly married to Bernard Seay on 19 February 1816 in Amelia county Virginia. This is not confirmed! Bernard
Seay was the son of Moses Seay and Elizabeth Luck. Like Thomas Powell, Bernard Seay has been difficult to track. Bernard Seay does appear in the 1820 Census
of Amelia county Virginia. He is a man above the age of forty-five. The census suggests that he has a wife between the ages of twenty-six and forty-five,
and three other females in the household, one in each catagory; ie 0-10, 10-16, and 16-26. There are also nine slaves indicated. Further study
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Link to Rebecca Markham
Bio for Rebecca Markham; written by Pamela Hutchison Garrett for John Markham of Chesterfield website; 2014.