Biography of Curtis Markham
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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 month 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 granddaughter, 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 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.


FROM:
Biographical History of
Clark and Jackson Counties Wisconsin
Lewis Publishing Company.
Chiago, 1891.