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Abraham Markle collection

 Collection
Identifier: L099

Scope and Contents

Collection contains contracts, receipts, land documents, court papers, legal, and financial documents relating to the business affairs of Abraham Markle (1811–1826). Also included are Photostats of original documents pertaining to Markle, mostly from the National Archives, relating to land grants given to Canadians who served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812 (in Vigo County, IN). The collection also contains Photostats of Vigo County commissioners’ records, justice of the peace records, court records, licenses to do business, and official county records relating to taxes, roads and canals, and land ownership.

Dates

  • 1774-1867

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Abraham Markle was born Oct. 26, 1770 in Ulster County, New York. Of Dutch descent, Markle was a businessman, politician, and U.S. Army officer during the War of 1812. Prior to the war, Markle was an entrepreneur in the Upper Canada region, own large tracts of land in Aldborough Township, Ancaster Township, Markham Township, and Nelson Township. At the outbreak of the War of 1812, Markle served as a captain in the Company of Canadian Volunteers before deserting to the United States, where he served as Major of Volunteers. As a result, Markle was indicted, and convicted in absentia, for treason on May 24, 1814. Markle was declared an outlaw and his lands in Upper Canada were vested to the crown.

Following the war, Markle settled in Indiana’s Wabash Valley near present day Terre Haute, Indiana. Markle was one of five shareholders of the Terre Haute Land Company, on top of owning several mills, a distillery and tavern, and land in the area. Markle died March 26, 1826, a father to eight sons and two daughters.

Augustus R. Markle was an electrical engineer in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. Markle wrote a series of articles on the history of Terre Haute, “When Terre Haute was Young,” in the Terre Haute Star (1931–1954).

Extent

0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 2 oversized folders)

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Augustus R. Markle during July 1937, 1938/06/09 and 1939/11/01.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L127: Hyacinth Lasselle collection

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during January 2011.
Title
Abraham Markle collection
Status
Completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

Contact:
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.
317-232-3671