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, Indiana). 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.
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.
Abraham Markle was born October 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, Ancaster, Markham, and Nelson townships. 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).
0.4 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 2 oversized folders)
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