Markle, Abraham

Abraham Markle
L99, OB5 folder 4, OBC38
1774 – 1867
1 mss box, 2 os folders

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Brent Abercrombie, January 2011

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).

Sources: 1/25/2011.

Scope and Content Note:

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.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1. 

1. 1774 – 1794
2. 1803 – 1806
3. 1811 – 1816
4. March – June, 1816
5. July – August, 1816
6. September – October, 1816
7. Business Contracts October 30, 1816
8. November – December, 1816
9. 1817
10. 1818
11. 1819
12. 1820 – 1821
13. 1822 – 1828
14. 1829 – 1836
15. 1837 – 1867, no date

OB5, Folder 4.  1809 – 1827, no date

OBC38. 1816 – 1827, Photostat records

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 mss boxes, 15 folders, 2 os folders
Collection Dates: 1774 – 1867
Provenance: Augustus R. Markle, July 1937, June 9, 1938; Nov. 1, 1939, some Unknown
Access : The collection is open for research use
Restrictions: 1 folder at a time, Count individual items per folder
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: L127 Lasselle Collection