The Markhams


Jennings Creek Virginia

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Ship.jpg (91228 bytes)The   Markham Family   in  the  Southeastern United States  had its main origins in Colonial Virginia. The vast majority (but not all) of these "Markhams" have descended from a single immigrant who lived in Virginia in the 1600's commonly known as Thomas Markham of Henrico County, Virginia.  Thomas was born in London England about 1606.  He departed Gravesend for Virginia July 24, 1635 on the ship Assurance.  He married a widow woman named Susan Greenleafe from Henrico County Virginia in 1635 and, together, they  began a cascade of American descendants.

MapCurlesofJamesRiver.JPG (358713 bytes)It appears that on 20 Nov 1635, Thomas Markham was first granted a patent for 300 acres of land on the James River at Four Mile Creek, adjoining Bayly's land. 50 acres came to Thomas for his personal adventure, and 100 acres for the transport of two servants, John Fouke and Rich Whitfield. 150 acres were granted in right of his wife Susan Greenleafe, relict of Robert, being 50 acres for her personal adventure and 100 acres for Robert Greenleafe her former husband being an original planter.Peaks of Otter 1928.jpg (130886 bytes)  In 1785, a Great-Grandson  of Thomas Markham moved west to Bedford County, Virginia, with his sons John and Thomas,  his name was Arthur Markham, II.  After several years his sons  moved further west just across the "Blue Ridge  to Jennings Creek in Botetourt County, Virginia.  My Great-great Grandfather Jessie E. Markham was a grandson of John Markham  one of the sons of Arthur Markham, II.

Today, there are 'Markham's" living in nearly all of the United States, with concentrations existing along the main paths of migration from Virginia into the Southern and Western parts of the country.

This Web site is dedicated to the many family members who are working on the construction of their Markham/Marcum genealogies. You are welcome to stroll through the various sections of the site, and to take advantage of what is offered.

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     1.  Thomas Markham, Sr.(ENGLAND1) was born Abt. 1606 in England, and died Aft. 1678 in Henrico County, Virginia.  He married Susan Greenleafe (Widow),  July 1635 in Henrico County, Virginia.  She was born Abt. 1620.    

Child of Thomas Markham and Susan Greenleafe is:

               i.        THOMAS MARKHAM, JR., born Abt. 1640 in Henrico County, Virginia; died in New Kent County, Virginia.

     2.  Thomas Markham, JR. (Thomas1) was born Abt. 1640 in Henrico County, Virginia, and died in New Kent County, Virginia.  He married Unknown in Virginia. 

Child of Thomas Markham and Unknown is:

               i.        ARTHUR MARKHAM I, born Bet. 1670 - 1690 in Virginia; died March 31, 1732 in Henrico County, Virginia.

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