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Below is a family biography included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley, Harraman & Co. in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CHARLES MARKLAND, farmer, Markland, born in Ohio in 1826, is a son of George and Susan (Beatty) Markland. His parents moved into Ohio, and about 1828-29 to this county, and located on Tapp’s Ridge, Jefferson Township, where they resided till the father’s death, the eldest son, Allen Markland, still living on part of the old farm. Our subject grew to manhood and resided with his parents till twenty-four years old, his mother having died about 1830, and father marrying Mary Nelson. After maturity Mr. M. farmed the home place for several years. He spent about eight years in flat-boating, and then purchased 165 acres, his present farm, of James Taylor, Jr., adding sixty-five acres since. He has since bought and sold produce, and done general farming. Mr. Markland was married, in 1855, to Rhoda Bliss, daughter of Levi Bliss, who came here from New York. By this union three children are living: Emma, Charles and Phillip. Two others, Viola and Harriet, died. Mr. M. is a member of the F. & A. M., at Vevay.

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This family biography is one of 215 biographies included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published in 1885 by Weakley, Harraman & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Switzerland County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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