JACOB P. MARKLE, a well known citizen of Island Creek township, and a member of the board of county commissioners of Jefferson county, is a grandson of Gaspard Markle, a native of Holland, who came to America about 1765, and settled at Philadelphia first, but remained there but a short time, proceeding soon to Westmoreland county, Penn., and erecting the first grist mill west of the Alleghenies, on land which was granted to him from the king of England. He remained there during the remainder of his days, rearing a large family, among which was Gen. Joseph Markle, a prominent officer of the war of 1812. Abraham Markle, son of the above and father of the subject of this mention, was born about the year 1770. His early life was spent in Westmoreland county and about 1804 he removed to Jefferson county, Ohio, and settled upon the farm his son was born upon. He was married in 1797 to Rachel Blackburn, also a native of Westmoreland county, and they had fifteen children, four of whom survive. He died in 1841 and his wife in 1843. Jacob P. Markle was born in Island Creek township, July 6, 1819, and received his education in the common schools of his day. He engaged in farming, which has since been his vocation. He is a popular and influential citizen, and before being elected commissioner had served over eighteen years as justice of the peace, and for several years as trustee of his township. In all these positions he has won the confidence of the people, and faithfully discharged his duties. In March 1876 he was married to ALice J., widow of Collins Tiffany. He and wife are members of the Episcopal church. Politics, republican.
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