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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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PROF. HENRY BRINDLE MARKLEY, one of the efficient educators of Cumberland county, a grammar school teacher of Mechanicsburg, was born on a farm southwest of that city, and is a son of Moses Markley. He is descended from one of three brothers, John, Jacob and George Markley, who came to this country Aug. 30, 1749, in the ship “Crown,” Michael James, master, from Rotterdam and settled in Lancaster county. Pa. They were from Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. Henry Markley, grandfather of Henry Brindle Markley, married Margaret Myers, and they had two children, viz: Elizabeth, who married Christian Gleim, and Moses, father of Henry B. Markley. Mrs. Margaret (Myers) Markley was born Sept. 28, 1800, daughter of Henry Myers, who was born Oct. 24, 1772, and on July 28, 1799, married Catharine Smith, daughter of Peter Smith. They had three children: Margaret, born in 1800; John Jacob, born in 1804; and David, born in 1810. George Myers, father of Henry, was born Oct. 20, 1739. The Myers family have long been large landholders, owning one tract of 1,000 acres.

Moses Markley was born on the farm before named, locally known as the old Markley homestead, April 23, 1824, and has resided in retirement in Mechanicsburg since 1876. For a number of years he was classed with the county’s most successful farmers. He married Elizabeth Brindle, who was born Sept. 29, 1826, daughter of Peter and Margaret (Zug) Brindle, the former of whom was born Aug. 15, 1798; the latter was born June 19, 1803, daughter of Christian Zug. Mr. and Mrs. Brindle had the following children: Jacob, Elizabeth (wife of Moses Markley), Levi, Samuel (deceased), David, Margaret, Sarah, Susan (who married Jacob Pentz), Peter and William. The children of Moses Markley and his wife were three sons: George S., David Myers and Henry Brindle.

Henry Brindle Markley grew up on his father’s farm and attended the district schools until old enough to enter an excellent select school at Boiling Springs. When but nineteen years old he began to teach, his first attempt being a term of three years at the Handshew school, after which he taught four terms at Lines house and at Oak Grove, in Monroe township, fourteen years; three terms at the Bell school house; one term at Maple Grove; and one term at the Rife schoolhouse. In 1893 he became a teacher in Mechanicsburg. His reputation as an educator is not confined to the city, as he is well and favorably known in all educational centers over the county and is a member of many of the organizations of his profession.

On May 25, 1880, Mr. Markley married Marietta Gates, of Churchtown, the eldest daughter of Levi and Sarah Ellen (Toomey) Gates. She was educated in the local schools and also became a teacher, being engaged for two terms at Churchtown and two at Fairview. Their pleasant home is located at No. 515 West Main street. Mrs. Markley is a member of the Woman’s Literary Club of Mechanicsburg and is prominent in the city’s social life. Both she and her husband are members of the Church of God, in which he has served as deacon and is superintendent of the Primary department of the Sunday-school, and for seven years has been president of the Christian Endeavor society.

Politically Mr. Markley is a Republican. Fraternally he is a member of Eureka Lodge, No. 302. A. F. & A. M., of Mechanicsburg, Also of the K. of P. and Knights of Malta. He is vice president of the City Steam Fire Company No. 2, and is interested in everything looking to the advancement of the educational and material welfare of his section. Personally he is a man of sterling character, and enjoys the esteem of all with whom his years of public life have made him acquainted.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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