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* "The Thomas A. Markham Home Page"*

Updated December 17, 2006

Thomas A. Markham, comes from a long line of Markham's and related families from Bedford/Botetourt Counties, Virginia. This Markham Family first appeared in Bedford County in the middle 1700's, and migrated to Botetourt County around 1800. Jesse E. Markham who was Thomas Markham's GG-Gandfather, lived on Jennings Creek, with his family in Botetourt County, which is about five miles north of The "Peaks of Otter". When Benjamin Richard Markham, Jesse's second son, was twenty one he moved back to Bedford County, and made his home at Lowry, Virginia. Walter Markham Benjamin's second son was the first Markham to go to Florida and Can Tomatoes in the winter months, and return to his farm each summer. Walter Markham was Thomas Markham's grandfather. The Markham's eventually became the largest tomato canners in the soustheast. Thomas Markham now lives in Florida, and visits his home in Virginia each summer.
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Thomas Allen Markham Sr.

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  • Descendants of Jesse E. and Mary Kennedy Markham (84 KB)
    Jesse & Mary raised their family on Jennings Creek in Botetourt County Va. My Great-grandfather Benjamin Richard moved to Bedford County, and raised his family at Lowry, Va. His son Walter A. Markham was my Grandfather he married Bessie L. Lowry, and raised his family at Lowry, Va. and Princeton Florida, where he canned tomatoes in the winter.
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  • The Descendabts of Guillaume Forquet (Fuqua) . (309 KB)
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  • Descendants of John Lee of England 1630 (140 KB)
    Through my Great-grandmother Jane C. Lee Markham, I am a Direct Descendant of John Lee of England - 1630.

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