1765 - 1837.
Peter Markell was born March 24, 1765. He
enlisted from Palatine, Montgomery County, New York, in
April 1781, at the age of sixteen, and was discharged in
November, 1782. He participated in the battle of
Johnstown, N. Y. under Captain Cook and Colonel
Clock. He died May 25, 1837, aged seventy-two
years and was buried at Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio.
December 9, 1792, he married Elizabeth Koch.
Their children were John, Benjamin, James, Margarette,
Betsey (Mrs. Banter), Peter, Nicholas, Mary, Fanny and
Nancy who married Ezra Morgan of Geneva, Ohio,
where their descendants still reside. The children are
all dead; the last one, James Markell of Mentor,
Ohio, living until April 1900. There are, in Kirtland,
two children who are the great, great, great grandchildren
of this Revolutionary soldier.
Peter Markell was one of the pioneers of
Kirtland, coming with his family in 1816, bringing with him
some of the finest horses that had ever been in this part of
the country. In his later years he became an invalid,
caused by privations and exposure while in the army.
His granddaughter, Mrs. Henry Booth, remembers
him as a fine looking man, very kind and gentle with the
children. She has in her possession an old fashioned
arm chair, that he brought to Ohio with him, which she keeps
as a souvenir. She remembers stories he used to tell
her, one of which follows:
"At one time when his people were staying in a fort to
be safe from the Indians, he was plowing in a field not far
away. He had been advised not to leave the Fort as
Indians were thought to be near. After plowing for
some time, he became aware that there were Indians about the
"He dared not stop but kept at his work, though every
time he came near the entrance to the field, he would stop
and adjust the harness. The third time when he stopped
he hastily unhitched from the plow, sprang upon one of the
horses, and escaped to the fort, closely pursued by the
A young boy named Henry, a brother of Peter
Markell, at the time of a battle between the Americans
and British, went to the top of a hill that he might see the
battle, and was lost; no trace of him has ever been found.
His mother mourned so bitterly for her child, whose fate was
clothed in mystery, that she lost her reason. It is
said she spoke no word for year or more. Mrs. Peter
Markell lived to receive a widow's pension.
1757 - 1832.
Isaac Martin, born in 1757, died Nov. 6, 1832,
at the age of seventy-five, and was buried in the Middle
Ridge Cemetery in Madison, Lake County, Ohio.
He enlisted early in the Revolutionary War in the
Connecticut Troops. He served in the first regiment of
Gen. Wooster, in the ninth company under
Capt. James Arnold, on the first call for troops.
The regiment marched for the protection of New York,
and later engaged in the affairs of Lake George and Lake
He received a pension.
MESSENGER, 1746 - 1839.
"Isaac Messenger, a soldier of the Revolution,
died in Concord, Ohio, on the 8th day of May 1839 in the
94th year of his age."
He served in Capt. Amasa Hill's company, Col.
Roger Enos' regiment, arriving in camp July 4, 1778.
He was at West Point and assisted in the construction
of the first fortifications there, under the command of
Washington, who was personally present a portion of the
time. He had six brothers in the Revolutionary War,
three of whom were at the battle of Bunker Hill. One
of them, Reuben, was wounded at that time, but all
survived the war.
Isaac Messenger's wife, whose maiden name was
Anna Ward, and whose father was a Welsh emigrant to
Connecticut, had three brothers who died in the
Although born in Connecticut, Isaac Messenger's
ancestors were French, having settled in Canada early in the
Mr. and Mrs. Messenger, with their grandson
Joseph Tuttle, arrived in Concord near Little Mountain
March 4, 1817, their son Ashbel Messenger coming in
1815. Among their descendants are Eugene Adams
and Walter S. Tuttle of Concord, Rev. Warren B.
Hendrix, late of Mentor, and Warren and George
Hoose of Waite Hill.
Wade Adams, who died at Fort Thomas, Ky., Sept.
8, 1898, a soldier in the Spanish War was a great-grandson
of this Revolutionary soldier.
Isaac Messenger is buried at Concord Center, and
his widow, who died in 1850 at the age of 101 years, lies
1756 - 1821
Phineas Mixer, Sr., from Norwich, Mass., arrived
in Madison, Ohio Jan. 24, 1805. He settled on a six
hundred acre farm, on the shores of Lake Erie, near Madison
In 1811 he removed to Unionville and kept tavern in a
log house, where now stands the house built by Phineas
Mixer, Jr., and owned by his great, grandchildren,
Don J. Barnes and Eliza Dorcas Pope.
His wife was Abigail Fobes of Mass. and
their family consisted of five children, two sons and three
It is said of him that, "he was a man of sterling
qualities, and active in promoting local improvements."
In the Revolutionary War he was in the service of
Massachusetts, enlisting Sept. 20, 1777 in Capt. Benjamin
Bonney's company; discharged Oct. 14, 1777.
He died Nov. 3, 1821, aged sixty-five years and nine
months, and is buried in Unionville, Ohio.
Third, 1752 - 1843
John Moore was born in Maryland, in 1752.
He was in the service of the United States about seven years
as a Revolutionary soldier, and three years in the Indian
He enlisted June 1, 1777 from Schenectady, N. Y. in the
8th company, 3rd regiment, New York Line with Capt.
Leonard Blucher and Col. Peter Gansevoort.
Enlisted again June 1, 1782 in the 1st regiment under
Col. Goose Van Schaick; was discharged at New Windsor,
near West Point.
He married Leah Groome, and raised six children,
his son Isaac serving in the War of 1812.
He came to Ohio, settling in Kirtland, his family
coming in 1811. Mr. Moore died soon after, and
was buried on one of the highest points of Kirtland
John Moore had some very narrow escapes from the
Indians, the tomahawk of one grazing his ear, clipping off
the top, the scar of which he always carried. He
is remembered as a large, handsome man, the color-bearer of
his regiment, and a great story-teller.
He died March 9, 1843, and was buried in Chester, where
he spent the last years of his life.
He was a pensioner.
MORLEY, 1759 - 1852
Ezekiel Morley was born in Glastonbury, Conn.,
in 1759. Enlisted Jan. 10, 1777 to serve three years
in the Revolutionary War, in Capt. Joseph Williams'
company, known as the 1st company, 3rd Mass. regt.
Continental Line, commanded by Col. John Greaton; was
discharged Jan. 10, 1780.
He removed to Ohio from Genesee Co., New York, in 1832,
was placed on the pension roll May 2, 1833, which after his
death was transferred to his widow. He died in
Chester, Geauga Co., Aug. 6, 1852, lacking nine days of
being ninety-three years old.
He assisted in erecting the first log cabin that was
built in Cleveland.
Ezekiel Morley was one of the original surveyors
of the Western Reserve landing at Conneaut Creek, July 4,
1796. "After a perilous journey by land and water.
They christened the place Fort Independence, and celebrated
the day with such demonstrations of patriotism as they were
able to invent. They gave the National Salute with
their fowling pieces, drank their toasts with water from
Lake Erie, and blessed the land which they had helped to
deliver from British oppression." He is buried in
1758 - 1844
Thomas Morley of Glastonbury, Conn., died in
Kirtland, Ohio, Sept. 1, 1844, aged eighty-six years, and
During the Revolutionary War he served his country from
Connecticut, enlisting in Jan. 1776, under Capt. Wells
and Col. Cook, serving until Jan. 1777.
Again in Aug. 1777 he entered the same regiment for two
months, under Capt. Bidwell; again, in July
1779, for two months.
He was in the battle of Stillwater.
Mr. Morley was one of the early settlers of
Kirtland township. Arriving July 6, 1815 he began the
settlement of his farm.
At the house of Thomas Morley, in 1818, was
organized the first religious society in Kirtland. In
1824 this society erected its first church building, which
was made of logs and occupied the site of the present
Presbyterian church. Mrs. Morley died in 1848.
MORSE, 1755 - 1813
"Maj. Benj. Morse, Esq., born Nov. 7, 185, died
Feb. 6, 1813, age 59.
To every good he sought his aid to lend,
His country's, virtue's and religion's friend,
The morn shall come, this precious dust shall rise.
And songs immortal fill the immortal skies."
Thus reads the stone which marks his burial place in
the old cemetery at Unionville.
"Benjamin Morse served in the Revolutionary War in the
third regiment, with Col. Israel Putnam, in Capt.
Obadiah Johnson's fifty company, on the first call for
troops; was at Bunker Hill, also with the Quebec
expedition." Conn. in the Rev.
He married a sister of Col. Alexander Harper,
and is supposed to be one of the party that came with him in
1758 - 1843
Jonas Nichols, a resident of Vermont,
enlisted in Colonel William Malcolm's regiment, in
the New York Line, in the Revolutionary War.
He removed from Vermont to New York, and spent his last
years with his son Deacon Phineas Nichols of Perry,
Lake Co., O.
He lies in Perry Cemetery.
NORWOOD, 1862 - 1842
Stephen Norwood, of Massachusetts, was born in
1762, and died in Perry, Lake Co., O., Aug. 1, 1842, aged
He is buried in Perry, in the cemetery on the South
Ridge, near the little Church.
He served in the Revolutionary War for eight months, in