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PETER MARKELL, 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 field.
     "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 Indians."
     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.
ISAAC MARTIN, 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 Champlain.
     He received a pension.
ISAAC 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 Revolutionary Army.
     Although born in Connecticut, Isaac Messenger's ancestors were French, having settled in Canada early in the seventeenth century.
     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 beside him.
PHINEAS MIXER, 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 Dock.
     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 daughters.
     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.
JOHN MOORE, 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 War.
     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 township.
     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.
EZEKIEL 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 Kirtland, Ohio.
THOMAS MORLEY, 1758 - 1844
     Thomas Morley of Glastonbury, Conn., died in Kirtland, Ohio, Sept. 1, 1844, aged eighty-six years, and lies in Kirtland Cemetery.
     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.
BENJAMIN 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 1798.
JONAS NICHOLS, 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.
STEPHEN NORWOOD, 1862 - 1842
     Stephen Norwood, of Massachusetts, was born in 1762, and died in Perry, Lake Co., O., Aug. 1, 1842, aged eighty years.
     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 Boston.


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