DAVID D. MARKLEY, who lives in section 2, township 31, range 18, Osage township, Labette county, Kansas, is one of the highly respected farmers of the county, and has lived in the county since January, 1881. He is a son of Francis and Mary Markley.
Francis Markley was born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, and his wife was also a native of that state. For nine years Mr. Markley bought and sold cattle and carried on farming in his native county. He then sold his farm, and bought a mill in Snyder county, Pennsylvania. He and his wife were the parents of four children, as follows: Henry, who lives in Millersburg, Pennsylvania; David, the subject of this sketch; Abraham, who lives in Snyder county, Pennsylvania; and Johnson.
David Markley remained with his parents in Snyder county, Pennsylvania, until January, 1881, when he left that county, and moved west. He located near Edna, Kansas, where he remained two years, after which he settled on his present farm in Osage township. He carries on general farming, and has one of the finest farms in the county. He has made many improvements, and keeps abreast with the times in all modern conveniences. Mr. Markley's farm presents a very thrifty appearance, and speaks well for its owner's careful management.
The subject of this sketch was united in marriage with Hannah Spatz, a daughter of Joseph and Mary Spatz. She was one of nine children. Three sons have blessed their union, namely: William, Ammon and Charles. William is married and lives upon a farm in Osage township; his wife was Hattie Dack, and they have one child, Grace. Mr. Markley has been a member of the school board for the past eight years. He takes an active part in church duties, and is highly respected by all who know him.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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