|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1821|
|Death: ||May 14, 1863|
Fatal Affray in El Dorado County. - At Markleville, in the new Monitor Mining District, El Dorado county, May 15th, Jacob J. Markley was killed by H. W. Tuttle in self-defense. Tuttle was examined before a body of citizens and acquitted of the offense. (Sacramento Daily Union, 5/19/1863)
Letter from Silver Mountain
Markleeville, January 12, 1864 (extract)
Markleeville and Its Surroundings
Markleeville takes its name from Jacob I. Marklee, who first took up the ground and laid out the town, and who was shot and killed last Spring by one Tuttle, who is now in jail at Jackson for that crime, in a quarrel about the ranch on which the town stands... (Sacramento Daily Union, 1/19/1864)
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On Sept. 21, 1861, Markley staked out his place in history, claiming a 160-acre parcel that would later become the townsite of Markleeville. There he built himself a small 16x20 foot cabin, and covered it in sugarpine shakes. His timing, it turned out, was spectacular. Within months, fresh silver strikes just up the trail at Silver Mountain City turned that tiny mining camp into a boomtown. Suddenly, Markley's homestead became extremely valuable -- as much for the right to collect toll on the road running through it as for the property itself.
On May 14, 1863, an ally of Gould [who claimed half-ownership of Markley's land] confronted Jacob Markley about his land sales, and as one source succinctly put it, "an altercation ensued." Who drew a gun first is unclear. What we do know is that at some point in the quarrel, Henry Tuttle "stepped back, drew his revolver, and shot [Markley] dead."
(Alpine Review, May 2013, Vol. XIX, No. 1, p.5-6).
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NOTE: Although we don't know for certain where Jacob Markley was buried, he is most likely the FIRST burial here in the Markleeville Cemetery. One report describes his grave as "on a little eminence," over looking a "fine stream" -- a perfect description of this Cemetery.
Plot: Grave location unknown
Maintained by: Karen D.
Originally Created by: Sue
Record added: Aug 25, 2013
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