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John Markward
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Birth: Jul. 10, 1834, Germany
Death: Nov. 17, 1903
Lampasas County
Texas, USA

Tomb Inscription:

Born July 10, 1834
in Germany
Died November 17, 1903
in Lampasas
Age 69
Where Immortal Spirits Reign There Shall We Meet Again

Johann Gottlieb Marquardt was born in Prussia, Germany, son of Johann and Johanna Louise (Gert) Marquardt. In 1852 he immigrated to the U.S. through Indianola, TX, became a U.S. citizen and anglicized his name to John Markward. He was the only member of his immediate family to come to America.

In 1857 he arrived in Lampasas, working as a miller for George Scott. In 1862 he joined Gurley's Confederate Regiment, engaged in Arkansas and the Indian Territory, John appointed apothecary based on his degree in Botany. Post war he stayed at the Gracy Hotel, travelling from NY to TX while building up his mercantile business downtown Lampasas.

Late in life, in 1882, he married ADELPHIA FLORENCE (WHITE), daughter of neighbors Maj. Martin and Mary (White) White of Lampasas, TX, who had moved there from Van Buren County, TN in 1870.

Prior to their marriage, John had a large, native white stone home built, located just below Adelphia's parents' home on a limestone hill a few miles from downtown Lampasas. Master carpenter, Theodore Bauerfeind, built this homestead for John, using some of the finest materials and craftsmanship available at the time. (Note: Theo immig. from Germany in 1853, resided in Spencer, Van Buren, TN and after the Civil War came to Lampasas in 1870 with his family, along with Maj. Martin and Mary White.)

With his botany skills, John grafted many types of fruit trees at his homestead, also owning property on Sulphur Creek on which he raised goats.

One of the early pioneers to settle Lampasas, in addition to his successful mercantile business, John became postmaster and Adult Sunday School teacher. He is featured in 'The Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas' by John Henry Brown.

A few years after Adelphia died from complications of childbirth, John married Nettie S. (?) Copenhaver, widow of Martin S. Copenhaver of Santa Anna, TX; they had no additional children together. John died suddenly in his home at age 69 and is buried here next to Adelphia. Nettie is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lampasas, TX.

(Biographical material provided by Annette (Langley)Markward, wife of John Markward, great grandson of John and Adelphia (White) Markward of Lampasas.)

(NOTE: There is a granite stone on the ground near the large Markward plinthe. This is the military stone for John Markward's grandson, John Oliver Markward, born in Fort Worth, TX. The stone is inverted so the inscription is not visible; this was done deliberately as he is not interred here. John Oliver Markward was buried at a family cemetery in Bridgton, Maine (FAG#71865585) and has a memorial stone there, along with his wife and her family.)

The following obituary and Memorial Resolution were copied just as they were published. Contributed by FAG member Sue Lilley. Original photocopy work by Jeff Jackson.


Mr. John Markward

People were surprised and grieved Tuesday evening when it was announced that Mr. John Markward had died suddenly at his home some two miles from town. He had been busy about some plants in the yard, and went to the barn to look after some matters there, and returned to the house, when he complained of a difficulty of breathing. He was subject to such spells, and the usual remedies were given and a doctor summoned, but Mr. Markward breathed his last before the physician arrived. His body was interred in the family cemetery Wednesday afternoon, a large circle of friends attending the last sad rites.

Mr. Markward was one of the older citizens of Lampasas, having come here many years ago. He was a native of Germany, but had become thoroughly Americanized. For many years he was in the mercantile business here, but retired some ten or more years ago, and had been devoting his attenton to his farming and ranching interests, until about a year ago when he again embarked in business, becoming one of the largest stockholders in the Lampasas Commercial Company.

Mr. Markward was widely known as a man of integrity and uprightness, and held his membership in the Lutheran church. His church having no organization here, he had affiliated in part with the Methodists, having been a teacher in the Bible class of the Sunday school at the Methodist church for several years. He has gone to his reward, and his friends know where to find him.


On the Death of a Sunday School Teacher.

At a meeting of the Sunday school of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, held in the Methodist church Nov. 22, 1903, the following testimonial of respect for the memory of Mr. John Markward, a teacher of the school, was ordered to be placed on the records of the school. It was also ordered that copies should be sent to the family of the deceased and furnished to the Lampasas Leader for publication:

It having pleased Almighty God to remove from this life Mr. John Markward, for many years a faithful and earnest teacher of this school, a gentleman eminent alike for rich biblical and historical knowledge, as well as for high attainment in all the graces of pure christianity and enlarged philanthropy:

Resolved, that we cherish a profound veneration for talents, virtues and services of our late teacher and friend.
Resolved, That we deeply mourn his untimely departure, and sincerely regret the loss of his faithful services as a colaborer in the Sunday school work, taking refuge in the thought, however, that after having ended his earthly strife he has at last joined the blessed society of the redeemed in Heaven.

Resolved, That we sincerely and deeply sympathize with the family and friends of the departd in their so unexpected and severe bereavement, and that we implore kind Providence to comfort them in this their hour of trial.
Resolved, That we unanimously join in the expression of our affectionate regard for one who so long as he has been here has led a blameless life, been pure and reverent in word and deed, and to the best of our knowledge and belief abstained from every wrong way. That we thank God for the example which he set before us, and pray that we may have grace, both as teachers and pupils, to follow it, that we may reach the same happy rest which we believe he has now entered.

Asking the Divine blessing upon the school and ourselves under this bereavement, the undersigned append their names in behalf of the school.
Mrs. W. F. Mace,
T. W. McKnight,
Will T. Renfro.

Family links: 
  Adelphia Florence White Markward (1861 - 1894)
  Nettie S. Copenhaver Markward (1844 - 1909)
  John Carl Markward (1883 - 1886)*
  Mary Ethel Markward Hickman (1886 - 1921)*
  Frances Martina Markward Hall (1889 - 1965)*
  Martin Forrest Markward (1891 - 1975)*
  Solan Lee Markward (1893 - 1894)*
*Calculated relationship
Markward-White Cemetery
Lampasas County
Texas, USA
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Originally Created by: Sue Lilley
Record added: Feb 04, 2011
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John Markward
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John Markward
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- Sue Lilley
 Added: Feb. 4, 2011

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