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Capt Wesley Markwood
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Birth: Apr. 7, 1825
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Jan. 16, 1913
Woodridge
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

There are many stories about this mans life. We may never the entire truth. Upon his demise, newspapers across the country ran articles about his life. Wesley often claimed to be the oldest native born inhabitant of the District of Columbia. And then there's the matter in Texas...Col. Samuel H. Walker was killed in the Mexican War at the battle of Huamatania in 1847, and was then buried in San Antonio. Captain Markwood claimed up until his death that he was in fact Colonel Sam Walker but he never revealed how he escaped or even survived. Later, while using his real name, he fought in several other wars for the United States. Reportedly he had earned a solid reputation as a scout and and a soldier under each name. Capt. Markwood was said to have enlisted, at the age of 12, for duty in the Creek (Indian) war. After he finished 'active duty' in the military many years later, he worked as a civilian for the Freedmans Bureau, the War Dept, and the Dept of Agriculture, among other departments. He was said by some sources to have had over 70 years of service for the U.S. Government when he finally retired. Others said 'not so much'.

According to the 1880 U.S. Census, in June of that year, he resided with his wife, 4 kids, his mother-in-law, and a servant in New Jersey where he held a job as Supt. of a soldiers cemetery.

His survivors included 2 daughters: Imogene Cooper and Nellie M. Miller, both of Washington, D.C. and his son William, parts unknown. His family had real estate holdings in what was known as the Woodridge section of N.E. Washington, D.C. Captain Markwood died at his daughters house in Washington, D.C.

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His grave remains unmarked. He is buried next to his wife, son, and daughter. No explanation from the cemetery as to why her marker says Markward in 2 places. Or why his son Henry P. is listed as being a Markward.

On the official cemetery records he is listed as Markwood while his death certificate says Markward.
 
 
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 Spouses:
  Ida Elizabeth Sauer Hendley (1852 - 1927)
  Ellen H. Markwood (1830 - 1901)*
 
 Children:
  Imogene M. Markwood Cooper (____ - 1916)*
  Henry P. Markward (1865 - 1895)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Congressional Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: 66/24
 
Created by: Fred Sanford
Record added: Oct 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78359916
Capt Wesley Markwood
Added by: Fred Sanford
 
Capt Wesley Markwood
Added by: Fred Sanford
 
Capt Wesley Markwood
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Added by: Janet Greentree
 
 
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