I forgot you'd asked about Jacob Markley....here is info I have gathered:
He was an early settler in Bebbers Township.His parents were Abraham Merkle and Anna Veronika.In 1725 he signed his name Jacob Marckley to the petition to the court of Quarter Sessions of Philadelphia County, requesting that a township be regularly laid out covering this district and be given the name of Skippack and Perkiomen. He was naturalize Sept. 24, 1753.He was Esquire, Major in the First Battalion. (Info from The Penn. German Soc. book on Phildelphia Co. pg 280)
The old Lutheran Family Bible of the Markleys was printed in Nuremberg, 1725.It contains a lengthy family record written by Jacob Markley, the original owner, Philip Markley, his son, and George Boyer, a later descendant.The earliest record [from The Strassburger Genealogy] says Jacob Markley was joined in Holy Matrimony to Barbara DODDERER [dau. of George Philip Dodderer] on the 13th day of February, Anno Domini 1722, and they begat the following children, to wit: (*info from the Dotterer Manuscripts, Notes, Volume XII, page 3.)
He was a twin to Isaac who died in infancy.He came to Pennsylvania as a young man and settled in the Skippack region, where he met Barbara the daughter of George Philip and Veronica Dotterer/Dodderer.
In 1734, he is reported as a taxable of Perkiomen and Skippack township owning 200 acres and on January 13, 1732/3 he paid quitrent on 382 acres of land in Bebbers Twn to the amount of l pound 12. 3.In the census taken June 5, 1756 of Parkiomen and Shippaake township appears the name Jacob Marcly, housekeeper; occupation, farmer, four children under 21; acres owned 150-50 acres cleared, 15 acres sowed with corn, 1 hore, 3 horned cattle.
Jacob and his family attended the Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe whose Pastor was Henry Melcior Muhlenberg, founder of the Lutheran Church in America.His eldest son, John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, who became rector of Zion's and St. Paul's Church in New Jesey.He was stationed in Virginia, when the Rev. War broke.At Woodstock, he preached his powerful sermon on the sacred character of the struggle in which the colonies were engaged.At the conclusion of the sermon he said:"That it was the language of the Holy Writ there was a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times had passed and there was a time to fight and that time had now come."Pronouncing the benediction, he deliberately put off his gown and stood before his people clad in the uniform of a Continental officer.He rose to the rank of Brigadier General of the Army.
Jacob Markley subscribed to the qualifications and was naturalized September 24,
1753, thus becoming a full citizen of Pennsylvania.As he had conscientious
scruples against taking an oath, he is named as a Quaker and therefore merely
affirmed the terms of naturalization.Both he and his family were members of
Augustus Evangelical Lutheran Church at New Providence (Trappe), where we find
the following entried on the church book:
"Anna Barbara Merckle, daughter of Jacob, born October 6, 1746; baptized
March 29, 1747; godparents, Abraham Merckle and wife.
"April 7, 1751, in Providence was confirmed:Veronica Merckelin, Jacob
Merckels daughter, 19 years old.She can read a little.
"June 1, 1760, was confirmed Nella, Jacob Merckels daughter, 17 years old.
"In the year 1770 was confirmed:Hanna Mercklin, Jacobs daughter, 18.
"1751, April 30, Georg Schwenck and Veronica Merckelin, Jacob Merckels
daughter were married.
"Jacob Merckel and wife Barbara were sponsors for Jacob, son of Jurg
Schwenck and wife Euphronica, born 7th June, baptized 3rd August, 1755."
Jacob was chosen by the citizens of Philadelphia County as Esquire, Major at the age of 76 in the First Battalion which included Perkiomen and Skippack townships.Colonel Heisters Regiment was ordered to Swede's Ford, on duty, but the Revolutionary rolls, as they appear in the Pennsylvania Archives, do not again mention Jacob although he was known as major Markley the rest of his life.He was 84 when he died.
He may have been born in Bonfeld, Germany.
MARKLEY, JACOB. Skippack.
June 19, 1779. January 24, 1785. 1.19
To wife Barbara, bed, bedstead and bedding, pewter and earthen ware as she shall judge necessary, table, two chairs, two iron pots, teakettle and teatackling, towel, our present lodging room and kitchen for her use and the yearly interest of 150 pds. Son in law Jacob Brutzman to farm plantation as now for the third bushel. At death of wife plantation to be sold. To my daughter Eleanor, wife of Tobias Boganer, 5 shillings. All money to be divided into 11 equal shares. One share each to sons: Abraham, Philip and Isaac. One to 5 children of my daughter Zornica. One to daughter Christiana, wife of William Antis. One to daughter Elizabeth Benner. One to daughter Barbarah, wife of John Smith. One to daughter Rebekah, wife of Frederick Isaac. One to daughter Hannah, wife of Jacob Brutzman. One to daughter Catherine, and one to my two sons Abraham and Isaac for the use of my daughter Eleanor.
Execs: Sons Abraham and Isaac.
Wit: William Penebacer, Jacob Markley (cord wainer).