Petersburg Observer July 12, 1940
Mrs. Markwell Dies in Kansas at Eighty-Two
Word has been received here by relatives of the death on June 29, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Edith Donoho of Kanardo, Kansas of Mrs. Martha Markwell, formerly of this city.
Mrs. Markwell was born November 28, 1857, near Petersburg the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Ennis. She lived with her parents and grew to womanhood in Menard County attending the public school near her home.
She was first married to Jacob McGary in Petersburg and to them one child was born, Mrs. Iona Cook of Ringham, Kansas. Mr. McGary died a few years later and several years afterward she was married to John A. Markwell, likewise of this city. To this union seven children were born. One son, Loyal died at the age of three years and one daughter Mrs. Roy Read, died on April 27, of this year. The surviving children are: Loren Markwell of Pratt, Kansas; Mrs. Edith Donoho, Kanardo, Kansas; Mahlon Markwell, Long Island, Kansas; Mrs. Cyrus Day of Ruleton, Kansas and Ralph Markwell of Kingham, Kansas. Mr. Markwell preceded her in death on March 31, 1917.
Mrs. Markwell with her husband and family left Petersburg in 1887 going to Kingham County, Kansas and settling in the Cleveland community. There several of their children were born and all grew up in that community. Following the death of Mrs. Markwell's husband she returned to Illinois where she spent several years taking care of her aged mother. Following Mrs. Ennis' death, she returned to Kingman where she lived with her children spending the greater part of the time at the home of Mrs. Donoho. Mrs. Markwell was always interested in her family and her friends and gave a great deal of time to the work of her church and her community. She is survived by the six children named above, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and three brother: I.S. Ennis and George Ennis of Petersburg, and Seba Ennis of Houston, Texas, besides a large number of more distant relatives and a great man friends.
Funeral services were held at the Gospel Hall at Kanardo, Kansas on July 1, conducted by Rev. John Walden and Rev. M.E. Markwell. This service was followed by a second served at the Cleveland Methodist church with Rev. Markwell in charge assisted by Rev. Pettit of Kingman. Burial was in Cleveland Cemetery.