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Walden family and the Rev. Edian Markham
Molly Walden Markham, born 20 August 1857, daughter of Squire Walden of Northampton County, N.C., met the Reverend Edian Markham while he was on a missionary tour of Rich Square and married him in her parents' home. Reverend Markham founded the St. Joseph African Methodist Episcopal Church [NCAAHGS IV, no.4:36]. Their son William Benjamin Markum published a booklet about his father and the founding of the church. The booklet contains a photo of Molly and her three children: William Benjamin, Maggie, and Robert [Markum, The Life of a Great Man, 26-7; http://www.hayti.org]. They were counted in the 1900 North Carolina census. It appears that Edian Markham was born Edian Spelman. The Edian Markham family had in its possession the freedom certificate for Edian Spelman issued by the Pasquotank County, North Carolina court (now in the St. Joseph's Church archives) certifying that he had been born free. Edian's son said that his father was born in Elizabeth City [Kennedy, Brief History of St. Joseph's A.M.E. Church (1976)]. Anthony Spellman, born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was living in James City on 30 May 1874 when he opened an account with the Freedman's Bank and listed Eden Markham as his brother [United States Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874, New Bern; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NSY2-1XC, accessed 21 November 2015]. Edian Spelman (about 7 years old) and Anthony Spelman (about 5 years old), sons of Mahala Spelman, "a free person of color," were bound as apprentices in Pasquotank County to William Markham on 5 March 1839 [North Carolina Apprentice bonds and records, 1716-1921, Pasquotank County, G-Misc., https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/766317].
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