The Markells at 518 First Street, c.1900 - 1917

Articles from NY State Historical Newspapers.
In Brooklyn

Presbyterians Dine at the Clarendon Hotel ... Jacob Markell
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Oct. 11, 1887, page 1
Clarendon Hotel was where Cadman Plaza now is in Brooklyn

Greene Avenue Presbyterian Church ... Elder Jacob Markell
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Jan. 18, 1888, page 4
957-63 Greene Ave, Brooklyn near Patchen Ave. Church organized 1874.
This is 0.6 mile walk from his home at 184 Van Buren St.

Jacob's mother-in-Law dies, July 17, 1895
Judd--On Wednesday, July 17, ELLEN, widow of the late Walter L. Judd. Funeral services at the residence of her son-in-law,
Mr. Jacob Markell, 184 Van Buren st, Saturday, July 20, at 4 P.M. [Bed-Stuy]
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Jul. 18, 1895, page 7
Today's Zillow Listing

Jacob and Emma exchange properties near their home (their house was near Sumner Ave):

- Markell, Emma J. and J, to Susanna Dames, Van Buren st, near Sumner av [now Marcus Garvey Blvd.] ... $4,000

- Lowens, Lulu J. and F H, to Emma J Markell, Van Buren st, near Sumner av ... $1,300

- Van Buren st. s s, 150 ft e Sumner av, 20x100, h&l, Emma J, wife Jacob Markell to Lulu J, wife Fredk H Lowerre,
  mort $4,000  ... 7,800 [this appears to be the house west of 184 Van Buren St.]

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle: March 30, 1897, page 12

Bethany's New Church: the cornerstone for the brick extension was laid.
Jacob Markell is an Elder there.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle: June 25, 1899, page 7
The church is now the Bethany Baptist Church at 460 Marcus Garvey Blvd. 0.7 miles from his house

In Greenport

From full text of History of Long Island: from its earliest settlement to the present time

The store established by Mr. Bailey, on Front street, is one of the principal concerns of Greenport in the stove, hardware, furniture and general mercantile trade. His personal reputation is high in the community, and throughout his mercantile career he has enjoyed the peculiar confidence and respect of the public. In August, 1901, he disposed of an interest in his business to Jacob Markell, and the firm name of Markell & Company was thereupon adopted.

N.B. The most logical location for the store is the southeast coner of Front and Main. The entrance is on the corner and faces both streets. And that would be about the location where 22 would have been in the old street numbering system.

The County Review (Riverhead, NY): Sept. 23, 1904, page 5

Riverhead County Review 1904 09 23 p5

A Building on the Champion estate at Greenport, and used by Markell & Co. for storing kerosene and empty oil barrels was consumed by fire one day last week. The building was valued at $300. As Engine No. 1. was going to the fire, Capt. James M. Monsell, who had hold of the tiller, was caught in a rope and fell directly in front of the wheel, which pushed him some distance. He escaped with slight injuries, but if the wheel had gone over him it would have cut his body in two.

If the store was on Front St, it moved to 22 Main St. Today the furthest out address is 102 Main St, now used by Preston's and Fortino's Tavern. Crabby Jerry's uses Claudio's address.

Ads for the hardware store started running in March 1906. Initially always on page one. The ads continued weekly through November 1910. That may have been when Jacob Markell became ill. We see that the store got a telephone during 1906.

The Suffolk Weekly Times: March 24, 1906
Suffolk Weekly Times 1906 03 24 p1
The Suffolk Weekly Times: Oct. 20, 1906
Suffolk Weekly Times 1906 10 20 p1

The Suffolk Weekly Times: Nov. 30, 1907
Suffolk Weekly Times 1907 11 30 p1

The Suffolk Weekly Times: Feb. 19, 1910
Suffolk Weekly Times 1910 02 19 p8


MARKELL - At Greenport, L.I., Friday January 1, 1915, Jacob MARKELL. He leaves his wife, Emma JUDD MARKELL. -Interment took place at Rochester, Monday, January 4, 1915.

Suffolk Weekly Times: January 9, 1915, page 5

Suffolk Weekly Times 1915 01 09 p5

Markell.—Jacob Markell, one of Greenport's best known citizens, and for many years one of our most highest respected business men, died at his hime on First street on New Years' Day after quite a long illness. The funeral services were conducted at the home, and interment took place in Rochester, N.Y., where the family at one times resided. There survive him, a widow, one son, William Markell, and a daughter, Miss Ada Markell.

Brooklyn Times Union: Jan. 12, 1915

Times Union Brooklyn 1915 01 12

The will of Jacob Markell, late of Greenport, leaves an estate valued at $5,000 to his widow, Emma J. Markell.

Riverhead County Review: Jan. 15, 1915, page 1

Riverhead County Review 1915 01 15 p01

The will of Jacob Markell, of Greenport gives an estate valued at $5,000 to his widow, Emma J. Markell.

The Suffolk Weekly Times: January 23, 1915, page 7

Suffolk Weekly Times 1915 01 23 p7


In pursuance of an order of William G. Nicoll Surrogate of the County of Suffolk: Notice is herby given, according to law, to all persons having claims against Jacob Markell, late of the town of Southold, deceased, that they are required to exhibit the same, with the vouchers thereof, to the subsciber, Emma J. Markell, at here residence in the Village of Greenport, N.Y., on or before the 19th day of July, 1915.
Dated January 16, 1915
EMMA J. MARKELL, Executrix.
CHARLES R. LYON, Attorney for Executrix.

The Suffolk Weekly Times: Sept. 17, 1915, page 8
The Markells take a trip

Suffolk Weekly Times 1915 09 17 p8

Mrs. Jacob Markell and daughter, Miss Ada Markell, left Tuesday for Pocono Summit, Penn., where they expect to spend several weeks.

The Suffolk Weekly Times: Nov. 3, 1916, page 1
Emma Markell dies

Suffolk Weekly Times 1916 11 03 p1

Markell—On Tuesday, Oct. 31st Emma J. Markell, wife of the late Jacob Markell. Funeral services will be held at her late residence on First street, Friday, November 3rd, at half-past one p.m. Interment at Rochester, N.Y.

The Suffolk Weekly Times: April 6, 1917 The Suffolk Weekly Times: April 13, 1917

Suffolk Weekly Times 1917 04 13 p8

Miss Markell of 518 First street is disposing of household furnishings at private sale.

The Suffolk Weekly Times: Apr. 27, 1917, page 8
The house is sold.

Suffolk Weekly Times 1917 04 27 p8

Assistant Postmaster John J. Sherwood has taken possession of the residence on First street owned by Mr. William Markell and Miss Ada Markell, and expects to move into it in a few days. Mr. Sherwood contracted to buy the property several weeks ago and is now making interior improvements including the installation of electric lights by Court Hammond.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle: July 30, 1917
So Emma is a second wife of Jacob's.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle 1917 07 30

The estate of Emma J. Markell has a gross value of $8,739.34; net, $7,995.70; of which Ada D. Markell, stepdaughter, receives $7,795.70; the tax is $389.78.

The County Review (Riverhead, NY): Aug. 3, 1917, page 1

Riverhead County Review 1917 08 03 p1

The gross value of the estate of the late Emma J. Markell, of Greenport, is $8,739.34, and the tax has been fixed at $389.78. Of the net estate, valued at $7,995.70, William B. Markell, stepson of Montclair, N.J., receives $200, and Ada D. Markell, step-daughter, the remainder.