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Markleville, Indiana
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Location of Markleville in Madison County, Indiana.
Location of Markleville in Madison County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Madison
Township Adams
 • Total 0.56 sq mi (1.44 km2)
 • Land 0.56 sq mi (1.44 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
951 ft (290 m)
 • Total 484
 • Density 868.94/sq mi (335.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-47178
GNIS feature ID 0438628

Markleville is a town in Adams Township, Madison County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Anderson, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 528 at the 2010 census.

Markleville from the air, looking west


Markleville is located at 39°58′46″N 85°37′2″W / 39.97944°N 85.61722°W / 39.97944; -85.61722 (39.979501, -85.617273).

According to the 2010 census, Markleville has a total area of 0.56 square miles (1.45 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 83
1880 112 34.9%
1930 251
1940 266 6.0%
1950 314 18.0%
1960 402 28.0%
1970 457 13.7%
1980 427 −6.6%
1990 412 −3.5%
2000 383 −7.0%
2010 528 37.9%
2020 484 −8.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 528 people, 196 households, and 142 families living in the town. The population density was 942.9 inhabitants per square mile (364.1/km2). There were 210 housing units at an average density of 375.0 per square mile (144.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 196 households, of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.6% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.15.

The median age in the town was 35.7 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.3% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 13.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.


Markleville was laid out by John Markle in 1852, and named after him. It was incorporated as a town in 1912.

The site of the Fall Creek Massacre, chronicled by Jessamyn West in her novel Massacre at Fall Creek, is located about a mile from Markleville. An historical marker located just east of Markleville on State Road 38 tells the story of the massacre. In 1824, four men named Hudson, Sawyer, John T. Bridge, Sr. and John Bridge, Jr. were tried and sentenced to death for the murders of eight members of a small group of Seneca Indians, including women and children.

All were publicly hanged except for 18-year-old John Bridge, Jr., who was pardoned on the gallows in person by Indiana Governor J. Brown Ray because of his age. This was the first time in U.S. history that white men were subjected to capital punishment for the murder of Native Americans.

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