Rakes and Wells Family History

John Rakes, Jr[1]

Male 1803 - 1885  (81 years)


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  • Name John Rakes 
    Suffix Jr 
    Nickname Jackie 
    Born 16 Mar 1803  Buckingham County, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 7 Aug 1820  Washington County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Role: Family Member
    Tax Records 1828  Washington County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Tax Records 1829  Washington County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1 Jun 1830  Washington County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Role: Family Member
    Tax Records 1833  Washington County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation Abt 1838 
    Farmer 
    Residence Abt 1838  Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1 Jun 1840  Jefferson, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Tax Records 1841  Jefferson Township, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Property 20 Dec 1846  Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Property 26 Dec 1846  Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Role: Witness
    Census 25 Sep 1850  Jefferson Township, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Census 27 Jun 1860  Jefferson Township, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Military From 6 Aug 1863 to 25 Feb 1864  Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Census 20 Aug 1870  Jefferson Township, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Census 5 Jun 1880  Jefferson Township, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    • Role: Family Member
    Died 7 Mar 1885  Jefferson Township, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18
    Buried Aft 7 Mar 1885  Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Address:
    New Providence Cemetery 
    Biography 1910  Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • Role: Mentioned
    Name Jackie Rakes 
    Name John Jackson Rakes 
    Reference Number R1092 
    FamilySearch ID LH8C-244 
    _UID C7675008307B424186A8BAF4D2F5090868D0 
    Person ID I1086  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2017 

    Father John Rakes,   b. Abt 1775, Buckingham County, Virginia, British Colinial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1857, Marion County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Mother Nancy Saunders,   b. Abt 1785, Buckingham County, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1830 and 1840, Marion County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Married Abt 1802  Buckingham County, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Family ID F90  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margery Hill,   b. Abt 1814, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1880, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Marriage Bond 2 May 1831  Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [22, 23
    Married Aft 2 May 1831  Washington County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    Children 
     1. Sarah Ann Raikes,   b. 12 Jan 1832, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1906, Jefferson Township, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Mary Jane Raikes,   b. 15 Dec 1834, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1905, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. Nancy G. Raikes,   b. 15 Sep 1835, Marion County, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1906, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     4. Elizabeth Raikes,   b. 16 Sep 1837, Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1909, Jefferson Township, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     5. Amanda Raikes,   b. Abt 1840, Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Deceased
     6. Caroline Raikes,   b. Abt 1842, Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1942  (Age ~ 100 years)
     7. John Henry Raikes,   b. 13 Jun 1844, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1917, Wayne County, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     8. Eliza E. Raikes,   b. Mar 1846, Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1945  (Age ~ 98 years)
     9. George Washington Raikes,   b. Abt 1847, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1924  (Age ~ 77 years)
     10. Martha A. Raikes,   b. Abt 1849, Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1903, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
     11. Etta Orlena Raikes,   b. Abt 1853, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Deceased
     12. James H. Rakes,   b. Sep 1854, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1855, Putnam County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F759  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S934] AA: Conclusion - Name - Relationship, (Date posted to database 17 Feb 2015).
      Name:
      At some time John changed the spelling of his surname to Raikes. The earliest I can find John Rakes Jr is in the 1829 Washington County, KY tax records. I find John Raikes in the 1850 Census. John is shown as John Rakes Jr on his death information. I do not find any document that shows his name as John Jackson Rakes. I do not know where Jackson comes from it may be a nickname used early in his life to show a difference between him and his father.

      Relationship:
      John Rakes Jr is connected to John Rakes and Nancy Saunders by using his death information which shows that his father was John Rakes Sr and his mother was listed as Saunders.

    2. [S769] AA: Calculation, (Date posted to database 17 Feb 2015).
      age 10-15 1820 Kentucky Census
      age 20-29 1830 Kentucky Census
      age 30-39 1840 Kentucky Census
      age 47 1850 Indiana Census
      age 57 1860 Indiana Census
      age 67 1870 Indiana Census
      age 78 1880 Indiana Census
      age 82 at death of 7 March 1885

    3. [S622] Book: The John Rakes Families of Marion Co. KY (BK), Record type: Book, Page number: 5 , Person(s) of interest: John Rakes, (Date posted to database 26 Nov 2015); (Digital Image: Rakes, of Marion County Paul Tungate The.pdf); (Paper Copy: Personal Library of Roger W. Wells).
      Born 16 March 1803, Cemetery. record says 1808. 1803 —taken from 1850 census. Probably. in Buckingham Co., Va. New Providence Cem. records in Putnam Co. states he was born 16 Mar. 1808 Died 7 Mar. 1885, (I believe he was probably born about. 1803. The death records of Putnam Co., Indiana states he was 82 yrs. old and he died Mar. 7, 1885 in Belle Union, Jefferson Township, Putnam Co. In., His parents are John Rakes and ? Saunders. Native of Virginia. If he was 82 yrs. at death, he was born 1803 and I believe the death and census record is correct.

    4. [S492] KY: Washington County, 1820 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (CN), Not Specified, Washington, Page Number 9, Image 9, Household of John Rakes, (posted to db on 17 October 2012); (Digital: Image V800_003).
      Name: John Bakes
      Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Washington, Kentucky
      Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 5 [<--Reuben]
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 3 [<--John Jr, Hezekiah, Wilson Penn]
      Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1 [<-- John]
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1 [<-- Martha]
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1 [<-- Elizabeth]
      Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1 [<-- Nancy]
      Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 4
      All Other Persons Except Indians not Taxed: 11
      Free White Persons - Under 16: 10
      Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
      Total Free White Persons: 12
      Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 23

      Recorded by Wm Brothers Ass't Marshall.

      Name: John Bakes, [John Rakes] , [John Bates] , Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Washington, Kentucky, Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820, Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 5, Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 3, Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1, Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1, Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1, Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1, Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 4, All Other Persons Except Indians not Taxed: 11, Free White Persons - Under 16: 10, Free White Persons - Over 25: 2, Total Free White Persons: 12, Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 23

      [This census is important in calculating the death of Nancy. It shows the oldest female age 45+ (Nancy) and a younger daughter 10-15 (Elizabeth).

    5. [S898] KY: Washington County, Tax Records, Record type: Tax Records, Washington County, State of: Kentucky, Year: 1816, Film #: MIC6331, Page number(s): 64, Person(s) of interest: Rakes, (Date posted to database 24 Nov 2014).
      John Rakes Jr 200 1--1 ~ 50

    6. [S898] KY: Washington County, Tax Records, Record type: Tax Records, Washington County, State of: Kentucky, Year: 1816, Film #: MIC6331, Page number(s): 69, Person(s) of interest: Rackes, (Date posted to database 24 Nov 2014).
      John Rackes Jr 1

    7. [S494] KY: Washington County, 1830 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (CN), Not Stated, Page Number 176, Image 95-96, Line Number 3, Household of John Rakes, (posted to db on 17 October 2012).
      Name: John Rakes
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Washington, Kentucky
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 3 [<--Reuben]
      Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1 [Hezekiah]
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 [<-- John Jr]
      Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1 [<-- John]
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1 [<-- Mary]
      Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1 [<-- Martha Ann]
      Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1 [<-- Elizabeth]
      Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1 [<-- Nancy]
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 7
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
      Total Free White Persons: 11
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 11

      [This shows the oldest female 40-49 (Nancy) and younger daughter 20-29 (Elizabeth).]

    8. [S898] KY: Washington County, Tax Records, Record type: Tax Records, Washington County, State of: Kentucky, Year: 1816, Film #: MIC6331, Page number(s): 71, Person(s) of interest: Rakes, (Date posted to database 24 Nov 2014).
      John Rakes Jr 100 South Fork 1--3 ~ 2 300

    9. [S692] IN: Putnam County, 1840 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (CN), Record type: Census 1840, Jurisdiction: Putnam County, Page number: 718 Image 11, Line number(s): 10, Household of John Rakes, (Date posted to database 18 Feb 2015).
      Name: John Rakes, Males 30 to under 40: 1, Females under 5: 2, Females 5 to under 10: 3, Females 20 to under 30: 1

    10. [S914] IN: Indiana Deed Records, 1848-1849, Record type: Deed, Film #: FHL# 1315558, Putnam County, State of: Indiana, Volume: M, Page number(s): 443, Date recorded: 1846/1847, Person(s) of interest: John Rakes To Hezekiah, (Date posted to database 20 Dec 2014); (Digital Image: Rakes, John to Hezekiah.pdf).
      This deed is between John Rakes and his wife Marda and Hezekiah Rakes. John is selling Hezekiah property for $400.

      20 Dec., 1846, John Rakes and Marda, his wife of Putnam Co. to Hezekiah Rakes of Putnam Co. for $400, NE ¼ SE ¼ Sec. 9, Twp. 13 N, Range 3W (Putnam Co., IN Deed Book M, Pg 443)

    11. [S914] IN: Indiana Deed Records, 1848-1849, Record type: Deed, Film #: FHL# 1315558, Putnam County, State of: Indiana, Volume: M, Page number(s): 444, Date recorded: 1846/1847, Person(s) of interest: Hezekiah Rakes To John, (Date posted to database 20 Dec 2014); (Digital Image: Rakes, Hezekiah to John.pdf).
      This deed is between Hezekiah Rakes and his wife Elizabeth and John Rakes. Hezekiah is selling John property for $400.

      26 Dec. 1846, Hezekiah Rakes of Putnam Co. to John Rakes of Putnam Co. for $400, SE ¼ of SE 1/4 Sec. 9, Twp. 13N, R 3W (Putnam Co., IN Deed Book M, Pg 444)

    12. [S693] IN: Putnam County, 1850 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (CN), Jefferson, Image 21, Household Number 156, Household of John Raikes, (posted to db on 5 March 2013).
      John Raikes, Age 47, Sex M, Race W, Occupation farmer, POB Virginia
      Margery Raikes, Age 36, Sex F, Race W, POB Kentucky
      Sarah A Raikes, Age 18, Sex F, Race W, POB Kentucky
      Mary J Raikes, Age 18, Sex F, Race W, POB Kentucky
      Nance Raikes, Age 15, Sex F, Race W, POB Kentucky
      Elizabeth Raikes, Age 12, Sex F, Race W, POB Indiana
      Amanda Raikes, Age 10, Sex F, Race W, POB Indiana
      Caraline Raikes, Age 8, Sex F, Race W, POB Indiana
      John H C Raikes, Age 6, Sex M, Race W, POB Indiana
      Eliza E Raikes, Age 5, Sex F, Race W, POB Indiana
      George W Raikes, Age 3, Sex M, Race W, POB Indiana
      Martha A Raikes, Age 1, Sex F, Race W, POB Indiana

    13. [S694] IN: Putnam County, 1860 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (CN), Jefferson Township, Page 22, Household of Jno Raikes, (posted to db on 6 March 2013).
      Jno Raikes, Age 57, Sex M, Race W, POB Virginia
      Margery ? Raikes, Age 47, Sex F, Race W, POB Kentucky
      Amanda Raikes, Age 20, Sex W, Race W, POB Indiana
      John Henry Raikes, Age ??, Sex M, Race W, Occupation farm laborer, POB Indiana
      Ellen Raikes, Age ?? , Sex F, Race W, POB Indiana
      Geo W Raikes, Age 12, Sex M, Race W, POB Indiana
      Marthe A Raikes, Age 9, Sex F, Race W, POB Indiana
      Orlena Raikes, Age 6, Sex F, Race W, POB Indiana

    14. [S515] USA: Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 (JP), Putnam County, Person(s) of Interest John Rakes, (Date posted to database 22 May 2015).
      Name: John Rakes Residence: Putnam County, Indiana Enlistment Date: 6 Aug 1863 Side Served: Union State Served: Indiana Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 6 August 1863. Enlisted in Company H, 115th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 6 Aug 1863. Mustered Out Company H, 115th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 25 Feb 1864 at Indianapolis, IN. Sources: 76,250

    15. [S695] IN: Putnam County, 1870 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (CN), Jefferson Township, Page 22, Household of John Rakes, (posted to db on 6 March 2013).
      John Rakes, Age 67, Sex M, Race W, Occupation farmer, POB Virginia
      Margrett [Margery] Rakes, Age 56, Sex F, Race W, Occupation keeping house, POB Kentucky
      George Rakes, Age 22, Sex M, Race W, POB Indiana
      Orlena Rakes, Age 16, Sex F, Race W, POB Indiana

    16. [S696] IN: Putnam County, 1880 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (CN), Jefferson Township, Image 7, Household Number 54, Household of George Rakes, (posted to db on 6 March 2013).
      George Rakes, Sex M, Race W, Age 36, head, Martial status M 1 Year, Occupation farmer, POB Indiana, FPOB Virginia, MPOB Kentucky
      Nancy Rakes, Sex F, Race W, Age 25, wife, Martial status M, Occupation keeping house, POB Indiana, FPOB Kentucky, MPOB Virginia
      Mollie Rakes, Sex F, Race W, Age 7, daughter, Martial status S, POB Indiana, FPOB Indiana, MPOB Indiana
      William O Rakes, Sex M, Race W, Age 5, son, Martial status S, POB Indiana, FPOB Indiana, MPOB Indiana
      John Rakes, Sex M, Race W, Age 78, father, Martial status M, Occupation retired, POB Virginia, FPOB England, MPOB Ireland
      Margia [Margery] Rakes, Sex F, Race W, Age 68, mother, Martial status M, Occupation retired, POB Kentucky, FPOB Virginia, MPOB Virginia
      Hiram Hurst, Sex M, Race W, Age 17, Occupation farm hand, POB Indiana, FPOB Indiana, MPOB Indiana

    17. [S529] IN: Putnam County, Births, Deaths, 1882-1957 (VR), Putnam County, Year Filed 1885, Book A, Page 98, Person(s) of Interest John Rakes Jr., (posted to db on 2000); (Digital Image: V058_064; Rakes, John Jr Death.pdf); (Paper Copy: C001).
      Certificate of Death issued by Putnam County Board of Health:
      This is to Certify That our Records Show John Rakes, Jr, died March 7, 1885 at Jefferson Twp., Putnam County, Indiana. Age at death 82, sex Male, color White, married. Primary cause of death old age and heart failure. Certified by E. Hawkins, MD, Belle Union, Ind. Place of burial or removal Not Given, Date of Burial Not Given, Record filed March 12, 1885, Book No A page No 98. Signed by Health Commissioner Dated December 5, 1979.

      Father: John Rakes, Sr. - B/P-Virginia
      Mother: ??? Saunders-B/P-Not available
      John Rakes, JR.-B/P-Virginia
      Occupation: Farmer

      Transcription from original record found in film 840216: Book A, page 98-99, Record # 27. Record of Returns of Deaths Putnam County, Indiana.

      John Rakes Jr, Male, White, 82, Farmer, DOD Mar 7, 1885, Married, Native, VA, Duration of Illness 52 weeks, POD Jeff [Jefferson] Twsp [Township], cause of death Old Age heart failure, Father John Rakes Sr, VA, Mother Saunders, Medical Attendant E. Hawkins of Belle Union IN.

      In the actual record there is no ?? or other marks by the mother; only her surname of Saunders

    18. [S623] IN: Indiana Death Index 1882-1920 (VR), Issued by Putnam County, Year Issued 1885, Certificate Number (Book H-1, Page 98), Person(s) of Interest John Rakes, (posted to db on 2 March 2013).
      Name: John Rakes, Date: 7 Mar 1885, LOCATION: Jefferson Township, Age: 82 yr, Gender: Male, Race: White, Source Location: County Health Office, Greencastle, Source Notes: The source of this record is the book H-1 on page 98 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration.

    19. [S1029] IN: Putnam County, Cemfeteries Listed by Township, (Jefferson Township, New Porvidence/Providence, Date posted to database 26 Nov 2015); (Digital Image: Putnam County, Indiana, Jefferson Township Cemetery Listing.pdf).
      E/W: N 7, N/S: 5, Surname: Rakes, First Name: John, Other Inscriptions: Birth: Mar 16 1804, Death: 7 Mar 1885, Age: 81y 11m 21d

      I suspect that the date of birth comes from a calculation using the death date and the age at death. In using date calculator programs the date calculation for the birth date is 14 Mar 1803 or 17 Mar 1803 depending on how the subtraction is done.

    20. [S861] Book: Weik's Hisrtory of Putnam County, Indiana (BK), Page Number 666-668, Person(s) of Interest John H. Meek, (posted to db on 22 July 2014).
      The record of the gentleman whose name forms the caption to this biographical review is that of a man who has worked his way from modest beginnings to a place of influence and comparative independence, his life having been one of unceasing industry and perseverance, and the notably systematic and honorable methods he has employed have won him the unbounded confidence and regard of those with whom he has come in contact John IL Meek was born in the central part of the state of Missouri in 1856. and is the son of Abraham and Sarah Ann (Rakes) Meek. Abraham Meek was born September 1 1831 in Morgan county. Indiana, and was the son of fames and Samvra (Staiev) Meek. His father died when he was but four years of age. and he inherited a tract of land in Mill Creek township, Putnam County. On attaining mature years he married and then lived on this land until 1862. He then sold the farm and moved to near Bedford, Iowa, where he ran a stage line and operated a hotel. Subsequently they moved to Missouri, but a year later they returned to Indiana. In 1862 they again went to Iowa, where they remained a year or two, and then returned to Putnam county, locating in Jefferson township, where they spent the remainder of their lives, the mother dying on March 12. 1906, and the father on June 3. 1909. Fie was a man of prominence in the community and served as justice of the peace. Abraham Meek was married in 1848 to Sarah Ann Rakes, a daughter of John and Marjorie Rakes. She was born in Kentucky and in her young girlhood was brought to Indiana by her parents, who bought land in section 9. Jefferson township. Putnam county. At that time the young lady planted a Cottonwood tree, which is still standing and which is now sixteen feet in circumference. Only about four acres of land had been cleared on this land, but the father went to work with a will and eventually developed a tine farm, and there he and his wife spent their remaining years. The father was a radical Republican in political faith and stood high in the esteem of those who knew him.

      John H. Meek was reared on a farm and accompanied his parents in their several removals, finally locating in Putnam county. where he has spent his active years. He secured a fair education in the common schools and has always followed the pursuit of agriculture. At the time of his marriage, in 1878. he and his wife established their home where he now lives, his real estate then amounting to twenty-seven and a half acres, on which was a small pioneer home. This humble building was subsequently remodeled into a very comfortable home, which served the family as a residence until February 1. 1906, when it was totally destroyed by fire, causing a serious loss. However, on the 14th of the following May the family moved into a new home which had been erected on the ashes of the old, the present home being very comfortable and attractive. Mr. Meek's present farm comprises two hundred acres of splendid, fertile land, practically all of which is under cultivation and well improved in every respect. All Mr. Meek has is the result of his own efforts and he is eminently deserving of the success which has crowned his efforts. Besides a general line of farming, he has run a threshing machine, been a dealer in and shipper of livestock, and owned a sawmill, and in each of these line* he was successful. He possesses good business ability and sound judgment and is practical and methodical in all his operations.

      On October 13. 1878, Mr. Meek married Alice Lewis, a daughter of Gaskin and Margaret (Brinton) Lewis. She was born on the farm which she now lives, her father having been a native of Ohio and her mother of Kentucky. Her paternal grandfather was James Lewis, an early pioneer of this section of the state, while her maternal grandparents were Bryant and Mary ( Tharp) Brinton, who came here in an early day and entered a quarter section of land lying in sections 9 and 10. Jefferson township. Gaskin Lewis followed farming, and was also a successful school teacher, having also served as assessor of Jefferson township. He died in 1872. being survived a number of years by his widow, whose death occurred in June. 1897. To Mr. and Mrs. Meek have been born five children, namelv: Ora Everett, who m lives on the home place, married Marie Farmer; Elsie Jane is the wife of Harrison Hunter, of Marion township, and they have two children. Helen Irene and Harold Harrison: Margaret Ann. Emma Opal and Wilfred Claude.

      Politically Mr. Meek is a stanch Republican and has taken an active interest in the success of the party in local elections, having served for twelve years as chairman of the township committee. Fie has also served as township assessor. Fraternally he is a Freemason, belonging to the blue lodge at Cloverdale. Mr. Meek has taken an intelligent interest in the welfare of the community and gives his unreserved support to every movement that promises to benefit the community along moral, educational or material lines. Genial and courteous in his relations with his fellow men. he enjoys a large circle of warm friends, who esteem him for his personal worth.

    21. [S997] AA: Conclusion - Marriage, (Date posted to database 3 Sep 2015).
      The following document(s) are used for the conclusion that John Rakes and Nancy Saunders were married about 1802 in Buckingham County, Virginia, United States.

      The marriage is documented in the Chancery Court case which started in Oct 1830 and ended 1850. The court records document that Nancy Saunders the daughter of Zach Saunders and Jane Radford married John Rakes. This court document does not give a date or place of marriage.

      Marriage Date:
      I have set the marriage date between John Rakes and Nancy Saunders as about 1802. This calculation is based on them being married 1 year prior to the birth of their first child, John Rakes Jr who's date of birth is found on his death record as 16 March 1803.

      Marriage Location:
      The parents of John and Nancy were living in Buckingham County, Virginia, United States and I list this as the place of marriage. The parents of both John, William Rakes, and Nancy, Zachariah Sanders, are listed in the 1783 tax records of Buckingham County, Virginia during this time period.

      There are some who think John Rakes was married more than once. In my looking at all of the documents that I have I do not see and indication of multi marriages. There is a gap in the birth of children but this could be just the fact that we do not know the birth dates of most of the children. It could be because of his service in the war of 1812 and his move to Kentucky. The change of age of the oldest female in the 1840 census is from Nancy's death and the oldest female then being his oldest daughter, Elizabeth, who is still at home.

      If the parents of John Rakes Jr, the oldest son, were John and Nancy and the parents of Mary Rakes the, youngest daughter, then John and Nancy would have to separate and then marry again.

    22. [S530] KY: Washington County Marriages, Washington County, Year Filed 1831, Certificate Number Bond, Person(s) of Interest John Rakes and Marda Hill, (posted to db on 2000)  (Paper Copy: C014); (Digital Image: Rakes, John and Hill, Marda Marriage Bond); (Paper Copy: C014).
      That we John Rakes and William Adams are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds, which payment well and truly to be made, we bind out selves, our heirs, & jointly, severally and firmly by these presents signed with our hands, and sealed with our seals, and dated this 2nd day of May 1831.

      Wheras there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound John Rakes and Marda Hill for which a license has this day issued, now, the condition of the above obligation, is such, that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, other wise to remain in full force and virtue in law.

      Witness, John his mark Rakes Seal
      William his mark Adams Seal

    23. [S813] Book: Washington County marriage records, 1826-1835, Issued by: Washington County, Year Issued: 1831, Certificate Number: Book 2 page 284, Person(s) of Interest: Rakes, John and Marda Hill, (posted to db on 10 February 2014).
      Rakes, John: bond given 5-2-1831 to marry Marda Hill, surety William Adams, Bk. IIp 284: consent filed 5-2-1831 by her father Rubin Hill, witness Willium Adams

    24. [S812] Book: Washington County marriage records, 1792-1878, Issued by: Washington County, Year Issued: 1831, Person(s) of Interest: John Rakes and Maria Hill, (posted to db on 10 February 2014).
      Rakes, John, Maria [Margery] Hill bond William Adams, Book 2 - 284



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