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  • ID: I621737153
  • Name: Elisha RAKES
  • Given Name: Elisha
  • Surname: Rakes
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Abt 1775 in Virginia
  • Death: Bef 13 Nov 1852 in Virginia
  • Note:
    Page: 1
    Date: Tue. 06 Mar 2001 23:37:41 -0800
    From: Calvin Rakes
    To: jemeyer@,
    Subject: Re: elisha rakes
    I'll send two emails, the first will just tell a few things we h
    gleaned about Elisha and the second will have an attachment wit
    h his
    children and ancestors, well at least the ones we know about.
    Insofar as I know, no one has gone back to the actual deed boo
    k and
    read what I found some years ago. About 1975 during the summer
    , I
    spent a few days touring around the courthouses of Virginia wher
    e there were
    Rakes. One of them happened to be Floyd County where I spent per
    haps 3
    or 4 hours. Here is verbatim what was written in my notebook a
    t the time:
    Deed Book 25 November 1834
    Elisha Rakes and his wife Agness of Franklin County
    Reuben Rakes of Floyd of second part
    Land for $1 to Reuben.
    That told me two things, his wifeís name was Agness and second
    , it was
    very, very likely that Reuben was Elishaís son, i.e. the one dol
    lar part.
    I think it would pay to search the deed books of Floyd and Montg
    counties for further info about Elisha; I just have not done it.
    You may know that the courthouse of Buckingham County was burne
    d in
    1869. He probably married Agness in that county. From what I rea
    d in
    the official records of Patrick and Franklin Counties, it appear
    s that
    Anthony, Henry Jr, and Elisha are brothers. They seem to behav
    e as brothers as
    much as one can determine that from reading indentures and tha
    t sort of
    I have pretty strong evidence that Anthonyís father is Henry, Se
    This Henry Rakes was present on/near Waltons Fork in 1760 and h
    e continues
    to live there until death in 1798 or a speck earlier. Hence, the
    se three
    sons were born in Virginia, probably Buckingham County.
    I have yet to see any evidence that William is the f/o Elisha. T
    children of William scatter elsewhere. Williamís son John goes t
    o KY
    and produces quite a clan there.
    From whence came Henry Senior? Donít know. Where does one find
    the name Rakes on the other side of the big pond? In England, es
    Yorkshire --but none in Ireland. The people who want to be Iris
    h canít
    come up with the evidence. Of course its very possible one of th
    e wives
    was Irish, but with the burned marriage records, weíll never kno
    In my view at this time of our investigation, Henry Senior could
    have come from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, SE Penna, England
    , or Barbados
    Island. I have placed them roughly in the order of preference or
    Marie, some of the stuff on Internet is good and some is bad.
    Ancestors of Elisha Rakes
    1. Eliaha Rakes, born abt 1775 in VA., died bef 13 Nov 1852 in F
    ranklin Va. Son of Henry
    "our Pater" Rakes. He married Agness (---), died bef 1840.
    Notes for Elisha Rakes
    BIRTH-DEATH: Birth date and place were determined from 1850 cens
    us, death took place after the 1850 census was taken but befor
    e sale of his personal property, 13 Nov 1852. According to the B
    uckingham personal tax list he should have been born about 177
    6 or earlier which is a good check on the 1850 census. Birthplac
    e: probably Buckingham County, his parents were living there app
    arently since 1760.
    TAX_LIST: Elisha first appears on the Personal Tax list of Bucki
    ngham in the year 1797 with I tithe and nothing more. That shoul
    d mean the year he reached 21 years of age. He continues wit
    h 1 tithe through the year 1804, subsequent years his name is mi
    ssing, went west to Montgomery or Franklin. His name does not ap
    pear in the Buckingham land tax records, yet in 1806 he sold (ac
    cording to tax records) 75.5 acres on W. Fork (?Waltons Fork) t
    o Jacob Levi Abrahams, a man ìaccusedî by Dr James Walker of bei
    ng Anthonyís friend. COMMENT: Just a surmise, Elisha may have go
    tten a good settlement from brothers out of his fatherís estat
    e to buy land in Franklin and Montgomery. He seems

    Father: Henry RAKES b: Abt 1735

    Marriage 1 Agnes RAKES
    • Married: Bef 1805
    1. Has Children Mary RAKES b: 29 Apr 1805 in Patrick Co., Va.
    2. Has No Children Reuben RAKES
    3. Has No Children Levi Chesley RAKES b: Abt 1809
    4. Has No Children Martha Patsy RAKES b: 1792 in Franklin county, Va.
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