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*Thomas Rakestraw

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  • Name *Thomas Rakestraw 
    Born 1797  New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Probably Mason County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I16739  My Genealogy

    Family 1 Wife,   b. Abt 1797,   d. Bef 1843, Possibly Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Married Abt 1816  1st Marriage Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. *Henry Rakestraw,   b. 1816, Ohio; Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1880, Mason County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. Simon D. Rakestraw,   b. 1833, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F6137  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Prudence,   b. 1800, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 25 Feb 1843  2ND Marriage; Clay County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "Prudence Hill Thomas Rakestraw 25 Feb 1843 Clay
      Thomas Rakestraw Prudence Hill 25 Feb 1843 Clay
      Source Information: www.Ancestry.com
      Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.,2004. Original data: With some noted exceptions all marriage recordsin this collection can be found at the Family History Library in SaltLake City, Utah, or available through Family History Centersthroughout the United States. For specific source information listedby county see the extended description above or the see the sourceinformation listed for each entry."
      [Transcribed 04 June 2007, SLJuhl, compiler]
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F6138  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Henry bought land in 01 July 1848 in Mason County, Ohio and so did hisbrother Simon Rakestraw very near to him. So, Henry's children whosebirths are after that date probably were all born on the farm in MasonCounty, Illinois after 1848. There is no land record for ThomasRakestraw at the time when Simon & Henry purchased land, however inthe 1850 census Thomas and his second wife Prudence are living inMason County with Simon. All three are listed right after HenryRakestraw and his entire family at the time on the same census sheet.
      Before this, the family must have moved from Ohio, where Henry wasborn, to Iowa for a short time, where Henry's sons John E. & Allenwere listed as being born in the 1850 census, and then the family wasin Illinois by 1843 in Clay County, where Thomas and Prudence weremarried, before settling in 1848 in Mason County. I'd like to pointout that in the 1860 census, John E. is listed as being born inIndiana, and Allen as being born in Illinois. ??

      There may be more children for this couple. More research is requiredto find the name of Thomas first wife and if there are more children.The initial attempt to find early information on Thomas in New Jerseydid not produce much substance.

      "1850 United States Federal Census
      about Thomas Rakestraw
      Name: Thomas Rakestraw
      Age: 52
      Estimated birth year: abt 1798
      Birth Place: New Jersey
      Gender: Male
      Home in 1850; Dwelling: 934
      Living with wife Prudence and son Simon D. Rakestraw
      (City,County,State): Mason, Illinois
      Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Mason, Illinois; Roll:M432_120; Page: 208; Image: 252.
      Source Information:
      Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line].Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data:United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of theUnited States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and RecordsAdministration, 1850. M432, 1,009 rolls." [Transcribed 04 June 2007,SLJuhl, compiler]