Elisha W. Raikes/Rakes (1845-1927) was born in Taylor Co., KY to Benjamin R. and Martha Murrell Rakes. He married Mary C. Casteel in Menard Co., IL in 1872 where he worked as a blacksmith. The couple had two children: Elizabeth and John. Moved to Gresham, Nebraska where he is buried.

Submitted by Barbara Shannon Cox

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