James Monroe Rakes (1850-1931) was born in Taylor Co., KY to Benjamin R. and Martha Murrell Rakes. His 1st marriage was to Letha F. Herron (1871) and they had the following children: Mary Elizabeth and Martha Lou. His 2nd marriage was to Phoebe Louisa Bailey in 1881. Children of this union were: Thomas Jackson, Susan Ann, Amanda Jane, Hattie, Floy Bell, Effie Pearl and Fred. He died in Menard Co., IL and is buried in Oakland Cemetery at Petersburg, IL.
Submitted by Barbara Shannon Cox