Thomas Jackson Raikes, son of James Monroe & Phoebe (Bailey) Raikes was born on March 7, 1884 in Taylor County, Ky. On Feb. 2, 1901, he married Miss Martha Ann Belton in Merrimac, Ky. He came to Menard County in 1909 and engaged in farming. He was elected sheriff of Menard County, Illinois in 1934 and served a full term, but died of a heart attack shortly after being elected to a second term. Both Thomas Jackson Raikes and his wife Martha are buried in Oakland Cemetery just outside of Petersburg, Illinois.
Submitted by Jeanie Lowe