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Found notes that were take from a local history called
"MAUMEE RIVER BASIN" published 1906 by Charles Elihu Slocum

The story is of an early Rakestraw family along the Maumee River 
about 1832 here near Napoleon, OH. It was abstracted by Vashti Seaman followed by Yarnell Rakestraw's recollection of Wauseon in the early pioneer days when Chief WA-SA-ON and OTTOKEE  lived in the area.

The RAKESTRAW Family was of a Welsh ancestor. William RAKESTRAW, Sr. was a rope maker and was granted land in Philadelphia Co. in 1689.  William RAKESTRAW Jr. applies for land in 1712 on which to build a brick kiln. Their descendant, Joseph RAKESTRAW was born 1760 near Philadelphia and
in 1785 he married Miss Rebecca Gilbert. When Rebecca was but 16 years of age with her parents, brothers and sisters, her family was captured by unfriendly Indians and carried to Fort Niagara, where she a prisoner for 3 years.  Her father died on the way, Rebecca was not released for a year after the rest of her family and lost all track of them.  Joseph and Rebecca RAKESTRAW had a farm near Mauch Chunk, Carbon Co. PA.  Their son Joseph RAKESTRAW was born 1789 near Mauch Chunk, PA and he married Ann Lancaster of Maryland  (of English ancestry).  In 1820 they moved to Salem,Columbiana Co. Ohio and in 1832 they arrived in the Maumee Valley, settling just west of Waterville, OH on the Maumee River. In 1842, the father, Joseph was drowned at the dam at Waterville, OH. His wife died in 1848. Of their children, Harriet RAKESTRAW was born 1829 and married 1844 to Landy DEMUTH. Their daughter Ann Elizabeth DEMUTH married John F. TURK of Waterville, OH. Their daughter Eva A. TURK of Maple Rapids, Michigan married June 1889 to Noah LONG and had these children;
Neva LONG b. Mar 28, 1891
Enid L LONG b. May 9, 1893
George A. LONG b Apr 14, 1896

Noah Long was born in Wayne Twp, Butler Co. Ohio July 25, 1851

There was also a Yarnell RAKESTRAW that purchased land in Swancreek Twp.  Fulton Co. Ohio in 1862 and a Mr. Y. Rakestraw that purchased land in Lucas in 1832 and is listed as a son of Joseph. He gave an interview to newspaper reporter in his latter years as follows:

Mr. Y. RAKESTRAW was one of the best known pioneers in Lucas County.  He came here in 1832 and he took a prominent part in politics & agricultural matters.  He resided in Whitehouse. (which is just west of Waterville where his father Joseph RAKESTRAW, of the other story above) He gave his recollections of the settlement of Wauseon, OH

Mr RAKESTRAW said that where the courthouse is located, and in the vicinity when he was young was a 100 acres of swamp land.  Muskrats made their nests in the swamp and pond lilies and white flag were abundant.  He knew the famous Indian Chief WA-SA-ON & Chief OTTOKEE who was the brother of Chief WA-SA-ON.  He had a clear recollection of the time when the Indians were corralled on Button Island, near Maumee, OH preparatory to being sent to Missouri on the reservation.  WA-SA-ON, OTTOKEE and Col. Dresden Howard went Missouri on horseback to look after the interest of the Indians.  Howard was made a sub-chief when he was a mere boy. His parents were from Grand Rapids, OH also on the Maumee River and just a few miles upstream from Waterville, OH. Mr. RAKESTRAW said that Chief WA-SA-ON was a tall, well built man, very intelligent, dignified and gentleman in every way.  He was one of the most honorable Indians and man the Mr Rakestraw ever met. Game of all kinds were plentiful. In the fall of 1833, Mr Rakestraw's father sowed 3 acres off wheat.  It grew luxuriously and the deer came to feed on it. One day he saw more than 20 deer feeding on the grain. A number of them were shot and they ceased to come by the daylight but when it was dark, the family could tell when the deer in the wheat by wiggling of their white tails. Mr RAKESTRAW asserts that the Indians were honest to a fault, if fairly treated, but they never forgot a wrong.  As illustrating their honesty 15 to 20 Indians were passing the RAKESTRAW farm. They were from OTTOKEE's camp and were going to visit WA-SA-ON's camp.  Cucumbers were ripe and an Indian dismounted form his horse and asked Mr. Rakestraw's father (Joseph RAKESTRAW) if they might have some cucumbers. "Of course, Take all you want." said his father.  Only 2 Indians were allowed to cross the fence by their leaders and they began to pick some of the cucumbers. They then saw some melons and inquired if they might have several 
melons also.  Again, Joseph RAKESTRAW told them to take what they wished.  The Indians then offered to pay for them, but Mr Rakestraw refused to take money.  About 3 weeks from the time the Indians had picked the cucumbers and melons, an Indian killed a deer south of the RAKESTRAW home.  He dressed it nicely, and took the saddles of venison to the house and insisted the Mrs. RAKESTRAW should accept them for the favors shown to the Indians.  When she insisted they need not pay , they laid the venison before her and walked away. Mr RAKESTRAW, contrasted the public schools of his boyhood with the schools of that day.  When he was a boy he was required to walk 5 miles  in all kinds of weather; rain, sleet, snow and mud to attend school.  If the teacher was sober enough to teach the pupils.... all right, but if he was not sober, then there would be no school!  And he would be required 
to walk home again.  Now a child can get his education in small schools near his home.
Mr. Rakestraw has taken  "THE BLADE" since the first number was issued.

The Toledo Blade is the daily newspaper in this area and the above
story was  published in this paper when Mr. Y. RAKESTRAW was on in years and was recollecting his childhood.

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