Joseph Rakestraw

23 April 1732–10 May 1794 (Age 62)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of Joseph

When Joseph Rakestraw was born on 23 April 1732, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America, his father, Joseph Rakestraw, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Fox, was 25. He married Rachel Ogilby in 1757. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He registered for military service in 1777. He died on 10 May 1794, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 62.

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Joseph Rakestraw
Rachel Ogilby
Marriage: 1757
Justinian Rakestraw
Rebecca Rakestraw
Joseph Rakestraw
Hannah Rakestraw
John Rakestraw

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World Events (4)

Age 44
Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
Age 44
The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The liberty bell was first rung here to Celebrate this important document.
1781 · The First Constitution
Age 49
Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a scavenger, from Old English racian ‘to rake’ + strēaw ‘straw’.2 Americanized spelling of German Rockstroh .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Joseph Rakestraw, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999"
  • Joseph Rakestraw, "United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783"
  • Joseph Rakestraw, "Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950"

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