Joseph Rakestraw

Brief Life History 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 on 15 September 1757, in Bucks, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America. 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: 15 September 1757
Justinian Rakestraw
Rebecca Rakestraw
Joseph Rakestraw
Hannah Rakestraw
John Rakestraw

Sources (12)

  • Joseph Rakestraw, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999"
  • Joseph Rakestraw, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriage Records, 1512-1989"
  • Joseph Rakestraw in entry for Rachel Ogilby, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriage Records, 1512-1989"

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Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): nickname used for a scavenger from Middle English raken ‘to rake, gather by raking’ + strau(e) ‘straw’; compare rakyere ‘scavenger, street cleaner’ (see Raker ).

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

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