Martha Ann Rakes

Martha Ann Rakes (1866-1945) was born to Benjamin R. and Martha Jane Murrell Rakes, on May 16, 1866, in the Robinson Creek Church Community (incorporated as Merrimac in 1884), Taylor County, Kentucky. Martha Ann's father, John Thomas Rakes, had lived in Taylor County since at least 1850 when the family moved from the area settled by her grandfather, John Rakes, in about 1817 in neighboring Marion County. Martha's parents were married in Taylor County, on December 27, 1860, and her brother, Benjamin, was born on November 16th of the following year. In 1870 when Martha was three years old, she lived with her parents and brother on a farm in the Mannsville District in Taylor County. Most of the descendants of this family changed the spelling of their surname to Raikes.

Martha apparently moved with her parents by January 1886 to Menard County, Illinois, about a year before her marriage to John Tyler Hardwick in January 1887. John and Martha's daughter Bessie was born in September 1887 near Tallula. Martha Raikes was living with John and Lillian Adlington (her daughter) in Menard County, Illinois, in 1920. After John Hardwick died at the age of sixty from pneumonia in 1925, Martha remained at her home near Indian Point. Her daughter Lillian, and husband, George Adlington, moved in with her in 1928 after the birth of their daughter Georgia. After John Adlington was born in 1931, Martha Hardwick continued to live with them as a housekeeper and babysitter until 1937. Later that year, she left to live with her daughter, Bessie (married William Michael Shannon), in Athens, Menard County, and remained there until she died on August 22, 1945. Martha is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg, Illinois.

Submitted by Barbara Shannon Cox

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