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Elijah Rake
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Birth: Sep. 13, 1837
Washington County
Ohio, USA
Death: Sep. 4, 1921
Washington County
Ohio, USA

August 1, 2008

The origin of the Rake cemetery is unknown. I received the following information from Millie Covey Fry via e-mail stating: "I visited the Rake Cemetery (formerly the Snodgrass farm and cemetery) on SR26 in Lawrence Township this morning with George Rake. He mentioned that a close relative has researched the Rake Family. Contact George at 740/473-2215. He mentioned this morning that the Rake family was from Germany and was in Washington County in the early 1800s. My ancestor was Hiram Snodgrass and his daughter, Sarah, married Elijah Rake. Eventually the Snodgrass cemetery was renamed."

Many years ago, an elderly woman in Parkersburg, WV (Mrs. Idell Snodgrass) told me that Sarah (Snodgrass) and Elijah Rake cared for her parents when they were old. Her father Hiram Snodgrass died in 1879. Following his death, her mother (Druzilla Oliver Snodgrass) went to Ritchie Co., WV with their son, David Snodgrass. Sounds like Sarah and Elijah received part of the Snodgrass farm for their care and someone later changed the name of the cemetery to the Rake Cemetery. I have heard that a hutch owned by Druzilla and Hiram Snodgrass remains in the Rake family but I have never seen it.

Hiram's sister, Margaret Snodgrass, died in 1824 at the age of 21 years and was the first person buried on her brother's farm - not far from the family home. About seven months ago, I published a book on Charles Snodgrass (died in 1808 outside of Fairmont, WV) and two wives and his 12 children. Five of the children (Eli, Beniah, Hiram, Margaret and Joseph) came to Lawrence Twp., Washington County, OH in 1812 with their mother Barbara Foulk Snodgrass. I was at the Rake Cemetery this morning to meet with the owner of the Ohio Valley Monument Company. I am having him set a small marker in front of Margaret's stone because you can read most of it today; repair two Snodgrass stones, and set a stone for David Taylor (died in 1842). Mr. Hadley remembers seeing the Taylor stone on a bank on Fifteen Creek Road at SR 26 in the early 1900s. Several years ago, it was found on the Walter Hoff farm and I retreived it from the present owner a couple of years ago.

Millie Covey Fry
The following information came from the Washington County Public Library in Marietta, Ohio from Chris Painter a fellow FAG member. The information is from a book or ducument titled Rack, Racke and Raike and Allied Families, author unknown, over 100 pages.

John Rake (Elijah's Father) born 1806. Died 30 July 1875 Wash Co. Ohio. Buried Rake Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio. Married Rebecca Gray. Land Patents dated 1 Dec 1801 awarded to John Rake. Surveyed 18 June 1875, area called Love. Rebecca's father build first house in Harrietsville, Ohio. Rebecca died 9 Dec 1898 age 90 yrs, 6 mos, 1 dy. Buried Rake Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.

10 Children

Abe Rake
Hannah Rake
Martha Rake
Jacob Rake
Mary Anna Rake died 29 July 1874-41 yrs 7 mos, 22 dy.
Elias Rake
Elijah Rake born 1837. Died 1921. Buried Rake Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.
Susan Rake
John Rake
Mathew Rake born 23 Nov 1828 Ohio. Died 22 June 1890 Steel Run Ohio. Buried Marietta, Ohio. Rake Cemetery.
The following information came from the Washington County Public Library in Marietta, Ohio from Chris Painter a fellow FAG member. The information is from a book or ducument titled Rack, Racke and Raike and Allied Families, author unknown, over 100 pages.

Elijah Rake born 1837. Died 1921. Married Sarah J. Snodgrass. Born 1848. Died 1897. both buried Rake Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.

Elijah then married Jane M. Decker 7/23/1901 in Washington County, OH. Second marriage information from fellow FAG member Ken Beckman member # 46796938.

8 Children

Presley Rake Died 9 June 1880 age 20 yrs, 4 mos, 12 dys. Buried Rake Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.

Jacog L. Rake Died 29 Jan 1862 - age 5 mos, 13 dys. Buried Rake Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.

George Rake

Elmer Delos Rake Born 1865. Died 1928. Buried Rake Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.

W. Grant Rake Born 1867. Died 1953. Buried Rake Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.

Clara L. Rake Born 1874.

J. Frederick Rake Born 1879.

Hannah Lillie Rake Born 1887. Died 1922. Buried Rake Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.
Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958 for Elijah Rake
Groom's Name: Elijah Rake
Groom's Birth Date:
Groom's Birthplace: Wash. Co., O.
Groom's Age:
Bride's Name: Jane M. Decker
Bride's Birth Date: 1850
Bride's Birthplace: Wash. Co., O.
Bride's Age: 51
Marriage Date: 24 Jul 1901
Marriage Place: Washington County, Ohio
Groom's Father's Name: John Rake
Groom's Mother's Name: Rebecca Grey
Bride's Father's Name: Levi Decker
Bride's Mother's Name: Grace Ferguson
Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status: Widowed
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race:
Bride's Marital Status: Single
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86982-9
System Origin: Ohio-VR
Source Film Number: 0946201
Reference Number: 2:3LJPMQP

Name: Elijah Rake
Titles & Terms:
Event: Death
Event Date: 04 Sep 1921
Event Place: Lawrence Township, Washington, Ohio
Street Address:
Gender: Male
Death Age: 84y 11m 22d
Marital Status: Married
Race: white
Occupation: farmer
Birth Date: 13 Sep 1836
Birthplace: Wash. Co., Ohio
Estimated Birth Year: 1837
Burial Date: 07 Sep 1921
Burial Place:
Cemetery: Rake Cem.
Father: John Rake
Father's Titles & Terms:
Father's Birthplace: Ohio
Mother: Rebecca Gray
Mother's Titles & Terms:
Mother's Birthplace:
Spouse's Titles & Terms:
Reference Number: fn 53352
Film Number: 1991747
Digital Folder Number: 4022248
Image Number: 318
Family links: 
  John Rake (1806 - 1875)
  Rebecca Gray Rake (1808 - 1898)
  Sarah J. Snodgrass Rake (1848 - 1897)
  Jane M. Decker Rake (1850 - 1931)
  Presley Rake (____ - 1880)*
  George Rake (1859 - 1943)*
  Jacob L. Rake (1861 - 1862)*
  Elmer Delos Rake (1865 - 1928)*
  Ulysses Grant Rake (1867 - 1953)*
  Clara L. Rake Campbell (1874 - ____)*
  John Frederick Rake (1878 - 1962)*
  Unknown/Infant Rake (1878 - 1878)*
  Hannah Lillie Rake (1880 - 1922)*
  Abraham Rake (1826 - 1863)*
  Matthew Rake (1826 - 1890)*
  Mathew Rake (1826 - 1890)*
  Hannah Rake Hamilton (1829 - 1887)*
  Jacob Rake (1830 - 1904)*
  Mary Anna Rake Fleming (1833 - 1874)*
  William Jasper Rake (1836 - 1905)*
  Elijah Rake (1837 - 1921)
  Susie Bush Rake Florence (1838 - 1922)*
  John Rake (1841 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Rake Cemetery
Washington County
Ohio, USA
Maintained by: Greg Raike
Originally Created by: Chris Painter
Record added: Feb 17, 2008
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Elijah Rake
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Elijah Rake
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