George Anderson Rakestraw

George Anderson Rakestraw

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death 5 Jan 1912 (aged 87)
Navarro County, Texas, USA
Burial Navarro, Navarro County, Texas, USA
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George Anderson Rakestraw was born on November 7, 1824 in Lexington, Georgia to Robert and Martha (Smith) Rakestraw. He was educated at Covington, Georgia and Emory College at Oxford. On Dec 9, 1848, he married Diana Rebecca Kirksey (1832-1890), the daughter of Isaac and Mary B. (Connally) Kirksey. In the early 1850s, they moved to Texas and settled in Anderson County were George worked as a teacher. In 1858 he was made President of Fairfield Academy, a position he held until his admittance to the bar in 1860.
When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted under Capt. William Peck at Fairfield in Freestone County, TX on August 1861. He served in Company G, 19th Texas Brigade under Col. Broxton, commanding officer. George was wounded nine times, four times within one minute. He participated in the battles of Raymond, Mississippi, Missionary Ridge, Port Hudson, Chickamauga, Dug Gap, Resaca, New Hope Church, Atlanta (two battles), Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Franklin Carnage.
After the end of the war, George Rakestraw returned to his farm in Navarro County, Texas. He resided there until his death on January 4, 1912. George and Diana are buried in the Grape Creek Cemetery in Navarro County, Texas.

George's occupation: Lawyer
Service Record: Served in the CSA. Enlisted in Company G, Texas 7th (Greggs) Infantry Regiment as a Private, and mustered in Aug 1861 as a Private, and mustered in Fairfield, Freestone, Texas.
Sources: Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records Confederate Veteran Magazine Photo from Confederate Veteran Magazine



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  • Created by: David Capehart
  • Added: 21 Jun 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6533902
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Anderson Rakestraw (7 Nov 1824–5 Jan 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6533902, citing Grape Creek Cemetery, Navarro, Navarro County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by David Capehart (contributor 46540303) .