Cousin: Jakes/Harger 1st Cousin 3 times(generations) removedEliza Frances Jakes Burks(1853-1947)
Eliza F. Jakes was the daughter of John "Jack" Jakes and his 2nd wife Nancy Eoff Jakes. She was born in Bedford County, Tennessee where she married on 24 July 1872 to Robert Lee Burks. She and Robert had 3 children and were in Texas in October of 1880 when their middle child and only daughter, Ida Frances Burks was born. The returned to Tennessee around 1885 according to the article about Robert Lee Burks' death(see below) I have not found them in the 1880 census yet but hope to soon. I know they were in TX by October but don't know if they were there earlier in the year. They returned to Tennessee and lived in Livingston(Overton Co TN) from what I can tell. That is where Eliza lived out the remainder of her life. Eliza's daughter died several years after Eliza's husband passed. My own Jakes kin live a long life and Eliza is no exception. She died 15 November 1947 from complications of pneumonia and a fractured left hip at the age of 94 and is buried in Breeding Cemetery in Overton County, Tennessee, USA. The Breeding cemetery is likely the family graveyard of Eliza's son-in-law Dr. William Martin Breeding, husband of her daughter Ida Frances Burks Breeding.
Eliza Frances Jakes Burks at FindaGrave
Regarding Eliza's year of birth,
1860 Census lists her in her parents household age 8(1852)
1870 Census lists her in her parents household age 14(1856)
1900 Census lists her with her husband at age 45 (1855 July)
1910 Census lists her with her husband at age 54(1856)
1920 Census lists her with her husband at age 65 (1855)
1930 Census lists her as a boarder at age 75 (1855)
1940 Census lists her as a boarder at age 86 (1854)
Death Certificate listed her DOB on 26 July 1853(her youngest son R. R. Burks is the informant)
On Robert Ray Burks' SAR application papers(from 1922) her year of birth is given as 1854
The year of birth on her gravestone is 1853
The Tennessean(Nashville, Tennessee)
Fri, Dec 4, 1925 pg 28
This family is interesting and has several doctors and pharmacists. I hope to do profiles on the families of each of their 3 children.
Where was the family in the 1880 census? I know they should be in Texas somewhere unless they were missed.
There were many Tennesseans who went to TX during the period from 1880-1900 but I'd like to know why they went? Also, what brought them back?