John Bakes, Sr.
John Bakes, Sr.,
retired farmer, Jefferson Township, a native of Ulster County, N.Y.,
was born March
15, 1808. He married Elizabeth Ogle November 26, 1835. She was born
September 5, 1814,
and by this union were born eight children: Almira, born September 13,
1836; Albert, born December
15, 1838; John Jr., born February 14, 1841; Hiram, born April 25, 1843;
Robert, born October 23, 1845, died July 8. 1879; Eliza
Jane, born August 10, 1848, died March 10, 1884; Robert O., born Febrary 15, 1851; Frederick, born
December 18, 1853. The mother died June 27, 1876. The parents came to
Switzerland County in the fall of 1813; the father being a manufacturer and started the
first carding machine in Vevay, which was soon after his arrival. He made his own machinery and
followed the business about four years. Then went to Long Run and erected a saw-mill and
grist-mill which he sold in 1832 and moved to Mount Sterling, where he erected a carding machine.
About 1840 he moved up on Long Run, where he died in the spring of 1847. At the age of fifteen Mr.
John Bakes left the arm and engaged in milling with his father, continuing up to 1832, at which
time he purchased a little boat ('Harry Myers.') and bought produce and shipped it South up
to 1839. During these seven years he purchased 154 acres of land and went on the same after
1839 and cleared it up, and has been a farmer ever since. During his days of toil he made
over 1,700 acres of land and laid up considerable money besides to defray necessary expenses
while going down the hill of life. Religiously, he is an infidel and believes in honesty and
morality. His son Albert was married September 22, 1874, to Miss Mary L. Minor, born in Edgar County,
Ill., July 30, 1842. They have five children: Lizzie L, born July 15, 1875; Jenny M., born April 23,
1877; Almira B., born May 20, 1879; John G., born September 7, 1881; Minor, born October 31,
1883. Albert and his estimable wife are endeavoring to make their father comfortable and happy
during his old days.