Notes for William RAKESTRAW:|
William, the younger brother of John, moved to GA as a very young man in the 1820's. His wife Anne also appears to have been born in SC, but I don't know if they married in SC before moving to GA. All of their children, beginning in 1825, are shown as being born in GA.
The 1830 Georgia Census has a William RAKESTRAW in his twenties in old Campbell County, which is present day southwest Fulton County. Campbell County was on the southern border of Cobb County. Because William was such an early north Georgia pioneer, it is not likely he came directly to the Campbell and Cobb County area directly from SC. He most likely first settled in the Wilkes Co area.
William is again listed in Campbell Co in 1840. In 1850, William's son John W. RAKESTOW (sic) is listed as a 22 year old head of household in Powder Springs, Cobb Co. There is no listing for William or his other children, but I'm betting the whole family has crossed the Chattahoochee and moved north into Cobb.
In 1860, John W.'s older brother Edward is also listed as a head of household, and William's older brother John from SC has moved his family into Cobb as well. William is again not listed, but he is presumably living in Cobb with the rest of the family.
William dies in Cobb County in 1864. William and his brother John are the direct ancestors for most RAKESTRAW's in Cobb, Paulding, Polk, and Carroll Counties.
Another branch of RAKESTRAW's came to GA from the Spartanburg County, SC area at about the same time as William, who was from Abbeville. These descendants of Jesse RAKESTRAW settled in Newton and Forsyth Counties. The father of John and William, also named John RAKESTRAW, may have been related to Jesse. Jesse had a brother named John, but I have not been able to confirm any link as of yet.