Person:George Frakes (1)

George Frakes
b.17 Dec 1838 Perry County, Indiana
m. 20 Jul 1836
  1. Jane Frakes1837 - 1905
  2. George Frakes1838 - 1928
  3. Elizabeth Frakes1841 - 1892
  4. John E. Frakes1844 - 1917
  5. William Thomas Frakes1846 - 1854
  6. Grayson Frakes1848 - 1937
  7. Louisa Frakes1852 - 1921
  8. Philip Frakes1852 - 1938
  9. Hiram Frakes1855 - 1928
  10. Frederick Frakes1858 - 1916
  11. Martha Frakes1860 - 1905
  12. James Frakes1862 - 1941
m. 06 Jan 1859
  1. Emily J. Frakes1860 - bef 1870
m. 22 Jan 1896
Facts and Events
Name George Frakes
Gender Male
Birth[1][8][9] 17 Dec 1838 Perry County, Indiana
Marriage 06 Jan 1859 Gentryville, Spencer County, IndianaMarried by Rev. James Jones
to Sabrina M. Rusher
Marriage 01 Dec 1861 Spencer County, IndianaMarried by Elder Wm. L. Robinson
to Rebecca Cockrell
Military[7] 12 Aug 1862 Gentryville, Spencer County, Indiana
Marriage 22 Jan 1896 Gentryville, Spencer County, IndianaMarried by John L. Stewart, J.P. (his 3rd wife, her 2nd husband)
to Sallie Harris
Death[1][2][8][9] 7 Nov 1928 National Soldiers Home, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Burial[8][9] 8 Nov 1928 Gentryville Cemetery, Gentryville, Spencer, Indiana, United States

Spencer County, Indiana, 1860 census:[3]

Frakes, Geo. 21 yrs Shoemaker (personal estate: $100) b. Indiana
      Sabrinie 17 yrs b. Indiana
      Emily J. 7/12 yr b. Indiana

Spencer County, Indiana, 1880 census:[4]

Frakes, George 42 yrs Farmer b. Indiana (parents, b. Indiana)
      Rebecca 35 yrs Wife Keeping House b. Kentucky (parents, b. Kentucky)
      Alice 17 yrs Dau Does House Work b. Indiana
      Martha 12 yrs Dau b. Indiana
      Frederick 10 yrs Son b. Indiana
      Hershel 6 yrs Son b. Indiana
      John 4 yrs Son b. Indiana
      Ernest 1 yr Son b. Indiana

Spencer County, Indiana, 1910 census:[5]

Frakes, George Head 71 yrs b. Indiana (parents, b. Indiana) Marr. 14 yrs "Own Income"
      Sally wife 61 yrs b. Kentucky (parents, b. Kentucky)

Spencer County, Indiana, 1920 census:[6]

Frakes, George Head 81 yrs b. Indiana (parents, b. Indiana)
      Sally Wife 71 yrs b. Kentucky (parents, b. Kentucky)


George spent the remainder of his life farming near Gentryville. For possibly as long as several years, he was in the Veterans Hospital at Milwaukee, where he died. It is said in the family that his son, Joseph H., may also have worked there, though proof of this has not been located.

He had a full military & G.A.R funeral. A large crowd attended since he was one of last survivors of the War in southern Indiana.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Correspondence with various other researchers.

    Letter from Mrs. Estella R. (Frakes) Brown, Little Rock, AR, Jan 1978. An 1890 source refers to him as a farmer and "bootjack."

  2. Wisconsin Death Certificate, no. 5418.
  3. Spencer, Indiana, United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule, Jackson Twp, p. 370, house/family 1306/1299.
  4. Spencer, Indiana, United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule, ED 52, p. 206, house/family 143/144.
  5. Spencer, Indiana, United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule, ED 76, p. 1A, house/family 10/10.
  6. Spencer, Indiana, United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule, ED 78, p. 2A, house/family 39/39.
  7. George Frakes Civil War file.

    George enlisted in Co. E, 91st Indiana Vol. Infantry, 12 August 1862, at Gentryville. He was described as 5' 6-1/2", light complexion, with light hair & blue eyes. He was promoted from the ranks to Sergeant, 1 March 1863. The 91st Indiana was scattered through western Kentucky as a defense force, was reunited in June 1863 to pursue Morgan's raiders, then went by way of Knoxville & Cumberland Gap to join Sherman in the Atlanta campaign. The regiment took part in nearly all the engagements in that campaign until the fall of Atlanta, 1 September 1864. It then went in pursuit of Hood's Brigade as far as Cedar Bluff, then removed to Chattanooga. George took part in the Battle of Franklin, 30 November 1864, and fought at Nashville, 15-16 December 1864. The regiment then moved via Cincinnati to Washington, DC (arriving 28 January 1865), was transported to the mouth of the Cape Fear River, North Carolina, and landed near Fort Fisher. It also took part in the capture of Wilmington. It finally went into camp at Salisbury, North Carolina, where the regiment was mustered out, 26 June 1865, and was transported back to Indianapolis.

  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Grave marker, Gentryville Cemetery, Gentryville, Spencer, Indiana, United States.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Find A Grave.