On May 9, 1797 Benjamin was
born in what was then known as Daketown, Greenfield Township, Saratoga Co., N.Y.
to parents William Gould Deake and Margaret Mosher Deake. In 1825, he was listed
as a head of household in Providence, Saratoga Co., NY. Sometime before 1825 he
married Sally M. (no last name found, possibly Mosher) probably in Saratoga Co.,
By 1830 he was listed as the Head of a Household in Mt. Morris, Livingston Co.,
N.Y. They had moved prior to this time, to be near his brother William who had
moved in 1820 to the wilderness area of what is now the Town of Portage, Livingston
Co. and near his father William G. Deake (Dake) who had moved to the Portage area
in 1830. In 1843 a Baptist Church School was started in Nunda, N.Y. (The Nunda
Literary Institute). In Oct. 1844 Benjamin was listed as a Trustee and Stockholder
of the School. While they still lived in Mt. Morris his children were listed as
students of this school. (The Institute burned down in May 1859) The 1850 New
York Census listed the family still living in Mt. Morris:
Benjamin Sr. 53
William W. 19
Benjamin Jr. 17
Daniel N. 13
On Dec. 28, 1853 Benjamin bought 400 acres of land in Sections 22, 23 and 26
of Marion Township, Ogle Co., Ill. and took his family west. The family settled
in Marion Township on what was then known as the Morley Place. He purchased
more land from William R. Morley (east 1/2 of Section 22, Marion Township) on
March 8, 1854. The 1855 Census shows that William and Benjamin Jr. had left
home to start their own families. Benjamin Sr., his sons Daniel and Horace were
living in Scott Township, Ogle Co., Ill. (William continued to live in Marion
Township through the 1860 Census). In 1861 both William and Benjamin Jr. purchased
their fathers remaining land in Marion Township. Oct. 19, 1855, he sold Section
21 and 25 in Marion Township, Ogle Co., IL. In 1864 Benjamin Sr. and his wife
were living in Section 22, Scott Township, Ogle Co., Ill. and got their mail
at the Beacon Post Office (1 mile east and 1 mile south of what is now Davis
Junction, Ill.) Some time between 1864 and 1869 they moved back to Livingston
Co., N.Y. for unknown reasons. (He may have possibly moved for health reasons).
On Oct. 9, 1869 Benjamin died in Nunda, Livingston Co., N.Y. and is buried in
Oak Hill Cemetery on Picket Line Rd., Nunda, Livingston Co., NY. (Corner of
Picket Line Rd. and St. Helena Rd.) His Will listed Benjamin Jr., Daniel and
William as living in Stillman Valley, Ogle Co., Ill. and Abbey Jane (Dake) Carter,
Horace Dake and a grandson Eugene Howe (son of Mary E. (Dake) Howe) as living
in Livingston Co., N.Y. On Sept. 16, 1874, Daniel purchased Section 7, Scott
Township, Ogle Co. from his fathers estate and on Dec. 3, 1874 his widow Sally
sold their remaining land in Section 22, Scott Township to Jeremiah Davis. A
portion of this area is now the site of Davis Junction, Ill. (Mr. Davis had
made his fortune prospecting for gold in South Dakota and purchased a large
tract of land in Scott Township)
and Testament of BENJAMIN W. DAKE SR.
I Benjamin W. Dake of Livingston
County N. York being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty
of this frail transistory life do therefore make ordain publish and declare
this to be my last Will and Testament That is to say-
First: After all my lawful debs are paid and discharged I give and bequeath
unto my beloved wife Sally M. Dake, the sum of Three Thousand Dollars to be
paid to her by my Executors within thirty days after my decease or as soon as
she may call for the same with interest there on from the time of my decease
to have and to hold forever to be in lieu of (dower?) and Statute Rights.
Second: I give and bequeath unto Eugene C. Howe my Grand Son the sum of Eight
Hundred Dollars and interest thereon from my decease. The interest to be paid
annually unto the time he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years to my
Daughter A. Jane Carter for her use and benefit and after that to be paid to
him annually until the principal sum of Eight Hundred Dollars shall be paid
to him as herein after provided which shall be paid to him when he shall arrive
at the age of twenty six years by my Executors. And if he shall be steady and
provide --- at the age twenty one years or at any time after that before he
arrives at the age of twenty six years and be in the opinion of my Executors
or of my Executor who shall enter upon the duties of Executor in need of the
same the sum may be paid at the option of said Executor or Executors to him
on his arrival at the age of twenty one years or at any time there after before
he shall arrive at the age of twenty six years.
And in the case of the death of said Eugene C. Howe before arriving at the age
of twenty one years the said sum of Eight Hundred Dollars shall be paid to my
daughter A. Jane Carter for her sole use and benefit within one year after my
decease. And if he shall die at any time before he shall arrive at the age of
twenty six years and before the Eight Hundred Dollars shall have been paid to
him as above provided Then in that case the said Eight Hundred Dollars shall
be paid to the same A. Jane Carter for her sole use and benefit.
And in case the said A. Jane shall not survive the said Eugene C. Howe and both
shall be dead before the said Eight Hundred Dollars shall have been paid by
my Executors then in that case the same shall revert to children then living
and to the heirs of such as shall not be living share and share alike.
Third: All the rest and residue of real and personal estate and other property
or estate that I may own or possess at my decease of every name and nature.
I give and bequeath to my six children share and share alike. viz: Sally E.
Michael, A. Jane Carter, Wm W. Dake. of Ogle County Illinois. Benjamin W. Dake
Jr. of Ill, Horace M. Dake of Nunda N.Y. and David N. Dake of Ogle County Ill.
to have and hold forever. And if either of my childred shall not be living at
the time of my death. Then the share that their child would have shall be paid
to their children living. And in case I shall have at the time of my decease
any notes or claims against any of my children or there husband or wife of either.
The sums so owed shall be received by said child who is the wife or widow or
husband of the one against whom said claim is held as pay must for the --- thereof
as apart of the legacy above provided for.
And I further authorize my Executors or Executor who shall enter upon the duties
of said office to sell and convey all my real and personal estate to the end
that the avails (duties of share?) be disposed of as above provided in as speedy
a manner. And as soon as possible.
Likewise I make constitute and appoint Charles Micheal of Brooksgrove N.Y. and
Wm. W. Dake. to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament. Hereby revoking
all former Wills by me make.
In witness whereof and have thereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal
the second day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand and Eight Hundred
and Sixty Nine.
B. W. Dake.
The above Written instrument
was subscribed by the said Benjamin W. Dake in our presence and acknowledged
by him to each of us and he at the same time declared the above instrument so
subscribed to be his last Will and Testament. And we at his request have signed
our names as
Witnesses hereto in his presence and in the presence of each other and written
opposite our names our respective places of residence.
Mieah W. Brooks of Brooks Grove Livingston Co. N.Y. Samuel Mosher of Brooks
Grove Livingston Co. N.Y.