Nelson Raker was born in Sept. 1812 in Clark county, KY, son of David M. and Susan E. (Chaney) Raker, natives of N.C., the former of German ancestry and the latter of English. Nelson was married in Clark county, KY., Feb. 9, 1835 to Martha Ann Mullens, who was born in Kentucky; they came to Fulton county in Nov., 1855, bringing 9 children. Three were born in Fulton Co., Amanda J., Franklin (dec. in infancy), and Nelson. Mr. Raker first lived on sec.. 7, 5 east, 2 years, then near Slabtown 1 year, then in Warsaw one winter, then on his present farm on sec. 5, 5 east. Mrs. R. is a member of the Christian Church.