born 03/31/1788 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia
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Jesse served in Capt. Edward Carter's Company, Virginia State Troops, during the War of 1812. He enlisted in a company of Cavalry or Volunteer Horse in Pittsylvania County under the orders of Virginia Governor James Barbour. Immediately after the burning of the Capital at Washington in Aug, 1814, Jesse set out with Carter's Company and marched to Richmond and then to Camp Fairfield for the protection of Richmond from the British. We have a description of his light hair and blue eyes. He was later a schoolteacher, and we have some of his records of those days. Regrettably, he was the one who changed the spelling of our name from "Oakes" to "Okes."
He moved his family from Virginia to northern Alabama in 1829, and we have two letters his Oakes sisters wrote him from Pittsylvania Co, VA. In the 1850 Alabama census Jesse is shown as a 62 year old shoemaker, his wife Mary, aged 48. They lacked two weeks of celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary when he died at age 87.
Spouse ~ Mary Cook
born 1802 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia