Raleigh E Marlow
- Born: Dec 2, 1881, Webber, Jefferson, IL
- Marriage: Jeanette Annie Reed
- Died: Apr 10, 1984, Webber, Jefferson, IL at age 102
- Buried: Black Oak Ridge Cemetery, Webber, Jefferson, IL
"Abram Marlow's land went across the railroad tracks and that's where his son Millard Filmore Marlow lost his leg. He was dared to stand on the tracks and stayed too long and the train cut off his leg. My aunt says she remembers him having a wooden leg.
At some point, Abram or his son Millard Filmore Marlow must have bought some if not all of David Boone Davis's land around the cemetery as Raleigh Marlow's grandkids are living on his farm on the north side of Black Oak Ridge Cemetery. Raleigh (sometimes written Rolla) Marlow was my great grandmother Anna Belle Marlow's only sibling (both children of Millard Filmore Marlow and Frances Catherine Staley).
I remember Raleigh, "Uncle Buck" as he was known to the family, used to grow his own peanuts and mowed the Black Oak Ridge Cemetery with a push mower even up into his 90's. He lived to be 102. His son George is just like him. He's a real character. He's in his 90's with full head of dark brown hair and a big flirt." - Sandy Bauer, Summer, 2006
From the 1980 Edition of the Marlow Family History Book:
Raleigh Elmer Marlow is the "patriarch" of our Marlow Family. For several years he has been recognized as the oldest active farmer in Jefferson County and also the oldest relative at our family reunions. Last year he was "written up" by a reporter from Mt. Vernon Bureau of the Globe-Democrat, a large St. Louis, MO paper.
Raleigh lives on the 111 acre farm ten miles east of Mt. Vernon, IL on which he was born in a log cabin located a few hundred feet east of his present house. Though he now rents out his land, Raleigh still gets out to help with the corn, soybeans and wheat. He also plants a big garden: peanuts, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, etc. and sells produce locally.
He keeps a well-manicured lawn and until about five years ago, mowed the two acre family cemetery, Black Oak Ridge. Raleigh is still able to weild a long wooden scythe and four or five years ago he cut weeds along a half mile stretch of fence which lines the road to his property. He still cooks, cleans, drives his own car and shops about once a week in Mt. Vernon. Though he has some trouble with high blood pressure and a little deafness, his only major illness was when he had his gall bladder removed about ten years ago. He still gets about as if he were sixty or so. On July 2, 1980, Raleigh will have been a member of Jefferson County Lodge 9368 for seventy-seven years. For thirty-five years Raleigh worked as a foreman for the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad, part of that time at Tamms, Illinois in Alexander County.
After the death of his Father in 1938, he returned to the farm and the secluded life he likes best. The farm has been in the family over one hundred years and though property taxes have risen sharply (from $40.00 in 1937 to $500.00 in 1978), Raleigh hopes the farm will remain in the family.
Addendum from the 1996 Edition of Marlow Family History book:
Raleigh passed away on April 10, 1984. He left his farm to his sons, George and Norval. On November 6, 1992, Raleigh's granddaughter, Marcella (Marlow) Payne and her husband Robert purchased half of the farm from George Marlow. They want to keep the farm in the family.
Raleigh married Jeanette Annie Reed. (Jeanette Annie Reed was born on Mar 28, 1889 and died on Dec 10, 1950.)