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Born: 1718, Died: 1772

Master builder William Rakestraw is probably the son of William (d.1736)) and grandson of William (d. 1718), making it difficult to sort early references. As a lad he was apprenticed to the leading master builder James Portues who bequeathed him 40 pounds in 1736. In 1755 Rakestraw charged 6.12.6 pounds for "pulling down" the Second and Market Streets Friends Meeting House. An early member of The Carpenters' Company, he is only recorded as present at the meeting of April 27, 1767. The date of his election is unknown.

Written by Roger W. Moss.

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  • Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia

 

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