Marker Type: Headstone
Dimensions (H x W x D): 16 in x 16.5 in x 8.5 in
Direction Marker Faces: East
Inscription: CORTES E. / AIKIN / MAY 7, 1846 / SEPT. 6, 1926
Biography: Cortes Ebenezer Aikin was born on May 7, 1846 to parents Benjamin C. Aikin and Zuleann Dutton Aikin in Hermitage, New York. As a boy, he attended Pike Seminary. He came to Hydetown at age 18 and began work in the oil fields. Later, he and partner Giles Sanford established the planing mill Aikin & Sanford. During his retirement, he served as a school director and was involved in local government. Cortes was a member of the Oil Creek lodge of Freemasons.
He had three children who survived him: a daughter by Demma, Edna J. Aikin Newton (1881 – 1964); a son by Demma, Homer R. Aikin (1886 – 1965); and a son by Lola, Jerome Aikin (1899 – 1970).
Marion Aikin was the infant son of Cortes and his second wife Lola. He died of cholera at 11 months of age. Anna, Frances, and Marion are interred at Ridgway Cemetery.
Cortes Aikin died on September 6, 1926 of cerebral hemmorage. He was 80 years old.
Use these links to view Cortes E. Aikin in the U.S. Census:
Cortes E. Aikin and Lola Moore Aikin Marriage License:
Cortes E. Aikin Death Certificate: