Cortes E. Aikin

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Marker Type:    Headstone

Material:    Marble

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.

Cortes was married three times. His first marriage was in 1879 to Demma Ridgway. Eight years after Demma’s death, he married Lola Moore. His third wife, Alice Culver, survived him.

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).

Cortes and Demma’s daughter Anna died shortly before her third birthday in 1892. Anna’s older sister Frances Eliza passed away at the age of nineteen in 1902 from typhoid.

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 and Lola Marriage License

Marriage License, 1898. Source:


Cortes E. Aikin Death Certificate:

Cortes E Aikin Death Certificate

Death Certificate, 1926. Source:



Cortes Aikin 2

The Titusville Herald, September 7, 1926.

Cortes Aikin

The Titusville Herald, September 11, 1926.





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