S W Erdnase

The History of S W Erdnase

The history of S W Erdnase

Lee Wiley Sinclair (Owner French Lick / West Baden Hotel)


Lillian Sinclair Cooper (Daughter of Owner of French Lick Hotel)

Hotel History and Timeline (Missing Andrews and Wells)


History of French Lick and Hotels (Additional Hotel Owners Shown)


Hiram Elwood Wells (Co-Owner of French Lick Hotel with James M Andrews) Note: Husband of Mary J. Hill; Son of Stephen & Sarah Jane Dark (Drake) Wells


James Monroe Andrews


Malissa J. Dark (Drake) Andrews


Judge Wick Andrews



Iva Irene Drake Andrews


James W. Andrews (Adams County – Decatur)


Andrew A. Adams


Lois Andrew Adams (Autograph Book - French Lick Hotel Owner Daughter)

Lois Andrew was born around 1868, the daughter of James M. and Harriet Andrew in Indiana.  She was educated at the St. Mary’s Institute in Paoli, Indiana.  On December 23, 1890, Andrew married Andrew A. Adams in Paoli.  She and her husband had one child, who was born in 1891.  Lois Adams probably died before 1920.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains an autograph book kept by Lois Andrews while a student at St. Mary’s Institute in Paoli, Indiana.  The book was signed by several of her classmates, including Anna Filbeck, Mary McGarty, Kittie Fitzpatrick, and Jean Shannon.


Bert Andrew (Brother of Judge Wick Andrews)


Harriet Andrew (French Lick Hotel Owner Wife)


James M Andrews (French Lick Hotel Owner)

Andrews in Cave Hill Cemetery Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky


Andrews in Hartford County, Hartford, CT


Andrew A Adams


Lewis H Andrews


Jane Quinn Andrews


James W Andrews (**)


Hattie M Mills Andrews


Charles Edward Ballard (Owner of French Lick Hotel) Note: Casino/Circus Owner


Thomas Taggart (1901 Bought French Lick Hotel Owner / Indiana Senator)


Indiana Landmarks


History French Lick Hotel


Worley Livingston Galloway


Arvilla Lane Galloway


Edward M Galloway (Illinois – Galloway Cemetery)


Clara Galloway (Edwards Wife - She was the daughter of Seth Ballard and Adaline Lee)


E.L. Galloway (Kentucky) Children of Z.M. and S.E. Galloway


Sallie E Galloway


Z. M. Galloway


Infant of W H & S E Galloway (Infant of Wm Henry Galloway & Sarah Elizabeth McKenney/McKinney)


Wilbur Fisk Sanders


Ira Sanders (Father of Wilbur Fisk Sanders)



Wilbur Edgerton Sanders

Helena, Mont., assayer and mine superintendent. Wilbur Edgerton Sanders was born in Ohio in 1861, the son of Wilbur Fisk Sanders and Harriet Peck Fenn Sanders. When he was 2, the family travelled to Bannack, Idaho Territory. Young Wilbur was educated at public schools in Helena, at the Phillips Exeter Academy, and at the Columbia School of Mines in New York City. He returned to Montana after graduation in 1886. He worked in the field of mining as a mine superintendent, a shift boss, an assayer, a laborer, and a mine owner in Helena, Butte, and the surrounding area. He died in Berkeley, Calif., 6 Aug. 1935.Correspondence and diaries of Wilbur Edgerton Sanders. Collection includes incoming correspondence (1879-1894) from several correspondents, including his brother, James U. Sanders, and their father Wilbur Fisk Sanders. The diaries begin in 1875, when Sanders was still a young boy and chronicle his education and youth to 1882, including trips to Yellowstone National Park in 1880 and 1881. The series resumes in 1887 and depicts his early career in mining to 1890. There is an additional diary for 1896 describing a trip to the Blackfeet Reservation.

Sanders house info


DRAKE Information

Multnomah County OR Archives Biographies.....Drake, LL. B., D.M.D., James Francis September 21, 1868 -


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Source: History of the Columbia River Valley From The Dalles to the Sea, Vol. III, Published 1928, Pages 830 - 834

Author: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company

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Dr. James Francis Drake

     DR. JAMES FRANCIS DRAKE, LL. B., D. M. D., a successful representative of

professional interests in Portland, has been continuously engaged in the

practice of dentistry for nearly a quarter of a century and has also attained

prominence in fraternal and military circles here. He was born in Petaluma,

California, September 21, 1868, his parents being Colonel Frank Volney and

Mary (Stephens) Drake, who were married in San Francisco. The father, a native of Belvidere, Illinois, was an attorney at law who served as district attorney of Storey county, Nevada, during "Comstock days." He died in Reno, Nevada, in 1908, while on his way home to Portland, Oregon. His wife, Mrs. Mary (Stephens) Drake, was born in Swansea, Wales, a daughter of Thomas and Jane Earl (Fraser) Stephens, who were natives, respectively, of Swansea, Wales, and of Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland. She is a sister of the late Hon. Thomas A. Stephens, at one time circuit judge of Multnomah county, Oregon. In Nevada the family were close friends of "Sandy" Bowers and his wife, of "Washoe" fame. Dr. Drake of this review has a brother and a sister, namely:

Frederick H. Drake, a well known attorney of Portland, is a graduate of

Stanford University, a member of the Chi Psi and Phi Delta Phi fraternities,

served for several years as United States commissioner in Portland and has

been a major and judge advocate general in the Oregon National Guard since

1918. The sister, Virginia Upham, resides in California.


     James F. Drake spent the early years of his life in Virginia City,

Nevada, and numbered among his playfellows James Fair, Jr. He attended the

Lincoln grammar school of San Francisco, California, during what are

remembered as the Dennis Kearney and anti-Chinese agitation days. It was in

the early '80s that he came to Portland with his parents on the

steamship "State of California" and continued his studies in the Central

school under Miss Dimick, the school occupying the present site of the

Portland Hotel. He was also a pupil in the Harrison street school under I. W.

Pratt, was graduated from the Portland high school in June, 1886, and spent a

year in the study of German at Bishop Scott's Academy. While still a boy he

was for several years a regular attendant at the Sundry school services of the

Trinity Episcopal church under Judge Matthew P. Deady, but in later life he

joined the First Presbyterian church. His initial experience in the business

world came to him as an office employe of the J. K. Gill Company, which he

represented in the credit department for about eleven years. His spare time

was devoted to the study of botany under Professor L. F. Henderson, Dr.

Bolander and Thomas Howell. His herbarium of several thousand species and sets

of rare botanical works were given to the University of Oregon. He classified

and mounted an exhibit of five hundred species of Oregon wild flowers for the

World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893. He became interested in

mineralogy and metallurgy through association with Dr. Roland D. Grant, of

the "White Temple," who had one of the finest private collections of minerals

in the country. While on a visit to Butte, Montana, he spent six months in the

smelters of that city, studying metallurgy. During a period of five years he

was actively interested in the work of the Boys' Brigade, predecessor of the

Boy Scouts.


     It was in 1894 that the University of Oregon conferred upon Dr. Drake the

degree of LL. B., while eleven years later, in 1905, he received the degree of

D. M. D. from the North Pacific College. As above stated, he has been active

in the practice of dentistry since 1904 and through the intervening period of

twenty-four years has built up a patronage of extensive and gratifying

proportions. As an educator, too, his efforts have been attended with

excellent results. As a member of the faculty of the North Pacific College, he

was an instructor in the chemical laboratory for several years, taught botany

for three years in the North Pacific College of Pharmacy and for fifteen years

has been instructor of metallurgy in North Pacific College. He was appointed

to prepare and supervise the course of study of the Student Army Training

Corps in that college during the war, and also was a member of the board of

examiners for officers in the Dental Corps.


     On the 21st of October, 1903, in Portland, Dr. Drake was united in

marriage to Stella Kellogg, daughter of Captain Orrin Kellogg. Her family has

been intimately identified with the history of the Columbia basin from 1848 to

the present time and its members have figured prominently in river

transportation and similar activities. Captain Joseph Kellogg, grandfather of

Mrs. Drake, brought the charter for the first Masonic lodge on the Pacific

coast, and west of the Missouri river, to Oregon City in 1848. Mrs. Drake is a

Daughter of the American Revolution in direct line. Her mother crossed the

plains from Iowa in 1864. She is past grand president of the Rebekahs and past

grand matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Drake is a past grand

matron of Oregon and is an officer in the general grand chapter of the Order

of the Eastern Star, being the third Oregon woman who has been so honored. She

is also a director of the Waverly Baby Home of Portland. Dr. and Mrs. Drake

are the parents of a daughter, Dorothea, who was born October 21, 1905, and

was graduated from the University of Oregon with the degree of Bachelor of

Arts in 1927. She is now a high school teacher, a member of the Eastern Star

and a Daughter of the American Revolution.


     Dr. Drake has the distinction of being a charter member and one of the

organizers of the Mazamas, having ascented Mount Hood first in 1885. His

military record began in January, 1886, when he became a charter member of

Company I, Oregon State Militia, which was organized in the high school under

Professor R. K. Warren as captain. He was made second lieutenant at the

organization of the First Regiment, Oregon National Guard, under Colonel C. F.

Beebe, was ensign with the first naval militia in the state and became captain

of Company A, First Regiment, Oregon National Guard. He served on the general

staff under Governors Withycombe, Olcott and Pierce and attained the rank of

major in the Guard, with which he was connected for fifteen years. He was

commissioned major of infantry of the Officers Reserve Corps. For three years

Dr. Drake served on the board of education of Portland and it was during his

incumbency that the Benson Polytechnic School, the Franklin high school and

several grade schools were constructed. It was also during this period that

the United States became involved in the World war and the members of the

board of education were confronted with the problems which arose in

consequence thereof. The Benson Polytechnic School was used by the gov-ernment

as a military training school.


     In Masonry Dr. Drake has attained the thirty-third degree honorary, A.

and A. S. Rite. He belongs to the following bodies: Portland Lodge No. 55, A.

F. & A. M., of which he is a past master; Washington Chapter No. 18, R. A. M.;

Washington Council No. 3, R. & S. M.; Washington Commandery No. 15, K. T., of

which he is a past commander; Al Kader Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of which he

is a life member; and the Order of the Eastern Star, of which he is past grand

patron. He is, moreover, an honorary member of the Luther Burbank Society and

also has membership in the Royal Rosarians and in two Greek letter societies,

Psi Omega and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the latter a dental honor fraternity. He

is a member of the Cambrian Society and the Order of Scottish Clans. Dr. Drake

was made a member of Chee Kwong Tong, a worldwide organization that assisted

Sun Yet Sen to establish the republic of China, being one of the few white men

initiated into this secret society. Because of the interest which he

manifested in his work in this connection, his daughter was given the

title "Mook Lan," by Hong Yu Wei, after the Joan of Arc of China, a girl who

led a Chinese army against the Tartars, a prominent character in China during

the latter years of the struggle.


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Drake Publishing



Drake Families


Charles Alfred Taylor (Marion County – Taylor Brothers)


Louisa Harriet Jayne Goodwin


Drake Mystery


From: marie yeager < firehorse1331@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [DRAKE] Drake Robinson Wisconsin
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 09:14:53 -0400
References: <b8b771180906041755j59808cb3n1b2f07d325947008@mail.gmail.com> <000c01c9e599$23153840$693fa8c0$@net>
In-Reply-To: <000c01c9e599$23153840$693fa8c0$@net>

Good Morning Susan,

Where did you find the SSDI listing November as the DOB, The one I
found lists January, and I Did find a Birth record in chicago listing
November will need to see how much it will cost to get it for him.

I am very confused on this one. I will begin at the beginning. I met
Frederick in High school about 25 years ago. He lived in Southampton
NY, I lived in Mattituck other than the Drake surname, we are probably
unrelated. Around this past January when Facebook became hot, he
found me and it turns out he does not live very far from me. He
remembered that I did some research and he started asking questions.
It took from then until this week to get anything out of him. Last
night he started to open up.

What he told me was his father was born 1/5/1930. Name James
Frederick Drake. He said His father was Born in Aurora, Kane County
Ill. Mother Rose/Rosa and Father Frederick J. Drake.

The information I sent last evening he said is for sure a match for
Rose's Family. However I cannot pinpoint his Drake's I am attempting
to find a brother who should have been born before 1925 Name Raymond.
Found him in aurora public records. (See Raymond Drake below)

U.S. Public Records Index about Raymond E Drake
Name:Raymond E Drake
Birth Date:Dec 1925
Phone Number:892-1209
Address:1550 Crestwood CT, Aurora, Illinois 60506-1001 (1992)
[900 E Lake, Aurora, Illinois 60538-0401 (1974)]

There was a sister born later, Named Helane

He believes his Drakes are from Wisconsin as well moved to Ill as were
Roses. But again I have yet to pinpoint the Drake side yet.

He said he would try to get more information for me this evening.
This may be a tough one.


On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 12:50 AM, Sscotty< sscotty@cox.net> wrote:
> I know this doesn't match the dates that you have but social security death
> index lists a James F. Drake b. b. 5 January 1930 d. 11 September 1993
> Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY. Per Social Security death index. S.S. Issued
> in Illinois before 1951.
> Your original message wasn't very clear.(or maybe it's just me) E-mail me
> off list with more info on your friend with his full name and year of birth
> etc. and I will see what I can find.
> Susan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: drake-bounces@rootsweb.com [mailto: drake-bounces@rootsweb.com] On
> Behalf Of marie yeager
> Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2009 7:56 PM
> To: drake@rootsweb.com
> Subject: [DRAKE] Drake Robinson Wisconsin
> Looking for a James or Frederick Drake that may have been married into
> the Robinson Family The robinsons were from ill and wis, and England.
> 1880 Census puts the father henry robinson in Plattville Grant
> Wisconsin. I have found the following so far  The daughter rose in the
> 1910 married a Frederick James Drake  It has taken me almost 30 years
> to get this much out of my friend.. His father was James Frederick
> born ill and died in Southampton NY
> 1900 United States Federal Census about Hazel H Robinson
> Name:   Hazel H Robinson
> Home in 1900:   Platteville, Grant, Wisconsin
> Age:    8
> Birth Date:     Jan 1892
> Birthplace:     Wisconsin
> Race:   White
> Ethnicity:      American
> Gender: Female
> Relationship to head-of-house:  Daughter
> Father's Name:  Henry
> Father's Birthplace:    Wisconsin
> Mother's Name:  Minnie M
> Mother's Birthplace:    Wisconsin
> Marital Status: Single
> Residence :     Platteville City, North Side, Grant, Wisconsin
> Occupation:     View on Image
> Neighbors:      View others on page
> Household Members:
> Name    Age
> Henry Robinson  36
> Minnie M Robinson       34
> Gretta M Robinson       10
> Hazel H Robinson        8
> Raymond Robinson        3
> Nina Robinson   1
> Fayette Rieser  47
> Bert Mc Kown    21
> 1910 United States Federal Census about Hazel Robinson
> Name:   Hazel Robinson
> Age in 1910:    18
> Estimated Birth Year:   abt 1892
> Birthplace:     Wisconsin
> Relation to Head-of-house:      Daughter
> Father's Name:  H G
> Father's Birth Place:   Wisconsin
> Mother's Name:  Mernie
> Mother's Birth Place:   Wisconsin
> Home in 1910:   Aurora Ward 4, Kane, Illinois
> Marital Status: Single
> Race:   White
> Gender: Female
> Neighbors:      View others on page
> Household Members:
> Name    Age
> H G Robinson    44
> Mernie Robinson 40
> Hazel Robinson  18
> Raymond Robinson        13
> Rose Robinson   11
> Francis Robinson        8
> L Fredrick      26
> Sophie Lavoy    41
> 1910 United States Federal Census about Hazel Robinson
> Name:   Hazel Robinson
> Age in 1910:    18
> Estimated Birth Year:   abt 1892
> Birthplace:     Wisconsin
> Relation to Head-of-house:      Daughter
> Father's Name:  H G
> Father's Birth Place:   Wisconsin
> Mother's Name:  Mernie
> Mother's Birth Place:   Wisconsin
> Home in 1910:   Aurora Ward 4, Kane, Illinois
> Marital Status: Single
> Race:   White
> Gender: Female
> Neighbors:      View others on page
> Household Members:
> Name    Age
> H G Robinson    44
> Mernie Robinson 40
> Hazel Robinson  18
> Raymond Robinson        13
> Rose Robinson   11
> Francis Robinson        8
> L Fredrick      26
> Sophie Lavoy    41
> Name:   H D Robinson
> Home in 1920:   Aurora Ward 4, Kane, Illinois
> Age:    55 years
> Estimated Birth Year:   abt 1865
> Birthplace:     Wisconsin
> Relation to Head-of-house:      Head
> Spouse's name:  Minn Le
> Father's Birth Place:   England
> Mother's Birth Place:   England
> Marital Status: Married
> Race:   White
> Sex:    Male
> Home owned:     Rent
> Able to read:   Yes
> Able to Write:  Yes
> Image:  12
> Neighbors:      View others on page
> Household Members:
> Name    Age
> H D Robinson    55
> Minn Le Robinson        53
> Helen Robinson  18
> Hazel Robinson  28
> Rose Robinson   20
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Re: [DRAKE] Drake Robinson Wisconsin by marie yeager < firehorse1331@gmail.com>

Drake Family Genealogy




The Emily Nelson Chapter, Daughters of the American

Revolution, Washington, D. C., has obtained from the

Goshen Library and Historical Society, Inc., through

donation to the Society, a copy of its material on

the Drake Family. The material that follows is

certified to be a true and correct copy of that on

file in the Library in Goshen, New York, with certain

supplemental material compiled by this Chapter on some

members of the Drake and related families. See pages

1-5 and 32-34 for this supplemental material. To

simplify research an index has been added.

Doreen Baker (Mrs. Charles) of 54 Kaymar Drive,

Ottawa 9, Ontario, has done considerable research on

one branch of the Drakes -- 1) John, 2) Benjamin,

3) William who married Margaret Dowdle, moved to

Canada, and is buried there. Mrs. Baker's Aunt has

the family Bible, and Mrs. Baker furnished a copy

of the letter written July 23, 1898 (see page 37),

when the Drakes were among those attempting to

establish their ancestry to Anneke Jans in connection

with the Trinity Church property. The

names in the letter are not included in the index.

Imogene H. Lane

Regent, Emily Nelson Chapter


March 1970

something of Virginia

County of Arlington

Subscribed and sworn to before me by Imogene H. Lane, who is personally known

to me,

the 2nd day of March, 1970

Bess H. Adams

My Commission Expires 4/24/72



Drake (Dratts; Dratz, Draeck)

Abby 16 Francis 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20,

Abigail 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 22, 27 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35

Abigail 8, 27 Francis, Sir 23

Abigal 5 Frances 9

Abraham 24, 28 Frank 14, 17, 24, 25, 26

Abraham Hyden 27 Frank, Mrs. 11

Alice 28 Frank (Franklin)14, 16

Amos, Capt. 12 G. E., Miss 14, 16

Ann Eliza 17 George 4, 28

Annus 8 George Nelson 17

Archibald S. 8, 10 George Washington 4, 10

Asa 5, 25, 26 Grassett (Groset) 2, 3, 8, 9, 22

Azariah 12 Hamilton 4

Benjamin 1, 3, 8, 12, 13, 15, 25, 26, 27 Hannah 2, 4, 8, 9, 12, 15, 22,

25, 27

Benjamin David 27 Hannah C. 5, 32

Benjamin, Jr. 8 Henry 17

Benjamin Russell 27 Hester 12, 25

Betsey (Betty) 14, 15, 16, 20, 24 Hester A. 9

Burges 8, 22 Hiram 4

Catherine 9, 15, 24, 25, 26 Ida May 17

Clarissa 9 Irving C. 17

Clementine A. 17 Mrs. Irving 26

Clemmie 17 Isaac 25, 26

Colonel 12 Jacob 8, 13, 25

Comfort David 27 James 3, 8, 13, 15, 22, 24

Crompond 13, 15 James K. 12

Cozia (Keziah) 15 Jemina 24

Curtis 4, 14 Jennie 17

Daniel 3, 8, 12, 15, 24 Jeremiah 4

David 3, 4, 15 Jesse 9, 22

David G. (Grassett, Groset) 3, 4, 9 Job J. 3

David H. (Haines) 4, 10 John 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13,

14, 15, 16, 24,

Davis 3 25, 26, 27, 28, 35

Edward 3 John, Capt. 12

Eleanor 3, 7 John Jr. 7

Elijah 3 John Wheaton 27

Elizabeth 15, 28 Jonathan 8, 12, 15, 24

Emily 10 Joseas Jansen 1, 6

Ephraim 4, 14, 16 Joseph (Josiah) 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12,

13, 14,

Esther 2, 7, 8, 22 15, 16, 23, 25

Eunice 5, 32 Joseph, Jr. 15

Everhardus 13 Josiah 13

Fanny 5 Joshua 3, 4, 12, 16, 21, 24

Floyd S. 9 Julia 24, 25, 26


Katie 17 William 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15,

22, 23 24, 25

Lawrence 35 William Jr. 3

Levi 3 William R. 20, 21, 22

Louis L. 26 Zebiah 24

Magdalena 2 Zephaniah 1, 3, 4, 8, 12, 13,


Margaret (Peggy) 4, 8, 12

Maria 9

Martha (Patty) 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 25, 27

Martimus 1

Mary 2, 4, 14, 15, 35

Mary (or Polly) 8

Mary Abigail 4

Mary Elizabeth 10

Mary Jane 4

Mary Nora 35

Mathew 24

Nancy M. 17

Nathan 8, 12

Nelson 4

Paul 26

Peter 21, 23, 24, 25, 26

Petronella V. 35

Phebe (Phebee, Phoebe) 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 22, 25, 35

Polly 8, 12, 35

Rebecca (Rebekah) 4, 14, 16

Reuben 3

Rhoda (Rhody) 3, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Richard 4, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 28, 35

Robert 3, 28

Roderick 4

Ruba 5

Rufus 3, 4, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 19, 20, 26, 30

Ruth 3, 15

Sally 24

Samuel 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 15, 24, 25, 32

Samuel, Jr. 5

Sarah 3,4, 8, 9, 12, 21, 24, 25, 26

Sarah Etheliand 17

Sarah H. 9

Sarah Jane 4

Susan 9

Susana 3

Theodore 5

Theresa 8, 12

Thomas 3, 14, 28, 35

Thomas J. W. 27

Timothy 4, 35

Victor M. 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26


Allen, L. N. 14 Burt, E. W. 26, 27

Arnold, ______ 15 Elizabeth 26

Cozia 4, 7, 15

Avery, Lillian Drake 2 Carman, Any 15

Ayers, Ruhamah (Ruhamah) 7, 25 Carpenter, Dolly 31

Banker, John 9 Eunice 4, 5, 15, 32

Maria 4, 9 James W. 20

Beach, Agnes 25 Champion, B.B. 20

Ayers 25 Churchill, John 28

Charles 25 Sir Winston 28

Elizabeth 25 Clark, Rebecca 13, 14, 15, 16

Mary Elizabeth 25 James 14

Samuel 25 Rufus A. 16

Sylvester 25 Clegg, Barbara L. 33, 34

Theodore 25 James 34

Bell, _____ 25 Norman 33

Benjamin, Huldah 31 Sandra 34

Biers, Catherine 7 Terra 34

Bogardus, Anna 6 Close, Rev. Joh 15

Anneke Jans 6, 26, 27 Coch (Cock) Anneka 6

Cornelius 6 Cole, Rachel C. 9

Rev. Everardus 6 Coleman, Betsey 14, 16

Jonas 6 Gideon 30

Peter 6 Colfax, Robert W. 9

William 6 Colville, Cpat 15

Bradner, _____ 6 Conkling, Martha 7

Colvil 1 Cooley, Susan 10

Elizabeth 15 Coolman, Mary 14, 16

Rev. John 14, 18 Cooper, Anthony 9

Joseph 1 Anthony D. 9

Brodhead, Richard 2 Caroline 9

Brouwer (Brewer, Brower), Adam 1, 6, David D. 9

Aeltjie Adams 1, 6 Hannah 9

Jacobus 6 Jonah 10

Magdalena 1, 6, 12, 13 Mary 9

Magdalena Jacobs Vardon 6 Stephen 9

Bull, Anne 30 Stephen H. 9

Benjamin 29 Corbett (or Cabett), Medora 14

Catherine 16, 30 Corwin, William 14

Edmond 29 Crane, Stephen 7

Isaac 14, 16, 30 Curwin, Anna 15

James 29 Dains (or Daines), Charles D. 9, 22

John 16, 29, 30 Hannah 9

Nancy 16 John 9

Peter 16, 30 John Archibald 9

Rachel 14, 16, 30 Phoebe 9

Sarah Mullener 16, 30 Phoebe Maria 9

Thomas Mullener 30 Sarah E. 9

William 14, 29, 30 William H. 9


Daish, Beverly Grace 35 Hawks, cont.

Lawrence Eager 35 Barbara L. 34

Lois Annetta 35, 36 Benjamin Franklin 5, 32

Nellie Grace 35 Bernice L. 34

Phoebe 35 Bernice Laura 33

Walter 35 Carolyn Moore 34

Walter Eager 35 Cephas 32

William Marion 35 Charles Seymour 32

Davis, Julia 7 Dean 34

Dekay, Hannah 15 Delena Anna 34

Dubois, Col. 12, 13 Delena Osborn 33

Lewis 13 Earl Paul Morton 32, 33, 34

Madam 12 Edward Clinton 32, 33

Dun, Hannah 31 Eleazer 32

Dunning, Caroline 5 Elsie Peterson 34

Duryea, George 16 Ernest M. 34

Mary 30 Ernest Manderson 32, 33

Eager, Harriet 35 Frances, A. 32

John 35 Franklin Thomas 32, 33

Mary Eliza 35 Gladys Schroyer 33

Peter 35 Hannah C. 5, 32

Samuel W. 3 Hannah E. Wilson 32

Egbert, John 9 Harriet Short 33, 34

Ellicott, C. G. 20, 21 Imogene Thetis 33

Elmore, Amelia 4, 7, 15 Jacqulyn Gail 33, 34

Emken, Lettie 34 Jane Ann 34

Evans, Edward 3 Lettie Emkien 34

Farwell, Rebecca 5 Lilian Harkness 33

Faulkner, William 14 Lucinda 32

Finch, Theodore 9 Joseph 32

Fly, John 35 Manford 33, 34

Foster, James 15 Manley D. 33, 34

Frizel, Orpha 33 Marguerite Kilman 34

Fuller, Uriah 7, 25 Orpha Frizel 33

Fullerton, Daniel 30 Paul 32

Gale, Susan J. 10 Raleigh 33, 34

Galliway, family 21, 22 Robert 34

Gouge, Mrs. 29 Robert Chamberlin 33

Graham, Felix 16 Robert S. 32

Grassett (Groset, Grosset) Martha 2, 6, 25, 26 Robert Verle 32, 33, 34

Handy, Sarah 1, 2 Roy F. 32, 33

Harkness, Lilian 33 Sarah E. McCaulley 32

Harris, Sarah 35 Vernon 33

Hartgers, Fytje 6 Wayne 34

Hauser, Susanna 3 Wesley 32

Hawks, Alwyn Burr 33, 34 Wilbur K. 33

Angeline 32 Haxton, Fanny 25, 26

Annie E. Parker 32 Helme, Anselme 14

Anna Stebbins 32 Helms, Deborah 35

Arthur Charles 32, 33 Helmes, ______ 16

Hempstone, Mary 32


Henry, Norman Dean 33 Howell, Nathaniel, Jr. 14

Hicks, Jacqulyn Gail 33, 34 Paul 14

John 33, 34 Hoyt, Frederick A. 20

Jonell 34 Humphrey, Robert 7

William D. 34 Jackson, Abel 7

Hinchman, Mrs. Margaret 12 Alexander 7, 25

Hoffman, James F. 18, 19 Eleanor 7

Holberg, Bernice 34 Esther 7

Joseph 34 James 7

Holbert, Almeda 9 Martha 1, 2, 7, 25

Almira 9 Mary 7

David Coe 9 Jans, Anneke 6, 13, 26, 27

Emily 9 Jansen, Roeloff 6

Frances 9 Johnson, Abigail 12

Hezekiah 9 Kermer, Christina 11

James 9 Ketcham, ______ 14

Lewis 9 Kierstede, Sarah 6

Samuel 9 Kilman, Marguerite 34

Samuel Floyd 9 King, Joseph 16

Susan Theresa 9 Knapp, Aaron 7

Thomas 9 Abigail 8, 12, 25

Holland, J. C. 27 Ann 8

Holly, Betsey 8 Caleb 8

Daniel 31 Daniel 7

Ebenezer 30 Esther 1

Elinor 8 Hannah 8

Esther 8 Hannah Holly 8

Hannah 8, 29, 30 Jabez 8, 9

James Telverton 31 James 7, 25

Jesse 8 James, Jr. 7

John 8 John 7

Joseph 1, 8, 25 Margaret 7

Joseph Oldfield 31 Mary 7

Martha 1, 8, 30, 31 Nathaniel 7

Mary 1, 2, 8, 15, 30 Nelly 7

Noah 30 Sally 7

Ruba 5 Stephen 7

Samuel 8, 30 William 7, 8

Timothy 31 Krap, Esther 2

William 30, 31 Lakes, Mary 3

Zaphaniah 8 Lambright, Ezra 5

Holmes, Martin 25 Lane, Harry H. 32

Horner, James 3 Imogene Hawks 32

Horton, Dr. 16 Lawrence, Jessica 9

Elizabeth 6, 11 William A. 9

House, Lois Annetta 36 William B. 9

Nova Wesley 36 Lexington, Eleanor 27

Robert Brian 36 Lowe, Judge 12

Ronna Lee 36 Lyons, Henry 27

Sally Anne 36 Martha Drake 27

Susan Elaine 36


Manhart, John 27 Pierson, Josiah 16

Marshall, Abigail 16 Jubal 14. 30

McAllister, Mr. 9 Martha 16

McCain, Joseph 12 Mary 16

McGaulley, Sarah 32 Rachel 16

McDolles, Mrs. 25 Rhoda 14, 16, 17, 30

McDowell, Capt. 3 Sarah 16

McGregor, Annetta 35 Silas 14, 16

McKain, Gen. _____ 12 Silas, Jr. 16, 36

Meachanof, Luther 9 William 16

Miller, Hugh 29 Poppino, _______ 7

Levi 33 Potter, Phebe 5, 25, 26

Minturn, Fanny 9 Raleigh, Sir Walter 28

Mitchell, James 14 Reeves, Experience 30

Moffin, Clyde 5 Rhodes, Clarissa 9

Moffit, Frances 16 Edmond S. 9

Moon, S. C. 9 Esther 9

Moore, Carolyn 34 Henry A. 9

Mrs. Lizzie Beach 25 James 9

Moss, Fannie E. 9 James L. 9

Mulliner, Anna 30 Samuel H. 9

Peter 30 Sarah 9

Sarah 14, 30 Roe, Elizabeth 15

Munsell, Joel 27 R. M. 19

Oakley, Augustus 30 Roeloffson, John 6

Catherine 30 Rollins, Denny 24

Elizabeth 30 Rollis, Denus (Denny) 23

Hannah 30 Russle (Russell), Ruhama 25

Isreal 30 Sawyer, Moses 8

John 30 Schroyer, Gladys 32

Lavinia 30 Selee, Polly 27

Matilda 30 Seely, Betsey Elizabeth 21

Sarah 20 James 22

Thomas 30 Jonas 22

Oadfield, Martha 2, 6, 20 Thomas 22

John 2 Shiver, Jane 35

Joseph 2, 6 Short, Harriet 33, 34

Orr (Ora), John 14 Simmons, Nobel 5

Mary 14 Sloat, John 15

Widow 13, 14 John Drake 4, 7, 15

Osborn, DeLena 33 Smith, _____ 15, 25

George 33 Caleb 8, 15, 31

Joanna Massersmith 33 Capt. 18

Lolo A. 33 Caty 4, 7, 15

Palmer, Elizabeth 10 Isaac 1

Parker, Annie E. 32 Joseph Drake 4, 7, 15

Parshall, Abigail 16 Mary 8, 9

Payne, Jemina 14 Matilda 31

Thomas 17 Sarah 8, 25

Peterson, Elsie 34 Stephen 31

Phillips, William 12 Sparks, Mary 15


Stanton, Frank 35 Wood, cont.

Jonathan 35 Mary 14, 35

Mehetable 35 Timothy 32

Stebbins, Anna 32 Worth, Betsy 5

Stewart, Ronald Stanley 36

Stivers, Moses D. 20

Studley, Mrs. Diane 25, 26

Swartwout, Aaron 22

Betsey 21, 23

Sybrant, Wyntje 6

Terry, Charlotte 17

Mary Jane 17

Nancy Maria 17

Thompson, Abigal 5

Thompson, George 16

Thomson, W. 1

Tice, John W. 9

Tompkins, Judge 17

Totten, _______ 7

Townsend Kate 17

Vail, Daniel 1

Hector 17

Irving 17

Nancy 35

Rufus J. 17

Samuel 9

Van Brugh, Cathrina 6

VanCampen, Helen 3

VanTiller, Gov. 6

Verdon, Magdalena Jacobs 1

Jacob 1

Mary Badie 1

Walker, Susan 25

Watkins, Joanna 30

Webber, Wolfert 6

Wells, Sarah 14, 29, 30

Wassells, Dirck 6

Whitaker, ______ 14, 16

Wilkin, Jonathan Stanton 35

Jos. 35

Mary 25

Peter 35

Phoebe Ann 35

William, Prince of Orange 6

Willson, Isaac 12

Wilson, Hannah E. 32

Winnings (Winings, Winans), Betsey 4, 7, 15

Daniel Drake 4, 7, 15

Icabod 4, 7, 15

Wood, Abner 8

Hannah Knapp 8, 9, 10

John, Major 32

Matilda 32



In the history of the Drake family of Orange County, New York, one is immediately confronted with

the preponderance of evidence that indicates at least most of them were of Dutch origin. The

following is quoted from page 120 of Berthoad Fernow Calendar of Wills, N. Y., Colonial Dames of N.

Y. 1896:

517 (D 108) "Drake, John of Goshen Prect., Orange Co.,

1779 Yeoman, Wife Martha, sons Benjamin, Joseph,

Febry, 6 Samuel, William and Zephaniah, heirs of son

1780 John, daughters Martha Jackson, Mary Holly

Jany, 28 and Esther Knap, granddaughters Martha and

Mary, das., of Joseph Holly. Home farm, land

in Queens and Kings counties, inherited from

grandfather Adam Brewer; personal estate.

Executors Captain Colvil Bradner and son

Joseph, Witnesses Daniel Vail of Goshen,

weaver, Isaac Smith and W. Thomson."

Thus this was the son of Joseas Jansen Drake and Aeltjie Adams Brouwer, and the grandson of

ADAM BROUWER (Brewer) and Magdalena Jacobs Verdon as shown in the Family Genealogies,

Nova Caesarea Chapter, D.A.R., N.J., Vol 3, pp.53, 54, which states in part:

"Joseas Jansen Dratz from Holland married Aeltjie Adams Brouwer,

March 30, 1682. She was the daughter of Adam Brouwer (Berckhoven)

and Magdalena Jacobs Verdon (daughter of Jacob and Mary Badie

Verdon, "(Dutch Church Records).

* * * * * * * * * *

"Joseas Jansen Dratz or Drake was, as his name implies, a son of John

Draeck of Maestricht, in Holland, (the son perhaps of Martinue Draeck* *


"Martinus Draeck was an eminent Churchman and member of a nobel

family. He was born at Maestricht and died Nov. 10, 1667. Cootin

Niew Nader Landsch Biographic Wordenbook Vol. 6, p. 45."

Records indicate that John Drake married Magdalena Brouwer (his cousin).

The date given by the Nova Caesarea Chapter, however, is 1718, and lists their children as follows

with this additional information on Samuel Drake:

1. Benjamin

2. Josiah

3. John married Christina Kermer August 13, 1749, and had issue.

4. Samuel married Jan. 19, 1752 Sarah Handy of Amwell, N. J. and had


5. William

6. Zepheniah


7. Martha (Jackson)

8. Mary (Holly) Jos.



9. Esther (Krap.)

"Samuel Drake listed above was a Captain in the Revolutionary

war born in Long Island New York and all these children were.

Samuel Drake and Sarah Handy had several children among them:

Hannah Drake born Nov. 15, 1769 married Richard Brodhead born

July 1, 1772 and lived in Stroudsburg, Penna. Hannah Drake

died July 31, 1832."

This John Drake appears to be the same one who married Martha Oldfield before 1741. It was at

this time that Martha's father, Joseph Oldfield, died, and Martha Drake was a heir to his estate. See

page 290 of Berthoed Fernow Calendar of Wills, N. Y. Although the date of death of Magdalena

Drake has not been ascertained, it would appear that she may have died and John Drake married

Martha Oldfield before his daughter Martha was born in 1723. (according to bible records) or 1732

(according to cemetery records). It seems unlikely that a child would have been named Martha had

she been the child of Magdalena and John Drake, for nowhere in the earlier genealogies of these

families does the name of Martha appear.

As to the Oldfield family, the first one recorded is John Oldfield who died between October 4, 1689

and May 25, 1691. He lived at Southampton, Long Island, New York. His name is recorded March

10, 1640, as having settled there during the preceding 12 months. John Oldfield married probably

before 1661 Sarah______. One of their children was Joseph who was of age by 1696-97. He lived

in Jamaica and was a wealthy farmer, but moved to Goshen, Orange County, New York, sometime

prior to May 14, 1741. His will mentions six of seven known children, See the Oldfied Family in

American Historical Co., Inc., Its Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages of America, 1959, Volume

20, pp. 61-62. Joseph Oldfield married Martha Grassett, and you will note the name of Grassett or

Groset in the Drake Genealogy.

The various Drake lines in the Drake Family Notes are at times difficult to follow, and for this

reason it is suggested that you use "DRAKE GENEALOGY in the Line of Samuel Drake of Lower

Smithfield Township, Northampton (now Monroe) County, Pa. by Lillian Drake Avery. Pontiac, Mich.,

1926 (privately printed), as a guide when research the Orange County Drakes.

Concerning Samuel Drake, son of John, under No. 9 on page 8, you will note he is said to have

settled in Pennsylvania after 1789 and had 12 children. From the Nova Caesarea Chapter records

quoted above, as well as the records found in the DRAKE GENEALOGY by Lillian Drake Avery, and

this material set out below, it seems clear that 1789 is the date of death rather than the date he

settled in Pennsylvania. Book 291, Genealogical Forms, Series 4, Vol. 27, DAR National

Headquarters, Washington, D. C., give the following information on Samuel Drake: born 1732 Long

Island, N. Y. Died 1789 Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Married 2-2-1752 Sarah Handy, b.

ca 1734 died 1811. Their children were:

Eleanor b. 1752 m. James Horner

Samuel b. 4-23-1774 m. Margaret Hoagtelling

Sarah b. 1753

Susanna b. 8/1758

Ruth m. Capt. McDowell

Robert m. Hannah M. Richard Brodhead, b. 1769 - d. 1831



Martha m. Edward Evans


Elijah b. 1759 or 1760 m. Abigail Stoddard; 2nd Sally Webster

Joseph b. 10-8-1760 m. Mary Lakes; 2nd Susanna Hauser

Levi b. 3-29-1771 m. Helen Van Campen

New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, Vol. I (1904), lists the Orange County Militia

(Land Bounty Rights). On page 255 the following Drakes are listed under the Third Regiment:

Groset, Joseph, William and William, Jr. Under the Forth Regiment on page 256 these additional

Drake names appear: Benjamin, James, and Samuel. In the History of Orange County, 1846-47, by

Samuel W. Eager, Esquire, the following Drakes signed the pledge in Orange County in 1775:

p. 499 - Joseph Drake

p. 500 - Ensign Daniel Drake

Zephaniah Drake

Joshua Drake

Exempts (p. 502) were William Drake and James Drake, See page 530 for a list of those who, in

1775, signed the associatioon in Cornwall, embracing Cornwall, Bloomingrove and Monroe, wherein

there appears the name of Richard Drake.

Early county land records on file in Goshen, New York, show the following Drakes involved in land


1741 John 1821 Benjamin 1827 Job J.

1747 " 1823 David G. 1827 David G.

1765 Joseph 1824 " " 1828 David

1765 Zephaniah 1825 " " 1829 David

1802 Rufus 1825 Davis 1829 Edward

1804 Francis 1826 Rhoda 1830 Edward

1808 Reuben 1826 Edward 1830 Job J.

With the apparent Dutch ancestry of the Orange County Drakes, there is little mention of the Drake

in The Tower of the Lord - In the Land of Goshen by Mildred Parker Seese, which is a history of the

Presbyterian Church in Goshen. On page 32 William Drake in 1784 is listed as making a payment

toward the Minister's salary. In 1790 Samuel Drake married Eunice Carpenter according to the

Church records. In 1796 Sarah, wife of Jeremiah Drake presented a certificate from the Church at

Chester, N. J. "though whe has been many years from that place." (p. 12.) The early pew list (p.

102) included Joshua Drake.

Early Drake Wills and Letters of Administration on file in Goshe, Orange County, New York, include

the following:

Franicis Drake, Book B, p. 47, town of Cornwall, wife Rebekah, sons Ephraim, Curtis, Rufus and

Richard. Among other items was pew in Blooming Grove meeting house to Richard and Rufus with

one-half to daughter, Phebe Drake. Will was dated June 14, 1798, and probated July 31, 1798.

Joseph Drake, Book D, p. 27, daughters Caty Smith, Cozia Arnold, Betsey wife of Icabod Winans;

and grandchildren Joseph Drake Smith, John Drake Sloat, and Daniel Winings; also great

granddaughter Amelia Elmore. Will dated Febuary 12, 1807, and probated August 15, 1807.

David G. Drake of Chester, Book Q, p. 263: Sons, David H. and George Washington Drake;

daughters Maria Banker and Hannah Drake. Will dated January 22, 1831.


Hannah Drake, Adm. F, 288, Hamilton R. Drake a brother * * * of Hannah Drake late of the town of

Blooming Grove in the County of Orange deceased. March 1, 1837.

David Drake, Will Book L., 418, April 9, 1842: Mary, Hannah, William Drake of Warwick, Jebedich

Drake of town of Wallkill, and Hiram Drake, residence unknown. Next of kin, David G. Drake.

Richard Drake, Will Book S, 41, 1852 deceased. Mt. Hope: Widow Sarah.

Phebe, Sarah Jane, Roderick, Nelson and Mary Abigail Drake. Margaret, George and David

Drake, three heirs at law. Joshua Drake witness.

Joshua Drake, Will Book W, 369, Mt. Hope, 1857. Mary A. and Sarah J. Minors in town of New

Windsor. Widow Mary Jane; Nelson Drake and George Drake of Mt. Hope; Margaret Drake, David

H. Drake and Phebe Drake of Wallkill, Roderick Drake, executor.

Zephaniah Drake of town of Warwick, Adm. F, 236. March 31, 1835

Timothy Drake, Adm. G. 59. Nancy Drake inherited. 1838.

A number of the Drakes moved westward by the early 1800's. The following information regarding

Drake families in Ontario County, New York, at leas some of whom were from Orange County, was

furnished by Mr. Clyde Moffin, Ontario County Historian of the Ontario County Historical Society,

Canandaigua, New York, in a letter dated March 1, 1969:

"We have newspapers from 1803 * * *. The dates given are the publishing dates of the papers,

which were weeklies:

1-19-1819 Asa Drake married Phebe Potter at Benton

1-7-1823 Ezra Lambright married Fanny Drake in Lyons

1-7-1823 William Drake married Betsey Worth at Lyons

1-7-1823 John Drake (of Lyons) married Mrs. Rebecca Farwell at Canandaigua.

4-7-1833 Theodore Drake married Caroline Dunning at Canandaigua

2-11-1835 Noble Simmons married Ruba Drake at Bristol

8-30-1826 Samuel Drake, Jr. died at Cincinnati aged 32

8-11-1811 Eunice Drake (dau. of Samuel) died at Canandaigua (no age give)

7-9-1814 Mrs. Samuel D. Drake (Eunice) died at Canandaigua age 41

In further research on Samuel D. Drake, born 1746, who was the son of Joseph, and who married

Eunice Carpenter on June 17, 1790 (Goshen Presbyterian Church Records, p. 80), the records show

that Samuel and Eunice, both born in Orange County, were in New Elmira, Chemung County, New

York, when their daughter Abigal was born in 1794 (Death certificate of Abigal Thompson who died

at Seneca Castle, New York, May 11, 1893, aged 99 years, 2 months 11 days.) By 1809 Samuel

and Eunice were living in Canandaigua, New York, where their daughter Hanna C. was born July 13,

1809 (Death Certificate of Hannah Drake Hawks who died in New York City, June 14, 1897, and

Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps, New York record which shows that she was born in Canandaigua.)

At least two othere children of this family were Samuel Drake, Jr. and Eunice. The 1810 Ontario

County Census records (town of Canandaigua, p. 48) lists one male 10-16 years, one 16-26, and

three females under 10, presumably all children of Samuel and Eunice Drake. Whether any of the

other Drake marriages listed above are children of this family is not known. Mrs. Samuel D. Drake

died at Canandaigua on July 14, 1814. On her tumbstone in the Old Burying Ground, south side of


West Avenue (New York Cemetery, Church and Town Records, Vol. 24, p. 149), is the following

inscription: "Eunice Drake, wife Lieut. Samuell, died July 14, 1814, age 41," The date of death of

Samuel D. Drake or his place of burial has not been located.

Hannah C. Drake prior to 1830 married Benjamin Franklin Hawks who was born in Phelps, New

York, on December 28, 1799. The Hawks family genealogy will be found on pages 32-34.



Data regarding ANNEKE JANS-Bogardus famous one time owner of Trinity Church property in

New York City who is claimed as an Ancestor by many Orange Co., N. Y. residents.

I. According to the tradition ANNEKE JANS, was born in Holland 1605-8 and was said to be the

granddaughter of WILLIAM, Prince of Orange by a morganatic marriage. By this union, he is said to

have had 2 children whom he gave the name of "WEBBER". His son Wolfert Webber b. abt. 1582

died before 1640 supposedly married Anneke Coch (or Cock) and thier daughter was the above

mentioned ANNEKE JANS who md. 1st about 1620 Roeloffe Jansen of Master Land (Holland) who

came to New Amsterdam about 1631. In 1636 he obtained a grant from Gov. Van Twiller for a farm

or Bowerie of about 62 acres which has long been a bone of contention between the heirs of Anneke

Jans and Trinity Church in N. Y. City. Roelof Jansen died about 1637 and his widow married again

(1638) Rev. Everardus Bogardus, and lived with him at what is now 23 White Hall St., N. Y. C. He

was lost at Sea by the wreck of the "Princess" in which he was returning to Holland 1647. His widow

then went to Beverwyck to live and died there before June 21, 1663 when her house was sold to

Dirck Wessells. She made a will Jan. 29, 1663 written in the Dutch language in which she

mentioned her children; Sarah Kierstede; Catrina Van Brugh; Fytje Hartgers and John Roeloffson by

1st husband; and Corelius; Jonas; Peter and WILLIAM Bogardus by her 2nd husband. (It is through

the son William Bogardus that the Drake family is descened from Anneke Jans.) She is buried in the

yard of the Old Dutch Church in Albany.

II. William BOGARDUS, born Nov, 1638 d. 1711 md. 1659 Wyntje Sybrant, their daughter

III. Anna Bogardus bapt. Oct 3, 1663 md. Jan 29, 1682 Jacobus Brouwer b. 1655, d. April 2,

1732/3 (son of Adam and Magdalena Jacobs Vardon Brower). Their daughter

IV. Magdeline Brower bapt. March 8, 1704 died before Dec. 4, 1750 md. Feb 24, 1720 Jan Dratts

(or Drake) bapt. Dec 11, 1687 Flatlands (Brooklyn) (son of Sosias Jansen Dratts and Aeltje Brower,

sister of Jacob Brower above who md. Anna Bogardus). So they were 1st cousins. There was a

JOHN DRAKE who came to the Town of Goshen and died there before Jan. 28, 1780 when his Will

was probated; made Feb. 6, 1779, but whether he is the husband of Magdalina Brower could not be

definitely determined, as he mentioned a wife "Martha" in his Will and 9 children. Some of the

descendants of a John Drake who married Martha Oldfield before May 14, 1741 (daughter of Joseph

Oldfield and Martha Grassett) claim that he (John Drake) was twice married and that Martha Oldfield

was his 2nd wife; and judging from the dates of birth of his children that were found in old Bible in

Detroit, it would seem as if the John Drake who md. Magdaline Brower was also the one who md.

Martha Oldfield, since the names of their children agree with those he mentioned in his will, which is

on file in Albany, N. Y. The children of John and Martha Drake, are as follows:

v. 1. Joseph b. Jan. 8, 1721. Is probably the one who died in the Town of Goshen Aug. 12, 1807,

age 87 years. His Will on file in Goshen, Liber D. p. 27 made Feb. 12, 1807, proved Aug. 15,

1807, in which he mentioned his dau's - Caty Smith; Cozia Arnold; Betsey Winings; and

grandchildren; Joseph Drake Smith; John Drake Sloat; and Daniel Drake Winings; and great

grand-dau. Amelia Elmore. (See page 15 of these notes, 1st part, for further data about him.)

2. John Drake Jr. b. Sept. 14, 1722, Deceased before when his father made his will mentioning

the heirs of his deceased son John without giving their names. Whether he is the John who

married Ruhamah Ayres is not definately known. (See page 25).


* Compiled in 1936 by Elizabeth Horton, Genealogist, Twelve Grove Street, Middletown, N. Y.


3. Martha b. July 15, 1723 (from a Bible) but her tombstone in the Florida Cemetery said, died

Aug. 10, 1819 ae 87-3-25. Married Alexander Jackson b. May 18, 1728 d. March 2, 1818 ae

89-9-14, Buried Florida, N. Y. His will on file in Goshen, N. Y. in (Liber F pg. 209) mentioned

his wife Martha and chn:- Abel; James; Esther; Julia Davis; Mary widow of James Higbee. He

is said to have had these additional chn. not mentioned in his will:- Martha wife of Samuel

Conkling; Eleanor wife of Robert humphrey; and 1 dau. md. a Popino and another md. a

Totten. N.B. Martha's birthdate according to her tombstone would be 1732 instead of 1723 as

given in the Bible; but her descendants claim to be descended from John Drake.

4. Phoebe Drake b. Dec. 29, 1725. Not mentioned in John Drake's Will. She is said to have

married uriah Fuller.

5. Esther Drake b. Aug. 1727 d. 1831; according to descendants who claim she was born

1741. She Md. Nov. 29, 1759 James Knapp b. May 15, 1736 Goshen and was Killed July 22,

1779 in the Battle of Minisink. (Son of William and Margaret Knapp of Goshen). He left 9 chn;

Mary who md. Stephen Crane; Nelly; John; Daniel; Aaron; Sally; Nathaniel; James Jr; and

Stephen who settled in Homer, N. Y.

6. Eleanor b. Nov. 1729. Not mentioned in father's will 1779.

7. William b. Nov. 9, 1730. Was said to have lived near Rural School #17 in Warwick, N. Y.

and to have md. Catherine Biers. And yet in the Daines Family of Chester, there is an old

Bible record giving these dates for a WILLIAM DRAKE who may have been the son of the

John Drake of Goshen, William was born Nov. 22, 1727, d. April 15, 1808, and wife Abigail b.

Dec. 2, 1732 d. Sept. 12, 1785. The Bible stated he was the son of John Drake, but his

birthdate 1727 does not agree with that of the Detroit Bible, 1730. The William Drake of

Chester, left 8 chn. given later. (below)#

8. Jacob Drake b. Sept 5, 1732. Not mentioned in father's Will.

9. Samuel Drake b. Dec. 1733, said to have settled in Penna. after 1789 and had 12 chn.

10. Benjamin Drake b. Nov. 3, 1734 md. 1st April 11, 1754 Sarah Smith; and had chn.;

Joseph, Patty (or Martha); Abigail; Polly; Benj. Jr.; and Zephaniah. He md. 2nd abt. 1775

Abigail Knapp and had chn.: William; Samuel; John; Hannah; Daniel; Jonathan; Peggy;

Sarah; Theresa; Annus and James Drake.


v. #7. WILLIAM DRAKE 1727-1808 md. Abigail ----------1732-1785, Had the following children

from a Daines Family Bible in Chester, N. Y. (The Bible printed 1791 and purchased May 15,

1793, stated William was a son of John).


vi. 1. Hannah b. Feb. 28, 1754 (may have been the one who md. Caleb Smith in Goshen, N. Y.

July 17, 1783)

2. James b. Oct. 1, 1755 (may have been the one who md. May 31, 1779 Mary Holly in


3. Esther b. April 13, 1758


## 4. David Grassett Drake born Dec. 2, 1759 died June 3, 1850 ae 90-5-12. Is buried in the

East-Chester, N. Y. Cemetery. Was a Revolutionary soldier. He md. 1st before

1788 Mary Smith who died June 24, 1824 ag 56-2-9. He md. 2nd Nov 1, 1826

Hannah Knapp widow of Abner Wood and she died March 30, 1829 ae in 45th yr.

(She was the dau. of Jabez and Hannah Holly Knapp.) Both his wives are buried with

him in the Chester Cemetery. His Will is on file in Goshen, Liber Q, p. 250. Made Jan.

22, 1831. Codicil Sept. 12,1840, probated June 14 and Aug. 5, 1850. He had 12 chn.

by his 1st wife and 1 by his 2nd wife; who he mentioned in his Will with the exception

of his deceased son Archibald S. Drake These chn. given later. ##

5. William Drake b. June 9, 1763

6. Burges Drake b. Aug. 8, 1769

7. Phoebe Drake b. Jan 15, 1772

8. Jesse Drake b. July 19, 1775


vi. ## 4 Children of David Grossett Drake and 2 wives Mary Smith and Hannah K. Wood were

as follows:

vii. 1. Frances b. May 9, 1788 d. May 21, 1861 md. before 1807 Samuel Holbert

b. Jan. 22, 1782, d. Nov. 11, 1833. Buried Union Cemetery near Slate Hill, N. Y.

had 5 chn.: Hezekiah; Samuel Floyd; Almeda died young; James; Lewis; and David

Coe Holbert.

2. Sarah b. Dec.3, 1789 d.____1856, md. James Rhodes, who d. Feb. 19, 1833,

Chester, N. Y. Left 6 chn; James L; Clarissa; Esther; Henry A.; Edmond S.; and

Samuel H. Rhodes.

3. Susan b. Dec. 22, 1791 d. May 2, 1854 md. July 6, 1811 James Holbert b.

Feb. 7, 1788 d. Sept. 30, 1871 Chester, N. Y. Had chn; Thomas; Almira wife of

Rober W. Colfax; Susan Theresa; Emily wife of Theodore Finch; (N. B. The dau,

Susan T. md. Wm. A. Lawrence of Chester, N. Y.) 2 chn, d. inf. Jessica and

William B.

4. Phoebe b. July 14, 1793 d.____1854 md. John Dains who d. Sept. 12, 1843 of

Chester, N. Y. Had chn; John Archibald; Chas. D; Phoebe Maria; Wm. H.: Sarah E.,

wife of Edmund S. Rhodes; and Hannah Dains, (N. B. The son Charles D. Dains, md.

Oct . 6, 1852 Rachel C. Cole.)

5. Hannah Drake b. April 10, 1797 md. 1st Stephen Cooper who d. 1831. They had 5

chn.; Caroline; Mary md. Samuel K. Vail; David D.; Anthony D.; and Stephen H.

Cooper; Hannah Drake Cooper md. again either Luther Meachamof, Binghamton, N. Y.

before 1831, but according to a Family Bible she md. Mr. McAllister; so she may have

been 3 times married.

6. Clarissa b. Aug. 5, 1795 md. Dec. 24, 1817 Jabez Knapp. In 1850 they were living

in Centerville, St. Joseph's Co,. Mich.


7. Maria b. Jan. 23, 1799 md. March 16, 1820 John Banker. According

to her father's Will, she kept house for him and he left her $14 yearly.

8. Abigail b. April 15, 1801 md. Nov. 8, 1821 John Egbert. Their descendants

are the family of S. C. Moon of St. Paul, Minn. 1938 who have the David G.

Drake Bible Record.

9. Joseph Drake b. Aug. 5, 1803 d. Aug. 16, 1871. Buried in East Chester,

N.Y. Cemetery with his wife Fanny Minturn who d. Sept. 4, 1854 ae 49-8-14,

He was a farmer in Warwick, N. Y. His chn. were; David G.; Catherine Mariea

wife of John W. Tice; Floyd S.; Hester A.; Fannie E. Moss; and Sarah H.


10. Archibald S., b. March 29, 1805, d. June 9, 1825 unmd. Buried Chester

with parents.

11. Emily Drake b. Feb 7, 1807 md. Jan 4, 1827 Jonah Cooper. They were

living in Keene, Ohio in 1843. In 1850 they were living in Canal Louisville,

Coshooton C., Ohio.

12, David Haines Drake b. Sept 11, 1810 d. Sept. 3, 1852 md Elizabeth

Palmer. He is buried in East Chester Cemetery. Had 1 dau. Mary Elizabeth

Drake. He was Executor of his father's Will which stated that he kept his


By his 2nd wife Hannah Knapp Wood,

13. George Washington Drake, born July 28, 1827. The Bible record stated

that he md. Susan Cooley but the Chester Pres. Church records gave the

marriage of George W. Drake to Susan J. Gale who died in N. Y. C. May 11,

1865 (md. Nov. 22, 1848). Have no further data about them.











The Orange County Drakes

Memoranda by V. M. Drake

Madam Dubois, an aged Lady living on Water Street, Elmira, Chemung Co., N.Y.

has an ancient record of the Drake Family. So informed by Isaac C. Willson,

Chemung, whose wife was a Drake. Judge Lowe of Middleton formerly from

Sullivan Co., N.Y. informs me that his mother was a Drake. Six brothers originally

from Orange County formerly lived along Mongaup River, one of whose names was

Joseph, Zephaniah and others not remembered. Three aged Drakes (William,

Nathan and Azariah living until within a few years at Newton, N.J. were sons of Col.

John Drake of Hunterdon Co., N.J. They also had an aged sister Mrs. Margaret

Hinchman, who recently died at Newark, N.J. All four of these people lived to be

about 80 years of age, Mre. Hinchman dying during the past year. Col. John

Drake's daughter married William Phillips of Ithaca, N.Y. and she may possibly have

the Family Bible. She was the daughter of Col. John Drake's last wife. His

Commission in the Revolutionary Army probably would be found at Amboy, N.J.

Col. John Drake of Hunterdon Co., had named Capt. John Drake also of Hunterdon,

father of Gen. McKains wife (also a Drake) of Lockwood, Sussex Co., N.J. Capt.

Amos Drake of Hope, N.J. is also from this same stock of N.J. Drake's but in

conversation with Col. John Drake of Revolutionary memory but believed himself to

be descended from him never the less. Mrs. Abigail Johnson (Sister of Nathan,

William and Azariah Drake) before referred to, had the Family bible which supplied

the date of the birth and age of Col. John Drake of Hunterdon and furnished his

widow with the record placed on the tombstone of her deceased husband.

Recorded ORANGE COUNTY Drakes

1751 Joseph Drake settled at Chester, owns all the Farm where Joseph C. Drake now lives.

1798 Francis Drake, Will recorded at Goshen, N.Y.

1807 Joseph Drake, Will recorded at Goshen, N.Y.

1736 First Court House erected at Goshen.

1779 John Drake, 1st. died at Goshen, N.Y.

1741 John Drake 1st was married to Magdalena Brower and had 10 children -

as follows: Martha; Polly; Joseph; William; John; Samuel; Benjamin #;

Zephaniah; Phebe and Hester Drake.

1775 Col. Drake was an officer at the Capture of Fort Montgomery.

1775 Francis Drake, one of Town Officers of Blooming Grove.

" " , Overseer of Highways.

1775 Richard Drake, signs pledge of Association; also Joseph Drake.

1776 Francis Drake, " " " " , and Ensighn Daniel Drake.

1777 Francis Drake captured Fort Montgomery, of Co. Dubois' 5th Reg't.

made prisoner Oct 6, 1777 (Riker's Recollections)


# BENJAMIN DRAKE, son of John Drake 1st.; had 18 children by 2 wives - 1st. Miss Smith; 2nd.

Abigail Knapp; as follows: Joseph; Martha: Abigail; Polly; Benjamin; Zephaniah; William; Samuel:

John; Hannah; Sarah; Daniel; Margaret; Theresa; Jonathan; James K.; Phebee; Miss Drake.


1777 Francis Drake, captured, of Col. Drake's Regt.

1777 Muster, Francis Drake reported missing, Col. Dubois's 5th Reg't (See pg.

223 Fernow's record of Rev.)

Francis Drake, Pvt, 5th Reg't. Line. Col. Lewis Dubois. (See N.Y. in the

Revolution, 1896, pg. 41.)

1775 Zephaniah, Joshua, William and James Drake Signed Rev. pledge of


1771 Crompond Drake paid Taxes in Goshen.

1775 Richard and Francis Drake paid taxes in Blooming Grove

1809 Joseph Drake paid taxes in Goshen.

John Drake one of the above named sons of Benjamin Drake, married Magdalena

Brower, youngest daughter? of Aneke Jans and had the following children:-Josiah;

Everhardus; William; Jacob; and John Drake. Magdalena Brower (wife of John

Drake) died at Goshen, N.Y. in the year..........and was granddaughter? of

Anneke Jans of 1666. (N.B. These are conflicting statements, E. H.)

Letter written to Mr. L. N. Allen Nove. 19, 1881 by V. M. Drake of Goshen, N.Y.

"In reply to your note of inquiry respecting the names and dates of birth and death

of the early Drake families in this vicinity, I would say that my father's name was

RUFUS J. DRAKE and he was the son of JOSEPH DRAKE the latter having settled

at Goshen somewhere about the year 1720. My grandfather FRANCIS DRAKE had

children by 3 wives; my father R. J. Drake being the only surviving son by his last

wife REBECCA CLARK. The Orange County records of deeds and mortgages

show that the Drakes were among the earliest and largest holders of real estate in

the vicinity of Goshen, Chester and Blooming Grove. My grandfather FRANCIS

DRAKE was taken prisoner by the British at the Capture of Fort Montgomery and

my Father served 2 years as a Volunteer in the War of 1812. My ancestors were

taxpayers in 1775 and were probably from the 1st organization of the county as the

public records abundantly show. I have no family record of my grandfather's family

only as given me by my mother orally, as she lived in the adjoining neighborhood to

my grandfather at the time of her marriage with my father. The marriage and

baptism of the original Francis Drake's sons and daughter however are duly

recorded in the old Church records in Goshen and also the date of death of Joseph

Drake at the age of 87 yrs. on Aug. 5, 1807 Goshen. One of Francis Drake's (the

1st) wives was known at the time of her marriage with the elder Drake as the

"Widow Orr." She had 2 sons at the time of her marriage. # . What became of

them, I do not know but have thought that the Orr families somewhat distinguished

in the South originally came from Orange Co. It will be seen from the sujoined

record that the Drake name covers about 160 years of the History of Orange Co.

Where the 1st Drake's landed on coming to this Country I am not informed but

probably New Jersey. The family record as I have it reads as follows;


N.B. "The Will of Francis Drake of the Town of Cornwall is recorded in Liber B.

page 47 in Goshen, N.Y. made June 14, 1798. Probated July 31, 1798,

mentioned his wife"Rebecca; and children: Phebe; Ephraim; Curtis; Rufus and

Richard, Executors were Rebecca and Rufus Drake and Anselme Hlme;

Whitnesses were: Paul and Nathaniel Howell Jr. and James Mitchell." (E.H.


(#) N. B. Another record stated that Francis Drake's 3rd and last wife Rebecca

Clark was the "Widow Ora" with 2 chn, John: and Mary who married a Ketcham

and lived in Sugar Loaf, N.Y.

N.B. Francis Drake of Blooming Grove born 1740 (or '46), died 1798. Had 3

wives; name of 1st. was Betsey Coleman (according to Miss G. E. Drake Jan. 6

1870, who said there were 2 chn. by Betsey; viz. Richard and Betsey who md.

a man name Whitaker and lived at Mt. Hope.) Other records stated that Betsey

md. Wm. Corwin and lived in Ohio. 2nd. wife's name not known but she left 4

chn.: John; Frank; Curtis; and Abigail?; By 3rd wife Rebecca Clark had 5 chn.;

Rufus; Rebecca; Ephriam; Phoebe and Abigail? (Thought one wife's name was


Cont. "Letter of V. M. Drake to L. N. Allen concerning family record."

Joseph Drake born 1720 died 1807 aged 87 yrs.

William Drake born 1727 died 1808

Francis Drake (my grandfather) born 1746 died 1790 (8).

Chn. of Francis Drake and 3 wives:

1. Francis (Frank or Franklin). He was said to live at Seneca Lake, NY

2. Abigail Drake died at Livingston, Green Co., NY May 12, 1859 aged

80 yrs. md. 1813 Wm. Faulkner.

3. Curtis Drake md. May 2, 1790 Jeminma Payne.

4. Betsey Drake md. William Corwin in Ohio. Had no children. Died

before 1840.

#5. Richard Drake md. 1811 Mary Wood. He was an own brother to

Frank Drake who lived at Seneca Lake, N.Y.

6. Rebecca Drake; 7. Phebe 8. Ephraim Drake were all chn. of

3rd wife Rebecca Clars as was also 2. Abigail and 9. Rufus J. Drake b.

1777 d. Feb 26 1828 age 51 yrs 6 mos md. at Blooming Grove Church

by Rev. Bradner, 1810 (or 1811 also given) Rhoda Pierson b. 1784 died

Feb 19, 1866 age 83 yrs. (Dau. of Silas Pierson and Rachel Bull; and

granddau. of Isaac Bull and Sarah Mulliner; and of Silas Pierson, Jr. and

Mary Coolman; and great granddau. of William Bull and Sarah Wells.)

Rhoada Pierson had only 1 bro. Jubal Pierson and no sisters.

N. B. Rebecca Clark had a right to property at CosCob Landing, not far from

N.Y. but her right was wrongfully disposed of by her brother James



N. B. # Richard Drake (5) lived and died near Bloomingburgh, Sullivan Co., N. Y.

died 1836. Was the father of 5 sons by wife Mary Wood.

One of his sons Thomas Drake married Medora Corbett (or Cabett) of Watkins

Glen, Schuyler Co., N. Y. Richard Drake was a one-half brother to Rufus J.

Drake of Goshen, N.Y. and his family known as the Bloomingburgh and Mt.

Hope, "Drake's".

Cont. Family Record as recorded by V. M. Drake,

(N.B. These marriages also found recorded in Goshen Presbyterian Church


1. Samuel Drake md. June 17, 1790 Eunice Carpenter (N. B. He was b. 1746)

2. Mary Drake md. Nov. 18, 1779 James Foster (N.B. She was b. 1748)

3. William Drake (N.B. He was b. 1752)

4. David Drake (N. B. He was b. 1754)

5. Joseph Drake Jr. (N. B. He was b. 1756)

6. Francis d. 1798 md. 3 times (1st; Betsey; 3rd, Rebecca Clark)

7. Daniel

8. Catherine Drake md. ...........Smith

9. Ruth Drake md. March 17, 1778 John Sloat

10. Cozia (Keziah) md. ...........Arnold

11. Elizabeth md. March 13, 1784 Ichabod Winans

N.B. The above 11 children are said to be the children of Joseph Drake b. 1720

d. 1807 and his 2 wives; md. 1st. name unknown; md. 2nd. Jan 11, 1753 Amy

Carmen. (See N.Y. Marriages in Albany before 1784.) The will of said Joseph

Drake is on file in Goshen Liber D. pg. 27 made Feb. 12, 1807 probated Aug

15, 1807 in which he mentioned his dau's; Caty Smith; Cozia Arnold; Betsey

wife of Ishabod Winans; and his grand chn. Joseph Drake Smith; John Drake

Sloat; and Daniel Winings; and great Granddau Amelia Elmore.

Cont. Family record was recorded by V. M. Drake (Goshen Marriages)

James Drake md. May 31, 1779 Mary Holly

Hannah Drake md. July 17, 1783 Caleb Smith

Benjamin Drake md. Oct. 25, 1784 Elizabeth Roe

Jonathan Drake md. Dec. 13, 1794 Mary Sparks (Schonch)

Francis Drake md. july 13, 1799 Hannah Dekay

There were other Drakes at Goshen - one Capt. Crompond Drake 1776 and

John Drake 1776, but in what way related to the above is unknown.





N.B. One Elizabeth Bradner (dau of Capt. Colville) md. a ................Drake before


N. B. There was a record of the marriage of one Francis Drake to Annna Curwin

at New Windsor July 26, 1780 both of Blooming Grove, by Rev. John Close.

Francis Drake was said to have had a brother Joshua and an Aunt Abigail

Parshall, and to be the son of Joseph Drake who settled in Chester in 1751.

In a statement made in 1840 by Rhoda Pierson Drake (wife of Rufus Drake) to her

son V. M. Drake were learned these facts about Francis Drake.

Mrs. Drake said that "Francis Drake" was formerly a resident of Long Island and

several years since removed to Orange Co., N.Y. He had, I believe 2 wives, 4

children whose names were - Franklin; John; Richard; and Betsey who were the

chn. of his two 1st wives. After the decease of 2nd wife he md. Miss Rebecca Clark

by whom he had 5 chn. whose names were; Rufus; Rebecca; Abby; Phoebe and

Ephraim. One of the 1st class is dead (Betsey); and 2 of the last viz - Phoebe and

Ephriam. The rest are residing in different places, some in this county and state,

and the others scattered over different parts of the world. I have not the names of

all the chn. that his 1st wife had. Silas Pierson Jr. (my grandfather) was the son of

Silas Pierson, Sr. of L. I. whose family consisted of 8 chn; - viz.; Silas, Josiah md.

Frances Moffit; William was unmd.; Mary; Sarah; Rachel; Martha and Rhoda (wife

of Rufus Drake). (Silas Pierson Sr. said to have md. Mary Coolman of

Hamptonburgh, N.Y.) Silas Pierson Jr. md. Rachel Bull (dau. of Isaac and Sarah

Mullener bull whos other chn. were Peter; John; Catherine and Nancy Bull who

were all dead 1840 except Peter and Nancy.) Capt. Silas Pierson Jr. was md. in

1783 Blooming Grove Church.

Francis Drake died in Blooming Grove where all his children were born. His place

of interment was supposed to be the Blooming Grove Church. His father Joseph

Drake was of Goshen and later of Chester, N.Y. where he died. According to a

letter written June 6, 1870 by miss G. E. Drake, the said FRANCIS DRAKE was a

Weaver; and chorister at Blooming Grove Church. he lived in the town of Bl. Grove

on a grant of land located on the farm of George Thompson. He followed his

occupation of weaving at his home and by which with the selling of fruit earned his

daily bread. It is thought he was buried on the Dr. Horton farm in the burying

ground. He had 2 wives - the 1st was named Colemand and had 2 children Betty

and Richard; Betty md. a man by the name of Whittaker and lived at Mt. Hope,

Richard learned the Blacksmith's trade with George Duryea who lived in the Holler.

The 2nd wife had 4 chn - 2 girls one named Abigail, the other's name I could not

acertain; - they moved West with a man named Joseph King. Rufus Drake learned

of his father to weave and also put his great musical talent into practice by teaching

singing school in different 0laces, Denton, East Division; Ppverty Hollow etc. also

day school in or near Goshen, the old Academy in blooming Grove, etc. Ephriam

Drake the youngest child had the misfortune to get his hand burnt and was lamed;


he learned the trade of a wheelwright with Felix Graham. The building stood just

beyond the house formerly occupied by Gen. H. Duryea.

"G. E. D."

One wife of Francis Drake said to have been a Helms (mother of Rufus A. Clark).

Children of Rufus and Rhoda Pierson Drake were;-

1. Victor M. Drake born March 20, 1813 in upper Smithfield, Wayne Co., Pa. Died

in Goshen, N.Y. June 11, 1894 age 82 yrs. Was a Printer; Editor and Farmer. Was

twice md. 1st 1837 Nancy Maria Terry by whom he had 2 chn; - Henry d. infancy;

and Irving C. born at Goshen 1840 md. in Chicago, Ill. 1868 to Kate Townsend, and

had 8 chn.; Jennie; George Nelson; Ida May; Clemmie; Victor M.; Frank; Rufus b.

1876; and Katie b. 1880. Victor M. Drake md. 2nd. 1846 Mary Jane Terry (sister of

1st wife by whom he had 1 son, Frank, born at Newton, N.J. 1855 where his father

edited a newspaper for some years. Mr. Frank Drake resided in Goshen from 1871

till his death where he was Editor of the Independent Republican - the oldest

newspaper in Orange Co. owned and edited by his father for many years.

2. Rufus J. Drake Jr. b. Nov 13, 1814(15) Goshen, d. there Aug. 18, 1875 age 59-

4 unmarried. (or born in Blooming Grove, N.Y. also given)

3. Ann Eliza Drake born Oct 4, 1819 (or 20) Goshen, md. Hector Vail who died

1860. They had 2 sons; Irving died 1850; and Rufus J. Vail died 1881.

4. Sarah Ethelinds Drake b. March 28, 1823 Goshen, unmd.

5. Clementire A. Drake b. Aug 28, 1825 Goshen, unmd. (d. Jan 8, 1911)

N.B. Victor M. Drake md. 1st Nancy Maria Terry, who died June 5, 1841 in 26th yr.

of consumption (dau of Thomas Payne and Charolette Terry.) She is buried with

her parents in a Family burying ground near the Maples, near Middletown, N.Y.

Henry Drake, infant son of Victor M. and Nancy M. Drake buried there also; died

Sept. 5, 1838 age 5 weeks.

Their other son irving C. Drake b. 1840 Goshen; died in Kansas.

Note: Rufus Drake injured his ankle while putting a back long in the fireplace

making him permanently though slightly lame. He studied law in Judge Tompkins

Office in N.Y. Left the U. S. Army at Sackett's Harbor and tramped to Kingston

where he obtained a situation as school teacher; made a home and came to

Goshen for his family but his wife refused to leave Goshen.


Affadavit of Rhodey Drake for a Government pension for her husband's Service in

the War of 1812, to the Commissioner of Pensions, Pension Office, Washington, D.


State of New York )

Orange County, ) SS

Rhody Drake of the Town of Goshen in said County and State aforesaid being

duly sworn deposes and says, that she is now 82, eighty-two years of age and is

the widow of Rufus J. Drake, dec'd who enlisted in Capt. Smith's Comp. 2nd

Infantry, of United Service on the 4th day of August 1814 for 5 years and was

honorably discharged on the 22nd July 1816 on furnishing a Substitute to fill the

unexpired term for which said Rufus J. Drake enlisted as will also appear frm the

official records of the War Dep't. of the U. S. as deponent is informed and believes.

And deponent further says that Rufus J. Drake departed this life at Goshen

aforesaid on 14th day of February 1828 leaving deponent his widow and 5 five

children. That the said deponent was legally married to the said Rufus J. Drake in

the year 1811 by the Rev. John (?) Bradner, Pastor of the Pres. Church of Blooming

Grove aforesaid; That the deponent and the said Rufus J. Drake resided together

always as man and wife up to the time of the said Rufus J. Drake's decease. And

deponent further says that no land warrant, pension, bounty, back-pay or clothing

was ever issued or received by or in the right of the said Rufus J. Drake for him or

his widow or to any one else in his behalf to the knowledge of deponent as will

appear from said official record. And deponent further says that the said substitute

to finish in the place and stead of the said Rufus J. Drake was furnished at great

expense and trouble and greatly to the detriment of said deponent and her family.

And deponent further says that she has become old, infirm and almost helpless -

that she is wholly dependent upon the liberality and bounty of her children who can

but illy afford the additional expense of maintaining her and desires that what

belongs of right and justice may be paid to her or her legal representatives. And

deponent furthers says that the certificate of the honorable discharge of the said

Rufus J. Drake from the service of the U. S. was lost or destroyed by fire by

accident. And further deponent Saith not.


Rhody X Drake


Whitnessed by

James F. Hoffman, Deputy Clerk, Orange Co.

To Victor M. Drake, Esq. Transcript, from Pension Office, Nov. 21, 1855

Newton, N.J.

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of 22d Sept last


In reply thereto I have to state that no warrant appeared to have issued in right of

your father or Rufus J. Drake dec'd who was a Private in Capt. Smith's Company

2nd Infantry. He enlisted Aug 4, 1814 for 5 years. and was discharged on the 22d

July 1816 on furnishing a substitute. As no evidence appears of his having received

an honorable discharge or 3 months extra pay, you as his heir at law cannot obtain

land in his right.

If his widow servives she should maker her claim under the Act of 1850.

She will obtain a warrant much sooner under that act than under the Act of March

3d, 1855. Respectfully,

Your Ob't servant, R. M. Roe.

For Commissioner of Pensions.

Transcript- Power of Attorney:

Know all men by these presents the I Rhody Drake of the Town of Goshen in

the County of Orange, State of N.Y., widow of Rufus J. Drake deceased who was a

soldier of the Wark of 1812 and 14 having entered in the U. S. 2nd Infantry Aug 4,

1814 for 5 years. and was discharged 22 July 1816 on furnishing a substitute and

appoint my son VICTOR M. DRAKE my true and lawful attorney for me and in my

name to receive, claim, demand and take sue for and collect from the Government

of the U. S., its agents or officers or from the Agents or officers of the State of N. Y.

or from any person or persons whomsoever any and all pension or pensions, lands,

moneys or things whatsoever, which I as widow of the said Rufus J. Drake

deceased am, have been, or can be entitled to claim, have, receive hold or take by

reason of the premises aforesaid, hereby ratifying and confirming all my said

Attorney shall leagally do in the premises,

Witness my hand and seal this eleventh day of December 1865, one thoughand

eight hundred and sixty-five. her

Rhody X Drake


In presence of Jas. F. Hoffman,

State of New York )

Orange County ) SS

On this 11th day of December 1865 personally appeared before me Rhoda Drake

to me personally known to be the individual described in and who executed the

foregoing and within power of attorney and she acknowledges that she executed

the same.

Orange County SS.

On the 14th day of December 1865 before me personally came James F. Hoffman

subscribing witness to the within instrument, to me known who being by me duly


sworn did depose and say that he resided in the Town of Goshen in said County.

That he knew Rhody Drake the individual described in and who executed the said

power of attorney within, that he was present and saw the said Rhody Drake sign by

making her mark and seal and deliver the same as for her act and deed and that

the said Rhody Drake acknowledges and execution thereof, Whereupon the said

James F. Hollman became the subscribing witness there to.

B. R. Chapion

Justice of the Peace,


State of New York ) ( Subscribed and sworn before me this 20th

County of Orange ) SS (day of July 1856. M. D. Stivers, Clerk. )

Be it known that before me Moses D. Stivers, Clerk of Orange County duly

authorized by law to administer oaths, personally appeared Jas. W. Carpenter and

Frederick A. Hoyt, both of the town of Goshen, in said County and being by me

severally and duly sworn did depose and say and each for himself did say, that he

was well acquainted with Thody Drake, late of the town of Goshen deceased; that

she is the identical person named in the affadavit hereunto annexed and to which

her name is subscribed; That they have read the affadavit by her subscribers and

that the material facts stated therein they know of their own knowledge to be true; to

wit; as being the wife of the said Rufus J. Drake, his and said Drake's enlistment,

his subsequent decease, her being his widow and in need of any mean which she

may lawfully claim; and as to the other matters stated in her affadavit, they believe it

to be true.

Jas. W. Carpenter F. A. Hoyt


Excerpts from letters written to Victor M. Drake, Esq., Goshen, N.Y. by William R.

Drake, (Manager) Girard Iron Co., Manufacturers of Bessemer Foundry & Forge Pig

Iron, GIRARD, Trumbull Co., Ohion from Jan. 13, 1881 to June 9, 1881

Jan'y 13, 1881

Victor M. Drake Esq.

Goshen, Orange Co., N.Y.

Dear Sir:

I have a letter from C. G. Elliott, Esq. Dep. County Clerk of your County saying that

you could likely give me some information about my great grandfather FRANCIS

DRAKE who lived and owned property in the Town of Blooming Grove, your County

sometime during the years, say 1771 to 1776 or later. My grandfather, I think, was

born in the town of Chester, your County. His name was Francis Drake. My great

grandmother's Christian name, I think was Betsey. She married


her 2nd husband after her 1st husband Francis Drake died. What I wish to know

is when my great grandmfather settled in Orange Co., N.Y. and what year he died.

Also the year my grandfather was born. The records were taken to Indiana by my

grandmother some 40 years ago and I do not know whether they have been

preserved or not. Any information in regard to my Ancestors from you will be

thankfully rec'd. Hoping to have the pleasure of hearing from you by return mail, I

am, Sir.

Yours very truly,

William R. Drake

Jan'y 26, 1881

Victor M. Drake, Esq. Goshen, NY

Dear Sir: I wrote you on the 13th inst. asking if you could give me any information

about my great grandfather who lived and died either in the town of Chester or

Blooming Grove about the year 1780 or 1790. Possibly later than that. Mr. C. G.

Elliott, Dep. County Clerk informed me that you would be more likely to know

something of the old settlers in your County than any one he could think of. I

presume my letters miscarried as I have not heard from you. My great

grandfather's name was FRANCIS DRAKE. My grandfather was given the same

name. He (the later) was born I think in Chester. I think my great grandmother's

name was before marriage Betsey Swartwout. If you are not acquainted with my

branch of the Drake family and can give me no information in regard to them,

perhaps you can inform me whether there is any of the Swartwout family living in

your vicinity. Please pardon me if I have put you to any touble and let me assure

you that I would willingly reciprocate should an opportunity be presented. I am Sir

Yours very respectfully,

W. R. Drake

Feb'y 4, 1881

Victor M. Drake, Esq. Goshen, N.Y.

Dear Sir: Your valued letter of the 1st inst. is at hand. Please accept my thanks

for your kindness and trouble. The FRANCIS DRAKE that you give me a History of

does not seem to belong to my family. My grandfather married a Betsey Elizabeth

Seely of Romulus, N.Y. He was born as I believe in the Town of Chester, N.Y.

(Orange Co.) and left there when not older than 16 or 18 years. His father, my

great grandfather must have died before passing middle life as his wife, my greatgrandmother,

married her 2nd husband and I believe continued to live in Chester or

thereabouts. The children of my great grandfather were; Francis Drake (my

grandfather); Peter, Joshua, and Sara Drake. My father's grandmother on his

mother's side was of the Galliway family of Orange Co. I shal be pleased to hear


from you at any time and agin please accept my thanks for your kindness and

trouble, I am,

Yours very truly,

W. R. Drake



Feb'y 19, 18881

V. M. Drake Esq, Goshen, N.Y.

Dear Sir; Your interesting lettter of the 17th inst., is before me. It is possible that

your branch of the Drake family may be a part of mine but from what I have been

told by my father I cannot make the connection. My father says he may be

mistaken in his grandfather's name but he thinks it was Francis. His father's name

was Francis and he had 2 brothers and one sister, Peter, Joshua, and Sarah. My

great grandfather must have died when comparatively young as my grandfather had

a step-father and he (my grandfather) could not have been more than 18 years old

when he left Chester. My great grandmother married a very small man. (She was

very large and strong) for her 2nd husband and he, the last husband kept Hotel in

Chester. My father says he remembers hearing his Uncles talk about this

grandmother's quelling the disturbance when the husband could not. I wrote some

time ago to the Postmaster at Chester asking him to give me the name of some of

the oldest inhabitants of Chester and at the same time telling him what I wished to

find out. In reply he said he had handed my letter to Charles D. Daines who as he

said claimed to be a relative and that he also knew where the old Family Bible was,

and would make some inquiries and write me. I wrote Mr. Daines what I wanted but

he has as yet not answered my letter. If this old family Bible could be found it might

throw some light on the subject. I hope you will not think I am asking more of you

then I ought but allow me to thank you for your trouble and kindness already shown,

and should you wish to answer this I shall be happy to hear from you at you

convenience. I am Sir

Yours very truly W. R. Drake

Feb'y 23rd 1881

Victor M. Drake, Esq, Goshen N.Y.

Dear Sir: I received a letter today from Mr. Charles D. Dains of Chester that I wrote

you about. He gives me the record from a Bible owned by William Drake, son of

John Drake as follows:

William Drake was born Nov. 22nd 1727; departed this life April 15th in the

year of our Lord 1808.

Abigail Drake (wife) was born Dec. 2nd, 1732; departed this life Sept. 12th,

1785. Married July 12th 1753.

Children of the above (I suppose)

Hannah Drake was born Feby 28th, 1754


James Drake was born Oct 1st, 1755

Esther Drake was born April 13th, 1758

David Groset Drake was born Dec. 2nd, 1759

William Drake was born June 9th, 1763

Burges Drake was born Aug. 8, 1769

Phoebe Drake was born Jan'y 15th, 1772

Jesse Drake was born July 19th, 1775.

This is a copy of William Drake's Bible purchased May 15, 1793, Printed 1791

I have given you this thinking it possibly might be interesting to you. I am still in

the dark as to which (if either) of the sons was my father's grandfather. My

grandmother Drake was a daughter of James Seely. He had a brother by the name

of Jonas. My grandmother's mother was a Gallaway. She (the former) had an

Uncle by the name of Thomas. My grandfather had an Uncle by the name of Aaron

Swartwout. This bing the case my father's grand mother must have been a

Swartwout. I think the Seely's and Galloway's were from Goshen. I shall be

pleased to hear from you at any time. The task is more than I thought it would be

when I first wrote you but the more I learn about the family the more interested I get.

Do you think this origial William Drake a brother of Francis you formerly wrote me


Hoping to have the pleasure of hearing from you again, I am Sir

Very respectfully yours,

W. R. Drake

June 4th, 1881

Victor M. Drake, Esq. Goshen, N.Y.

Dear Sir: I am now in correspondence with a Francis Drake of England in relation

to our family history and from the information he gives me I am inclinded to think

that we may yet be able to connect on the line that leads back to the Great Sir

Francis Drake who died in 1596. He tells me the last known male heir Sir. Francis

Henry Drake died in 1794 without male issue and that the immense Estate of Sir. F.

Drake is now in the hand of a trustee appointed by the Chancery Court and that the

male heirs of the family are entitled to this estate and that there are Drakes in

American than can connect. The estate pays an annual rent of more than

$100,000. In all it is worth some 77 millions. Will you make an effort to find out

where our line of the family originally came from. Some of the old stock of

Devonshire Drake's came to American with Denus Rollis and settled in Florida. I

believe they must have come north and settled in Goshen Orange Co., rather for

they have the same names that the English Drakes had. If it not too much trouble

will you send me a copy of the Church record you spoke of concerning our family

and any information you may have. I will write you again when I get an answer to

my last letter to England. I am


Yours, W. R. Drake

June 9th 1881

Victor M. Drake Esq. Goshen, N.Y.

Dear Sir; yours of the 7th inst. is at hand. It is to me quite interesting to read over

the old family names that lived more than a century ago. I begin to think that your

grandfather was my great grandfather. In your letter written in Feb'y you said

Francis Drake son of Joseph Drake was born 1720. I took it that your grandfather

was born 1720. I have alsway supposed my great grandmother was Betsey

Swartwout. The only thing that I am not reconciled to is that his children by her as

you report does not correspond with my grandfather's relatives. I have a letter

before me from a great-Aunt who married my grandfather's brother Peter. She says

the family was as follows:

Francis; Joshua; Samuel; Julia; Sally; Betsey; Catherine and Jemima.

My great Uncle Peter was the youngest child and his father died when he was only

4 years old. So this Francis Drake could not have been your grandfather. I have a

letter from Francis Drake of England who says he has spent 11 years in searching

the Drake record of England who uses the following language-- "For a singular

thing truned up to my notice this morning having my note of some chancery

proceedings on my table, I noticed one of MATTHEW DRAKE of 1700 and Sarah

his wife and the estate in Jamaica. Now you send names of Jonathan, that is a

family name of some consequence and there I can connect to a proper line and

Samuel, Daniel, William, James, John and Abraham are all family names. Now,

Matthew Drake having estate in Jamaica no doubt enticed his own line of family out

of that part of America, let alone the enticement of Denny Rollins who was about

that time in possession of vast tracts of land in Florida. Here was the

Commencement of the old stock of the Devonshire Drakes to America and there are

circumstances that must be our guide. Find out if your family or ancestors did not

come from Devonshire or Cornwall or Sommerset or Dorset. Something tells me

even our own line is among some of them," -- This FRANCIS DRAKE writes me

that the estate now amounting to something like 77 millions for the Drake heirs in

general. The last male heir (direct) as you will, having died 1794. The female

branch of the family cannot claim the estate as it is willed in trust from one male heir

to another one when that line became extinct it was to go back to another. Can't

you find the old record thru the female branch of the family? I think if we can work

together we may be able to connect the line. I shall be glad to hear from you again.

I am.

Yourd, W. R. Drake

Material from letters sent to Mr. Frank Drake, Editor, Goshen, N.Y.




709 East Ave., Stevens Point, Wis.

April 15, 1901

Dear Sir; I made an attempt a few years ago to get possession of some Drake

genealogy and abandoned it. At that time your name was given me as one who

might be able to give me some points. Will you kindly let me know if you, or any

one you know of, has any records bearing upon the matter which would help me.

Francis Drake appear in some old records of which I have a copy. My people

sprung from N. J. stock. My father being born at Newburgh, N.Y. and I think his

mother Sarah Drake was married at Washingtonville, Orange Co., N.Y. I wonder if

you have any information or can get any to help me.

I have also been told that my great grandfather John Drake who married Rahamah

Ayres died at Goshen, I would like to learn if it is true; if such a person is buried

anywhere in your locality. I hope to hear from you soon, I am,

Very truly yours

Mrs. Lizzie Beach Moore.

P.S. I think one of your ancestors once lived at Blooming Grove which includes

Washingtonville, N.Y. My father, Charles Beach was quite sure his father Samuel

Beach and Sarah Drake were married at Washingtonville, and I should be greatful

to get records.

Her family data:

John Drake married Martha Grosset (He supposedly died at Goshen 1779. He

was a property holder and tax payer in Goshen 1779). Their chn were: Joseph;

William; Samuel (was the father of Mrs. McDolles); #John married Rahamah Ayers

and had 9 chn. (below); Benjamin was twice md. st to Sarah Smith and 2nd to

Abigail Knapp; Zephaniah; Phoebe md. Uriah Fuller; Hester md. James Knapp;

Martha md. Alex Jackson; and Polly md. Joseph Holly.

#John Drake md. Rahamah Ayres of Sussex Co., N.J. (I think) and had chn;

1. Peter Drake md. Ruhama Russle (Russell)

2. Jacob " md. Hannah .............

3. Julia " md. Joseph McCain

4. Sarah " md. Samuel Beach and had 6 chn;

1. Elizabeth Beach md. ........Smith

2. Charles Beach d. March 18, 1901 md. Susal Walker, of

Bath, Steuben Co., N.Y. Only Child is Mary Elizabeth or

Lizzie who md. Fred L. Moore who died Nov 17, 1879 at

Stevens Point, Wis.

3. Ayres Beach

4. Theodore Beach


5. Samuel Beach (who md. Bell and lives at Cortland N.Y.)

6. Sylvester Beach

5. Catherine md. Martin Helmes

6. John md. Fanny Haxton (whose granddaughter is Mrs. Duane Studley of 500

S. Washington St., Crowfordsville, Ind.

7. Asa Drake md. Phoebe Potter

8. Benjamin Drake

9. Isaac Drake

Letter from a cousin of the above Mrs. Lizzie Beach Moore follows:

from Mrs. Duane Studley, Crawfordsville, Ind. April 22, 1901

Mr. Frank Drake; Goshen, N.Y.

Dear Sir: I am looking into the History of the Drake family and for a long time now

have been trying to fill a break between two records which have come to me. I had

all but abandoned the hope of ever being able to accomplish this, until this last

week, a copy of a letter written in 1898 came to me. In this letter which was written

in asnwer to questions about the Drake relationship occurred your name, also that

of your father Victor M. Drake, and that of your grandfather Francis Drake. One

thing which is noticeable in the Drake family is that certain names reappear from

generation to genteration. In the older record which I have, there are two persons

mentioned by the name of Francis Drake and so I have come to hope that you may

be able to help me. Have you any record of the Drake family and would you be so

kind as to send me a copy? According to my second record my great great

grandfather died in Goshen, N.Y. Jan 14, 1779. His name was JOHN DRAKe and

as nearly as I can make out he married Mary Grosset. Can you tell me whether that

name is correct and can you give me any dates? Now what I want to find out is,

how was this John Drake related to your grandfather Francis Drake? To make the

matter as clear as possible I will write out the record as I have it and if it is possible

for you to add to any information I beg that you will favor me. If you can fill out any

of these lists or tell me how to reach the descendants of any of the children of John

Drake and Mary Grosset I shall be greatly obliged to you. Can you tell me anything

about Benjamin and Isaac, sons of John Drake and Rahamah Ayers? Or of Asa

Drake who Md. Phoebe Potter? John Drake who md. Fanny Haxton was my

grandfather. I have the records of the families of Peter; Julia; Sarah; Catherine; and

John. I know nothing of the others. Hoping to hear from you soon, I remain, Very


Mrs. Duane Studley,

(She enclosed the same material as sent by Mrs. Moore.)

Letter from Louis L. Drake of 240 Mt. Prospect Ave., Newark, N.J. Nov. 2, 1906 to

Mr. Frank Drake of Goshen, N.Y.

Dear Sir: I am trying to trace up the Drake family for genealogical and historical

purposes. Victor M. Drake is reputed to have had a vast acquaintance and I am in



hopes he may have left some documentary information in which even it would

possess considerable value. Can you give me any information as to this?

Meanwhile I am sending you record blanks and beg to ask if you will fill them out.

(one in the name of victor M. Drake Esq. and the other in your own). I would also

appreciate any information you can give me of the earliest progenitor of families of

your line. I would like if possible to get beyound Rufus J. Drake of Milford, Pa.

(1813) the father of Victor M. Drake. I would also appreciate the address of Mrs.

Irving Drake. In 1806 Francis Drake wrote from Goshen to his brother Paul. Do

you know anything about any Drake family living in Goshen at that time? or since?

Any information at all will be gratefully appreciated by, Very sincerely yours; Louis L.


Letter from E. W. Burt, R.F.D. #2 haddam, Washington Co., Kansas

July 17, 110 to Mr. Frank Drake, Editor, Goshen Democrat, Goshen , N.Y.

Dear Sir: Myself and cousins are heirs to the TRINITY CHURCH PROPERTY and

are trying to trace our relationship through the Drake family to ANNEKE JANSBOGARDUS.

Note the questions attached, I desire you to answer if you can.

Since you are a "Drake" and a resident of Orange Co. you are undoubtedly related

to me although quite a distant relation. I first forwarded these questions to Miss

Elizabeth Burt of Warwick, N.Y. who is a relative and she has kindly given me your

address but at the same time kindly advises that TRINITY CHURCH

CORPORATION are mailing a circular to heirs of ANNEKE JANS in which they

advise to pay no money to lawyers as their title is absolutely good. In answer to this

query I would state that we intend to employ a lawyer to work on commission and

will not pay out one single dollar for attorney's fees. I have some doubts about

being able to recover from TRINITY at the present time but I think conditions will be

better later and likely something recovered for the heirs. If you are able to answer

all or a part of the questions asked I shall appreciate it very much, I am enclosing

selfaddressed stamped envelope for reply. Your truly, E. W. Burt.


In the History of the Drake Family in England and American 1360-1895, Privately

printed in Boston 1896, Mr. J. C. Holland visited the NEWBERRY LIBRARY at

Chicago, says: "I find on page #79 a Benjamin David Drake born Dec. 25, 1762 d.

Jan. 13, 1850, married July 16, 17698 Polly Selee b. 1777 d. Dec. 26, 1860. Their

chn. were; John Wheaton; Zebiah; Abigail; Benj. Russell; Thomas J. W.; Abraham

Hyden; Comfort David; Hannah; and Abigail S.

My great-great-grandmother Martha Drake, direct descendant of Captain John

Drake and sister of Benjamin Drake born 1752, married Henry Lyons great-greatgrandfather,

Revolutionary War Soldier, Sept. 25, 1770. Henry Lyons (Henri Leon,

french) died July 1789. His widow Martha Drake Lyons md. 2nd John Manhart who

was also a Revolutionary soldier. It is claimed that Benjamin Drake is


a cousin of ANNEKE JANS-BOGARDUS and when properly traced, record dates

back to the year 1605. I thing the year 1605 is probably the year of the birth of

ANNEKE JANS-Bogardus; and that Benjamin Drake would have to be a 2nd or 3rd

cousin of hers. I believe the Banjamin Drake traced by Mr. Holland is the correct

party but I do not know for certain. If you have the right Lineage book probably we

would trace from Benjamin Drake's mother; grandmother or great grandmother on

the Maternal side by one who had married into the Drake family as the Drakes are

English, and Anneke Jans was from Holland.

Here are my questions:

1. In what year did Henry Lyons settle in Orange Co., NY?

2. Was Martha Drake who md. Henry Lyons born in Orange Co., NY?

3. Did Martha Drake Lyons remove from Orange Co., N.Y. after she md. John

Manhart and what is the date of her death?

4. If you have a History of the Drake family like Mr. Holland saw at the Newberry

Library can you show that Benjamin David Drake is a brother of Martha Drake

who md. Henry Lyons?

5. Can you show relation of Benj. David Drake or the Benjamin who is a brother of

Martha Drake to ANNEKE JANS-Bogardus and what cousin is he? You might find

something to aid you in ' "An acc't of ANNKE JANSE and her family" - which was

published by Joel Munsell of Albany, N.Y. 1870. (I have never seen this book.)

Yours truly, E. W. Burt.

In a newspaper article by Eleanor Lexington was given "The ancient origin of the

Drake family". It stated that the original meaning of the name Drake is - "a leader of

men". Derived from the latin - Drago or Draco and Romas standard bearers were

alswys called Draconarii. The Romans got the name from the Greeks among whom

it was found as early as 600 B.B. when Draco the celebrated Athenian legislator

drew up the code of laws for the Gov't of the people which bore his name. LeDrak

was old Gaelic form of this name. Soon after the conquest of Wessex by the

Saxons a family or clan called Drago took possession of an old Roman

encampment in Devon County which became known as Mt. Drake. From this family

all of the name are probably descended. Six estates are mentioned in Domes-day

book as owned by the family. One of the principal homes was Musbury Castle on

Mt. Drake with its church and mortuary chapel which was finally lengthened in to as

aisle called Drake Aisle which the family with their retainers and servants always

occupied. (in the reigh of Chas. I.) In Ireland the Drake's stronghold was Drakerath

- "Drake's Fort".

A John Drake was Mayor of Dublin in 1402. Besides statesmen, men of letters

and knights there was also a martyr in the family, Robert Drake who was burned at

the stake during Queen Mary's reign.


It must also be noted that the great John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough was the

son of Elizabeth Drake and Sir Winston Churchill and Sir Walter Raleigh Claimed

connection, if not relationship with the family, his step-mother being Alice Drake.

Richard Drake was equerry to Queen Elizabeth and it was she who made the

great Sir Francis Drake a knight. She further honored him by dining aboard his ship

when he returned to England after his triumph in Cadiz Harbor where he destroyed

the 100 ships which had been destined for the overthrow of England. One of the

Sapnish ships captured by Drake in South American waters was laden with gold,

silver and presious stones to the value of 3 million dollars. Numerous attempts

have been made at different times by heirs of the great navigator to recover some of

his vast fortune. As he had 11 brothers, the heirs to his estate are numerous. The

Drake's have always shown a love of the sea. Nearly all of Sir Francis' brothers

were sailors and the 1st Englishman to sail up the St. Lawrence was Capt. George


Robert Drake was one of the emigrant ancestors and John Drake was a member

of the Council of Plymouth. One of the original companies established in 1606 for

settling New England. He came over in 1630.

Thomas Drake born in Devonshire England in 1635 came to the New World about

the middle of the centruy and settled in massachusetts. The frequency with which

the name Drake appears in Colonial land deeds and war records shows that the

family took active part in the affairs of their respective towns.

From the Mass. muster rollos of Co's raised for service in the Revolution it appears

that many members of this family took part. It was represented at the Lexington

Alarm by 18 Minute Men April 19, 1775; and 17 men are on the "Coat Rolls" at

Bunker Hill, and 4 Drakes on the Ticonderoga rolls.

Abraham Drake, a Capt. of Horse in the French War and was at the Battle of

Lexington attended several councils called by Washington.

The Drake ARMS are all alike altho the crests vary, This similarity proves the

common origin of the family and the extreme simplicity of the arms show great

antiquity. The arms are a Wivern (or dragon) displayed; gules; shield; argent; Crest

a dexter arem erect coupled at the elbow, bearing a battle-axe, sable, Motto -

"Aquila non captat muscas" - An Eagle does not attempt to catch flies, This has

been the motto of every branch of the family. Other crests are a reindeer's head

cupled and a 2 headed eagle.


Newspaper article by William Bull, grandson of Wm. Bull and Sarah Wells,

published Aug. 28, 1889 regarding his ancestor, William Bull's place and date of


"The bicentenial of the birthday of William Bull will be celebrated at the picnic of his

descendants today in Mrs. Gouge's Grove, Campbell Hall, N.Y. It will be

remembered that William Bull was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England

February 1689. Wolverhampton is described by the late hugh Miller in 1855 as "a

large but rather uninteresting assemblage of red brick houses, capped with red tile

roof, slippered with red tiled floors, and neither in its component parts nor in its

grouping differing much from several scores of other assemblages of red brick

houses that form the busier market towns of England." In boyhood WILLIAM bade

Good-bye to the red tile houses and in company with his father went over to Dublin,

Ireland. Here, having learned the stone mason's trade in partnership with a young

friend, he contracted to build the arch of a stone bridge. The structure was hardly

completed when on a Sabbath morning, it tumbled down. This misfortune turned

his thought on emigration to this country. Suppose the bridge had not fallen, and he

had remained in Ireland, and had there reared his hardy brood! Years after his

children and grandchildren might have emigrated to this prosperous land, the males

to be the wealthy contractors in our large cities, and the females to be the cooks,

chambermaids, and nurses in the households of the 1st families; or perhaps the

offspring of these same wealthy contractors might be the leaders of fashion,

whereof the ladies might w\swell in bustles and gi\listen with diamonds. If this had

been the decree of fate, the picnic today would never have been. But a kinlier fate

was his. From his happy wedlock with SARAH WELLS, the once obscure servand

of Madam DENN, the respectable accomplished company celebrating his birthday

today have been reared. Advance Americans all, proud of their humble ancestry,

loyal to their common country."

William Bull died 1755. His wife Sarah Wells b. 1694 died 1796 age 102 yrs. 9


Their oldest son John Bull b. 1721 md. Miss Holly (Hannah) of Goshen.

Their great grandson, James Bull lived in Charleston. S. C. and had a daughter

and 2 sons, Edmond and Benjamin living 6 Judith St., Charleston, S.C.

Isaac Bull (another son of Wm. and Sarah Wells Bull) b. 27 Nov. 1729 d. Aug 11,

1794 md. Sarah Mulliner b. Aug 11, 1724 d. Sept 4, 1806 (dau. of Peter and Anna


1. Rachel Bull 1751-1829 md. #Silas Pierson, Jr. b. April 10, 1748 d. Feb 25,

1804. Had 2 chn; Rhoda 1788-1866 md. Rufus J. Drake and Jubal Bull

1785-1856 md. Mary Duryea.

2. Peter Bull b. 1753 d. 1843 md. Experience Reeves 1765-1830 Had 7 chn.

3. John bull 1756-1792 md. Joanna Watkins 1762-1794 Had 7 chn.

4. Catherine Bull 1759-1813 md. Gideon Coleman 1752-1813


5. Anne Bull b. 1761 md. 1799 Daniel Fullerton 1767-1828

6. Thmas Mulliner Bull 1765-1767

Rachel Bull and Capt. Silas Pierson Jr. md. 1783 in Blooming Grove Church


Record of John Oakley who md. July 26, 1784 (Goshen Pres. Church Records)

Mary Holly b. Aug 4, 1758 died 1786 supposedly (dau. of Wm. Holly and Martha

Oldfield). His will is on file in Goshen (Liber D, p. 206) made Feb. 22, 1809

probated March 1809 in which he mentioned his wife Catherine (Jones, perhaps)

and 9 children as shown below. He was of Minisink, Orange Co., N.Y. He was

born 1762 and died Feb. 23, 1809.

By his 1st wife Mary Holly had only one child, Hannah; the other chn. were by 2nd



wife Catherine born Oct 28, 1769 died Dec. 23, 1844.


1. Hannah Oakley born March 13, 1785 died May 23, 1870

2. Matilda Oakley born March 8, 1790 d. Aug 3. 1880

3. Israel Oakley born Feb 27, 1792 d. May 7, 1839

4. Thomas Oakley born Dec. 25, 1793

5. Elizabeth Oakley born Sept. 6, 1795 d. Sept. 1818

6. Lavinia Oakley born Aug. 13, 1797

7. Augustus Oakley born March 11, 1799

8. Catherine Oakley born May 7, 1802

9. Sarah Oakley born Nov. 6, 1804

Record of William Holly Family. He was of Warwick, N.Y. Letters of Adm. for

him on file in Goshen, N.Y. (Liber B, pg. 115) issued Jan 27, 1797 to his son Noah


William Holly born Dec. 25, 1729 died Jan. 8, 1796. Married Dec. 12, 1754 Martha

Oldfield b. June 1733 d.__

Their children were; -

1. Ebenezer Holly b. Oct 1755 d. Nov 12, 1755

2. William Holly b. Sept 14, 1756 d. Oct 5, 1799

3. Mary Holly b. Aug 4, 1758 (md. 1784 John Oakley, above)

4. Hannah Holly b. March 24, 1760 d. June 1780

5. Samuel Holly b. Sept 28, 1761

6. Ebenezer Holly 2nd b. Aug. 6, 1763

7. Noah Holly b. July 4, 1765


8. James Telverton Holly b. Nov. 4, 1769 d. May 21, 1795

9. Daniel Oldfied Holly and

10. Joseph Oldfield Holly twins b. Jan 17, 1770. Daniel Oldfield Died Oct. 1770.

11. Timothy Holly b. Jan 7, 1773

12. Martha Holly b. Jan 11, 1776

In the Goshen Pres. Church Records were found the following marriages --

Wm. Holly md. Nov 18, 1779 Hannah Dun.

Joseph Holly md. May 6, 1802 Huldah Benjamin.

Obituary (1892)

Stephen Smith, one of the oldest residents of Orange County died on Thursday

evening from the effects of injuries received by a fall. He was in his 93rd year

having been born June 16, 1799. He resides in the town of Goshen on the farm of

his father Stephen Smith and on which his great grandfather #Caleb Smith first

settled in 1743. His wife was Matilda, dau. of Timothy Wood and Dolly Carpenter.

# Caleb Smith married in Goshen, N.Y. July 17, 1783.

Major John Wood died at Goshen Aug. 4, 1898 aged 69 yrs. of apoplexy.

Buried in Pres. Cemetery.


Supplemental Material

Hawks family Genealogy

1) Benjamin Franklin Hawks, born 12-28-1799 at Phelps, New York, was the son

of Eleazer Hawks and the grandson of Paul Hawks. Eleazer Hawks with his

brothers Cephas and Joseph had migrated from Deerfield, Massachusetts to

western New York State in the 1790's. Eleazer settled in Phelps, Ontario County,

while Cephas subsequently moved to Michigan and then to Waterford, Indiana.

Joseph moved to the Buffalo, New York area. (History of Deerfield, Massachusetts

by George Sheldon, 1896, Vol. II, genealogies, pp. 191, 194, Phelps and Gorham

Purchase by C. (possibly O.) Turner, 1852 (N.Y.) 229.) Benjamin F. Hawks married

Hannah C. Drake before 1830. According to the 1850 census record (Ontario

County, Town of Phelps, State of New York, p. 805). children of Benjamin F.

Hawks and Hannah, his wife, were: Lucinda 20 , Robert S. 18, Frances A. 15;

Wesley 12, Charles S. 9; Angeline 2/12 months. Benjamin died April 7, 1878 and

his wife Hanna C. Drake died June 14, 1897 in New York City. both are buried in

the Resthaven Cemetery, Phelps, New York. Eleazer Hawks died 2-26-1829 in his

63rd year, while his wife Anna Stebbins died 6-171-1817 in her 51st year. Both are

buried in the "Old Cemetery" in Phelps, New York.

Second Generation

Wesley Hawks apparently died while a young man, unmarried. Robert and

Charles were both in the Civil War and have pension records. Charles Seymour

Hawks, born April 18, 1841, married first on June 11, 1867, Annie E. Parker at

Hopewell, New York. She died at Phelps, New York, August 24, 1883. He married

again at Leesburg, Va. on April 12, 1888, Mary Hempstone. He died on June 17,

1921. In his pension record (No. 604717) he stated on February 16, 1912, that he

had no living children. Whether he had any grandchildren is not known.

2. Robert S. Hawks, born 3-13-1832 At Phelps, New York (Pension file L.C.

2.692.254) because of ill health caused by war injuries decided to seek a climate

more beneficial to his health and went west to Nebraska. He lived in several town,

the first being Lincoln, Nebraska, where on November 24, 1867, he married Hannah

E. Wilson. They had two children who lived to adulthood, Franklin T. Hawks (3),

born Sept 26, 1868, and Arthur Charles Hawks born at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, July

8, 1875. Hannah E. Hawks died at Blue Springs, Gage County, Nebraska, on May

6, 1882, age 33 years and 2 months. Robert S. Hawks married second Sarah E.

McCaulley, born 9-7-1854 near Philippi, West Virginia, on March 19, 1883 in

Gosper County, near Arapahoe, Nebraska, and had these children: Edward Clinton

born 5-21-1884, Roy F. born 4-27-1887, and Ernest Manderson (7) and Earl Paul

Morton (8) (twins) born 12-14-1888. The latter two children were


born at Beneklman, Nebraska. Robert S. Hawks died at Leavenworth Kansas, on

7-24-1915, and Sarah died 1-7-1944 at Clarksburg, West Virginia.


Hannah C. Drake b. July 13, 1809 at Canandaigua, N.Y. Child of samuel Drake

and Eunice Carpenter. See page 15.

Third Generation

3) Franklin Thomas Hawks, born 9-26-1868 at Lincoln, Nebraska, died at Wray,

Colorado on 5-11-1928. He married Lilian A. Harkness, born 12-29-1869 in Illinois.

She died at Wray, Colorado, 10-1-1959.

Chn. Vernon Hawks, died in infancy

Robert Verle Hawks, born 7-16-1895 at Orleans, Nebraska (9)

Alwyn Burr Hawks, born 9-28-1897 at Orleans, Nebraska, married Harriet

Short at Brighton, Colorado, on June 14, 1923. No children.

Bernice Laura Hawks born 7-31-1902, married Norman Dean Henry at

Yuma, Colorado, No Children

Raleigh (Rollie) Waldo Hawks born 6-23-1900 at Orleans, Nebraska (11)

4) Arthur C. Hawks. No Record

5) Edward Clinton Hawks died at Weston, West Va. in 1969. Unmarried.

6) Roy F. Hawks died 1918-19. No record of family.

7) Ernest Manderson Hawks, b. 12-14-1888 at Benkelman, Nebraska. Died 6-16-

1913. He married DeLena Osborn 4-17-1912, She was born 5-13-1889

at Kit Carson County, Colorado, daughter of George Osborn and Joanna

Massersmith. She married second, Levi Miller who died and she resides

in Salem Oregon.

Chn: Manford Hawks, born 927-1913 at Benkelman, Nebraska (12)

8) Earl Paul Morton Hawks, born 12-14-1888 at Benkelman, Nebraska. Lives in

Arlington, VA. He married Lolo A. Osborn 4-17-1912. She was born

2-21-1891 at Kit Carson County, Colorado, daughter of George Osborn

and Joanna Messersmith.

Chn.; Imogene Thetis Hawks born 1-27-1913 at Benkelman, Nebraska

Married Harry H. Lane 12-31-1941 No children. Lives in

Arlington VA

Manley D. Hawks, born 11-17-1917 at Benkelman, Nebraska




Fourth Generation

9) Robert V. Hawks, born 1895, married first Gladys Schroyer at Wray, Colorado;

married second Orpha Frizel (no children by this marriage). Lives at Everett,


Chn: by 1st marriage:

Robert Chamberlin Hawks, born 3-17-1917 at Akron, Colorado

Unmarried. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah

Wilbur K. Hawks, born 5-27-1919, at Wray, Colorado. Killed in action over

Italy in World War II, Buried in a mass grave in Arlington National

cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Jacqulyn Gail Hawks, born 9-9--1921, at Moorcroft, Wyoming.

Married John Hicks. Lives in Miami, Florida. (14)

10) Alwyn Burr Hawks, born 9-28-1897 at Orleans, Nebraska. Married Harriet E.

Short, born at Raigler, Nebraska 5-8-1898. No children. Live at Wray,


11) Raleigh (Rollie) W. Hawks married Marguerite Kilman who was born in


Chn: Bernice L. Hawks, born 5-15-1922 at Wray, Colorado; married Joseph

Holberg. No children.

Barbara L. Hawks, born 3-17-1933 at Wray, Colorado; married Norman

Clegg (15)

12) Manford Hawks, born 9-27-1913 at Benkelman, Nebraska; married Elsie

Peterson on 6-26-1937 at St. Paul, Minnesota. Lives in Pendleton, Oregon.

Chn: Ernest M. Hawks, born 11-13-1947 at Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lives at

Pasco, Washington.

Delena Ann Hawks, born 9=1=1944 at Baker, Montana, married

8-26-1967 at Pendleton, Oregon, to Delbert Danielson. Lives at

Beaverton, Oregon.

Robert E. Hawks, born 3-7-1951 at Pendleton, Oregon.

13) Manley D. Hawks, born 11-1-1917 at Benkleman, Nebraska; married Lettie

Emken on 11-10-1940 at Benedict, Nebraska. Lives in Springfield,


Chn: Wayne Hawks, born 3-7-1945 at Kansas City, Missouri, married

11-2-1969 to Carolyn Moore at Kirkwood, Missouri.

Dean Hawks, born 7-5-1947 at Muncie, Indiana.

Jane Ann Hawks, born 2-14-1954 at Cntralia, Illinois


Fifth Generation

14) Jaculyn Gail Hawks, born 9-9-1921 at Morecroft, Wyoming. Married John

Hicks. Lives in Miami, Florida

Chn: William D. Hicks

Jonell Hicks

15) Barbara L. Hawks, born 3-17-1933 at Wray, Colorado; married Norman


Chn: Sandra Clegg

Terra Clegg

James Clegg

Information furnished by -

Earl P. Hawks, 5337 No. 26th Street, Arlington, VA 22207

Robert V. Hawks, 2605 Fifteenth Street, Everett, Wash. 98201

Manford M. Hawks, 501 Southwest Court, Pendleton, Ore. 97801

Jonell Hicks, 5010 S. W. 106th Avenue, Miami, Fla 33165

(Family Bible in possession of Jacqulyn Gail Hawks Hicks.)


Richard Drake and Mary Wood

1. Richard Drake b. June 13, 1759 died Feb. 1836. Married Nov. 6, 1783 Mary

Wood who was born May 16, 1761 and died May 21, 1830.

Chn: Lawrence b. Nov 2, 1784 m. Jane Shiver

Richard, Jr. b. Jan 24, 1786 m. Sarah Harris

Timothy b. Jan 24, 1788 m. Deborah Helms: 2nd Nancy Vail

Francis b. March 24, 1790

(2) Petronella V. b. April 4, 1792 m. Jonathan Stanton

Thomas W. b. Oct. 26, 1794 m. Mary Ann Sweezy

John b. Dec. 22, 1796 m. Julia Leed

Mary Nora b. March 20, 1799 m. David Bodine

Phoebe b. May 31, 1801 m. Hiram Norris

2. Petronella V. Drake b. April 4, 1792, m. 1st Jonathan Stanton and 2nd Jos.

Wilkin. Had six living children

Chn: by 1st marriage

Mehetable Stanton

Frank Stanton

Chn: by 2nd marriage

Mary Wilkin


(3) Phoebe Ann Wilkin

Jonathan Stanton Wilkin

Peter Wilkin

3. Phoebe Ann Wilkin m. Peter Eager

Chn: (4) Mary Eliza Eager b. Jan 15, 1879

Harriet Eager

John Eager

4. Mary Eager b. Jan 15, 1879 d. April 17, 1942. Married William Marion Daish

March 1887.

Chn: Nellie Grace Daish

(5) Walter Eager Daish b. Sept. 29, 1893

Phoebe Daish

5. Walter Eager Daish b. Sept 19, 1893 m. Annetta McGregor June 28, 1916.

Chn: Walter Daish

Lawrence Eager Daish

(6) Lois Annetta Daish

Beverly Grace Daish

6. Lois Annetta Daish b. June 12, 1920 m. June 21, 1943, Ronald Stacy Steward

who died April 22, 1960; married 2nd Nova Wesley House who adopted her four


Chn: Ronna Lee (Steward) House m. John Fly

Robert Brian (Steward) House

Susan Elaine (Steward) House

Sally Anne (Steward) House

(Information furnished by Mrs. Lois House. See also Genealogical records, Series

II, Vol. 21.)






LDS FILE #0872801 Item #3

Compiled in 1963 by



Mildred Talbert Petitt



Drake Family Chart................................................................................................3

Drake Family Coat of Arms..................................................................................4

Coat of Arms of Admiral Sir Francis Drake........................................................5

Drake Estate - With Family History .....................................................................6

Drake Family History from Books......................................................................11

Land Grants to Francis and James Drake in North Carolina..........................14

Affadavits about Drake Ancestry........................................................................15

Letter about Drake Family History......................................................................17

Letter with Remember My Love..........................................................................21

Letter from Albrittain and Ruth written in 1828..................................................22

Albrittain Drake from Gambill's Book.................................................................24

Apple and Other Relics...................................................................................25

Drake Reunion in 1858 - Talbert in 1958......................................................26

William Drake and Reverend Silas Drake Bible Records..........................27

Albrittain's Oldest Son John and Descendants............................................28

Only Daughter, Sophia Valentine...................................................................29

Reverend Silas Drake.....................................................................................29

Drake Information from Mrs. Gary..................................................................30

Other Children of Albrittain..............................................................................31

Rev. Silas Drake's Son (sketch from 1963 Natchez Newspaper).............32

6th Son - Rev. Benjamin Drake from Journal of Mississippi History........ 34

His Letter...........................................................................................37

7th Son - William Drake..................................................................................38

Drake Family Relics........................................................................................40

Other Children of James and Sophia Drake.....................................................41

Silas Drake of Mississippi

With Descendants, Printed Accounts, Letters, and Will..................42

Dr. John Hodges Drake

His Narrative of Skirmish with Tories; His Children and Descendants.....55

Benjamin Drake and Descendants....................................................................59

Religion, Education, Vocation, and War Records through Generations........60




For many decades the Drake descendants in the South and in Kentucky have

preserved amily letter, Bible Records, affadavits, and family manuscripts bearing

the authenticity of our descent from Thomas, the brother and heir fo Admiral Sir

Francis Drake.

I have been most fortunated in corresponding with descendants of Albrittain's

brothers -- Silas Drake of Mississippi, Dr. John Hedges Drake, and Benjamin Drake

-- and of Albrittain's children -- John of North Carolina, Sophia Valentine of

Tennessee, Silas Drake of Kentucky, Rev. (Dr.) Benjamin Michael Drake of

Mississippi, and William Drake of Kentucky. These families had preserved family

records and were most generous in sharing their family information. All had

information giving the same line of Drake ancestors -- Mrs. Enloe of Georgia; Miss

Claribel Drake, Mrs. Frank Drake, and Mrs. Harrelll of Mississippi; Mrs. Sherrod of

Alabama; Mrs. White, Mrs. Hailey, Mrs. Brooks of Tennessee; Mrs. McKellar of

California; and Miss Isabelle Drake and Mrs. Elta Gray of Kentucky.

Bible Records have been placed in the Library of Daughters of American

Revolution by Mr. Harrison, who wrote a manuscript about family history. I have

included letters written by Mr. Harrison.

In addition to these records there are land grants and accounts published in

books and magazines giving same line of ancestry.

Some member of James Drake line have from time to time gone to England to

search records there.

Mrs. Enloe has compiled a Drake family chart -- 20 by 60 inches -- that includes

generations for 400 years with many notes. This chart is in state historical libraries

of the South and Kentucky and in the D.A.R. Library.

It is most interesting that our rsearch on the Drake family began over 60 years

before The Family and Heirs of Sir Francis Drake, 2 volumes, by Lady Eliott Drake

was published in England. Also, she states that Rev. Bamphlyde Drake, Vicar of

Farway, Devon, had a son Francis -- and ends with, "Little is known about this

branch of the family; their descendants, it is said, went to American." Lady Eliott-

Drake had access to wills and records in England. The Drake home, Buckland

Monachorum, is now Drake Museum, near Plymouth, England.

There will be some repetition in the various sketches but that occurs because

all these records agree as to direct line of ancestry of Thomas Drake, brother of

Admiral Sir Francis Drake.

Some of the sketches and letters have been placed with families most


I am well aware that there is other information, but I do not have the time to visit

the archives where data can be found as in Mississippi Archives where the Drake

file is the largest one or the Daughters of American Revolution Library in

Washington, D. C.

Also, there are other descendants who have information, but have not taken

time to share data with others.


I certainly do appreciate all the information that the Drake descendants have

shared with me and with the readers of this family history.

Mildred Talbert Petitt

127 Andrew

Jerseyville, Illinois






Compiled by Mildred Talbert Petitt


- - -

LDS FILM #0872801 Item #2



Drake Genealogy.................................................................................................. 2

Drakes in Early England, Coat of Arms, Origin of Name...................................3

Drake Ancestory by Generations

1st John Drake and Margery..................................................................................4

2nd. Edmond Drake, Vicar of Upchurch...............................................................4

3rd. Thomas Drake, youngest brother of

Admiral Sir Francis Drake.............................................................................5

Admiral Sir Francis.........................................................................................9

4th. Sir Francis Drake and Joan Strode.............................................................10

5th. Joseph Drake and Margaret Crimes...........................................................11

6th. Rev. Bamphylde Drake of Farway, Devon..................................................13

7th. Francis Drake and Mary Buckingham.........................................................14

8th James Drake and Sophia Valentine.............................................................15

9th. Albrittain Drake and Ruth Collins..................................................................17

10th. Rev. Silas Drake and Martha Wells............................................................34

11th. Three Drakes who married three Talberts.................................................36

Biographical Sketch of Rev. Benjamin Talbott,

Grandfather of three Talberts................................................................36

12th Urban Owen Fletcher Drake and Julia Talbert............................................37

12th Matilda Louised Caroline Drake and John Talbert.....................................38

12th Martha Ann Jane Drake Talbert and Benjamin C. Talbert..........................39


I. John Campbell Talbert 40

II. Benjamin Craig Reasonable Talbert. 48

III. Silas Drake Talbert 52

IV. Francis Valentine Elbert Talbert 54

V. Austin Wakefield Talbert 56

With Their Descendants

Summary 59

Addenda in 1963, Corrections and Additions

Number of Descendants of Martha and Benjamin




With the gradual disappearance of the old family Bible and the precicus records

it contained it is going to be difficult for our discendants to trace the family history

unless someone take the time to compile a record of the present and past


This began as a project to prepare a family history for my daughter, Kathy, so

that history would have a deeper and more personal significance. Then I decided to

mimeograph copies for other descendants who were interested. I have been

collecting information for three years and shall continue my research. However, I

believe I should make this information available now since many of the

grandchildren of Martha Ann Jane Drake Talbert are in their eighties. Also, this is

the year that the Daughters of American Revolution plan to place a marker at

Albrittain's grave.

John Duvall gave a newspaper clipping about Silas Drake to the Talbert

relatives. This gave me a clue to Rothert's History of Muhlenberg County. Elta

Gray wrote that the author had visited often in her parents' home. Then I extended

my research. Also, I was very fortunate in corresponding with interested and

informed Drake descendants in the South that had kept the family history and

tradition. (We know that Albrittain had told his family, as John Duvall knew the

family history so well.) But no one recorded it for future generations.

We are especially indebted to Mrs. Louise Enloe of Atlanta, Georgia, and Miss

Claribel Drake, of Mt. Ararat, Church Hill, Mississippi, a French and Spanish teacher

in Natchez High School for many years, but now retired. Mrs. Enloe sent copies of

wills of Drakes in England and other information from Lady Eliott Drake book, "The

Family and Heirs of Sir Francis Drake." Mrs. Enloe sent Kathy a large chart of

Drakes in England and American with many notes. Miss Drake has been most

helpful with family history and traditions.

Also, we are deeply indebted to Mrs. Hailey of Nashville, Tenn.; Mrs. McKellar

of California; Mrss Estelle Drake of Bowling Green; Mrs. Drake of Columbus, Miss.;

Mrs. White of Tenn.; Mrs. Pearce of Carmi, Ill.; Mrs. Bailey of Indianapolis for article

about Col. Perry Drake; Mrs. Sherrod of Alabama; Mrs. Elkins and Mrs. Gray of


All gave the same generations, but had different details. I as sorry that I could

not include all the information, but I shall make a lending copy later. Lady Drake in

her chart gives families of Francis, son of Rev. Bamphylde. The families in the

South have records that James was the son of this Francis who married Mary


On page 2 there is some of the information that Miss Claribel Drake sent. Her

86 year old sister assisted her in copying it.

Mrs. Sallie Drake Isaac, the author of History of Drakesboro, had a son who has

silver stock buckle that belonged to Francis, then to his son James, then to Albrittain

as James' oldest son; Albrittain's musket, and James Drake's walking stick.

To have a complete family history many descendants must share their research

and information handed from one generation to the next. I shall alsways treasure

the letters and charts about our Drake ancestor.

All the Drake-Talbert descendants were very cooperative in answering my

requests for family information. I certainly appreciate all your assistance. My two

aunts, Myrtle Talbert Samford and Dessie Talbert Johnson, have been most helpful.

My father, Joseph C. Talbert, has been of great assistance. There are too many to

include all the names.

If there is any error as to date or spelling of name, it is certainly unintentional. I

have prepared the script while I have been busy with home, school library, and

graduate library course. I sall send a Drake supplement with any corrections or

additions you may send me--along with any new data -- March 1963.

I shal be happy to hear from anyone interested in family history.

Mildred Talbert Petitt

127 Andrew

Jerseyville, Illinois


Concordance (page)

(Mrs. Karl K) Darilla Utts Matthews, Regent 1950

Major Isaac Sadler Chapter (#198394DAR)

Daughters of the American Revolution

Lineal descendant of Wm. the Conqueror, Sir John Drake of Devonshire England,

Robert Drake, Francis Drake, Daniel Drake, Thomas Drake, John Waters and

William Hunt.


National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution

Mrs. Roscoe C. O'Byrne, President General

Brooksville, Indiana


Mrs. H. J. Dunavant

National Chairman, Genealogical Records Committee

Charlotte, North Carolina


Mrs. Byron K. Worrall

State Regent

Lincoln, Nebraska


Miss Nina E. Nation

State Chairman Genealogical Records

Alliance, Nebraska

LDS file








note to myself: save in my Documents Family Research in RFT format as Drakes


of Orange County NY

Victor M Drake (Victor M. Drake born March 20, 1813 in upper Smithfield, Wayne Co., Pa. Died

in Goshen, N.Y. June 11, 1894 age 82 yrs. Was a Printer; Editor and Farmer)


From: "Susan" < sscotty@cox.net>
Subject: Francis Drakes of New York - correction and new info
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 15:17:04 -0500
References: <412DF044.9010300@worldnet.att.net>

Opps! Just saw a mistake on my old posting. Francis #5 was son of Francis
Drake and first wife, not Amy Carman.

Joseph Drake b. ca 1720 died in Orange Co., NY in 1807 at age 87. His son,
Francis, died in Orange Co., NY and his will probated July 31, 1798.
Reportedly buried Blooming Grove Church.

Also there was another Francis Drake in Wallkill, a son of Jacob Drake and
Joan Jane Ayers and brother to Jeremiah Drake, all originally from New
Jersey. In early 1800s this Francis wrote to this other brother, Paul, from
Goshen, NY. Does anyone have any info on their descendents?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill" < wnoliver@worldnet.att.net>
To: < DRAKE-L@rootsweb.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 9:14 AM
Subject: [Fwd: {not a subscriber} [DRAKE] Re: Francis Drakes of New York]

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: {not a subscriber} [DRAKE] Re: Francis Drakes of New York
> Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 07:52:05 -0600
> From: Tammy Setterquist < djays73@mac.com>
> To: drAKE-L@rootsweb.com
> This is really regarding Francis Drake of Blooming Grove... but I
> attached Susan's thorough "who's who" of Francis Drakes in a message
> below.
> Below is a bio of Victor M. Drake who ran the "Goshen Independent
> Republican". He was the grandson of Francis Drake of Blooming Grove,
> his great grandfather was Joseph Drake (always maintained to be Joseph
> Drake who married Amy Carman).
> NOW, the bio says that Joseph was a lineal descendant of Sir Francis
> Drake and that he died in 1794 in England?
> HOWEVER, Victor M. Drake wrote after the military record of David
> Grasset Drake, my 5th great grandfather.
> David's father was William Drake who married Abigail Beers.
> William's parents have always been maintained to be John Drake & Martha
> Oldfield.
> David's middle name being Grasset after his great grandmother's middle
> name.
> ANY THOUGHTS????????????
> Tammy Setterquist
> > VICTOR M. DRAKE, late editor of the Goshen Independent Republican,
> > departed this life at his residence here in June, 1894, previous to
> > which event he had been retired from newspaper work for several years.
> > He was a native of Pennsylvania, having been born in Milford, March
> > 20, 1813, and his father, Rufus J., was the son of Francis Drake, of
> > Blooming Grove. The family are among the very earliest settlers in
> > Orange County, having located here in the first part of the
> > seventeenth century. The great-grandfather of our subject, Joseph
> > Drake, who died in England in 1794, is supposed to have been a lineal
> > descendant of Sir Francis Drake. The grandfather, Francis Drake, had
> > nine children by three wives, Rufus J. being the only male child of
> > the last marriage. His mother, who was in maidenhood Rhoda Pierson,
> > was the daughter of Rachel Bull, whose mother was a De Witt, and
> > sister of Mary De Wilt, the mother of De Wilt Clinton. The grandfather
> > of our subject was taken prisoner when Ft. Montgomery was captured by
> > the British in 1779, while serving in Colonel Drake's regiment. Rufus
> > J. served for two years in the War of 1812, as a volunteer in the
> > Eighty-first Pennsylvania Regiment. He departed this life in 1828,
> > leaving a widow and five children. His wife survived him until 1866,
> > when she, too, passed away. The subject of this sketch was placed in a
> > printing-office to learn the "art preservative" when a lad of eleven
> > years, and the knowledge gained therein was about the only schooling
> > he ever received. He worked for eleven years in the office of the
> > Independent Republican, in the various capacities of apprentice,
> > journeyman, editor and proprietor. In 1846 he removed to Sussex, N.
> > J., where, until 1865, he was connected with the New Jersey Herald as
> > reporter, editor and proprietor, making of it one of the most
> > influential political journals in the state. He was active in
> > instituting reforms and advancing the welfare of the public,
> > materially, socially and morally. After severing his connection with
> > the Herald, Mr. Drake returned to Goshen, where he assumed the
> > editorship of the Independent Republican until 1869. He subsequently
> > went to Honesdale, Pa., and assisted B. F. Haynes in starting the
> > Independent. Our subject's son, Frank Drake, assumed the management of
> > the Independent Republican (which is Democratic in its politics) in
> > 1883. He is a young man of strong convictions, and does not hesitate
> > to express them frankly and freely, and with all the vigor that he can
> > command. His father devoted his best energies to the work of making a
> > newspaper that should educate his constituency, and be a potent factor
> > in the up-building of the city and county. This he accomplished, and
> > the journal, which owes its strength and high position to his genius,
> > is read far and wide and has helped to mould public opinion on many of
> > the important questions of the day.

> From: "Susan" < sscotty@cox.net >
> Subject: Several Francis Drakes of New York
> Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 21:47:51 -0500
> References: << 9e.fbc0ed4.2e304dd4@aol.com>>
> <<008b01c47271$41fac180$6401a8c0@SUSANSCOMPUTER>>
> <<>>
> 1.Francis B. Drake of Bethany, Genesee Co., NY was born in New
> Brunswick,
> New Jersey in 1739. He married the widow Mullins whose maiden name was
> Harris. He is believe to be the son of Henry Drake of Piscataway, New
> Jersey. The children of this Francis Drake are: Thomas Drake b.
> 10/08/1769
> Trenton, Catherine b. ca 1771 married Peter Cochrane, and Jane born
> 1810 NY.
> This family appears to be from the Francis Drake/Patience Walker line
> of New
> Jersey and not related to the Dutch Drakes of Orange Co.
> 2.There is also a Francis Drake of Eagle, Wyoming Co., NY. He came from
> Saratoga Co., NY. He married Dimmis Kelsey the daughter of Ephraim
> Kelsey in
> Saratoga Co. in 1799. This Francis was supposedly born per his tombstone
> April 9, 1752 ( but believe that it was actually closer to 1774) d.
> March 1,
> 1860. He originally was from the Stockbridge, MA. area. He had eight
> children total. I know of only the following children: Henry A. of Erie
> PA.,
> Marsena of Wyoming Co NY., Charles of Erie Co. PA. and Francis of Iowa.
> 3.Francis Drake II of Dansville, Steuben Co., NY. was from Chester,
> Orange
> Co., NY. His father was Francis Drake I and his mother was Betsey
> Swartwout.
> Francis II left home at about 16-18 years of age. He married Betsey
> Elizabeth Seely in Ovid, Seneca Co., NY in 1808. He may have been
> married
> prior to this marriage. We believe that their children were: Francis
> Peter,
> James Seely, George W., Thaddius, Jonas, Mary, Minerva, plus one male
> and
> two females. Francis Drake settled in Dansville, Steuben Co., NY by
> 1815. We
> have no death date or birth date as yet on him. We feel that he was born
> about 1780 and died after 1835. This family line moved on to Ohio,
> Indiana,
> Wisconsin and West Virginia by 1850. We do not know if this family was
> from
> the Dutch Drake or not. Looking for any lead on the above mentioned
> children
> and DNA matches!!
> 4.Francis Drake of Blooming Grove, Orange Co., New York was the son of
> Joseph Drake and Amy Carmen. He had several wives: Rebecca Clark was the
> last wife. Second wife was reported to have been a Helmes. His first
> wife
> was reported to have been a Betsey Coleman. However, the family of his
> son
> Richard, claims that Francis first wife was Petronilla VanDyke. This
> supported by the naming of his daughter Petronilla VanDyke Drake. By
> these
> various wives he had the following children: Phebe, Ephraim, Curtis,
> Rufus,
> Richard, Betsey, Francis, Abigail, Rebecca and John. This group is from
> the
> Dutch Drakes.
> 5.Francis, son of Francis and Amy Carmen Drake of Blooming Grove,
> lived at
> Lansing, Tompkins Co., NY and ca 1833. He may have been the Francis
> Drake
> who married Anna Corwin in New Windsor, Orange Co. July 26, 1780. Both
> Anna
> and Francis were listed as being from Blooming Grove, NY. Several deed
> recorded in Tompkins Co. made by Francis are to members of the Corwin
> family. This family is from the Dutch Drakes.
> 6. The Francis Drake of Chester, NY. mentioned earlier who married
> Betsey
> Swartwout lived at Chester, Orange Co., NY also. He had the following
> children: Francis, Peter, Joshua, Samuel, Julia, Sally, Betsey,
> Catherine,
> and Jemima. We do not have any dates on him as yet. Considering the
> purported birthdate of his son, he must have been born ca 1750. Is he a
> Dutch Drake?
> 7. Another Francis Drake of Orange Co., New York married Hannah DeKay.
> He
> moved to Michigan by 1830. He had sons Edward and Governeur early 1800.
> He
> has been listed in with the Dutch Drakes in papers written by Victor R.
> Drake but we have not been able to connect him to that group as yet.
> Anyone
> have any ideas on where he fits in?
> I would love to have more info on any Francis Drake who lived in New
> York
> prior to 1840. Also any info on the Dutch Drakes would help sort them
> out a
> bit more.
> Susan

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Drake Family Indiana Cemeteries


James F. Drake

(James F. Drake married Susan Catherine Potts in Orange County, Indiana, on December 27, 1890)


William Drake

(James F. Drakes Father) (William Drake was a son of Jefferson Drake and America Flick. He married (first) Ann Elizabeth Hooten in Orange County, Indiana, December 3, 1865. He married (second) Mary Jane Newton in Orange County, Indiana, June 8, 1876)


Rosannah Bowers Drake

(Daughter of Jesse & Lydia [Grandstaff] Bowers. Rosannah was born in Virginia, now is Wheeling, West Virginia.Married #1: Dr. Daniel Monroe Stone 1808-1847
Married #2: Joseph F. Drake 1810-1862
Mother of: Lydia Elma Stone-Bailey 1836-1924
Russell Bigelow Drake 1836-1924
Rachel Adaline Drake-Simon 1852-1874 )


Cane Creek Cemetery – Orange County Indiana

James F. Drake

(James F. Drake married Susan Catherine Potts in Orange County, Indiana, on December 27, 1890)


America Flick Drake

(America Flick was a daughter of Christopher Flick, Jr. and Mary A. Cox. She married Jefferson Drake in Orange County, Indiana, March 26, 1838)


Jefferson Drake

(Jefferson Drake was a son of Braxton Drake and Martha Greer. He was married twice - first in 1829 to Elizabeth Flick and second in 1838 to Elizabeth's sister, America Flick)


William Drake

(William Drake was a son of Jefferson Drake and America Flick. He married (first) Ann Elizabeth Hooten in Orange County, Indiana, December 3, 1865. He married (second) Mary Jane Newton in Orange County, Indiana, June 8, 1876)


Ann Elizabeth Hooten Drake

(Ann Elizabeth Hooten was a daughter of Robert Hooten and Morgan Anna Wood. She married William Drake in Orange County, Indiana, December 3, 1865)


Burgoyne Smith Drake

(Inscription: s/w Clarence A. & Judith Gale Drake,)


Catherine Potts Drake

(Inscription: s/w James F. Drake,)


Raymond S Drake


Louis Dalrymple Artist PUCK Magazine

Family Tree


Why is the family history so hidden? Joseph Keppler founded the Puck magazine in 1876. It was written in German at first. Then Keppler started the English version. Dalrymple is a Scottish Name. The Political Cartoonist that started Puck Magazine could have been creating some of the cartoons under the pseudonym Dalrymple. The current market price for these original artworks makes you wonder why the family has not stepped forward.




Darlymple Louis Artist Death Notice


I am seeking information on the parents of the famous political cartoonist, Louis Dalrymple, born in Cambridge, Henry County, Illinois in the late 1860s, died in New York in 1905. His parents were William L. Dalrymple (1827-1885) and Adelia M. Seeley. I am particularly anxious to obtain information on his maternal line. His mother was born in about 1839 in Niagara County, New York, according to the information I have. I do not know when or where she died (her husband William died in Cambridge). Her maiden name is sometimes spelled Seely and Seelye. William and Adelia (sometimes rendered "Delia") were married in Cambridge in 1856.


Milton Franklin Andrews



Bill Mullins thread on Genii Magazine Forum


If this info has ever been brought to light before, I don't recall. But forgive me if this is old news.

The 1880 and 1900 Census has been indexed by two subscription Genealogical websites: HeritageQuest.com, and Ancestry.com. 1890 records are not available (national records were lost in a fire, and no one has pulled together local copies).

The 1880 census shows:
Anne E Andrews (age 36), female
Annie C (age 14), female, daughter
Alvin E (age 12), male, son
Rosella E (age 10), female, daughter
and Milton W (age 7), male, son

All living at #49, Widows Home, Market St., Hartford, CT. Anne is listed as having the occupation of dressmaker. Anne, Annie, and Alvin were all born in NY, and Rosella and Milton were born in CT.

I believe this is the listing for Milton Franklin Andrews, and his family. "Milton W" may be a typo, or he may have changed his name in later years. In several of the newspaper articles about his death, it is mentioned that he had still living a brother named Alvin E Andrews (once I saw it as "Alvine"), which is persuasive to me. The info above would imply a birth date of about 1873, making him 29 or so when EACT was published.

So far, I haven't been able to find M. F. Andrews in the 1900 census.

There is a 1923 passport application for Rosella Marion Andrews, of Holyoke MA, which lists as her father Milton Franklin Andrews, deceased.

Auburn NY, Newspaper Article


Newspaper Article



Genii Magazine Forum – MFA Letter and Information on E. S. Andrews



RootWeb Query on Andrews – notice the POTTS, SMITH, and STEELE sur names.


Press Release Houdini Magic Shop


Louisa Harriet Jayne Goodwin

(Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana)



This next section is the time period 1901 to 1969.

This next section will follow the Erdnase artifacts through the families and business associates from 1901 through 1969.

Edna Lytle Galloway (she was my mom’s father’s sister) (I was at the hospital with my mom and dad when she died) She worked for many years at the French Lick hotel running the news stand and watching the front slot machines. Loyyd Lytle, my mom’s father, was a golf caddy at the hotel as a boy.


French Lick High School Alumni Roll 1909-1933


Raymond Galloway -  He was a dealer in French Lick for many years and according to my mom, owned 1/3 of The Gorge in West Baden, IN (just outside French Lick) in the late 40s. He was a dealer in many of the illegal casinos that are so famous in the French Lick area. He was my great aunts husband and died when I was two years old.


Alta Elizabeth Galloway Moore


Bernice M. Galloway


Gladys Galloway Newlin


Alice M Morrison


Margaret May "Maggie" Mickler Galloway


James Walker Mickler



My family had a lot of relatives that lived in French Lick area. They owned hotels, casinos, drug stores, grocery stores, furniture stores and boarding houses.

I will include some of the links that will give you an idea of how prolific gambling was in French Lick. This was a secluded location that brought people from all over the world because of the famous springs that are located in the area.

Midwest Illegal Gambling Establishments


Sothern Indiana Gambling – Dr. Allan Myers









(This is another story – these events can be traced back to previous gambling material published prior to the 1901)

i. ORLANDO PRICE5 MORRISON, b. February 04, 1913, French Lick, Orange,
IN; d. November 23,
1970, Decatur, Macon, IL; m. (1) OPAL YOUNGER; m. (2) ELOISE BUXTON
PAYNE, April 25,
1959, Sullivan, Moultrie, IL.
ii. ALMA LUCILLE MORRISON, b. May 05, 1914, French Lick, Orange, IN; m.
May 25, 1941.
iii. BEAULAH GRACE MORRISON, b. January 17, 1917, Dalton City,
Moultrie, IL; d. July 02, 1990,
Indian Harbor Beach, FL; m. TED RHODES, November 19, 1939.
iv. EVERETT LAWRENCE MORRISON, b. December 22, 1917, IL; m. DOROTHY
January 29, 1938, Gays, Moultrie, IL.
v. OLIVER POOCH MORRISON, b. May 02, 1919, Dora Twp, Moultrie, IL; d.
October 23, 1984,
Mattoon, Coles, IL; m. VERNA LOUISE KOONTZ, November 18, 1939, French
Lick, Orange, IN.
vi. VIRGINIA IRENE MORRISON, b. August 09, 1921, IL; m. WALTER ROSE,
April 05, 1942, French
Lick, Orange, IN.
vii. BETTY ELLEN MORRISON, b. December 19, 1929, Moultrie, IL; m.
15, 1948.

This link is to the Bledsoe line. Rudd Bledsoe was a fellow dealer and owner with my great uncle of the Gorge in the late 1940s.



This is some of the history of James Andrews and Hiram Wells. You can see how all the families tie into each other.





Edward Lemon "Kelly" Claxton, Sr.

(CLAXTON, Edward Lemon, Sr.
Springs Valley Herald (April 13, 1950)
Death Notice

Edward L. Claxton, Sr., 76, prominent citizen and business man of French Lick died Easter Sunday morning at the Home Hospital in Lafayette, Ind. where two of his daughters make their home. He had been in failing health for several months.

Mr. Claxton was in the Ice and Coal business here for over forty years and has for the past several years conducted a rooming house on Maple Street where he lived.

He was a member of the Methodist Church and Kiwanis Club. He was prominent in republican circles and served two terms on the town board, both terms as president.

Kelly, as he was familiarly known, was outstanding for his friendly gestures to friends and neighbors. Some of which will never be forgotten by the recipients.

Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon by Rev. C. O. Morin assisted by Rev. Scott of the local Methodist church. Burial was in Ames Chapel cemetery.

He is survived by five children, his wife having passed on in 1937. They are Mrs. W. T. Cox and Mrs. Roy Barkley of Lafayette, Louis of Tampa, Florida, Edward Jr. and Charles of French Lick and five grandchildren.

Springs Valley Herald (April 13, 1950)

Heaviness fell upon the hearts of our community early Easter morn, April 9, 1950, when the message came that one of the oldest residents of French Lick, Ed Claxton, had slipped away to his eternal home. Our thoughts too at that early hour were on our blessed Redeemer in whose resurrection we are comforted for he said, "Because I live, ye too shall live."

Edward Lemon Claxton was born in Orange County, Indiana October 28, 1873, the son of William A. and Emily Wells Claxton. Later he had the are (sic) of a kind step-mother, Jennie Wininger Claxton. His father was a veteran of the Civil War. His mother, we are told, was an unusually sweet, loving, tender soul. Although she was called home so early she must have imparted those characteristics to her little son for throughout his life we all knew Ed for his tenderness, his kindness and consideration for other people, and the extensive way in which he shared his blessings with others. How often countless numbers of people in answering a rap at their door were handed a package and greeted with the words, "Ed sent this." Thus he continued the broad generosity begun years ago by his wife and him in remembering the sick, the shut-ins and the relatives and friends.

With his soft-voice filled with encouragement and hope a conversation with Ed Claxton was uplifting. He could be firm when necessity demanded but tenderness permeated all he said and did. His warmth of personality was ever present.

In 1896 he was married to Etta Newton and they became the parents of several children, five living today, Louie, Charles, Jewell Chapell, Cora and Edward. There are five grandchildren. Thirteen years ago in 1937 he was bereft of his loving companion.

He was a member of the Methodist Church and knew his Lord. He was a charter member of the local Kiwanis Club. Some years ago he served his community twice as president of the Town Board. In business he was successful. He was a partner with the late Ed Ballard in coal, ice, dairying and farming industry. They furnished the first bottled milk ever delivered to homes in French Lick and West Baden Springs. Later he became sole owner of the business. He also operated the Claxton House, making a cheerful home for many and offering gracious hospitality to a large number of transient guests.

He was familiarly known as Kelly. Those who worked with him and for him loved him. What greater tribute can there be? And to his children, their husbands and wives, and to his grandchildren his love, his care and provision over-flowed and they so well know the ever glowing sunlight of his inspiration for them.

No one can exactly fill another's place, but we can try to emanate the unselfish beauty of Ed Claxton's life and thus his good works will live on earth and he lives in the great beyond)


Carrie Purkhiser Bledsoe Wells

(Mother of Virgil Bledsoe, grandmother of Sharon, Brenda, Melvin and David)



Beatty Family Newsletter


In a Uniontown PA Cemetery

Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake

Stepped on the gas instead of the brake 



Continued from last issue. . .

Some of the dealers at the Brown were: Jim Dolan, Earl Whitehead (from New York), Howard Johnson, Cliff Marshall, Fred Dixon, Frank Dixon, Pete Dixon, Fred Tulley, Jake Grigsby, Claver Grigsby, Joe Henson, Harry “Pop” Henson, I always thought Pop was a dealer but Virginia says he was a cashier. Pop’s wife, Laurie, was a good friend of my mother and as a youngster I was in their house quite a bit. It always struck me as odd that Pap smoked Lucky Strikes and Laurie smoked Bull Durham, roll your own. Harry also wore hundred dollar suits and fifty dollar shoes. A lot of money for back then. I don’t suppose that Laurie Henson ever got out of the town of French Lick, attended a movie or ate in a fine restaurant. Although Tom Taggart vigorously denied any association whatever with the gambling industry it was a well known fact in French Lick that he got his “take” from Ed Ballard. It

was also common knowledge that the governor of Indiana got his “kick back”. Many people tried but no one was ever able to connect Tom Taggart with the gambling establishments that existed all around his hotel properties.

The Elite Club ; Just what the name implies, a dining and gambling club that was elegant in every way. They also booked nationally known nightclub acts for the entertainment of their patrons. This club was built by Joe Ballard, Ed’s brother. Logan Ballard, also a brother, had an interest in the club. These two brothers also owned the Grand Hotel on Macinac Island, Michigan. Logan Ballard died in 1923 and Joe passed away in 1930. After his death, Joe’s wife, Olive, assumed control of his gambling empire. For two or three years she called upon her first cousin, Tom Ellis, to manage the Grand Hotel. It was a well-known fact that Olive Ballard was the richest woman in the Valley. When Governor Schricker closed all the gambling spots in Indiana, Olive Ballard sold the Elite to the American Legion at a very decent price. I don’t remember about this but she may have donated it to them. Young Tom Taggart also donated the Taggart limousine, a Rolls Royce automobile, I forget the year but the Legion still pulls it out on special occasions. The American Legion Post 76 still owns the building.  Some dealers : Jim Dolan, Cliff Marshall,  Pete Dixon.

The Gorge Inn: This exquisite gambling and dining club was also owned and operated by Joe Ballard and his brother, Logan. It was built about four miles in the country on the road to Moores Ridge. About two years before gambling was shut down in French Lick and West Baden Olive Ballard sold this club to Rudd Bledsoe who later sold it to a Miss Haynes who turned it into a nursing home as it is today.

Some dealers: Rudd Bledsoe, Raymond (Gus) Gollaway, Pete Thomas,

West Baden Clubs 

The Hoosier Club: This club was built and owned by Ed Ballard. It was a large frame building that stood on the area where the present J.C. Food Store is located. This club burned down and a sale barn was erected on the site and also a sand stone building for the West Baden American Legion which was later torn down. There is now a small plaza at this site.

Some dealers: Pete Dixon, Chester Lane, Bud Lane

The Indiana Club: This club was owned and operated by Perry Lane, brother to Charlie Lane, a grocer in French Lick. The basement contained baths, massages, etc. The casino was upstairs. It is said that Al Capone paid several visits to this casino and it was also told that the infamous John Dillinger once stopped here while passing through. Some dealers: Pete Dixon, Chester Lane, Bud Lane

The Club Chateau – This club was directly across the street from the

Indiana club. It was built as a residence in 1927 by Doctor Davidson, a local dentist. The Lane brothers, Chester and Bud, nephews of Perry Lane, bought this building from the doctor and turned it into a casino. Sometime after the demise of gambling in the Valley this building was sold to the Baptist Church for use as a parsonage. They later sold the house and it is still being used as a residence.

Some dealers: Chester Lane, Bud Lane, Pete Thomas

I remember a story that “Pop” Henson once told me. He said that when he was eighteen years old he worked as a farm hand, and at the end of the month he was paid forty dollars. He took his bank roll and headed for town where he got into a blackjack game and lost every dime of it. He said he then made a vow that he would never again work with his hands and he never did. When he got old he developed palsy and his hands shook all the time but when he would take hold of a deck of cards they would be just as steady as could be. Every day after lunch he would put on his fine clothes and go to town. He would hang out in the room behind Guy Robinson’s barber shop hoping that a game of blackjack would get started. He would then work as the “lookout man” for the game and by doing this he could make a few dollars per week.

Circus Winterquarters in West Baden, Indiana. April, 1923












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