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Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania including the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe (Chicago, Illinois, J. H. Beers & Company, 1900), 1420,1421.
Lewis Drake, a wealthy resident of Poplar Valley, Monroe county, is a man of progressive ideas, and his influence is felt in the business, social, political and educational life of his section. As an agriculturalist he is noted for his scientific methods, while in general business lines his advice is frequently sought, and for some time he has been a director in the Stroudsburg National Bank.
Mr. Drake is of good Scotch-Irish descent in the paternal line, and the family is noted for the thrift and enterprise which characterize that race. The first ancestor of whom we have a definite account was Levi Drake, our subject’s grandfather, who settled at an early day in Cherry Valley, Monroe county, where he cleared and improved a farm. He had six sons and three daughters, the names of the sons being: (1) Daniel married and located in Smithfield township, Monroe county. (2) Joseph, our subject’s father, is mentioned more fully further on. (3) Duane (now deceased) settled in Cherry Valley on a farm adjoining that of his father. He married and had the following children—Jane, who married Daniel Keller, of Stroudsburg township; Caroline is the wife of Abel Storm, of Stroudsburg; Ellen died in early womanhood; Robert (now deceased) married and settled in Lackawanna county; Lorenzo died in New Jersey; George (now deceased) married and settled in Stroudsburg; Jerome died in Ohio; and Cyrus is a railway employe in the West. (4) Alfred (now deceased) married and made his home in Stroud township. (5) Silas (now deceased) never married. (6) James married and settled in Smithfield township, where he died leaving a family of children. Of the three daughters, of Levi Drake, the eldest married John Elizas, of Wilkes Barre, Penn; one married a Mr. Dreher, of Stroud township, and another married Ephriam Lacord, of Northampton county, where several of their children now reside.
Joseph Drake, the father of our subject, was born in Cherry Valley, and in early manhood married Miss Mary La Bar, a member of a well-known family. Soon after his marriage they located in Poplar Valley, where he followed the millwright’s trade, and after a few years he purchased the present homestead from Amos La Bar. It contained 200 acres of land, partly improved with a log house and small barn, and this Mr. Drake improved in a substantial manner. He cleared much of the land, and for a number of years he devoted himself to agricultural pursuits, giving up his trade entirely. He was an excellent citizen, and during the war of 1812 he served as a soldier, for which he received, for some years previous to his death in 1877, a pension of $8 per month. His worthy wife survived him several years, passing away in 1885. Our subject is the youngest in a family of three sons, the others being: (1) Amos, born in Stroud township, was engaged in business with the Tanite Co., at Stroudsburg, where his death occurred. His wife, Elizabeth (Bertram), of Smithfield township, died in 1896, leaving two daughters—(a) Tillie married the late Martin Rhinehear, of Cresco, and has one daughter, Minnie. (b) Minnie married Charles Youthers, a banker in Owego, N. Y., and has two daughters. (2) Levi, second son of Joseph Drake, born in 1832, in Stroud township, is now one of the leading capitalists of Stroudsburg. He received a public-school education in his youth, and as a young man taught successfully for several winters. He married Miss Alice Swartswood, of Stroudsburg, and now resides on a farm in Stroud township, belonging to his father.
The subject of this sketch was born June 10, 1834, in Stroud township, and was reared as a farmer boy, is education being obtained in the common schools of the locality. In 1865 he married Miss Elmira Keller, who was born May I, 1848, the daughter of Charles L. and Mary A. Keller, prominent residents of Stroudsburg. Mr. Drake then rented a farm in Stroud township, and after the death of his father he purchased the old homestead, where he has since reside, making a specialty of dairying. He has built a fine two-story residence and an addition to the barn and made other improvements, his farm being one of the best in the township. Politically he is a stanch(sic) Republican having entered the party on the dissolution of the Whig organization, of which is father was also an adherent in the early days. At times he has been called to office, has served as supervisor several terms and was school director. His is in sympathy with th doctrines of the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, having been reared under their influence and taken an interest in all that pertains to the advancement of religious work. Socially the family is prominent, and their home is the center of a refined hospitality. Mr. Drake’s genial courtesy making him an ideal host. Of his six children, the eldest, Amelia, born in 1866, has received an excellent education in the public schools and is now at home. (2) Clayton, born in March, 1871, is a promising young man and at present assists his father in the business of the farm. (3) William, born in May, 1873, was killed by a kick on the head from a horse. He was a remarkably intelligent youth and the pride of the home, his loss is deeply felt. (4) Charles, born in August, 1878, is at home. (5) Nellie, born in August 1880, died at the age of two years. (6) Miller, born in July, 1883, resides with his parents.