Date: Monday, 18 January 1999 2:38
Have been watching all this excitement for a while now, and it quickly
became clear that I had better learn what I was doing before I got in the
way and was squished in the stampede! So I have pulled myself together
(sort of) and am ready to take the plunge!
What I have is a box of letters written mostly by Theodore Drake that
range in date from 1863 to 1871. Letters from a brother Charles in Ky. from
father Martin in Oak Grove, Wis., fiancee Jenny McQuivey in Waukeegan, Ill.
Also letters from others we believe to be sibs (Tamsen, Lina, Martha) in
various locations around the midwest (Maryville, Mo. etc.) Have also been
able to de-cipher One address on stationary headed U.S. christian
commission, dated jan. 1864. Theodore's address reads "Company B, 3rd Wis.
2nd brigade, temp. division, army
These letters are in pretty decent shape as a whole but are very difficult
to read. Some are quite faded in parts. Also have a number of reciepts
companies and other mundane places, one is dated "12-24-1888, dues
1887-1888, John Logan, post # 58, 80 cents" and it looks like GAR as the
but am not sure about the first letter......could be a D.
So, my question is this........do any of you have a clue where I might
fit in the wonder that is DRAKE? Am having a really hard time finding
anything. Have many more letters to read but am sure it will some time
before I get thru them all.
Will post anything I find that is relevant to you geneology wiz's, or all if
Will thank you in advance for any little bits of info you may be able to
I really got into this by reading Theodore and Jennies love letters while I
was in treatment for breast cancer and house bound for about a year and they
really touched me and I vowed to learn more about them. Also was always
fascinated by their daughters who were all college educated and went off to
teach in the wilds of "Indian Territory". Thought that was pretty spiffy
for females in 1900.
Sorry, list mom if I'm rambling!!!!!!!!