From the writings of Leo O. Drake-Copyrights by Leo O. Drake, used by permission.
A Benjamin Drake: Was on the tax list of Carter County TN.in 1797 and owned 337 acres of land. Since Carter County was a part of Washington County earlier this Benjamin could have been the same person. However there was another Benjamin Drake in Davidson County Tenn. about the same time and Davidson County also was part of Washington County earlier. However one of Benjamin Drake sons’ Elijah is listed as born in Bucks County PA. If this is so then Benjamin was not in Washington County in 1778. But could have been in Carter County in 1795.
We do not know whether Benjamin came alone from Jersey Island or if his Parents came also. Benjamin settled on Juanita River. Juanita river presently devides Janet and Snyder Counties. Evidently Benjamin son Jacob, and Isaac, was born near Juanita River. Note: that Jacob’s’ nick name was “Juanita Jake”.
CARTER COUNTY TN 1796: Became a County off of Washington County TN, Washington County became a County in 1777. *A very large County made up many of present day Counties.
A Benjamin and John Drake were on the first tax list of Washington County in 1778. Also an Isaac Drake.
A Benjamin Drake was on the tax list of Carter County in 1779 and owned 337 acres of land. Since carter county was a part of Washington County earlier this Benjamin Drake could have been in Davidson County Tenn. About the same time and Davidson County also was a part of Washington County earlier. However one of Benjamin Drake sons’ Elijah, is listed as born in Bucks County PA. If this is so then Benjamin was not in Washington County in 1778. But could have been in Carter County in 1795.
SOME EARLY MARRIAGES IN CARTER COUNTY TN
Brides: daughters of Abraham Drake.
> Sara Drake m William Stover-1819.> s-Daniel m-d/of Pres. Andrew Johnson.
> Salina Drake m Alfred Adams -1829.
> Ruthe Drake m Abner McClode -1821.
> Priscilla Drake m George Lacy -1828.
> Early Marrages continued:
> Mary Drake m John A.Dugger - 1836. d/o Abraham Drake.
> Margaret “ m Thomas Powell -1845.
> Catherine “ m Andrew Flether- 1840.
> Anne “ m Andrew Callison- 1835.
> Saraphinea” m Howard Murdox - 1865.
> Jacob Drake m Ruthe Murray - 1799.
> Jacob “ m Ann Williams - 1822. s/o Abraham.
> Jacob “ m Polly Noland - 1802.
> Jacob “ m Sally Huston - 1871.
> Samuel “ m Elizas Murray - 1827. s/o Abraham.
Married inWashington Co. Tn.
DRAKE FAMILY RECORDS- CARTER,CO.
VOLUME A: PAGE 96-97: DECEMBER 23 ANDREW GREER SOLD TO BENJAMIN DRAKE. BOTH OF WASHINGTON CO. USA TERRITORY SOUTH OF THE OHIO RIVER , FOR 400 POUNDS VIRGINIA MONEY, 3371/2 ACRES, (NORTH CAROLINA LAND GRANT # 237 TO JOHN SHELBY, JR.,) NORTH OF WATAUGA RIVER, LANDON CARTER’S AND PUBLIC WAGON ROAD.
WITNESS: LANDON CARTER, JULES CONNER, AND JOHN MARTIN,
PROVED OCTOBER COURT, 1897. JOHN MARTIN.
VOLUME B: PG. 36 HENRY MESSENGALE OF SULLIVAN COTN SOLD TO ISAAC DRAKE FOR $310.00, 0NE NEGRO GIRL NAMED PATT, PROVED IN AUGUST COURT, 1806.
VOLUME B. PG. 103-106: MARCH 9, 1807, A. BYLER FORMER SHERRIF OF CARTER CO. SOLD TO ALFRED CARTER, FOR $3.00, ONE HOUSE AND SIX LOTS #22, 60, 62, 63. WITNESS: ELIJAH DRAKE, ISAAC DRAKE. GEORGE DUFIELD,. PROVED AGUST COURT, 1807.
NOVEMBER, 4 1807, ISAAC DRAKE WITNESSED A DEED IN CATER CO. TN.
CARTER COUNTY TAXPAYERS
> BENJAMIN DRAKE - 1796:
> ABRAHAM DRAKE - 1796 & 1798:
> ISAAC DRAKE - 1798:
CARTER COUNTY MARRIAGES
> MARTHA MURRAY MARRIED AUSTIN EDENS ON OCTOBER, 22 1796.
> RUTHY MURRAY MARRIED ISAAC DRAKE ON JANUARY,8 1799.
> RACHEL MURRAY MARRIED STEPHEN TIPTON ON DECEMBER, 22 1801.
BONDSMAN: JOHN WILLIAM.
SOURCE MATERIAL: FROM RESEARCH OF MRS. FRANCIS LANE.
ALSO RECORDED ON DISK # 14 (DRAKE FAMILY RECORDS C.C.T.)
Researched and written by: Leo O. Drake