Levi Nelson Drake, born in Pond Eddy,
NY 8 15, 1832, MN

Date: Saturday, 16 May 1998 10:46

Source:  Memorial Record of the Counties of Faribault, Martin, Watonwan
and Jackson, Minnesota.  Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895. 
Extracted from the library of Olmsted County Historical Society,
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota.  

Pages 83-84
Levi Nelson Drake, a farmer of section 14, Tenhassen township, Martin
county, is a son of Zephaniah and Phoebe (Middaugh) Drake.  The father
was born in Sullivan county, New York, a son of Daniel Drake, a native
of the same place.  The mother was born in Pike County, Pennsylvania, as
was also her father, Levi Middaugh.  The parents were married in Pond
Eddy, New York, and they then resided on a farm in Pike county,
Pennsylvania, until the father's death, in 1843.  The mother departed
this life in 1893.  They were the parents of six children, three now
living, -- Levi N., the subject of this sketch; William J., of
Minnesota; and Maggie J. Buchannan, of New York.

Levi N. Drake was born in Pond Eddy, New York, August 15, 1832, and
remained with his grandmother Drake until twenty-one years of age.  In
1854 he removed to Waupaca county, Wisconsin, where he purchased and
improved a claim.  In 1858 he located in Blue Earth county, Minnesota,
purchased fifty-five acres of land near Shelbyville, and followed
agricultural pursuits there until 1866.  In 1863 Mr. Drake began
carrying United States mail from Garden City to Tenhassen, three years
afterward carried the mail from Blue Earth City to Spirit Lake, Iowa,
next from Tenhassen to Winnebago City, thence from Wells to Mankato, and
in 1886 from Fairmont to Estherville, Iowa.  During his Government
service he experienced many hardships from storms and other trials.  In
1863 Mr. Drake purchased his clain in Martin county, and he now owns 572
1/2 acres of well improved land.

November 1, 1861, Mr. Drake enlisted for service in the late war,
entering Company I, Fifth Iowa Cavalry.  He was sent to Fort Donelson,
afterward became sick with measles at Fort Henry, was engaged in
guarding telegraph lines at Camp Lowe, and then, on account of sickness,
was sent to a hospital eight miles from Corinth, remaining there about
four weeks.  He received his discharge from Keokuk, Iowa.  Mr. Drake is
now a member of the G. A. R., Phil. Kearny Post, No. 18, and has also
held offices in the Masonic order.  In his politicl relations, he acts
with the Republican party.  He has held the positions of Treasurer,
Constable and Supervisor of Tenhassen township, and has been a member of
the School Board in District No. 79.  Mr. Drake was married January 1,
1889, to Sophia Basset, born in Canada, March 22, 1846, a daughter of
Judge Thomas and Harriet (Lawrence) Nichols, natives of England.  They
came to America when young, were married in Canada, and during the war
removed to Chicago, Illinois.  They afterward went to Wisconsin, and in
1862 came to Minnesota, spending six months in Owatonna, and then
located in Pleasant Prairie, Martin county.  They now reside in Spokane,
Washington.  While in Martin county, Mr. Nichols served as Probate
Judge.  They had six children, -- Sophia, John, Thomas, Delia, Amy
(deceased) and Hattie.  Mrs. Drake is a member of the Seventh-Day
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