1. St Louis National Historical Company 1883, History of Howard and
Cooper County, Missouri Written And Compiled From The Most Authentic
Official And Private Sources, (Reprinted 1973; The Printery, Clinton,
MO.), 344, 345 Howard County.
George W. Drake, Sr., farmer, section 19. When George W. was ten years of age, in 1833, his parents came from Kentucky to Howard county, this state, and settled in Moniteau township, on the uplands, but four years afterwards they moved down on the river and followed farming in the more fertile bottoms. There the son grew to manhood, and when he was twenty-one years of age he married, December 5, 1844, to Miss Nancy J., daughter of John F. Jordan. Ten years afterwards, however, she died, aged thirty-one years to a day. She left one child -- Jesse H. --- that died the following year. July 5, 1855, he was married a second time, Miss Susan S., daughter of Enoch Crews, of this county, the becoming his wife. April 29, 1865, she was also taken from him in death. Five children were born of this union, four of whom are living --- Charles E., born April 9, 1856; Ebemelech S., born March 4, 1858; Joseph T., born November 13, 1860; and Sarah E., born December 9, 1862. George W., Jr., died , aged one year. February 5, 1867, Mr. Drake was married to Miss Martha C., daughter of Samuel Pearson, of Moniteau township. She was born February 14, 1836, and of their union three children are now living --- Louisiana, born March 9, 1872; Laura E., born May 10, 1874; and Edna P., born September 26, 1876. Mr. Drake has made farming his occupation through life thus far, and now has 425 acres of fine land. His homestead includes over 200 acres, and is comfortably and substantially improved. He and his wife are both church members. He has been a member of the M. E. church south for over forty years. His father, Charles Drake, was a native of Virginia, and his mother, whose maiden name was Mary Swearingen, was originally from Maryland. However, they settled in Kentucky early in life, where their family was partly reared, before they came to Missouri. George W., our subject, was born in Bullitt county, of that state, where they resided, October 8, 1823."