Thomas G Drake

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THOMAS G. DRAKE, physician, Prairieton, was born in Sullivan county in 1836. His father, PRESTON G. DRAKE, was born in Warren county, Kentucky, about the year 1800, and came to Indiana somewhere about 1820. He came direct to Vigo county, where he was married to Miss Nancy FERGUSON, a daughter of Thomas and Elisabeth FERGUSON. He engaged in teaching school for several years. He entered land in Sullivan county, Indiana, and removed there and lived till 1849, when he went to Terre Haute and remained a few months. He traded for property east of Merom, Sullivan county, and removed there and made it his home until he died. His first wife died sometime in 1840, and he was married again in 1842, to Miss Susan BRYANT, of Vigo county, who was after the death of Mr. DRAKE, which occured in 1840, while on a visit to Kentucky, married a Joseph E. JONES, a brother of old Jimmy JONES, of Vigo county. Joseph JONES died in 1863, and his wife Susan died in 1855. She left two children: Delia, who was married to James KELLY, and lives in Sullivan, and the other, Etta Ellen, who married a Mr. DAVIS, and removed to the State of Texas. Thomas G. DRAKE lived at Sullivan for about ten years, and then came to Terre Haute. After leaving home he went to Bowling Green and studied the languages under Prof. PILLSBURY, a highly accomplished teacher. After that he came to Terre Haute and read medicine with Dr. Geo. W. CLIPPINGER. He afterward studied medicine and graduated at Chicago, Illinois, in the winter of 1861-62. He then came to Prairieton, where he has since lived. He was married October 8, 1862, to Miss Eliza J. FERGUSON, a cousin on his mother's side, and a daughter of James and Mary FERGUSON, who live just south of Prairieton. Mr. DRAKE has a family of four children: James F., Thomas A., Mary N. and Guthred. They lost one, Thomas P., who was one year old. Mr. DRAKE has made the practice of medicine his life-work. He bought the old Robert HOGGATT farm of over 300 acres of (sic) the wife and daughter of Mr. HOGGATT, who now live in Illinois, and he has made some accessions to his farm, so that he has now one of the finest farms in Prairieton township. The HOGGATT farm has only changed hands from the government to the HOGGATTs, and from them to Dr. DRAKE. He and his wife are members of the close communion Baptist church, and are honored and respected citizens.

HISTORY OF VIGO AND PARKE COUNTIES Together With Historic Notes on the Wabash Valley
H.W. Beckwith - 1880
Prairieton Twp. - pp. 476-477