1. BENJAMIN1 DRAKE was born 1820 in New York. He married (1) MARY MATHEWS,
daughter of ROBERT MATHIS and MILLY.
He married (2) MARY WHITE.
Notes for BENJAMIN DRAKE:
It is assumed that Mary Mathews the mother of Robert and James died about 1850 and Benjamin married again to a" Mary" who shows up in the 1860 Waushara Co. Wisconsin census.
This is suspected since in this second marraige there appears another Robert Drake born to Benjamin and Mary! Also in the same census Robert and James are listed as living with Robert and Milly Mathews in Saxsville Wisconson.There is also a question to the Mathews name.
On several documents the Name Mathis shows up?
Another lead to research is the Benjamin Drake and Mary White from Oshkosh
who had a son named Zephannah born Jan 14, 1856, and another entry of the
same name born Jan 19, 1865. I would suggest that Benjamin probably lived in
the Oshkosh area.
Emma (Drake) Owens mentioned in one of her letters that as a small child she remembers her Grandfather Ben Drake visited them in Shawano. She said that he resembled her father James Drake. This would lead me to believe that Benjamin was still alive and living in Wisconsin about 1900?
From the 1850 Federal census of Wisconsin, Benjamin and family are listed as living in Utica Wisconsin. They moved to Saxsville after this time.
Children of BENJAMIN DRAKE and MARY MATHEWS are:
2. i. ROBERT2 DRAKE, b. September 13, 1846, Chenango,New York; d. May 12, 1932, Kenosha,Wisconsin.
3. ii. JAMES MONROE DRAKE, b. December 19, 1849, Big Flats,Stuben Co. New York; d. March 29, 1934, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin.
Children of BENJAMIN DRAKE and MARY WHITE are:
iii. BENJAMIN2 DRAKE, b. 1852, Saxsville, Waushara Co. Wisconsin.
iv. ROBERT DRAKE, b. 1854, Saxsville, Waushara Co. Wisconsin.
v. JOHN DRAKE, b. 1855, Saxsville, Waushara Co. Wisconsin.
vi. MARY DRAKE, b. 1856, Saxsville, Waushara Co. Wisconsin.
2. ROBERT2 DRAKE (BENJAMIN1) was born September 13, 1846 in Chenango,New
York, and died May 12, 1932 in Kenosha,Wisconsin.
He married ELLEN ROBBINS May 29, 1869 in Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin, daughter of STEVEN ROBBINS and SARAH WRIGHT.
Notes for ROBERT DRAKE:
At the age of 18,Robert enlisted as a Drummer Boy in Company E, 38th Reg't,Wisconsin Inf. on 14 April, 1864 at Ripon Wisconsin.He was mustered in on 18 May, 1864 at Madison Wisconsin.
He was wounded at the Battle of Weldon Railroad on 21 August, 1864 and sent to Alexandria Va. hospital. He suffered seven (7) shell fragment wounds to his left side.He remained in the hospital until March,1865 at which time he was granted a furlough back to wisconsin.
He returned to Alexandria in April,1865 and was mustered out on 27 May, 1865. He lived in Utica, Winnabago Co Wisconsin with his parents when he was four years old. This was recorded in the 1850 census. A review of 1860 census Saxeville , Waushara Co. Wisconsin shows Robert and his brother James birth places as New York and they were living with their grandparents, Robert and Millie Mathews.
Also in 1860 Benjamin and Mary Drake lived at Saxeville with other children starting with Ben Jr.showing Wisconsin as place of birth (1852). The Question remains, why did Benjamin and Mary( if she is the same Mary as Roberts and James Mother) name another Son "Robert" born in 1854? Following the Civil War, Robert went north to Shawano Co. Wisconsin. In 1880 Robert had moved back to Saxsville. In 1900 he and his family lived at Rome, Adams County, Wisconsin. By 1920 he and Ellen lived alone at Nekoosa, Wood County Wisconsin. He died at Nekoosa
Children of ROBERT DRAKE and ELLEN ROBBINS are:
i. EMERETTE3 DRAKE, b. April 16, 1870, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin; m. ROBERT DESHNER, October 21, 1889, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin.
ii. EMMA LORETTA DRAKE, b. 1871, Shawano Co. Wisconsin.
iii. ALBERT ROBERT MONROE DRAKE, b. September 24, 1872, Shawano,Shawano Co. Wisconsin; m. MARY, 1898.
Notes for ALBERT ROBERT MONROE DRAKE:
The 1900 census shows that Albert and Mary had been married for 2 years.
Albert was listed as a farmer. I suspect that Alberts first wife died after Goldie was born and Mary was his second marriage. He lived near his parents in 1900.
iv. MARY DRAKE, b. February 15, 1874, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin; m. WILLIAM GRIMMER, August 4, 1889, Richmond, Shawano Co. Wisconsin.
v. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DRAKE, b. October 8, 1876, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin; d. April 18, 1948, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin; m. DORA MURPHY.
vi. JOHN E. DRAKE, b. September 19, 1878, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin.
Notes for JOHN E. DRAKE:
Not much known about john. In the 1920 census there is a John Drake (right age) living in Nekoosa near Robert and Ellen Drake so I suspect he is their son.
John and his wife ( she was born in Norway) lived alone in 1920, no hint if there were any children. More research required.
vii. STEPHEN VAN RANSELER DRAKE, b. March 16, 1880, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin; d. June 17, 1956, New London, Wisconsin.
Notes for STEPHEN VAN RANSELER DRAKE:
Info from Margeret Sceonfeld records from waupaca courthouse 12/9/1994
More About STEPHEN VAN RANSELER DRAKE:
Cause of Death: CoronaryOcculsion
Medical Information: Cardiac degeneration
viii. ELLA CARILLA DRAKE, b. June 2, 1883, Leon, Waushara Co. Wisconsin; m.
ix. ROSA MAY DRAKE, b. March 26, 1885, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin; m. GEORGE ALBERT WITHERS.
x. FRANCIS DRAKE, b. August 18, 1889, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin.
Notes for FRANCIS DRAKE:
There is also one reference to a George Francis Drake. Its possible that Francis never used George and its not certain if George is a first or middle name?
3. JAMES MONROE2 DRAKE (BENJAMIN1) was born December 19, 1849 in Big Flats,Chemung Co. New York, and died March 29, 1934 in Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin. He married ALICE EMERETT ROBBINS February 18, 1872 in Shawano Wisconsin, daughter of STEVEN ROBBINS and SARAH WRIGHT.
More About JAMES MONROE DRAKE:
Fact 6: Blacksmith
Cause of Death: Flu
Notes for ALICE EMERETT ROBBINS:br>
Came to Shawano County, Wisconsin when she was eleven years old (1865). She
married James Drake in 1872 and they moved west in 1877. After a tragic stay
in Nebraska they returned to Shawano in about 1885. While in Nebraska Alice and James lost six children.
Twins died at birth 1882
After their return to Wisconsin Alice and James had three children:
Children of JAMES DRAKE and ALICE ROBBINS are:
i. LENARD L.3 DRAKE, b. November 21, 1873; d. May 18, 1879.
ii. SARAH M DRAKE, b. September 5, 1875; d. May 27, 1879.
iii. EFFIE M. DRAKE, b. March 29, 1877; d. October 2, 1882.
iv. JAMES RUTHERFORD DRAKE, b. July 29, 1879, Clay County Nebraska; d. July 9, 1906, Shawano Co, Wisconsin.
v. ELLA DRAKE, b. April 20, 1884; d. April 24, 1884.
vi. OLIVE CAROLINE DRAKE, b. February 20, 1886, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin; d. April 4, 1969, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin; m. EDWARD HENRY SCHOENFELD, September 6, 1903, Wescott, Shawano Co. Wisconsin.
More About OLIVE CAROLINE DRAKE:
Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Medical Information: Heart disease
More About EDWARD HENRY SCHOENFELD:
Fact 6: Construction
Fact 8: Wescott, Seneca, Belle Plaine, Shawano
vii. RAY HENRY DRAKE, b. September 19, 1887, Wescott, Shawano Co. Wisconsin; d. February 20, 1970, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin; m. EDNA VIOLA CARTER, December 25, 1912, Shawano, Shawano Co. Wisconsin.
Notes for RAY HENRY DRAKE:
see also feb 23 1970 date of death?
More About RAY HENRY DRAKE:
Cause of Death: Old Age
Medical Information: Died in his sleep
More About EDNA VIOLA CARTER:
Cause of Death: Parkinsons decease
Medical Information: Choked while trying to eat caused by the deteriation of throat muscles
viii. EMMA PERDITA DRAKE, b. June 4, 1893; m. RAY FRANKLAND OWENS, October 19, 1911, Menominee, Michigan.