Date: Wednesday, 4 August 1999 3:52
I am trying to piece together a bit of my ancestry on the Drake
side of our family. Reliable information seems to have stopped
at my great-grandmother Permelia Drake. I hav included below
test from a book relating to Permelia and a newspaper clipping on
her death. Her father is listed as Leonard Drake and her mother
as Elizabeth Cleveland. Any assistance you could provide on
listing a query for me would be appreciated.
Time Frame: 1800
Location / Area: Ohio/Indiana
Comments: Information of Leonard and Elizabeth (Cleveland) Drake
and their daughter Permelia
Submitter: Ron Chard
Entry found in the Knauss Genealogy book on Lukas Knauss from
Dudelsheim, Germany on his American Descendants.
128. Henry David Knauss (Solomon-Johan D.-Daniel-Ludwig-Lukas)
was born on 26 October 1838 near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After
completing a common school education, he moved with his parents
to Ohio, where he located on a farm near Bellevue. He married 20
November 1860 to Permelia, daughter of Leonard and Elizabeth
(Cleveland) Drake. She was born in Vermont and died in
Kinderhook, Michigan on 21 January 1917 after 56 years of
marriage. In 1877 he purchased a farm in Kinderhook Township,
Branch County, Michigan, and moved with his family from Ohio to
his new purchase. He was a Democrat in politics; residence near
Coldwater, Michigan. He died 9 March 1930.
The following newspaper clipping of Permelia's death was found in
the Knauss family bible:
Mrs. Henry D. Knauss
Permelia Lowisa Drake, daughter of Leonard and Elizabeth Drake,
was born in Steuben County, New York, June 10, 1841, and departed
this life at her home in Kinderhook, Michigan, January 21, 1917,
being 75 years, 7 months, 11 days of age at the time of her
At the age of four years, she removed with her parents to Erie
County, Ohio, where she grew to womanhood.
November 20, 1860, she was united in marriage to Henry D. Knauss,
also of Erie County, Ohio, and for fifty-six years she was his
faithful and loving wife. To this union were born five children,
Ida L. Dewey, who died Christmas Eve, 1915; Della L. Lazenby, of
Gilead, Michigan, Nellie E. Morgan, of Taft, California, and
Harry Knauss, of Kinderhook, Michigan. A son born in 1870, died
October 9, 1877, the family moved to Kinderhook, Michigan, which
place with the exception of one year spent in Fremont, Indiana,
has since been their home.
Besides the immediate family, she leaves to mourn her departure
four grand-children, a sister, three brothers and many other
relatives and friends.
She accepted Christ as her Savior fifty-four years ago and she
has constantly manifested her faith to Him. She was devoted to
the needs of her family, no sacrifice or loving service being too
great for her to perform for them. She took an active interest
in every good work of the community until failing health
prevented. "She hath done what she could." She has gone to her
Cards of Thanks.........
We desire to thank the many kind friends and neighbors for their
expressions of sympathy in services, songs, consoling words and
floral tributes during the severe hours of our bereavement; also
to the Pastor for his words of confort in this hour of sorrow.
Mr. Henry D. Knauss and family.