Riley V. Drake married Sarah Jane Johnson

From: Helen Lee

Date: Sunday, October 31, 1999 8:29 PM

I am researching the Riley Drake family lines.  My gr. grandfather was Riley 
V. Drake.  I was told that the initial V. stood for Victor.  His father and 
mother were Riley Drake and Betsy Matteson (spelling not proved yet for 
Matteson.  Could be Madison)  According to Oregon History Riley V. Drake's 
mother died about 3 weeks after his birth.  He was born Feb. 15, 1833.  Again 
according to the Oregon History he was reared by a Linus Sutliff.  His first 
child was named Linus Madison Drake.  
Riley was in the Lost Wagon Train coming from Missouri to Oregon. Settled in 
Jefferson, Oregon - married Sarah Jane Johnson dau. of Geo. W. Johnson - 
moved to The Dalles, Oregon where they lived out their lives.  Both are 
buried at a pioneer cemetery south of The Dalles, called Japanese Hollow Cem  
or better known as 8-Mile cemetery.  Riley and Sarah Jane Drake had eleven 
children.  Will gladly share what little info I have.  My grandmother was 
Arminta May Drake b. Jan 21, 1870 in Hubbard,  Oregon.  Would appreciate any 
help someone can offer.   Thanks 
Helen Lee