From: Jim Panttaja Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 3:22 AM Roy - I am descended from Nancy D. Drake who was born 18 October 1819 in New Jersey, and married Jacob Scudder. I believe that her mother's first name was Mary (a Mary Drake was living with Nancy and Jacob in the 1850 census). I am looking for Nancy's ancestry.
I have the birthdate to go on (in a family bible - likely belonging to her... But only a mother's conjectured first name (an older woman named Mary Drake living with Jacob Scudder and Nancy in the 1850 census.) None of the Drake sites I have looked at have included Jacob Scudder... And the only family tradition that survived was the common story of a Anneke Jans relationship - that appears to be have been related only to the Drake last name - and was in error anyway (when my grandmother was in her 80s she told me to make sure that I looked in to the Aniki Janse (she spelled it differently each time) estate. I suspect that she was remembering this from the 1920s when she would have been in her 20s....) But I have headed down Scudder and Topping and other lines - now time to pursue the Drake connection (and it might help me with my Scudder line eventually - my Scudder hasn't been sorted out by the Scudder Association yet - and they actually have lot's of Scudder's sorted out. Jacob Scudder is the son of Noah Scudder - but I can't pin down Noah's parentage...)