Osborne Drake and wife Lizzie Fox
From: Debi Drake-Maurer
Date: Tuesday, 3 February 2004 6:05 AM

Looking for info. on Osborne Drake, my g-g-grandfather. Nebraska City, NE 1865 census shows him (age 35, place of birth: VA); wife Lizzie (Fox) (age 23, place of birth: Tenn.), and daughter Mary (age 1, place of birth NE.)

Otoe County, NE pioneers' book lists Osborne as a house mover/carpenter and long-time resident. I have a copy of their marriage certificate, where Lizzie has crossed out "Elizab" and written in "Lizzie", dated Nov. 2, 1862, Nebrasksa City, NE. Osborne is spelled with an "e" in his signature.

Family notes indicate Osborne and Lizzie had seven children, all born in Nebrasksa City: Mary Isabell Drake (dob: 1864), married Thomas Wymer, went to Idaho; My g-grandfather, William Rutledge Drake (dob: 1865), married Viola Belle Wymer); George H. Drake; Annie Drake (dob: 1870, died 1885); Elizabeth Drake (dob: 1873, appears to have been adopted by Jeffries family in NE after mom's death as she's listed as Elizabeth Jeffries in her marriage notice to Frank Marnell, in NE); May Drake (adopted by Bickells family; married Hugh Goff, had one son); and Louella Drake (adopted by Mrs. Cleeves, died 1894.)

Lizzie Drake died in April, 1878; Osborne died shortly thereafter in Oct. 1879. It appears that Mary & her brother William, having both married into the Wymer family, left for Idaho & Missouri. The younger siblings were adopted out. The untimely deaths of Osborne & Lizzie have created a HUGE brick wall for me for over twenty years. Even the researchers at the geneology library in Nebraska City can't come up with anything beyond what I have listed here--no obits, news articles, other records, etc.

I am hopeful that the names/dates listed here, coupled with the flurry of activity and goodwill I've seen while lurking on this list might prove mutually beneficial to some of us.

Many thanks! Debi Drake