Descendants of John Drake
and Nancy Connell
Birth date and place unknown. Died 1816-1820 (His wife
Nancy is listed in the 1820 Kentucky census with four
children under 10).
Married Nancy Connell May 25, 1812 in Bullitt County,
His parents were either John Fulton Drake and Rebecca
Heady or Jesse Drake and Jemima Rose.
John Drake's parents are a mystery. Researcher Col. Robert
Jobson wrote in the Salt River Arcadian that John's parents
were Jesse Drake and Jemima Rose but he did not cite his
sources and he has passed away. Other Drake researchers
believe the parents of John Drake were John Fulton Drake and
Rebecca Heady. They base this on John Fulton Drake’s 1825
will from Nelson County. The will lists all of his children,
including his son "John Drake being dead his four children
are to have his part". Since John Drake (husband of Nancy
Connell) died prior to this 1825 will, this reference
could be to him. As of now there is no proof for either set
There is an interesting clue: The Jefferson County marriage
Book (Book 1 page 157) has an entry on August 21,1824 for
Pat Mancy and Matilda Drake, "being the widow of John Drake
decd". I have been unable to find a census record for Pat
Mancy (I tried various spellings such as Nancy, Mansy, etc.)
for the years 1810-1850 in Kentucky.
Children of John Drake and Nancy Connell (note:they also
had a son and daughter born between 1813-1816, names unknown):
1.Matilda born February 18, 1815? and died on May 18, 1882.
Married William D. Thorne on October 29th, 1837 in either
Jefferson or Bullitt County.
2.Asa S. born June 14, 1815 in Kentucky and died November 19,
1880 in Moniteau County, Missouri.
Married Sarah (Sally) A. Smith June 28, 1836 in Jefferson
County, Kentucky. Sarah Smith was the daughter of Adam Smith
and Sarah (Sally) Ballard. She was born October 28, 1817 in
Kentucky and died May 19, 1892 in Fortuna, Missouri. Asa and
his wife are buried in Newkirk Cemetery.
At the age of seven (a short time after his father died) Asa
went to live with Abraham H. Murphy.
Asa and his wife left Louisville, Kentucky in the autumn of
1836 with a wagon train that included Abraham Murphy and the
Newkirk, Hays, Thixton, and Drake families, to homestead in
Missouri, where they founded the town of Fortuna.
Children of Asa Drake and Sarah Smith (all born in Fortuna,
1.Susan Matilda born May 10, 1837.
2.Nancy Jane born June 28, 1838. Married William Dudley
October 1, 1871.
3.John Connell (Jack) born August 21, 1839 and died March
15, 1924. Served in the Civil War.
Married (1) Mary Bell Young February 8, 1866.
Married (2) Mary P. Moon.
4.Mary Ann born December 8,1841 snd died December 19, 1928.
Married John T. Thixton.
5.Amanda Catherine born June 10, 1844 and died January 15,
Married Thompson Mullen Thixton on June 7, 1868.
6.Peter Sousley born November 3, 1845 and died January 22,
Married Vianna Parsons March 17, 1868.
7.Abraham Murphy born March 4, 1846 and died January 11,
Married Cinderella (Lucinda) Sousley September 18, 1871.
8.Alford Sousley born October 20, 1847.
Married Mary Elizabeth Johnson November 1, 1874.
9.Rhoda Elizabeth born December 5, 1849 and died July 18,
Married Samuel Worley March 29, 1868. They had 12 children.
10.William Henry born March 24, 1852 and died September 9,
Married Emily Kitturah Moon February 8, 1877.
11.Sarah Frances born July 20, 1854.
12.Adam Steward born March 26,1856.
13.James Richard born May 21, 1858 and died 1946.
Married Sallie Kays December 31, 1879.
14.Cindarella (Lucinda) born February 14, 1861.
Married Henry Chapman September 13, 1877.