Hiram Alonzo Drake

1839–1903 (Age 64)
New York, United States

The Life of Hiram Alonzo

When Hiram Alonzo Drake was born in 1839, in New York, United States, his father, Nathan B Drake, was 25 and his mother, Mary Ann Huestis, was 21. He had at least 3 sons and 1 daughter with Elizabeth 'Eliza' Frances McClure. He lived in Coldbrook Township, Warren, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Galesburg Township, Knox, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 6 May 1903, in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States, at the age of 64.

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Family Time Line

Hiram Alonzo Drake
1839–1903
Elizabeth 'Eliza' Frances McClure
1843–
Harry Alvin Drake
1869–1948
Charles M Drake
1871–
Alice Luella Drake
1873–1945
Frank Earl Drake
1877–1946

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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 0

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
1846

Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 17

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Old English byname Draca, meaning ‘snake’ or ‘dragon’, Middle English Drake, or sometimes from the Old Norse cognate Draki. Both are common bynames and, less frequently, personal names. Both the Old English and the Old Norse forms are from Latin draco ‘snake’, ‘monster’ ( see Dragon ).2 English and Dutch: from Middle English drake, Middle Dutch drāke ‘male duck’ (from Middle Low German andrake), hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a drake, or perhaps a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a drake.3 North German: nickname from Low German drake ‘dragon’ ( see Drach 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Hiram Drake in household of N B Drake, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Hiram A Drake, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Hiram Drake, "United States Census, 1900"

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