Jonathan W Drake

16 December 1840–22 August 1919 (Age 78)
Lodi Township, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States

The Life of Jonathan W

When Jonathan W Drake was born on 16 December 1840, in Lodi Township, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States, his father, Edward Willett Drake, was 39 and his mother, Orpha Waters, was 23. He married Jessie Maria Cornell on 10 December 1874, in Washtenaw, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Washtenaw, Michigan, United States in 1880. He died on 22 August 1919, in Lodi Township, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Lodi Cemetery, Lodi Township, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jonathan W Drake
Jessie Maria Cornell
Marriage: 10 December 1874
Amos Drake
Perry Drake

Spouse and Children

10 December 1874
Washtenaw, Michigan, United States


    Amos Drake





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World Events (8)


Age 6

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1847 · Moving the State Capital

Age 7

The capital of Michigan was moved from Detroit to Lansing on March 17, 1847. The capital was moved to be further away from Canada, to encourage settlement and boost economy toward the inner regions of the state, and to make to capital more accessible to everyone statewide.

Age 23

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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)

  • Willis Drake in household of Edward Drake, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Johnathon W Drake in household of Amos Drake, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Jonathan Drake in household of Edward Drake, "United States Census, 1850"

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