Ernest Ellis Draper

7 August 1894–23 December 1948 (Age 54)
White Cloud, Newaygo, Michigan, United States

The Life of Ernest Ellis

When Ernest Ellis Draper was born on 7 August 1894, in White Cloud, Newaygo, Michigan, United States, his father, Nicholas J Draper, was 49 and his mother, Luella Jane "Jennie" Davis, was 27. He married Ella Edith Weier on 2 September 1913, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Mussey Township, St. Clair, Michigan, United States in 1930 and Baltimore, Maryland, United States in 1941. He died on 23 December 1948, in Big Prairie, Newaygo, Michigan, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in White Cloud, Newaygo, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ernest Ellis Draper
Ella Edith Weier
Marriage: 2 September 1913
Evelyn M. Draper
Kenneth R Draper
Madelynn Draper

Spouse and Children

2 September 1913
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States


    Evelyn M. Draper


    Kenneth R Draper


    Madelynn Draper


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1897 · Beginnings of Kmart

Age 3

Detroit was the home of the second dime and nickel stores that S. S. Kresge owned. After two years with John McCrory, his partner, he traded his share in the Memphis store, plus $3,000, for full ownership of the Detroit store and formed the Kresge & Wilson Company with his brother-in-law, Charles J. Wilson. In 1962, the S. S. Kresge Company would rebrand and change their name to Kmart.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 15

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

English and Irish: occupational name for a maker and seller of woolen cloth, Anglo-Norman French draper (Old French drapier, an agent derivative of drap ‘cloth’). The surname was introduced to Ulster in the 17th century. Draperstown in County Londonderry was named for the London Company of Drapers, which was allocated the land in the early 17th century.

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

Sources (3)

  • Earnest Draper, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ernest E. Draper in household of Nicholas J Draper, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ernest Ellis Draper, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"

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