Harriet Emma Drake

20 August 1857–21 March 1912 (Age 54)
Honey Creek, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

The Life of Harriet Emma

When Harriet Emma Drake was born on 20 August 1857, in Honey Creek, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, her father, George Drake, was 32 and her mother, Emily White, was 32. She married John Riley Brown on 18 November 1880. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Boomer Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. She died on 21 March 1912, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

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John Riley Brown
Harriet Emma Drake
Marriage: 18 November 1880
Walter Drake Brown
Vera Mary Brown
Emily Marie Brown

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    John Riley Brown



18 November 1880


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World Events (8)


Age 6

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 10

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 15

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

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)

  • Hattie Drake in household of George Drake, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Harriet Drake in household of George Drake, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Harriet Drake in household of Emily Drake, "United States Census, 1880"

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