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Margaret A. Drane

Rev. Thomas Jefferson Drane & Margaret Ann Thurman
Parents of Margaret Ann Drane
Sources unproven cite Rev. Drane as Chaplain for several CSA Companies

Rev. Thomas Jefferson Drane and Margaret Ann Thurman






































The Drane Family, Legends, Half-Truths and Myths,  Daniel A. Willis, 2012, page 109-110

...The eldest son (of George Thomas Drane and Julia Whitley), married twice.  He divorced his first wife, SusannahKeith, after five years of marriage.  After the divorce, Susannah and her two children lived with her parents.  Her son was named Joseph, and there is no evidence that he had any children.  Susannah's daughter had the very unusual name of Endamile.  Not surprisingly, after her marriage, she was always known simply as Mrs. Bench.


Three years after the divorce, T.J. Drane married Margaret Thurman and moved southward, until finally ending up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Thomas and Margaret had at least two children of their own,  The gaps between their wedding and the births suggest there were likely more that died in infancy.  Their so, Robert, lived with his sister, Margaret, all of his life, which ended in 1935 at the age of 77,  This suggests he may have had some medical or mental condition that prevented him from living on his own.  He never married....   



James Anthony Drain/Drane Md.Ky.Tn                                                                                                        Shirley Lewis April 13, 2001 (Entire post following)

Rev Thomas Jefferson Drane was born in Lebanon, Kentucky November 30, 1813, died in New Orleans, Louisiana, Oct. 16, 1895, married Margaret Ann Thurman near Lebanon, Kentucky, May 29, 1838, Rev. Robinson officiating. (Margaret Ann Thurman daughter of Philip Thurman and Springer, Lineal descendent of Sir John Springer, England), was born in Washington County, Kentucky, February 4th 1819, baptized into fellowship of the Lost Run Baptist Church, 1842, died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She belonged to a distinguished Virginia family, a first cousin of the Statesman and democratic nominee for President, Allen G. Thurman.

Rev. T. J. Drane was pastor of the Baptist Church at Nicholasville and Shelbyville, and pastor of the East St. (?) Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky about 1856, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Memphis Tennessee about 1858. Held the chair of Theology in Baptist Female College at Shelbyville, Kentucky about 1854. Was on Committee on revision of St. James version of the Bible, I (Book of Job), Associated minister with J. R. Graves, John L. Waller, Robert Larue, Robert Thurman, Vaughn, and John Broades, leading theologians of his day. Chaplin for several companies in Memphis TN., during the Civil War. Mason, Officiated at the burial of Henry Clay. (Mother has the Masonic apron worn at this occasion).

There are two living descendants, Rev. Robert Larue Drane who lives with his sister Mrs. B. H. Tichenor.
























Dr. T.J. Drane, D. D., Perhaps the oldest living Baptist divine in the United States, died on Wednesday evening at the residence of his son-in-law, Dr. G. H. Tichenor, on Henry Clay Avenue, near Liberty. Dr. Drane was the clergyman who officiated at the burial of Henry Clay, and with that great man, as with many other leaders of antebellum days, he was on terms of friendly intimacy. At the time of Henry Clay's death, Dr. Drane was filling an appointment in Kentucky. The remains of the great statesmen were committed to him for burial as the deputy United States chaplain. His death snaps a link binding together that far-off historical scene with the present day. 

Dr. Drane was a native of Kentucky, where he was born 82 years ago. He was admitted to the ministry in 1839, at the age of 26. Among of his early charges were the Baptist Church at Paris and Shelbyville, Kentucky. He was a man of extraordinary clarity and sameness of mind; a refined logician and accomplished dialect Titan. He attained eminence by the exercise of these qualities and was offered a church in Louisville, Kentucky, which, as the East Baptist Church, was retained by him for many years. During the war, he filled the pulpit at the Wall Street Baptist Church, in Natchez. Subsequently, he became pastor of the First Baptist Church in Memphis. When he grew older, he accepted pastorates in the smaller Louisiana towns, winding up in Baton Rouge, where he raised the funds and built the First Baptist Church, of which, to within a recent period, he was the efficient head. 

Dr. Drane was associated with several of the leading denominational colleges of the South and was esteemed a leader of the Baptists in the country. He was wonderfully successful as a minister, receiving during his career 4,000 communicants into the church. He was a “strict construc-tionist,” and believed in the Bible and the tenants of his church without questioning. 

Dr. Drane was married a few days before being admitted to the church to Miss Margaret Thurman, a cousin of the brilliant Congressman of Illinois, by the same name. The couple had six children, two of whom are now living, one the wife of Dr. Tichenor, and the other Mr. Robert Drane, of this city. Mrs. Drane died in 1888 and two years later Dr. Drane married Mrs. Weber, of Mandeville, Louisiana who survives his death. 

The remains of Dr. Drane were taken to Baton Rouge by relatives yesterday and interred with high honors from the first Baptist Church there. Dr. D. I. Purser and Rev. John Purser, of this city, and Rev. Mr. F. W. Eason, of the First Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, officiated. Dr. Purser delivered the memorial address, in which he dwelt upon the sterling worth of Dr. Drane's character, and the high ideals to which he endeavored to conform throughout his life. The body was then laid to rest in the Cemetery in Baton Rouge, an enormous crowd following into the grave. 

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The Times-Picayune Thu . Sep. 11, 1890  page 3


A wedding of note, at the First Baptist church in this city, took place yesterday, at 1 P.M., the pastor, Rev. M.C. Cole officiating.  The high contracting partners were Rev. T.J. Drane D.D. of this city, a native of Kentucky, and Mrs. N.W. Webber, of Mandeville, LA.

Dr. Drane has been for over forty-two years an active minister in the Baptist denomination, during which term of service he has baptized into the fellowship of the churches he has served nearly 6,000 persons.  In the state of Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana he has occupied the first pastorates, and is held in high estimation as a Christian gentleman and a minister of exceptional ability.

The first churches in Shelbyville and Louisville Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Canton and Natchez, Miss.; Jackson and Baton Rouge, La., have been served by Dr. Drane as pastor.  Few men have done as nuch, and fewer more for the good of his church where he has labored.

The estimable Christian woman who is now his wife is noted for her fortitude, piety and benevolence.  Her many graces of mind and person eminently fit her for the position she will hold.

Many friends of both parties were present to witness the solemn ceremony and extend congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. Drane.

Dr. Drane, having purchased property near Ponchatoula, will divide his time between that place and this city, where his daughter, Mrs. Dr. Tichenor, resides.



The American Citizen (Canton, Miss.)  Thu. Jan 11, 1866 page 4


Situated one Mile from the Court House,

Canton, Miss.

The undersigned have this day formed a copartnership under the style of T.J. Drane & Co., for the purpose of carrying on the Nursery business in all its branches.

It is the intention of the proprietors to propagate in the Fruit Department, choice varieties only, and such as are well adapted to the soil and climate of the South, reopening in succession over the Fruit season.  Consequently, purchases will be positively protected against disappointment.

Every new variety of fine fruit shall be added to our catalogue, as soon as tested and proved to be suited to the climate,


All trees and plants will be carefully labeled and packed in the best manner for any part of the South, for which a moderate charge will be made, and to charge will be made for the delivery of packages at the railroads.

It is requested that explicit directions be given for marking and shipping packages, but in all cases, when shipment is made the articles are at the risk of the purchaser.

All orders from unknown correspondents must be accompanied with a remittance, draft, or satisfactory reference.  Our customers are requested to notify us immediately of any error that may be committed in filling their orders, in order that we may at once make amends.

Catalogues will be forwarded to all who apply, post paid, and render a stamp to prepay the postage.

T.J. Drane & Co.

Sept. 141865.



The Times (Shreveport) Wed. Mar 20, 1872  Page 2


Shreveport, February 17, 1872.

Rev. T.J. Drane has been elected Agent of the Shreveport University, and as such is authorized to receive and receipt for all moneys due to the University, and also to obtain subscriptions in money or otherwise to the same.  We commend him to the public generally,

John N. Howell,

President Board of Trustees.



The Times (Shreveport) Wed. Aug 14, 1872  page 2


Shreveport, August 8, 1872.

Rev. T.J. Drane, Agent Shreveport University:

In consequence of an error in my calculations of over two thousand dollars in the estimate made by me, for the wood-work, painting, and plastering of the University building, I most respectfully decline the award made to me by yourself and the Executive Committee.

J.H. Stoner


Owing to the above, we will for the next ten days receive bids for the Wood-Work, Painting, and Plastering of the University building.

T.J. Drane



The Times (Shreveport) Sun. Mar 16, 1873  page 3


Since the organization of the Shreveport Branch of the Southern Life Insurance Company some eight months ago by President T.A. Nelson, Rev. T.J. Drane and others, its success has indeed proved flattering to its projectors--this branch alone, having within that time, takes risks announcing to nearly one and a half million dollars ($1, 500,000 ).  The main feature of the Company is the treatment of its entire reserve fund within the limits of its regular branches under the direction of local boards and managers., thus making the company in every respect a home institution.  As evidence of the sincerity of the "Southern Life" in making this pledge to Mr. Drane and the Shreveport directory, large sums of money have already been loaned on first mortgages in our vicinity to be retained here and followed by other investments as its business is increased.

THe Shreveport Branch, tributary alone to the mother company, and under the management of Messrs. Drane and May, its  general agents, and the local board, composed of many of our oldest, most influential and staunch citizens, is destined to become one of our most valuable institutions.


Rev. Mr. Drane is recognized as one of the most successful solicitors and field agents in the country, and, who, by the way, has just returned from a three week's trip with fifty applications, covering $200,000 insurance.  This, however, is nothing unusual, for he has accomplished even more in the same length of time since his connections with life insurance.  And Mr. May, the business partner, by his long connection and experience with the Home Office, will guarantee a bright and successful career of the Shreveport Branch of the Southern Life Insurance Company. 




Public Ledger (Memphis) Wed. May 24, 1882  page 3


No. 4471-In the Chancery Court of Shelby County, Tenn.--Clara L. Ward et al, by their next friend and guardian, P.H. Bryson, vs. T.J. Drane et al.

It appearing from affidavit in this cause that the defendants, T.J. Drane and Margaret A Drane, are non-residents of the State of Tennessee; it is therefore ordered that they make their appearance herein.  At the courthouse of Shelby county, in Memphis, Tenn., on or before the first Monday in June, 1882, and plead, answer or demur to complainant bill, or the same will be taken for confessed as to them and set for hearing ex-parte, and that a copy of this order be published once a week for four successive in the Public Ledger.

     This day of May 1882.

     A copy--Attest:

          R.J. Black, Clerk and Master.

     By J.M. Bradley, D.C/&M.

     Harris & Turley, Sol'rs for compl't.

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Drane Family Bible (Unnamed and undated newspaper clipping pasted in Bible in possession of Editor)  1889

Obituary  Margaret Ann Thurman Drane

Died in Baton Rouge, La., March 12, 1889, Margaret A. Drane, wife of Dr. T.J. Drane and mother of R.L. Drane and Mrs. G.H. Tichenor of New Orleans.

She was born in Washington County, Ky, on February 4th, 1819, and was the daughter of Margaret and Phillip Thurman and a first cousin to Vice-President Thurman.  She was baptized into the fellowship of the Lost Run Church, Kentucky, in 1842, and her entire life was consistent with the profession she then made.  Her daily life gave evidence that she was a  devout and loyal follower of the Christ, and of such, it is written, “They shall inherit the earth.”  She saw in every cloud that overshadowed her life the silver lining of his providence, and met the most trying exigencies with cheerful patience.

Of such a woman was it said “ Strength and honor are her clothing and all she shall rejoice in to come.”  Through all life’s joys and its tears, it hopes and its fears we know her to be only gentle, loving good, wearing the crown of womanhood. 

She was an invalid for years, but nonetheless a mother and wife because of physical affliction, or the intense suffering that would have dwarfed and weakened a smaller soul, but gave to her the bestitude of patient strength.  And now, for her dear sake, we could not ask that those tired hands, which are folded in rest over the mother heart, might take up the burden of it all again, and even for her dear sake we cry, “Thy will be done!”  For we know we will not be left comfortless by Him.  



Drane Family Bible (Unnamed and undated newspaper clipping pasted in Bible in possession of Editor)  March 1, 1889

Resolution of Condolences

     Whereas, we have heard with deep regret of the death of Sister Drane, wife and life-long companion of our beloved pastor, Eld. T.J. Drane, and

     Whereas we feel deep solicitude for him in this sad hour of affliction and sorrow, and deeply sympathize with him.  Therefore be it

     Resolved, that we as a church express to him our condolence in this the saddest hour of his life and as one man do invoke the benediction of our heavenly father in his behalf, praying that he may be sustained and upheld in his sorrows and be enabled to say “Not my will but Thine, O Lord, be done.”

     Resolved, further, That, while we deeply sympathize with him in his bereavement, we rejoice to know that he mourns not as one without hope, but has consoling assurance, that she fell asleep in Jesus, and is only awaiting him just across the River, and that soon they together will walk the pearly streets of the new Jerusalem, where pain, sorrow and death can no more separate them or mar their happiness.  Be it further

     Resolved, that while our hearts go out in sympathy for our beloved pastor, we sadly lament the providence that has led to our separation as church and pastor and in bidding farewell to him, do invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit, praying that in the few more years allotted to him here, he may be as useful in other fields as he has been during his connection with us as our pastor, and do recommend him to the Christian confidence and support of those with whom he may hereafter labor in his ministerial calling.

     First Baptist church, Jackson, La.

     By order of the church.  Done in open Conference, March 1st ‘89

B. Chance, Sec’y.

                              CHILDREN OF THOMAS JEFFERSON DRANE                           

(Siblings of Margaret Ann Drane Tichenor)

By Susannah (Susan) Ruth Keith

1.   Joseph H. Drane

2.  Endemial Josephine Drane














































Children by Margaret Ann Thurman


3.  Mary "Mollie" Juleana Drane


Drane Family Bible

January 17, 1869

Died, on the 8th of January, 1869 of Ovarian Tumor, Mrs. Mollie J. Smith, daughter of Elder T.J. and M.A Drane of Isyka, Miss., aged 28 years, four months, and 23 days.  Deceased had been the subject of deep and severe afflictions for 9 years previous to her death, and confined to her bed the last five months of her earthly existence, during which time she was never heard to utter one murmuring word.  Her Bible was her inseparable companion, and as she gradually declined in physical strength, her mental powers assumed their wonted energy, and from day to day her confidence in her acceptance with her Redeemer increased; conscious that the hour of her departure was at hand, she bade adieu to her family and friends, said “weep not for me, death has no terrors, I fear not the grave, I shall soon be with my Savior in heaven,” they sang in a clear voice—

“Jesus can make a dying bed  

Feel soft as downy pillows are,    

While on his breast I lean my head             

And breathe my life out sweetly there.”

The writer has seldom if ever, witnessed a death so calm; with more composure, or more triumphant, “Thanks be to God,” who giveth us victory “even in death,” and that we “sorrow not as those who have no home.”























































               Mary "Mollie" Juleana Drane                                       Major James Hammond Smith



Who's Who in Tennessee


SMITH, James Hammond, banker; born Shelbyville, Ky., July 6, 1835; German descent; son of Abram and Margaret (Campbell) SMITH; his father was a member of Capt. Ford’s company under Gen. Andrew Jackson, and was in the battle of New Orleans during war of 1812; his paternal grandparents were Daniel and Abigail de la Saint Moir SMITH, who immigrated to the United States from near Frankfort on the Main, Germany, in 1790, settling in Virginia; educated at Shelby College under Rev. William I. Waller; after his school days were over he served as deputy clerk under W.A. Jones, clerk of the Circuit Court, for six years, and in 1857 removed to Memphis, Tenn., and served as deputy sheriff of Shelby Co., Tenn., four years under James E. Felts; he was assistant provost marshal under Gen. Bragg at Memphis until that city was captured by the United States forces; after close of war he was engaged in the grocery and cotton business for some years; served as member of the city council during 1871-1872-1873 and was secretary and treasurer of the Howard Assn. during the terrible yellow fever epidemic of 1878, during which time more than six thousand of the citizens of Memphis died; the Howard Association had at the commencement of the epidemic thirty-three members during the epidemic eleven of their number died, and every member but four was stricken down with the fever, Major Smith being the last one; as treasurer he received in donations over four hundred thousand dollars, in addition to a large number of cars of supplies of all kinds; in Keating’s history of the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 is published a full and complete list of the donations received by him, giving name, date and amount by state, also a list of the dead, giving name and date of death; in 1879 he was elected as one of the members of the State legislature, serving as such during 1879, 1880, 1881 and 1882; in 1882 he was elected secretary and treasurer of the Pratt Coal and Iron Co., Birmingham, Ala., at that time the largest coal mining plant in the South; during 1882 he was appointed postmaster of Memphis, Tenn., which position he held during Arthur’s administration and the early part of Cleveland’s; in 1887 he organized and was cashier for some eight years of the Memphis National Bank, and also the Memphis Savings Bank; in 1889 he organized the People’s Savings Bank and Trust Company, and has been the active manager of same up to the present time; he has been prominently connected with the Republican party since 1870, represent his party as delegate both to State and National conventions from his county and congressional district, for more than thirty-five years he has been deacon of the Linden Street Christian church of Memphis, Tenn; married Emma J. WRIGHT in June, 1870.



The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)  Thu.  Jun 16, 1921  page 4


Suffering From Nervous Shock, the Result of a Recent Fall.

Major James H. Smith is seriously ill at his home, 242 East Georgia Avenue.  Major Smith, who is 86 years old, suffering from shock, the result of a fall about 10 days ago.  While he sustained no broken bones in the fall, the shock was too much for his weakened nervous system.  Major Smith came to Memphis in 1857, and since that time has been closely identified with the city's interests, having held prominent positions in several lines of businesses.  He organized and built up three splendid banks and was serving as postmaster when the present post office was built.  He was identified with the Howard Association and did splendid work during the yellow fever epidemics.



The Journal and Tribune (Knoxville)  Sat. Jun 18, 1921  page 3


Memphian Disbursed Million Dollars During Yellow Fever Epidemic.

Memphis, Tenn., June 16--Funeral services for Major James Hammond Smith, prominent in the business, political, and religious life of Memphis for more than fifty years were conducted today from the home ne established at the close of the civil war, at the corner of Rayburn Boulevard and Georgia Avenue.  He died yesterday on the fifty-first anniversary of the wedding.  In his eighty-sixth year, following a 10 days illness due to injuries in a fall at his home.


Among his most notable achievements in  Major Smith's career, which carried him through many very useful years, devoted to public service and business and political enterprise, was his distinguished record in Memphis during the year of yellow fever in Memphis in 1878.  As secretary and treasurer of the Howard Relief Association.  Major Smith handled the disbursement of over a million dollars to alleviate the suffering of fever-stricken citizens, over 5,000 of whom died and were buried during the 94 days it lasted.


As a business organizer, Major Smith's advice and services were sought prior to the establishment of the Pratt Coal and Iron company in 1880, one of the first and greatest companies of its kind which contributed largely to the growth of Birmingham, Ala., as an industrial and manufacturing center.  He helped organize the Memphis National Bank and the Memphis Savings Bank.


Major Smith was born in Shelbyville, Ky., on June 6, 1836, the son of Abram and Margaret Campbell Smith.


In December he moved to Memphis where he served as a deputy sheriff for nearly four years.  When the civil war broke out he was commissioned a major in the Confederate army, attached to the staff of General Braxton Bragg, by whom he was appointed deputy provost marshall at Memphis.  In this capacity, Major Smith served until the city was surrendered to the federal forces in 1862.

After the death of his first wife, Mollie Drane in January of 1869, he married Emily Jane Wright on June 14, 1870 in Memphis.


The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) Sat. Dec. 31, 1932  page 5









She was born in Madison, Ind., the daughter of Capt. and Mrs.

Tom T. Wright.   She received her education in the schools  of

Madison and came to Memphis with her parents soon after the

Civil War.

Shortly after coming to Memphis, she met Maj. J.H. Smith, a Confederate soldier.  They were married June 16, 1870, and they lived to celebrate their golden anniversary.  The celebration was held in 1920 and a year later Mr. Smith died.


Mrs. Smith made her home at 242 East Georgia for more than 60 years.  She moved to her new home on University Place three years ago.  Her chief interest in life was her home and her children.  She took a special interest in flowers and had a  charming flower garden at her home.

She celebrated her ninety-fourth birthday with a party at her home on Nov. 4 and sang a song for her guests.  During her early life, she sang often in the choir of Linden Avenue church.

Mrs. Smith is survived by two sons, Wright W. Smith and Horace Neely Smith of Memphis, and a daughter, Miss Donna A. Smith of Memphis; a sister, Mrs. Charles A. Moore, Los Angeles, and two brothers, J.W.C. Wright, New Orleans, and Frank W. Wright, Horn Lake, Miss.  She was the grandmother of Hammond B. Smith and Malcolm Smith.

Funeral services will be held from the residence at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, with the Rev. J. Eric Carlson, pastor of McLamore Avenue Christian Church officiating.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, with J.T. Hinton & Son in charge.

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Was Oldest Member of Linden Avenue Christian Church

Mrs. Emily Wright Smith, the oldest member of Linden Avenue Christian Church, died at her home, 773 University Place, at 7:35 o'clock last night, following a month's illness.  ZShe was 94 years of age.

Known affectionately as "Miss Emily" at Linden Avenue Church.  Mrs. Smith was one of the early leaders at the old downtown church.  She took an active interest in church affairs until eight years ago when she fell and broke her hip.  She joined the church in 1865.

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4.  Sarah "Sallie" Jane Drane


Source:                                                                                                                                                                                Drane Family Bible

Sarah J. Drane was baptized by her father, Shelbyville, Ky. Jan 1856.  Age 12 years.



Drane Family Bible

Unknow date and publication


Miss Sallie J. Drane

Let the votary of proud philosophy meet the shocks of life with unbending knee, and brave death with stoical indifference; but let the recognize, in the afflictions of life, the chastening rod of my heavenly Father, and "let me die the death of the righteous."

Sarah was the mental exclamation of the writer when he stood by the dying couch of Miss Sarah J. Drane.

Could some gifted influence enable me to tell the many virtues that adorned the life of the lovely Christian, the calculating critic would pronounce the picture overwrought, while those who knew her best would feel that half had not been told.

For many wearisome months, the disease had been making inroads upon her health, but such was its insidious and deceitful appearance, the hope gilded her future with all those bright hues that fascinate the young, until Thursday the 1st of November, When the stern and inexorable messenger claimed her.


 Never did the writer witness such a scene as met his eyes when the announcement was made to Miss Sallie that she must die.  With unclouded mind, placid face, and eyes raised and fixed as upon a company of friends coming to greet her, she calmly raised her hands and whispered: "Angels, Angels-- Jesus."  How like the Heavenly vision of the proto martyr.

During her struggle with death, lasting for hours, the tongue refused to lo its office, but her mind was clean, and she failed not to respond, by signal to her father's questions, showing that faith was triumphant to the last.  With one arm around her father's neck and the other around her mother's in token of undying affection, and then placed her hands on the heads of her weeping sisters and brothers-- seeming to say, "farewell--follow me to Heaven," her gentle and happy spirit was borne away, by heavenly messengers to the bosom of her Father--God.

Thank God for a religion that can support us in death as in life.

Almost from her infancy she was remarkable for her knowledge of the plan of salvation--she adored the divine precepts and at the early age of twelve united with the Baptist Church, at Shelbyville, Ky; from that date till she passed into the valley of death, she never failed to read her Bible, her faith never wavered, and daily she sought t the shrine of prayer, in secret, but careful pleading.

At seventeen, she received the degree of M.E.L. qat the Brownsville Female College, in her native State, and the principal of that institution assured me that throughout her happy school years, as classmate and pupil, she was known but to be loved.  All her most intimate associates, from her childhood, give testimony of her peculiar evenous and placidity of disposition, and her family asserts, that on no occasion did she ever exhibit anger--never spoke uncharitably of those that err; but always gentle, loving and kind, she gave proof of that purity of heart which alone gains for the Christian the privilege of looking upon God's unclouded face.

As early as the spring of "62, she contracted that disease which baffled the skill of the most eminent physicians, and though she lingered so long--part of the time as helpless as an infant-- she never murmured.  Patient and uncomplaining, she seemed to think alone of the comfort of others, and especially that of her idolized father and mother.

My pen lingers, fond parents as I write of your loss, for well does sad experience teach the anguish of the darkened life, when death has hushed the heart of the loved one; but you will remember that your darling nobly filled her record--that "She lived in deeds, not years, in thoughts, not breaths," and though the earth is dimmed, heaven is brighter.  God hath need of our fairest flowers, and transplanted to the garden of his love, they will bloom in perennial beauty.  Of the sisters, one has crossed death's ocean, while two wander wearily hearted on the shore--the mission  of your Sallie was short but fair and bright, and from her teachings, forget not, that "tho' dead, she speaketh still."

Her brother-in-law and one only little brother received her dying blessing.  May he remember her daily admonitions, to make his life sublime by pure unselfish action.

Her dying bed was a lesson of faith and trust to all who witnessed it.  Her mind was as calm and clear as in health, and with the greatest composure, she received that announcement which has appalled the hearts of the rulers of the earth.  With numberless blessings on all around her bed, and with every assurance that she was drawing near the land of rest and light, she bade all her family a last "Good-Bye."

How blest should be the Savior for that faith which be designed as comfort, a promise of love that we should know our idolized ones in Heaven.

2.  Endemial Josephine Drane

From Indiana, we know he briefly moved his family to Illinois, as that was the birthplace of his son Willis J. By 1870, Willis W. had returned to Kentucky with his family, where they were enumerated on the 1870 census at Lexington, and where son Daniel was born.

They soon moved again, this time to St. Louis, Missouri where daughter Daisy was born in 1874, and where son Trusten followed two years later. The family appears there on the 1880 census.

In 1887 there were found at Kansas City, Missouri where that year's directory show Willis and son Daniel in partnership as architects while son Willis worked as a draftsman for Van Brunt & Howe. Willis owned, worked, and resided in the Hotel Willard on the corner of 8th & May Streets; wife Endie was listed as its proprietor.

By 1900 they had moved again and Willis and Endie, along with Daniel and Daisy, were recorded on the census at San Francisco, living at 2121 Buchanan Street.

He and his wife soon purchased a home at 2907 Dwight Way in Berkeley, which is where Endie died in July 1906.

Willis died later that same year at the home of his son Willis J. Polk in San Mateo and was interred at this cemetery.(Birth data from his 1899 US Passport application and census records.)


--The San Francisco (California) Call; Sunday, 02 Dec 1906; pg. 42, col. 5


Body Removed From San Mateo, Where Death Occurred at Home of Son, Willia Polk

SAN MATEO, Dec. 1, -- The remains of Willis Webb Polk, the veteran architect, and builder, who died yesterday at the home of his son, Willis Polk, the architect and club man, were removed today to Oakland, where the internment took place at Mountain View Cemetery.  Funeral services were held at the residence of Willis Polk, and many friends of the veteran architect were present at the obsequies.

Polk was a native of Kentucky, and was at the time of his death, 69 years of age.  He served gallantly through the Civil War as a Confederate soldier and was related to Major-General Leonidas Polk.  After the war Polk married in Kentucky.  His wife died four months ago at her home in Berkeley.  Until twelve years ago the family lived in St. Louis.

Polk was a descendant of Robert Morris, who was one of President Washington's ablest financiers.  President Polk was a cousin of the deceased.  Four children survive, William, Willis, Daniel, and Miss Daisy Polk.



Berkeley Daily Gazette (Berkeley, California); Monday, 02 Jul 1906; pg. 1


Mrs. Enemial J. Polk Died at Her Home on Dwoght Way - Funeral Tomorrow at 2:30.

Mrs. Enemial J .Polf aged 73 years died this morning at her home, 2907 Dwight Way.  She was a native of Kentucky and the mother of Benjamin F. Burch, Willis, Daniel and Daisy Polk.  The funeral Services will be held at the home tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock 

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An architect, Willis Webb Polk was born on his father's first farm in Scott County, Kentucky. He left home in 1856, driving a herd of cattle in Sangamon County, Illinois, and afterward headed to Platte County, Missouri where his brother, David T. Polk, Sr. had relocated. Willis Webb was twice married. First, to Parthenia Frances Dye, on 14 Oct 1858 in Platte County, Missouri. They were the parents of two children: Sarah Ann and William Chinn Polk, and are enumerated with their daughter in Platte County's Green Township on the 1860 census, just prior to the birth of son William,  Willis lost his wife in 1866, and daughter Sarah two years later. He next married 'Endie' Burch in Knox County, Indiana on 01 Jan 1867. With her, he had additional children: Willis Jeffer-son and Daniel Polk, both of whom became architects; and daughter Daisy. Two other children, Endemial and Trusten, did not survive childhood.

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6.  Mary Louisa Drane


Drane Family Bible

Maria Louise Drane died of croup, May 12, 1850

Aged 10 months & 28 days

Funeral sermon by J. L. Waller

Rom. 6:28, Preached in the Nicholslasille Church

May 25, 1850   Hymn 830  B.H 

"Thy Life I Read, My Dearest Lord"

5.  Margaret Ann Drane (Our Subject)

Wife of Dr. George H. Tichenor

(See Dr. George H. Tuchenor Home Page

1.  Joseph H. Drane

BIRTH 28 DEC 1831 • Marion County, Kentucky, USA

DEATH 09 SEP 1866 • Hardin County, Kentucky, USA

Married:  10 SEP 1854 • Hardin, Kentucky, USA

Died at age 34

Susannah Sara Harrington

BIRTH 09 SEP 1833 • Meade County, Kentucky, USA

DEATH 25 OCT 1916 • Scott City,Scott,Kansas,USA

Daughter of William Harrington and Perlina Read


The News Chronical (Scott City, Kansas) 25 Oct. 1916, Wed  Page 10

Pioneer Resident

The death of Mrs. Susannah Drain, one of the pioneer residemts of Scott county, occurred at the home of her son, James H. Drain in this city, Wednesday evening at 5:30 o'clock, resulting from paralysis.  Mrs. Drain was 83 years old.  Last February she was stricken with paralysis and had declined rapidly the last few weeks.

Mrs. Drain had been a resident of Kansas since 1878 and of Scott county since 1886.  She lived for several years on a farm east of town, with her son Travis.  Recently she made her home with her son, James H. Drain of this city. These are the only surviving children.  Mrs. Drain had been a widow for many years.  She was a good, honest and kindly natured woman, and liked very much by all her acquaintances.

No further information

7.  Thomas Jefferson Waller Drane


Drane Family Bible

Thomas J. W. Drane died Sept. 20th, 1852

Age 14 months 17 days    Funeral sermon by

A. WA. LaRue from Acts 26:8  Preached in the                                                                                                          Nichollasville Church Feb 13, 1853  Hymn 842

"Heaven has Confirmed the Great-Decree"

8.  Robert LaRue Drane




Margaret Ann Drane


The Drane Family, Legends, Half-Truths and Myths,  Daniel A. Willis, 2012

GRANDPARENTS  Page 109, 118

George Thomas Drane

Born: 27 Aug 1789, Prince George County, Maryland

Died: After 1840, Kentucky (Maybr Hardin County)

Married 1st:  About 1812 • Lebanon, Marion, Kentucky

1.  Julia Whitley

Born:  1789

Died:  Before 1821, Kentucky

Married 2nd:  9 Jan 1821 • Washington County, Kentucky

2.  Polly Lawrence

Born:  About 1789

The third son of Thomas and Martha was George.  He moved around in central Kentucky quite a bit during his life.  But his wanderings were contained to the tri-county area of Hardin, Grayson, and Breckenridge Counties.  George married twice, first to Julia Whitley, who appears to have died around 1820, and then to Polly Lawrence in 1821.  George and Polly only had one child, Joseph, who moved to Mississippi and remained childless.  By his first wife, however, George left eight children, including four daughters of which almost nothing is known and two sons of which only a little is known.  The middle two sons, James and Hudson, each married and had children, but they do not show up on the census records, and any details besides the birth of these children remain a mystery.

Children by Julia Whitley

1.  Martha Drane

2.  Mary Drane

3.  Julia Drane

4.  Sarah Drane

5. Rev. Thomas Jefferson Drane

6.  James S. Drane

7.  Judson S. Drane

8.  William Whitley Drane  married Martha Jane Baird


Thomas Drane                                                                                                                            Born: 1751, Prince George County, Maryland

Died:  27 Oct 1828,  Marion County, Kentucky

Married:  4 Feb 1786, Prince George County, Maryland

Martha Wells

Born:  1770, Maryland

Died:  9 Apr 1828, Marion County, Kentucky

Daughter of George Wells

Thomas was the eldest son of James Drane and Elizabeth Tyler.  He was born in either very late 1750 or 1751, according to his death certificate which states that he was 77 years old when he died in Marion County, Kentucky, in October 1828.  His wife, Martha Wells, died six months earlier.

Thomas and Martha moved their family to Kentucky in 1806 or 1807.  The approximate date is known because his daughter Eleanor was born in December 1806 in Maryland, but his daughter Martha was born in December 1807 in Kentucky.  Their first home in Kentucky was in Washington county, in the middle of the state.  However, they later moved to neighboring Marion county after a short period.

Thomas and Martha had eleven children, all of whom lived to adulthood, an amazing feat for a frontier family.  Of the eleven, all except son Richard married.  Another son Stephen, married, but he and his wife remained childless  


1.  Walter Drane married Mary "Polly" Crume

2.  Stephen Drane married Nancy Pearce Lawless

3. George Thomas Drane

4.  Richard Drane

5.  Anthony Drane married Mercy Lawless

6.  Joel Thomas Drane married Sarah Prewitt

7.  Elizabet Drane  married Isaac Brody Pearce

8.  Nancy Drane married Allen Prewitt

9.  Eleanor Drane married Richard Brody

10. Martha Drane  married Meredith Prewitt

11.  James Drane  married Bernasetta Brody


James Drane

Born 1715, Prince George County, Maryland

Died 28 Apr 1787, Prince George County, Maryland

Married 1st: 23 Jul 1743, Prince George County, Maryland

1.  Elizabeth Tyler

Born:  11 Jul 1717, Prince George County, Maryland

Died:  1753, Prince George County, Maryland

daughter of Robert Tyler and Susannah Duvall, 

Widow of Samuel Pottinger

Married 2nd:   23 Dec 1753, Prince George County, Maryland

2. Elizabeth Piles

Born:  1730, Prince George County, Maryland

Died:  1803, Prince George County, Maryland

Daughter of Leonard Piles and Elizabeth Cooke

James Drane, the youngest son of Anthony and Elizabeth, built a second house on Greenfield after he married Elizabeth (Tyler) Pottinger, a widow, in 1743.  Elizabeth's mother, Susannah Duvall, was also from one of Maryland's original families.  Elizabeth died ten years later, leaving two surviving sons, Thomas and James Jr. Both boys were still babies at the time, so James Sr. remarried very quickly to give them another mother, this time to Elizabeth Piles.  The Piles family was very prominent in colonial Maryland, with several members serving in government positions under the colonial governors.  The Piles family were direct descendants of the Percys (Dukes of Northumberland)  and through them, to King Edward III by way of his son, Lionel, Duke of Clarence.  With this royal lineage, it may be well have been tempting to call James Drane's second wife to be named Elizabeth has his own Elizabeth the Second.

Elizabeth Piles Drane would give her husband ten more surviving children.  There is no record of how many died in infancy, but it is assumed a few did, going by the gaps in their survivors' birthdates.

James died in 1787, at the age of 68.  His widow later married John Woodward.  By 1787, the Dranes had expanded their property to over 200 acres, picking up the parcels here and there as they went.  Elizabeth had also inherited some land from her father.  James divided the property among his twelve children.  Ultimately the children sold the plantation, dividing up the proceeds.  Of James's eight sons, only Anthony remained in Prince George's county, his brothers scattering to the four winds.



1787 Death and Last Will and Testament

James d. 28 April 1787 Prince George's County according to the Register of Wills, Prince George's County, where he divided his substantial property holdings between his children: James, Thomas, Anthony, William, Walter, Benjamin, Stephan, Hiram, Eliza, Eleanor, Ann and Charlotte.[1] James was buried in a family cemetery,[8] an unmarked area of Queen Ann's Parish, St. Barnabas, Maryland • Occupation: Coroner, Fought in American Revolutionary War.

The WILL of JAMES DRANE SR., was probated 06 October 1787 in Prince George's County and in it he left his dwelling plantation to his wife Elizabeth, and at her death, to his son James, or if he should die, to another son, Hiram.

1775 Revolutionary War Patriot

In 1775, James Drane was a member of the Committee of Inspection, Prince George's, Province of Maryland. In 1777, he was appointed Coroner of Prince George's. He was served as a private in the Continental Troops, Virginia.

1785 Bounty Land Issue

In 1785 James Drane claimed his "bounty land" in the military land of Virginia, later to be in Kentucky. He received this land for service to his country during the Revolutionary War years. From the Virginia grants he received 1,333 acres, surveyed 11/6/1785. Due to his age he cannot go to claim the land. By the time sons Thomas and Stephen were old enough, many years had passed and the land in Shelby County, Kentucky was lost to "squatters rights" ...because it was not claimed and patented within the statute of limitations.


DRANE, JAMES  Ancestor #: A033526





Service Description: 




By Elizabeth Tyler 

1. Thomas Drane

2. James Thomas Drane  married Priscilla Lamar


The Immigrant

Anthony Drane

Baptized: February 1665/6, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England

Died:  27 Mar 1723, Prince George County, Maryland

Married:  ca 1690, Prince George's County, Maryland

Elizabeth Mockbee Nichols

Born:  ca 1669, Prince George's County, Maryland

Died :  1742, Prince George's County, Maryland

Daughter of William Nichols and Mary Mockbee

The youngest son of Thomas Drane of the Sawbridgeworth Dranes was Anthony.  Baptized in February 1665/6.  Anthony Drane came to the colonies in 1690, give or take a year or so.  He may have traveled with his older brother, Thomas, or perhaps Thomas came a little later.  In any event, Anthony married very shortly after arriving, suggesting perhaps arrangements had been made for the union prior to sailing.  His wife was Elizabeth Mockbee Nichols, the only surviving child, and heiress to the wealthy William Nichols and his wife, the former Mary Mockbee.  The Nickols and Nockbee families owned thousands of acres of what was then Prince George's county.  Some of their territories was ceded to the Federal government for the construction of the District of Columbia.  Both families were part of the original immigrants who traveled with Lord Baltimore in 1637.  It is this connection that may have led later generations to be confused about whether the Dranes were also in Lord Baltimore's party.

Anthony probably lived with his in-laws when he first arrived in Maryland.  After a few years of marriage, his family was starting to grow, so it would have been necessary to establish his own home.  In the spring of 1700, Anthony purchased a 109-acre tract of land for 32 pounds, 14 shillings.  Compared to the average wages of the day, this was a very large sum of money.  However, in today's terms, it would be about $4,300.  So he got the land for a pretty good price.

He called the land and the plantation ne built on it Greenfield which suggests that is all he had to start with, a green field.  The larger tract of land that Greenfield was broken off of was curiously named "Something." One can only imagine how it got that name.  Anthony cultivated his land and turned it into a profitable tobacco plantation.

Greenfield was situated about three miles north of the present-day town of Upper Marlboro, with the Collington Branch of the Patuxant River forming its western border.

Anthony and Elizabeth had at least seven children: 1.  Thomas, 2.  Anthony, 3.  Elias, 4.  Ann, 5.  Mary, 6.  Rachel, and 7.  James.  

Anthony died in 1723.  In his will, he divided the land between his three sons and also left some personal effects to his daughter Mary.  He called her "Mary, wife of William Nichols" (a cousin) so she was already married by then, and William was apparently still alive.  Anthony made his wife his executrix and provided for her to retain the plantation during her lifetime before it was divided among the boys.  As it turned out, Elizabeth outlived their son Anthony, so the plantation was divided between Thomas and James.

Elizabeth Nichols Drane died in 1742, eight years prior to her death, she had already divided the land to her children.  In 1734, she gave it to sons Thomas and James and daughter Rachel.  She also left a portion to her granddaughter, Rebecca Drane, but did not mention which son was Rebecca's father.  Since Anthony Jr. was not mentioned, it can be safely assumed he was already dead at the time.  Therefore, it would be a reasonable guess that Rebecca was his surviving child and heiress. 


1.  Thomas Osborn Drane married Susannah McGruder

2.  Anthony Drane

3.  Eliza Drane married George Hardie

4.  Ann Drane married John Beckett

5.  Mary Ann Drane married William Nichols

6.  Rachel Drane

7. James Drane


Of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England

The Dranes who cane to Colial America are all from the same immediate family.  This family includes among others, three son, Thomas, James and Anthony.  These three names are repeated constantly through the generations of their descendants.  The eldest and youngest brothers, Thomas and Anthony, respectively, appear to have come to the colonies together sometime in the late 1690s.

Anthony purchased a large tract of land in 1701 in Price George's County, on which he would build a plantation.  His ability to do this suggests he came from money.  The records of Sawbridgeworth did not indicate what the family did for a living, but having all of their family events recorded by the church is also an indication they were prominent members of the local society.

Thr Draness of Prince George's County are the most prolific of the branches that came to the colonies.  Most Dranes in the United States are descended from Anthony.  The descendants of the other two brothers, Thomas and James, are senior, genealogically speaking, but are in much smaller numbers.

The eldest brother, Thomas, may have helped Anthony with the building of his plantation before moving on to Anne Arundel County to establish his own land and family.  It is also possible he came to Maryland on a separate ship from Anthony, sailing directly to Anne Arundel.  The middle brother, James, remained in England, but his son and namesake made the voyage to Maryland in the early 1700s, settling on the outskirts of the city of Baltimore.

James's younger son, John, also came to the colonies, but not by his own choice.  He ran afoul of the authorities in Essex and was convicted of fraud.  His punishment was to be exiled to the colony of Virginia.  He did not remain there long, moving his way up to Deleware, where ge founded his own branch of the family.




Thomas Drane

Elizabeth Dusten

(Added by Editor)

1638 Marriage

On 23 May 1638 in St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex, England, Thomas m. Elizabeth Dusten.[3][4] This may or may not be this Thomas' marriage record because no records were found of them having children until 20 years after their marriage date. Maybe earlier children died in infancy, birth records aren't available, the marriage date is incorrect or it belongs to another couple by their names.


1649 Inheritance

Thomas was one of 7 children mentioned in their father's will. According to THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ANTHONY DRANE dated 14 Oct 1649, Anthony names his wife Anne as sole Executrix and bequeaths everything he owns to his wife Anne including landholdings and houses in Stebbing and in Bardfield Saling in the County of Essex for as long as she lives. After she dies, Anthony specified the landholdings and other property that should be distributed to each of his children.

Anthony also divided his property among each child. Thomas appeared in this section of the will:[1] I give devise & bequeath unto my eldest son Thomas Drane all that my customary or coppyhould messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell commonly called or known by the name of Wilchers or otherwise by what name or names the same is or hath been called or known by And two parcels] of land one whereof is called or known by the name of Kitchen Crofte or otherwise And the other is called or known by the name of Barn Crofte with all & every of their appurtenances continuing by estimation sixteen acres more or less all with said messuage or tenement & two parcels of land with their appurtenances are set lying & being in Stebbing in the said county of Essex to have and to hold all & singular the said Robert Dowsett messuage or tenement and two parcels of land with all and every of the appurtenances unto the said Thomas Drane his heirs and assignees forever.

1683 Death

There was a Thomas s/o Anthony Drane buried 06 Sep 1683 Great Baddow, Essex, England.[5] Is he this Thomas?



No records were found of Thomas and Elizabeth having children until 20 years after their marriage date. Maybe earlier children died in infancy, birth records aren't available, the marriage date is incorrect or it belongs to another couple by their names. There were records of Thomas and Elizabeth having at least 5 children:[


1.  Justinian Drane

2.  Thomas Drane (Immigrated to Maryland)

3.  James Drane  married Sarah Sell  (Immigrated to Maryland)

4.  Elizabeth Drane

5,  Anthony Drane  (Immigrated to Maryland)


Anthony Drane

(Added by Editor:)

1604 Birth and Parentage

Anthony bap. 17 Mar 1604 Shalford, Essex, England[3][4] s/o Thomas Drane[1] (abt. 1571 - ) and Emily Jakes[1] (1585 - 1625).


Anthony m. Anne MNU and although her birth date is unknown, she was the executrix of Anthony's will so she d. aft. 1649.


Given that Anthony called himself a "yeoman" in his will and in the same document he bequeathed several landholdings to his family, he was likely one of the wealthy men of Essex, England.

Aft. 1649 Death and Will

According to THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ANTHONY DRANE dated 14 Oct 1649, Anthony lived in Stebbing, Essex Co., England and he must have died after that date. In the will, Anthony names his wife Anne as sole Executrix and bequeaths everything he owns to his wife Anne including landholdings and houses for as long as she lives. After she dies, Anthony specified the landholdings and other property that should be distributed to each of his children.

In the name of God Amen the fourteenth day of October in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred forty & nine, I Anthony Drane of Stebbing in the County of Essex yeoman being in health of body and of perfect mind and memory (praised be god therefore) do ordain make and declare this my present last will & testament in manner and form following (that is to save) fixate and principally I commit my soul to the mercy of my redeemer Christ Jesus in by and through whose only merit and trust assuredly to have free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and I will my body to be decently buried in Christian [insertion: from it give to the poor people of the parish of Stebbing aforesaid thirty shillings to be paid within one year next after my decease] burial at the discretion of my executrix hereafter named.

I, give devise & bequeath unto Anne my well beloved wife all my lands tenements & hereditaments as well freehold as also customary or coppyhould as they are set lying & being in Stebbing aforesaid and in Bardfield Saling in the said County of Essex with all & singular the appurtenances of them & every of them for & during the term of her natural life and after her decease then my will & mind is as follows (that is to say) fyxth, I give devise & bequeath unto my eldest son Thomas Drane all that my customary or coppyhould messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell commonly called or known by the name of Wilchers or otherwise by what name or names the same is or hath been called or known by And two parcels] of land one whereof is called or known by the name of Kitchen Crofte or otherwise And the other is called or known by the name of Barn Crofte with all & every of their appurtenances continuing by estimation sixteen acres more or less all with said messuage or tenement & two parcels of land with their appurtenances are set lying & being in Stebbing in the said county of Essex to have and to hold all & singular the said Robert Dowsett messuage or tenement and two parcels of land with all and every of the appurtenances unto the said Thomas Drane his heirs and assignees forever.

Item, I, give, devise and bequeath unto Anthony Drane my son and to his heirs and assignees forever all those of my three parcels of customary or coppyhould land with all & every their appurtenances commonly called or known By the several names of Great Croffield gate & Little Croffield gate or otherwise And one parcel of pasture commonly called or known by the name of Long Grove or otherwise All said three pieces or parcels of customary and coppyhould land and the said piece or parcel of pasture with all and singular the appurtenances of them & every of them are set lying and being in Stebbing in the said County of Essex and contain by estimation twelve acres more or less.

Item, I, give devise & bequeath unto John Drane my son all that my piece or parcel of customary or coppyhould land commonly called or known by the name of Goldings field or otherwise by what name or names the same is or hath been called or known by ~ with all & singular the appurtenances thereof as it is set lying & being in Stebbing aforesaid containing by estimation ten acres more or less to have and to hold all the said piece or parcel of customary or coppyhould land with appurtenances unto the said John Drane my said son & to his heirs & assignees forever.

Item, I, give, devise and bequeath unto Aron Drane my son & to his heirs & assignees forever all that my customary or coppyhould messuage or tenant and eight acres of land more or less thereunto belonging with all & every the appurtenances of them & every of them commonly called or known by the name or names of Blakes & Blakesland as all & every the lands are set lying and being in Stebbing aforesaid in the said County of Essex.

Item, I, give, devise & bequeath unto Ann Drane my daughter and to her heirs & assignees forever all that my customary or coppyhould cottage or tenement and three acres of land more or less thereunto belonging commonly called or known by the name of Sobwaines or otherwise by what name or names the same is or hath been called or known by with all & singular the appurtenances of them & every of them as they are set lying & being in Stebbing aforesaid.

Item, I, give devise and bequeath unto Dorcas Drane my daughter and her heirs and assignees forever all those my three pieces or parcels of pasture ground & wood ground commonly called or known by the seawall names of Goblins Garden and Mortlotts or otherwise by what name or names the same or either of them have been called or known by with all and every the appurtenances of them & either of them as they & either of them are set lying & being in the several pished of Stebbing aforesaid and Bardfield Saling in the said County of Essex containing by estimation four acres more or less.

Item, I, give devise & bequeath unto Mary Drane my daughter all those my two pieces or parcels of customary or coppyhould land commonly called or known by the several names of Oberied & Partridge acre or otherwise with all & singular the appurtenances of them & either of them all with said two pieces or parcels of land are set lying & being in Stebbing in the said County of Essex to have and to hold all and singular the said two pieces or parcels of customary or coppyhould land with all & singular their appurtenances unto her the said Ann Drane my said daughter & to her heirs & assignees forever.

Item, I ordain & make the said Anne my said wife to be sole Executrix of this my will to whom my debts legated funeral expenses & pbate of this my will being first payed & discharged I wholly give & bequeath all the rest residue & remainder of all my goods & chattels as well moveable and unmovable of what nature kind or qualities

And I pronounce this to be my last will renouncing all former and other wills by me made whatsoever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hands and seal the day and year first above written. Witnesses hereunto by the testator Robert Donnett, Robert Pig? Choule and Pegg? Moff.


Anthony had the following children listed in the order they were mentioned in his will:

  1. Thomas Drane  b. abt 1625 Essex, England; eldest son

  2. Anthony Drane   m. 1650 Stebbing, Essex; ancestor of the County Essex, England Dranes

  3. John Drane ( - aft. 1649)

  4. Aron Drane ( - aft. 1649)

  5. Ann Drane ( - aft. 1649)

  6. Dorcas Drane ( - aft. 1649)

  7. Mary Drane ( - aft. 1649)

From letters located with the Kentucky Archives

The Genealogy of the Drane Family, Staffordshire, England who came over on "The Ark and Dove," Lord Baltimore's Party, James Anthony Drane, Uncle of Lady Baltimore. The Drane lands now Shelbyville, KY. History of Lands in Maryland and now Washington, D.C., with reference to Capt. Archibald White's family and the Thurman's. 



The value of this genealogy lies principally in disproving a popular belief in regard to the religion of the leaders of the Baltimore party, history states that Lord Baltimore became a Protestant but does not state the religion of his wife, a sister of James Anthony Drane, and near relatives. The Dranes were originally strict Scotch Presbyterians. The writer never heard of any everfeing (?) Roman Catholics. It also shows the kind of men and women Kentucky was originally settled by and being a large family made many marriages with other early settlers.

The future historian and novelist in depicting the pioneer days of Kentucky when American "knighthood was in flower," will narrate deeds of men and women who belonged to a pure race and with great intellectual powers and moral uprightness whose ancestors were gallant cavaliers from whose blood comes a race with better social ideals and intellectual comprehension of those things which produce human progress. The struggle to maintain these principles against almost overwhelming odds, in a great many instances, has been misunderstood. Kentucky clannishness and family pride have its true recognized value today as of yore in erection barriers against the “furrier” of debauched Europe who comes as an exploiter not as an empire builder, but as a parasite bringing a mongrel, blaster horde whose progeny will never reach the intellectual and moral standard of a pure race according to science, to curse by means of the ballot those who would serve God and make our country even better. To those of like ideals and standards, Kentucky has always been noted for her hospitality.


Genealogy of the Drane Family of Staffordshire, England. The Drane Lands, now Shelbyville, Kentucky.

George Humphrey Tichenor, Jr., A. B., M. D.,

The first connected Genealogical History of the American Dranes was compiled by Mr. Frank C. Drane, 3421 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA, verified by a cousin Isobel h. Lenman of Washington, D. C., from time to time covering a period of forty (40) years. It concerned his branch of the family and was not published, so far as I know, but a typewritten copy was furnished me by Mrs. C. S. Lutz, 1618 Snow Avenue, Tampa, Fla., a copy of which follows.

"James Anthony Drane, (2), born at Staffordshire, England, about 1604, being a son of Sir James Anthony Drane, (1st), a Florist and Gardener and propagator of Berries, Fruit and other trees. Very little is known of James Anthony Drane, (1st) except that his sister--------married into the Calvert family of England, and that he was the uncle of Gerald and Leonard Calvert, (afterward Lord Baltimore), and that his son James Anthony Drane, (2nd), our great paternal ancestor was of the party of “Lord Baltimore,” who came over in the ship, "The Ark and Dove," commanded by Caption Archibald White, from England, and landed at St. Ingoes (?) on the St. Mary's River, Maryland, March 25th, 1634. Later about 1637, a settlement was made at St. Marys, Md., further up the river, or rather it might be stated, the landing at St. Ingoes was a temporary one, because while the emigrants or ships party first set foot on the soil of America, (1634) at St. Ingoes, the cargo of household goods, etc.., could not be landed there because the water was not deep enough. So the cargo was taken to St. Mary's, and the town was built and fully established about two (2) years later, (1637).

During this interval, "The Ark and Dove," made many voyages between America and England for Building, Hardware, and Supplies for the colonists and each returning voyage brought back many colonists, all or nearly all of whom were from families belonging to the nobility of England, who later settled most of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, (1635-1687). James Anthony Drane, (2nd), bought land and settled in Prince George County, near what is now Beltsville, (Washington Branch, Baltimore, and Ohio, R.R.). The exact quantity of acreage is not known, but it was large as it extended South from Beltsville to Bladensburg, MD., and was a part of the ten (10) mile square, now known as Washington DC. It also extended five (5) miles North to an Oak, (now a village by that name in Montgomery Co MD.) and West ten (10) miles to what is now known as Sligo, Montgomery, Co., MD. This was the original Wilderness Plantation,  of which all or nearly, has passed out of the family with the years, except a hundred (100) acres now owned by Miss -------------and the daughter of my brother William (who died, July 1904) and myself. On my part, (53acres) still stands the Old Oak Grove, described at that time (1687) as being a landmark over 150 years old. This grove still stands uncut. Not more than six (6) trees were ever down, according to family tradition, (these were struck by lightning, but stumps remain). 

James Anthony Drane, (2nd) Our Ancestor, married Nancy Brent, the daughter of Robert Brent, who was the first Governor of the colony of Maryland, and whose first proclamation, made March 27th, 1634, at the Indian village near St. Ingoes, called Yoacomico, on the St. Mary's River gave to every colonist, Civil and Religious Liberty, and land for a home in the near settlement. It is believed that James Anthony Drane died about 1687.

There is no family record of James Anthony Drane (2nd), his wife, (above mentioned), Nancy Brent, except that of one son, William, nor is there a record of his marriage, except that left in the records of the Baptism of James Anthony Drane, (3rd) of whom we are direct descendants. It is believed that Dranesville, Loudon Co., VA., was settled by a son of James Anthony Drane, (2nd), (This, however, I could never confirm to date).

James Anthony Drane, (3rd), was born on a part to the Wilderness Plantation of his grandfather, (James Anthony Drane, (2nd) at what is now Brightwood, Washington, C.C.,) (date unknown, about ----, he married Ann Smith, by whom he had (10) ten children, 8 sons, and 2 daughters, as follows, to-wits- 

I. Elizabeth , who married a /Woodward by whom she had one son, Ashford 2nda Bennett by whom she had one daughter, Elizabeth.

II. Ellen, who married Benjamin Beth, Beltsville, (B.&O.R.R.), Prince George Co., MD. by whom she had William, Benjamin, Elizabeth. These sons and daughters kept in touch with their uncle my grandfather, David Drane, up to his and their own death, but I have no historical record of them. 

III. Robert Brent Drane, an Episcopal minister, settled at Wilmington, N.C., married 1st Agusta Endicott, 2nd Mrs. Catherine C. Parker. By Augusta Endicott's 1st wife, he had two sons, Richard Hooker Drane and Henry Martyn Drane, (Col, C.S.A.) By Mrs. Catherine Parker he had one son, Robert Brent Drane, Jr., Episcopal Minister, Edenton, N.C.

IV. David Drane, (My grandfather) born at Brightwood, Washington, D.C., married--Mary Leuman (maybe Lenman) Prince George Co., MD. Children born at Brightwood, D.C. 1st William Leuman Drane, my father, 2nd Gustavus Leuman Drane, 3rd Matilda Leuman Drane, 4th Jane Leuman Drane, 5th Alfred Leuman Drane.

William Leuman Drane, married 1st Mary Bonsall of Phila, PA., 2nd Mrs. Louise Solomon, (Mary’s sister), children by 1st wife, William R. Drane, Louisa Drane, Henry Gustavus Drane: by second wife Alfred Drane and Frank C. Drain. My father, William L. Drane, came to Philadelphia about 1830, he being a printer by trade on the Congressional Globe ( which was then the Record of Congress, at Washington, D. C. ) He started the first penny newspaper in Philadelphia, 1834. Afterward, (1856), he joined the Public Ledger Newspaper and remained with it up to his death, May 27, 1881.

Frank Condie Drane, (the writer hereof), married Rebecca Moore Snyder, June 5th, 1872, children (Bessie) Maude Isobel Drane, age 36, maiden, Frank C. Drane, Jr., 33, single, Edwin Snyder Drane, 30 married Jessie Bessie Rainsby, 9/29/1805, Walter Gordon Drane, 24 single, Bessie Marie Drane, 19, maiden dated 4/16/1911.

Occupations. Frank C. Drane, Jr., asst. Advertising Agent, Phila. Record Newspaper with which he has been connected since 1897. Edwin Snyder Drane, Manager of Sales, (1899), Hershey Chocolate Co., Hershey, PA in charge of North New Jersey Territory, headquarters, Erie, PA. Frank Jr. and the two girls, Maude and Bess, live at home with their papa and mamma. 2nd son, Gustavus Leuma Drane, married, 1839) Jane Patterson, of Allegheny City, PA. where he was a resident, having gone there in 1835, and was made first Postmaster of Allegheny City, PA (1839). Later he became connected with the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railroad (Now part of the PA R. R. System), where he remained until his death in 1867. Children Elizabeth, died in 1866, (married) David died 1866, Mary died 1866, married Annie, died 1866, married, William A., widower, Matilda, married Charles, single, died 1896, Henry McClellan, died 1909, married. 

3rd son, Fared Leuman Drane (single) who lived all his life with his eldest sister, James Leuman Dravis, adjoining farm to that part of the original Wilderness Plantation which now belongs to me, but which he farmed until his death in 1880, leaving his part of the property to my father, Wm. L.

Jane Leuman Davis, married Hezekiah Davis of Montgomery Co MD., died about 1858. Children, one son who died in childhood.

Matilda Leuman Drane married Levi Osborn of Brightwood, D.C. children 8 sons, of whom the following are still living at Brightwood, D.C. which is at present in the city of Washington; Marion, married, James Single, George Washington, single, Charles, no record (went to Florida, 1882). Lost to us.


V. Kinsey Drane, son of James Anthony Drane, 3rd, According to my father’s records, granduncle Kinsey Drane emigrated to the wilds of Fayette and Westmoreland Counties, near Greensburg, PA. After that, the (our) family lost all trace of him, but it is believed that he went first to Kentucky or Tennessee, and later to the far south of that day.

VI Gustavus S. Drane, 4th son of James Anthony Drane, 3rd. This son seems to have been the real thing as a Fighting Soldier. His early life was spent upon his father's plantation at Brightwood, D.C. After he reached manhood he entered the U.S. Army. during the Seminole War, he and his infantry command were active participants. He was stationed at a point now known as Fort Drane (just N.W. of what is now Ocala, Marion Co., Florida), remaining there during all the Seminole War. He was transferred to Pensacola, Fla., and while there, married Margaret Caldwell of Mobile, Ala. (they had no children).

When the Mexican War, (1848-1849), broke out he and his command participated in every battle and with General Winfield Scott, entered the city of Mexico (1849), ending the war. At its conclusion, he came to Philadelphia, PA., and was put in command of Fort Mifflin, on the Delaware River, where he died in 1855.

At my father's death (1881), I came into possession of our great Uncle Gustavus military equipment, etc. Among these relics were two swords. One was his service sword, which he carried through active hostilities in the field. The other was his Dress Sword, presented by U.S. Congress at the close of the Mexican War, (which we keep as priceless relics). Also part of his silver service, which is in use at my table (sugar bowl and cream Pitcher) at nearly every meal, or to be more exact (when we have special company). They are just beautiful to this day and are much admired. We have other silver too, that belonged to him that is prized beyond all price. I was a baby when he died, and when aunt Margaret died, about 1858, she made me her heir to all she had in the way to real and personal property of every description- most of which was run through with, etc. 

VII. Anthony Drane, your grandfather, 5th son of James Anthony Drane 3rd according to my record which is very meager, he was a Caption of Regular Infantry, U. S. Army married Elizabeth Rebecca Ferguson. Children, Joseph Kent Drane and Sssian (?) Anthony Drane, your Father.

VIII Hadrick Drane, 6th son of James Anthony Drane 3rd. my record shows that he was born and lived his whole life at Brightwood, D.C. and died there---- That he married Mary White and had one son, James Anthony Drane. This Mary White resided at Brightwood, D.C., and was the great-granddaughter of Captain Archibald White, who commanded the ship, "The Ark and Dove" referred to as the Lord Baltimore Colony. The Whites were a large family and left many descendants around Brightwood D.C. Most of them have large wealth that came to them through the land. The White Plantation is now wholly the city of Washington, D.C. I know them all very well.

IX Washington Drane, 7th son of James Anthony Drane. My record shows that early in life he emigrated to Ohio and later to Kentucky, near Shelbyville where one of his sons married a Shaw. My record does not show to whom Washington Drane was married, but it does show that he had at least two (2) sons i.e. Washington and James Anthony Drane 5th.

X. Stephen Drane, 8th son of James Anthony Drane, 3rd, My record shows that he was an officer in the U.S. Regular Infantry. That he never married and that he was killed in battle during the War of 1812.


End of Frank C. Drane's Record.


Kentucky Dranes, Drane Lands Now Shelbyville, Kentucky.

The genealogy as given by Frank C. Drane is confirmed by the genealogy given by Mrs. Mary Drane Bass, Campbellsville, KY. In a letter to Mrs. B.R. Warder, of Bowling Green, KY, Aug 28, 1913, in which she gives her (BASS) record as follows:

There were seven (7) Drane brothers who came over from England and settled in Prince George Co., Maryland, some of their descendants are there and in Washington, D.C. Walter and Albert Drane live in Washington, D.C. now. I met this Albert Drane when I was in Washington several years ago. My grandfather, Stephen Drane, was one of the seven brothers who came from England and settled in Prince George Co MD. My grandfather came to Shelby Co., KY, and settled and lived and died on the farm where my father, Stephen Tillet Drane lived and died also, the same farm on which I was reared and lived until I came here. My father's oldest brother, Dr.. Edward C. Drane had a son, Judge Geo. Canning Drane who served three terms as judge of Circuit Court lived and died in Frankfort, KY” (Mrs. Mary Drane Bass)

Her father Stephen Tillet Drane had three brothers, Dr. Edward C Drane, Theodore S. Drane, and James H. Drane, two sisters, Elanor C. Drane and Emma Drane all dead.

From a newspaper clipping, I gather the following information concerning Capt. Edward M. Drane died at the age of 82 in Frankfort and was Secretary to the State Sinking Fund Commission and Assistant to the custodian of the capitol. He was born in Henry Co. and early in life went to Louisville where he engaged in the commission business. His brother was Geo. C. Drane, Circuit Judge of this district. Capt Crane married Miss Keats of Louisville, a niece of the poet Keats. he is survived by two daughters, Miss Adele and Agnes Drane.

Mrs. Frank C. Drane also says, “ many years ago my father was in close touch with the Washington Drane’s family, because of the fact that all or nearly all of his father's family fought in the Revolutionary War of 1776-1778. To those that fought through the Revolution, (and I understand all the male Dranes were officers in the Continental Army), and at its conclusion, Congress voted land grants in Kentucky to all the survivors thereof, and the Dranes all chose land in the wilds of (Kentucky) in one large claim, but for some reason, all claims were not settled upon those entitled, and Squatters and Frontiersmen did. Then others came there and took up land also, and so continued for years until a settlement grew up upon a part of the Drane lands, which later became Shelbyville, KY.

Before this had become apparent it seems that Washington or Anthony Drane, 5th had got in touch with his family in Prince George Co Brightwood, D.C. writing them to assert their rights to Kentucky lands. This caused an infestation to be made of the records of the General Land Office at Washington, D.C. and everything being found O.K. as to their title, they secured the necessary deeds, had them recorded, and then intended one of them to journey out there and take possession. But in those days that meant great hardships and danger and the going was put off, until "Time and Tide which wait for no man." settled the ownership under Squatters Rights. Long after this some of the heirs went out there but it was too late. The deeds were surveyed out and it was found that the center of the joint tract of land was the town of Shelbyville, KY and the rest was held under Squatter deeds, (that held them safe on age),.

The writer of this history remembers many stories told by his grandmother, Thurman, concerning this section of Kentucky. How one of her ancestors was the first supervisor of mails and the trials encountered not only with the Indians but also with robbers, the mail being carried by relays on horseback before the stagecoach made its advent. Also, tales told the children of Indian scalping and fights in this section by mother, Margaret Drane, which invariably made our hair stand on end and bed a doubtful place of safety, especially as they were true to family tradition. How great uncle, Col.. Whitley, a famous Indian fighter, saved one of the Vanatter family, Col. Lewis, after being scalped by the Indians. (the Vanatters were bankers in Shelbyville. I knew some of the family, related to the Timberlakes of Louisville, KY. by marriage, Sam Lawrence who lived there also was a cousin of my mothers.)

My mother was Margaret Ann Drane, both grandparents, George Drane and Philip Thurman were Messmates at the Battle of Chalmette, New Orleans under General Jackson, War 18112. According to grandmother Thurman, these friends, comrades in arms, laid a trap to unite their families by marriage by Geo. Drane sending his son, T. J. Drane, with a supposedly important letter to Philip Thurman’s home where he met Margaret Thurman, fell in love, and later married.

Margaret Ann Drane is the daughter of Thos. Jefferson Drane and Margaret Ann Thurman, granddaughter of Geo. Drane (whose sons were Dr. William Whitley Drane, Rev. Thos. Jefferson Drane, and James N. Drane, daughters, Martha and Mary) , and wife Julia Whitley, (daughter of Col. Whitley, Indian fighter). (Mrs. William W. Drane was a Board. Dr. Milton Board of Louisville, KY states that his father Judge Board knew Geo. Drane very well in a letter to Mrs.. B. R. Warder of Bowling Green, KY, however, my mother says the only thing she remembers about his was that she was a child when he visited them and he was very old). the great-granddaughter of Washington Drane of Shelbyville, KY, or rather the neighborhood, and Miss Lawrence.

Margaret Drane, Wife of Dr. Geo. Humphreys Tichenor, Sr., M daughter of Rev. T. J. Drane and Margaret Ann Thurman was born in Breckenridge Co. KY, Aug 4 , 1846, Received her education at the Baptist College at Shelbyville, KY, and the State college at Memphis, TN.

During the Civil War, her principal service done for the Confederacy was assisting her sister, Mrs. Mollie J. Smith to enable eleven of Forrests’ soldiers to escape from the Memphis prison and carrying messages into Memphis TN, through the lines to be forwarded to Gen. Braxton Bragg in KY.
During Reconstruction, her experiences have been told by Mrs. A. S. Dimmitry (?) War-Time Sketches, under her own name and the nom-de-plume Thurman. 

While living in New Orleans, LA, she has been ascribe in Confederate affairs was President of the New Orleans Chapter, No. 72, U.D.C., and for three years Corresponding Secretary of Jefferson Davis Morial Assn. 

While a member of the Stonewall Jackson Chapter, she opposed the McKinney design for the Women of the south which had been accepted by the Veterans for the reason that she considered it did not correctly portray the heroic southern woman. She convinced her chapter, the U.C.V., U.D.C., and C.M.S. Assn. and they withdrew their endorsement of the design. During her vigorous campaign, she received numerous letters from prominent men and women leaders of the old and new South. These letters and articles written by her were incorporated into a book and deposited in the Solid South room, Confederate Memorial, Richmond VA. These letters and articles comprise a basic work for the historian and future novelist in regard to the true character of the Southern woman of the Sixties. She was made a life member of the Confederate Memorial Literary Society, Sept. 5, 1911.

She has three living sons, R. A. Tichenor, Atty. and Notary Public, Dr. G. H. Tichenor, Jr., New Orleans, La, and Dr. Elmore Drane Tichenor, Detroit, Mich.

Rev Thomas Jefferson Drane was born in Lebanon, KY, Nov 30, 1813, died in New Orleans, LA, Oct. 16, 1895, married Margaret Ann Thurman near Lebanon, KY, May 29, 1838, Rev. Robinson officiating. (Margaret Ann Thurman daughter of Philip Thurman and Springer, Lineal descendent of Sir John Springer, England), was born in Washington Co., KY, Feb 4th, 1819, baptized into the fellowship of the Lost Run Baptist Church, 1842, died in Baton Rouge, LA. She belonged to a distinguished Virginia family, a first cousin of the Statesman and Democratic nominee for President, Allen G. Thurman.

Rev. T. J. Drane was pastor of the Baptist Church at Nicholasville and Shelbyville, and pastor of the East St. (?) Baptist Church, Louisville, KY about 1856, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Memphis TN about 1858. Held the chair of Theology in Baptist Female College at Shelbyville, KY about 1854. Was on Committee on the revision of St. James Version of the Bible, I Book of Job), Associated minister with J. R. Graves, John L. Waller, Robert Larue, Robert Thurman, Vaughn, and John Broades, leading theologians of his day. Chaplin for several companies in Memphis TN., during the Civil War. Mason, Officiated at the burial of Henry Clay. (Mother has the Masonic apron worn at this occasion).

There are two living descendants, Rev. Robert Larue Drane who lives with his sister Mrs. B. H. Tichenor. 

DR. William Whitley Drane's Family


Dr. Wm. Whitley Drane was probably named after his mother's (Julia Whitley) people. She was the daughter of Col. Whitley, William, the famous Indian fighter. (Col. William Whitley was born in Rockbridge Co, PA, in Aug 1749 died 1813. My grandmother, Thurman said, in the stock of his gun he cut the following inscription, "to make Tories fall and Injuns squall." After marrying Ester Fuller in Jan 1775 he started out with his brother-in-law George Clark and other men for Kentucky, sometime later he settled in Lincolnshire Co. (Whitley's station). He was naturally a leader. 

Copy of letter dated Bowling Green, KY, March 1st, 1915 to Mrs. Margaret Tichenor, New Orleans, LA by Mrs. B. Warder. 
Dear Cousin, My mother was a Board. Judge Board of Louisville is a Cousin of my mother, he is very old and lives with his son, Dr. Milton Board who has a Sanitarium in Louisville, he (Judge Board) said he remembered our Grandfather well and he said his name was George. I met Judge Board at Hardinsburg, Breckenridge Co. before he went to Louisville, he told me more of my family on both sides than I ever knew. The Dranes lived in and near Hardinsburg and the graveyard was full of Boards, etc.

My father had four sisters, aunt Sarah married a Presbyterian minister, had two sons, the oldest was a preacher I heard. Aunt Martha married a Monroe, he had three daughters, Sarah, Emily, and Julia, and two sons, Dudley and Gustavus, whom both went to Mississippi years ago and married and have families now. Aunt Julia married a Gibson, had a son Monroe and a daughter. Aunt Mary married a Stone. My father raised her son William who is dead and left a family. When I was quite small Aunt Sarah and her two sons lived in a cottage in our yard and aunt Martha Monroe with her two sons and three daughters lived in our home, my father supported them and sent them to school. I think Judge Board must be right in regard to our grandfather being named George, my next oldest brother who died when an infant was named George Christopher, the names of both my fathers and my mother's father I suppose. Years ago, when I was quite small my father sent a lawyer to Baltimore to investigate our claim to property that he had been notified was due to the Drane heirs, etc. Grandfather Board was an old Virginian and married a Virginia lady, that was a real lady, 

Children Mollie Blanche married Daniel Slaughter Foushee, (both dead), George Christopher Drane died in infancy. William Henry Harrison Drane married Elizabeth Bunnell, (both dead) children live in Duzant, Miss Christopher Columbus Drane died in infancy, Albert Gallitant Drane married widow Depp, now living in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mattie Drane is dead. Virginia Crittenton Drane married Sidney Beck, now lives in Dallas, TX. Belle Rogers Drane now living near bowling Green, Warren Co KY. Charles Monroe Drane married Maggie Fallen. Louis James Drane married Henrietta living in Louisville, KY. Ida May Drane married Richard Bolling, dead. conclusion of record given by Belle Rogers Drane (Mrs. Warder)


Copy of a letter written by Mrs. B. R. Warder, Jan 19/14 corroborating the correctness of the foregoing genealogies by Judith Drane Hewitt, 308 West 82nd Street, New York City.


When my cousin Adele Drane received your letter, she was so grieved and shocked over her father’s sudden death, that she sent it to me asking me to answer for her, etc. Cousin Adele's father was Capt. Edward Morton Drane, his brothers were my father (Judge George Canning Drane) and Dr. Joseph Drane, surgeon in the Civil War. He had two sisters, Agnes Drane Logan and Martha Drane Lane. All of the family are dead, uncle Edward being the last of a long-lived family, being 82 years old. 

Their father was Dr. Edward Crabb Drane and his father was Stephen Drane. As I haven't my papers of the genealogy of the family here, I can remember no further back, but I know there was a Gustavus and Anthony Drane, both supposed to have been in the Revolutionary War. I remember seeing the death of Dr. Jefferson Drane in one of the Louisville papers and I am sure I have the clipping in my home at Frankfort.

James N. Drane married Cecelia N. Cully, Sept. 21st, 1848, she was born in Munfordville, Hart Co KY, on June 29th, 1824. They moved to Durant, MS 1876. The writer remembers visiting him at Durant, MS when a boy and the story of the siege of Vicksburg MS was told to me by him. He was an officer under Gen. Pemberton. He was one of the largest strawberry growers at that time in MS, called Strawberry King, also owned a farm at Cristol Springs. MA. His place was across the road from Richard Bolling, Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Notes providing accuracy of this genealogy. 


The Official Continental Census, 1790, Maryland, heads of families mentions Anthony Drane, Prince George Co, six children: Barbara Drane, Baltimore Co. three children; Elinor Drane, Prince George Co six children; James Drane, Jr. two children; Thomas Drane, Montgomery, six children.

The records show that one Stephen S. Drane served in the war of 1812 as a member of Captain McIntosh's Company, U>S. Artillery. He is shown to have enlisted Feb. 10, 1812, to serve 5 years, and to have died Dec 1812, exact date not shown, as a sergeant. Nothing further relative to this has been found in records at the War Department.
There appears to be $800 as longevity due to Gustavus S. Drane, born in Maryland enlisted in 1812 died when Captain 4/16/1846. at Ft Mifflin, PA.


The records of the War Department show services in the Revolutionary War of men surname Drain or Drane as follows:

John Drain, rank not stated, 5th South Carolina Regiment. He enlisted on Sept. 7, 1778. No further record of his service has been found.

John Drane (surname also found as Drain), private, Capt. John Stith’s Company, 4th Virginia Regiment, also designated 4th, 8th, and 12th Virginia Regiment was commanded successively by Major Isaac Beal, Col. James Wood, and Col John Navill.

John Drain, ensign, 7th Maryland Regiment. His name appears on an updated list showing the arrangement of the officers of seven Battalions to be raised by the State of Maryland, as passed by the General Assembly Apr. 1777.
John Drane, Captain, flying Camp State.

Lady Genie Cleugh, Swift Current, Sack, Canada was a Thurman of Paducah KY.


The writer has a newspaper clipping making the following announcement “While repairing an old building in Little Falls, N.Y., recently Theodore Burnham, a carpenter, found an old discharge paper granted by George Washington to John Drane. It is dated June 9, 1783, and is in a good state of preservation.

Capt. Edward M. Drane, one of Kentucky's leading Republicans, was commissioner of Franklin Circuit Court, Postmaster of Frankfort and Secretary to the State Sinking Fund Commission, and assistant to the custodian of the Capital. He was born in Henry County and early in life went to Louisville where he engaged in the commission business. His brother was George C. Crain, Circuit Judge of this district.

Drane Surname File KY Historical Society


Capt. Drane married Miss Keats of Louisville, a niece of the poet, Geo. Keats. He is survived by two daughters, Misses Adele and Agnes.

Barren Co. KY Dranes

I am indebted to Mr. Geo. P. Turner, of Glasgow, KY for the following information:

My wife’s great-grandfather, Anthony Drane, and his wife, Catherine Scott before their marriage came to Barren County Kentucky from near the city of Baltimore, MD. My wife's grandmother, Martha Drane, was a daughter of Anthony and Catherine Drane and was married to Benjamin Leavell, Jan 10, 1822. The Levell family came to Barren Co KY from Virginia. The Levell family and the Drane family came to Kentucky about the same time and built their homes from the virgin forest on adjoining farms and from the first strong friendships were formed. Anthony Drane born 1776 died Oct. 20, 1830: his wife Catherine born 1775, died Aug 11, 1855. Sons, Richard K. S. born Aug 17, 1799, died Apr. 9th 1834, Anthony, born Aug. 1803, died Feb. 1877, Judson S. Drane born Aug. 19, 1807, died Feb 26, 1858. Thomas------- daughters Sabina S., Born Aug 25, 1805, died Mar 21, 1837, Margaret S.S. born Apr 14, 1779, died June 11, 1830, Martha S., born Jan 11, 1793, died Feb 6, 1853.

Copied from a manuscript in the files of the Kentucky Historical Society, December 4, 1958.

No date was given on the original manuscript.


Gustavus Savage Drane  (His cousin's granddaughter was Margaret Ann Drane)


Birth:     1789
Death:     Apr. 16, 1846

United States Army Officer. A native of Maryland, he enlisted at the beginning of the War of 1812 as a Private in the Light Artillery on April 21, 1812. By 1814 he had risen to Sergeant, and was commissioned as a 3rd Lieutenant of Light Artillery on April 15, 1814. Advanced to 2nd Lieutenant a month later, he served in this rank until he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on November 15, 1817. On June 1, 1821, he was transferred to the 4th United States Regular Artillery, but spend a little over a year assigned to that unit when he was transferred to the 2nd United States Regular Artillery (August 16, 1822). Brevetted Captain "for ten years faithful service in one grade" on November 15, 1827, he was promoted to full Captain on May 20, 1832. He served in the Seminole Wars in Florida during the 1830s, and was brevetted Major on December 31, 1835, for "gallant and distinguished conduct in the affair of the Withlacoochee, and on several subsequent occasions in the war against the Florida Indians". He died while in command of Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Fort Drane (1835-1836) - A U.S. Army post established first as Camp Auld Lang Syne during the Second Seminole War in 1835 by Captain Gustavus S. Drane, 2nd U.S. Artillery, in Marion County, Florida. Later named Fort Drane after the Captain. Abandoned in 1836. Also known as Fort Auld Lang Syne and Fort Old Lang Syne.

Fort Drane History

Built on the 3,000-acre sugar plantation of Colonel Duncan Lamont Clinch known as Auld Lang Syne. The fort was a 150 yard by 80 yards palisaded enclosure with blockhouses in the northern and eastern angles. The blockhouses were armed with cannons and there were some 300 loopholes for riflemen. The plantation house served as officers' quarters and the rest of the command was housed in tents.

Colonel Clinch assembled a force of 700 regulars and was soon joined by 560 volunteers from Tallahassee. This force marched on the Withlacoochee River and engaged the Seminole Indians under Osceola on 31 Dec 1835 and suffered a severe loss. Colonel Clinch returned to Fort Drane to regroup and take care of the wounded and sick. The regular troops were withdrawn in June 1835 to Fort Gilleland in Newnansville and the fort was abandoned. The Seminole Indians burned down the fort and occupied the plantation. Tennessee Volunteers removed the Seminoles from the site in October 1836 but did not rebuild the fort. The post was abandoned in later in 1836.

A Dictionary of All Officers: Who Have Been Commissioned, Or Have Been Appointed and Served, in the Army of the United States, Since the Inauguration of Their First President in 1789, to the First January 1853,--with Every Com-mission of Each;--including the Distinguished Officers of the Volunteers and Militia of the States, and of the Navy and Marine Corps, who Have Served with the Land Forces ...
Charles Kitchell Gardner January 1, 1853
G. P. Putnam and company
" Drane (Flo) In Marion cy., 10 miles from Micanopy : abandoned.
(Named after Cupt G. S. Drane, 2. arty.)"
Herbert Jackson Drane

While ancestry is not everything, the pride with which a man traces his family history back through long remote periods is always pardonable, and where he himself has achieved success and won high rank among the substantial, useful men of his day, it is altogether becoming to note the deeds of valor done, the patriotic duties performed, and the cities founded in the wilderness by the forefathers from whom he is descended. Lakeland, Fla., had its beginning in a railroad campsite and Herbert Jackson Drane, today the oldest inhabitant of Lakeland, was one of the men who struck that camp. His progress has been commensurate with that of Lakeland. While the insurance business is his chosen calling and has been his life's work, he has felled the forests and built homes. He has served his city and county and state in high and honorable positions of trust and responsibility. He has written statutes under which his people are governed. He has given close attention to his personal affairs and they have prospered to a highly gratifying degree. He is a successful man of affairs whose residence is an asset in any community.

Mr. Drane's ancestors settled in America in the Colonial period and there flows in his veins the blood of Welsh, Irish and Scotch progenitors.

His father-s paternal ancestors came from Wales and the name Drane is the anglicized form, the original Welsh form having been rather formidable in spelling and questionable in pronunciation. Three brothers constituted the first settlers of the family who came to these shores and they were located in Maryland early in the eighteenth century. That they were active traders inland is shown by the records of the early years of Prince George County, Md. They lived in Dranesville. Fairfax County, Va., which was named for the family, and at Bladensburg, Md., from the latter of which places, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch was appointed a cadet to West Point by J. Quincy Adams.
Another branch of his father's family on the maternal side were the Fergusons, well-to-do Irish immigrants who came from Londonderry and were among the founders of the city of Louisville, Ky. Old Dr. Ferguson, the head of this branch, upon landing in New York asked to be directed to "the point furthest west." Pittsburg, Pa., was at that time the furthest accessible point known to the New Yorkers and he went there, but not being pleased with the situation gathered a fleet of houseboats, loaded them with his negroes, livestock, tools, and household paraphernalia, and started on a long voyage down the river with the intention of joining a colony of Frenchmen of whom he had heard on the lower Mississippi. His progress down the Ohio was marked by numerous skirmishes with the Indians. It was night when he reached "the falls," and as he did not care to undertake their passage in the dark he tied up and meeting some Frenchmen who had come up the river they decided to settle ashore. Thus, the city of Louisville was founded, the name is given in honor of the King of France. Though Dr. Ferguson was a man of wealth he actively engaged in the practice of his profession and was enabled to relieve much of the distress and suffering among the pioneers. He set out a famous peach orchard, the site of which is now in the heart of the business district of Louisville, long since supplanted by business houses and surrounded by a city of a quarter-million people. Considerable property in the old "peach orchard" is still owned by Mr. Drane and other members of the family.
His mother-s people were descended from the clan Duncan of Scotland, were pioneers in America, and have lived in Kentucky from the earliest history of the Blue Grass State. His grandfather, Anthony Drane, had an interesting and honorable career in the army. He was appointed a cadet at West Point by President John Quincy Adams, in 1820. He graduated July 4, 1824, as the second lieutenant, and was assigned to the Fifth Regiment of Infantry. On February 1, 1829, he was promoted to the first lieutenant by James Monroe. Having gained the ill will of Secretary of War, Spencer, he was for several years the victim of political persecution which for a time interrupted his career in the army, but from under which he emerged with an honorable record and restored to every right.
Having been dropped from the army roll without a hearing, he clamored for a trial and had the assistance of Henry Clay, then-Senator from Kentucky; Daniel Webster, Secretary of State, and Jno. J. Crittenden, attorney-general. He was finally granted a trial under court-martial, the court being composed of Brevet Major-Gen. Scott, and Brevet Brigadier-Generals Gibson and Towson, under general orders No. 28, May 12, 1841, signed by Alexander Macomb, Major-General Commanding. The finding of the court was as follows:" The Board is unanimously of opinion that as Lieutenant Drane was put out of service without his consent; without trial and without having committed any military offense, he is now, in right and in justice, entitled to be restored to the rank and station in his regiment that he would have occupied but for the act of executive authority."
The President confirmed the findings of the Board, and March 15, 1842. he was promoted to Captain by President John Tyler. In this connection, it is an interesting fact that Philip Spencer, a son of the Secretary of War, who was guilty of the persecution, was convicted by a court-martial on the United States Brig of War "Somcrs." of mutiny with a view to piracy, and was hanged from the yardarm at sea December 1. 1842. His confession embraced attempts at similar crimes aboard the Corvette "John Adams." and the Brig "Potomac.
"Capt. Drane was at one time an officer under Sam Houston, president of the Republic of Texas. He was adjutant-general under Gov. John Reynolds, of Illinois, in a campaign against the Indians in 1832. While a young lieutenant, he had charge of the building of the original Fort Leavenworth. Kans.. and later commandant at Green Bay, Wis. He was in one of the bloodiest battles of the Seminole campaign in Florida, in which he served. In Marion county near Orange Lake, are the remains of old Fort Drane. which was named in his honor. (Side note:  Fort Drane was actually named after his brother, Gustavus Savage Drane.)
Mr. Drane.s father. Ossian A. Drane. who was a distinguished physician, enlisted in the Confederate army, and was commissioned Captain? He was unfortunate in being captured, however. Herbert Jackson Draxe. 219and was a prisoner of war much of the time while in service. He was a close friend of Edwin Booth, who was his cousin through his mother's ancestry. His only brother. Capt. J. Kent Drane. was a captain of the artillery in the Confederate army. Both the brothers were educated at the University of Virginia. Herbert Jackson Drane was born at Franklin. Simpson county. Ky., June 20. 1863, his parents being Ossian A. and Josephine F. (Dickey) Drane.
In his early childhood, he attended a country school in Spencer county, and the village school at Bloomfield, in Nelson county. As a youth, he attended the public schools at Franklin and Louisville and the Franklin Male College, a private institution that has now gone out of existence. He did not graduate but left school when fourteen years old. and has been actively engaged in life's duties ever since. Seeking a change of climate on account of his health, he went to Bowling Green, Ky.. thence to Kansas City, and worked until he was seventeen when he secured employment as a clerk with a large lumber concern at Nashville. Tenn. In a few months was made their Georgia manager with headquarters at Macon, in which position he continued until they retired from business.
When a little over twenty years old he came to Florida as a railroad contractor, reaching here November 30. 1883. He was engaged in building what was then known as the South Florida Railroad, and after establishing his camp found the site so beautiful that houses were erected and the location made permanent. Out of this railroad, the camp grew the town of Lakeland, and he can well lay claim to being the oldest inhabitant as he is now the only person living there who came with the camp. He first engaged in the insurance business in 1884. and. while he has dealt very extensively in real estate, improving much of it. insurance has always been his principal business and the one in which he has taken the most pleasure. His thorough knowledge of the business and his high standing have led to his being called upon to serve in numerous important business capacities.
Under Gov. Jennings, he revised and readjusted the fire insurance of the State as applied to State property. He was employed at the same time 220 Herbert Jackson Drane. [graphic]to inspect and value every parcel of State property. He was the author of the present uniform forms of State insurance and was also the author of several statutes, mostly relating to insurance that is now in force in the State. In addition, he has frequently represented the State in the adjustment of fire losses. His own business affairs are in excellent shape and he has a large and profitable business. He has always been an active Democrat, though he is now out of politics personally, having no ambition in that line, and only interesting himself in the cause of friends, and in aiding movements having for their object the improvement of general conditions and advancement of good government. He was an engrossing clerk in the Florida House of Representatives for many years, and in 1903 represented Polk County in the House. He was appointed by Gov. Jennings to membership of the commission which erected the new State Capitol and his name as commissioner is on the cornerstone of that edifice.
He was county commissioner of Polk county for a number of years, and in the earlier days of Lakeland served successively as treasurer, councilman, president of the council, and mayor. During his administration as mayor, the first sidewalks were built in the town, and the first attempts were made to beautify the streets and park. The first shade trees were planted and the beautiful park of today is filled with the trees of his planting. While he was mayor the first manufacturing establishment in the city was inaugurated, and the town was lighted for the first time with electricity. Mr. Drane is a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church. His fondness for good literature extends through the Bible and the English classics. He prefers poetry to prose and does not care for light literature. He has served as a correspondent for the leading State papers.
He is a Knight Templar and Noble of the Mystic Shrine and has taken the thirty-second degree in Masonry. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the Knights of Pythias. He suggests for the improvement of general conditions: "Take the corporation out of politics, and you will then find the State and the nation to be the most prosperous and happy of any in the world. As long as they are allowed to be influential in politics with their corrupting influences, we can not attain the highest degree of prosperity or happiness."
Mr. Drane was married on December 31, 1885, to Mary S. Wright, popularly known to her schoolmates and teachers as "Mayme" Wright. She was the daughter of William and Francis Helen Wright, of Crawfordsville, Ind. They have had four children, of whom three are living as follows; Ossian Wright Drane, Mabel Adrianne Drane, and Helen Josephine Drane.  Mr. Drane very justly takes pride in his work as a trustee of the State Eleemosynary Institutions during the administration of Gov. Jennings. While engaged in inspecting State property at that time, he found that there was practically no fire protection and no fire escapes in use at the Hospital for the Insane, at Chattahoochee, and at the School for the Deaf and Blind, at St. Augustine, He at once took the matter up and made a very earnest statement, setting forth the lack of protection in these institutions where hundreds of helpless lives were at stake, and asked the State to make the necessary appropriation to put in these necessary improvements. The governor was so impressed with Mr. Drane's recommendation that in his message to the legislature of 1903, he submitted the matter, and the legislature approving, the improvements were immediately begun. From the Hospital for the Insane, at Chattahoochee, the work was continued to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, at St. Augustine, and has since been extended in a lesser degree to other State properties, so that in time, as Mr. Drane puts it, he expects to see that "the little leaven has leavened the whole."
Source: Makers of America: An Historical and Biographical Work by an Able Corps of Writers, Volume 2 January 1, 1909A. B. Caldwell.

Construction began in 1942 on what was then known as Drane Field-named after city pioneer and political leader Herbert J. Drane. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Army Air Corps acquired the field and renamed it "Lakeland Army Air Field." Pilots who completed their initial training at MacDill Field in Tampa came to Lakeland for combat training in B-26 Marauders. Some 43 bomber groups and fighter squadrons were also stationed at the field during World War II. After the war, the federal government sold the airport to the City of Lakeland for literally one dollar upon the stipulation that the military could reclaim the field should the need arise. Now known as Lakeland Linder.


Lakeland Ledger, Feb. 19, 1946, front page

Mrs. Mary S. ( Mamie )  Wright Drane
Wife of Herbert Jackson Drane

  Mrs. Herbert J. "Mary" Drane, died at home, she was the wife of former Congressman, Herbert J. Drane. Mary died at 5:30 this morning in the home into which they moved 60 years ago at 400 Hillcrest Drive, Lakeland. Mary was 79 years old.

 Mrs. Drane had been in declining health for several years and had been confined to bed for several weeks.
  Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 11 at All Saints Episcopal Church with the Rev. William F.Moses, rector, officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

  Mrs. Drane was a former president of the Lakeland Women's Club and the Tuesday Music Club and was regent of the Lakeland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  Mary or Mamie as some called her, was also a patroness of the Bertha Cole Artists Music Club and an honorary member of the Sorosis Club.

  Mrs. Drane was the first woman member of All Saints Church and was an organist there for 40 years.
   During the 16 years, her husband was a member of the National House of Representatives, Mrs. Drane was active as a member of the Congressional Club. She accompanied him on voyages which he made to many countries as a member of the Naval Affairs Committee.

  Mrs. Drane was a native of Coles County, Illinois, but spent most of her childhood in Indiana and Kentucky.
  Mary and Mr. Drane were married in Franklin, Kentucky, on Dec. 31, 1885. Mr. Drane had become a resident of Lakeland in 1883.

   Besides her husband, survivors include two daughters, Mrs. W.S. Moore and Mrs. J.W. Passmoore, both of Lakeland, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A son Ossian, died in 1922 at the age of 34.

Congressman Herbert J. Drane lived in this home at the corner of South Dakota and Hillcrest from the time he was married in 1884 unitl his death in 1947. Originally built as a 4 room cottage, Drane added 11 additional rooms over the years. It is also reputed to be the first house in Lakeland to have indoor plumbing. The house was torn down in 1948, a year after Drane's death.

Drane Was Military Pioneer

Published: Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 12:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 27, 2011, at 1:44 p.m.

The world was an uncertain place on that November night when Lakeland's young men gathered in City Hall to consider forming a military company.

It was 1914, and World War I had broken out in Europe over the summer. Canada had already sent 33,000 troops to Europe -- no one knew whether or when the United States might get involved. The U.S. had headaches closer to home as the Mexican Revolution raged to the south and Pancho Villa raided American border towns.

It was amid such uncertainty that Lakeland's youth chose to form a military company and volunteer its services to Florida's governor. Joining them was one of Lakeland's unique pioneers, the first male of European descent born in the city.

Ossian Wright Drane was born April 25, 1888, the surviving twin son of Mary and Herbert Jackson Drane. The elder Drane, a Kentucky native, was central to Lakeland's early history, has helped clear the forests and lay down railroad tracks through northern Polk in the early 1880s. He later served many years as a political leader.

University of Florida - Tower Seminole Yearbook 
From the Yankee perspective
Anthony Drane,  Uncle of Margaret Ann Drane


Numbers 16.

Glasgow, Mo., March 7, 1865.


Captain Meredith, Company D, Thirty-ninth Regiment Missouri Volunteers, with twenty men, will, in accordance with telegraphic dispatch from Brigadier-General Fisk, proceed forthwith to hunt down the notorious guerrilla Jim Jackson and his nefarious band, and all other bushwhackers. Will be particular to have good order and discipline observed by his command, returning as soon as pursuit proves fruitless.
By order of:

Colonel, Commanding.


Captain JOHN D. MEREDITH, Company D, Thirty-ninth Regiment Missouri Volunteers.

In obedience to the above order, with Lieutenant Self and twenty men of my company and two citizens as guides, I started on the morning of the 7th instant-on search of guerrillas, moving in the direction of what is known as the Perche Hills, in Howard and Boone Counties. After scouting the country for two days without gaining any information of importance, I sent Lieutenant Self with several men to the house of Mr. Lewis Barnes, the only loyal man I could learn of in that part of the country, to ask him to accompany us as a guide. The men whom I had with me for that purpose I found did not know the country thoroughly. The lieutenant found Mr. Barnes at home, too unwell to go with us, but willing to do all he could. He gave him the names of parties in the neighborhood most likely to harbor guerrillas, and consequently most likely to be cognizant of their haunts and hiding places. In order to gain the desired information, I ordered Lieutenant Self and four men to disguise themselves as bushwhackers, visit the houses indicated, receive any aid voluntarily offered, and learn if possible the camp (if any of the bona fide guerrillas, I with the remainder of the command stopping in camp to give the lieutenant time to perform his mission.


After waiting two or three hours I followed the lieutenant until, coming to the house of Anthony Drane, I stopped to feed and make inquires. After asking about feed I asked Mr. Drane if he had seen or heard of any troops being in the neighborhood. He answered no. Had he seen or heard of any bushwhackers? No. Had he seen any strange men passing about? No. I then told him I thought I had seen tracks leading to the house, but the ground was frozen and I could not tell positively. He said, "There have been no men here, and I have not seen any passing. " At this time one of my men came and whispered to me that Lieutenant Self was outside the house and wished to see me. I went out, and the lieutenant told me he had squad at the house in the morning; that he had asked Mr. Drane if he knew of any Federals being about, and was answered, "no. "


The lieutenant then asked him if he knew where any of the boys were, as he wished to get with them. Mr. Drane told him he did not but that he himself was a 'southern man from the ground up,' and that he wanted the lieutenant and his men to come in and get dinner. The lieutenant told him he was afraid to stop for it, but if he had any eggs his (self's) men would like to have a few. Mr. Drane told him he should have them, and going into the house soon had a large number of eggs cooked and brought to the boys. He (Drane) then asked Lieutenant Self if he could do anything more for him. Self told him that one of his men needed a pair of socks, and if he (Drane) could give him a pair he (Self) would be obliged to him. Drane went in the house and got a pair of socks and gave them to Lieutenant Self, remarking as he did so that he wished they were better (they had been worn and washed), as when ha gave he liked to give the best. Lieutenant Self then took his leave, Mr. Drane telling him the best roads to travel to avoid Federal scouts, should any be out.


After my conversation with Lieutenant Self I re-entered the house, and in the presence of several of my men questioned Mr. Drane closely. He persisted in saying he had seen or heard of no one. I ordered my men to mount, and detailed a corporal and two men to set fire to the premises, which was done. Lieutenant Self and his men (Still in disguise) had visited several other houses in the neighborhood, the residents of which professed to be Southern men. They did not seem so particularly anxious to assist but told Lieutenant Self he might rest assured they never would report on him. I let it be known that I had burned Mr., Anthony Drane's house and why I did it; that I considered parties who would willingly harbor whackers (or men supposed to be such) equally guilty with outlaws themselves, and that they must either take every opportunity of reporting to the proper authorities or leave the country.

If they did not, I would, as far as in my power, treat them with the same severity I would a guerrilla. This was in the eastern part of Howard County. From this point I moved down on to Perche Creek, scouting the brush on the creek and its tributaries, but without success, as I could get no information from any of the citizens as to bushwhackers, roads, localities, or anything else, and I became satisfied that a large majority of the citizens of this region would harbor guerrillas. After camping at night I sent a sergeant with twelve men to the residence of Joseph Graves, in Boone County, to feed. On his return, the sergeant told me he thought Mr. Graves was a bad man, and that he had expressed himself in the most disloyal manner. On starting in the morning, wishing a guide to a place known as Dripping Spring Meeting-House, I sent a corporal to bring Graves along to pilot us to said place.


After they had overtaken the column (which they did after we had moved a short distance) Lieutenant Self had a conversation with Graves, in which he (Graves) told the lieutenant that he had always been a Southern man and that he had no cause to change his principles. The lieutenant asked Graves if he has seen any bushwhackers lately. He answered that he had not. Lieutenant Self then asked him if he would have reported on them if he had. Graves answered, "No," as it might get him into trouble. Lieutenant Self then asked him the question, "Would you feed guerrillas and not report them to the authorities?" Graves answered, "I would not report on anybody.


" I asked Graves a number of questions and received the same answers, The conversation took place in the presence of the lieutenant, myself, and several others who were riding with the advance. I had one or two other men, whom I had arrested for uttering disloyal sentiments, with me at the time. They plainly and boldly said they had been Southern men at the beginning of the war, and were so yet that they had no reason to change their principles. I told them such men could not live in that country, that they must leave either the State or go to some military post and remain. If they did not, they must take the consequences. Graves I retained, and after more conversation with him ordered his execution. I considered him a quiet, determined, and dangerous man; a man of some influence and one who could and do more harm by his acquiescence and aid (unarmed though he was) than if he were in the brush with his revolvers belted around him. "Desperate diseases require desperate remedies," and the disease is getting desperate when the number of guerrillas is rapidly increasing in a country, and a large proportion of the citizens are ready and willing to harbor and aid them.


The killing of a few such men will do more good than anything else for a country like the Perche and Blackfoot Hills, for it will deter others. Where guerrillas cannot be fed without being reported they cannot remain. We were in sight of the bushwhackers several times, and I did my best to come up with them, chasing them for two days, but found it impossible to come up with them, as the citizens would almost invariably put me up on the wrong trail.


There is but one Union family in the Blackfoot Hills, and this is the family of a Federal soldier (named Schwabe, I think). This family told me the guerrillas were harbored in the neighborhood; that they had seen them several times within a few days riding about, accompanied by three or four young women. After scouting about for a day or two I concluded to divide my squad, and did so, sending Lieutenant Self with ten men and one of the guides up the east side of Perche Creek to meet me at a given at the expiration of two days. With the other ten men and one guide I started up the west side of Perche, but after going some distance, hearing of some bushwhackers (through negroes), I divided my men again, taking four men again, taking four men with me and sending the remainder to scout the Franklin Hills. About this time, receiving information from a most reliable citizen that a sister of Bill Hines was staying at a house in the neighborhood, and that I would probably find Hines and his brother (both notorious bushwhackers) about there, I started in search of them.


On arriving at the house mentioned the family denied to ms had been there, but finally admitted it, and I knowing that the Hines; had been at the house a number of times to visit her, I burned the house and ordered the owner (Mrs. ---) to either leave the state or go to a military post to live. Here I got on the trail of two men, whom from the description I thought to be Lewis Hoard and Younger Grubbs (bushwhackers), and followed it to Brick Chapel Meting-House, but not being able to find Hoard and Grubbs, and losing all trace of them, I started on my return to Perche Creek. In the vicinity of the Brick Chapel resided who had a son in the brush (I have forgotten the name, as I have lost my memoranda).

They had harbored and fed him for months. My information here was negroes, but I questioned them closely and was perfectly satisfied with the truth of their statements. I had a conversation with the lady of the house, and she expressed herself in the most disloyal; manner. I burned the house, as it was harboring place for guerrillas. Lieutenant Self found no guerrillas, nor did he destroyed any property on his route, but reported to me that he saw a squad of the Ninth Missouri State Militia (a lieutenant and seventeen men), who were reporting themselves to the citizens as a portion of the "Thirty-ninth Missouri, from Glasgow, under command of Lieutenant Johnson. " The other squad of my command burned the residence of Bas. Maxwell, and ordered him to leave that part of the country.


Maxwell is notoriously one of the worst men in the country. Doctor Holman, the surgeon of the Thirty-ninth Regiment Missouri Volunteers, some time ago gave me his name and a statement of his deeds and doings, all proving him a dangerous man. The squad who burned his house, however, did it on information received at the time in the neighborhood. with the three squads we scouted the country thoroughly, but it raining and the roads becoming almost impassable, I decided on returning to camp, which I did, arriving at Glasgow on the 15th instant. Though the order headquarters this report is the only written one I received, my verbal instructions from Colonel Kutzner were not to stop at county or district lines, and to treat aiders and abettors with the same severity I would armed bushwhackers. On my return, the colonel told me I need not make any report to him, and he, therefore, does now know what I did. I maintained good order and discipline in my command.


Respectfully submitted.

Your obedient servant, JOHN D. MEREDITH, Captain Company D, Thirty-ninth Infantry Missouri Volunteers.

Rev. T.J. Drane held the cair of Theology

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