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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