Born: 1787-02-18 New Jersey
Died: 1869-12-13 Iowa
Flourished: 1831-1850 Mason County, Illinois
At the outbreak of the Black Hawk War in 1832, Drake mustered into Abraham Lincoln's company of militia in Beardstown, Illinois. After the war, Drake and his family lived on a farm in Mason County, Illinois, until sometime after 1850, when his wife Rachel died. In 1852, Drake and his adult children emigrated to Winneshiek County, Iowa, where he lived for the remainder of his life.
Muster Roll of Abraham Lincoln’s Company of Mounted Volunteers; W. E. Alexander, History of Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties Iowa (Sioux City, IA: Western Publishing, 1882), 127, 130-132, 310; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Mason County, IL, 212; Iowa, U.S., State Census Collection, 1836-1925, 1856, Winneshiek County, IA, 877, (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, 2007); U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Winneshiek County, IA, 183; Gravestone, Freeport Cemetery, Freeport, IA.