Louisa DRAKE 1831-1900/1910

a biography

Louisa DRAKE was born Nov 1831 in Steuben County, New York, daughter of Uriah DRAKE and Nancy BARNEY. She died before 1910 in Jack County, Texas. She married, first, Gideon Bowdish TRIPP 23 Nov 1848. Their children were Ellen A. TRIPP and William Riley TRIPP. She married, second, William Henry LACKEY 9 Jun 1867. The marriage also ended in divorce; William Henry LACKEY filed for divorce in September 1888 at Shiawassee County, Michigan. He had returned to Michigan after 17 years in Palo Pinto County, Texas. There were no children of this second marriage.

"...her father, I don't remember his given name - her mother was Nancy Drake. She lived to be 93 - she died in [18]92 or 1893 [these dates in error]- uncertain of the time. She was born 1812 - a wonderful woman, a pioneer. Grandpa Drake died several years before. Grandma had 4 sisters, one died an infant. [They] were Sarah, Jane [and] Hattie. Her brothers were Jacob, John, Lewis, Morris [and] Riley Drake. John and Morris were in the northern army of the Civil War. Morris was Flag Bearer. They lived to be old men, as I wrote to the Pension Dept. They were drawing pensions." source: Journal of Mary Louisa Tripp-Fields; 1950; copyright renewed 2006 by Mark L. Fields.

Louisa DRAKE and Gideon Bowdish TRIPP do not appear in the 1850 Michigan census. Probably, the name is transcribed in error and the record will eventually be found. Gideon Bowdish TRIPP had purchased 40 acres of land in 1839 in Clinton County.

Between 1864 (the date of the Ionia County land purchase) and Jun 1867 (marriage to LACKEY), Louisa DRAKE was living with her mother, Nancy BARNEY-DRAKE, in Clinton County, Michigan. She then married Henry LACKEY. Henry LACKEY had married previously (21 Sep 1851) one Sarah C DRAKE. We believe this to be the sister to Louisa DRAKE listed in the 1850 Clinton County, Michigan Federal Census.

Henry LACKEY and Louisa DRAKE appear in the 1870 Watertown, Clinton County, Michigan. and 1880 Palo Pinto Co, Texas Federal Census. In Sep 1888, Henry LACKEY divorces Louisa for desertion in Shiawashee Co, MI (she is then living with her son in Jack County, Texas). LACKEY had returned to Michigan and died there. In 1890, Louisa is listed as living in Finis, Jack County, Texas in a special veterans census as the widow of Henry LACKEY. In a declaration for pension, made in 1907, Henry LACKEY attests that he resided in Texas for 17 years before returning to Michigan. He remarried 17 Nov 1895 at St. Johns, Michigan to Jessica BAILEY.

Louisa DRAKE appears in one last census in 1900 living with son William Riley TRIPP in Jack County, Texas.

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