Uriah DRAKE 1812-1850/60

a biography

Uriah DRAKE was born abt 1812 in Ulster County, New York (probably at New Paltz) and was the son of William DRAKE and Catherine ROSE.  He married Nancy BARNEY abt 1831, place of marriage unknown (but probably Prattsburg, Steuben County, NY). Nancy BARNEY was born 12 May 1812 in Yates County, NY, the daughter of Jacob BARNEY and Elizabeth WILSON.

Uriah DRAKE and Nancy BARNEY had the following children:

  • Louisa DRAKE b. 1831, NY who married (1) Gideon Bowdish TRIPP (2) William Henry LACKEY
  • Sarah C DRAKE b. 1834, MI who married William Henry LACKEY
  • John DRAKE b. 1838, MI who married Elizabeth JONES
  • Jacob DRAKE b. 1840, MI who married Hannah BROOKS
  • Jane DRAKE b. 1841, MI
  • Morris DRAKE b. 1843, MI who married Mary RICE
  • Riley D DRAKE b. 20 Nov 1844, MI who married Sarah ROSE
  • Lewis DRAKE b. 1848, MI
  • Harriett A DRAKE b. 1850, MI who married George T OSBORNE

The Drake family first removed from Steuben County, New York to Washtenaw County, Michigan and thence to Clinton County, Michigan by 1838, settling in Bengal Township.  In the History of Shiawassee, Uriah appears as a a Supervisor of Highways and Justice of the Peace in 1839, taxpayer of Bengal Township in 1840, a Highway Commissioner and legal voter 1840, Treasurer in 1844, Justice of the Peace in 1845, School Inspector in 1848.

Uriah DRAKE died between 1850 and 1860. He is probably buried in the Oakridge Cemetery at St Johns, Clinton County, Michigan where many of the Drakes are interred.


  • 1840 Clinton County, MI Federal Census; Roll 204, pg 244; Ancestry.com
  • 1850 Clinton County, MI Federal Census; pg 46; Ancestry.com
  • 1860 Clinton County, MI Federal Census; Roll N653_540, pg 0, img 237; Ancestry.com
  • History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan; Ancestry.com
  • Last Will and Testament of Josiah Drake, relativelyconnected.com
  • Deposition of Josiak Drake; relativelyconnected.com

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