Biography of Judge John R. Drake
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





JUDGE JOHN R. DRAKE, of whom greater mention is made in the bench and bar chapter of this work, was a native of Pleasant Valley, Ulster county, and was the son of Rev. Reuben Drake, tha latter a Baptist clergyman, and a man of very generous spirit, for he built and gave to his congregation a church edifice, and also gave his services as its pastor. Judge Drake was one of eight children of Reuben Drake's family and each of them came into possession of a good farm when arrived• at maturity. At the age of twenty one years Judge Drake went into business with a cousin, John Drake, at Wappinger Creek, but at the end of two years removed to Newburgh and continued mercantile life, in 1809 he came to Owego and at once took a leading position among the prominent business men of the county seat. His congressional career and the story of his subsequent life is quite fully told in a preceding chapter. That he was successful in business is well known, and he at one time, owned nine stores in the village. All of them were burned in the great fire of 1849. Judge Drake's. wife was Jerusha, the daughter of Dr. Joseph Roberts. Their children were Harriet, who married with David Pixley Tinkham; Adaline Beebe, who became the wife of Bradford Gere; Ann Deiphine, who married with Harmon Pumpelly; Harmon Pumpelly, who came to Owego before 1809. became a prominent and wealthy business man. After the death of his first wife, he with his two daughters moved to Albany, where he married Maria Brinkerhoof and, at the time of his death, was one of its wealthy men. Harmon Pumpelly's daughter, Adaline, married James Kidd, Delphine married Gen. Meredith Read, who, after being United States minister to Greece and consul general to France, died in Paris in 1896. Emily Read married Edward Spencer and lives in England. Marie Delphine Read married Count Max Foras and lives in France. Theodore, who lived in Virginia but died in Owego, and Charlotte M., who became the wife of Edward Rainsford. Judge Drake died in Owego in 1857.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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