Tuesday, January 29, 2019

52 Ancestors in 2019: #4 -- Charles W. Drake

Charles W. Drake

This week I'm highlighting my three times great grandfather.   I would love to be able to meet and spend some time chatting with him to get his perspective on the many details that have been presented as the stories of his life.   I have so many questions that I would love to hear his answers and fill out the details.

Charles W. Drake was born on March 25, 1843, in Standford, Dutchess, New York.  Based on my research, he was the fourth of six children born to Morris Drake and Sarah Clark.

Some of the first questions I would ask him are:


  • Who were his great-grandparents?
  • Where are his parents buried?
  • What do you know about your family's history?  When did they come to America?
  • Was Edmund Drake really his brother and what are the specifics about his brother's life?
  • What was his childhood like?
  • Was he close with his siblings?
  • What were their holiday traditions? Favorite foods?
  • What was going to school like?
  • Did he keep in touch with his siblings as adults?
Charles Drake married Annagusta West in 1861.   They lived in Duchess County until the 1880-1890s.  They had a family of seven children; six daughters and one son.   When they left Dutchess County moved to Wayne County, New York where Charles' brother John Drake lived.  


Some additional questions I'd ask:


  • How did you meet your wife?
  • When was your actual wedding?
  • Where did you get married?
  • What was life like when your kids were little?
  • What was your perspective of Anna's family?
  • Where were you in 1875 when Anna and your family were living with her brother?
  • Why did you not choose to fight in the Civil War?
  • Why did you move to Wayne County?  
  • What was life like after you moved, how was it different?
  • How did you get here?
  • Why did your daughter Minnie move to Illinois?
  • What can you tell me about each of your children and your wife?
  • Tell me about the pictures that were taken of your family -- what are the stories of each, when were they taken and what was the circumstances?
  • Who did your daughter, Clara, marry? When and where was the wedding?
  • Who were your wife's mother's parents?  Who were the Grahams?
  • Where is your wife's mother buried?
  • What happened between your daughter Sarah and her husband George, where did he go and why did he leave?
  • What is your perspective on the bonfire that accidentally killed Julia?  What happened as result?
  • Why did Anna leave in 1896 and when did she come back?
  • Why were you living in the city with Agnes for a period of time?
  • Did Agnes marry someone before she married Joe Hasselwander?
  • What was Anna's involvement in the WCTU?
  • Would you have considered yourself a drinker?   I'd want to explore how much he drank as he died from cirrhosis - did it impact the family? 
  • What do you know about Anna's siblings?  Why did her brother move to Illinois as a young teen?
What is the story?



Charles died on November 11, 1922, at his home in Marion, NY.   He is buried in the Marion Cemetery.



Sunday, January 20, 2019

52 Ancestors in 2019: #3 - Mary Welbeloved

Mary Welbeloved

For week three of the #52ancestors, I selected to write about my 6 times great grandmother, Mary Welbeloved, as my family member with an unusual name.   As I was looking over my family tree pondering who to write about her name stood out as one that is unusual and unique compared to some of the others.   

I don't have a great deal of information about Mary and am struggling to find that little nugget that will open the door to let more details flow in.   

First of all, in terms of the surname Welbeloved.  I have learned this week that it is from medieval origin meaning "dearly loved by all."  It is believed to date back to the early 14th century.   One of the first recorded individuals with this surname is Richard Wellbyloved appearing in 1327 in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire during the reign of King Edward III.   Surnames became necessary when the government introduced personal taxation.   

The greatest percentage of Welbeloveds appear to have originated or lived near London and its surrounding counties, especially in Middlesex and Surry.  There was a John Welbeloved of Feltham who married Johanna Farr of Ashford in 1529.   Hugh Welbeloved, a yoeman, married Anne Hyne, both of Feltham married in London in 1596.    

My six times great grandmother, Mary Welbeloved, was also married in Feltham which is in Middlesex, England.   She married John West on May 18, 1780.    Records indicate they most likely raised their family in this area as each of their children have baptism records listing this location.  All of her children were baptized at St Dunstan with St Catherines in Feltham, Middlesex, England between 1781 and 1791.




In terms of how I am related to Mary -- Mary Welbeloved was the mother of Joseph West who was the father of Edward West who immigrated to America, he was the father of Annagusta West who born in NYC and moved to Wayne County NY, who was the mother of Sarah Drake who was born in Amenia, NY but also moved to Wayne County, who was the mother of Fred Haskins, who was the father of Vincent Haskins, who was the father of Mark Haskins, father of me!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

52 Ancestors in 2019: #2 - Clara Drake

Clara B. Drake

This week's topic for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is Challenge.  In thinking about the characters/family members in the book I am writing entitled "Between the Dash" I have decided to select Clara B. Drake for this week's blog post.   Clara B. Drake is the daughter of Charles Drake and Annagusta West, my three-times great grandparents.  This makes Clara my third great aunt and she has proven to be a challenge in being able to pull together all of the details of her life.

Clara was born on May 12, 1878, in Dutchess County, NY.   She was the seventh child born to Charles and Anna - having one older brother and five older sisters.  She would later have one younger sister, Agnes, born in 1880.   Her early childhood was spent in Dutchess County, living there until she was at least nine years old.

By the age of 12, Clara and her family had moved to Sodus, NY in Wayne County.  She was attending school in the District No 2 (Maxwell/Sentell) school which was located on the corner of Maxwell Road and Lake Road, just west of Sodus Point.  Myron H Proseus was her teacher.   He was the nephew of her Uncle John Drake and Aunt Mary Proseus Drake, who also lived in Sodus.   Clara had 39 students that attended school with her.  This included her sisters Jennie and Agnes.  On March 10th of 1890, the local paper reported that Clara scored the highest examination score on the Fifth Reader.  It is evidence that she must have been a very good student and quite intelligent.




In 1893, at the age of 15, she was still attending school with the same teacher.  Her sister Jennie took off to Rochester without telling her parents.   Her mother went and retrieved her with enough drama to have it find its way into the town happenings section of the local paper. The family moves from the country into the village of Sodus renting a house of Mill Street owned by William Sergeant one of the most wealthy farmers in the community.  Clara lives at home with her parents for a few more years before she moves to Rochester to find work. During that time her sister Agnes is arrested on a charge of vagrancy and her father, Charles Drake, puts a notice in the local paper that states her mother, Annagusta Drake, has left him and forbids anyone to help her.  It makes one wonder what exactly was going on at the home on Mill Street.  

In the 1900 census, she is listed as living in a boarding house in Rochester working as a telephone operator. This is where the challenge begins, in 1900 I know Clara is in Rochester and is single.   I then can't find her again until the 1915 NY Census has her in Buffalo listed as Mrs Clara White living with Dr Clifford (C.B.) Rowell and working as a servant.    Somewhere between 1900 and 1915 she moves to Buffalo, becomes Mrs White, leaves Mr White and moves in with Dr Clifford Rowell.   She remains residing with C.B. Rowell until her death in 1942.    She is listed as having various occupations during the years she is living with Dr Rowell -- from being his servant, nurse and housekeeper.   She attends social events with him and he attends family gatherings.  Dr Rowell was prominent in the harness horse racing circuit.   It even appears that he named one of his racehorses Clara.  I'm not exactly sure of the true nature of this relationship.   I also do not know when she got married, to whom she married or why she was no longer with her husband.   Did he die?   I can't find a record.  I can't find a record of their marriage.   His information is not listed in the family bible.  He is not in any family portraits.   I believe his name might be Edward B. White but can't find evidence to prove it.  The only thing I can find is a 1905 state census record listing an Edward B. White married to a Clara B White living in Buffalo.   That is the only record that seems to exist and I don't know if it is my Clara White.  My gut says it is but then poof ..... nothing!  The trail and records are cold.




Family lore states that she was married for a short time but was unable to fulfil her marital duties due to a medical condition so they divorced soon after they got married.  The story does not include his name.  Clara B White died on January 30, 1942, she is buried in the Marion Cemetery in the Drake family plot.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

52 Ancestors in 2019: #1 - Margaret West

Margaret West is My "First" Focus for 2019

So - I completely missed 2018!   Didn't write one blog post, but as part of 2019, I'm not dwelling on my past fails and working to find joy in the journey.   Joy: (noun) - a feeling of great pleasure and happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.  Working on my genealogy brings me joy.   Finally, finishing the book I have been working on, literally for years, will bring me exceptional joy.   Yet, I'm pretty sure as a genealogist the journey is more than half the fun; so maybe subconsciously I'm not finishing for a reason?   Over the past two years, I have done vast amounts of research related to my book and its time to move this journey along.  As an action step to living MyIntent word (JOY) in 2019, I am going to use my blog as a way to flush out those details to assist with the finishing of my book on Annagusta West.   Maybe with any luck, I will finish it in 2019?!

Somewhere along the way, maybe in 2017, I was re-introduced to Margaret West.  She became more than just a name in the family tree.   She was the younger sister of Annagusta West.   Margaret was born on November 26, 1847, to Edward West and Mary Ann Graham in the tenements of NYC.  She was their fourth born child.  The story had always stopped there; Margaret had been a brick wall in my genealogy research but if you dig hard enough and keep at it occasionally you are given gifts.  Strangely enough, I truly do believe that Anna sends me some every now and again.   This gift came by the way of a newspaper posting from February 7, 1929, in The Newark Courier in which there was a notice to all possible heirs of Edward West, Anna's brother.   This notice listed the name Spaulding, which was a name I wasn't familiar with.   I explored this lead and found that Margaret West married James Spaulding in the 1860s.  The brick wall came tumbling down but it got left in a big pile of rubble so I am making her my first focus for this new year.  I'm cleaning up the pieces to make sense of her story and to see how she fits in with her sister.

Margaret West had her first child, Patrick Spaulding in March of 1861.  She was just thirteen years old and James was twenty-five - OMG!  There are no words.   Patrick was born just one month after her parents had Margaret and her siblings baptized at the Church of the Epiphany in NYC.  It was also just three months before her mother died from consumption.   The more I learn about the West family I fear that there was a great deal of dysfunction going on in the home leading up to the years before their mother's death.   James and Margaret would have eight other children before she died while giving birth to their tenth child - Margaret, who also died a few months after being born.    Margaret West Spaulding was only 36 years old when she died.  She is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY



James and Margaret's Children:

  1. Patrick Spaulding: B. Mar 1861 D. 17 Jun 1943 - he lived at least 43 years in Long Island State Hospital, which was an insane asylum. I believe he was committed after stealing from family members.  I'm trying to find his patient records.
  2. John F. Spaulding: B. 10 Nov 1863 D. 12 Nov 1892 - he died serving as a Brooklyn Fireman with Engine No. 4 working the Harbeck Store Fire.
  3. Daniel Spaulding: B. Feb 1865 D. 19 May 1903 - he worked as a driver, unsure if he married.
  4. Mary Spaulding: B. 1868 D. unknown - she became Sister Dolores Spaulding - living at Holy Cross Convent - Convent of Sisters of Charity in Harrison, NJ.   If anyone knows how to find genealogy records on past nuns please advise.
  5. Elizabeth Spaulding: B. Feb 1869 D. unknown
  6. Annie L Spaulding: B. Jan 1873 D. 19 Oct 1946 - married John J Foster - they are buried with Margaret.  It appears they never had children.
  7. Catherine M. Spaulding: B. Oct 1875 D. 11 Mar 1931 - never married, is buried with her mother.
  8. James Spaulding: B. 1877 D. unknown
  9. Francis Edmund Spaulding B. 13 Jan 1880 D. 04 May 1935 - married Emily Traynor, had two children; Frank E. and James T.   He is buried in St. John's Cemetery.    He took over the family undertaker business.
  10. Margaret Spaulding: B. Oct 1883 D. 02 Dec 1883 - it is presumed that her mother died from complications from giving birth to her.  She died soon after.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

52 Ancestors in 2015: #9: Ruth E. Robertson

Ruth Elouise Robertson

Week 9: Close to Home
Ruth Elouise Robertson is my grandmother.  She was born on May 19th, 1923 to Thomas King Robertson and Ruth Fredia Oestreich.  She spent a portion of her early childhood in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.  Ruth married Vincent Arthur Haskins on September 4, 1943. They lived in Marion, New York until their deaths. Ruth died on September 8, 2001, just 17 days after I found out I was pregnant with their first great grandchild. Vincent passed away 7 months later on March 29, 2002 just 15 days before the birth of their first great grandchild. They had four children.  Scott Haskins, born on their anniversary in 1953 passed away on June 15, 2002. The other three children are still living.

I grew up spending a lot of time with my grandmother, and for so many reasons is my closest ancestor.  I lived next door to her for a good chunk of my childhood and even my early adulthood. She wasn't like most grandma's - she didn't spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking cookies or doing other grandma type things. She was just fun to be around and to spend time talking to.  One of my favorite things I used to do with her was sit on her front porch and watch the world go by.  I could sit there for hours - I only wish I'd had my love of genealogy while I was sitting there.

My grandmother also had a great sense of style, and we just so happened to be the same size.  I loved her shoes -- she had the cutest flats and sneakers.  I used to borrow them all the time.  I couldn't borrow my mom's because her foot is 3 sizes smaller than mine but Grandma had better shoes anyway.  She had a classic, traditional taste in clothes, wearing many neutrals, especially creams and beige.  I would borrow sweaters and blouses.  I remember that one of her favorite stores was Casual Corner.

My grandmother never had grey hair.  It was always a reddish color.  She would go every Thursday morning to the hair dresser to get it done.  She would wear a hair net to protect it when she slept.  I remember trying on her jewelry and playing at her dressing table with her purses, gloves and perfume.  She had a distinct smell and for awhile after her death I would catch of whiff of something that had been hers and I could smell her. When she died I was given her emerald ring - it was our birth stone.  We were both born in May.

I would watch soap operas with my Grandma.  She was devoted to all of them on NBC.   My favorite to watch with her was the Young and the Restless.  One of her favorite songs was "Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho. She loved Canadian Geese and whenever I see them I think of her.  Spring is almost here which means they will be on their way back north, occasionally just one or two will fly over our houses - it's almost like they are watching over us!


Me and My Grandma.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

52 Ancestors in 2015: #8 - Louisa Cooper

Louisa Cooper

Louisa Cooper is my 4th great grandfather, Edward West's, wife.  I guess that makes her my 4th step great grandmother.  Louisa was born in New York in 1818.  She married her first husband, George Hartell on June 5, 1838.  They had two sons.
Week 8: Good Deeds
  • George W. Hartell   b. 1844
  • Christan F. Hartell   b. Sept 29, 1846  d. Nov. 29, 1883
George Hartell, as well as many of his family members were butchers, just like Louisa Cooper's 2nd husband, my 4th great grand father.  New York City directory records indicate that the Hartells and Edward West with his first wife, Mary were neighbors during late 1840's.  My supposition is that they most likely knew each other.  George Hartell died on March 2, 1848.

In 1850, Louisa was living with her two young sons and her mother-in-law Elizabeth Hartell.  They were living next door to Cornelius Hartell and his family.  Cornelius was also a butcher.

In 1855, Louisa was living with her two young sons with no occupation.

In 1860, Louisa is living with her sons and working as a housekeeper with the Commier family.

In 1861, Edward West's wife, Mary, died on June 1st.  Soon after that Edward and Louisa married and had a daughter Louisa.  After Mary's death -Edward's children from his first marriage moved away with the exception of Thomas.  Annaugusta got married, Joseph and George went to fight in the Civil War. Their sister Margaret was also is no longer listed with the family.  Edward was still in Illinois and would also enlist in the Civil War to fight for the Union.

By 1870, Edward and Louisa were living in Brooklyn.  Edward was still working as a butcher. Edward's son Thomas and their daughter Louisa were living with them.

In 1871, Edward and Louisa West were conveyed Lot 18044 in the Greenwood Cemetery.  Once they had the lot they conveyed the front half of the lot to Hiram Kirk and his wife Charlotte.

In 1880 they were still living in Brooklyn. Louisa, their daughter was still living with them.

Both Edward and Louisa died in 1886.  They were buried in their cemetery lot 18044 in the Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.

I was able to secure the deed and information related to the lot of land in the cemetery.  This is what I was able to learn for those documents.
  • Edward Harrison and his wife Maria of Guelph of Canada West sold Edward West, his wife and their heirs for $350 the lot of land in the Green-Wood Cemetery known as 18044 containing three hundred and seventy-eight superficial feet.  Edward and Maria Harrsion purchased the land on May 29, 1868. They sold the land to the Edward and Louisa on October 25, 1871.
  • There is a note attached to the sale agreement.  It states - I hereby  ..... for myself, my heirs or assigns to respect the small grave now in the within mentioned for and that it shall remain undisturbed --signed Edward West.
  • Edward and Louisa West sold Hiram Kirk and his wife Charlotte and their heirs for $175 the front half of the lot of land in the Green-Wood Cemetery known as 18044 containing one hundred and eighty-nine superficial feet.  They purchased their half of the lot on October 31, 1871.
  • Dated - New York, November 29, 1883 To the Superintendent of Internments of Green Wood Cemetery.  Please open a grave in my lot no 18044 for the remains of Christian F. Hartell in the half of lot where no one is buried.  Signed, Edward West.  
  • Heirs of Louisa West, Widow of Edward deceased.  Lot No. 18044  State of New York, I , George B. Hartell of 152 East 121st Street New York City, NY being duly sworn, do depose and say that Louisa West, widow of Edward West late part owner of Lot Number 18044 in the The Green-Wood Cemetery, died on the tenth day of April 1886, leaving no will and that the sole surviving heirs at law to such interest in said lot are the five children of her deceased son George W. Hartell; Edward W Hartell, Charles E. Hartell, Lillian Franke, Viola Beatie and George B. Hartell this deponent; and possibly one son of her deceased son Christian F. Hartell; William Hartell who has disappeared and from whom deponent has not heard for more than fifteen years; there being no other issue of any deceased child of said Louisa West deceased.  Signed - George B. Hartell  Dated August 14, 1912.
  • New York June 17, 1914  Supt. of Green Wood Cemetery - Kindly open grave in my lot for the remains of my wife Edith Hartell.  The undertaker will give instructions.  Signed George B. Hartell.
  • Heirs of George B.  Hartell deceased Part of Lot No 18044.  State of New York, County of New York.  I, Herbert C. Hartell of 1265 Olmstead Avenue, Bronx, New York, New York being duly sworn, do depose and say that George B. Hartell, late part owner of Lot No 18044 in the Green-Wood Cemetery died on the 12th day of February, 1927, leaving a will which was duly probated in the County of New York, State of New York, but which does not alienate any interest in said lot from his heirs at law; that the sole surviving heirs at law to such interes in said lot, are his four children, viz: Herbert C Hartell this deponent, George D Hartell, Harry W Hartell and Irene Phelpos; there being no issue of any deceased child of said George B. Hartell, deceased.   Memo:  Dorthy Hartell, wife of deponent. Mildred Hartell, wife of George D. Hartell, Mae Hartell, wife of said Harry W. Hartell, Arthur Phelps, husband of said Irene Phelps.  Signed Herbert C. Hartell.  Sworn to before me this 11th day of April, 1941 ~ Leslie F Ellert (notary).
Individuals Buried in lot 18044 at The Green-Wood Cemetery
  1. Edward P. Lees - interred on March 5, 1865.  Died on March 3, 1865.  Last Residence:  3130 Fifth Ave, New York.  Age at Time of Death - 2 years, 11 months 2 days.  Birthplace: England.  Cause of Death: Consumption.  Funeral Director: C.C. Simpson.
  2. Hester Weaver - interred on May 13, 1876.  Died on May 11, 1876.  Last Residence 676 Greene Ave Brooklyn.  Age at Time of Death: 72 Years, 1 month, 11 days. Marital Status: Widow.  Birthplace: Long Island.  Cause of Death: Debility.  Undertaker - Samuel Henderson
  3. Christian F. Hartell - interred on December 2, 1883. Died on November 29, 1883.  Last Residence 460 East 115 St, New York.  Age at Time of Death - 37 years, 2 months.  Marital Status: Married.  Birthplace: New York.  Cause of Death: Diarrhea.  Undertaker: T.C. Freeborn
  4. Edward West - interred on January 29th 1886.  Died on January 27, 1886.  Last Residence: 314 East 114 St., New York.  Age at Time of Death:  68 years, 11 months, 3 days. Marital Status:  Married.   Birthplace: England. Cause of Death: Nephritis.  Undertaker: C Merritt.
  5. Louisa West - interred on April 13, 1886.  Died on April 10, 1886.  Last Residence: 314 114th St, New York.  Age at Time of Death: 68 years.  Marital Status:  Widow.  Birthplace: New York.  Cause of Death: Disease of Heart.  Undertaker:  C. Merritt.
  6. Hiram Kirk - interred on December 2, 1886.  Died on November 30, 1886.  Last Residence 676 Green Ave. Brooklyn.  Age at Time of Death:  74 Years, 2 months, 2 days. Marital Status:  Married.  Birthplace: Delaware. Cause of Death:  Cancer of Stomach.  Undertaker:  Samuel Henderson & Son.
  7. Eliza H. Hammell - interred on December 26th 1887.  Died on December 23, 1887. Last Residence:  676 Greene Ave. Brooklyn.  Age at Time of Death: 72 Years, 1 month. Marital Status: Widow Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY.  Cause of Death:   Phlegmonous erysipelas of face.   Undertaker: G.W. Smith.
  8. Charlotte Kirk - interred on August 12, 1890.  Died on August 9, 1890.  Last Residence: 676 Green Ave. Brooklyn.  Age at Time of Death: 79 Years, 4 months.  Marital Status:  Widow.  Birthplace: NY.  Cause of Death: Dysentery.  Undertaker: Samuel Henderson & Son.
  9. Edith Hartell - interred on June 20, 1914.  Died on June 16, 1914.  Last Residence: 154 East 121st, NY.  Age at Time of Death:  40 years. Marital Status:  Married.  Birthplace: New York City.  Cause of Death: Septicemia.  Undertaker: L.A. Hammond.
  10. George Boyde Hartell - interred on February 16, 1927.  Died on February 12, 1927.  Last Residence:  2460 Davidson Ave., Bronx, NY.  Age at Time of Death:  58 Years.  Marital Status: Married. Birth Place: New York City.   Cause of Death:  Endcarditis.  Undertaker: L.A. Hammond
Summer 2014 - I visited Lot 18044.


Lot 18044 in The Green-Wood Cemetery - Brooklyn, NY

Thoughts based on the information that I have obtained from the deed of Lot 18044.

  • I was surprised to see that there was no mention of Louisa West, the daughter of Edward and Louisa.  I would have expected her to be listed as an heir, or buried there if she had already died.   
  • There was no mention of any of Edward's children as being heirs to the lot.  I am not surprised.  I have a feeling that Edward's children became estranged from him after their m other passed away and he married Louisa.  There was no mention of him in a family bible that I was given dating back to the late 1800's.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

52 Ancestors in 2015: #7 - Annagusta West

Annagusta West

Week 7: Love
Annaugsta West is my 3rd great grandmother in my father's paternal line.  She is by far my favorite ancestor to research.  For some reason I am drawn to her and love spending time figuring out the nuances of her life; from her childhood, family history, her adult years and the lives of her descendants.

I am currently in the process of writing a family history narrative about her life and how she spent the years between September 26, 1843 and January 9, 1923.  I am loving finding out what her dash represents.



Here are some of the basic facts that have been acquired using the census records:

Anna was born on September 26, 1843 to Edward and Mary West.  She was born in NYC.  Her family was living at 14 First Ave and then moved to 71 First Ave.  Her father was working as a butcher in the Fulton Market.

In 1850 Anna is 6 years old and attending school.  She is living in the 17th Ward of NYC.  Her father is employed as a butcher.  She has four siblings - Joseph (8), Edward (4), Margaret (3) and George (1).  Joseph also attends school.  There is a Mary McGowen living with the family.

In 1855 Anna is living with her parents in NYC in the 11th Ward.  All of her siblings are living at home.  Joseph (14), Edward (10), Margaret (8), George (6) and Thomas (3).  Anna is twelve years old.

In 1860 Anna is living at home with her parents Edward and Mary West in NYC in the 17th Ward. Her father is working as a butcher with a personal estate listed in value of $200.   Her brother Joseph (19), sister Margaret (12) and brothers George (11) and Thomas (8) are also living in the household. The younger three siblings are attending school.  Anna is working as a meat trimmer.  Her brother Edward (14) is no longer living at home -- he is found in Illinois living with B.W. Barrows.

Anna married Charles Drake in 1861.   This is the same year that her mother passed away.

In 1870  Anna and Charles are living in Northeast, Dutchess, New York.  Charles is working as a carpenter.  The personal estate is valued at $150 with no real estate value listed.  They have three children:  Lillian (6), Sarah (3) and Minnie (1).  Lillian is attending school.

In 1875 Anna is living with her brother Joseph West in Northeast, Dutchess, New York.  They are living in a framed house valued at $1000.  Joseph is working as a butcher.  Anna is listed as keeping house.  Anna has the following children living with her:  Lillian (10), Sarah (8), Minnie (5), and Joseph (2).  They have a domestic living with them named Sarah McLaughlin.

In 1880 Anna and Charles are living in Amenia, NY in Dutchess County.  Five of their children are living at home - Sarah(12), Minnie (9), Joseph (7), Jennie (5) and Clara (2).  Charles is working as blacksmith.  They are living a few houses down from George W Haskins and his wife Sarah.  George is the father of George H. Haskins whom thier daughter Sarah later marries.  Sarah and George are the parents of my great grandfather - Fred Haskins.

In 1892 Anna and Charles were living in Sodus, NY.  Living at home with them was their son Joseph age 19 (farmer) and daughters Jennie (16), Clara (14) and Agnes (7).  Charles is working as a carpenter.

In 1900 Anna and Charles were living in Sodus, NY.  Their daughter Sarah Haskins and grandchildren Darwin and Fred were living with them.  They had been married for 39 years.  Charles was working as a carpenter and had been out of work for 4 months.  Darwin and Fred were attending school.  They were renting their home.

In 1905 Anna was living on Palmyra Street in Marion, NY with her husband Charles.  Charles is working as a carpenter and Anna is listed as doing housework.  They are living next to Charles and Mary Potter - Charles has no occupation and Marietta Cogswell - she is 84 with no occupation.

1910 Anna was living in Marion, NY  - no street is identified.  She is living with her husband Charles and their daughter Sarah Haskins.  Charles and Anna own their home.  Charles is a carpenter in the housing industry.  Anna has no occupation and Sarah is working as a dressmaker.  They live next door to the Toppings - they also own their home.  Their other neighbors are the Westfalls.  They are renting their home and the head of household is working as a surveyor.  Charles is not listed as having been in the Civil War.

In 1915 Anna was living in Marion, NY on Palmyra Road or South Main Street.  She was living with her husband Charles.  They were both US citizens that had lived in the US their whole lives.  Charles is listed with no occupation and Anna as housework.  They are living next to the Topping Family - who is a manufacturer of ladders and the Potter family who is a tailor.

In 1920 Anna was living in Marion, NY on South Main Street.  She was living with her husband Charles who owned his own home.  Their neighbors were the Topping Family and Buram Luce. Charles was working as laborer doing day work -- his income was in the form of wages.

Anna died on January 9th 1923.  She buried in the Marion Cemetery in Marion, New York.