Drake Family

By Charlie Zimkus

Colonel Lewis Drake was born on June 19, 1766 in New Jersey, where he later earned the rank of colonel while serving in the New Jersey militia.

In 1790, after moving to Pennsylvania, he married Mary Russell, a native of Wales. Their first four children were born in that state.

Drake came to Cincinnati in 1798 where he traded his prize rifles for 80 acres that would later become the heart of the city. In 1800 Drake moved his family to the community of Genntown, a short distance northeast of Lebanon.

A farmer and early surveyor in Warren County, Drake was well known as a crack shot. His marksmanship was said to have rivaled Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton.

In Ohio, the rest of Drake and Elizabeth’s 12 children were born including Dr. Lewis Drake in 1807.

After Mary’s death in 1821, Col. Drake married Rachel Lincoln on August 22, 1822. Together they would have one son: Isaac, who was born the following year. Dr. Isaac L. Drake was second cousin to President Abraham Lincoln.

Col. Drake died on March 20, 1849 at the age of 82. He is buried — along with his two wives — in Lebanon’s old Baptist graveyard, which is now referred to as the Lebanon Pioneer Cemetery.

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Warren County Historical Society
Col. Lewis Drake