Francis M. Drake

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Francis Marion Drake (30 December 1830, Rushville, Schuyler ― 20 November 1903, Centerville, Appanoose) was Iowa's 16th governor. IA with burial in Oakland Cemetery there. Married Mary Jane Lord (1833-1883). They had seven children. HIs parents were John Adams Drake 1802 Nashville Co., NC - 1880 Drakesville, Davis, IA and Harriet Jane O'Neal. Siblings of Francis M. Drake were: John Hamilton Drake 1828-1883, Nancy M. Drake 1836-1917 (married Lockman), Melissa Drake 1839-1848, Henrietta Drake 1842-1915 (married Carpenter), Marietta Drake 1850-1853, Kate Ella Drake 1853-1890 (married Lane). (Source: Find A Grave website, memorial #5024935.) On 28 March 1896 Francis Drake's daughter, Mary, christened the battleship USS Iowa.[1]

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  1. Brown, Don (1973). Tell A Tale Of Iowa. Des Moines, Iowa: Wallace-Homestead Book Co. p. 83.