Samuel Drake (1822-?)
Pioneer lumber and grocery businessman.
1883 biography. (Added Jan., 2011)
History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883
SAMUEL DRAKE. _______
S. Drake, of the grocery firm of
S. Drake & Co., is one of the early settlers of Bay
County. He first came to Lower Saginaw about 1851, and
built a mill, in company with his brother Mr. John Drake.
He is a native of Scotland and emigrated to Canada in
1834. He remained there until he came to Bay City in 1851. It
was soon after Mr. Drake selected a spot for a burial place,
which has since been used as a cemetery, on the West Side. His
health failing, he was obliged to seek different climate, and he
returned to Canada, where he remained until 1864, when he
again came to Bay City and went into the grocery business.
After remaining in this business a short time he retired from it and
went on his farm, near the city. In the Fall of 1882 he again
went into the grocery business on Center Street, the firm
being S. Drake & Co. Mr. Drake is one of the
reliable men of the city.
Oak Ridge Cemtery is one of, if
not the oldest burying grounds in the county. In 1851-52 the Drake
Bros., built their mill on the west side of the river, and soon
after they set apart a tract of about twenty acres for a
burial place. The location was admirably adapted to that purpose, the
ground being high and beautifully wooded with oak trees. The name Oak
Ridge was given to the place by Mr. John Drake. The
first person buried there was one of the workmen in the Drake
mill. Mr. Drake kept the property until about the year
1866, when he sold it to the township of Bangor.
1845 - Ontario Marriages.
Place: Brock District, Ont.
Date: Jan. 1, 1845
Groom: Samuel Drake
Bride: Elizabeth J. Gustin
1871 - Michigan Births: Bay Co., Mich.
Charles C. Drake, born Feb. 7, 1871, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Drake.
1880 - Census: Wisner, Tuscola Co., Mich.
Drake, Samuel; - b. 1830 Scotland, farmer
Elisa Jane, wife - b. 1826 Canada
Jessie B. - b. 1862 Canada
Charles C. - b. 1870 Mich.
Rose V. - b. 1860 Canada
Ida May -b. 1858 Canada
Black, Preston - laborer, age 17, b. Michigan
Klien, Georgia - other, age 11, b. PA
1880 - Census: Hume, Huron, Mich.
Drake, Samuel - born 1845 Canada, farmer
Mary, wife - age 29, b. Canada
Harmon, son - age 12, b. Canada
Alice A., dau. - age 8, b. Canada
Maggie, dau. - age 4, b. Canada
Drake, Eliza, mother - age 56, b. Canada
Notes mother is likely Samuel Sr.'s wife.
1900 - Census: Bay City, Mich. (610 Jefferson St.)
Drake, Alice A. (g-dau)
Drake, Charles (son)
Drake, Ida May (dau)
Drake, Jessie (dau)
Drake, John (bro)
Drake, Harmon (g-son)
Drake, Maggie (g-dau)
Drake, Rose V. (dau)
Drake, Samuel (subject)
Drake, Samuel, Jr. (son)
Gustin, Elizabeth J.(wife)
Bangor Twp., Bay, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Brock Dist., Ont.
Drake Bros. mill
Huron Co., MI
Lower Saginaw, MI
Oak Ridge Cemetery
S. Drake & Co.
Tuscola Co., MI