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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Jacob Drake, dealer in saddles, harness, bridles, collars, whips, etc., at Buffalo, Mo., is a native of Jackson County, Ind., and was born in December, 1841, and when four years of age was taken by his parents, Jacob and Sarah (Sheline) Drake, to Vinton County, Ohio, where they resided until 1856. Coming west they located in Dallas County, Mo., where the father entered 160 acres of land, heavily covered with timber and totally unimproved. Here he erected a little log cabin, in which he lived until he could make better improvements, which was done in a few years. In 1869 he removed to Kentucky, where he spent the remainder of his days, his death occurring in 1875. He was born in Massachusetts in 1809, his wife having been born in the “Keystone State.’’ Five of their eleven children are living at the present time. Jacob Drake, the subject of this sketch, resided in Ohio until about sixteen years of age, since which time he has lived in Dallas County, Mo. When the war broke out he enlisted first in Company F of the Home Guards, but shortly after joined Phelps’ six months regiment, and after serving over seven months he joined Company A, Eighth Missouri Cavalry, serving as corporal until the close, doing duty principally as a scout, and participating in a number of sharp skirmishes. He was mustered out and discharged in August, 1865, after nearly four years’ service, and was engaged in farming until the spring of 1881, when he was elected county collector, and served four years. He was also engaged in the real estate business until June, 1888, since which time he has been occupied in his present calling, the firm being known as Drake & Lovan, and besides this property he owns several houses and lots in Buffalo. He is a member of the G. A. R. and A. O. U. W., and he and wife, whose maiden name was Delilah B. Robbins, and whom he married in 1866, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They have an adopted child, named James P. Drake, but his father’s name is F. M. Routh. The child was born March 9, 1886; his mother, A. J. Routh, died when he was nine days old.

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This family biography is one of 74 biographies included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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