Frank Draper - Crawford Co., IL Biography

History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.

William Henry Perrin, ed.

(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)


Frank Draper, farmer, P. O. Hutsonville, is a native of Crawford County, Ill., born one half mile from his present residence, March 4, 1819, to Chalkley and Rhoda (Willard) Draper.  His father was a native of North Carolina; emigrated to Crawford County in 1815; his occupation was that of wagon making, which he continued to the time of his death, which occurred in about 1840, aged fifty-four years.  His mother was born in North Carolina, and died in Crawford County, in November, 1848, aged sixty-four years; she was the mother of eleven children, of whom Frank was the tenth child born; he was raised on a farm, and deprived of the opportunity of receiving an education; at twenty-three years of age, he left his home and commenced farming upon his present farm on his own account; the farm then contained 60 acres, but by his industry and studied economy he has enlarged it until now it contains 225 acres of good land.  In August 1879, Mr. Draper was afflicted with a stroke of paralysis, from which he has never recovered. While in good health, he was a very industrious man, and never went farther away from home than Terre Haute.  In Crawford County, June 1, 1845, he married Miss Mety Morgan, a native of North Carolina, born October 31, 1824, to William and Mary (Lamb) Morgan, both natives of North Carolina.  He was born November 23, 1801, and died February 20, 1846.  She was born April 1, 1805, and died in August 1866.  Mr. and Mrs. Draper have two children, Oliver and Alonzo.  Mrs. Draper is a member of the Universalist Church. Politically, Mr. Draper is a Democrat.

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