I’m interested in the name, Jasper Newton Drake”. My Great Grandfather from Newton Texas died in about 1905 from a “stomach ache”. (is what they would tell my 3 year old grandfather. )
He ran a ferry across the Sabine River and carried cars, mules, horses workers, equipment etc to the lumber company just across to the disputed territory that is now Louisiana. It was at the time called Drake’s landing later Possums bluff? Lol My GGrandfather was also born when Jasper County was being split into Jasper and Newton county. My Grandfather says he was born on the banks of the Sabine River. In Tx of course. My GGrandfather Jasper Newton Ðrake was asked to no longer participate in the community Turkey shoot because he won every year and he “should give someone else a chance”.
There was a Jasper Newton Letney names after him. Which I found surprising, because my GreatGrandmother was a Letney and when she was born her mother (who was from quite a respected family!) was “run out of town” by the Patriarch of the Letney family. Bc her baby was born 10 years after her Letney father died at the Battle of Vicksburgh in VA. I ran the DNA and we’re still related to the Letney’s.... which does leave some questions as well as some answers :0
If you go back in time, there is a Jasper and a Newton in the Revolutionary war that we’re considered huge heroes from the “old 96” in NC.
Also, there’s a Jasper Ðrake in NYC who owned a tavern that “The Liberty boys” hung out in.
So, I’m just wondering if you know anything about your Jasper Newton Ðrake?
They seem to all have quite the history!