Father’s side of family

My grandfather, Frederick Austin Drake, was born in 1876 in Morris County, New Jersey and died on 8 August 1934. He was married to Wilhelmina I. Wills. She was born in 1875 in Essex County, NJ and died in 1947.  My middle name “Frederick” comes from my grandfather.

My father’s folks lived in northern New Jersey near Watchung. I don’t recall ever meeting my grandfather, Fred Drake, but did get to meet my grandmother, Minnie Drake. She died when I was 17 years old and is buried in the Drake family plot in Watchung, New Jersey. I recall visiting some Drake relatives in Easton, Pennsylvania but I was only about 7 or 8 years old at the time and remember nothing of them.

I have no idea what my grandfather Drake did for a living.

My father, Stanley Wilson Drake, was born on 5 March, 1908 in NJ and died 09 February, 1987 in Santa Cruz, California while visiting my brother Stanley. My dad had a brother, Clifford Drake, born in 1909 in NJ and a sister, Lillian Drake, born 1914.

Here is a picture of the Drake clan at High Point (N.J.?) about 1924. I believe that is my grandfather Fred Drake on the left in the rear.

Drake Family at High Point









That is my father on the right and, I believe, his sister between him and his father. ca. 1924



Fred and Minnie Drake in front and their three children in back.
My father is on the right. ca 1924.