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James M. Drais
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Birth: Sep. 12, 1821, USA
Death: Nov. 17, 1897
Dearborn
Platte County
Missouri, USA

He whose name bears this sketch was born in Hardy County, W. Va., September 12, 1821. He received a thorough training in all the duties pertaining to farm life and during the dull seasons, when permitted to attend school, had to walk three miles to the house of learning. He was very ambitious to learn, however, and making the best of his limited opportunities, gained a good insight into the common branches of study.

 Young Drais was seventeen years of age when he accompanied his parents to Platte County, the trip being made overland with four yoke of oxen and wagons. The journey consumed four weeks and on arriving there April 30, 1838, they located on Section 9, Greene Township. Their neighbors were few and far between, and as there had been but little corn raised in that vicinity the previous year, the family of Mr. Drais were compelled to go to Smithfield, Clay County, for their breadstuffs. After locating here the family found they had but fifty cents in money, and our subject immediately hired out at $10 per month, driving ox teams and breaking prairie. In 1839 he went to Fort Leavenworth where he was variously employed for a twelvemonth. At the expiration of that time, returning to Platte County, he entered into partnership with his brother Jackson and purchased property on Section 4, Greene Township, which they placed under good improvement. The fertility of the soil is shown in the fact that one day his brother picked up a small potato and white bean from the ground, and after carrying them in his pocket for some time, planted them, only to reap a peck of potatoes and a hatful of beans. 

 Young Drais remained on the above claim until 1850, when the brothers sold out and purchased another farm adjoining. In 1849 he was married to Miss China, the daughter of William and Mary (Bentley) Richardson, natives of West Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson emigrated in an early day to Kentucky, where they resided in Madison County until 1843, the date of their advent into this state. Being impressed with the farm lands of Platte County they made their permanent home in that section, the father dying in 1858 and the mother in 1872. Of their family of eight children, four are now living. 

 Mrs. Drais was born March 12, 1828, in Madison County, Ky.; she was married to our subject January 19, 1849. They made their home for fifty years, to a day, on one farm. In 1888, however, Mr. and Mrs. Drais took up their abode on their present farm, which, prior to dividing it among his children, amounted to fourteen hundred acres.

 Our subject and his wife have been blest by the birth of nine children, viz.: Mary E., Eliza A., William T., Hattie A., John F. and Rose (twins), Anna Lee, Alonzo and James Harvey, the last-named dying in infancy. The entire household are members of the Christian Church and are numbered among the most honored residents of Buchanan County. 

 Mr. Drais has always been actively interested in education, which fact led him to be placed on the School Board, where he has done very efficient work. He has also served his fellow townsmen in the capacity of Road Overseer, and In whatever position he has fulfilled every duty imposed upon him in a faithful and praiseworthy manner. Mr. Drais settled in Platte County prior to its organization and is one of the few settlers who are still living.

 (Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Buchanan and Clinton Counties, Missouri. Publ. 1893. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater) 
 
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 Spouse:
  China Richardson Drais (1828 - 1908)*
 
 Children:
  James H Drais (1851 - 1852)*
  William T Drais (1856 - 1941)*
  Harriet Agnes Drais (1858 - 1937)*
  John Franklin Drais (1861 - 1920)*
  Anna Lee Drais Taylor (1862 - 1951)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Mora Cemetery
Saint Joseph
Buchanan County
Missouri, USA
 
Created by: bbcarmi
Record added: Sep 04, 2008
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James M. Drais
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