|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1822|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 1917|
Son of William Draper and Frances Peach. Came to America in 1851. He married Elizabeth Williams Wilder, a young widow with three children, in 1854. They lived happily together for 52 years, until the death of Elizabeth in 1906. Together they had two girls Frances Peach Draper Wells and Ellen Grace Draper Weeks. They both predeceased him. He died in the home of his Stepdaughter, Susan Elizabeth Wilder Jewell in Tabor, Iowa. The 1870 Federal census information indicates that he was a Tailor by trade.
April 17, 1917
Richard Draper was born in Branstone, Lincolnshire, England, Feb. 12, 1822. He was the third of a family of nine children. George Draper, a brother, eight years younger, of Kipton, Eng., being the only survivor. His father, William Draper, died when he was eleven years of age and his mother, Francis Peach-Draper, when he was fifteen. Soon after his father's death, he was apprenticed to a tailor in Boddesford for six years, or until 12 o'clock of his eighteenth birthday. Later he spent eighteen months in London perfecting himself in cutting and other details of his business. He continued in his trade in this country until 1900. He came to America in 1852 and in December went to DeRuyter, N.Y. In 1854 he married Mrs. Elizabeth Wilder, a widow with three children, to whom he made a kind and indulgent father. He had two children, Mrs. Nellie Weeks and Mrs. Francis Wells, who have both passed on before. In 1900 he and his wife went to Plainfield, N.J. and lived with his daughter, Mrs. Weeks, and two sons-in-law, his youngest daughter having died in March, 1893. On Sept. 28, 1906 his wife died and two years later, July 18, 1908, his daughter, Mrs. Weeks. In October, 1909, he came to Tabor, Iowa and has since lived with his step daughter, Mrs. G. C. Jewell, the eldest and the last of the five children.
After a short illness he passed away at 8:30 a.m. April 17, 1917. Twice he went back to England, in 1858 and in 1897, when the last five of his father's family took supper in the house in which he was born. He was always cheerful, and active until almost the last, being confined to his bed but five days. He was always helpful and much worried if he thought he was making any extra work or trouble.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 at the Jewell home. Rev. David Lewis Yale, pastor of the Congregational church, had charge of the services. As Mr. Draper was confirmed in England, by request the Protestant Episcopal burial service was used. Rev. Yale took as a text Gen. 15:15, "Thou shalt go to thy Fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age." Mrs. Kline, Miss Anna Reed, Mr. C. L. Hall and Mr. E. K. Gannett with Miss Ethel Todd as accompanist, sang three songs, "Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand", "Abide with Me", and "Lead Kindly Light". The Women's club, of which Mrs. Jewell is a member, were present at the services in a body. The pall bearers were Messrs. Dietz, Rice, Wyant, Howard, Feese, and Crocker. The body was taken to DeRuyter, New York, for burial. Miss Francis Jewell went east with the body.
Elizabeth Ann Williams Wilder Draper (1823 - 1906)*
Ellen Grace Draper Weeks (1855 - 1908)*
Frances Peach Draper Wells (1861 - 1893)*
New York, USA
Plot: N. Fountain V
Created by: Culletto180
Record added: Jan 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32646244
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