|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1852|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 1932|
After Ella's parents died in 1889, she and her husband William F. Drake inherited a good part of the Johnson property and lived there or in the neighborhood until sometime between 1910 and 1920 they moved to St. Louis.
The 1898 Atlas of Franklin County shows that they owned the land on which the Drake-Johnson cemetery is located and the land through which Drakes Lane(named for them) runs. They renovated or rebuilt the Johnson house in 1900.
About 1917, they either donated land for the construction of two elementary schools, one for white children and one for black, or allowed the schools to be built on their land. Both schools were named for them.
William died in July 1919, and by 1924 Ella had sold the house and property to E. J. Schuster, who set about again enlarging and renovating the house and outbuildings until it was locally referred to as "the Schuster mansion."
William and Ella had two adopted children listed with them on the 1900 census, but neither one was living with them in 1910:
Jennie Givins, b. Jan 1883, MO, adopted
Nellie M. Givins, b. Jan 1893, MO, adopted
Ella died in 1932 at the hospital in Washington, Franklin Co., MO, age 79, but it's not clear where she was living at that time. She had lived in St. Louis in 1920.
James M. Johnson (1815 - 1889)
Martha W. Falwell Johnson (1821 - 1889)
William F. Drake (1849 - 1919)*
Inside the cement wall is a large gray granite tombstone inscribed on both sides (with room for graves on both sides). On the south side are inscriptions for Mary Ella's parents James and Martha Johnson. On the north side:
[Masonic symbol of compass & right angle]
W. F. Drake
Dec. 10, 1849 – July 8, 1919
Mary E. Drake
Nov. 11, 1852 – Mar. 28, 1932
In addition, on the Drake side lying side-by-side nearby facing east and presumably marking the actual graves are two low, almost flat, gray granite markers inscribed simply "W. F. Drake" and "M. E. Drake." These look like the original tombstones before the larger one was placed.
Created by: Bev Golden
Record added: May 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70510447
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