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Capt William Francis Drannan
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Birth: Jan. 30, 1832, At Sea
Death: Apr. 23, 1913
Mineral Wells
Palo Pinto County
Texas, USA

Western Frontiersman, Indian Scout, Author

William F. Drannan was born on the Ocean during his parent's voyage from France to America. They settled in Tennessee. At age 4 he was orphaned by a cholera epidemic. He was then raised by a man named Drake. At age 15 he set out on his own and into an adventurous life. He was taken under the wing of kit Carson and became an Indian scout among many other things. He wrote two books about his life: THIRTY-ONE YEARS ON THE PLAINS AND IN THE MOUNTAINS; or, LAST VOICE FROM THE PLAINS. An Authentic Record of a Life Time of Hunting, Trapping, Scouting and Indian Fighting in the Far West. Also the sequel to this book: CAPT. WILLIAM F DRANNAN, CHIEF OF SCOUTS.

Married Sarah Margaret Davis Brotherton April 4, 1874

Married Mary E. Street Hayes 24 May 1893 Bozeman, Gallatin, Montana she was the daughter of J.H.D. Street and Emily Burnett. The marriage license list his parents as John Drannan and Rebecca Brown.

Married Harriet Lovilla Cooper 16 Dec 1899 - Chicago, Cook, Illinois. This marriage was annulled about April 1900. She stated he had deceived her by saying he had a ranch in Utah. She later found he was destitute.

Wife at the time of death was Belle H. Drannan. Unknown where she relocated to or died at.

Also believe he was possibly married to an Annie (unknown).

Info provided by Find A Grave contributor Paul Puebla

September 19, 1880 Census of Carlton, Oregon Drannan, age 47, farm laborer, born in Tennessee, father and mother born in France, married to Annie Drannan age 42 father born in Tennessee mother in Virginia. 8 year old Nellie Harrison Annie’s daughter lives with them.
Perhaps her daughter's last name was Annie's last husbands name if she had one or maybe it is her madian name. I find no marriage record in Oregon, Nevada or California for William Drannan and an Annie.

Family links: 
  S. M. Drannan (1831 - 1882)
  Mary Eliza Street Hays (1850 - 1911)
Capt. US Scout ot the indian war of the Northwest and Texas Ranger
Elmwood Cemetery
Mineral Wells
Palo Pinto County
Texas, USA
Created by: May Ashby Royer
Record added: Feb 04, 2007
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Capt William Francis Drannan
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This is a link to Latah Legacy Vol. 42 No. 1. It contains a biography of William F. Drannan comparing him with "Wild Davie Coventry". I will allow you access to a *.pdf file which has the article on page 17. more)
 Added: Mar. 26, 2016
I have read many books of the mt men of that era and found this one to be the most exciting. From the book 31 yrs on the plains and mts I would say Wm Drannan was the most best of the best. However, upon further research it is dubious he in fact did all...(Read more)
- Jay Ball
 Added: Jul. 13, 2014
Readin Mr Drannon's book now,very interesting.Back in the days when men were made of iron..RIP sir..
- Mike
 Added: May. 7, 2013
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