Madison James “M. J.” Drais, Sr

Madison James “M. J.” Drais, Sr

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 26 Oct 1895 (aged 81)
San Joaquin County, California, USA
Burial Farmington, San Joaquin County, California, USA
Memorial ID 138120598 · View Source
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Madison James Drais was born on 17 Aug 1814 in Virginia.

Madison is in the 1840 federal census as Madison Drace. He and his abbreviated family were living in Platte County, Missouri. He was listed as being 20 to 29 years of age. His age would have been 25 years, perhaps 26, based on his birth date of 17 Aug 1814. He was employed in agriculture. His wife was 20 to 29 years old and there was a female under the age of 5 years. The child may have been the person named Mary in the 1850 federal census. If not, the female died before the 1850 federal census.

Madison is in the 1850 federal census as Madison J. Davis. Of course, it should be Madison J. Drais. He and his family were living in the Green Township of Platte County, Missouri. Madison was 34 years old and a farmer who was born in Virginia. He owned land worth $3,200. His wife Lucinda was 22 years old and a native of Kentucky. From the ages of the 5 children in the home, it is obvious that Lucinda was Madison's second wife. In addition, Madison's first wife would be aged 30 years or more by this census. I would hazard a guess that the first 3 children were born to Madison's first wife and the last 2 were born to Lucinda. All five children were born in Missouri. They are Mary (10), Edward (8), Sena (male, 6), Sidney (2), and Thomas (6 months). In the next census, Sena is set forth as Asena and Asena is a female. I suspect Sena was also a female and her entry as a male is a mistake.

Madison is in the 1860 federal census as Madison J. Drais. He and his family were living in the Castoria Township in San Joaquin County, CA. The nearest post office was in Marietta. Madison was 44 years old, a farmer, and a native of Virginia. His wife Lucinda J. was 34 years old and a native of Kentucky. There were five children in the home. All were born in Missouri except the last, who was born in California. The children were Edward (18), Asena (female, 15), Alexander (12), Thomas J. (10), and George W. (3).

Madison was also included in a special agriculture census in 1860. He owned 1,925 acres of land, 1,125 of which was improved. His land holdings were valued at $10,000, which was considerably more than almost all of his neighbors. He owned 25 horses, 5 milk cows, 6 working oxen, 350 other cattle, and 30 swine. His livestock was valued at $7,000. This was a far greater amount than any of his neighbors. His land produced 2,227 bushels of wheat. Only one neighbor produced more wheat. In short, Madison was a very successful farmer.

Madison James Drais registered to vote in 1866. He was then 50 years, according to the Great Register, San Joaquin County. He was a native of Virginia, a farmer, and a resident of the Douglass Township. He registered on 16 Jul 1866.

There is an entry in the 1870 federal census that has to be Madison James Drais, but it is haphazardly entered, at best. The household was located in the Douglass Township of San Joaquin County, CA, which is the right area for the Drais family. The head of the household is listed as M. J. Drais, which is a good start. He is a farmer. However, his age is listed as 50 years and his state of birth as Kentucky. Both are incorrect. His age should be 54 years and his state of birth should be Virginia. His wife is listed as Jane and her age was set a 40 years. Jane may be Lucinda's middle name, but her age should have been set at 44 years of age. At least her state of birth of Kentucky is correct. One of their sons, Thomas, is in the home. His age of 22 years is just two years off. The enumerator started to put his place of birth as Scotland and then wrote something over it that is indecipherable. At least the four year old in the home has his entry somewhat correct. He is listed as a native of California and his name is put down as Mathison, which is as close to Madison as the enumerator could get. One has to come away with the idea that the enumerator did a sloppy job or was inebriated at the time the entries were made. (It is known from her grave marker that Lucinda J. Drais was born on 6 Aug 1825 and she died on 25 Jul 1888. She is buried in the Stockton Rural Cemetery.)

In 1878 Madison registered to vote in San Joaquin County, CA, under the name of James Madison Drais. He registered on 7 May 1878. He listed his age as 64 years, his state of birth as Virginia, and his home in Farmington.

Madison is in the 1880 federal census as M. J. Drais. He was then 66 years old, a farmer, and a native of Virginia. His wife was Lucinda Drais. She was 55 years old and a native of Kentucky. There was one child in the home. He was M. J. Drais and he was 14 years old and a native of California. Thomas and George Drais, sons of Madison and Lucinda, lived nearby.

Madison James Drais registered to vote in 1892. He was then 78 years old. He was described in the Great Register Of San Joaquin County For 1892 as having a fair complexion, blue eyes, and gray hair and being 5'8 1/2" in height. He had no visible marks or scars. He was a native of Virginia, a farmer, and a resident of Farmington. He registered on 20 Sep 1892.

Madison James Drais died on 26 Oct 1895.

His daughter Mary Agnes Drais was born in 1839 in Missouri and died in 1902. Her mother was the former Ann Rebecca McConell.

His son Edward M. Drais was born in Feb 1842 and he died on 6 Apr 1918. His mother was the former Ann Rebecca McConell. He is buried in the Farmington Memorial Cemetery.

His daughter Asena cannot be found. She was born to the former Ann Rebecca McConell. According to a family researcher, she married John Dowling on 2 Mar 1862 in San Joaquin County, CA.

His son Alexander Sidney Drais was born on 20 Mar 1848 and he died on 7 Mar 1918. He was born to the former Lucinda Jane Swaney, as were the remainder of the children. He is buried in the Stockton Rural Cemetery.

His son Thomas Jefferson Drais was born in Mar 1850 (per the 1900 federal census) and he died on 17 Oct 1928. He is buried in the Stockton Woodland Mausoleum.

His son George W. Drais died on 12 Jan 1883 at the age of 26 years, 2 months, and 15 days. He is buried in the Stockton Rural Cemetery. The age of his death would result in a birthdate of 28 Oct 1856.

His son Madison James Drais, Jr., was born in or about 1866. It is not known what happen to him. He is registered as a voter for the 1894 San Joaquin County, CA, elections. He was then 28 years old. He was described as being 5'11" in height, with a medium complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. He had a scar on his left chin. He was a native of California and he was a farmer. He lived in Stockton. He is in the 1900 federal census in Butte County, CA. His birth month and year are listed as Sep 1866. He is not in the 1910 federal census. He probably died prior to 1905 and, therefore, he would not be in the California Death Index on Ancestry.com. A family researcher indicates that he died on 12 Dec 1901 in Auburn, Placer County, CA, of a gunshot wound. He was born in Sep 1866 in California.


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  • Added: 31 Oct 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 138120598
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Madison James “M. J.” Drais, Sr (17 Aug 1814–26 Oct 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 138120598, citing Highland View Memorial Gardens, Farmington, San Joaquin County, California, USA ; Maintained by lawman (contributor 48229578) .