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 Ruby Lee <I>Markham</I> Drakeford

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Ruby Lee Markham Drakeford

Birth
Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
Death
29 Dec 2004 (aged 112)
North Carolina, USA
Burial
Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID
19296859 View Source

Daughter of James William Markham and Anna Rebecca Leigh Markham.

Sister of:
[Ruby Lee Markham Drakeford]
James William Markham
Allan Byron Markham
Rebecca Markham Durham
Edwin Carlyle Markham
Katherine Markham Johnson(28 Jun 1908-24 Dec 2002)

Married to William White Drakeford on May 20, 1933 in Johnston County, North Carolina.
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Considered North Carolina's oldest resident at the time of her death. Mrs. Drakeford was a retired schoolteacher and the 10th oldest person in the world. The oldest of six children of James William Markham and Ianna Rebecca Leigh Markham graduated from Trinity College, now Duke University, in 1912, the year the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. She was just shy of her 12th birthday when the Wright Brothers flew. According to the Gerontology Research Group at the University of California at Los Angeles, she was the fourth-oldest documented American and 10th-oldest documented person in the world. The group said Mrs. Drakeford's age was listed as 8 in the 1900 U.S. Census. She taught in Mount Olive near Goldsboro and at an elementary school in Durham until her retirement in 1957. She was a fan of desserts, Western novels and The New York Times crossword puzzle.

Above everything else she was truly a lady in every respect. Her husband, William White Drakeford, died in November 1956. Mrs. Drakeford had no children. At 106 she was still able to write letters to her sister, Katharine Markham Johnson of Fuquay-Varina. Mrs. Johnson died in 2002 at the age of 94.

Mrs. Drakeford enjoyed watching the TV game show Jeopardy! at a care home she lived at since 1991. She taught in Mount Olive near Goldsboro for one year before returning to her hometown to teach at Edgemont Elementary School until her retirement in 1957. When Drakeford retired, she spent most of her time at home reading books, playing cards, solving puzzles and watching television. She enjoyed company, but she never minded being by herself. She always had her readings and puzzles to entertain herself. She was taken to Hillcrest Convalescent Center in 1991 after she was injured in a fall in the back yard of her Durham home. Her doctor said Drakeford died of advanced age and was developing pneumonia. Another likely contributing factor to Drakeford's longevity was that she did not have children.
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1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Ruby L Markham
Age: 8
Birth Date: Jan 1892
Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
Home in 1900: Durham, Durham, North Carolina
Street: Morris
House Number: 205
Sheet Number: 13
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 179
Family Number: 217
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Jas W Markham
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
Mother's Name: Anna Markham
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
Household Members Age Relationship
Jas W Markham 18 Head
Anna Markham 33 Wife
Ruby L Markham 8 Daughter
Allen B Markham 4 Son
Rebecca Markham 1 Daughter
Rosa Leigh 30 Sister in Law (Sister-in-law)
Ida Leigh 25 Sister in Law (Sister-in-law)

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Ruby Markham
Age in 1910: 18
Birth Date: 1892
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1910: Durham, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Street: Morris St
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: J A Markham
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Name: Anna Markham
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Native Tongue: English
Attended School: Yes
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members Age Relationship
J A Markham 58 Head
Anna Markham 43 Wife
Ruby Markham 18 Daughter
Allan Markham 14 Son
Rebecca Markham 10 Daughter
Edwin Markham 7 Son
Katherine Markham 1 Daughter
Rosa Lee 41 Sister-in-law
Ida Lee 35 Sister-in-law

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Ruby Markham
Age: 27
Birth Year: abt 1893
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1920: Durham Ward 1, Durham, North Carolina
Street: Morris St
Residence Date: 1920
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: James W Markham
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Name: Anna Markham
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Teacher
Industry: Public School

Employment Field: Wage or Salary
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members Age Relationship
James W Markham 67 Head
Anna Markham 52 Wife
Ruby Markham 27 Daughter
Allen Markham 23 Son
Rebecca Markham 20 Daughter
Edwin Markham 17 Son
Katherine Markham 11 Daughter
Lee Leigh 45 Aunt
Nellie Smith Roomer

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Ruby L Markham
Birth Year: abt 1892
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age in 1930: 38
Birthplace: North Carolina
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Home in 1930: Durham, Durham, North Carolina,
Street Address: Cleveland Street
Ward of City: Part of Two
House Number: 507
Dwelling Number: 24
Family Number: 30
Attended School: No
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: School teacher
Industry: Public school

Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker
Employment: Yes
Household Members Age Relationship
Anna L Markham 63 Head
Ruby L Markham 38 Daughter
Allen B Markham 34 Son
Rebecca Markham 30 Daughter
Katherine Markham 21 Daughter

North Carolina, U.S., Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: Ruby Leigh Markham
Gender: Female
Age: 41
Birth Year: abt 1892
Marriage Date: 20 May 1933
Marriage Place: Johnston, North Carolina
Father: James W Markham
Mother: Anna Leigh Markham
Spouse: Wm W Draksford
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Age: 35
Spouse Father: Joseph S Draksford
Spouse Mother: Margaret E Draksford
Event Type: Marriage

1940 United States Federal Census
Name: Ruby Drakeford
Respondent: Yes
Age: 48
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1892
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: North Carolina
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Home in 1940: Durham, Durham, North Carolina
Street: Cleveland Street
Inferred Residence in 1935: Durham, Durham, North Carolina
Residence in 1935: Durham
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 20A
Occupation: School Teacher
Highest Grade Completed: College, 4th year

Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income: 1300
Income Other Sources: No
Household Members Age Relationship
William W Drakeford 44 Head
Ruby Drakeford 48 Wife

Daughter of James William Markham and Anna Rebecca Leigh Markham.

Sister of:
[Ruby Lee Markham Drakeford]
James William Markham
Allan Byron Markham
Rebecca Markham Durham
Edwin Carlyle Markham
Katherine Markham Johnson(28 Jun 1908-24 Dec 2002)

Married to William White Drakeford on May 20, 1933 in Johnston County, North Carolina.
**********************************
Considered North Carolina's oldest resident at the time of her death. Mrs. Drakeford was a retired schoolteacher and the 10th oldest person in the world. The oldest of six children of James William Markham and Ianna Rebecca Leigh Markham graduated from Trinity College, now Duke University, in 1912, the year the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. She was just shy of her 12th birthday when the Wright Brothers flew. According to the Gerontology Research Group at the University of California at Los Angeles, she was the fourth-oldest documented American and 10th-oldest documented person in the world. The group said Mrs. Drakeford's age was listed as 8 in the 1900 U.S. Census. She taught in Mount Olive near Goldsboro and at an elementary school in Durham until her retirement in 1957. She was a fan of desserts, Western novels and The New York Times crossword puzzle.

Above everything else she was truly a lady in every respect. Her husband, William White Drakeford, died in November 1956. Mrs. Drakeford had no children. At 106 she was still able to write letters to her sister, Katharine Markham Johnson of Fuquay-Varina. Mrs. Johnson died in 2002 at the age of 94.

Mrs. Drakeford enjoyed watching the TV game show Jeopardy! at a care home she lived at since 1991. She taught in Mount Olive near Goldsboro for one year before returning to her hometown to teach at Edgemont Elementary School until her retirement in 1957. When Drakeford retired, she spent most of her time at home reading books, playing cards, solving puzzles and watching television. She enjoyed company, but she never minded being by herself. She always had her readings and puzzles to entertain herself. She was taken to Hillcrest Convalescent Center in 1991 after she was injured in a fall in the back yard of her Durham home. Her doctor said Drakeford died of advanced age and was developing pneumonia. Another likely contributing factor to Drakeford's longevity was that she did not have children.
**********************************
1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Ruby L Markham
Age: 8
Birth Date: Jan 1892
Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
Home in 1900: Durham, Durham, North Carolina
Street: Morris
House Number: 205
Sheet Number: 13
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 179
Family Number: 217
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Jas W Markham
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
Mother's Name: Anna Markham
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
Household Members Age Relationship
Jas W Markham 18 Head
Anna Markham 33 Wife
Ruby L Markham 8 Daughter
Allen B Markham 4 Son
Rebecca Markham 1 Daughter
Rosa Leigh 30 Sister in Law (Sister-in-law)
Ida Leigh 25 Sister in Law (Sister-in-law)

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Ruby Markham
Age in 1910: 18
Birth Date: 1892
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1910: Durham, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Street: Morris St
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: J A Markham
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Name: Anna Markham
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Native Tongue: English
Attended School: Yes
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members Age Relationship
J A Markham 58 Head
Anna Markham 43 Wife
Ruby Markham 18 Daughter
Allan Markham 14 Son
Rebecca Markham 10 Daughter
Edwin Markham 7 Son
Katherine Markham 1 Daughter
Rosa Lee 41 Sister-in-law
Ida Lee 35 Sister-in-law

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Ruby Markham
Age: 27
Birth Year: abt 1893
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1920: Durham Ward 1, Durham, North Carolina
Street: Morris St
Residence Date: 1920
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: James W Markham
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Name: Anna Markham
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Teacher
Industry: Public School

Employment Field: Wage or Salary
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members Age Relationship
James W Markham 67 Head
Anna Markham 52 Wife
Ruby Markham 27 Daughter
Allen Markham 23 Son
Rebecca Markham 20 Daughter
Edwin Markham 17 Son
Katherine Markham 11 Daughter
Lee Leigh 45 Aunt
Nellie Smith Roomer

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Ruby L Markham
Birth Year: abt 1892
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age in 1930: 38
Birthplace: North Carolina
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Home in 1930: Durham, Durham, North Carolina,
Street Address: Cleveland Street
Ward of City: Part of Two
House Number: 507
Dwelling Number: 24
Family Number: 30
Attended School: No
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: School teacher
Industry: Public school

Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker
Employment: Yes
Household Members Age Relationship
Anna L Markham 63 Head
Ruby L Markham 38 Daughter
Allen B Markham 34 Son
Rebecca Markham 30 Daughter
Katherine Markham 21 Daughter

North Carolina, U.S., Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: Ruby Leigh Markham
Gender: Female
Age: 41
Birth Year: abt 1892
Marriage Date: 20 May 1933
Marriage Place: Johnston, North Carolina
Father: James W Markham
Mother: Anna Leigh Markham
Spouse: Wm W Draksford
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Age: 35
Spouse Father: Joseph S Draksford
Spouse Mother: Margaret E Draksford
Event Type: Marriage

1940 United States Federal Census
Name: Ruby Drakeford
Respondent: Yes
Age: 48
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1892
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: North Carolina
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Home in 1940: Durham, Durham, North Carolina
Street: Cleveland Street
Inferred Residence in 1935: Durham, Durham, North Carolina
Residence in 1935: Durham
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 20A
Occupation: School Teacher
Highest Grade Completed: College, 4th year

Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income: 1300
Income Other Sources: No
Household Members Age Relationship
William W Drakeford 44 Head
Ruby Drakeford 48 Wife


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