Rev. John Henry Drake

Photo from
 Preacher and Landholder

Born:March 23, 1827, Madison County, AL
Died:March 31, 1888, Madison County, AL
Buried:Drake Cemetery on Garth Rd., Southeast of Huntsville, Madison Co., AL
Son of:Elijah Drake - Son of
Father of:William Ewing Drake, Sr.


•  Rev. John graduated from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee. He joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church soon after he became a Christian at a young age. He was licensed to preach the gospel by Jackson Presbytery at Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the fall of 1846 and was ordained a few years later. He traveled as a Cumberland Presbyterian Circuit Rider Minister. - Roots Web

•  He supported himself by farming. He was a large land holder in Big Cove, and "accumulated a good estate." He built the Drake Private School in Big Cove in 1840's. He owned a cotton gin in 1883, it was operated by horses and ginned two bales of cotton per day. The gin was located just north of Drake Cemetery on King Drake road. He died of pneumonia after riding home a twenty miles in a cold rain (after preaching/ministering). - Roots Web

•  Married:
1.) Nancy Jane Wortham (July 5, 1830 - June 8, 1855) on January 6, 1853. She was from Maysville, Al. She and John had 2 children. :
2.) Mary Ann Anderson (Dec. 14, 1843 - August 17, 1921) on September 18, 1866, in the Warrenton Community near Guntersville, Alabama, Marshall County. Her parents were William and N.P. Anderson. Mary Ann incurred serious injuries by a tornado in April 20, 1920, and never fully recovered. She and John had 8 children. -, Trees

•  Children:
Milton Bird (Aug. 9, 1867 - June 18, 1868)
William Ewing (Dec. 16, 1868 - March 1, 1941)
James King (Sept. 6, 1870 - Dec. 22, 1957)
Frazier McAdow (Aug. 21, 1872 - Oct. 19, 1937)
Nancy Elizabeth (Feb. 21, 1874 - Jan. 28, 1875)
Elena Grace Ann (Oct. 6, 1876 - Dec. 6, 1956)
Zachariah (August 3, 1878 - Dec. 29, 1941)
Samual Tate Estelle (Feb. 27, 1885 - May 4, 1953) -, Trees

•  "Rev. Drake experienced the Civil War. The many stories he told to his children about the war were passed down." - Heritage

•  "Rev. John Henry's home was located about 500 feet northeast of the Drake Cemetery on King Drake Road." (King Drake was a son of Rev. John Drake.) The two-story home was destroyed by a tornado on April 20, 1920. - Heritage

Related Links:

•, Trees - Page owned by Randy Lovvorn and requires membership to view. (Page includes photo) (Originally found at

•  Heritage - The Heritage of Madison County, AL by Madison County Heritage Book Committee, submitted by Mary Eleanor Taylor Compton, printed in 1998, pp. 168.

•  Roots Web - Biographical and Genealogical Information in a family chat page by Dodd Drake

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  Elijah Drake
•  William Ewing Drake, Sr.