The Descendants

Of

Almond Henry Drake

 

WORKING DRAFT

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John Drake I of Windsor, Connecticut

John Drake II - Gen 2

Enoch Drake - Gen 3

Nathanial Drake - Gen 4

Josiah Drake I - Gen 5

Josiah Drake II - Gen 6

Josiah Drake III - Gen 7

Ziba Drake - Gen 8

Almond Drake - Gen 9

George Edgar Drake I - Gen 10

Almond Henry Drake - Gen 11

Roxanna Cool - Gen 11

 

Agnes Noresta (Drake) Smalley (1931 - )

 

Drake Generation 12 in America

Descendant # 6

 

Smalley, Philip Clark and Agnes wedding 4

 

1.  Agnes’ parents: Almond Henry and Roxanna (Cool) Drake

 

2.  Agnes’ birth: 1931 at the Black River Hospital, Black River, Rutland Township, Jefferson County, New York, facilitated by the family physician, Dr. Sylvester of Black River.  Of interest, each of her siblings (5 older and 1 younger) was born at home.  Agnes speculated that her relatively unique arrival may have been because no one was available locally to serve as midwife, as had been the case with the others.

 

3.  Agnes’s marriage:

 

a.  To whom:  Philip Clark Smalley

              Phil

 

(1)  Phil’s birth name: Ronald Weeger

 

Apparently always knew he had been adopted, but never knew his biologic parents.  Acquired his adoption papers, which listed his birth name, in 1962 from his mother (who was extremely reluctant to share them with him), so he could answer questions posed by Kodak during the hiring process.

 

(2)  Phil’s adoptive parents: Orton and Irma (Luellemann) Smalley of 172 Rock Island Street, Gouverneur, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(3)  Phil’s birth: 9 April 1928 at Massena, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Adopted there at about 9 months of age.  Of Scottish-Canadian ancestry.

 

Phil’s death: 2 October 1994 at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, Monroe County, New York from complications of the heart by-pass surgery he had received about two weeks earlier.  That surgery precipitated blood clots in his legs about two days after coming home from his 5-day hospital stay (see Para. (9)(b), below).  Strokes followed almost immediately thereafter, and his health quickly deteriorated.  He was in the intensive care unit for about one week before he died.  A funeral service was held at the Burger Funeral Home in Rochester, Monroe County, New York, with Reverend John Pascoe presiding; interment 5 October 1994; interred Parma Union Cemetery, Hilton, Monroe County, New York.

 

(4)  Phil’s formal education:

 

From

To

School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree

1933

1940

Gouverneur Elementary School, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York.

1940

1947

Gouverneur High School, Gouverneur, New York.  Left high school just before graduation because he really wanted to serve in the military.

1947

1949

Completed high school curriculum by taking classes and studying with the help of a tutor while stationed in Alaska with the US Army.  His mother went to Gouverneur High School on his behalf to receive his graduation diploma.

1949

1951

New York State Agricultural & Technical Institute, Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York; associate in applied science degree majoring in agriculture.

1953

1956

St. Lawrence State Hospital School of Nursing, Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Married Agnes near the end of his senior year.  Moved to Tupper Lake in September after completing a few nursing course requirements that remained following the formal graduation.

 

(5)  Phil’s military service:

 

From

To

Where, Job

1947

1949

US Army; medical technician.  Stationed two years at Anchorage, Alaska, where he completed his high school education.

 

(6)  Phil’s employment history:

 

From

To

Employer, Location, Job Title

1951

1953

GLF Corporation; truck driver delivering grain to farmers in the hilly finger lakes region around Bath, Steuben County, New York.  Had to give up this job because he suffered from allergies to grain dust.

1956

1960

Veterans Hospital, Tupper Lake, Franklin County, New York; medical/surgical nursing duties.  Left because the Tupper Lake hospital was slated to close.

1960

1962

Veterans Hospital, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York; medical/surgical nursing duties.  Looking for better pay and work conditions in 1962, Phil wrote a letter to the Kodak corporation that solicited employment, and Kodak was very interested.  Phil subsequently wrote Kodak to explain that, on further reflection, he could not afford (financially) to move at that time.  Kodak would not be deterred and paid for the move that fall.

1962

1985 or

1986

Kodak Corporation, Rochester, Monroe County, New York; provided medical care in an industrial environment.

1985

1994

Retired.

 

(7)  Phil’s residences before marriage:

 

From

To

Addresses

1931

1932

Orphanage, Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York (about 9 months).

1932

1947

Resided with his adoptive parents at 172 Rock Island Street, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York.

1947

1949

Anchorage, Alaska while on active duty in the US Army (probably a barracks at Fort Richardson).

1949

1951

Student housing, Canton, Jefferson County, New York.

1951

1953

Bath, Steuben County, New York area.

1953

1956

Student housing while a nursing student at St. Lawrence State Hospital, Ogdensburg, New York.

 

(8)  Phil’s organizational affiliations:

 

From

To

Organization, offices held

 

 

 

 

(9)  Other biographical notes on Phil:

 

(a) Phil’s middle name was in honor of his adoptive uncle, Dr. Fred Clark, a physician in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York, who brought Phil, as an infant, to the attention of his adoptive parents.

 

(b) On the 2nd day home after by-pass surgery Phil, while wearing routine support hose, suddenly experienced severe leg pain and was “frantic” about having the support hose removed.  His legs were darker than normal, indicating circulation problems.  Agnes rushed him to the hospital, but by the time they arrived he was already experiencing stroke symptoms.  It appears Phil had had an allergic reaction to the blood thinner (heparin) he was using, and it appears that it actually resulted in thickening his blood, precipitating blood clots.

 

b.  When & where married: 1956 (engagement announced 1 Jan 1956) at the First United Methodist Church, Adams, Jefferson County, New York.  Of interest, Agnes’s nieces, Cynthia and Katherine Drake, served as flower girls.  Peter Smalley was best man; Anna Arvilla (Drake) Burdick was Maid of Honor.

 

d.  Children:

 

(1)  Annette Marie Smalley: Born 1957.

 

(2)  David Philip Smalley: Born 1958.

 

(3)  Barbara Ann Smalley: Born 1960.

 

(4)  Steven Scott Smalley: Born 1961.

 

(5)  Robert Bruce Smalley: Born 1964.

 

 

 

4. Last known state of residence for Agnes: New York

 

 

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