Charles Briant Drake


(1893 – 1973)



Last Change: 25 September 2018


Special Note: According to his oldest daughter, Ruth Helen (Drake)(Rowell) Dailey, "Briant" Drake was actually named Charles Briant Drake at birth in honor of his great uncle, Charles Briant, who lived nearby and did not die until 1913, when "Briant" was about 20 years old.  However, to avoid confusion with this favorite uncle, the younger Charles was forever known, formally and informally, as Briant C. Drake, and that’s how he signed his name.




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Charles Briant Drake

Drake Generation 11 in America


Gay #1253 *


1.  Briant’s parents: George Edgar and Mary Arvilla (Briant) Drake

Drake Generation #10 in America


2.  Briant’s birth: 24 September 1893 (12 ˝ lbs) on the family farm between LeRaysville and Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.


Briant’s death: 19/17 May 1973 (age 79) at home in Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York; interred beside his wives in the George Edgar Drake plot in the (new) Evans Mills, New York Cemetery.


3.  Briant’s formal education:




School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree



LeRaysville Elementary School, LeRaysville, Jefferson County, New York.



Evans Mills High School, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.


4a. Briant’s 1st marriage:


Drake, Charles Briant 1913 Elnora (Clintsman) Drake 1 #.jpg


a.  To whom: Elnora E. Clintsman (photos) (more info)

(also seen: Eleanora)


(1)  Elnora’s parents: Charles Henry and Emogene (Perkins) Clintsman


(2)  Elnora’s birth: 4 May 1893 in Rutland Township, Jefferson County, New York.


Elnora’s death: 22 September 1916, age 23, from complications of what was diagnosed as typhoid fever (just 5 weeks after the birth of her daughter, Ruth); interred in the George Edgar Drake plot in the (new) Evans Mills, New York Cemetery.  Elnora, reportedly, was near Briant, perhaps nursing Ruth and helping where she could, while Briant cleaned out the Drake family septic tank.  Soon afterwards Elnora presented symptoms of typhoid fever and did not recover.  For the remainder of her life, Elnora's mother felt Briant had been negligent in letting Elnora participate, no matter how little, in that project, linking the incident to the tragedy that followed.


Note: typhoid fever is most commonly contracted by ingesting water or food that is contaminated with the Salmonella typhi bacterium, which is often found in fecal matter.  That's the reason potable water wells must be sited "up stream" (relative to ground water flow) and be well-separated from septic systems


(3)  Elnora’s formal education:




School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree



LeRaysville Grammar School


(4)  Elnora’s addresses before marriage:







Great Bend & LeRaysville, Jefferson County, New York





(5) Other biographical notes on Elnora:


(a) Was a Sunday school teacher and possessed “rare musical ability.”  She routinely played the organ during activities in the LeRaysville United Methodist-Episcopal Church.


b.  Marriage #1 date & location: 30 December 1913 at the Charles Henry Clintsman residence, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.


c.  Child:


(1)  Ruth Helen Drake: Born 18 August 1916.  Died 10 September 2003.


4b.  Briant’s 2nd marriage:


Drake, Briant and Edna (Wolcott) - 50th wed


a.  To whom: Edna Matilda Wolcott (photos) (more info)


(1)  Edna’s parents: George Henry and Celestia Margaret (Gardner) Wolcott of Black River, Jefferson County, New York.


(2)  Edna’s birth: 22 October 1888 at Black River, Jefferson County, New York.


Edna’s death: Sunday, 8 June 1975 (age 86) at home on Main Street in Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York, after nearly 5 years of failing health; interred with Briant in the (new) Evans Mills Cemetery; funeral at Evans Mills United Methodist Church.


(3)  Edna’s formal education:




School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree



Black River High School, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York; State diploma.



Watertown Training School, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.


(4)  Edna’s employment history:




Employer, location, job title








(5)  Edna’s addresses before marriage to Ruth:







LeRay Township Tax Collector.



LeRay Township School Tax Collector.


(6)  Edna’s organizational affiliations:







First United Methodist Church, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.



Pisgah Order of Eastern Stars, Evans Mills, Jefferson County,  New York.



Kamargo Association of Black River, Jefferson County, New York.



Great Bend Grange, Great Bend, Jefferson County, New York.


b.  Marriage #2 date & location: 14 February 1918 at the George Wolcott home in Black River, Jefferson County, New York with Reverend J. C. Barber, Pastor of the Black River Baptist Church, officiating.


c.  Children:


(1. Wolcott Edgar Drake: Born 7 January 1920.


(2. Mary Celestia Drake: Born 20 June 1923.


Drake, Charles Briant children 2002 (Wolcott, Ruth Helen, Mary Celestia  (9) #.jpg


5.  Briant’s employment history:




Employer, location, job



Farming (dairy and poultry).



St Regis Paper Company, Deferiet, Jefferson County, New York; worked in stock room as a bookkeeper.  Despite his protest, St Regis retired him 6 months before he became eligible for retirement benefits claiming he could not adequately perform his duties.  He eventually got some level of retirement from St Regis, but it took quite a while.



LeRay Township Tax Collector, 2 terms.



LeRay Township School Tax Collector, 1 term.


6.  Briant’s addresses:







Resided with his parents on the family farm between Evans Mills and LeRaysville.



Main Street, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.


7.  Briant’s organizational affiliations:




Organization, offices held



First Methodist Church, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.



Great Bend (Jefferson Co., N.Y.) Grange; 60-year member.



Pisgah Lodge #720 of Free and Accepted Masons, Evans Mills, New York; initiated 2 Feb 1949; passed 16 Feb 1949; raised 2 Mar 1949.



Lodge of Odd Fellows, Evans Mills, New York.


8.  Other biographical notes on Briant:


Briant and Edna lived at and operated George E. Drake's farm until Briant was diagnosed with polio on 24 September 1923.  For a period of time Briant was totally incapacitated by the paralysis.  However, in time he was able to move around on crutches and bought a Holstein dairy farm on the Slocumville Road, not far from his father's farm.  Because of his condition, Briant hired a man to help run the farm for him.  Several years later Briant switched from dairy to chicken farming and sold eggs door-to-door in Watertown, New York.


In 1941, just prior to the U.S. involvement in World War II, Briant's farm (and that of his father and brother, Almond) were expropriated by the U.S. Government to expand Pine Camp, which subsequently became Camp Drum (and much later, Fort Drum).  In 1941 Briant and Edna purchased from Delos Biche a home on Main Street in the village of Evans Mills, New York.  In retirement from farming Briant was employed until 1957/58 at the St. Regis Paper Company, Deferiet, New York.  Both he and Edna served several terms as Tax Collector for the Town of LeRay (she as late as 1962) and as School Tax Collector.


Briant and Edna (Wolcott) Drake also helped raise several (perhaps 30) foster children.  All but one stayed with them for relatively short periods of time.  That one exception follows:


·           Aroberta Roberta Joyce Clyde: (photos) (more info)


Heater, Wesley Robert, Jr. 1954, 12 Sep & Aroberta Joyce (Clyde) wedding (with Briant & Edna Drake # (2).jpg


Born 20 July 1935.  Died 19 October 2003.  Roberta resided with Briant and Edna from the time she was a baby until she was age 18; thus, they were the only parents she ever knew.  Had a speech impediment.  Taught Sunday School and played the piano.  Jane Marie Dougall, granddaughter of Briant and Edna, referred to her as “Aunt Roberta” and remembered that Roberta would sing to her.


Roberta married Wesley Robert Heater, Jr. (photos) of Middletown, Orange County, New York (SW of Poughkeepsie) on 12 September 1954 at the Briant Drake residence, Evans Mills, New York and had the following children:


·          Briant Robert Heater: Born 7 December 1955.  Died 31 January 2011.

·          John William Heater: Born 1957.

·          Edna Ann Heater: Born 1958.

·          Kathleen "Kathy" Marie Heater: Born 1961.

·          Wesley Lewis Heater: Born 1965.

·          Kevin James Heater: Born 1966.


After Wesley’s death Roberta resided with a friend, Mr. Jesse Conklin for the remainder of her life.


9.  Census records:


1900 U.S. Census: Briant, age 5, was born in September 1884.  He was living with his parents outside LeRaysville, New York.


1910 U.S. Census: Briant, age 16, was single and living with his parents on LeRaysville Road outside Evans Mills, New York.


1920 U.S. Census: Briant, age 26, was head of a household on Slocumville Road in the Town of LeRay.  He was employed as a dairy farmer.  He rented the farm.  Other members of the household included his wife, Edna (age 31); daughter, Ruth (age 3 yrs, 3 months); and father, George E. Drake (age 63 and widowed).


1930 U.S. Census: Briant, age 36, was head of a farming household in LeRay Township.  He was married 1st at age 20.  Other members of his household included his wife, Edna M. (age 41, m. 1st age 29); daughter, Ruth H. (age 13); son, Wolcott E. (age 10); daughter, Mary C. (age 6); father, George E. (age 73, widowed, m. 1st age 30); and father-in-law, Charles H. Clintsman (age 78, widowed, m. 1st age 30).


1940 U.S. Census: Bryant Drake, age 46 (b. NYS) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household on the LeRaysville to Evans Mills Road, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Bryant had completed 8th grade.  The household also included his wife, Edna Drake, age 57 (b. NYS), who had completed 4 years of high school; daughter, Mary Drake, age 16 (b. NYS) and single, who had completed 4 years of high school; father, George Drake, age 85 (b. NYS) and a widower, who had completed 3rd grade; and the following boarders (foster children): Mary Ann Byer, age 15 (b. NYS) and single, who had completed 1 year of high school; Cecelia Lambert, age 13 (b. NYS), who had completed 2nd grade; Frederick Lambert, age 8 (b. NYS), who had completed 2nd grade; George Lambert, age 5; and Roberta Clyde, age 4.


*  Note: Reference is to numbers assigned to people by Alice M. Gay in The Descendants of John Drake of Windsor Connecticut, published in 1933.



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