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Drake-Baier-Fulton-Connor/ Austria,Ireland,Scotland,England

Updated September 5, 2000

Paul Joseph Drake
psdrake@yahoo.com

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Welcome! I'm heavily into research on the above families and more...Drake from N.J. to N.Y.in the 1800's, Connors from Ireland to N.Y. during the famine, Beyer/Baier from Austria around 1850, Fultons from Kilbarchin, Renfrew, Scotland in the late 1800's...plus Dec, Bratek, Dudek, Walawender, Babiarz, Stopyra, and more from Poland in the 1920's. Many more!

I have close to 1,000 individuals in the data base, and I have a lot of loose ends still open. Best story...I'm a nurse working in a local hospital. When working in a different unit of the hospital for a day, I noticed a patient's name that was the same as a "dead end" name from the late 1800's. I thought it was a great coincidence, and introduced myself, explaining that I had a relative from the area with the same name who married my Scottish aunt..he looked at me and asked, "Mary Fulton?". This just about floored me. I shared some information with him, and gave him a photo of his great-great uncle in his kilt. He was very pleased. Sadly, he slipped into a coma and died a few weeks later, but I was glad to get to meet him, and maybe make his day for one of his last ones.

Family Photos

  • The Drakes of the 1880's (or so) in Tyre, N.Y. (84 KB)
    The photo of this grim bunch of people was sent by a "long-lost" cousin, whom I'm very grateful to. These appear to be (sitting center) Sparling Drake, his wife, Mary Snook, daughter Amy standing, Theresa sitting, and sons Dr. Mathias & Alonzo Drake, I'm not sure which is which.
  • A great-uncle Fulton wearing his father's kilt. (150 KB)
    The family kilt has gone somewhere, I can't find any family member that seems to know where it is. Problem is, it's hard to figure out which tartan we had from a black and white photo. Any one with any ideas, please feel free to e-mail me.
  • The Beyer bar/boarding house/winegarten/duplex (33 KB)
    This home was once owned by Anton Vatter, who sold it to his step-daughter (my great-great great aunt). It stayed in the family until the mid 1900's or so. It was a bar, a German wine garten (with picnic tables along the banks of the lake outlet behind it), a bording house, and eventually, a duplex house with two of my relatives there. Wedding receptions were held in the back. Sadly, it's now a mess and the tenents/owners have a couch on the porch roof and trash in the yard. The wagon was for my great-grandfather's grocery deliveries. The family name was spelled Beyer by this time.
 
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