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Captain Stephen T. Drane Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Shelby County

Captain Stephen T. Drane, a prominent farmer and citizen of Shelby County, Kentucky, was born in that county January 25, 1808.  He is a son of Stephen and Priscilla Sprague Crabb Drane, who were born in Prince George County, Maryland.  His father was born in 1768 and died in September 1844.  He settled on the farm where our subject now resides in 1801.  He was prominent in the military circles of his day, being a militia captain.  Mr. Drane never attended college, but received a practical education.  During the war he was a decided Union man.  He married, on May 1, 1828, Miss Birthia Ford, a native of Shelby County, and a daughter of Spence Ford (deceased) and Susan (Bright) Ford.  They were natives of South Carolina and came to Shelby County, Kentucky, about 1796, settling on the headwaters of Fox Run Creek, and in early times operated a horse-power mill which ground both wheat and corn, and ‘hand-bolted’ and supplied the people.  Mr. Drane has six children living:  Edward, Albert G., Merritt, Leonard, Mary, William P.; Stephen and Richard are deceased.  Captain Drane represented the county in the Lower House of the Legislature in 1856 and 1857.  Previous to this he served in the capacity of justice of the peace of the county.  His farm near Eminence contains 419 acres.

Mr. Drane’s parents are buried in Eminence Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky:

img_1937Stephen Drane, born September 18, 1768, died December 4, 1844.

img_1939Priscilla Sprague Drane, born January 11, 1765, died November 14, 1831.


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