Chadwick Family

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  • ID: I63208298
  • Name: Ellen DRAKE
  • Given Name: Ellen
  • Surname: Drake
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: April 21, 1868 in Kingston, Kent, England
  • Death: about 1900 in England
  • Immigration: before 1887
  • Note:
    Ellen Drake met and married James Chadwick in England about 1884 (when she was only 16 years old)-(Source: LDS "old individual records" from FamilySearch (TM)Intl. Genealogical Index v. 4.02 of the British Isles). She indicated in a later newspaper article that she had "worked out" before meeting James Chadwick and marrying him. They immigrated to America and settled in Canonsburg, PA. where they had five children: William, James, Margaret, Mary Ellen, and Katherine (Kate). Sometime around 1900 James returned to England to tend to his ailing mother (father was already deceased),and soon became ill also (unknown ailment). Ellen then returned to England to care for James; both died in England, leaving their 5 children (oldest, William, was only 12)orphaned and on their own in America. William went to work in the PA coal mines and supported his siblings to adults. He later moved the entire family to Indiana to seek work in the coal mines there.
    In 1897, Ellen Drake Chadwick was a guest at a dinner in Washington, D.C. to honor the inauguration of Pres. Wm. McKinley (Ref. Pittsburgh History, Vol. 40, Issue 2, Summer, 1957).
    {Other intl. genealogical records show three other Ellen Drakes born abt. the same time - one of them could possibly be the Ellen who later married James Chadwick, but it is believed that the 1868 birth date to Edward and Martha Ford Drake is the correct one--I list these only as possibilities until further confirmation can be gathered: Ellen Drake b. Dec. 13,1863 in Tring, Hertford, Eng. to David Drake and Hannah ?; Ellen Drake b. Aug. 21, 1864 in Bushey, Hertford, Eng. to Charles Drake and Elizabeth Hill; and Ellen Drake b. Feb. 7, 1864 in Barrow, Suffolk, Eng. to unknown father and Susan Drake, mother- this last one could also possibly be the Ellen Drake who was mother to Wm. Chadwick, possibly born out of wedlock, explaining why she worked out before marrying James Chadwick}.

    Father: Edward DRAKE b: abt. 1840-45 in England
    Mother: Martha Ann FORD b: abt. 1845-50 in England

    Marriage 1 James CHADWICK b: March 17, 1867 in Great Harwood, Lancashire, England
    • Married: abt. 1884-85 in Lancashire, England
    1. Has Children William CHADWICK b: Sept. 26,1886 or 1887 in Elizabeth, Allegheny Co., PA
    2. Has No Children Margaret CHADWICK b: 1889 in PA
    3. Has No Children James CHADWICK b: 1891 in PA
    4. Has No Children Mary Ellen CHADWICK b: 1893 in PA
    5. Has No Children Katherine (Kate) CHADWICK b: 1899 in PA

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