Mary Ann Lanhart Brown Drake (1840-1893)
|Contributed by Ron Amick, Mountain
First White Child Born in Dunn County
Mary Ann Lanhart was born December 4, 1840 in what is now Dunn County, Wisconsin. At that time it was still part of the Wisconsin Territory, St. Croix County. Her father, George David Lanhart (born PA) died in that same year and her mother, Phebe (b. NJ) then married Elisha Brown who was an early lumberman and fur trader. Mary Ann married at the young age of 14 in 1854 to Charles O. Drake. Charles Drake was born in 1835 at Madison County, NY, son of Riley Drake and Hannah Stevens. Mary Ann (Lanhart) Drake died in December 1893 and her husband, Charles, died the following month, January 1894. They are buried at the Hay River Cemetery. They had eight children: Riley b. 1857 married Josephine Cummings; Alice b. 1859 married John Schrader; Nettie b. 1861 married #1 Charles Kenyon, #2 Nicholas Belzer; Frank b. 1864 married May Brown; Charles b. 1867 married Etta LeGrant; Mary Ann b. 1870 married Arthur Granger; Guy b. 1876 married Lucy Rundle; William b. 1879.
Although there are many claims of "first white child" born in Dunn County, Mary Ann Lanhart Drake is the only one proven by evidences found in census records, early lumber company records, History of Dunn County 1925, early obituaries, old cemetery records, early marriage records and assorted other sources.
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