Allotment #17: Mary Drake VanDusen

Mary Drake; Parsons Collection, Myaamia Heritage Museum & Archive

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Mary Drake VanDusen

Born: about 1871  Died: 28 Oct 1903

The first of the children of Milton and Jane Drake to be born after the Myaamia relocation to Indian Territory, Mary married George VanDusen, a cabinet-maker who had emigrated from Canada, on December 28, 1898.  She and George had three daughters: Mabel, Ida, and Marchie.  Mary died when Marchie was an infant, at just 32 years old.  In 1909, George married a woman named Jennie Clark who helped raise the girls in Baxter Springs, Kansas.