James C. Drake (CSA)

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James Charles Drake

Birthdate: (29)
Birthplace: Pike, GA, USA
Death: January 1864 (25-33)
Alton, Madison, IL, USA (caught pneumonia and died at Rock Island Civil War Prison, Illinois)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Drake and Martha Drake
Husband of Sidney Reden Drake
Father of Charles Wesley Drake; Mary Penina Sensibaugh and William Henry Drake
Brother of William C. Drake (CSA); Lucy Ann Drake; Caroline Littleton; Robert Drake; Freeman Drake (CSA) and 5 others

Occupation: Private in Co E, 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment, CSA.
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About James C. Drake (CSA)

James Charles Drake was the great grandfather of Charles Hardin Holley, known in the entertainment world as Buddy Holly.


Private in Co E, 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment, CSA. Wounded at Helena, AR and also captured 4 Jul 1863. He was sent to prison in Alton, Illinois. He died Jan 1864 in Rock Island Civil War Prison, Illinois. You can view his records in the "media" tab.



•Death: Jan 1864 at Rock Island Civil War Prison in Illinois

•Note: James Charles Drake, who was from Mississippi, died in the Civil War when he was captured, caught pneumonia and died at Rock Island Civil War Prison, Illinois.

Marriage 1 Sidney Reden RAY b: 17 JUN 1838 in Fayette County, Alabama •Married: 07 JAN 1857


1. Mary Penina DRAKE b: 16 FEB 1860 in Mississippi

2. Charles Wesley DRAKE b: 28 JUL 1858

3. Henry DRAKE b: 16 MAR 1862


James Drake marries Sidney Reden Ray

James was born in 1835 in Pike Co., Georgia. Sidney Reden Ray was born in June 1837 in Fayette Co., Alabama. James and Sidney left Mississippi, following their marriage on January 8, 1857 in Fulton, Itawamba, Mississippi, and went to Arkansas. On August 13, 1858, James filed for a federal homestead on property in Sebastian County. He paid $10.00 for 80 acres which comes out to cost 12 1/2 cents per acre. He set about clearing the property which was covered in brush and small trees. He had managed to clear less than an acre before he left his home to enlist in the Civil War. Sidney had given birth to three children, and their birthplace is listed as Fort Smith Barracks, showing that Fort Smith was still primarily an Army post and not a town. James died as a POW in Illinois and Sidney took the children and went to Texas to join her family. It is unknown what happened to the homestead. She was obligated to put her children in an orphanage because she was unable to support them. The children were worked hard and poorly fed and finally their grandfather, John Ray, took them into his household. Sidney lived in Wise County with her parents and two of her sisters and their famillies. Sidney married two more times. Her marriage to Claborne Worsham was brief. The family story says that he was a wife beater. Her third marriage was to a widowed man, Doctor Harvey Jamison. Apparently, Harvey was a very good man and treated Sidney's family and children in a kindly way. They were married on July 30, 1887 in Wise County, Texas, but their marriage lasted only five years because Dr. Jamison died on January 29, 1892. Sidney died in Markley, Texas where she was living with her daughter, Mary and her son-in-law, John Calvin Sensibaugh. John built a wooden box for a casket, put it in his wagon, and drove Sidney to Decatur, Texas. She was buried in the Pleasant Grove #1 Cemetery alongside of her father, John Ray died at age 84 and her mother, Mary Taylor Ray died at age 86.

James and Sidney's children were Charles Wesley, Mary Penina (Mollie) and William Henry Drake.

James died in January 1864 in Rock Island Civil War Prison, Illinois. Sidney Reden Ray Drake died in May 1906 in Wise Co., Texas.


1850 United States Federal Census about James Drake

Name: James Drake

Age: 14

Estimated birth year: abt 1836

Birth Place: Georgia

Gender: Male

Home in 1850 (City,County,State): District 14, Marion, Alabama

Family Number: 318

Household Members: Name Age

William Drake 55

Martha Drake 47

Freeman Drake 20

John Drake 19

James Drake 14

Nancy Drake 12

Susan Drake 9

Henry Drake 8

Wesley Drake 5


1860 United States Federal Census about James Drake

Name: James Drake

Age in 1860: 23

Birth Year: abt 1837

Birthplace: Georgia

Home in 1860: Prairie, Franklin, Arkansas

Gender: Male

Household Members: Name Age

James Drake 23

S R Drake 20

Chas M Drake 1

Maria Drake 4/12

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James C. Drake (CSA)'s Timeline

Pike, GA, USA
July 27, 1858
Age 23
Fort Smith, Sebastian, AR, USA
February 16, 1860
Age 25
March 16, 1862
Age 27
Fort Smith, Sebastian, AR, USA
January 1864
Age 29
Alton, Madison, IL, USA