Here is more of what I know about Drips. Andrew Drips' parents changed their name from "Seldon" to "Drips" when they fled from Scotland to Ireland.The story is they were hiding out in a cave and the dripping water suggested the name.That story had been told to me many times by my grandfather.I don't recall him ever mentioning Andrews' parents names nor any other members of his family. Other research has verified the fact that Andrew was born in Ireland in 1789. Research has also indicated his stint in the Ohio Militia too.Years later Kit Carson and John C. Fremont referred to Andy Drips as "Colonel". In 1820 he was a partner in the Missouri Fur Company with Joshua Pilcher.The partnership desolved in 1824. In 1830 Andrew joined the western dept. of the American Fur Company, the Upper Missouri River area.He attended the rendevous at Pierre's Hole in 1832 where he was shot (not seriously) by Blackfoot Indians. Andrew might have gotten the job of guide for John C. Fremont's 1st expedition but couldn't be located so Kit Carson was hired. In 1842 Andrew was appointed by President John Tyler as Indian Agent to the Upper Missouri - 1842-1846. (Major Andrew Drips) Andrew's homes were in Bellevue, NE, and "Westport" or present day Kansas City, MO.I have a photo of the house in Kansas City, it was beautiful. In the late 1820's Andrew married on Otoe Indian woman and they had 4 children.She died early in their marriage and I presume that Andrew left the children to be raised by his wife's family (Indian tradition).I have no information about this marriage and family nor whatever became of them.Andrew left the area and resumed his nomadic habits but then in 1841 he built his grand home in Kansas City. Andrew then married a French-Sioux woman (Louise Girous b.1834 d.?) and together had 5 children.The children were:Andrew Jackson b.10/14/1850 d.1/5/1911; Thomas Nelson b.1/16/1852 d.?; Anna b.1/5/1854 d.6/5/1868; Julia b.3/12/1856 d.9/28/1929; George Washington b.10/21/1857 d.?. Julia Drips was my great-grandmother, she married John Picotte (b.7/4/1853 d.3/10/1937).He is my namesake.John and Julia had quite a large family.Their 1st born son Paul S. Picotte (b.10/11/1879 d. 5/1979) was my grandfather on my mothers side.Paul was 6 months shy of his 100th birthday when he died, but had a real clear memory of the past, etc.. and told me many stories of our family.He also had alot of old letters and documents of Andrew Drips. In my inquiry with the SD Historical Society I obtained a list of the Drips and I do believe several were from Iowa, one was a writer?Nebraska Historical Society has my grandfathers pictures of Andrew Drips and other family members.Andrew Drips and Paul Picotte Sr. (b.1/24/1822 d.5/10/1897) were mountain men together and in the fur trading business in that area.