I am a descendant of Sarah Elizabeth Drake (called Lizzie for short)born 1848, who married a William W. Gunnels in Sept. 1867 in Madison, GA. (We have along with others been unable to locate this Marriage Record record- of Sarah Elizabeth Drake and WIlliam W. Gunnells) William W. was the son of Willis Gunnells and Elizabeth Wortham.
Sarah Elizabeth Drake and William W. Gunnells daughter Emma D. Gunnels born 1877 married Walter Skillman, Whose son Ottis R. Skillman was my father.
From all research we believe Sarah Elizabeth Drake's parents were, William (Bill) Drake and Salina-(mnu)-may have been a Wheeler?
They show up in Calhoun, Mississippi in 1860. The census record shows WIlliam to be born in Mississippi around 1826-27, and his wife Salina was born in Georgia about 1827, and the two oldest children Mary and Sarah were born in Georgia. Mary showed to be 15 in 1860, which would have had this family in Georgia in about 1845. After Sarah then John was born showing him to be born in Mississippi, he was 11 in 1860 making them show up BACK in Mississippi about 1849. Then we find them again back in Georgia in 1870 living in Oglethorpe.
What inspired William Drake who was born in Mississippi to be in Georgia- he got married there, had two kids, then went back to Mississippi had more family and then later come back to Georgia in 1870.
Sarah was thought to be part Cherokee Indian. Is there anyone out there who might, know something and be able to help me answer these questions. Looking forward to hearing from my Gunnells -Drake family. Thanks, Danny J. Skillman, firstname.lastname@example.org