I am correcting a few errors on my previous post- it was done at 2 AM, must have been tired. Have made corrections.
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.
On Sarah's death certificate in 1945 it states her father was Bill Drake. Bill is short for William. This Bill Drake in 1860 in Calhoun Mississippi appears to be the closest match of ages and names of our family.
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)-she may have been a Wheeler?
They show up in Calhoun, Mississippi in 1860. The census record shows WIlliam to be born in Georgia around 1826-27, and his wife Salina also was born in Georgia about 1827.
I have wondered what inspired this family to move to Mississippi in 1860, and be back in Georgia by 1870. James the next to last child was 4 in 1860 he was born in Georgia, and Missouri the last was one being born in Mississippi. This would have made the family having moved to Mississippi between 1857 and 1859. Then by 1870 they were back in Oglethorpe, Georgia
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, email@example.com