is for Drada. It’s such an unusual name that there is no explanation for its meaning in any of the online baby name sites.
Sister to my 3G grandfather Fielding Jollett, Drada (also known as Drady) was born about 1798 in Orange County, Virginia, the seventh of ten children born to James and Nancy Walker Jollett. In 1819 she married George Sampson.
I know little of Drada until 1850 when women were finally listed by name in the census records. That year she was the wife of a teacher and mother to the two youngest girls still living at home.
But marriage and death records of other children tell the story of a much larger family: 5 girls and 2 boys. Shortly after Drada and George married, they moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, just across the mountain from her homeplace. All of the children were born there.
- Lucretia 15 May 1820- 16 Jun 1820
- Julia Ann 20 Feb 1822 – 23 Dec 1867
- Nancy Ann 11 Jul 1824 – after 1880
- James William 7 Oct 1826 – 17 Feb 1900
- Benjamin Franklin 10 Apr 1830 – 4 May 1871
- Elizabeth Jane 13 Oct 1832 –
- Frances Virginia 19 Feb 1842 – 8 Nov 1930
I cannot pinpoint Drada and family in the 1860 census, but it might be because of the Civil War. I suspect they were in Greenbrier County by then, in the southwestern tip of Virginia. That county became part of West Virginia after the war. A death date generally accepted for her is 1867, which makes sense considering George was living with his daughter Jane in 1870 and son James in 1880.
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