John Drought[1]

Male Abt 1824 -


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  • Name John Drought  [2
    Born Abt. 1824  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Boone County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1850 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 26 
    John Drought, member of Garrison; 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Boone County,Iowa1.  [JD 01.]
    John Drought, member of Garrison; 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Boone County,Iowa1. [JD 01.]
    John Drought, member of Garrison; 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Boone County, Iowa2.  [JD 01.]
    John Drought, member of Garrison; 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Boone County, Iowa2. [JD 01.]
    John Drought, member of Garrison; 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Boone County, Iowa3.  [JD 01.]
    John Drought, member of Garrison; 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Boone County, Iowa3. [JD 01.]
    Census 1852  Cass Township, Cass County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1852 Iowa State Census 
    Age: Abt. 24 
    John Drought household, 1852 Iowa State Census, Polk County, Cass Township, Iowa.  [JD 04.]
    John Drought household, 1852 Iowa State Census, Polk County, Cass Township, Iowa. [JD 04.]
    John Drought and one dependent, thought to be his wife, Lucretia Stanley Drought.
    Person ID I1108  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 22 May 2017 

    Family Lucretia Stanley,   b. Abt 1834, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 26 Jun 1851  The Methodist Church, Webster City (New Castle), Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Children 
     1. Sophia Drought,   b. 1853, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F452  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    •        At this point (2005), I hypothesize that John Drought is the husband of Lucretia Stanley. The evidence is circumstantial, yet plausible. From the 1856 Iowa State Census, I know that Lucretia is living with her mother; she has the last name of Drought; and she has a small daughter by the name of Sophia Drought. Drought as a last name is certain. In a 100th Anniversary Souvenir Program of the Methodist church, Webster City, Iowa, there is a sentence (page 2):
             "The first formal religious ceremony was a wedding solemnized in 1850 by Rev. Thompson Bird of Des Moines between a soldier from the barracks at Fort Dodge and Lucretia Stanley, a niece of the Brewers. Her father, "Uncle Billy Stanley, was probably a Methodist Exhorter." [JD 02.]
             It was my assumption, the Drought male being a soldier, that he must be in the 1850 U. S. Federal Census. And, that is where I found a John Drought, a soldier in a garrison, stationed in Boone County, Iowa. He was a 24 year old, white, male born in Ireland. [JD 01.] Unfortunately, I have not been able to find him elsewhere; nor have I been able to locate Lucretia Stanley Drought. I hypothesize that John Drought is the husband of Lucretia Stanley Drought and the father of Sophia Drought. [DLL.] This hypothesis is correct and there is now more information about John Drought, but it is still incomplete.
             In the 1852 Iowa State Census, John Drought appears in the Polk County, Cass Township Census with one other person, a female. It is my assumption that this female is his wife, Lucretia Stanley. In the census record there is an indication of an alien. It could be that John Drought is not a citizen of the U. S.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3646] Nancy Stanley household, 1856 Iowa State census, Boone township, Hamilton (Webster) County, p. 465. [NB 04.] See also, John Drought, 1850 U. S. Census, Boone County, Iowa, page 69; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 182. [JD 01.].

    2. [S8741] John Drought, part of Garrison, 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Boone County, Iowa, page 69B, dwelling 848, family 876; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 182, image 137. [JD 01.].

    3. [S8748] John Drought household, 1852 Iowa State Census, Polk County, Cass Township. Ancestry.com Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007. [JD 04.].

    4. [S7477] Souvenir Program, The Methodist Church, 100th Anniversary, 1857-1957, Webster City Iowa, page 2. [JD 02.].

    5. [S8747] Drought, John/Stanley, Lucretia marriage, 26 June 1851, Polk, Iowa. Ancestry.com. Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996 [database online]. provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. [JD 03.] (Reliability: 3).


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