"Abraham Draper, Danville, retired farmer. The subject of this sketch is one of the old pioneers of Vermillion county. He was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, on the 15th of February 1804; his parents were James and Mary (Peden) Draper; his father was a native of Delaware and his mother of Paennsylvania. When Mr. Draper was but five years old he, with his parents, moved to Ohioand located on a farm in Clermont county, where he remained until 1830, engaged in farming. He married in Clermont county on the 21st of October, 1827 (fifty-two years ago), to Miss Eliza Porter, of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. She was born on the 17th of January, 1805. In 1830 Mr. Draper, with his wife and one child came to Illinois and located in Vermillion county , near the present homestead here in Danville township, which has now been his home for forty-nine years. A tree stands on his farm that he remember of noticing in 1830. Mr. Draper came here very poor, having borrowed a horse and hired a wagon to bring himself, wife and family here from Ohio. He settled on congress land, and with hard labor and good management paid for the place in five years. His first one hundred pounds of flour was obtained on the other side of Attica, Indiana, and the second hundred weight was gotten on the other side of Covington. He found a market for his grain at Terre Haute and Chicago, and hauled it there in wagons. With hard work and economy he accumulated six hundred acres of land. He has given land to each of his children. He had two sons in the late war, Alexander S. and Abraham I. who did good service and were honorably discharged. Mr. and Mrs. Draper have been members of the Baptist church for the last forty-four years."