Daisy's mother Endemial Josephine Drane Burch Polk, like her father Willis Webb Polk, came from a family who could trace their colonial roots back to Maryland in the 1600's. James Anthony Drane arrived with the Baltimore party on "The Ark and Dove" from England, landing on the St. Mary's River, Maryland, March 25th, 1634. Lord Baltimore's wife was a Keith, and Daisy's Maternal Grandmother Susan Keith's family also arrived on the same ship.
EJ was the daughter of Reverend Thomas Jefferson Drane (ordained Bethel Church KY October 11, 1846) and Susan Keith (March 11, 1815). They were married March 12, 1831 by Simeon Buchanan. Both Keith and the Drane families also left the Baltimore Colony and settled in Kentucky, like the Polk's.
TJ as he was known, was pastor of the Baptist Church at Nicholasville and Shelbyville, and pastor of the East Street Baptist Church, Louisville, KY around 1856, and Pastor of First Baptist Church in Memphis TN about 1858. He held the chair of Theology at Baptist Female College at Shelbyville, KY in 1854. He served on a Committee for revision of the St. James version of the Bible, (I Book of Job) with ministers J. R. Graves, John L. Waller, Robert Larue, Robert Thurman, Vaughn, and John Broades, all leading theologians of their day. TJ also served as Chaplin for several companies in Memphis TN, during the Civil War. TJ was a Mason, and officiated at the burial of Henry Clay.
It's unlikely Daisy had much if any interaction with her Maternal grandfather, but her connections to Kentucky trace back in both her family lines.
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