Ebenezer and Anna Draper

    Ebenezer D. Draper, and Anna, his wf., became religiously involved in my ministry while I was pastor of
    the First Ch. in Mendon. They then res. In Uxbridge, but were constant attendants and communicants,
    Afterwards they moved to Saugus. When I projected the Community at Hopedale, they heartily entered
    into the undertaking, became original members, joined myself and family there, about the first of April
    1842 in the "Old House," and were main pillars in the institution until its decadence; he being some yrs,
    its president, next in succession to myself. After he and his bro. George decided on the dissolution of
    its unitary financial and industrial organization, in 1856, they combined their accumulated capital, and
    prosecuted their business, with augmenting success, through a series of years; but at length E.D.
    embarked in the American Steam Fire-proof Safe Co. in Boston. Meantime Mrs. Anna became the
    suffering victim of an incurable cancerous affliction of the breast, from which she died January 30,
    1870, universally beloved and lamented. Her husband, almost immediately afterward moved to Boston,
    soon disposing of his property here, and investing it largely in the new enterprise. This proved
    unsuccessful, and swallowed up much of his capital; but he bore his adversities with commendable
    resignation, and fell back on religious consolation. Subsequently he formed a second marriage
    connection, uniting with Mrs. Mary (Parker) Boynton; cer. October 18, 1872, by Rev. Lewis L. Briggs. This
    union seems to be a happy one, and they are living in comfortable circumstances at Boston Highlands.
    Mr. Draper will long be remembered for the numerous and liberal donations he dispensed in the days
    of his prosperity. Adin Ballou, History of Milford, p. 721.


    It was only about four and a half months after the demise of George Draper, that his elder brother,
    Ebenezer D., followed him to the world of spirits. The latter for years had been an intermittent sufferer
    from the same troubles that caused the former's death, which, in the early summer, had assumed an
    unusually serious and threatening form. As time advanced the increased in severity and painfulness
    until they reached a fatal issue on the 19th of October [1887] at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr.
    Green, in Boston, where he had a short time before taken up residence. It was while engaged in the
    ministry at Mendon that this Mr. Draper and his then newly married wife, Anna (Thwing) Draper, a most
    excellent woman, became religiously interested in Mr. Ballou's preaching, and, though living in
    Uxbridge, united with his church. They embraced his teachings with a full heart in all their applications,
    and followed him devoutly through the several stages of practical reform, even to the extent of Non-
    resistance and Social Reconstruction. They were among the first to subscribe to the Hopedale
    "Declaration of Principles," as they were among the first to locate upon the territory where those
    principles were to be brought to the test of actual experiment and made the basis of a new order of
    society. In fact, Mr. Draper may be regarded as the most important factor, next to Mr. Ballou, in the
    enterprise, through the entire period of its existence. He was the only one of its original members who
    had any money to speak of to invest in it, or any recognized standing in the financial world. He had a
    taste and training for business, and was the most responsible person in the Community's industrial
    and pecuniary affairs, as Mr. Ballou was in its moral and spiritual concerns. The two were compliments
    of each other, and stood by each other through good and evil report, through prosperous and adverse
    fortunes, through joy and sorrow, till the great crisis of 1856, when Mr. Draper, yielding to the assumed
    financial exigencies of the situation and to his brother's pertinacity, united with him in withdrawing their
    mutual support from the undertaking, thus bringing about its speedy dissolution. The friendship formed
    under the circumstances named and continuing steadfast through so many years could not be wholly
    disrupted by the calamitous issue which separated them in many of the particulars in which they had
    worked so long together, but was continued, though in a modified form, through life. Mr. Draper
    remained in Hopedale some years after the Community was given up, was prospered in business as
    senior member of the firm of  "E.D. & G. Draper," acquiring a satisfactory competency with which he
    separated from the partnership in 1868. Two years later his most Christian wife passed on, soon after
    which he removed to Boston, where, having married again, he spent the remainder of his earthly days.

    And now the end has come, and what was mortal of the right-hand man and trusted counselor of
    Community times was brought back to Hopedale, to receive funeral honors in the house of worship
    which he, more than any other person, had helped to build, and to be carried thence to its final resting
    place in the rural cemetery beside the sleeping dust of his first betrothed, who, for a generation had
    filled his home with music and sunshine, and rendered it attractive and delightful to hosts of
    appreciative friends by her blessed presence there. As the obsequies, fitting addresses were made by
    his long-time friend an pastor, and by his adopted son, Rev. Charles H. Eaton, D.D., of New York,
    interspersed with music and prayer, in the presence of a goodly company of relatives, friends, and
    acquaintances of other days, assembled to lay upon his bier a wreath of respect and affection sacred
    to his memory.  Adin Ballou, Autobiography of Adin Ballou, pp. 513 -  514.

    Here's a paragraph that does an excellent job of explaining the differences between the two Draper
    brothers of the Hopedale Community. It was written by George Draper, a great-great grandson of the
    first George Draper. It was written in response to part of a history of Hopedale written by Kathleen Kelley
    Broomer for the Hopedale HIstoric Village National Register Nomination.

    Almost everyone who writes about Ebenezer and George Draper (including Kathleen Broomer in the
    piece mentioned above) describes the two brothers as "entrepreneurial in spirit."  This is a fair
    description of George, but not of Ebenezer.  Readers of Adin Ballou's autobiography know that
    Ebenezer was a deeply religious and public-sprited man and one of the founders and first residents in
    the Hopedale Community.  As the older sibling, he was also owner of the patent for the loom temple
    invented by their father, Ira.  When George came to Milford (as it still was in 1852), it was with the
    expectation that he would convince Ebenezer to join him in business and use the patent as its capital
    core.  He was a member of the Community because Ebenezer was, not because he was committed to
    it (indeed, his wife refused to become a member).  After George convinced Ebenezer that they would
    lose their investment in the Community's joint stock enterprise, the brothers withdrew their stock (over
    50% of the total), and the Community failed.  They took this action almost immediately after Ebenezer,
    who had succeed Adin Ballou as the President of the Community, issued a glowing annual report.  
    Truth to tell, Ebenezer was not a very gifted businessman.  He allowed George to buy him out, and he
    was unsuccessful in the ventures he later attempted.  From all the printed evidence I have read, he
    emerges as a generous, kind, sweet-hearted man.  My great-great grandfather George, by contrast,
    was an ambitious, brilliant, entrepreneurial son-of-a gun!  George Draper, March 2015

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Ebenezer D. Draper
Anna Thwing Draper

    While this refers to her father as Eben, I believe Mary Draper must
    have been the daughter of Ebenezer and not Gov. Eben Draper.
    Ebenezer had several adopted children. In the large amount of articles
    about the governor, I've never seen mention of adopted children. He
    had two sons and one daughter. The daughter was Dorothy, whose
    married name was Dorothy Gannett, later Dorothy Hamlen. (There
    were two other Eben Drapers in Hopedale in addition to the governor,
    but Mary wouldn't have been the daughter of either of them.)