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John Drake

Male 1585 - 1659  (74 years)


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  • Name John Drake  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 1585  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • estimated date
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 6082 
    Will
    • First, I bequeah my soule to God that gave it me, and my body to Earthly burial. As for my worldly goods, I thus dispose of them: First, I desire that there may be a Inventory tooke off my State and within twelve months after my decease: I give to my son John L20; and after my wyve's decease, out of the State I have, I give him tenn pounds more; and to son Job I give my six acres of meaddow that is bounded of the South side with Goodman Phillps, Within twelve moneths after my decease, then, after my wife's decease, I give that six acres forementioned to his sonne Job; and after my wife's decease, I give to all grand children, viz., three of sonne John, and four of my sonne Job, and one of my daughter Elizabeth Gaylord, three pounds apeece; and too my wife I give all my part off Howsing and Lands that Ihave in possession ffor to make use of as shee and her ffriends shall think will be fore her best advantage; and my land that I bought of Goodman Bissell that Lye of the East Side of the great river I give to my sonne Jacob provided that he pay to my sonne John tenne pounds after my wif's decease, ffor to make his porshon L30; the house and my land that I bought that was Mr Sen Nicholases (Mr. John Saint Nicholas) that lys of the west side of the great river I give to my sonne Jacob, and after my wife's decease he shall pay the rest of his brothers & sisters sixteen pounds ffor the Land that I have given to my sonne Jacob; my wife is to have the propriety of it for her use while shee live, and after her decease then my sonne Jacob shall have full possession of it with its appurtenances yt appertain thereunto, provided that he pay the formentioned Sums of money to his Brethren, viz., tenne pounds to my sonne John and sixteene pounds to the rest of his brothers and sisters; too my sonne Jacob I also give him my two tables and a bedsted that he maks use of yt belongs to that end of the House next the Highway in the lower romms; to my daughter Mary Gayler I give one fetherbed and two blankets and a bolster after my wife's decease; and to my daughter Elizabeth I give one coverlid after my decease; and to Timothy I give him forty shillings and two good sutes of clothes when his time is out; and the rest of Stock shall be equally divided amongst my five children after my wife's decease."
    Died 17 Aug 1659  [6
    Buried 18 Aug 1659  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Palisado Cemetery
    Person ID I6082  FelsingFam
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2021 

    Family 1 Elizabeth Rogers,   b. 1581,   d. 7 Oct 1681  (Age 100 years) 
    Married Abt 1624 
    • based on death of 1st wife and birth of next child
    Children 
     1. Joseph Drake,   d. 20 Nov 1634, Hampton In Arden, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Jacob Drake,   b. 1624, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Aug 1689, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
     3. Mary Drake,   b. 1625, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1683, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  [natural]
    +4. Elizabeth Drake,   b. 9 Jan 1624/25, Hampton In Arden, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1716, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F1985  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lettice Shakespeare,   d. 10 Nov 1623, Hampton In Arden, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 25 Jun 1615  Hampton In Arden, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Married Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. John Drake,   b. 25 Aug 1616, Hampton In Arden, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1689, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
    +2. Job Drake,   b. 5 Mar 1619/20, Hampton In Arden, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Sep 1689, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
     3. Enoch Drake,   b. 31 Mar 1622, Hampton In Arden, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F2023  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1585 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Jun 1615 - Hampton In Arden, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 18 Aug 1659 - Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Previous genealogies going back over 150 years have John Drake as the son of William Drake of Wiscombe Park, Devonshire. This Drake family is an off shoot of the prominent Sir Francis Drake family of Esher, Surrey. However, more recent evidence shows that this is probably not the case. Thus John Drake of Windsor currently has no known accepted parentage. Refer to TAG 63:193-206 and 65:87-88.

      Finding three of the five children of John Drake in Hampton In Arden, Warwickshire with the same names as the Windsor John Drake Family lends support to the Windsor John Drake being from Hampton In Arden. We also find an entry in the Hampton In Arden record for an unnamed child of John Drake and no wife named, a female baptized 20 May 1632.

      Listed on a list of original proprietors of Taunton that dates to 1638 or 1639. He is found in 1641 in Windsor, receiving an average size grant of 16 acres.

      He may have arrived on one of the ships that left Weymouth, England in Apr 1637, as several of those families ended up in Taunton.

      Recorded in the 1640 Town Records at Windsor in the list of "First Settlers of Windsor, five years after their removal from Dorchester." (NEHGR 5:365) [The list includes people who arrived after 1635, such as those who came with Huit in 1639]

      On his death, town records of Windsor gave the following account: " August 17, 1659, John Drake, Senior dyed accidentaly, as he was driving a cart loaded with corn, to carry from his house to his son Jacob's the Cattle being two oxen and his mare, in the high way against John Griffin'ssomething scar'd the Cattle, and they set a running, and he labouring to stop them by taking hold on the mare, was thrown down on his face, and cart wheels went over him: brake one of his legs and bruised his body, so that he was taken up dead, being carried into his daughter's house and life come again, but dyed in a short time and was buried on the 18th day of August 1659." 53

      There are pedigrees floating around linking him to the Drakes in Ashe, Devon (the family of the navigator Francis Drake). However, that family was of considerable prominence and wealth, which is not reflected in the social standing of this John. In addition, the wills of the family don't mention him, with the exception of that of Francis in 1634 (the source of the speculation in the first place). He is also not likely the John Drake who came with Winthrop's Fleet to Boston in 1630. That John is listed as one to be made a freeman in Oct 1630, but did not actually take the oath. Most of the other men of whom that was the case died or returned to England. Furthermore, there is no other record of John Drake until 1638. It would have been virtually impossible for a man with a family to avoid any mention for 8 years. (See articles in The American Genealogist for a more in depth explanation.)

      Savage's: JOHN, Dorchester, or Boston, came in the fleet with Winthrop prob. as we find his req. 19 Oct. 1630 to be made freem. yet his adm. is not found, and he rem. from our col. perhaps as a purch. of Taunton 1639 [Baylies, I. 286], and not long after to Windsor, and there, by a cartwheel running over him, was k. 17 Aug. 1659, leav. s. Jacob and Job, bef. ment. and John, beside one, if not more, d. His wid. d. 7 Oct. 1681, but we may hesitate at the old ch. rec. story of her hundredth yr. yet agree to the main truth of her being call. "old wid. D."

  • Sources 
    1. [S658] Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1305; Document Reference: DR(B) 63.
      Record for John Taylor

    2. [S658] Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1305; Document Reference: DR(B) 63.
      Jeb Drake the son of John Drake and LEttice his wife was baptized the fifth day of March 1619

    3. [S658] Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1305; Document Reference: DR(B) 63.
      Record for Joseph Drake

    4. [S658] Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1305; Document Reference: DR(B) 63.
      Elizabeth Drake daughter of John Drake and Elizabeth his wife was baptized on the ninth day of January 1624

    5. [S658] Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1305; Document Reference: DR(B) 63.
      John Drake son of John Drake and Lottie his wife was baptized the 25th day of August 1616

    6. [S470] The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor Connecticut 1635-1891, Henry R Stiles.