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Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 12:15 pm:   


I just have a few questions I hope you can help with. I am a descendent of John Drake of Winsor, Connecticut; I was always led to think he was of the Royal line. It is my understanding now that he may not be the correct John Drake and that there may have been two John Drakes in New England at the same time.
I guess my question is if this is so then what ever happened to the "real" John Drake?
Are there no records of his marriage? His trip to America? If he was named in the will of Sir Francis there must be some record of his receiving his inheritence. wouldn't he need to prove who he was? Maybe John left in poor favor and never accepted his inheritence? I am fairly new to how these things all work and am grateful to any insight you may have for me. I would have thought that after all these years someone must have attempted to find documentation on both of the said John Drakes? Help!!! I am very confused. :-(
Hope to hear from you soon.
Best regards and God Bless.
Carol Fuerst
Appleton, Wisconsin
R.D. Woodlock
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2004 - 9:52 am:   

This information came off the internet. I DO NOT HAVE ANY OTHER INFORMATION.
18 October 1630: applied for freemanship [note from RW: this was a community position not legal status; indentured servants could be town "freemen" in early Massachusetts.]
26 May 1631: John Reading of the Inner Temple, London, to John Winthrop, writing about the will of Isaac Johnson: "You write you have sent it over, John Drake sayth he copied it to that purpose, but none can be heard of"
13 March 1633/4: Bequest in will of Francis Drake of Esher, Surrey, to "John Drake, my Cozen William Drake's sonne, twenty poundes to be sent unto him into New England".
COMMENTS: The John Drake of the third item above, and almost certainly of the other two, was son of William Drake of Wiscombe Park, Devonshire, a junior line of the prominent Drakes of Ashe of the same county. The letter of John Reading shows that a John Drake had recently been in New England, at or shortly after the death of Isaac Johnson (September 1630); this John Drake, then, would have been in New England at the time of requesting freemanship in October 1630, but gone by the time the first group of freemen were admitted in May 1631. Presumably he returned on the Lyon in March 1630/1. He may have returned to New England shortly thereafter, or Francis Drake may simply have lost track of his cousin at this time. In any case, he is not the John Drake who appears briefly in Taunton, Plymouth Colony, late in the 1630s, moves to Windsor, Connecticut, and dies there in 1659 .
   Douglas Richardson has discovered that John Drake of Windsor derived from Hampton in Arden, Warwickshire . [Citations omitted.] From Frederick L. Weis, Ancestral Roots ..., 7th edition (Baltimore 1992), p. 197]. There is also a book by Frank B. Gay and Harriet B. Drake, The Descendants of John Drake of Windsor CT. 1933.

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