The Journal Gazette: December 6, 1906, Logan, OH.
Information from English Courts That Vast Fortune is About to be Distributed
The distribution of the vast estate left by Sir Francis Drake the bold English freebooter who sailed the Spanish main in the days when every Spanish vessel carried a cargo representing a fortune in the precious metal from Mexico and Chile to the home country was sprung on Monday by the Ohio State Journal. A Columbus man comes to the front, now that it is said the estate valued at a quarter of a billion is about to be distributed from the English court of chancery with the statements that he is the only known heir. Logan can go the State Journal several better and say authoritatively that in the city of Logan there are a dozen legitimate claimants and direct descendants of the famous pirate from a brother of Sir Francis as the latter never married. The local claimants to this vast fortune are seventh or eighth in descent from the younger brother of Sir Francis Drake. The Logan claimants are: C. E. Bowen the banker, the heirs of the late Capt. William Bowen, the heirs of the late Rev. W. H. McClintock, Mrs. T. G. Sunderland, Mrs. Chas. James and John Jones and sisters, Miss Lou Bowen, Mrs. Ellen Saunders. The latter has in her possession the complete genealogical tree of Drake descent from the younger brother of Sir Francis Drake to the present time. The Logan claimants are descendant from their grandmother whose maiden name was Drake and who was of the old Virginia family by that name who settled in Norfolk, Va. However, the State Journal says:
"Will part of the estate of Sir Francis Drake noted pirate of the sixteenth century and first English admiral descend to a Columbus man?
M. A. Glenn of 964 east Long street, who declares that he has proved himself to be a descendant of the great Sir Francis has received word from England that the Drake estate has been ordered released by the court of chancery and that a division is soon to take place. The estate is worth millions. English attorneys, say Mr. Glenn, have computed its actual value at $250,000,000. It is mainly in jewels and money and has been held for years by the Bank of England. Interest has augmented it.
The Drake estate has been tied up in the English court of chancery for years, says Mr. Glenn. Legal tecchnachalities have come up year after year with momentous regularity. The heirs have spent thousands of dollars in the legal contest. Mr. Glenn said last night that he had spent much more than a thousand dollars in attorney fees. Acting with other American heirs, some time ago, he sent to England Benjamin S. Judah as attorney. Judah he says, reported favorably. Two days ago, says Mr. Glenn, came the latter saying that the estate is to be released.
By the will of Sir Francis Drake his estate was left to he held in trust during the lifetime of his two sisters then it was to go to his American heirs. The American heirs were the descendants of Sir Francis' brother, Joseph, whose three sons James, Francis and one other came to America to settle. The offspring of these are widely scattered Norfolk, Va. was the original American settlement of the Drake family during the seventeenth century. Mr. Glenn says his mother's mother, Mrs. Harriet Drake, came from Bowling Green, Ky., and that her ancestors in turn were descended from the Drakes of Virginia. He says he has proved this beyond all doubt.
Should Mr. Glenn prove his contention to the English courts he declares that his fortune would be fabulous. It would run into millions. Mr. Glenn has two daughters, Mrs. Etta G. Watts, a widow, and Miss Lola Ann Glenn, both of whom live with their father and mother in Columbus. Mrs. Watts has one daughter Miss Lola Watts. These are the only direct descendants.
A large percentage of those who claim to be heirs live in St. Louis. One of these M. B. Gott has been active for years in urging his claims. He and others have spent small fortunes in their ceaseless efforts to prove their contentions to the court of England.
Mr. Glenn is the only one who even claimed to be an heir in Columbus or central Ohio. He has been in poor health for some time and so gave up the active fight until he received the announcement from the English court two days ago"
Now you have both articles. I have no idea as to how the court cases turned out. I'd be more than happy if you could add these articles to your web site.
Tuesday, February 16, 1999 11:26 AM