Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 4:58 AM
DRAKE & HAMLIN IN ONCE UPON A TIME
In the mid 1600's in England, we know that it is almost a certainty that the
English Drakes were Royalist, most gentry families were. However the Hamlins
may have been Puritans. So here we have a love story a bit like Romeo and
Juliet, one family backing the king and the middle of the road Protestant
religion, and the other family backing the hard line no frills Protestants.
War comes to their small town, the siege of Lyme Regis, the Royalists are
routed, then the Parliamentarians take revenge. The young Drakes, Elizabeth
possibly 13, Thomas around 10, and Ezekiel Hamlin, possibly 16 or more, with
a biblical name. They see relatives involved, the Erles and the Poles, maybe
even killed. Older relatives and relations die. By the time the King was
executed in 1649 all three, Ezekiel Hamlin, Elizabeth and Thomas Drake, would
have been impressionable teenagers. All three may well have been caught up
in the siege of Lyme Regis which is, no more than 10 miles from their home,
Hamlin on one side, and the young Drakes on the other. By the mid 1650s
England had become a military state. Cromwell was Lord Protector and ruled by
the Army, and Parliament was hardly ever called. The Royalists suffered loss
of lands loss of income, and the Parliamentarians were very quickly
disillusioned by Cromwell`s victory. Thomas and Elizabeth possibly felt as
children of Royalist families, they couldn't make a go of life there, and the
new clean un-political world beckoned, and Ezekiel Hamlin was so bitterly
disappointed that he too made a decision to emigrate.
I would greatly appreciate information on the below Drake and Hamlyn/Hamlin
family names. Would someone with the Drake and Hamlyn/Hamlin family data, be
so kind as to fill in missing data and assist me in completing the English
Drake and Hamlyn/Hamlin family with what is listed below. And may you enjoy
the possible love story, written after the fact, 300 plus years. Now
A DRAKE, HAMLIN LOVE STORY
Nicholas Hamlyn, cordwainer of St Mary Steps, Exeter, England, had his will
on 22 Jan 1624, with Augustine Drake as an overseer. Nicholas Hamlyn was the
father of Stephen, and grandfather of Ezekiel Hamlyn/Hamlin, and was possibly
real friendy with the Drake family, enough so to ask Augustine Drake to
oversee his will. Ezekiel Hamlyn/Hamlin, bapt 1629, son of Stephen, also had
some romantic feelings for one on the young Drakes he knew, an Elizabeth
Drake of one of the surrounding towns.
As neither Drakes, Elizabeth and Thomas, would inherit any great amount of
property or money, not being sole heir, and in addition, neither possibly
would Ezekiel Hamlyn/Hamlin,
word filtered back to England that an ambitious person could make their way
in the world with knowledge and hard work in America.
Ezekiel Hamlin, Elizabeth and Thomas Drake, left for America, possibly
together and possibly in the early spring or summer of 1653/54. Elizabeth
Drake was possibly dissuaded from seeing Ezekiel in England by her family, or
Ezekiel from seeing Elizabeth, but this again is pure speculation. Ezekiel
Hamlin, possibly 25, finally married Elizabeth Drake, at least 18, his true
love, on 8 Jun 1654, by Richard Bellingham, Governor of Massachussetts, and
had the following children: Ezekiel, b. 1655; Joseph, b. 1657; William, b.
1659; Elizabeth, b. 1661; Mary, b. 1663; Benjamin, b. 1665; Hannah, b. 1667,
and Mercy, b. 1669. Nothing further has been found on the life of Elizabeth
(Drake) Hamlin, so she could have died in 1669, possibly at age 33, or
continued on to live to an old age.
I'd really appreciate answers to the following questions.
1. On 22 Jan 1624, a probate will of Nicholas Hamlyn cordwainer of St Mary
Steps, Exeter was made with Augustine Drake an overseer. What relation was
Augustine Drake to Thomas and Elizabeth Drake?
2. Was Nicholas Hamlyn the father of Stephen and grandfather of Ezekiel
Hamlyn/Hamlin, bapt 1629, at St Davids Exeter? Or was he of another family?
Enjoy the stories, with great assistance from 2 real friends in England.