Peter Drake born in England June 16, 1739

Peter Drake born in England June 16, 1739. Probably the Peter Drake who enlisted in the French and Indian wars, from Boston, May 1, and discharged November 23, 1758 (State Archives, vol. xcvi., p. 397). He married in Jersey City, June 14, 1760, Abigail Woolsey, born in New York, April 16, 1747, died in St. John, N.B., 1836. He settled in New York, the tradition in his family being that his farm was near the Harlem Ferry. A Loyalist, he fled from the country in 1783 and settled in Springfield, Belle Isle, King's County, New Brunswick, as a farmer, seven of his children with their families going with him--his sons Jeremiah, Uriah and Jacob, and daughters Mrs. Sarah Hughson, Mrs. Annie Hatfield, wife of David, Mrs. Elizabeth Spragg, and Mrs. McDonald. Two of his children, John Drake and Hannah Deering, remained in New York.