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Early Drake records - Drake notes on English patent rolls for 1548
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Sugden says this is the first document which references the association between the Drake family and the Hawkins or "Hawkynge" family of Tavistock. The grandfather of Sir John Hawkins was a John Hawkins of Tavistock, probably related to the one mentioned above as being a horsethief and common highwayman along with his partner in crime, one Edmund Drake, also known as the father of Sir Francis and his eleven brothers, from whom many of us are probably descended. Sir John and his brother William Hawkins were wealthy ship owners who financed some of Sir Francis' voyages, and Sir John himself sailed on many of these voyages.

Hawkins' father-in-law was Secretary of the Navy when Sir Francis planned to circumnavigate the globe, and both John and his brother William helped fund Drake's successful attempt to sail around the world. Probably the influence of John's father-in-law with other wealthy seamen and investors helped with the financial backing for this perilous adventure. Sir John Hawkins had captained his own ship during the battles with the Spanish Armada, alongside Drake's ship. He had also probably helped finance Drake on some of his early piracy and slaving trips.

Finally, John was sailing with Francis on his final voyage, and died on 12 Nov. 1595 after his ship had put in at Puerto Rico. Sir Francis died some 10 weeks later on this same voyage. All through his life, Sir Francis was closely allied with Sir John and the rest of his family. I don't think his family connection is known exactly, but it definitely is there.