The data pertaining to Oliver Drake furnished herein were obtained from the papers on file in pension claim, W.21003, based upon his service in the War of the Revolution.
Oliver Drake was born February 5, 1754 in Stoughtonham, which was later Sharon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, names of his parents not given.
While residing there, he volunteered the latter part of April or first of May, 1775, served eight months as private in Captain Samuel Payson's company, Colonel Joseph Read's Massachusetts regiment.
He continued to live in said Stoughtonham until about 1783 when he moved to Mansfield, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
He was allowed pension on his application executed August 28, 1832, then a resident of Mansfield, Massachusetts. He died April 6, 1838, having lived a short time previous to his death, with Stimpson Austin in said Mansfield; it is not stated that Stimpson Austin was a relative of the soldier.
This soldier, Oliver Drake, married October 31, 1779, Ruth Drake; they were both then of Stoughtonham, Massachusetts and her name appears "Ruth Drake" on the copy of the marriage record found in the claim.
The widow, Ruth Drake, was allowed pension on her application executed August 17, 1838, then living in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and aged seventy-five years. She continued to live there in 1848.
There is no reference to children.
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Oliver Drake W-21003
The date which follow were obtained from the papers on file in pension claim S-35265 based upon the service of Oliver Drake in the Revolutionary War.
Oliver Drake was born in Taunton, Massachusetts, date not given, nor are the names of his parents shown.
He enlisted in June, 1775, place not stated and served as a private in Captain Perry's company, Colonel Paul D. Sargent's Massachusetts regiment, and was discharged January 1, 1776. He enlisted January 1, 1776, served one year as private in Captain Perry's company Colonel Sargent's regiment and was in the battles "on the retreat from New York". He enlisted in June 1780, served six months as private in Captain James Cooper's company, Colonel Bradford's Massachusetts regiment. He later served six months as a marine on the United States ship "Boston", Captain Samuel Tucker, cruised along the coast and took a number of prizes!
He was allowed pension on his application executed May 12, 1818, then fifty-eight years of age and a resident of Monmouth, District of Maine.
He was living in 1820 in Sidney, Kennebec County, Maine. He died in the month of March, 1828.
There are no data in regard to his family.
Signed: Very truly yours, A. D. Hiller, Executive Assistant to the Administrator.
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