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Edmund Drake

Birthplace: Ash Estate, Musbury Parish, Devon, England
Death: Died in Upchurch, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Drake of Exmouth and Ashe and Margery Drake
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Drake
Father of Vice Admiral Sir Francis Drake; Edward Drake, Jr.; John Drake; Joseph Drake; Thomas Drake, of Buckland and 1 other
Half brother of John (the Elder) Drake, Esq., of Ashe; Sir John (The Younger) Drake, VI; Joan or Alice Drake; Gilbert Drake, of Exmouth & Ashe and Robert Drake

Occupation: Vicar of Upchurch. Protestant farmer later to turn preacher
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About Edmund Drake, of Crowdale

Lived on his brother John's farm. Requested to be buried by his son Edward in his churchyard in Kent.



circa 1514

  • Plymouth, Devonshire, England
  • Death: 1566 (52)
  • Upchurch, Kent, England
  • Immediate Family: Son of John Drake of Exmouth and Ashe and Margaret Cole of Rill
  • Husband of Mary Mylwaye
  • Father of Harry Drake; Sir William Drake (brother & heir of Admr. Francis Drake); John Drake; 'Vice Admiral Sir Francis Drake'; Edward Drake and 2 others; Joseph Drake and Thomas Drake « less
  • Brother of John (the Elder) Drake, Esq., of Ashe; Joan or Alice Drake; Thomas Drake; Elizabeth Drake; Sibil Northend and 6 others; Gilbert Drake; Edward Drake; Margaret Drake; Robert Drake; William Drake and Humphrey Drake « less
  • Edmund Drake married . . .Mylwaye daughter of Richard Mylwaye.

Sons daughters

  1. John Drake the oldest, captain of the verssel Swan, died 1572, married Alice -remarried Cotton.
  2. Sir Francis Drake was the second oldest named after Francis Russell his godfather or sponsor, son of Lord Russell
  3. Edmund Drake jr.
  4. Thomas Drake the youngest son, married Elizabeth Gregory1587. Had daughter Elizabeth born 1590 married to John Bamfield. And his only son. Thomas was twenty-one or twenty-two years of age when he joined the little company who were 'the first to turn up a furrow round the globe."The fame and success of that expedition, no doubt, decided him to make the sea his profession, and in due time, like his brother, to enter the Royal Navy. Thomas also inherited Sir Francis's holdings. Francis married Jane Bamfield and Elizabeth married John Bamfield."
  5. Edward Drake
  6. Elizabeth Drake
  7. Joseph Drake, born 1540-60, Of Joseph, we know only that he took fever in the West Indies and died in his brother's arms on January 3,1572. Married Margaret Crymes. Spent their (her) lives at upperton in Buckland,(? She may have) Had two son's little is known about this branch of the family, their descendants it is said went to America. Family and heirs of Sir Francis Drake, 2 vols. (1911) Lady E.F. Elliot-Drake
  8. Joseph Drake
  9. Joseph Drake died, it was not of course the "Brackish Water" but the mosquitoes that who caught the disease and never recovered from it was yet another of his brothers, who "died in our Captain's arms."

Son's and daughter's

  1. Francis Drake
  2. Elizabeth Drake

From the book The Wind Commands, A Life of Sir Francis Drake by Ernle Bradford, Harcourt, Brace, &World Inc. 757 Third Avenue, New

Edmund Drake of Crowndale near Tavistoke was the father of Sir Francis Drake Edmund Drake of Crowndale near Tavistoke was the father of Sir Francis Drake

Extract from Oxford Dictionary of National Biograpy of Sir Francis

... Edmund's wife is unknown, though she may have been named Anna Milwaye. Edmund Drake was a shearman (of woollen cloth) at Crowndale, where his family had occupied the same farm for generations. Edmund was almost certainly a priest as well, perhaps one of those deprived of a living during Henry VIII's sequestration of religious property. In 1548 he was involved in a fracas with other clerics and laymen and forced to flee from Devon. Edmund soon gained a royal pardon, and found a place as curate at Upchurch in Kent. He was not an obvious partisan of either side in the religious debates, being Catholic enough to serve as curate at Upchurch in 1553 and protestant enough to be appointed vicar there when Elizabeth became queen.

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Harry Kelsey, ‘Drake, Sir Francis (1540–1596)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/8022, accessed 11 Jan 2008]

Sir Francis Drake (1540–1596): doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/8022

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Edmund Drake, of Crowdale's Timeline

Musbury Parish, Devon, England
Age 22
Tavistock, Devon, England
Age 32
Age 34
Age 36
Age 38
December 26, 1566
Age 49
Upchurch, Kent, England
Age 48