John Drake, of Windsor, CT

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John Drake, Sr.

Birthplace: Wiscombe, Devon, England
Death: Died in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of William Drake, of Southleigh and Philippa Drake
Husband of Lettice Drake and Elizabeth Drake
Father of Samuel Drake; Gillian Mansfield; John Drake, Jr.; Sgt. Job Drake; Elizabeth Elderkin and 8 others
Brother of Bissell; Collens Wright; Elizabeth Drake; Joan Collins; Amy (Anye) Drake and 7 others

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About John Drake, of Windsor, CT

John Drake

  • Birth: ABT 1600/1601 at: Wiscombe, Devonshire, England
  • Parents: William Drake, Philippa Dennys
  • Marriage: ABT 1621 - Wiscombe, Devonshire, England
  • Wife: Elizabeth Rogers (1602-1681)
  • Death: 17 Aug 1659 - Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut

John Drake died accidently as he was driving a cart, loaded with corn from his home to his son Jacobs house. It was being pulled by two oxen and his mare. As he passed John Griffins house something frightened the oxen and they began to run away. He tried to stop them by grabbing the mare. He was thrown down on his face and was run over by one of the cart wheels. A leg was broken and his body was so bruised they thought he was dead. He was carried to his daughters house and lived only a short time.


Westchester County Drake lineage

First Generation

1. John DRAKE. Born in Plymouth, Devon, England.

John Drake had other sons according to the source, but they are not named.1 From the "History of Westchester County": "John Drake of the council of Plymouth, one of the original company established by King James in 1606, for settling New England, was a branch of the family of Drake of Ashe, several of whose sons came to this country. John came to Boston in 1630, with two or more sons, and finally settled in Windsor." Page 94.1

source: -------------------- Came from England on the ship "Mary and John" in the Winthrop Fleet 1630. "Higley and their Ancesters" page 103

"Ancient Windsor, Conn" Vol II Stiles

"Records and documents, Windsor, Conn 1639 - 1703"


He came to Boston about 1639; he d. from the result of an injury, Aug. 17, 1659. His widow d. Oct. 7, 1681, it is stated, "at 100th year of age." If so, she must have been several years older than her husband, or else, which is more probable, he was b. at a considerably earlier date than stated above. -------------------- John Drake1

b. circa 1600, d. 17 August 1659

    John Drake was born circa 1600 at Wiscomb, County Devon, England. He married Elizabeth Rogers at probably England.2 John Drake died on 17 August 1659 at Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.2 He was buried on 18 August 1659 at Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.2 

John the emigrant, came to Boston, 1630; bought land at Taunton, but did not settle; came to Windsor before 1639. "Aug. 17, 1659, John Drake, Sr, dyed accidentally as he was driving a cart loaded with corn to cary from his house to his son Jacob's; the cattle being 2 oxen, and his mare. In the highway, against John Griffin's, somethng scared the cattle, and they set a running, and he laboring to stop them by taking hold on the mare, was thrown down on his face, and the cart-wheel went over him, brake one of his legs, and bruised his bodye so that he was taken up dead, being carried to his daughter's house, had life come again, but dyed in a short time, and was buried on the 18th of August, 1659."

Children of John Drake and Elizabeth Rogers

John Drake+ d. 1689

Job Drake+3 d. 16 Sep 1689

Jacob Drake d. Sep 1689

Elizabeth Drake+

Mary Drake d. 12 Jun 1683


[S52] Henry R. Stiles History of Ancient Windsor II, Vol. II:Pg 177-8.

[S578] Frank B. Gay, John Drake, page 2.

[S578] Frank B. Gay, John Drake, Page 7.

-------------------- (f/g) John Drake, Sr Birth: 1585 Death: Aug. 17, 1659

Family links:

 Elizabeth Rogers Drake (1581 - 1681)
 Elizabeth Drake Elderkin (1621 - 1716)*
 Jacob Drake (1623 - 1689)*
 Job Drake (1623 - 1689)*
 Jacob Drake (1624 - 1689)*
 Samuel Drake (1624 - 1686)*
 Mary O. Drake Gaylord (1625 - 1683)

Burial: Palisado Cemetery Windsor Hartford County Connecticut, USA Created by: John Parker Record added: Jul 26, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 55491719 -tcd



Source 1. The American Genealogist: : John Drakes English connections;

Source 2. Will of John Drake of Wiscombe;

Source 3. Manwarings Digest 1:111-12; John settled first Dorchester. In 1637 he bought land in Taunton, Mass, but soon after (1639) he was in Windsor, Conn.

Source 4: Internet; Thomas Drake of Weymouth; from English Records; John Drake the imigrant is 3rd cousins to Thomas Drake & Elizabeth Drake his sister, also our imigrant ancestors;

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John Drake, of Windsor, CT's Timeline

Wiscombe, Devon, England
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Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom
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