Robert Drake (1581 - 1667) MP

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Nicknames: "capt francis not his son DNA"
Birthplace: Halstead, Essex, England
Death: Died in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Occupation: sergemaker
Managed by: Debra A. Jacobson
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About Robert Drake

Robert DRAKE was born in 1580 in Halstead, County Essex, England. He died on Jan 14 1667/68 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. He was the son of William Drake (1553-1616) and Joan Webb Merrylls (1557-1617).

Robert was a sergemaker. He first settled in Exeter, and he moved to Hampton about 1650 or 1651. He was a selectman of Hampton in 1653 and 1664; jury 1653; grand jury 1662; was a freeman April 1663.


While Robert died at Hampton, his will was proved at Salisbury. source: Noyes/Libby/Davis, "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire," (1939), p. 205; Thompson, Alice Smith, "The Drake Fami ly of New Hampshire," (1962), pp. 25-32; Wagner, Sir Anthony, "Drake in En gland," (1970, Revised Ed.), p. 88.

According to the original entry upon the records of Hampton, New Hampshire, Robert Drake died there on January 14, 1668, aged 88 years; therefore, he was born in 1580. The earliest record we have for him is his baptism at Halstead, County Essex, England, on July 23, 1581, and that is probably the place of his birth. When he was still a young man (1584-1592), his family moved to Elmstead, County Essex, England. It is believed that after he became of age and left his father's house, he moved to Colchester, County Essex, England, where he learned the trade of sergemaking.

Since no mention of the wife of Robert Drake is found in New England records, it is believed that she died before he immigrated. Their (4?) children were most likely born at Colchester and, tradition has it, that Robert Drake's sons first emigrated to New England and that he later went out to join them. The great depression which struck the old broadcloth and the "new drapery" industries of Essex in 1619 and lasted until the Restoration in 1669, was probably one of the reasons for their emigration. The exact date they arrived in New England is not known, but it must have been between 1638 and 1643.

Robert Drake was the first of the name in New England and, although the exact date and place where he first landed is not known, he came to Exeter, New Hampshire. As Exeter was first settled in 1638, he may have been among the first Founders of that town. He subseqently settled at Hampton, New Hampshire, where he was granted cow common rights February 23, 1645/46. On March 25, 1650, he bought his home in Hampton, a "dwelling house and house lott and 6 acres of fresh meadow" for which he paid Sam'l or Frances (?) Peabody 75 pounds 13 s. In Hampton he was assigned one of the seventy-eight shares in the Great Ox Common in 1651, was a selectman in 163 and 1664, and on October 4, 1653, he took an oath of allegiance. Robert died January 14, 1668, at Hampton. Although in his will he describes himself as a sergemaker, there is no mention of any weaving machinery or equipment in the inventory of his effects, so he probably had not engaged in that occupation for some time. In Hampton records, he has been referred to as yeoman or farmer.

Apparently Robert was a very unhappy man. In England his family was persecuted for being Quakers, his wife died young, and a great depression made it impossible for him to earn a living at his trade of sergemaking. He emigrated to America where he either could not or did not practice his preferred trade of sergemaking and his son, Francis, became a Baptist, which he abhorred. (see note)

notes

Donald Drake noted on 28 Aug 2013: "research strongly indicates that Cpt Francis Drake was not the son of Robert Drake of NH. Descendants of Robert are R1b and descendants of Francis are R1a"

Children: Nathaniel, Susanna, Abraham

Compiled Sep 1980 by S.R. Williams

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Robert Drake was the son of William Drake (1553-1616) and Joan Webb Merrylls (1557-1617), both born in Halstead, Essex County, England. Records indicate that Joan died while still in England; Robert died in Rockingham, NH. He had one sister Isabell.

Robert married Jane Ganton and they had four children: Nathaniel, Susanna, my 8th great-grandfather Francis, and Abraham, all of whom were born in England.

One source states Robert had two wives: Susan Knopp and Jane Ganton.

Robert was a sergemaker. He first settled in Exeter, and he moved to Hampton about 1650 or 1651. He was a selectman of Hampton in 1653 and 1664; jury 1653; grand jury 1662; was a freeman April 1663.


Note: There is no stone for Robert Drake.


Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery Hampton Rockingham County New Hampshire, USA


Maintained by: Marvin Hilts Originally Created by: BL Hughes

Weblinks: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16886859

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Robert was a sergemaker. Dow reported that he was from County Devon. Lat er research, however, has corrected this information. He first settl ed in Exeter, and he moved to Hampton about 1650 or 1651. He was a selectm an of Hampton in 1653 and 1664; jury 1653; grand jury 1662. GDMNH shows t he birth order of his children as Nathaniel, Abraham, Susannah. However, T hompson agrees with Dow. While Robert died at Hampton, his will was proved at Salisbury. Noyes/Libby/Davis, "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine a nd New Hampshire," (1939), p. 205; Thompson, Alice Smith, "The Drake Fami ly of New Hampshire," (1962), pp. 25-32; Wagner, Sir Anthony, "Drake in En gland," (1970, Revised Ed.), p. 88.
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Robert Drake, of Hampton's Timeline

1581
July 23, 1581
Halstead, Essex, England
July 23, 1581
Halstead, Essex, England
July 23, 1581
Halstead, Essex, England, Great Britain
July 23, 1581
Halstead, Essex, England
July 23, 1581
Halstead, Essex, England, Great Britain
July 23, 1581
Halstead, Essex, England
1606
1606
Age 24
Of, Halstead, Essex, England
1612
April, 1612
Age 30
Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom, England
1615
1615
Age 33
Devon, United Kingdom, England
1618
1618
Age 36
Devon , England