William Drake (c.1552 - 1616) MP

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Birthplace: White Notley, Essex, England
Death: Died in Elmstead, Essex, England
Occupation: husbandman
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About William Drake

William, the eldest son of William and Joan Drake, was born about 1550 probably at White Notley. Being the eldest son, it would have been expected that he would have succeeded to his father's lands; however, this was not the case. His younger brother John remained at White Notley. In a Court for Black Notley on May 21, 1589, John Drake was described as "Johannes Drake claudes" -- that is, the lame or cripple. In view of the fact that his brother John was lame and had also married a local girl, it is likely that William let him take up their father's property. Apparently William moved to Halstead where, on October 12, 1478, he had married Joan Merrylls (also Merrells, Merrels). Sometime between 1584 and 1592, the family left Halstead and moved to Elmstead. The reason for this move was probably economic. William was a husbandman or farmer.

William Drake and his wife were extreme Puritans who rejected the established Church of England. In the records of the Archdeacon of Colchester's Court we find them being fined for not attending the parish Church in 1611, and again in 1615 he was presented by the Churchwardens of Elmstead "for not coming orderly to Church on the Sabbath Daye" and was duly fined 12d. on June 28, 1615. He was buried at Elmstead on November 3, 1616. His wife, Joan, died at the beginning of the next year and was buried on March 30, 1617, at Elmstead. Her will, dated March 16, 1617, was proved later the same year in the Commissary Court of the Bishop of London.

William and Joan had 10 children: Robert, Isabel, Thomas, Jushua, Joseph, Joan, thomas, Alice, Ellen, Elizabeth.

Compiled in Sep. 1980 by Stanley Ross Williams

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This page, and all genealogical data contained on it are © 2004 K. G. Sonne, (sonne@mail.com).

Drake, William

Birth : 1553 Halstead, Essex, England

Death : 3 NOV 1616 Elmstead, England

Gender: Male

Parents:

   Father: Drake, William
   Mother: Joan,

Family:

   Marriage: 12 OCT 1578 in Halstead, Essex, England
   Spouse:
       Merrylls, Joan
       Birth : 1557 Halstead, Essex, England
       Death : 16 MAR 1617 Elmstead, Essex, England
       Gender: Female
   Children:
       Drake, Isabella

-------------------- The eldest son of William and Joan Drake, William was born about 1550, probably at White Notley. It would have been expected that he would have succeeded to his father's lands, but this was not the case and instead his younger brother John remained at White Notley. Court records from May 21, 1589, indicate that John Drake was lame or cripple. In view of the fact that his brother John was lame and had also married a local girl, it is likely that William let him take up their father's property. Apparently William moved to Halstead where, on October 12, 1478, he had married Joan Merrylls (also Merrells, Merrels). Sometime between 1584 and 1592, the family left Halstead and moved to Elmstead. The reason for this move was probably economic. William was a husbandman or farmer.

William Drake and his wife were extreme Puritans who rejected the established Church of England. In the records of the Archdeacon of Colchester's Court we find them being fined for not attending the parish Church in 1611, and again in 1615 he was presented by the Churchwardens of Elmstead "for not coming orderly to Church on the Sabbath Daye" and was duly fined 12d. on June 28, 1615. He was buried at Elmstead on November 3, 1616. His wife, Joan, died at the beginning of the next year and was buried on March 30, 1617, at Elmstead. Her will, dated March 16, 1617, was proved later the same year in the Commissary Court of the Bishop of London.

William and Joan had 10 children: Robert, Isabel, Thomas, Jushua, Joseph, Joan, thomas, Alice, Ellen, Elizabeth.

He was married to Joan MERRYLLS on Oct 12 1578.

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William Drake, of Elmstead's Timeline

1552
1552
White Notley, Essex, England
1578
October 12, 1578
Age 26
Halstead, Essex, England
1579
1579
Age 27
Elmstead, Essex, England
1581
July 23, 1581
Age 29
Devon, England, United Kingdom
July 23, 1581
Age 29
Halstead, Essex, England
1582
December 2, 1582
Age 30
Elmstead, Essex, England
1584
1584
Age 32
1588
1588
Age 36
1590
1590
Age 38
1592
1592
Age 40