Hon Elinor Boteler

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Elinor/Helen Drake (Boteler/Butler)

Birthplace: Hertford, England
Death: October 02, 1666 (69-70)
Southampton, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Boteler, 1st Baron Boteler of Brantfield and Elizabeth Boteler
Wife of John Drake and Sir John Drake, MP
Mother of William Drake; Dorothy Fry; Elizabeth Churchill; Gertrude Drake; Jane Yonge and 10 others
Sister of Audrey Leigh; Honourable Anne Blount; Mary Howard and Jane Ashburnham
Half sister of Olivia Porter

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About Hon Elinor Boteler

another possible death date is 9 October 1666

Arthur Meredyth Burke. The prominent families of the United States of America. (page 5 of 47)


The Prominent Families of the United States of America By Arthur Meredyth Burke

Bernard Drake and Gertrude Fortescue

John Drake ( -1628), of Mount Drake and Ashe; m. Dorothy, dau. of William Button, of Alton, Co. Wilts, and, by her (who d. 13 Dec. 1631), had issue:--

1. Sir John Drake, Knt., of Ashe; m. 18 May 1616, Elinor, second dau. of Sir John Butler, Bart, (created Baron Butler of Branfield, Co. Hereford); d. 4 Oct. 1666, leaving issue. His eldest son, Sir John Drake, of Ashe, was created a baronet, by King Charles II, 31 Aug. 1660.

2. William,

He was bur. in Musbury Parish Church, 11 April 1628.

Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry, Volume 1 By John Burke



Sir Bernard Drake, Knt. m. Gertrude Fortescue

John Drake, of Ashe and Mount Drake, son and heir, m. Dorothy, dau. of William Button, Esq. of Alton, co. Wilts, and had issue, I. John, of whom hereafter. II. William,.....

Mr. Drake d. in 1628, and was s. by is eldest son,

Sir John Drake, Knt. of Ashe, who m. Helena, 2nd dau. of John, Baron Boteler of Bramfield, co Herts, by Elizabeth, his wife, dau. of Sir George Villiers, Knt. of Blokesby, co. Leicester, and half-sister to George, Duke of Buckingham. Lady Drake was co-heir of her brother, William, 2nd and last Baron Boteler, who d. s. p. The issue of this marriage were,

I. Sir John Drake, od Ashe, Knt., eldest son......

II. George, ....

III. Thomas, ....

IV. Henry, ....

I. Dorothy, .....

II. Mary, ....

III. Eleanor, .......

IV. Elizabeth, m. to Sir Winstow Churchill, Knt., M. P., by whom she was mother of the celebrated John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, who was b. at the mansion-house of Ashe, whilst his mother was on a visit to her father there, in 1650.


A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies ... By John Burke, Sir Bernard Burke



Sir Bernard Drake, Knt and Gertrude Fortescue

John Drake, esq. of Mount Drake and Ashe, who m. Dorothy, daughter of William Button, esq. of Alton, Wilts, and dying in 1628, was s. by his son,

Sir John Drake, Knt. of Ashe. This gentleman m. Helena, second daughter of Sir John Butler, bart. created Baron Butler, of Bramfield, and co-heir of her brother William, second and last Lord Butler, of Bramfield, and had issue,


Elizabeth, m. to Sir Winston Churchill, knt. of Standish, in Gloucestershire, and was mother of the great Duke of Marlborough.


He d. in 1636, and was s. by his eldest son,


A genealogical and heraldic histoy of the commoners of Great Britain and ... By John Burke



Bernard Drake and Gertrude Fortescue

John Drake, esq. of Mount Drake and Ashe, who m. Dorothy, dau. of William Button, esq. of Alton, and was s. at his decease, in 1628, by his son,

Sir John Drake, knt. of Mount Drake and Ashe. This gentleman wedded Helen, second dau. and co-heir of Sir John Butler, bart. of Hatfield Woodhouse, Herts, (who was raised to the peerage, by King James I., as Baron Butler, of Bramfield,) and dying in 1636, left issue,


8. Elizabeth, m. to Sir Winston Churchill.......

The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)


  • The Drakes of Ashe, in Devon were a very distinguished family, of whom was John Drake, Esq., one of the Council of Plymouth, a member of the original company established by King James, (unreadable (1 06)), for settling New England. Several of his sons came to New England and settled. Richard, with two or more sons and nine daughters, settled in Hampton, N. H.

John Drake of Otterton had Richard, Robert, Thomas, who went to Hartford in Herts Agnes mo.of Sir Wm. Pole, the great Antiquary, and John of Exmouth, Devon, who recovered Ashe and m. Margaret dau. of John Colehill, and had, among others:

I. Joan Drake, m. Walter, son of William and Jane Grenville, dau. of Sir Thomas Raleigh. He m. (2) __ Daniels; (3) Katharine, dau. of Sir Philip Champernown and wid. of Otho Gilbert; by d m. had Sir Walter Raleigh, b. 15?2. 1, John Raleigh, m. Ann Fortesque, sis. of Gertrude who m. Sir Bernard Drake of Ashe. 2. George Raleigh, m. Katharine, dau. of Otho and Katharine (Champernown) Gilbert, and sis. of Sir John, Sir Humphrey and Sir Adwin Gilbert.

II. Sir John Drake, Exq., of Ashe, High Sheriff of Devon; d. 1588; m. 1529, Amy Grenville, sis. to Sir Richard, and had: 1. Sir Bernard Drake, b. abt. 1530; a distinguished Naval Officer; d. Jan. 11, 1585; gave Sir Francis, s. of Edmund Drake, b. 1545, the great Admiral, a box on the ear for assuming the family arms, Sir Francis being of a younger branch. He m. Gertrude Fortesque, and had; 1. JOHN DRAKE, d. 1628; m. HELENA, dau. of John, Baron BOTELER of Herts, and his wf. Elizabeth, half-sis. to Geo. Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, and had: 1. Sir John. 2. George, d. unm., 1664. 3. Thomas of Ireland; d. s. i. 1659. 4. Henry, settled at Barnstaple, Devon, of which he was Mayor, 1679. 5. Dorothy. 6. Mary. 7. Eleanor. 8. Elizabeth, m. Sir Winston Churchill. (1). John Churchill, b. at Ashe (while his mother was on a visit to her father) Duke of Marlboro; m. Sarah Jennings. (2) Arabella, had 4 chil. by James, Duke of York, afterwards James II, King of England. She afterwards m. Col. Charles Godfrey, and had, 1. Charlotte, m. April 23, 1700, High Bascawen, Viscount Falmouth and had 18 chil. (3) George. 2. Margaret, m. John Sherman and had dau. Alice, m. Richard Percival, ancestor of Earls of Egmont. 2. Robert Drake of Wiscomb, m. and had 7 sons and 3 daus. 1. William. 2. Bernard. 3. John, m. and had i. 4. Robert. 5. Henry, killed in army; s. i. 6. Nicholas, m. Katharine, dau. of William Tothill and wid. of Wm. Kingsley. 7. Humphrey. 8. Gertrude. 9. Amy. 10. Ursula. 3. Richard Drake, b. 1534; of Surrey; d. July 11, 1603, Equerry to Queen Elizabeth. Introduced his kinsman, Francis Drake, afterwards the great Admiral, to the Queen; m. Ursula, dau. of Sir Wm. Stafford. 1. Francis Drake of Shardeloes, d. 1613; m. Joan, dau. of Wm. Tothill of Shardeloes, Esq. At her house Thomas Hooker sojourned, afterwards ??u de? of the Conn. Colony. 2. George Drake of Spratshays, Esq.; supposed of this family; had dau; Katharine m. John Ford of Bagton, Devon, Eng. who had Sir Henry Ford, Secretary of Stateof Ireland for Charles II; sold Bagton to Mr. Tothill, whose descendants sold it to Lord Ashburton.

Winston Churchill (1620-1688)

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In 1643 Churchill married Elizabeth Drake, daughter of Sir John Drake (d. 25 August 1636) and wife Eleanor Boteler, daughter of the 1st Baron Boteler of Brantfield and maternal niece of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham. They had twelve children, of whom only five survived infancy. Three of their sons gained distinction. The aforementioned John became a famous military commander and was created Duke of Marlborough, Charles Churchill (2 February 1656 – 1714) became a Lieutenant-General in the Army and married Mary Gould (later married to the 2nd Earl of Abingdon), while George Churchill became an Admiral in the Royal Navy. One of their daughters was Arabella Churchill. Churchill died in March 1688, aged 67.


Stephen, Sir Leslie; Lee, Sir Sidney (editors). The Dictionary of National Biography, From the Earliest Times to 1900: Volume IV Chamber-Craigie. Oxford University Press.

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Hertford, England
Of Ashe House, Devon, England (United Kingdom)
Ashe, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Ashe, Devon, England, United Kingdom
February 24, 1629
Ashe, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Melcombe Horsey, Dorset, England (United Kingdom)