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John Drake, of Horley Green

Birthdate:
Death: between April 13, 1544 and April 18, 1544 (44-53)
Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Place of Burial: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Husband of wife of John Drake
Father of Thomas Drake, of Horley Green & Barnoldswick; Elizabeth Garforth; Sibil Northend; Edward Drake, of Halifax; Margaret Baiths, of Halifax and 5 others
Brother of Jennet Thompson

Occupation: Clothier
Managed by: Jennifer Williams
Last Updated:

About John Drake, of Horley Green

I. JOHN DRAKE, of Horley Green, near Halifax, whose ancestors had been at that place from the thirteenth century, a clothier and purchaser of Abbey lands, bur. at Halifax 18 Apr. 1544 (Register). Will 13 Apr., pr. at York 2 May 1544. Asked in his will to be buried in the Middle Aisle of Halifax Church.

mar. . . .

Had issue—

  1. Thomas, eldest son (a quo Drake of Horley Green and Barnoldswick, see Hunter's Min. Gent., Harl Soc, 39, 1154).
  2. Sir William, a priest, named in his father's will, bur. 1 Dec. 1544.
  3. John.
  4. Humphrey.
  5. Gilbert, of Shibden. Had issue.
  6. Edward (II).
  7. Margaret, mar. 7 July 1544, William Baits.
  8. Sibil, mar. John Northend.
  9. Elizabeth, mar. . . . Garforth.

notes

From Drake: Guild of One Name Studies

William Drake of Shibden, Halifax, Yorkshire is mentioned in 1275 in the reign of Edward I.  There is documentary evidence that a Drake line (father to son) occupied Horley Green, Northowram in Halifax parish from 1306 to 1642, and  Drakes continued to occupy Horley Green until the 19th century.

John Drake, prosperous in the reign of Henry VIII, was a successful and respected Horley Green yeoman.  His 1544 will states he was to be buried in the "middest alley" of Halifax church, and the tomb was placed near the font.  The arms of Drake of Ashe were on the middle gable of the manor house at Horley Green (restored in the 1700s by Francis Drake, the York antiquary). It is interesting that The Visitation of Yorkshire in 1665 records a pedigree of five generations of Drake headed by a Drake of Halley Green, Yorkshire.  They claimed the arms of Drake of Ashe in Devon, but it seems were unable to substantiate it, as the Heralds noted 'respite given for proofe of these Armes, but no proofe made'.

From In 1822, the following places were in the Parish of Halifax:

"HORLEY GREEN, a single house in the township of Northowram, and parish of Halifax; 5 miles from Halifax and Huddersfield. A Mineral Water has been discovered here, on which a pamphlet was written by Dr. Garnet. It appears, from his experiments, to contain a large portion of vitriolated iron, besides alum, selenite, and ochre; and is supposed, by him, to be the strongest Chalybeate Water ever known. Aikin's Manchester."

From Northowram (W.R. Yorks): Its History and Antiquities : with a Life of Oliver Heywood ... (Google eBook). Mark Pearson. F. King & Sons, 1898 - Northowram (Yorkshire) - 322 pages. Page 256-257:

Horley Green. An old mansion on the top of the hill, a little to the south-east of High Sunderland. This residence was originally built by one of the Drake family, whose original name was (according to Watson) like that of the valley below, Shibden, in which they held considerable property. - It was, however, spelt in various ways, viz.: Sipeden, Shepiden, Schipedene, Schipden, Schepden, Shipden, and Shibden. The name was afterwards changed, on some account or other, to Drake. Thomas Drake, grandfather of Captain Nathan Drake, resided at Horley Green in the reign of Philip and Mary; and according to an old deed still extant, it was owned in 1636 by John Drake of the same family. ...

From Journal of the British Archaeological Association (Google eBook) British Archaeological Association., 1898 - Archaeology. Page 19. "Ancient Houses near Halifax"

This place, and the vale leading out of it, was anciently called Schepden, and was the home of the De Schcpdens, the first of whom known was William de Schepden, who lived temp. Ed. I, and granted lands to his son John in 1306.

His descendants assumed the name of Drake, of whom the tenth- in descent was Thomas Drake, of Horley Green (in the immediate neighbourhood), whose residence, an ancient and now dilapidated building, is called Sourmilk Hall, in Horley Green.

His son, John Drake, at Horley Green, a yeoman, who made his will in 1665, was of a very covetous disposition; and he obtained the sobriquet of “Dives” from Dr. Favour, a noted Puritan divine, who was Vicar of Halifax ...

From Biographia Halifaxiensis: Or, Halifax Families and Worthies: A Biographical and Genealogical History of Halifax Parish (Google eBook) John Watson. T. Harrison, printer, 1883 - Epitaphs - 374 pages. Page 209-210:

The above pedigree is such as, for antiquity and authenticity, will not often, in private families, be exceeded; it begins before surnames were in use, and it is extracted from antient deeds, and other evidences, which are still preserved, and collected together. Concerning the family taking the name of Drake, there was an account of it in the writings belonging to the late Abraham Sunderland, esq ; but Whether those writings are now in being I cannot say, so that probably this anecdote is lost. Tradition sais, that this family came originally from Devonshire, where was lately an opulent family of the name of Sir William Drake, which had been long settled there, and of which the famous sir Francis Drake was a branch.

The arms which some of this family have used are, Argent, a wivern, his wings displayed and queue nowed gules, the same, except the addition of legged or, which an old manuscript collection of arms in my possession gives to a Devonshire family of this name, and which, viz. argent, a. cockatrice gules, the said MS. sais was born by Francis Drake, of Buckland, esq; in Devon. (Bart. 20 James I.) whose crest was, a rheine deer’s head erased or, attired, and collared with a crown sable.

Will

13 April 1544 - Will of John Drake, of Halifax Parish. Publications of the Surtees Society, Volume 108 (Google eBook). Arthur Francis Leach, Surtees Society, 1903 - Great Britain. Page 182:

CXLVIII. THE WILL OF JOHN DRAKE, OF HALIFAX PARISH. [Reg. Test. xi. 749.]

In the name of God, Amen. The xiij day of Aprill, 1544, I, John Draike,* of the parishe of Hallifax, sole and unmarried, of goode mynde and perfite remembrance, and notwithstandinge the vexacon of sekenesses do orden my last will. First I give my soull unto God Almightie, to oure blissed ladie Sancte Marie and to all the Sanctes in heaven, and my bodie to be buried in the parishe churche at Hallifax in the myddest alley. I bequeath to John, Humfray, and Gilbert Draike my sonnes to every one of theme xx markes, to Edwarde Draike my sone twentie and towe poundes, to Syr William Draike my sone iij li. vj s. viij d., to Margaret Baites my doughter xxj markes vj s. viij d., to John Baites here sone xxs., to my doughters Sibell Northende and to Elisabeth Garforth to either of theme xx marc, to Jennet Thompson my suster xx s., to John Midgeley xls., to Isabell Swane my servaunte xxs. over and beyonde here wadges that I owe unto here. I bequeathe xx s. to be equally devyded emonges my sone Thomas Draike childer, and vj s. viij d. to the reparacon and mendinge of the highe waye betwyxt my house and the Hollyne Grawen, to the churche of Hallifax iij s. iiij d. The revercon of all my goodes to the saide Edwarde Draike my sone whome I make my sole executor, and I make the saide Thomas Draike my sone, Robert Deyne, William Haldesworth and John Cokerofte supervisors. Thes witnesses, Robert Northende, John Boye, William Gaukeroger, William Draike, sone of Thomas, with many other. [Proved 2 May, 1544.]


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John Drake, of Horley Green's Timeline

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Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
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1514
Halifax, Yorkshire, England
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Halifax, Yorkshire, England
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Halifax, UK
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Halifax, UK
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1526
Halifax, Yorkshire, UK
1544
April 13, 1544
Age 49
Halifax, West Yorkshire, England