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William Drake

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Wiscombe, South Leigh, Devonshire, England
Death: between circa December 4, 1619 and circa May 18, 1625 (58-80)
Southleigh, Devon, England
Place of Burial: Southleigh, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Drake, of Wiscombe Park and Elizabeth Drake
Husband of Phillippa Drake and Philippa Drake
Father of Elizabeth Crandall; John Drake, of the Mass Bay Colony; Acton Drake; Thomas Drake; William Drake and 2 others
Brother of Amy Drake; John Drake; Humphrey Drake; Henry Drake; Ursula Drake and 7 others
Half brother of Mary Elmyra Todde

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About William Drake, of Southleigh

William Drake

  • Birth: Abt 1553 in Ashe, Devonshire, England
  • Parents: Robert Drake (of Wiscombe Park, Devon), Elizabeth Prideaux
  • Married: Philippa Dennys, daughter of Sir Robert Dennys , Knt. (of Holcombe-Burnell, Devonshire).1
  • Death: between 4 December 1619 (will dated) and 18 May 1625 (estate probated on 19 May 1625) 1

4th cousin (and more) of his wife?


Older studies (noted below) asserted that John Drake, Sr., of Windsor was a son of this couple, but contemporary genealogists do not accept the relationship. See https://www.geni.com/discussions/169080?msg=1154590


  • [S2] Frederick Lewis Weis, Ancestral Roots.
  • [S359] Charles Henry Browning, Colonial Dames.


  • Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry, Volume 1 By John Burke Pg.347
  • John Drake, Esq. of Ashe, who s. his father in the representation of the family, m. (26 HENRY VIII.,) Amye, dau. of Roger Grenville, Esq. of Stow, co. Cornwall, and had issue,
  • I Bernard, his heir.
  • II. Robert, of Wiscomb Park, in the parish of South Legh, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Humphrey Prideaux, Esq. of Theoborough, and had issue seven son and three daus.,
  • 1. 'WILLIAM, Esq. of Wiscombe, m. PHILIPPA, dau. of Sir Robt. DENYS, Knt. of Halicomb, and had issue.
  • 2. Bernard.
  • 3. John, m., and had issue.
  • 4. Robert,}
  • 5. Henry,} both in the army, and killed at the defene of Osten, in the prime of their age, s. p.
  • 6. Nicholas, m. Katherine, dau. of William Tottle, and relict of __ Kingley.
  • 7. Humphrey.
  • 1. Gertrude, m. to Henry Honychurch, of Awn Gifford.
  • 2. Amye, m. __ Poole, of Nottingham.
  • 3. Ursula, unm.
  • III. Richard, equerry to Queen Elizabeth, m. Ursula, dau. of Sir William Stafford, Knt., and from whom the Drakes of Shardeloes.
  • Mr. Drake, who served the office of sheriff for the county of Devon, 4 Queen Elizabeth, d. 4 Oct. 1558, and was s. by his son,
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  • 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)
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/descendantsofwil01tutt#page/n61/mode/2up
  • 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, 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.
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  • Robert Drake of Wiscombe Park
  • m. Elizabeth Prideaux (dau. of Humphrey Prideaux of Theoborough)
    • 1. William Drake of Wiscomb (d before 19.05.1625)
    • m. Philippa Denys (d before 05.10.1655, sister of Sir Thomas Denys)
      • A. Thomas Drake of Wiscomb (b c1594, d before 24.09.1661)
      • m. Helen Walker (d before 26.04.1678, dau/coheir of Alexander Walker of Bampton)
      • B. Joan Drake
      • m. Robert Collyns
      • C.+ other issue - John (to New England), William, Amy of Ottery St. Mary (d before 16.07.1680)
    • 2. Henry Drake of Childhay (d by 03.1640-1)
    • m. Anna Crukerne (dau/heir of John Crukerne, widow of Sir Arthur Champernowne)
    • 3. Bernard Drake of Wiscomb
    • m. (c02.1596-7) Elizabeth Densloe
    • 4. Nicholas Drake (d 1640-1, 6th son)
    • m. Katherine Tothill (d 18.06.1622, dau/coheir of William Tothill, widow of William Kingsley)
    • 5.+ other issue - Robert (d before 15.05.1604, Colonel), John (dsp), Humphry (d c04.1604, dspl but had issue), John (dsp), Gertrude, Ursula, Amy
  • http://stirnet.com/genie/data/british/dd/drake02.php
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    1. ID: I7871
    2. Name: William DRAKE
    3. Surname: Drake
    4. Given Name: William
    5. Sex: M
    6. Birth: 1564 in Wiscombe, Devon, England
    7. Death: DEAD
    8. _UID: FD1D4D5898C7744A826FD679BD55D2474758
    9. Change Date: 8 Jul 2004 at 21:45:50
  • Marriage 1 Phillippa DENNYS
  • Children
  • 1. Has Children John DRAKE b: ABT 1600 in Wiscombe, Devon, England
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The line of ancestry of the Windsor (Conn.) Drakes may be thus summarized:


     EDWARD I, King of England.                   = Eleanor, dau. of Ferdinand 
     III, King of 
     Lady Elizabeth Plantagenet.                  = Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of 
                                                    and Essex. 
     Lady Margaret de Bohun, m. in 1325.          = Hugh de Courtenay, 2nd Earl 
     of Devon. 
     Margaret, dau. of Hugh, Earl of Devon.       = Theobald Granville, son of 
     Sir Theobald 
     William Granville, of Stow, in Cornwall,     = Philippa, dau. of William 
     Lord Bonville. 
     d. about 1450. 
     Sir Thomas Granville, of Stow, High          = Elizabeth, sister of Sir 
     Theobald Gorges. 
     Sheriff, 21 Edward IV. 
     Sir Thomas Granville, of Stow, K. B., d.     = Isabel, dau. of Sir Otes 
     Gilbert, of Compton. 
     6 Henry VIII. 
     Roger Granville, Esq., of Stowe, Sheriff,    = Margaret, dau. and coheir 
     of Richard Whitley, 
     Temp. Henry VIII, d. in 1524.                  of Efford. 
     Amyre, dau. of Roger Granville, of Stow.     = John Drake, Esq., of Ash, 
     Co. Devon, d.1558. 

SEE DRAKE ancestry No. 6, John Drake.

(See Burke's "Royal Families," Vol. II, Pedigree cxxix.)

References: "History of Windsor, Conn.," 1859, page 583.

"Memorial History of Hartford, Conn.," Vol. II, pg. 549.

For Royal Line, See Vol. I, Families Directly Descended from all the Royal Families in Europe.


1. JOHN, of Exmouth, Eng., b. 1360; m. Christian, dau. of John Billet; he acquired the estate of Ashe. His widow m. (2) Richard Francheyney.

2. JOHN, m. Christian, dau. of John Antage, and settled at Otterton; founded the Otterton family of Drake, through his son. He was unlawfully excluded from Ashe by his half-brother, Christopher Francheyney

(son of his mother by her second marriage).

3. JOHN, inherited Otterton; m. a Cruwys, of Cruwys, Morchand.

4. JOHN, of Otterton, m. Agnes, dau. of John Killoway.

5. JOHN, settled first at Axmouth, and by a suit-at-law recovered Ashe.

He m. Margaret, dau. of John Dole of Rill.

6. JOHN, inherited Ashe; m. Anne, dau. of Roger Greenville; his son, Bernard, inherited Ashe.

7. ROBERT, settled at Wiscomb, parish of South Leigh, County Devon.

8. WILLIAM, of Wiscomb, County Devon.

9. JOHN, b. at Wiscomb, County Devon, about 1590 or 1600; m. Elizabeth Rogers. 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.

10. JOHN, b. about 1635; m. Hannah, dau. of Thomas Moore. ("Soc. Col. Wars," page 151--John Drake, Jr., 1656-1739, deputy to General Court Assembly of N. J., 1698; King Philip's War, page 450--John Drake credit 02-1400.

11. RUTH, b. Dec. 1, bapt. Dec. 6, 1657; m. Samuel Barber, of Windsor, Jan. 25, 1677; Samuel Barber was bapt. Oct. 1, 1648.

12. RUTH BARBER, b. July 24, 1683; m. (2) Apr. 18, 1706, William Phelps, who was b. Feb. 4, 1668/9.

13. LIEUT. SAMUEL2 PHELPS, b. Apr. 5, 1708; d. Aug. 14/17, 1754; m. 1731, Ruth Phelps, who was b. Jan. 23, 1713.



'Finding Our Past

(See also William* DRAKE's parents: Robert * DRAKE (1528-1600) and Elizabeth* PRIDEAUX (1523-1572) William* DRAKE's siblings: John DRAKE (1549- ), Humphrey DRAKE (1551- ), Henry DRAKE (1555- ), Ursula DRAKE (1557- ), Bernard DRAKE (1559- ), Nicholas DRAKE (1561- ) and Gertude DRAKE (1563- ) Joan MERRYLLS's parents: John * MERRYLLS (1525-1584) and Joanna* (1535-1567)

'Family of William* DRAKE and Joan * MERRYLLS

Husband: William* DRAKE (1564-1625)

Wife: Joan * MERRYLLS (1557-1617)

Children: Isabella * DRAKE (1579-1639)

Robert DRAKE (1581- )

Thomas DRAKE (1582- )

Joshua DRAKE (1584- )

Joseph DRAKE (1588- )

Joane DRAKE (1590- )

Alice DRAKE (1594- )

Ellen DRAKE (1596- )

Elizabeth DRAKE (1598- )

Marriage 12 Oct 1578 Halstead, Essex, England

Husband: William* DRAKE

Name: William* DRAKE

Sex: Male

Father: Robert * DRAKE (1528-1600)

Mother: Elizabeth* PRIDEAUX (1523-1572)

Birth 1564 Wiscombe, Devonshire, England

Death 12 May 1625 (age 60-61) Devonshire, England

Wife: Joan * MERRYLLS

Name: Joan * MERRYLLS

Sex: Female

Father: John * MERRYLLS (1525-1584)

Mother: Joanna* (1535-1567)

Birth 1557

Death 1617 (age 59-60)

Child 1: Isabella * DRAKE

Name: Isabella * DRAKE

Sex: Female

Spouse: John * Bland SMITH (1572-1668)

Birth 1579 Elmstead, Essex, England

Death 12 Oct 1639 (age 59-60) Watertown, Middlesex, MA, US

Child 2: Robert DRAKE Name: Robert DRAKE Sex: Male Birth 23 Jul 1581 Child 3: Thomas DRAKE Name: Thomas DRAKE Sex: Male Birth 2 Dec 1582 Child 4: Joshua DRAKE Name: Joshua DRAKE Sex: Male Birth 1584 Child 5: Joseph DRAKE Name: Joseph DRAKE Sex: Male Birth 1588 Child 6: Joane DRAKE Name: Joane DRAKE Sex: Female Birth 1590 Child 7: Alice DRAKE Name: Alice DRAKE Sex: Female Birth 1594 Child 8: Ellen DRAKE Name: Ellen DRAKE Sex: Female Birth 1596 Child 9: Elizabeth DRAKE Name: Elizabeth DRAKE Sex: Female Birth 1598

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Wiscombe, South Leigh, Devonshire, England
Age 32
Southleigh, Devon, England
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Wiscombe, Devonshire, England, USA
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Of Wiscombe, Southleigh, Devonshire, England
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Wiscombe, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
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Wiscomb, Devon, England
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Wiscomb, Devon, England
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December 4, 1619
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