Person:John Drake (112)

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John Drake
m. 29 Apr 1782
  1. John Drakeabt 1789 - 1877
  • HJohn Drakeabt 1789 - 1877
  • WMary Harrisabt 1784 - 1832
m. 29 Oct 1814
  1. Edward Drake1815 -
  2. Celia Drake1817 - 1860
  3. Mary Drake1819 -
  4. Elizabeth Drake1821 -
  5. Jane Drake1824 - 1894
  6. John Drake1826 -
  7. Christopher Foote Drake1829 - 1885
Facts and Events
Name John Drake
Gender Male
Birth[2][3][4][5] abt 1789 Bere Ferrers, Devon, England
Marriage 29 Oct 1814 Bere Ferrers, Devon, Englandto Mary Harris
Census[2] 6 Jun 1841 Bere Ferrers, Devon, EnglandAgricultural labourer
Census[3] 30 Mar 1851 Bere Ferrers, Devon, EnglandAgricultural labourer
Census[4] 7 Apr 1861 Bere Ferrers, Devon, EnglandSexton, farm labourer
Census[5] 2 Apr 1871 Bere Ferrers, Devon, EnglandSexton
Death[1] 1877 Devon, EnglandTavistock Registration District

John Drake was a husbandman, agricultural labourer and sexton. His first confirmed sighting is his marriage in 1814 to Mary Harris in the parish of Bere Ferrers in Devon. John and Mary had seven children baptised at Bere Ferrers between 1815 and 1829. Several of their children's baptisms gives an abode of 'Monks Castle', which is presumably the same place as the 'Monkeys Castle' in which John appears in some of the censuses. Monkeys Castle appears to have been in the vicinity of the modern Well Farm, on the road between Bere Ferrers and Bere Alston. John's wife Mary was buried at Bere Ferrers on 26th November 1832, with her burial record giving her age as 48, implying that she was born in 1783 or 1784. The burial record also records that she had lived at Monks Castle. At the time of her death, her youngest son was only three years old. Mary and John were married for eighteen years. John outlived Mary by nearly 45 years, but appears never to have remarried.

John appears to have raised the children on his own after Mary's death. In each of the censuses from 1841 to 1871 he was living with some of his children - with Mary and Christopher in 1841, with Jane and Christopher (and next door to Mary) in 1851, with Mary in 1861 and with Elizabeth in 1871.

John was described as a husbandman on most of his children's baptisms and in most censuses as an agricultural labourer. However, in the last two censuses in which he appears he was also described as a sexton - meaning he was responsible for maintenance of the church and other related duties possibly including bell-ringing and grave digging.

John died in 1877, at the age of 88, in the Tavistock district, which covers the parish of Bere Ferrers in which John appears to have spent his whole life.

References
  1. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    d. John DRAKE, September Quarter 1877, Tavistock Registration District, Vol. 5b, page 224, aged 88 [1788/9]

  2. 2.0 2.1 General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1-1465 Census Returns: 1841 Census Schedules, HO107/240/5/11/17, 6 Jun 1841, Primary quality.

    Address: Church Cot, Beerferris, Devon
    [listed between Well and Woolacombe]
    John Drake, male, 50 [1786-91], Ag lab, b. in county
    Mary Drake, female, 20 [1816-21], b. in county
    Christopher Drake, male, 13 [1827/8], b. in county
    Mary Drake, female, 18m [1839/40], b. in county
    William Drake, male, 14m [1840], b. in county

  3. 3.0 3.1 General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1466-2531 Census Returns: 1851 Census Schedules, HO107/1883/79/18, 30 Mar 1851, Primary quality.

    Address: Monkeys Castle, Beerferris, Devon
    [households listed in order: ...Wallers, Hole Farm, Monkeys Castle, Well...]
    John Drake, head, widower, male, 65 [1785/6], Ag lab, b. Beerferris, Devon
    Jane Harry, daughter, married, female, 27 [1823/4], b. Beerferris, Devon
    Christopher Drake, son, unmarried, male, 22 [1828/9], Labourer in Lead Mine, b. Beerferris, Devon
    Mary Ann Harry, granddaughter, female, 1m [1851], b. Beerferris, Devon
    ~ [2nd household at Monkeys Castle]
    Jacob Hooper, head, married, male, 28 [1822/3], Ag lab, b. Stoke Damerel, Devon
    Mary Hooper, wife, married, female, 31 [1819/20], b. Beerferris, Devon
    Mary A. Hooper, daugher, female, 2 [1848/9], b. Beerferris, Devon
    John Hooper, son, male, 7m [1850], b. Beerferris, Devon
    Mary Jane Drake, daughter in law, female, 11 [1839/40], b. Beerferris, Devon

  4. 4.0 4.1 General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 9 General Register Office: 1861 Census Schedules, RG9/1457/54/7, 7 Apr 1861, Primary quality.

    Address: Monkeys Castle, Beerferris, Devon
    John Drake, head, widower, male, 71 [1789/90], Sexton, Farm Labourer, b. Beerferris, Devon
    Jacob Hooper, lodger son in law, married, male, 38 [1822/3], Farm laborer, b. Stoke Damerell, Devon
    Mary Hooper, daughter, married, female, 41 [1819/20], Laborers wife, b. Beerferris, Devon
    Mary Jane Drake, daughter in law, unmarried, female, 21 [1839/40], House servant, b. Beerferris, Devon
    Mary Ann Hooper, daughter, female, 12 [1848/9], Scholar, b. Beerferris, Devon
    John Hooper, son, male, 10 [1850/1], Scholar, b. Beerferris, Devon
    William Richard Hooper, son, male, 8 [1852/3], Scholar, b. Beerferris, Devon
    Jacob Hooper, son, male, 6 [1854/5], b. Beerferris, Devon
    Edwin Hooper, son, male, 4 [1856/7], b. Beerferris, Devon
    Amelia Elizabeth Hooper, daughter, female, 1 [1859/60], b. Beerferris, Devon

  5. 5.0 5.1 General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 10 General Register Office: 1871 Census Schedules, RG10/2142/41/3, 2 Apr 1871, Primary quality.

    Address: Well Farm, Beerferris, Devon
    William Cole, head, married, male, 54 [1816/7], Kind, b. Thornbury
    Elizbth. Cole, wife, married, female, 49 [1821/2], Kind wife, b. Beerferris, Devon
    John Cole, son, unmarried, male, 19 [1851/2], Kind son, b. Beerferris, Devon
    Jane Cole, daughter, female, 10 [1860/1], Scholar, b. Beerferris, Devon
    John Drake, father, widower, 82 [1788/9], Sexton, b. Beerferris, Devon