Person:Francis Drake (14)

Capt. Francis Drake
  • HCapt. Francis Drake1618 - 1687
  • WMary Walker1625 - 1688
m. Abt 1645
  1. Captain George DrakeAbt 1650 - 1710
  2. Elizabeth DrakeEst 1652 - 1711
  3. Rev. John DrakeAbt 1653 - 1741
  4. Francis Drake, Jr.Abt 1656 - 1733
Facts and Events
Name Capt. Francis Drake
Gender Male
Alt Birth? 23 Dec 1615 Colchester, Devon, England
Alt Birth? Bet 1615 and 1618 Devon, England
Birth? 1618 Devon, England
Marriage Abt 1645 to Mary Walker
Emigration[1] 1667 New Hampshire, United States
Death[1] 24 Sep 1687 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
Burial? Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
  1. 1.0 1.1 Christensen, Anthony J. A branch of the Piscataway Dunn family: a few members of the Dunn family whose branches spread from Pisctaqua, New Hampshire, to Piscataway, New Jersey, to Southwestern Pennsylvania, to Harrison County, Kentucky, and to points West. (Salem, Utah: Mac Anthony Corp., c1998)
    p. 1-4.

    Francis Drake was the founder of the Drake family in New Jersey. He and his wife Mary (possibly Mary Walker) and children sailed from New Hampshire to Piscataway in 1667. Francis lived at Piscataway twenty years before his death on 24 September 1687.

    Sources used by Christensen for Francis Drake and family include: New Hampshire Residents, 1633-1699, by Jay Mack Holbrook; The New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Charles W. Tibbets editor; History of the First Baptist Church of Piscataway, Geo. Drake, P. A. Runyon, and W. H. Stelle

  2.   New Hampshire. Provincial and State Papers [series]. (Concord, New Hampshire [etc.], 1867–1943)

    As can be seen by the will of Robert Drake he had only three children and Francis Drake was not one of them:

    Proved 14 Apr 1668; recorded Essex County, Mass. Probate Files and Norfolk County, Mass.Court Files, 1:106; quoted from State Papers 31:58.

    Robert’s will:

    IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN: the fifth of May, in the year of our lord one thousand six hundred and sixty three; I Robert Drake in the town of Hampton in New England in Norfolk, searge maker, being of good and perfect memory, do ordaine, and make my last Will & Testament, being in manner and form as followeth first, I do bequeath my soul into ye hands of almighty god, trusting assuredly to be saved only by ye merits of Jesus Christ, my alone saviour and redeemer, and my body to the earth: item: my goods I give and bequeath as followeth: to my son Nathaniell Drake I will & Bequeath six pound; SCto my son Abraham Drakes eldest son Abraham Drake I give twelve pounds To my Daughter Susanna Drake twelve pounds to my Grandchild Rachell Drake twelve pound; to Jean Drake twelve pounds ye which are my son Nathaniels two Daughters; to my Grandchildren Susanna Drake, Sarah Drake, Mary Drake, Elizabeth & Hannah, to each of them twelve pounds, being ye Children of my son Abraham Drake; &to my son Abraham Drake I will & bequeath the remainder of my estate being my house & house lot with my Meadowes salt marsh & fresh with six shares, fewer of Cow Commons & two of ox Commons with all rights previleges & appertenances therunto belonging my upland whatsoever lands: as also my Cattell; three steres two of seaven Yeares of age & one of fouer; two Cows, one yearling, Item, my household stuff bed & bedding Brass & puter Iron & Lead whatsoever; all which my mentioned estate I will bequeath to my son Abraham Drake: my sayd son to pay ye afore spesified legacies to the severall parties as before given; at one & twenty years of age; none to make any demand till a year after my decease; Item if any of my Grandchildren dye before they be of age, there portion to be devided equally amongst my Grandchildren yet living; It: I Will & give to my son Abraham Drake all Debts, Dues, bills; bonds whatsoever belonging to me. Item I ordain & Constitute my son Abram Drake my sole executour to this my last will & testiment revoking all other former wills by me made; in witnesse whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the eighteenth of May one thousand six hundred sixty three Testes (seal)

    Robert (X) Drake

    John Barsham
    Giles Fuller

  3.   Thompson, Alice Smith, and Anthony Richard Wagner. The Drake family of New Hampshire: Robert, of Hampton, and some of his descendants ; a genealogy. (Concord, New Hampshire: Historical Society, 1962)

    As can be seen by this source the family of Robert Drake was of Essex and not of Devon.

    ROBERT DRAKE, sergemaker, baptized at Halstead 23 July 1581,emigrated before 1643 to Exeter, NH, subsequently settled in Hampton,NH, and had a grant ofpasture there 23 February 1645/46, appointed a selectman there 1654, died there 14.January 1667/68 aged 88. His will, dated 5 May 1663, was proved at Salisbury, Mass. 14 May 1668. The family appears to have come from Colchester in Essex, England, as by a deposition recently (1867) discovered; in which Nathaniel and Abraham, sons of Robert Drake, made oath (27 April, 1691) that they had known certain persons "ever since wee were children;" that said parties were of Colchester, and their ancestors had always lived there. ROBERT DRAKE is first found at Exeter, with his family, and in 1651 purchased an estate in Hampton. Robert died 14 January 1667/68 at Hampton. Children,named in Robert’s will; no others known:

    1 NATHANIEL b. I612? England.
    2 SUSANNA.
    3 ABRAHAM b. I621? England.

  4.   Y DNA.

    Research strongly indicates that Cpt Francis Drake was not the son of Robert Drake of NH. Descendants of Robert are R1b and descendants of Francis are R1a. R1a and R1b split say 25,000 years ago. The Y-DNA R1a (specifically R1a-L664) Drake family appears to have originated in Devon, while the Y-DNA R1b Drake family appears to have originated in Essex. Possibly Francis Drake is related John Drake of Windsor who was also in R1a and migrated from Devon to Connecticut.