From: Gregory Charles Loudon Bourland
Date: Thursday, May 04, 2000 2:29 AM
Maine Pioneers, 1623-1660
Francis Drake Portsmouth, had house-lot on Roger Knight's Island in
1654. Juror, 1661; propr. 1664. With wife Mary sold land in Greenland 5
Robert Drake, yeoman, searge-maker, Exeter, proprietor very early.
Bought a house and lands in Hampton of Francis Pebodie 15 (1) 1649. Took
oath of fidelity 4 (8) 1653. Grand juryman 8 April, 1662. His sons
Nathaniel and Abraham took oath of fidelity at Hampton 1 (8) 1650; sold
pipe staves in 1651.
[Mass. Arch. 38 B. 173.]
He died 14 (11) 1667-8. His will dated 18 May, 1663, was proved 14 (2)
1668. He bequeathed to sons Nathaniel and Abraham, and daughter Susanna;
to grandchildren Abraham, Susanna, Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth and Hannah,
children of Abraham, and Rachel and Jean, children of Nathaniel.
Nathaniel Drake, ae. 78, and Abraham, ae. 71, deposed April 27, 1671,
that they had known Isabel Bland from childhood, and that John Bland,
her father, formerly lived in Colchester [Eng.?]; that his name and
ancestry were Bland, not Smith.
Thomas Drake defendant in a lawsuit in court at Strawberry Bank in 1643,
may be believed to be the husband of Jane, who deposed in the same court
27 June, 1660, stating that she and her husband lived here before Mr.
Williams came to New England; that at their house Mr. W. gave 7 or 8
acres of adjacent land to Goodman Clifton, a seaman, who sold it about
1640 to Walter Abbot; that he afterward sold the same to Thomas Turpin.
[P. court rec. 2, 49.]
[Taken from First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and
Woodbridge “Olde East New Jersey” 1664- 1714 by Orra Eugene Monnette]