William Drake1

#5201, (30 May 1661 - )
Relationship6th great-granduncle of William David Lewis
Father*Thomas Drake1 (1614 - 1691)
Mother*Jane Holbrook1 (c 1636 - 1679)
Birth*30 May 1661He was born on 30 May 1661 at Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MassachusettsG.1,2 
1690He was soldier in the expedition against Quebec in 1690.3 


  1. [S576] History of Weymouth Massachusetts (Weymouth, Mass.: Weymouth Historical Society, 1923), 2William, b. 30 May 1661. Same in Weymouth Vital Records (Holbrook) and in 1852 transcription.
  2. [S967] Cyrus Orcutt, "Early Records of Weymouth", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 3 (Jan. 1849): 72.
  3. [S732] Frederick G. Howes, History of the Town of Ashfield Franklin County, Massachusetts from its Settlement in 1742 to 1910 (Ashfield, Mass.: Town of Ashfield, 1910), p. 49 ff. citing the Act of the Provonce of Massachusetts (5 Dec 1735) "A Petition of Ebenezer Hunt & Others who were Officers & Soldiers (or their Descendants) in the Expedition Against Canada under the Command of Capt. Ephraim Hunt deced in the year 1690, Praying for a Grant of land for a Township in consideration of their hardships & Sufferings in the said Expedition" which was the establishing Act for the town of Ashfield (originally Huntstown).
    p. 18 ff gives the names of the earliest settlers as Richard Ellis (immigrant from Ireland), Thomas Phillips (whose sister was the wife of Ellis) and family (from Easton), Chilcalb Smith and family (from South Hadley); then Dea. Ebenezer Belding and Samuel Belding (from Deerfield).
    p. 57: "Those who came here did not often settle on the lots drawn by their relatives." As the veterans of King William's War in 1690 were now (in the 1739) aged, their lots were drawn by relatives or (if they were deceased) their heirs.
    Among the "Proprietors" at the drawing of lots (which took place in Weymouth) were Capt. John Phillips (for his father Richard), drawing Lot 13, and in his own right drawing Lot 6; Joshua Phillips "For his Father Joshua viz in his Joseph" [sic], Lot 46; Joseph Drake "for Wm Drake viz in his Right, Lot 60.