'Drake06'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Drake of Barnoldswick Cotes, Drake of Halifax, Drake of Horley Green, Drake of Northowram, Drake of Shipden

The FMG article for MS214 includes "The tradition is that (this family) came from Devonshire" having started with "The reader is desired to turn to Watson's 'History of Halifax', p. 247, where he will find a pedigree of Drake of which this is in several parts of it a copy. He will find some generations above John, which seem to be very loosely inserted; nor do I suppose that much credit is due to the early descents here given". At the end of MS214 (p510) is the following editorial note: "There is a much better pedigree of the Drake family tree further on, p. 522 MS (sb 523?). The early part here is incorrect, and probably Mr. Hunter obtained more information afterwards." A note to the first page of MS523 reads "The early part of this Pedigree is very different to the one on MS214 (page 505), and is more probably correct." We give precedence (below) to MS523 but first show in italics the connections given by MS214.
John Drake of Shipden in Halifax, Yorkshire (a 1400)
1. Richard Drake
  A. John Drake (a 1483)
  m. Cecily Roper (dau of John Roper of Thornton)
  i. William Drake
  m. Christabel
  a. Gilbert Drake
  b. Thomas Drake of Horley Green
FMG (MS214, p506) reports "The great difficulty lies here, I have seen nothing like proof of the connection of the 3 principal families, those of Barnoldswick, the Penigent family, and the Pontefract family."
  (1) William Drake of Shipden
  m. Alice Booth (dau of Robert or Christopher Booth of Booth's Town)
  (A) John Drake of Horley Green (d 26.06.1636 sb 1622?) - see 'better' ancestry below ##1
  m. (22.09.1575) Grace Bairstow (dau of John Bairstow of North Bridge)
  (B)+ other issue - Sibil, Isabel
  (2) Gilbert Drake of Pikeley and/or Halley Greene - see 'better' ancestry below ##2
  (3) William Drake of The Lee - see 'better' ancestry below ##3
  m. (04.09.1575) Grace Broadley of Hipperholm
  (4) Isabel Drake
  m. Robert Doughtie or Bentley
  ii.+ other issue - Laurence, Robert, John, Elizabeth, Alice, Ellen
We now show what is in FMG (MS523) with some details added from MS214.
John Drake of Halifax (bur 18.04.1544)
1. Humphry Drake (d by 1588)
  m. Ann (a 1588)
2. Thomas Drake of Shibden Hall
A.+ issue - William of Halifax (a 1544), Isabel (bpt 18.07.1541)
3. William Drake of Horley Green (d 1544?, priest?)
  m. Alice (a 06.1565)
4. Gilbert Drake of Shipden
  m1/2. (26.04.1540) Margaret Holgate
  A. John Drake of Horley Green (bpt 02.1548, d 26.06.1622) - continued below - see alternative (less reliable) ancestry above ##1
  m. (22.09.1575) Grace Bairstow (d 081.02.1658, dau of John Bairstow of North Bridge)
  B. Sibil Drake (bpt 1545)
  m. (28.07.1586) John Longbotham
  C.+ other issue - Humphry (bpt 1551), T*** (bpt 1553), Isabel (bpt 1540), Margaret (bpt 1543)
m2/1. Joan
5. John Drake (a 1544)
6. Edward Drake of Northowram (bur 04.08.1551)
  m. (08.02.1545) Agnes Brigge
  Visitation (Dugdale, Yorkshire, 1665, 'Drake of Rippon') shows the 1st and 4th sons of an unnamed Drake of Halley Greene as Gilbert of Halley Greene and William of Lee.
  A. Gilbert Drake of Northowram (bpt 1542, bur 05.03.1603) - see alternative (less reliable) ancestry above ##2
  m1. (03.05.1563) Sibil Bird
  m2. (27.01.1588) Judith Bork or Becke
  B. Michael Drake of Damhead in Northowram (bur 30.01.1612-3)
m. (16.11.1562) Sibil Midgley (bur 20.03.1616)
  i. Michael Drake of Damhead (bpt 1580, a 1621)
  ii. Francis Drake of Sheffield (bur 1612)
  m. (13.05.1604) Elizabeth Oldfield
  iii.+ other issue - John (a 1621), others (d infant? - Michael, Nathan, Toby, Ann, Grace, Esther)
  C. Thomas Drake (bpt 1547)
  D. William Drake of the Lee in Northowram & Warley (a 03.1621) - see alternative (less reliable) ancestry above ##3
  m1. (04.09.1575) Grace Broadley of Hipperholm (bur 30.08.1599)
  m2. (30.11.1602) Martha Whitaker (a 1621)
7. Margaret Drake
  m. William Baiths
8. Sibil Drake
  m. _ Northend
9. Elizabeth Drake
  m. _ Garford



John Drake of Horley Green (bpt 02.1548, d 26.06.1622) - continued above
m. (22.09.1575) Grace Bairstow (d 081.02.1658, dau of John Bairstow of North Bridge)
1. John Drake of Horley Green (bpt 1575, bur 1642)
  m. Mary Hoyle (dau of John or Samuel Hoyle of Hoyle House in Hipperholm)
  A. Thomas Drake (dvpsp)
2. Thomas Drake (bpt 08.01.1578, a 1626, rector of Thornton in Craven)
  m. (21.08.1625) Mary Foster (bur 26.04.1667, dau of Christopher Foster of Leighburn)
  A. William Drake of Barnoldswick Cotes in Craven (bpt 10.09.1626, bur 13.03.1678/27.02.1677, 3rd son?)
  m. Mary Stillington (bur 27.02.1675, dau of John Stillington of Kelfield)
  i. William Drake of Barnoldswick Cotes (bur 13.10.1687)
m. Abigail Yates (dau of William Yates of Staveley House)
  a. William Drake of Barnoldswick Cotes (b 21.09.1682, d unm 13.02.1757)
  b.+ other issue (d young) - Francis, Mary, Anne, Abigail
  ii. Margaret Drake
  m. (13.12.1681) Henry Marsden of Gisburn
  iii. Ursula Drake (bur 23.10.1689)
  m. (02.11.1675) Henry Gill of The Oaks in Norton
  a. Elizabeth Gill (b 11.12.1677)
  m. (1699) Richard Bagshaw of The Oaks (b 1675, d 1750)
  iv.+ other issue - Thomas (dsp?), Francis (dsp?), John, Robert, Mary
  B.+ other issue (a 1777)
3. Daniel Drake of Northowram (bpt 22.01.1588, d 06.04.1623)
  m. (10/18.11.1621) Mary Holdsworth (bur 18.02.1626, dau of Sibil Holdsworth)
  A. John Drake (bpt 06.04.1623)
4.+ other issue - Michael (bpt 1584), Francis (bpt 1585, dsp), Samuel of Halifax (dsp 06.01.1624/5), Grace (bpt 1581), Mary (bpt 1583, bur 1598)

Main source(s): FMG (vol 2, MS214, 'Drake', p505+), FMG (vol 3, MS523, 'Drake', p1154+)
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