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Family of John * DRAKE and Amye* GRENVILLE

Husband: John * DRAKE (1500-1588)
Wife: Amye* GRENVILLE (1513-1577)
Children: Robert * DRAKE (1528-1600)
Bernard DRAKE (1528- )
Edmund DRAKE (1535- )

Husband: John * DRAKE

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John * DRAKE

Name: John * DRAKE
Sex: Male
Father: John * DRAKE (1474-1554)
Mother: -
Birth 1500 Ashe, Dorset, England
Death 4 Oct 1588 (age 87-88) Masbury, Devonshire, England
Burial Parish Chuch
Musbury, Devonshire, England

Wife: Amye* GRENVILLE

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Amye* GRENVILLE

Name: Amye* GRENVILLE
Sex: Female
Father: Roger * GRENVILLE (1477-1524)
Mother: Margaret * WHITLEIGH (1474-1514)
Birth 1513 Stow, Devonshire, England
Occupation Lady
Death 18 Feb 1577 (age 63-64) Masbury, Devonshire, England

Child 1: Robert * DRAKE

Name: Robert * DRAKE
Sex: Male
Spouse 1: Elizabeth* PRIDEAUX (1523-1572)
Spouse 2: Edith HATCH (1530?- )
Spouse 3: Ursula STAFFORD (1530?- )
Birth 1528 Devonshire, England
Death 30 Mar 1600 (age 71-72) South Leigh, Devonshire, England

Child 2: Bernard DRAKE

Name: Bernard DRAKE
Sex: Male
Birth 1528

Child 3: Edmund DRAKE

Name: Edmund DRAKE
Sex: Male
Birth 1535

Note on Husband: John * DRAKE

Top Plaque: HERE LIETH THE BODY OF JOHN DRAKE OF ASHE ESQ AND AIME HIS WIFE WHO WAS THE DAVGHTER OF SR ROGER GRAYNFEILD KT. BY WHOM HE HAD ISSVE SIX SONES WHERE OF LIVED THREE AT HIS DEATH, VIZ BARNARD ROBERT AND RICHARD. HE DIED THE 4 OCTOBER 1558 AND SHE DIED THE 18TH OF FEBRVARIE 1577 Center Plaque: (Parents of John above) HEER IS THE MONVMENT OF S: BARNARD DRAKE WHO HAD TO WIFE DAME GARTHRVDE THE DAUGHTER OF BARTHOLOMEW FORTESCVE OF FILLY ESQr BY WHOM HE HAD THREE SONNES AND THREE DAVGHTERS WHERE-OF WEARE FIVE LIVING AT HIS DEATH, VIZ: JOHN: HVGH' MARIE MAR-GARET AND HELEN. HE DIED THE XTH OF APRIL 1586 AND DAME GARTHRVDE HIS WIFE WAS HERE BVRIED THE XIII OF FEBRVARIE 1601. VNTO THE MEMORIE OF WHOM JOHN DRAKE (??) ESQr HIS SONNE HATH SET THIS MONVMENT: ANNO 1611 Bottom Plaque: (Parents of Barnard above) JOHN DRAKE ESQ. BVRIED HERE Ye 11 OF APRILL 1628 DOROTHYE DRAKE HIS WIFE BVRIED Ye 13th OF DECr 1631.Sr JOHN DRAKE KNIGHT BVRRIED HERE Ye 26 OF AUG 1636 DAME MARY ROSEWELL WIFE OF SIR HENRY ROSEWELL KNIGHT WAS BVRRIED HERE THE 4TH OF NOVEMBER 1643 from "Phillips Cousins" website

 

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The Grenvilles and Drakes were related to the famous and daring sea captain, Sir Francis Drake, who fought so many gallant battles for Queen Elizabeth. In company with the Grenvilles and Drakes the Rockwells went on voyages of exploration and conquest with Sir Francis Drake.John Drake was the High Sherriff of Devon during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. His marriage to Amy Grenville acquired him more land. He bought the lordship of the manor of Mushbury, and another small estate at Trill, near Axminister, Uplyme and in Axminister parish. 17th century Devon historians describe him as a man of very great estate. John and Amy's son Edmund and his wife Elizabeh Mylwaye were the parents of Sir Francis Drake. Sir Francis Drake and his descendants suffered rejection for many years from the original family. He personally was beaten several tmes by his cousins of the original family of Drakes of Ashe. Hes branch was later accepted. John Drake of Ashe was in fact in his time the richest man in Devonshire (1500's). Once he married Amy Grenville the family became Protestants in England , yet remained Roman Catholic in Ireland . A descendant of the Ashe family was the 1st Duke of Marlbourgh, John Churchill of Blenheim. His descendant was in fact Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, the S[pencer appendedum being added due to the death of the heir presumitive of John Churchill. A daughter was married to a Spencer, a cousin of Diana Spencer (Princess of Wales. The Roman Catholic branch in Ireland say they are a direct line from 1447 in Westmeath (Normans of The Pale). Another branch of the family; Protestants arriving in Ireland with Cromwell armies. The Catholic family supporters of the King were dispossessed for their latter day 1st cousins. The Roman Catholic family survived via an infant boy, of 1690, his family being slaughtered in the Battle of the Boyne . His kinsmen being the Earls of Limerick.Memorial Inscription tablet in the Musbury Parish Church :Mushbury, in the vale of the Axe, 3 miles S.W. of Axminister, is a village and parish, containing 495 souls, and 2187A.IR.10) of fertile land, including the hamlet of Maidenhayne and several scattered houses. Ash, now a farmhouse, was anciently the seat of the De Esse or Ash family, and afterwards of the Drakes. Sir John rake, who was created a baronet in 1660, rebuilt the old castellated house, which had been destroyed in the civil wars. His nephew, John Chuchill, the great Duke of Marlborough, was born in the old house in 1650. Ash was occupied by Sir John Pole in 1778, when the stables were burnt down. J.V. Payne, Esq., is lord of the manor of Mushbury, which was anciently held by the Courtenay's, and afterwards by the Drake and other families, John Gregson, John Woolcot, and Samuel Parr, Esqrs., Mr. Richd. Wills, Mr. F. Gillett, and several other freeholders, have estates in the parish. The church (St. Michael) is an ancient fabric, with a tower and five bells, and contains several handsome monuments of the Drake family.... John Drake inherited Ashe, m. Anne (daughter of Roger Greenville); had issue: Bernard, who inherited Ashe, Robert, Richard, who settled at Eshire, County Surry . John Drake of Ashe married Amye, sister of Richard Graynfield (Grenville). She received a bequest of 20 marks, by the will of her brother dated 8 Mar 37 Henry VIII.

Gaye, Frank B.; The Descendants of John Drake of Windsor, connecticut; Tuttle Co., Rutland, Vermont, 1933; p. 13. John Drake of Mt. Drake , Ashe and Exmouth, son and heir. High Sheriff of Devon in the time of Queen Elizabeth. He married in the twenty-sixth year of Henry VIII (1535) Amye, daughter of Roger Greenville/Grenvile of Stow , Cornwall , the ancestor of the Right Honorable Earl of Bath. he dide October 4, 1558. He and his wife were buried in the Parish Church at Musbury, where may still be seen their tomb, bearing their effigies, with the following inscription:"HERE LIETH THE BODY OF JOHN DRAKE OF AISH ESQ. AND AMIE HIS WIFE WHO WAS THE DAVGHTER OF SIR ROGER GRAYNEFILD KT. BY WHOM HE HAD ISSVE SIX SONES WHEOF LIVED THREE AT HIS DEATH, VIZ BARNARD ROBERT AND RICHARD. HE DIED THE 4 OCTOBER 1558 AND SHE DIED THE 18TH OF VEBRVARIE 1577."