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About The Drake Family of Cruwys Morchard Devon
This webpage is a collaborative effort on the part of a small group of family  researchers descended from the Drakes of Cruwys Morchard, Devon. For privacy  reasons no living people have been included on this database.

The research group originally consisted of: Andrew Dawson, Russell Downe,  Bernard & Louise Drake, David Drake, Jack & Stella Drake, Guy Harris, Julie  Moss, Lara Pollard, Marion West, and Jean Wilby.  Sadly Julie Moss and Marion West are no longer with us.

Although a proven link is yet to be established, it is strongly believed that  the Drake family of Cruwys Morchard are related to the Drake family of Ashe.   It is probable that John Drake who died at Cruwys Morchard in 1552 was a  younger son or grandson to John Drake of Otterton and the daughter of John  Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard;  the date of whose marriage is uncertain.  The  first two Drake generations on this family tree are therefore probable but  speculative. The Drake family of Ashe goes back many more generations but these have not been included on this website due to the link remaining unproven.

Available records indicate that the Drake family first lived at the manor of  Ruckham, Cruwys Morchard around 1540; although tax records indicate that  there were Drake's in the area (Witheridge Hundred) prior to taking up  residence at Ruckham.

Every effort has been made to authenticate and verify the information  contained on this site; however, no guarantees can be made regarding  authenticity.

The transcripts of most of the Wills are from the Olive Moget Collection and  Oswyn Murray Collection which are located at the West Country Studies Library  in Exeter.  They are reproduced on this site with permission from the West  Country Studies Library, Exeter.  Please respect their copyright and do not  reproduce these documents without seeking permission.  The details of  acknowledgement/source are given in the notes accompanying each of the  transcripts.

Most of the original Wills were destroyed by the bombing of Exeter during  World War II.

To view the Will transcripts and notes you need to click on the picture and a  larger version should appear.  If you have difficulty and the transcripts are  not clear or large enough to read, I suggest you download them to your hard  drive.  You can then open the document with a program that reads JPEG files  and use the magnification icon to enlarge the print.

For those that might not know, official church records (ie. baptism, marriage  & burial records) have only been recorded since royally decreed in 1538.   Anything prior is dependent upon other official records such as: taxes, court  records, wills and other chancery documents.  Many of the older documents are  written in Medieval English or Latin. Spelling was not standardised until the  1700's, so names before that time were spelt phonically.

From medieval times until the Calender Act of 1751, the new year began on Lady  Day (25th March), so there can be a bit of confusion over dates.  Before 1752,  if an event happened in January, February or March then using our present  calendar, the year is actually a year later than stated.
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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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