The Drake Family of Cruwys Morchard Devon

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Welcome! This website was created on 22 Nov 2006 and last updated on 14 Mar 2018.

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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 

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 

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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