Drake Family of Norwich, Norfolk

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 (as found May 2001)

A collection of notes relating to our Drake ancestors

Thomas Samuel  Drake was born in 1782 in Norwich, Norfolk. He was the son of Thomas Drake, a Worstead Weaver, and Freeman of Norwich.

At age 21, he married Ann Nichols on 10th March 1803 in St Augustine's church, Norwich. She was born in 1782, also in Norwich St Augustine's parish, the daughter of Thomas Nichols II and Mary Nursey. She died 12 July, 1857 in The Great Hospital, Norwich St Helen, aged 75. 

Four children are known in the family of Thomas S Drake and Ann Nichols: Robert was born in 1803 and christened on 8th January, 1804 at St Augustine's and was later a plumber and a Freeman of Norwich; Mary Ann was born in 1805 and christened on the 29th September of the same year; Thomas Samuel II, born 24th May, 1807 who married Mary Ann Merry; and Walter who was christened 10th March, 1811 and died before 1851.

Thomas became a Freeman of the City of Norwich in 1803, listing his profession as Plumber.

On 24 Nov 1812, he voted in the St Peter Permountergate district of Norwich.

In March of 1851, Thomas was aged 69 and his wife, Ann, was a patient in The Great Hospital in Norwich St Helen's. Thomas was lodging nearby. He gave his occupation on the census as "journeyman Painter, late master". He voted liberal in St Helen's voting District in 1852.

He died, aged 87, on 14 December 1869 at The Great Hospital, Norwich St Helen, of heart disease and "exhaustion".

Thomas Samuel  Drake II  was born on 24th of May, 1807 in St Augustine's parish, Norwich, Norfolk. He was the son of Thomas Samuel and Ann (Nichols) Drake. 

On the 24th of May 1828, his 21st birthday, Thomas became a freeman of the City of Norwich and was listed as a tailor.  His business was listed at 62 Giles Street in the Hunt and Co. Directory of 1850 and at Rose Lane in White's Directory of 1883.

On 26th of September, 1833 he married Mary Ann Merry in St Bartholomew's church, Heigham. She was born 1807 in Norwich. 

Thomas and Mary Ann had six children between 1833 and 1847, all probably at the same address on Rose Lane: Thomas Samuel born in December of 1833; Walter Charles, born in 1835; Benjamin, born in 1837 and who married Caroline Mallett; Robert, born in 1839 who married Louisa Pearse; Mary Ann born in 1841 or 1842 ; and George, born in 1847 who married Ann Elizabeth ?

Thomas died 24 May 1885, at home, aged 78.

Thomas Samuel  Drake III was born in 24 February, 1834 in Rose Lane, Norwich, Norfolk.  He was the first child of Thomas Samuel II and Mary Ann (Merry) Drake. He was christened on the 9th of March 1834 at St Peter Parmentergate.

In March of 1851, Thomas was listed on the census as a 17 year old warehouseman living with his parents at Watson's Building, on Rose Lane. This is also the occupation he held on 8th Dec 1856 when he became a Freeman of the City of Norwich at age 23 and was living on St Faith's Lane..

He married Emma Ellen Hannent on May 9th., 1856 at St Margaret's Baptist Chapel. She was also born in 1833 in Norwich St Augustine, the daughter of Robert Jones and Mary Ann (Knights) Hannent.

Thomas and Emma had 9 children. Their first child, Henry George, was born in December of 1857 in St Augustine's and then Rosa Ann was born in 1860 (Rosa married Fredrick Alden II in 1883, but from 1887 she lived with and worked as a seamstress for her sister Emma at Beaconsfield Rd, Norwich St Clement). 

Thomas' second daughter, Emma Ellen, was born in 1862 in St Augustine's, she married Abraham "Abe" Woolfe and he ran a tailors business, she a ladies costumier on Beaconsfield Road.

Thomas and Emma lived in St Clement's from 1864 to at least 1881 and had the following children: Thomas Robert, born in January of 1864; William Walter, born in February 1866 when Thomas was an Overlooker in a factory; Arthur E, born in 1868-9; Alice, born in 1870; Kate born in 1873; and finally Herbert J born in 1879.

In June of 1881 Thomas and his family lived in Parry's Building, St Augustine Road, Norwich St Clement. Thomas was a poultry dealer, an occupation he still had in 1883, listed in White's directory of that year.

On the morning of 10th of May, 1887, Thomas died at his home on Aylsham Road in St Clement's, by drowning in a water tank. An inquest was held that afternoon in the Prospect's Tavern at the end of the road, where the coroner reached the conclusion of accidental death. Thomas was aged 54.

William Walter  Drake  was born in 1866 in the Green Hills area of Norwich St Clement, Norfolk. He was the third son and fifth child of Thomas Samuel Drake III and Emma Hannent. In 1881 he was a Printer, in 1891 he was a Shoe Finisher and in 1897 he was a poultry dealer, like his father.

He married Harriett Emma Quantrell between Oct - Dec 1892 in Norwich. He was 26, and Harriett was a 24 year old dressmaker.  Harriett was the daughter of James and Sarah Anne (Ward) Quantrell and had served her apprenticeship with her aunt, Emma Ward, in Cheetham Hill, just north of Manchester, Lancashire. 

William Walter and Harriett Emma Drake had five children :

May Rosa in 1893, Valentine in May 1893 who died age 5 in late 1898.

Valentine was born 13 Feb 1895 in Norwich St Clement and died 15 Mar 1983 in Hellesden Hospital. In 1911 she was a tailoress, living with her parents on Ropemakers' Walk in Norwich.

Kate Emma was born 30 Dec 1896 in 10 Rope Row, still in St Clement. William listed his occupation at that time (on Kate's birth certificate) as a Poultry Dealer. This was the occupation also listed on his death certificate.

William Walter was born Jan-Mar 1899 also in St Clement's Norwich.

Between April 1901 and 1904, William moved his family from St Clement's to Poringland, a small village south of Norwich where he was a horse dealer and publican at the White Hart Inn. This inn was a staging point for coaches from London to Norwich. William was also depicted in a painting by (Sir) Alfred Munnings called "Man with a Horse". 

Before 1908, William had moved his family back to St Clement's, to one half of a converted farmhouse at 65 Denmark Road. The house was located opposite the public house, The Prince of Denmark. On the 9th of July, 1935, aged 69, William became a Freeman of the City of Norwich. His occupation was "Dealer". 

William Walter Drake, aged 75, died 21 May 1941 and was buried at Christchurch, New Catton.

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