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Accidental Death

John Drake
(11th generation - G1113)

JOHN DRAKE was born in 1593 in Wiscombe, Devonshire, England, the son of William Drake and Phillippa Denys.

John married Elizabeth Rodgers about 1620 in England. Elizabeth was a born about 1604 in England. They were parents of six children; four sons and two daughters, all born in England.

They were members of the original Plymouth Company in London. They came to Boston about 1630 and, by 1635, settled in Windsor, Connecticut. When they came to America their children ranged in age between 4 to 10 years old.

On August 17, 1659, John was driving a cart loaded with corn from his farm to that of his son, Jacob Drake. The cart was pulled by two oxen and his mare. On the road past John Griffin's place, something scared the oxen; they bolted and started to run. He labored to stop them by taking hold of the mare but was thrown down on his face. The wheel of the cart then drove over him.

The accident broke one of his legs and bruised his body to the point that they thought he was dead. He was carried to his daughter's house. Some life came back, but he died a short time later.

He was buried the next day, August 18, 1659. He was about 66 years old at the time.


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