I appreciate your reply to my posting regarding Benjamin Drake (b. 6-10-1742, d. 3-15-1822).The information you gave me is exactly the same as I have carried in my Family Tree software for quite sometime, and have uploaded to onto various genealogical sites from time to time (even some of the notes on the various people were the exact words that I had written in my tree).I was always a little skeptical about the link between Benjamin and Francis, as Francis was said to have spent his entire life in the colonies in North Carolina, but Benjamin was born in northern Virginia.A couple of recent events for me has indicated that the original information may have been flawed.
The first chink in the armor came from certain genealogists on the roots-web forum.Almost all of the heretofore information (as indicated in your message and in others) was based largely from the information contained in "The Visitations of the County of Devon", a book published more than a hundred years after the fact, when it was rumored that the proceeds from the estate of Sir Francis Drake might be up for grabs.Apparently the book was written as a means of proving someone's link to SFD in order to get the money.It was then picked up as a proven link by everyone who was trying to solve their family tree.The genealogists claim that, in fact, not only was the book a fraud, but that the Francis that was supposed to have come to the colonies in fact never did so.They claim that it is more probable that Benjamin was the son of a Drake that may have come from the eastern part of the country, as that was the normal migration path in those times.I was terribly disappointed when I heard this, but decided I needed to check it out further before changing my family tree.
The next chink in the armor came from a more scientific approach.There is a great Drake DNA project that has many Drakes involved in finding their common roots.I had my DNA tested and upgraded to the 37 marker test, which points to a 50% match in the last 5 generations.As result I found a couple of sure matches to other Drakes, who I have recently been in contact with.Interestingly enough, they had traced their genealogy back to what is referred to as "the New Jersey Drakes".
As you can see, there is some doubt as to our line before Benjamin.I would hope and would encourage all Drakes to take part in the Drake DNA Project.Perhaps then we might really discover who we are.