Dear Joyce, I don't have a connection with the Wake surname, so far anyway!!. I thought that the family history may be of interest to someone on the list as written more than 170 years ago and the list did no have many queries. I first saw it in an Ambra Books list on www.localhistory.co.uk and it is also mentioned in a community local history list by the Wiltshire (UK) County Council as part of vol 4 The Victoria History of Wiltshire. See www.wiltshire.gov.ukPerhaps you could contact them for a library or local history centre that would do a look up. Particularly if you can check back from the death certificate of your earlies known ancestor as to where he was born and then via the UK census and birth death and marriage records. I hope it may be Wiltshire and the book will be a useful source for your family search.