My late great-aunt, Nellie, put together a bunch of information on Lesters in Illinois, and I found this information on Margaret Drake (1807-1890) who married Thomas A. Lester (1803-1876):
"The following information was taken from tomb-stones located on above land [Land sold to Thomas A. Lester] in Tazewell County, located near the Russell County line, September 1956. The cemetery is no longer visible. Mr. Whitten the present owner has plowed over it.
Thomas A. Lester, born 1803, died at age 73, Feb 10th 1876.
Margaret Drake Lester, born 1807, died at age 83, June 7 1890.
Margaret Drake was great niece of Sir Francis Drake, English Explorer."
Can anyone tell me if there is any truth in this? It sounds like it could be one of those wacky stories, just because the only proof we had was the tombstone which is now "plowed over".
I've tried to figure out how it could possibly be true, and put Margaret on the tree with Unknown Drake #1 as her father, Unkown Drake #2 as his father, and Edmund Drake and Mary Mylwaye (Sir Francis Drake's father and mother, according to Wikipedia) as Unknown Drake #2's parents, with Sir Francis as Unknown Drake #2's brother.
The only problem with this is the following:
Edmund Drake (1518-1595)
Unknown Drake #2
Unknown Drake #1
Margaret Drake (1807-1890)
Even if we assume that Edmund had Unknown Drake #2 at age 40, and Unknown Drake #2 had Unknown Drake #1 at age 40, and Unknown Drake #1 had Margaret Drake at age 40, that only puts us up to 1638 for Margaret Drake's birth.
I mean, it's 289 years between Edmund and Margaret's birth, which just doesn't seem right for 4 generations or whatever this is.
Could the great-niece thing possibly refer to "great-great-great" niece or anything similar? Is that common to abbreviate like that? I'm pretty new to this.
I've read that there were other "Sir Francis Drake"s, but were there other "Sir Francis Drake, English Explorer"s?
What Drake is Margaret the great-niece of, if not the one we all think of when we hear "Sir Francis Drake"?
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