I am a DRAKE researcher and came here looking for information about Penuel Floyd. I see there has been some prior discussion on this list which I cannot find regarding a theory about Penuel and the Drakes.
Penuel Floyd was mentioned in the 1785 Nash Co estate papers of Nathaniel Drake along with Delilah.An old family letter states that Nathaniel Drake married Delilah Floyd--of this I think there can be no doubt.
I had assumed that Penuel must have been Delilah's brother, but perhaps from what has been posted he was her (natural) son.
It gets more interesting, for Nathaniel Drake, son of Nathaniel, calls Penuel his "brother-in-law" and also mentions his "brother" Diocletian Drake Floyd in his will.This "brother" Diocletian was known as Dyer Drake and left descendants under the surname Drake.Based on this data I had guessed that perhaps Dyer was a natural child of Nathaniel Drake and Delilah Floyd born before their marriage.Perhaps there was more than one, if she had a base-born child named Penuel!!What if Penuel is a (sort-of)sound-alike for Nathaniel?
Would like to hear more about the theory I missed, for I am trying to work out the Nathaniel Drake tree.