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Tuesday, 3 January 2023

Edmund Drake and Esther Elizabeth Palmer


Plymouth : Plymouth Gin Distillery
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The Plymouth Gin Distillery (the Black Friars Distillery) is the only gin distillery located in Plymouth in what was once a Dominican Order monastery built in 1431 and opens on to what is now Southside Street. It has been in operation since 1793.

Edmund Drake, Seaman, said to be son of Edmund Drake, Tailor (but my opinion is he appears to be the illegitimate son of Mary Drake), married Eliza Dixon at the Parish church, Stoke Damerel on 17 Nov 1857. Both gave their address at the time as 29 Duke Street. Their son, Edmund George Drake was born on 21 Jan 1858 (GRO Reference: 1858 M Quarter in STOKE DAMEREL Volume 05B Page 285) and baptised at Stoke Damerel on 4 Feb 1858. 

However, Eliza Drake died in that same quarter, aged 22 (GRO Reference: 1858 M Quarter in STOKE DAMEREL Volume 05B Page 231).

Edmund Drake, Widower, Seaman, then married Esther Elizabeth Palmer, daughter of Charles Palmer and Mary Amelia Oxford at Holy Trinity Church, Plymouth on 7 Dec 1860. (The Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity was located in Southside Street/Friars Lane, The Barbican, Plymouth. It no longer exists.) Edmund Drake gave his address as HMS Jason (HMS Jason (1859)).

Edmund and Esther had at least a further six children:
  1. Edward Charles Drake b. 1861 S Qtr in PLYMOUTH Vol 05B Page 239
  2. Florence Esther Drake b. 1867 D Quarter in PLYMOUTH Volume 05B Page 252. Died, aged 1, in 1869 S Quarter in PLYMOUTH Volume 05B Page 181. Buried at Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth.
  3. Mary Amelia Drake b. 1869 D Quarter in PLYMOUTH Vol 05B Page 247
  4. Edith Esther Drake b. 1873 J Quarter in PLYMOUTH Vol 05B Page 239
  5. Annie Eliza Drake b. 1875 J Qtr in STOKE DAMEREL Vol 05B Page 342
  6. Eliza Ellen Drake b. 1876 S Quarter in STOKE DAMEREL Volume 05B Page 329. Died, aged 1, in 1877 S Quarter in STOKE DAMEREL Volume 05B Page 200
Edmund and Esther Drake don't appear to be anywhere obvious on a census in 1861, however, Edmund Drake (3), Edmund's son from his first marriage, was boarding with Charles and Mary Talmer (sic) - I'd be certain this is Palmer mis-transcribed, Esther's parents - in Vauxhall Street, Plymouth.

In 1865, there is a record of Shipping agreements and crew lists, suggesting that Edmund Drake (32), birthplace Jersey, was doing Military Service on a ship named Hantoon that departed from Wexford, Ireland.

Esther Drake (b. 1836) was residing in Charles, Plymouth in 1871, along with Edward and Mary. Edmund was presumably again at sea.

In 1881, Edmund Drake (48) Coal Tipper was a boarder in the household of William Brooks (31) Railway Guard at 6, Inchmarnock Street, Roath, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales. Edmund Drake is listed as being from Plymouth, Devon, which is probably, simply, what his landlord assumed. Meanwhile, Esther Drake (44) Sailor's Wife, was residing at 27, Rendle Street, Plymouth with son Edward Drake (19) Iron Moulder; Mary Drake (11); Edith Drake (7); Annie Drake (5) and Alfred Nelson (1) Boarder.

In 1891, Edmund Drake (59) Pensioner from Jersey, Channel Islands, was living in Moira Street, Cardiff with Esther Drake (56), Edward Drake (28) Iron Moulder; Mary Drake (21); Edith Drake (19); Annie Drake (16); Emma Drake (29) and granddaughters, Esther Drake (3) and Gladys Drake (1).

In 1901, Edmund Drake (69) Boxman Coal Tipper from St Helier, Jersey, was living at Seymour Street, Roath, Cardiff, with wife Esther Drake (65) and granddaughter, Esther Drake (13).

Esther Elizabeth Drake died at the age of 72 in 1907 S Quarter in CARDIFF Volume 11A Page 149.

In 1911, Edmund Drake (80) Widowed, Father-in-law from St Helier, Jersey, was living in the household of Fred and Annie Silby in West Cardiff.

Edmund Drake, birth year estimated as 1830, from Jersey, Channel Islands, was still living in Cardiff in 1921. Edmund Drake died at the age of 91 in 1922 M Quarter in CARDIFF Volume 11A Page 707.

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