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Re: Elizabeth Feake w/o Charles Morgan
Posted by: Suzanne Grosh (ID *****7613) Date: February 14, 2009 at 11:27:03
In Reply to: Elizabeth Feake w/o Charles Morgan by Becky Pyle of 67

Having completed some additional research on the Feake/Patrick connection, I have reached the following conclusions.
In January, 1644, Daniel Patrick was killed in a quarrel with a soldier, at the house of Captain Underhill, in Stamford, leaving a widow, Annetje Van Beyeran Patrick, and four children. Tobias Feake, married Daniel Patrick's widow, Annetje, and moved to Flushing, Long Island in 1645. Annetje was 35, having been born in 1610,and Tobias was 23. They produced a son, James, in about 1649.
Annetje Van Beyeran Feake died in April, 1656 at the age of about 46; thereafter, Tobias Feake married Mary Patrick. George McCracken writes, based upon a 1667 pedigree, that Mary Patrick was the daughter of Alexander Patrich (Patrick) of London and a sister, or a relative, of Daniel Patrick. He concluded that Mary was a widow at the time of her marriage to Tobias Feake and that her daughter, Elizabeth Feake, was a child from a first marriage. If Mary Patrick was a widow, she could only have been a sister-in-law, a niece, or a cousin to Daniel Patrick, not his sister, and Elizabeth's surname would have been Patrick.

McCracken bases his assumption that Elizabeth was Mary's child from a first marriage upon the fact that Elizabeth's name was omitted from the 1667 pedigree. It names only James, son of Annetje; and, Judith, Sarah and Tobias, children by Mary. He further supports this theory by asserting the information contained in the pedigree may have been obtained from Tobias himself or from a relative. This is a shaky premise, in view of the fact that Tobias was particularly unreliable in family matters. By 1667, he had abandoned his family and subsequently failed to mention his wife or his children in his will.

It is entirely possible that Elizabeth was Tobias Feake's step-daughter but, without any corroborating evidence in the form of a different surname or a birth record, one must assume that Elizabeth Feake was, in fact, his daughter. Children normally retained their father's surname, regardless of the remarriage of the mother, as had Daniel Patrick's children, and there is no record showing Elizabeth's surname as other than Feake.
Six years elapsed between April, 1656 when Annetje died, and June, 1662 when Tobias abandoned his family more than enough time for the Feakes to have married and produced four children (Elizabeth, Judith, Sarah and Tobias). Elizabeth is believed to have married Charles Morgan in 1683 and delivered her last child in 1697. If she was Mary's child from a first marriage, having been born about 1654, she would have been 43 years old in 1697, the year her last child was born. This is not an impossible scenario but, a less likely one than if she had been born between 1656 and 1662 and in her late 30's when her last child was born. She could, in fact, have been born after Tobias Feake left his family in June, 1662. This might also explain the absence of her name on the 1667 pedigree.

There are no records showing the date of the Feake's marriage or the birth dates of any of the children; however, it seems likely that Tobias Feake and Mary Patrick had known each for some time, due to his long-standing connection with the Patricks, and that they married soon after Annetje's death, quite possibly naming Elizabeth after Tobias's aunt, Elizabeth (Feake) Hallett.

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