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Fascinating grave re a famous DRAKE from England in Lexington KY
Posted by: Ernest Hamley Date: September 23, 1997 at 21:38:32
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Can anyone please help fill in some details concerning the remains of a stone said to have been found in a forgotten graveyard in Lexington.

It concerns a direct descendant of the famous Sir Francis DRAKE of England, called Joseph who was reported locally to have been one of the first hunters to have come to Kentucky.

Apparently he married a Rebecca, who was the widow of William Hamley of Devon. The tomb of Joseph said he came from Buckland Monochorum in England, born 1694 died 1777 - Beloved husband of Rebecca Hamley of Bodwin (but could be Bodmin or Bodwen as both exist) in Cornwall England.

It is thought that a real estate developer (a Mr Thompson) was building a new house and had purchased some material from a building believed to be the oldest house in Kentucky and in the course of this work quite accidentally found the a/m refernce on an old gravestone. Otherwise we may never have known how or why a direct descendant of the great Sir Francis came to be in America. Whlo knows what an interesting sequel might lie in this recorded incident.

Any help or contacts would be much appreciated - seems like a job for a local archivist or historian as weel as a Genealogist!! Thanks

Ernest Hamley (Founder Chairman - in 1970) of the HAMLEY, HAMBLY & HAMLYN FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY (INTL) and always looking for data on these names and their 11 other variants - dating back in the English West Country DEVON & CORNWALL some 700 years. End

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