Enoch Drake

15 February 1761–19 October 1822 (Age 61)
Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Enoch

When Enoch Drake was born on 15 February 1761, in Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, his father, Thomas Drake, was 37 and his mother, Dorothy Van Kirk, was 29. He married Catharine Stout about 1779, in Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 19 October 1822, in his hometown, at the age of 61, and was buried in Hopewell Baptist Meeting House Cemetery, Hopewell, Mercer, New Jersey, United States.

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Family Time Line

Enoch Drake
Catharine Stout
Marriage: about 1779
John Drake
Benjamin Drake
William Drake
Benjamin Drake
John S. Drake
Benjamin Van Kirk Drake
Anna Susan Drake
Peter VanKirk Drake

Spouse and Children

about 1779
Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States


    John Drake


    Benjamin Drake




    John S. Drake


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+8 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 14

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 15

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 19

Sometimes referred to as the "forgotten victory", the Battle of Springfield was one of the last major battles fought in the north during the Revolutionary War. The British defeat effectively ended their ambitions to reclaim New Jersey. Washington praised the New Jersey Militia for their universal effort and great spirit

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Old English byname Draca, meaning ‘snake’ or ‘dragon’, Middle English Drake, or sometimes from the Old Norse cognate Draki. Both are common bynames and, less frequently, personal names. Both the Old English and the Old Norse forms are from Latin draco ‘snake’, ‘monster’ ( see Dragon ).2 English and Dutch: from Middle English drake, Middle Dutch drāke ‘male duck’ (from Middle Low German andrake), hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a drake, or perhaps a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a drake.3 North German: nickname from Low German drake ‘dragon’ ( see Drach 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Enoch Drake in entry for Benjamin V. Drake and Sarah B. Stillwell, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
  • Enoch Drake in entry for Benjamin V. Drake and Sarah B. Stillwell, "New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985"
  • Enoch Drake, "BillionGraves Index"

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