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Lt. Robert FEAKE

Male - 1662

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  • Name Robert FEAKE 
    Title Lt. 
    Gender Male 
    Died Feb 1662  Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Cocks, George William and Cox, John, Jr., History and Genealogy of the Cock-Cocks-Cox Family: New York, privately published, 1912, pp. 285-288:


      To Henry F. Water's "Genealogical Gleanings in England" we are indebted for information concerning the ancestry of ROBERT FEAKE who came to Mass. Bay in the fleet with Governor Winthrop in 1630. First appears the will of William Feake the elder, citizen and goldsmith of London, dated 7 May, 1595, proved 19 May, 1595, "To be buried in the parish church of St. Edmund the King in Lumbard Street, London where I am a parishioner, at my pew door." Mentions wife Mary (?Wetherell); his birth place, Wighton, Co. Norfolk; children, Thomas, John, Edward, Sarah, m. William Smithe, Rebecca Bourneford, James m. Judith Thomas, William m. Mary (_____), Mary m. Thomas Barneham; brothers James deceased, Edmond and Simon Feake, sister Jygg, and brothers (?in law) John and William Angell.

      The will of the widow repeats the names of the children and gives to "Alice Feake dau. of my son James one hundred pounds, and to my grandson James Feake and Robert Feake each one hundred pounds." Mr. Waters adds note,

      "There can be but little question that to the above family, belonged Lieut. Robert Feke of Watertown, Mass., who with Sergt. Palmer of Yarmouth, N. E. and Judith his wife, and Tobias Feke (aged 17) son and dau. of James Feke late of London, goldsmith deceased, made a letter of attorney to Tobias Dixon citizen and mercer of London to sell one tenement or house and shop in Lumbard Street, London held by the company of Goldsmiths in London. (See Thomas Letchford's Note Book p. 228-9). And I have no doubt that he was akin to the John Feke of London goldsmith, whose pedigree is given in the Visitation of London (1633-4) published by the Harleian Society, Vol. 1, p. 268. (Henry F. Waters)."

      The following is extracted from a very admirable paper prepared by the late John J. Latting and published in The New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, 1880.

      Robert Feake came to Massachusetts Bay in the fleet with Governor Winthrop, in the year 1630. He married 1631 or '32, Elizabeth, the young widow of Henry Winthrop (son of the Governor) to whom she had been married in England as recently as the month of April, 1629. She was the daughter of Thomas Fones of London, England, Apothecary, and Anna Winthrop daughter of Adam and Anne (Browne) Winthrop of the Manor of Groton, County Suffolk, consequently niece of Governor Winthrop and own cousin to her husband. When the latter, following his father, sailed from England in the month of April, 1630, he left her at Groton to come over subsequently with his stepmother, both then on the verge of maternity. Henry arrived in the ship Talbot in the Harbor of Salem, in July 1st, 1630 and on the following day, while walking out to view the country, in attempting to swim across the river was taken with cramps and drowned. The widow with her little daughter Martha Johanna, b. Groton, May 9, 1630, came over to New England in the ship Lyon, Captain Pierce, which arrived on the 2d of November, 1631, bringing also the Governor's wife and others of his family. Her marriage with Robert Feake must have occurred not very long after her arrival. This connection with the Governor's family quickly brought him to notice. He was admitted a freeman of the colony in May, 1631, and on the 4th of September, 1632, he was appointed Lieutenant to Captain Patrick, then chief military officer at Watertown and the neighboring settlements, which position he held until the month of March, 1636. He had his "homestall" in Watertown, and was grantee and owner of a number of plots in the same place. He held for several successive years the office of Selectman of the town,--one of the persons termed "freemen chosen to order all civill affaires of ye towne." In 1634, '35, '36, he was representative in the General Court from Watertown. On the third of September, 1634, he with Captain Underhill, Daniel Patrick and others were appointed by the General Court of Boston to fix upon the site for a fort on Castle Island in the Bay. He appears to have continued to follow the fortunes of Captain Patrick, and in 1639-40 accompanied him on his removal to Connecticut. In the month of July, 1640, they united in purchasing from the native Indian proprietors the lands which subsequently constituted the town of Greenwich, Conn. Included in this tract was a parcel of land, some time called, "Elizabeth Neck" in honor of the wife of Robert Feake, being declared in the Indian deed to be her "peticaler perchase." Although this settlement was made under the sanction and in the interest of the New Haven colony, Director-General Kieft of New Amsterdam soon warned them off as intruders on Dutch territory. Patrick and Feake persisted and continued for two or more years in the occupation of these lands, uncertain between the strifes of the English and Dutch, which power to acknowledge; harassed and threatened meanwhile by the treacherous Indians of the neighborhood until they finally decided to put themselves under the protection of the Dutch. This submission was signed by Capt. Patrick alone on April 9, 1642, it appearing Robert Feake was then sick and could not attend; although it also appears that he had commissioned his wife, Elizabeth Feake, to act instead.

      In May, 1642, Captain Underhill had become a resident of Stamford, adjoining the plantation of Patrick and Feake, and was now in the service of the Dutch in their encounters with the Indians. Patrick, who had been Underhill's early companion in arms, was ignominiously assassinated by a Dutch soldier at Robert Feake's house in January, 1644. His death undoubtedly proved a serious loss to his co-proprietor in the Greenwich lands, and not unlikely precipitated the malady which a few years afterward terminated in his "loss of reason." In the month of October, 1647, we find him in Boston, on the point of setting sail for England. What was the occasion or object of this journey is not apparent. That it was necessary, perhaps compulsory, may be inferred from some expressions in a letter which he at that time wrote his friends at Stamford in reference to the management and disposition of his estate in his absence, saying, he reserved the whole propriety of his estate till he saw how God would deal with him in England. How long he continued abroad is not known. That he returned to Greenwich some time prior to September, 1649, is shown by a letter from Robert Husted and others to the Dutch Governor, in reference to their rights of property conveyed to them by Mrs. Feake in the absence of her husband. If Robert Feake of Greenwich, be identical with the "Robert Feake" whose name appears in a resolution of the House of Commons, adopted on the 4th of March, 1649, approving and directing the issuing of a pardon to him and others, then he undoubtedly attained the object of his visit. But what the offence could be for which such pardon was sought is not stated.

      The succeeding years of the life of Mr. Feake were to him a blank. The darkness which first overshadowed his mental faculties at Greenwich never passed until death came to his relief. He found an asylum in the house of Samuel Thatcher of Watertown, Mass., when he died in February, 1662. An inventory of his personal effects taken on the 18th of that month, may be seen in Vol. 1, of Wills in the Probate Office at East Cambridge. His interest in the land and property at Greenwich had been entrusted by him, prior to his voyage to England in 1647-48 to his wife and William Hallett. They appear to have sold and conveyed parcels of these lands to new settlers; but this region still continued to be debatable ground between the two rival governments of New Haven and New Netherland, so they were compelled to abandon the settlement, and repaired with the children to New London, under the protection of her brother-in-law and cousin John Winthrop, Jr. In spite of the vigorous efforts for the restoration of Mrs. Feake to her rights at Greenwich, the privilege of returning was not accorded to them, and Hallett, in the early part of 1649 removed to Long Island, probably to Flushing--taking with him Mrs. Feake and her children. It is not unlikely this removal was at the suggestion of John Winthrop, Jr., himself, who at this time entertained intentions of settling nearer New Amsterdam. William Hallett in 1652 made a purchase and settlement at Hell Gate, L. I., and doubtless Mrs. Feake and her children continued to constitute his household and as conveyances of Greenwich lands were made by William Hallett and Elizabeth Hallett, we are justified in the belief that they were married by, or before 1649. Here at Flushing and Newtown the family came under the Quaker influence, and chree at least of the children became members; and Hannah, the wife of John Bowne, having received a gift in the ministry made two several religious visits to Friends in Great Britain, dying on the last one in England.

      At the time of the preparation of this paper by Mr. Latting, the date of the death of Mrs. Feake does not seem to have been known, but the Annual Report of the New York State Historian for 1897, Vol. 2, p. 182, shows that on Apl. 25, 1674, William Hallett had recently m. Susannah, widow of William Thorn of Flushing, consequently it may be assumed that Bess (Fones, Winthrop, Feke) Hallett had deceased some time in the year 1673 at Newtown, L. I. Her daughter Martha Johanna Winthrop, b. Groton, Eng., May 9th, 1630, came to Mass. in 1631, m. about 1646, Thomas Lyon of Stamford, Conn., and died without living issue. (She d. 1668. See Fones Lineage).

      Robert Feake left issue by his wife Elizabeth:

      I Elizabeth (Feake) Underhill, b. supposed Watertown, Mass., about 1633; d. Killingworth upon Matinecock, L. I., 1674/5; m. prob. Flushing, 1649, Capt. John Underhill, b. 7/8 mo. (Oct.) 1597; d. Matinecock 21/7 mo. (Sept.) 1672, son of Sir John and Mary (Mosely) Underhill of ?Wolverhampton, Eng. . . .

      II Hannah (Feake) Bowne, b. supposed Watertown, Mass., about 1637; came with her mother and brothers and sisters to Flushing, L. I., about 1649; m. there 7/3 mo. (May) 1656, John Bowne, b. Matlock, Derbyshire, Eng., 9/3 mo. (May) 1627; d. Flushing 20/10 mo. (Dec.) 1695. . . .

      III John Feke (as he wrote it) b. Watertown, Mass., about 1638-39; d. Matinecock 3 mo. (May) 1724 and was prob. laid in the Underhill burial place; m. according to Friends Record 15/7 mo. (Sept.) anno. 1673, at Killingworth, Elizabeth Priar, b. 6th mo. (Aug.) 1656; d. 25/11 mo. (Jan.) 1701/2; dau. of Matthew Priar and Mary his wife, of Brookhaven, Oyster Bay and Killingworth. With his brother Robert Feeke in 1660 and 1669 execute conveyances to "our brother John Bowne" of certain land at Flushing in which it would appear that John came to Killingworth between the two dates. He was probably a mechanic as in 1672 with Samuel Andrews he engaged to build the Meeting House for Friends at Oyster Bay. In 1673 was a witness to the will of Anthony Wright, and 1683 on list of the Estates of Oysterbay Township as valued at £130. 1684/5 with John Underhill, William Frost, James Cock and twelve others of Killingworth, effected a final settlement with the Indians for the Rights of Commonage granted by them in 1667 to the Seven Purchasers. 1694 Agreement between Henry Townsend Jr. of Oyster Bay and John Feekes of Matinecock, and Samuel Birdsall and William Birdsall, to build a Sawmill, at ye place betwixt ye land of Henry Townsend, and ye meadow of John Feekes upon ye Crick called Beaver Swamp Crick, the said Feekes to carry on in labor and charge the ½ of the Mill, Henry Townsend Jr., ¼ and Samuel and Wm. Birdsall ¼.


      I Elizabeth, b. 9/4 mo. (June) 1674; m. Benjamin Field.

      II Hannah, b. 6/8 mo. (Oct.) 1675; m. James (8) Cock.

      III Mary, b. 30/2 mo. (Apl.) 1678; m. Henry (9) Cock.

      IV John, b. 10/5 mo. (July) 1679; d. 18/10 mo. (Dec.) 1680.

      V Robert, b. 22/4 mo. (June) 1683; m. Clemence Ludlam.

      VI Sarah, b. 17/12 mo. (Feb.) 1685/6; ?m. John Coles.

      VII Martha, b. 27/8 mo. (Oct.) 1688; m. John Carpenter.

      VIII Abigail, b. 7/6 mo. (Aug.) 1691; m. Josiah Coggeshall.

      IX Deborah, b. 5/11 mo. (Jan.) 1695; m. Thomas Whitson, Jr.

      IV Robert Feake, bapt. in Dutch Church 1642 prob. at Greenwich in quasi acknowledgment of the jurisdiction, had wife Sarah to whom, as his widow, Letters of Administration were granted June 19, 1669.

      V Sarah bapt. in Dutch Church 1647.
    Person ID I8988  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Family Elizabeth FONES,   b. 21 Jan 1610,   d. 1673, Newtown, Long Island [now Suffolk County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married Between 1631 and 1632 
     1. Hannah FEAKE,   b. Aug 1637, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1677, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years)  [natural]
     2. John FEKE,   b. Between 1638 and 1639, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1724, Matinecock, Long Island, Queens [now Nassau] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
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