SURNAME DAKE (DEAKE)

While we may never prove 100% the origins of this branch of the Deake family; however, my DNA analysis indicates my ancestors were definitely from this area.

We do know that two brothers came to the Rhode Island colonies some time before 1716. The earliest recorded history of the Deake (Dake) family in the American Colonies dates to 1716. Based upon a story told and recorded in 1925 by the 90 year old town historian of Hopkinton, RI, two brothers who were "Pressed" Sailors, jumped ship in Providence, RI and escaped into the wilderness (the area later to become Hopkinton) and settled. At this time England were "pressing" young men into military service due to the lack of volunteers, so they probably jumped from a British military ship.  These two brothers were Richard and George Deake. Their birthdates had long been estimated based upon the date that they became Freeman in the colonies.

 Recent research has uncovered the birthdates of two brothers born in Minehead, Somersetshire, England to Charles and Mary (maiden name unknown) Deake, in the parish records of St. Michael's Parish, Minehead, England. These birthdates are exactly the years that had long been estimated.

CHARLES DEAKE was born/baptised  in Minehead, Somerset, England on September 21, 1650, married a Mary (maiden name unknown) and had a large family. The had children:

Charles (born May 8, 1675)
John (born Jan. 21, 1676)
Richard (born Nov. 22, 1680) - probably died young
RICHARD (born Nov. 27, 1682)
George (born April 6, 1685) - probably died young
Mary (born Feb. 2, 1686) - probably died young
Mary (born July 26, 1688)- probably died young
Sarah (born Sept. 16, 1689)
GEORGE (born Sept. 14, 1691)
Edward (born Nov. 13, 1694)
Mary (born Aug. 13, 1696)

The Deake line records go back to 1549 as recorded in the St. Michael's Parish records in Minehead, Somerset, England.  They probably go back further but records of birth and marriage were not kept prior to 1548.

One family legend that seems to be constant through many lines of the Deake (Dake) family is that the brothers came from England. Professor P.H. Reamey of London an authority on surnames and author of "A Dictionary of British Surnames" lists the surname Deake as Welch, a derivative of Deakin and Daykin. All Welch derivatives mean "Son of David". Mr. Leslie Green (previously of Ware Sholes, S.C.), a Dake Family Historian for over 50 years, believed the Deake name was Welch. Minehead, Somerset, England was a seaport in the 1700's and is located just across the Bristol Channel from Wales. This close proximity to Wales may be the reason for this belief; however the Deake surname can be found in abundance in the Minehead area of England dating back to the 1500's.

The very first record of the family name Deake was found in Cumberland, which is located in the English and Scottish Border Ridings. The Deake family traces their ancestral roots back to Strathclyde Briton origin before the year 1100. From here they branched and migrated, gaining prosperity as a notable family of the English and Scottish Border Ridings.

In researching the Deake/Dake family in the United States, genealogists have found
at least four other Dake genealogy lines; however, in all of these other lines the surname has always been Dake with the exception of one line mentioned below that started in Maryland. One Dake line started in Virginia and spread across the southern US. This line has been researched by Owen C. Dake. Another Dake line started in South Carolina and also migrated mainly across the souther US. A third line later came from Germany in the 1800's and migrated to the midwestern states in the US. There has been no connection found between these other Dake lines and the Rhode Island Deake/Dake line. The Deake surname, from Rhode Island origin, was changed to Dake in the early 1800's with the exception of one family line that migrated to Maine (George Deake Jr. Family) and one branch of the Edward Deake family line, which moved to Michigan and Canada. There are still members of the Rhode Island Deake family found in Canada and the northeast who still use the original spelling of the surname (Deake); however, most branches of this line changed the surname to Dake. It was a standard practice after the Revolutionary War for people to change their surname.

Other early records have been found of Deake surname individuals, in the early colonies. It is not known what branches of the family they may be related to at this time.

In 1637, a William (Decke) of Wimborne age 12 years old sailed from Southampton in the ship Virgin to Barbados. A William Deake arrived in Virginia in 1638. An Edward Deake was listed as a witness to the will of Murphy Daniell, planter in St. George Parish, Barbados in Dec. 12, 1667. Possible connection to this line is unknown.

In 1665 Robert Deakes was transported by Thomas Powell to Maryland. In 1678 Edward Deakes transported himself to Maryland and in 1691 a Henry Deakes Will was listed in Lyon Creek, Calvert Co., Md. This Henry Deakes father was John Dakes and Innholder of London in St. Buttols Aldergate parish. None of these early Deakes have been proven to be linked with our family.

Another legend suggests that the family came first from Hungary in 1639 to England, and then to the Colonies. None of these legends is supported with proven facts.

Found in the records of Mass. Bay Colony on Aug. 18, 1724: "Col. Thomas Westbrook impressed Mr. Dakes Schooner to convey Capt. Harmon from Falmouth, Mass. Bay (Portland, Maine) to Boston. Capt. Sanders was also sent in his Sloop to Saint Georges to guard it against Indian attacks." The reason for quoting this record is a possible connection between this Mr. Dake and a Capt. Edward Saunders in Hopkinton, R.I. who later became the guardian of George Deake's son Edward, after George passed away. It may also be an indication that the Deake brothers were in fact sailors.