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The Parish Church at Old Clee, Lincs., which is over 700 years old,
where the Hagworthingham & Leake 'Dracas(s)' families originated.

                                                                                                            photo by Chris Drakes September 2012

The Parish Church of Holy Trinity & St. Mary the Virgin, Old Clee, Grimsby, Lincolnshire,
where there were Drakes (Drakas, Draces, Dracus, Dracas, Drakas) 1585-1692

                                                                                                            photo by Chris Drakes September 2012

The Vicars of the Parish Church of Holy Trinity & St. Mary, Old Clee, Lincolnshire

Thomas Drax, Vicar of the Parish Church of Holy Trinity & St. Mary, Old Clee, Lincolnshire from 1590 to 1593, is not marked as 'in situ', which means that he didn't perform the church services and ceremonies at Old Clee. Many Vicars and Rectors of this era received the stipends from several parishes, making them rather wealthy, but they actually lived as far away as the Roman Court in Amiens, France, and employed Curates to perform the services in the various parishes they held of right. This 'Thomas Drax' appears to be the same person as 'Thomas Drakas', the progenitor of my own tree, who was buried on 1.10.1629 at Stainton-le-Hole (now Stainton-le-Vale), Lincolnshire. The 18th century Dracas family of Old Clee, who migrated to the Hagworthingham area of the Lincolnshire Fens in the 19th century, also appear to be descended from this same line.

                                                                                                            photo by Chris Drakes September 2012

A Dutch-styled cottage opposite the Parish Church, at Old Clee, Grimsby, Lincolnshire

                                                                                                            photo by Chris Drakes September 2012

An old Dutch-styled cottage opposite the Parish Church, at Old Clee, Grimsby, Lincolnshire

                                                                                                            photo by Chris Drakes September 2012

St. Andrews Parish Church, Irby-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, where there were Dracas (Drakis) 1672-1725


Old Leake postmaster, Tom Dracass, published several local postcards in the early 1900s,
including this one of Leake Parish Church, Lincs., published by 'T. Dracass'.

The Dracas(s) families of the Boston area of Lincolnshire, including Old Leake, Leverton, Stickney and Hagworthingham, are descendants of a family from Old Clee, near Grimsby, Lincs. Most of the Canadian Dracas(s) families are descendants of this same Old Clee family. The Wolds 'Drakes' family were also originally Dracas in the 17th and early 18th centuries, but I have been unable to link the Old Clee line to them. The Wolds family are no very far from Grimsby and road transport from Grimsby to Lincoln would have passed through the area where they lived. The Industrial Revolution caused a great need for food in the fast-growing new industrial communities such as Sheffield. The fishing industry at Grimsby was also growing fast as a result and would have needed a great deal of new labour to support it; maybe the Dracas(s) family moved there from the Wolds for work, since farm-labouring work was in the decline due to new machines.


Hagworthingham village view, published by T. Dracass.


Old Leake Railway Station, published by Dracass of Old Leake about 1925.


The children of Hagg School, in May 1917, published by Dracass, Hagworthingham, Lincs.

     

More postcards published by Dracass of Hagworthingham & Old Leake, Lincolnshire



31st July 1903 to Miss G. Dracas, Hagnaby Lock, Stickney, Boston (Lincolnshire)


No 8. Kirton - Willington Road published by Geo. Dickinson: the message on the reverse of this postcard reads, "The postcards here are not very nice, but will send you some pretty ones when I go back to Hull. Shured like to have seen you on Thursday, fondest love Daisy."


An old cottage published by Dracass of Old Leake, Lincs.


In 1911, Harry Dracass of The Store at Hagworthingham, Lincs., was trading in just about everything that the local community might need. This advert comes from Morton's 1911 Almanac (Horncastle News); he even took in other people's advertisements for entry in local newspapers, as well as selling all types of insurance.

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Dracas(s) Memorial Headstones


                                                                                                      photos courtesy of John Gage

William Dracass (1849-1926) & Elizabeth Dracass nee Lingard (1849/50-1927) memorial headstone at St. Helen's Churchyard, Leverton, Lincs.: the north side of grave shows, “In loving memory of William Dracass who departed this life Feb.12 .1926 aged 77 years”; the south side shows, “Elizabeth wife of William Dracass departed this life March 20 1927 aged 77 years”.

                                                                   photo courtesy of John Gage

Sister & brother, Gertrude Dracas (1880-1957) & Walter Dracas (1881-1969) memorial headstone at St. Helen's Churchyard, Stickford, Lincs.

                                                                                           photo courtesy of John Gage

An area with several Dracas graves at St. Helen's Churchyard, Stickford, Lincs.

                                                                                                     photo courtesy of John Gage

Dracas & Andrews group of memorial heastones at St. Helen's Churchyard, Stickford, Lincs.

                                                                                         photos courtesy of John Gage

The memorial headstones of William Dracass (1824-1877), and his wife Eleanor Dracass née Andrews (1823-1853) at St. Helen's Churchyard, Stickford, Lincs.

                        photo courtesy of John Gage

Annie Mary Dracass (1874-1952) memorial heastone at St. Marys' Churchyard, Old Leake, Lincs.

                                  photo courtesy of John Gage

Sisters, Betsy Dracas (1848/9-1931) & Eleanor Horn née Dracas (1850-1934) memorial headstone at St. Helen's Churchyard, Stickford, Lincs. ‘In Loving memory of Betsy Dracas (of Stickford) who entered into rest Feb.3.1931, aged 82 years. Father in thy gratious keeping, leave we now thy servant sleeping. Also of Eleanor Horn (Stickney) widow of George Horn and sister of the above died Sept.26.1934, aged 84. At rest.’

                                                                    photo courtesy of John Gage

William Andrews Dracas (1852-1920) & Martha Ellen Dracas née Parrinder (1854/5-1944) memorial headstone at St. Helen's Churchyard, Stickford, Lincs. ‘Loving memory of Willm. Andrews Dracas who entered into rest Sept.12.1920 aged 68 years. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Also of Martha Ellen Dracas, widow of the above who fell asleep Oct.25.1944, aged 89 years. Peace, perfect peace.’

                                                                                                      photos courtesy of John Gage

William Dracas (1881-1964) & Susan Dracas née Ely (1879-1928) memorial headstone at St. Helen’s Churchyard, Stickford, Lincs. ‘In loving memory of William Dracas died 27th June 1964 aged 82 years. In heavenly love abiding.’ & ‘In sure and certain hope. In loving memory of Susan the dearly loved wife of William Dracas, who fell asleep in Jesus June 22, 1928. Aged 49 years. Until the day break, and the shadows flee away.’

                                                                               photo courtesy of John Gage

Margaret Hannah Dracass née Thompson (1877-1948) & Fred Osman Noel Dracass (1878-1957) memorial headstone at St. Mary's Churchyard, Old Leake, Lincs.

                                      photo courtesy of John Gage

Susannah Dracass née Towles (1855/6-1911) & Thomas William Dracass (1842-1923), memorial headstone at St. Mary's Parish Churchyard, Old Leake, Lincs. “Loving Memory of Susannah Wife of Thomas William Dracass Who Died Oct. 1st. 1911 Aged 55 Years Gods finger touched her and she sleeps Also Thomas William Dracass Husband of Above Died July 13th. 1923 Aged 81 Years.”

                                            photo courtesy of John Gage

Juliet Elaine Dracas née Borrows (1947-1985) memorial headstone at Stickney, Lincs. ‘Treasured memories of a loving wife and Mum Juliet E. Dracas died 25th April 1985 aged 38 years. Brave, unselfish, loving.’

photo copyright 'volunteer' via Gravestone Photographic Resource (GPR)

William Arthur James Dracas (1905-1983) and his wife Louise ('Louis) Dracas, née Malthouse (1905-1984), were buried at the Municipal Cemetery, Kirkby Overblow, Yorks.: ‘In loving memory of a dear husband and dad William Dracas died 1st Nov. 1983 aged 78 Years also a dear wife and mum Louie died 19th Sept., 1984 aged 78 years.’

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There is one other Dracass family in the UK and they are from Sheffield, Yorkshire; I had been unable to link them to any other trees, but eventually linked them to the Irby-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire family, the progenitor of which is: William Dracas (c1650-1684). (See Trees)

The 2001 Eurovision Song Contestant, Lindsay Dracass, is a member of the Sheffield line; there are numerous search results about her via Google.

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'Drake House' and 'Drakes House Lane' near Beighton, south east of Sheffield, Yorks., in 1840.

There was an Elizabeth Drakehouse who, according to the 1861 Census, was born about 1832/3 at Sheffield, Yorks. In 1853, she married Joseph Jones at Sheffield, Yorks. The only possible person in the 1841 Census is: Elizabeth Drayket, who was born about 1836/7 at Sheffield, Yorks., apparently the daughter of Samuel Drayket and Eliza Linacres. The name 'Drakehouse' may have come from a hamlet south east of Sheffield, Yorks., near Beighton - see above. I cannot find any link between either of these names and the Dracas(s) family of Sheffield, though the 'Drakhouse' name was also in use at South Kelsey, Lincs., for an 18th century member of the Lincolnshire Wolds 'Dracas' family. Any thoughts and comments would be gratefully received by me. Chris