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MILITARY: letter from Elizabeth (Betsy) deParry to TMason, 27Jun1999; ; EXTRACT: served as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War and while scouting in Virginia, was mistakenlly captured by Confederate troops and though to be a Union spy. General Lee straightened the mistake out.
RESEARCHER-DESCENDANTS: Information sent to T.Mason, Feb 2002 by Chuck Borden
Ref: Probate of estate of John Wood, Records of Town of Portsmouth, p.322
Posted in FS-FT on 26Aug2013 by Patricia Mitchell. David Lake Sex: M Birth: ABT. 1646 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Ma. Death: AFT. 15 JUN 1709 in Little Compton, Newport, RI.
On Aug. 10, 1667 he enlisted in a troop that raised horses at Portsmouth for the Dutch War. On 27 Feb. 1669, he was made a freeman at Portsmouth. His ear-mark was recorded 29 Mar. 1669. He was a soldier for Capt. Church in King Philip's War and had a grant from Plymouth Colony with his brother Thomas of 100 acres at Puncatest (in Tiverton) of which he was to have 60 acres as he had "been very useful and serviceable in the late war". An entry in the Portsmouth town records in 1682 shows that in 1676 he had sold Indian captives to the town. On 4 Jan. 1679/80, he was settled in Namquid, in Little Compton and on that date he, "now husband of Sarah, late wife of Thomas Cornell of Portsmouth" had a dispute with Thomas Cornell, son of the deceased,over Sarah's dower rights, which was then compromised. On 7 July 1681 he was sued by Benjamin Church and the other Pocasset proprietors for having forceably prevented a sale of their land, near the Fall river in May 1680, by pulling the turf and twiig (an ancient English form of enfoeoffment) from the hands of their attorney Joseph Church. This was a dispute over the land formerly granted to Thomas Lake and himself by Plymouth Colony after Philip's war.
BIRTH: "Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island", pg 225. David Lake, son of Henry, was a Freeman at Portsmouth 27 Feb 1668/9 and his ear mark was recorded 29 Mar 1669. On 22 Sep 1679 he bought land on the Tauton River and also at Sippican (Rochester) and Acushnet (New Bedford). In 1698 he was Town Clerk of Tiverton. He had been given land here for his service in Philip's War. On 11 March 1701/2 he was Moderator of the Tiverton Town Meeting. On 15 Jun 1709 he, "of Little Compton", deeded to Zaccheus Butts his rights in the lands in Dochester and Stoughton, Mass. (inherited from his uncle Thomas).
In 1689 he was one of the proprietors of Dartmouth and as such sold land there. When Tiverton was organized as a town in 1692, he was one of the original habitants, as he resided on the line between Little Compton and that town. Henceforth he appears as "of Tiverton". He was a selectman of Tiverton on 28 July, 1694 and again in 1698. On 16 Mar., 1701/2 he was Moderator of the town meeting (Tiverton Town Records). On 28 Jan., 1704/5 Sarah "now wife of David Lake), is mentioned in a deed (Bristol County Deeds). He was alive as late as 15 June 1709, as on that date " David Lake of Little Compton" for 3 L conveyed to Zacheus Butts of Tivertown "all my right title and interest in divided or undivided lands in the township of Dorchester" (Bristol Deeds, X, 649) This is his right in the lands left him by his uncle Thomas Lake of Dorchester, together with the other children of Henry Lake. It may be noted that this was five days before his sister, Elizabeth Butts, conveyed her rights in the same land to the same grantee, i.e. her son Zacheus.
These deeds, by some curious chance were recorded in Bristol county and not in Suffolk, where the land was situated. He was married to Sarah Earle about 1677, his second marriage. She was first married to Thomas Cornell.
According to Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, compiler, Little Compton Families, Little Compton Historical Soc., 1967 David was a saddler under Col. Benjamin Church in King Philip's War.
David Lake is also listed as born Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
This commentary is in the notes of husband Thomas Cornell, "Thomas' fourth-great-grandson donated the original endowment for Cornell University, which is named after that descendant of Thomas. That man was Ezra Cornell (1807-1874), son of Elijah b. 1771, son of Elijah b. 1730, son of Stephen who m. Ruth Pierce, son of Stephen b. 1656, son of Thomas-the-executed and his first wife, Elizabeth Fiscock. ... Thomas Cornell's daughter Sarah (who married Zaccheus Butts) was, of course, from Thomas' second wife, Sarah Earle, daughter of Ralph Earle b. 1606 and Joan Savage b. 1609. Sarah Earle was pregnant when her husband Thomas Cornell was executed on the bogus charges. She named that daughter "Innocent," and about five years after Thomas was executed, Sarah married David Lake, son of Alice who was executed as a witch because she believed she saw her dead baby. One might wonder what Sarah Earle Cornell Lake thought of the times she lived thru."