AH. CHARLES DEAKE, SR.
Charles was born in the Town of Westerly, Kings County, Rhode Island on April 13, 1737, to parents George and Susannah Deake. When his father died the family farm was willed to Charles and his brothers Edward and George. Charles and his brother George may have left for Stonington, Connecticut when their mother moved in November 28, 1748 or to live with their sister Thankful or Susannah, both of whom lived in the Town of Stonington, Connecticut. While living in Connecticut. Charles learned the tailors trade. On May 30, 1757, eleven years after his father's death, a division of the land to the three boys was recorded in the Hopkinton Town records (He was living in Charlestown, Rhode Island at the time). His brother George sold his portion of their father's land and John's portion, which he had purchased earlier, to Charles on December 4, 1759. Eventually the farm came into the possession of Charles.
In April 2, 1762, along with several neighbors he donated land two rods wide through their land to start a highway "from highway near Simeon Perry to go by Quaker Meeting to the colony line". In 1766, the property, then described as being on Noose Neck Road, was sold to one Abraham Utter and so passed out of the family.
Between 1774 and 1775 Charles and his wife and three sons moved from Hopkinton, Rhode Island to the Valley of the Little White Creek and the Walloonsac River located in what is now White Creek Township, Washington County, New York. Since they were Baptist Church Members, they probably moved with a group of Baptists from Rhode Island who arrived at about the same time and set up a church in this area organized by Rev. William Waite. A Royal Proclamation, by the King of England, in October, 1763 offered generous terms and encouraged expansion, which may have played a part in their migration, or raids by British troops on farms in this area of Rhode Island may have been their incentive to move.
With the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Charles joined the New York Militia, District of Cambridge, County of Albany. (at this time the area was part of Cambridge, Albany County, New York but currently is part of White Creek, Washington County, New York. The Indian name for the White Creek stream was San Coick) Military records show that he served in Capt. William Brown's Class, Col. John Blair's and Col. Van Woert's Regiments of the New York Militia. (The sixteenth Regiment) The Deakes' lived on a farm adjoining Elder Waites' farm. Elder Waite was the Minister of the White Creek Baptist Church. Their farms were located just north of the Von Schoicks' Mill, located on the western bank of the White Creek where it enters into the Walloonsac River, and on the road between the Village of White Creek and San Coick (now North Hoosick). It was this Mill that Col. Baum of the British Forces used for his headquarters immediately before The Battle of Bennington. It was also down this road that Col. John Williams' Regiment marched from White Creek to North Hoosick and there met and joined another regiment from Bennington, Vt. commanded by Col. Warner and defeated the detachment of British troops sent out to reinforce Col. Baums' Detachment.
The following was documented by Sally Dake Gardner on February 1896. "My father's father name was Charles Dake and he was the great-great grandfather of the afore-said applicant. (Carrie O. Dake - D.A.R. Applicant). This Charles Deake, my grandfather, was a Minuteman and fought for American independence under General Stark at The Battle of Bennington, Vermont, on August 16, 1777. He died November 11, 1803, aged sixty four years, six months and twenty days, before I was born. He was survived by his widow Anna Deake, whom I well remember, and from whom I heard and learned the particulars of her husband's participation in The Battle of Bennington. She related them to me when I was a girl. According to her statement at the time of said battle, they resided in the vicinity of Bennington, and on the morning of the day of the battle, my grandfather being with Gen. Starks' Command, she my said grandmother sent their two boys, my father, then fourteen years old, and his older brother William Deake, then about sixteen years old, to a mill with a grist of corn to be ground and as they were returning from the mill, the battle began in their immediate vicinity. When the battle commenced my Uncle William was frightened and began to cry, but my father swung his hat and cheered."
From the history of North Hoosick: " In the 1700s a wooden bridge crossed the White Creek, then known by its Indian name San Coick. The most recent bridge at this A Mr. Van Schaick (referred to as Tory Van Schaick) owned a grist mill powered by the waters of White Creek, at the time of the revolutionary war. The mill was caught up in a skirmish August 14, 1777, between a British force led by Colonel Baum and a detachment from the American Army under the command of Colonel Gregg. The British seized the contents of the grist mill and the Americans destroyed the bridge causing Colonel Baum to send for help. The mill that Mr. Van Schaick owned became known as the "Old Grist Mill". During the 1800s it was sold several times. The mill fell into disrepair and had to be rebuilt. John H. Burk, whose father rebuilt the mill, was the last owner. He said that he had all the work he could do supplying feed for the local people. Feed for animals and flour for home use was made from crops of wheat, oats and buckwheat. Common grains grown on the surrounding farms. The Grist Mill burned and was not rebuilt. Along with the grist mill was a sawmill and cider mill, their owners and exact locations have not been recorded. Some of these mills operated into the early 1900s."
After the battle my grandmother went to search for my grandfather and found him in a church in Bennington which was then in use as a hospital. (The church was the old Congregational Church which was a wood building that was replaced in 1804-1806. There is a cemetery next the church which contains the remains of 13 patriots and Hessions who died in the Church/Meeting House as a result of wounds received during the battle). (Another record indicates the church she referred to was the Waite's Meeting House in White Creek and he was wounded with 600 other Hessian prisoners in the small church.) He was not severely wounded but there were three bullet holes through his clothing. She went to bring him some water and as she was carrying it into the church a number of Hessians there begged for the water which she provided to them. Some history books of the area quote her as being the first Red Cross volunteer because of her tending to the wounded.
WHITE CREEK BATTLE MARKER
On another occasion during my grandfather's absence, while serving as a Minuteman, a squad of Tories came and got their only cow out of the pasture, and were about to drive her away when grandmother, who was a woman of dignified and noble appearance, went out and confronted them and sternly commanded them to replace the animal in the pasture. The Tories were so impressed by her fearless attitude that they obeyed her order and drove the cow back into the pasture and slunk away. The foregoing statements and incidents were related to me by my said grandmother when I was a girl. She died December 2, 1828, aged 87 years, 6 months and 18 days." Mrs. Gardner later stated "The reason why the said William Gould Deake did begin to cry at the inception of the said Battle of Bennington, and why the said Charles Deake Jr. began to shout were that Charles was too young to fully realize the significance of what was then being enacted, but that his brother William, who was older understood that their father was engaged in the battle." Anna Gould because of her attending to the wounded has been enrolled as a Patriot of The Revolutionary War and in New York history books is listed as the first Red Cross Volunteer. Gen. Stark and the "Green Mountain Boys" defeated the British at The Battle of Bennington. (Battle of Bennington: 2000 U.S. Troops involved with 30 killed and 40 wounded; 916 British Troops with 80 killed and 127 wounded). Pay records for Charles Deake Sr. were recorded as follows: Two pounds, eight shillings and four pence (Certificate 25240) and one pound, seven shillings and nine pence (Certificate 25364) both dated June 1, 1787. Family tradition also indicates he was with General Washington at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown (but this is not proven).
From the proceedings of Washington Union Baptist Association, held at Waites Corners, June 1868: "Some of the church members went over to the enemy the night before the battle and were obliged to fight in the conflict of August 16, 1777, against their own brethren and neighbors which threw the church into confusion and entirely broke it up. But the next year Elder Waite collected three members besides himself and began anew." Church records at Waites Corners show Charles Deake, Charles Jr. and Margaret Deake as members in 1784.
WHITE CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH
(Information on Rev. Waite and the White Creek Baptist Church: Rev. Waite and his wife Mary are buried in the Baptist Church Cemetery in Center White Creek (aka Waite's Corners). The church is just off Route 22 south of Cambridge, Washington County, New York. The cemetery is across the road from the Baptist Church and west of Post Corners.) The log church he had built was burned by the British during the "Battle of Bennington" (actually Walloomsac, 4 miles NE of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County, New York, not Vermont). The following historic marker is no longer there: A log church which stood here was burned by the British Battle of Walloomsac, August 16, 1777.
It was documented that in the spring of 1786, Charles Sr. his wife and three sons (William Gould Deake, Charles Deake Jr., and Benjamin Deake) moved to the Town of Ballstown, Saratoga County, New York; however, in the diary of Rev. Samson Occom, a Mohegan Indian minister that Charles knew from Rhode Island, he visited Charles and his family in the Ballston area on October 17, 1785 on his way to Brothertown, New York (this is where Occom moved many of the Indian tribes from the Westerly and Charlestown, Rhode Island area), so they probably moved there earlier than indicated. Rev. Occom also mentioned in this book that Charles Deake was a Separate Baptist. Their brother John stayed behind in Washington County until some time between 1790 and 1800 and then also moved to Saratoga County. Recorded in the Saratoga County History: "Near the place was a fine large spring of deliciously cool and sparkling water and here were found large quantities of bones of animals showing that some past time it had been used as a camping ground by someone either Indians or Tories probably during the Revolutionary War." On March 7, 1787, Charles Dake "Yeoman" of Albany County leased 100 acres of land for one year from Adrain Bancker "Esquire" of Staten Island for five shillings. On September 13, 1787, he purchased the land from Adrain Bancker. The Deakes' were some of the earliest settlers to this part of New York. This area, about a mile and a half northeast of Middle Grove, New York, later became known as Daketown. Charles acquired 1500 acres of land in Saratoga County, New York during his life time. On March 1794, Charles executed a promissory note between Simeon Cosell and Ebenezear Allen for 9 pounds.
In 1794 the Second Baptist church of Greenfield was formed at Daketown with Charles Deake Sr. listed as the Church Deacon. (Charles Dake Jr. was also listed as the Deacon when the church was disbanded in 1822. Reverands Abel Brown, John Lewis and Timothy Day served this church in the capacity of pastor). To the inhabitants of the vicinity this church was known as the Daketown church and was located about a mile and half northwest of Middle Grove. It was constituted in 1794 and joined the Shaftsbury Association in 1795. It dissolved its connection with that body in 1808 and was finally broken up and disbanded in 1822.
On November 11, 1803, Charles died and was buried in the family cemetery at Daketown. The Dake Cemetery is located near the southwest corner of the junction of the Sand Hill Road and the Kayaderosseras Creek Road (County 19). It is about 250 feet beyond a cabin and over looks the creek road from an elevation of about 100 feet. Recorded on Charles' tombstone is the following inscription. "Charles Deake who departed life November 11, 1803 age 61 years 6 months 28 days. ""Reader prepare to meet thy God" The cemetery is located about a half mile from the Charles Deake Sr. home. (In 1811 the family formally changed their name to Dake).
Anna continued to live in this area until her death December 2, 1828. She was buried next to her husband in the Dake Cemetery. The inscription on her tombstone reads: "In sacred memory of Anna, consort of Charles Deake, who departed this life December 2, 1828, aged 87 years, 6 months and 18 days. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord"
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Charles Deake, Sr., and his son Charles Deake, Jr., (1793-1843), enlisted in the Sixteenth Regiment, Albany County Militia and were at the Battle of Bennington.
Daughters of the American Revolution - Lineage Book, page 166; Robert's New York in the Revolution, 2nd Ed. p. 131
Charles Deake, (1738-1803), served as a private from Albany county under Col. Lewis Van Woert. Charles Deake, Jr., (1763-1844), served with his father.
Daughters of the American Revolution - Lineage Book, page 154
Charles Deake, (1738-1803), served as a private from Albany County, New York, under Col. Lewis Van Woert. He was at Bennington and with him were his sons, Charles, William and John. He was wounded in battle, carried with the Hessian prisoners to a meeting house where his wife nursed them. He was born in Westerly, Rhode Island; died in Greenfield, New York.
Daughters of the American Revolution - Lineage Book, page 254
Charles Deake, (1738-1803), was a private in Col. Lewis Van Woert's regiment from Albany county. He served at Bennington where he suffered much and where his wife succored the prisoners. He was born in Rhode Island and died at Greenfield, New York Charles Deake, Jr, (1763-1844) served in the regiment with his father and his brothers William and John.
Daughters of the American Revolution - Lineage Book, page 217
Charles Deake Sr - born 4-15-1738 Rhode Island - died 11-11-1803 New York
married (1) Anna Gould - Private New York
DAR Patriot Index, Volume 1, page 729
Charles Deake and his son were privates in Colonel Lewis Van Woert's regiment from Albany County.
Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, page 247
Charles Deake (1738-1803), was a private in Colonel Lewis Von Woert's regiment from Albany County. He served at Bennington where he suffered much and where his wife succored the prisoners. He was born in Rhode Island and died at Greenfield, New York.
Charles Deake, Jr (1763-1844), served in the regiment with his father and his brothers William and Jacob.
Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, page 217
Charles Deake, (1737-1803), served as a private from Albany county under Colonel Lewis Van Woert. He was at Bennington where his wife succored the prisoners.
Charles Deake, Jr., (1763-1844), served in the regiment with his father, as did his brothers William and John.
Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, page 145
Charles Deake, (1738-1803), served as a private from Albany county under Colonel Lewis Van Woert. He was at Bennington and with him were his sons, Charles, William and John. He was wounded in battle, carried with the Hessian prisoners to a meeting house where his wife nursed them. He was born in Westerly, Rhode Island; died in Greenfield, New York.
Enos Burt (1760-1822) was a private in Captain Joseph Ball's company, Colonel Edward Pope's regiment at the Rhode Island Alarm, 1776. He served several enlistments during the Revolution. He erected the first school house of Taunton, where he was born and where he was buried.
Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, page 254
Charles Dake, son of George and Susannah Dake (Division 4) married Anna Gould. They removed to New York where he received a land warrant in Albany County for services in the Revolutionary War in the Sixteenth Regiment. He lived after 1786 in Greenfield, Saratoga County, and is buried there in a private cemetery. His tombstone recites that he died November 11, 1893, aged 64 years, 6 months and 29 days. His wife, Anna Gould, lies in the same cemetery and burial plot and her tombstone recites that she died December 2, 1828, aged 87 years, 6 months and 12 days.....
In 1773 Charles Dake, Sr. and his family who were adherents of the Baptist church migrated from Rhode Island and settled upon a tract of land in White Creek, Cambridge Township, Washington County, New York. This farm adjoined that of Elder William Waite and the battle of Bennington was fought largely upon these two farms. Later Charles Dake, with his four married sons William, Charles, John and Benjamin, settled in 1786 about a mile and a half north of Middle Grove, in Saratoga County, New York. Near the place was a fine large spring of deliciously cool and sparkling water and here they found large quantities of bones of animals showing that at some past time it had been used as a camping ground probably by Indians or Tories during the Revolutionary War. The family came originally from Rhode Island but removed from White Creek in Washington County. (History of Saratoga County, New York, by Smith and Ensign re Town of Greenfield Page 436.)
The Revolutionary Records of the State of New York disclose that Charles Deake received certificate 25240, dated August 15, 1779, for services in the Militia service of the State.
Sally Gardiner who was a daughter of Charles Dake, Jr., testified in connection with an application by one of the family for admission to the D.A.R. that her Grandmother, the wife of Charles Deake, Sr., gave her the information upon which she testified as follows: My father's father was also named Charles Deake, and he was the great grandfather of the aforesaid applicant. This Charles Deake, my grandfather, was a minute man and fought for American Independence under General Stark at the battle of Bennington, Vermont. On August 16th, 1777. He died November 11th, 1803, aged sixty four years, six months and twenty nine days, before I was born; but he was survived by his widow, Anna Deake, whom I well remember and from whom I heard and learned the particulars of her husband's participation in the battle of Bennington. She related them to me when I was a girl.
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Charles, born 13 April 1737 to Susannah and George Deake, lived in Charlestown, Rhode Island at the time of the division of his father's land in 1757. Charles purchased his brothers' share of the legacy on 4 December 1759, and in 1760 he was able to move in with his new bride, Anna Gould. On 31 July 1766 he sold the property, described as being on Noose Neck Road, to Abraham Utter, though he continued to live there until 1774 when he moved the family to Cambridge (now White Creek) in Washington County, New York, along with a group of fellow Baptists from Elder Waite's church, probably because they were alarmed by the frequent raids by British troops on farmers in their area.
1776 and the Revolutionary War were upon them shortly. Charles signed up in Cambridge/White Creek with the New York militia as a Minuteman in the 16th New York Regiment, and served under General Stark on 16 August 1777 at the Battle of Bennington, fought on the border between New York and Vermont, within walking distance of both White Creek and Bennington. The Deake farm adjoined Elder Waite's farm, both located just north of the grist mill which had been seized on 14 August by the Tories for headquarters under Colonel Baum, a Hessian who spoke not one word of English. The Americans destroyed the bridge after the Tories had seized the contents of the mill. The Brits called for help. Burgoyne sent 700 troops to raid for needed horses, draft animals and other supplies, unaware there were 1,500 Americans waiting for them. Some of the members of Elder Waite's church went over to the enemy the night before the battle and were thus obliged to fight against their own brethren, subsequently throwing the church into confusion and breaking up the church. On the morning of the battle, Anna Deake had sent her 2 older boys with a load of grain to be ground; as they were returning, the battle commenced, practically on their farm. The outcome: Burgoyne's army reduced greatly, his Indian supporters deserted, and supplies unavailable, leading to his surrender at Saratoga, with the side effect of galvanizing colonial support for the independence movement. 207 Tories were killed, including Colonel Baum, 127 wounded, and 700 captured; 30 Americans were killed and 40 wounded. When Anna went to search for her husband, she found him, wounded, but not severely, in the church in Bennington that was used for a hospital. She went to bring him water, and soon found many wounded Hessians begging her for water, which she provided for them, thereby earning her a spot in New York history books as a "Patriot of the Revolutionary War" and the first 'Red Cross' volunteer.
Anna didn't rest on any laurels: while her husband was out serving in the militia, a squad of Tories came, grabbed her only cow from the pasture and were about to drive her away, when the intrepid lady arrived, confronting them, she sternly commanded them to return the cow to her pasture. Her fearless noble dignity intimidated them into obeying her before slinking away.
The Revolutionary War was essentially over with the British surrender at Yorktown; the Treaty of Paris in 1783 finalized the process. The Deake troupe headed for newer greener pastures in the spring of 1786, when the Charles Deake, Sr., family moved from White Creek/Cambridge to Ballstown in Saratoga County, New York. Those moving included Charles and Anna, William G. along with his wife and 3 young children, Charles Jr., young Benjamin, Lucinda and Anna. Abigail was already married to Jabez Mosher, Jr., and John came a few years later. On 7 March 1787 Yeoman Charles Dake of Albany County leased 100 acres of land from one Adrian Bancker, Esq., of Staten Island for one year. On 13 September 1787 he purchased that land. The Deakes were among the earliest settlers of this area, about 1 1/2 miles northeast of Middle Grove.
Staunch Baptist they were, and in 1794, the Second Baptist Church of Greenfield was formed at Daketown with Charles Deake ad Church Deacon. Deake is Deacon at Daketown. That has a certain ring to it doesn't it? In 1822 Charles Dake, Jr. was still the deacon when the church was disbanded.
Charles Deake came to the end of his life on 11 November 1803 at age 61, and was buried at the family cemetery at Daketown. His family had flourished and his lands increased from 100 acres to 1,500 acres. Anna continued living in that area until her death at age 87 on 2 December 1828.
Dake/Deake/Deak from 17th C. Somerset, England to 21st C. United States of America Via Rhode Island, New York, Illinois and Iowa
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