Paradisio, Drake Plantation, North Carolina

Drakes of North Carolina

Edward Drake

Name: Edward Drake

Age: Born 1743 (46)


+2 Charisma
+2 Wealth
+1 Calvary Command

Anglo-American: You are, like the majority of the new nationís inhabitants, descended from English and likely (but not always) Protestant settlers, whether they came aboard the Mayflower in 1620 or were refugees from the English Civil War or came here peacefully in much more recent days. The English have a reputation as cunning traders and are also more likely to have enjoyed leadership positions of prominence in the years leading up to the American Revolution, as well as afterwards. +1 Infantry Command, Wealth or Charisma.

Deist: You are a Deist. You believe in a vaguely defined Supreme Being which the Christians call God, but only as a creator: as far as youíre concerned, the First Cause does not interact with its creations at all and is content to let them operate as they will. Deists tend to be the most radical embracers of the Enlightenment and all the liberal ideologies it brings. Thomas Jefferson was an example of a historical American Deist.

Idolized philosopher
John Locke: In your younger years, the political philosopher you looked up to most was John Locke. His belief that there existed a moral Law-of-Nature forbidding men from harming one anotherís lives or possessions without cause and that a night-watchman state whose role was limited to protecting the lives, liberty and property of its citizens was ideal rubbed off on you as a result, leaving you with moderately liberal inclinations. +1 Wealth.

Early Life
Merchant: Prior to entering politics, you ran your own business as a merchant of at least local note. In this role you not only crunched numbers but also learned to buy low and sell high, to efficiently manage not only accounts but also your workers, to spot and plan for both opportunities and risks, and to deal with both competitors and tough customers - all skills that should serve you well in the realm of politics. +1 Wealth.

Role in the Revolution
Cavalry Officer: You were, at most, a colonel in the Continental Army, commanding over a unit of cavalry up to regiment size. The Continental Armyís cavalry were predominantly light scouts or dragoons, and so you and your men would have spent most of your time scouting ahead of the main army or taking on British foragers & scouts in isolated skirmishers rather than charging into massed redcoat formations. +1 Cavalry Command, Scout or Survival.

Role in the Confederation Period
Congressman: Whether a newcomer or already a member of the wartime Continental Congress, you became a member of the post-Revolutionary War Congress of the Confederation, the feeble and virtually powerless nominal legislature of the USA under the original Articles of Confederation. With no military, no means of acquiring revenue, and little credence in the eyes of foreign powers, you and the rest of this Congress may as well not have existed - but you and it did, and despite your overall powerlessness, you still learned valuable political lessons & forged connections with the other Congressmen while you were there. +1 Charisma or Espionage.


Early Life
Drake was born May 3, 1743, on his fatherís plantation near Wilmington located along the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. His father Peter Drake was a successful planter and surveyor and his mother Jane Randolph a member of one of Virginiaís most distinguished families. When Drake was fourteen, his father died, and he inherited a sizeable estate of approximately 5,000 acres. That inheritance included the family house, but Drake dreamed of living on a mountain.

In 1768 he contracted for the clearing of a 250 feet square site on the topmost point of the 900-foot mountain that rose above Ashville. He would name this mountain Paradisio, and the house that he would build and rebuild over a thirty-year period took on this name as well. The following year, after preparing the site, he began construction of a small brick structure that would consist of a single room with a walk-out basement kitchen and workroom below. This would eventually be referred to as the South Pavilion and was where he lived first alone and then with his bride, Martha Wayles, following their marriage in 1772.

Along with the land Drake inherited slaves from his father and even more slaves from his father-in-law, John Wayles. In a typical year, he owned about 200. These men, women and children were integral to the running of his farms and building and maintaining his home at Paradisio. Some were given training in various trades, others worked the fields, and some worked inside the main house.

Education and Professional Life

After a two-year course of study at the College of William and Mary in Virginia that he began at age seventeen, Drake read the law for five years, and recorded his first legal case in 1767. In two years he was elected to North Carolina General Assembly.
His first political work to gain broad acclaim was a 1774 draft of directions for North Carolinaís delegation to the First Continental Congress. Two years later he was a member of the Second Continental Congress. He championed the coloniesí arguments for declaring themselves free and independent states.

Edward Drake - Ambitious Lawyer

The Revolution
Returning to North Carolina, After Trenton Drake would work to raise a couple regiments of Calvary, and would coordinate these men to harass British movement and raid their supply network.

He took command of the 1st Continental Light Dragoons around April of 1778, Drake's Legion. We first saw action in September of that year, defeating a Hessian regiment in an ambush. When Lord Cornwallis moved his British Army into North Carolina, his Legion entered South Carolina to protect that colony. In 1781, he participated in Pyle's Massacre and the Siege of Ninety Six.

He also saw considerable action at the Battle of Guilford Court House, and the retaking of North and South Carolina.

Edward Drake - The Calvary Commander

In 1784, he entered public service again, in Spain, first as trade commissioner and then as U.S. minister. During this period, he avidly studied European culture, sending home to Paradisio, books, seeds and plants, along with architectural drawings, artwork, furniture, scientific instruments, and information.

In 1787 he would return to his native North Carolina to secure the position of Governor, campaigning on his war service and long family connections.

Drake Family Tree

-1. Peter Drake 1708-1757
-1a. Jane Randolph 1720-1776

--2. Jane Drake 1737-1765

--2. Mary Drake 1741-
--2a. John Bolling 1737-

----3a. Archibald Bolling 1756-
----3a. Eustace Bolling 1759-
----3a. Geraldine Bolling 1761-

--2. Edward Drake 1743-
--2a. Martha Wyles 1748-

----3a. Martha Drake 1772-
----3a. Jane Drake 1774-
----3a. Mary Drake 1778-
----3a. Lucy Drake 1780-

--2. Elizabeth Drake 1744-1773

--2. Martha Drake 1746-
--2a. Roger Bates 1745-1766
--2b. Phillip Browning 1740-1770

--2. Peter Drake 1748-1748

--2. James Drake 1750-1750

--2. Lucy Drake 1752-
--2a. Charles Lewis 1748-1779

----3a. George Lewis 1773-
----3a. Alice Lewis 1776- 1782
----3a. Carol Lewis 1778-

--2. Anna Drake 1755-
--2a. Hastings Marks 1757

----3a. Bertrim Marks 1777-
----3a. John Marks 1779-1779
----3a. Karl Marks 1781-

--2. Randolph Drake 1755-
--2a. Anna Lewis 1755-

----3a. Sally Drake 1773-
----3a. William Drake 1775-