#52Ancestors: Drisco

The sixth of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompts is Favorite Name.

The ancestors were so clever, using and reusing certain surnames recycled as given names to leave an unmistakable path of breadcrumbs for we descendants to follow. The Drisco trail should be an easy one. It is not.

The origins of John Drisco are unknown other than he most likely came from England. He appeared in Wells, York, Maine around 1677, when he had a grant of fifty acres. John had been at Blackpoint (Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine) before being killed by Indians July 16, 1697, near Wells.

There is a great conflict over the various Drisco families. There is a Timothy alias Teague Drisco of Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Cornelius Drisco was later of Newmarket (part of Exeter). His wife and two daughters were baptized in Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire.

Joseph Drisco married Mary Getchell of Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts. According to a Getchell family history, John Drisco was born December 28, 1686, in Wells, Maine. While the date of Joseph and Mary’s marriage is unknown, their children were born in Salisbury.

This is a particularly neat trick as the only qualifying John Drisco was the son of the first of Wells, who allegedly went away, never to be heard from again.

This John Drisco had two sisters, Mercy and Sarah. Mercy married in 1704 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, Timothy Conner.

Sarah married December 13, 1706, Sylvanus Nock. Their son Drisco Nock married Margaret Lord September 14, 1774, in Berwick, York, Maine.

1revDrisco Nock served as a private in the New Hampshire Militia. In 1775 Drisco Nocks served as a “minute man”. On November 5, 1775, Drisco served as a private in Capt. Stephen Hodgdon’s Company at Kittery Point.

Several other members of the Nocks family of Berwick fought in the Revolutionary War as well. David fought at Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine, in 1790; James Nocks Jr. was a minute man in 1775 and enlisted for three years 1777-1780, and was a prisoner in 1777; John Nocks served three years, 1777-1780; Nathan Nocks, also a minute man in 1775; Zachariah Nocks was in the army in 1778, and served nine months in 1778; and Zachariah Nocks the 3rd served in the army in 1778.

However, the most interesting reports on these dedicated military men comes from the December 1835 obituaries for “Drisco Knox” who died September 5th in Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire. He is buried in the Rye Central Cemetery.

The Saturday Morning Transcript (Boston) of December 19, 1835, merely described Drisco as “a soldier of the revolution, 87.”

The Boston Traveler of December 18, 1835, provides us with not only a report of Drisco’s passing at age 87, but also a few more deadpan and amusing details:

In Rye, N.H. 5th inst. Mr Drisco Knox, a soldier of the Revolution, 87. He was sitting in his chair as usual, suffering under no other complaint, than the infirmities common to old age, when his death was announced to those in the room by his falling upon the floor.

Drisco Knox’s daughter Elizabeth married Daniel Allen on April 28, 1799, in Belmont, Belknap, New Hampshire. One of their sons was named Drisco.

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See:

. William Richard Cutter, Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Vol. 4 (1910): 2137.
. Edward E. Bourne, The History of Wells and Kennebunk [Maine] (1875): 181-182.
. Thomas (Nock) Knox of Dover, N.H., 1652: and some of his descendants.

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