John Sutton HASTINGS Mini tree diagram

Sarah Anne DRAKE (Ducky)

also known as Miss DRAKE

24th Jul 18031,2,3,4 - 9th Jul 18571,8,2,3,9,10

Farmer's daughter7

Life History

24th Jul 1803

Born in Norfolk, Skeyton.1,2,3,4

Father - John Drake - farmer
Mother - Sarah  Fromow

31st Jul 1803

Baptised in Norfolk, Skeyton.2,4

From the Parish Register :-
"Sarah Ann daughter of John Drake and Sarah his wife late Sarah Fromow spinster was born July 24th 1803 and baptised privately July 31st 1803"

between 1831 and 1847

Occupation Botanical illustrator.2,5

Her plant illustrations appeared in :-
Bateman, James (1837 - 43), Orchidaceae of Mexico and Central America.
Lindley, John (1839), Sertum orchidaceam
Botanical Register (1831 - 47)

6th Jun 1841

Recorded in census in Brentford, Acton (Acton Green).6

John Lindley - 40 - Ind
Sarah Lindley - 35
Sarah Drake - 35 - Artist
Staff x 2

30th Mar 1851

Occupation Farmer's daughter.7

30th Mar 1851

Recorded in census in Depwade, Stratton (Fritton, Near Common).7

Head of household - Daniel Drake
Annotated as "Niece"

23rd Nov 1852

Married John Sutton HASTINGS in Depwade, Fritton Parish Church.12,1,13,14

From the Marriage Certificate :-
1) By licence
2) Vicar - J. R. Drake
3) Witnesses - John W. Drake, Ellen Fryer & Mary Browne
4) Groom - John Sutton Hastings, full, widower, farmer, Longham
5) Father of the groom - John Hastings, farmer
6) Bride - Sarah Anne Drake, full, spinster, Fritton
7) Father of the bride - John Drake, farmer

From the Ipswich Journal :-
"23rd ult., at Fritton, Norfolk, John Hastings, Esq., of Longham-hall, to Sarah Anne, eldest daughter of the late Mr. J. Drake of St. Faiths"

9th Jul 1857

Died in Mitford (Longham, The Hall).1,8,2,3,9,10

Diabetes - certified
From the Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald :-
"On the 9th inst., in her 54th year, Sarah Anne, wife of Mr. Hastings, of Longham Hall, in this county"

From the Death Certificate :-
1) Occupation - Wife of John Sutton Hastings, farmer
2) Description and residence of informant - John Hastings Jr., present at the death, Gressenhall
3) When registered - 11 July 1857

Jul 1857

Buried in Mitford, Longham, St Andrew & St Peter.2,11

Buried alongside her husband and his two other wives.

A photo of this grave can be seen in the "Churches, Graves and Memorials" page in the main part of this website.

It can also be seen on the Gravestone Photographic Resouce website -


Memorial in Mitford, Longham, St Andrew & St Peter.3

Memorial plaque erected

"Sarah Anne Drake
Second wife of John Sutton Hastings
Born at Skeyton July 24th 1803
Died at Longham July 9th 1857
Friend and botanical illustrator to the
Orchidologist & saviour of the Botanical Garden
Kew Dr John Lindley who named the Orchid
Genus Drakaea after her. This memorial was
Erected by admirers of her work in 2000."


  • For further information see :-

    Lawrence Dutton
            "Drake, Sarah Anne (1803-1857)"
            Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
            Online edn. Oxford University Press, May 2009
            Accessed 11 Jan 2010

    The Longham Community Website
            Sarah Anne Drake : Botanical Illustrator, 24 July 1803 - 9th July 1857
            Accessed 18/02/2010

    Ian Jackson
            Review (untitled)
    Reviewed work : "Miss Drake"- Sarah Anne Drake (1803-1855), the botanical Artist: Biographical Details and Finding-Lists of Her Works by R. M. Hamilton : Lawrence Dutton
    Source :
    "Taxon", Vol. 49, No. 4, Golden Jubilee Part 2 (Nov., 2000), pp. 841-842
    Published by: International Association for Plant Taxonom (IAPT)
            Accessed 02/02/20101,2,5


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