Catherine Proctor -- Are you my 6th great grandmother?
I have found various documents that lead me to believe that my theory might be correct but none of it is direct evidence from a primary source document. One of my sources is entitled the Bogardus Papers; Frank A Traver Papers -John E Drake . This set of documents provide some of the lineage of the Drake family. It states that John Drake and Catherine Proctor had a son Samuel, born on July 16, 1778. I believe that this is the brother to Edmund P. Drake. Samuel had a son that he named Edmund P. Drake. Another source indicates that Samuel Drake was also the father of Jane C Drake Knickerbocker. In her estate one of her heirs/distributees was named Edmund P. Drake. It is believed that John and Catherine also had a son Henry who had a grandson named Edmund Proctor Drake Merritt, and another of their believed sons, Josias, named one of his daughters Catherine P. Drake. That means that there were four Drake men, all who resided near the hamlet of Smithfield in the northeastern corner of Amenia, Dutchess County, New York who have either female descendants named Catherine or male descendants named Edmund or have a middle name of Proctor. All though there is no physical documents that I can produce to prove this there sure are a lot of coincidences that lead me to believe that she is indeed my 6th great grandmother.
As far as Catherine being placed in an historical event or time period, she was in the heart of the American Revolutionary War. It is believed that her husband John fought with the 6th Regiment of the Dutchess County Militia as well as being one of the individuals that signed The Pledge in Amenia during July of 1775. Her husband could have been gone for months at a time when they were called into action to fight for our Country's freedom. She would have been left at home to care for her young children and the family farm. Many women didn't stay at home when their husbands left for war, they actually followed them taking on many of the traditional women's chores at camp.