We are like many researchers who have had great success in finding lots of descendants of a person, but hit that proverbial brick wall when it comes to finding ancestors. Our brick wall is Gilbert Drew, b. April 11, 1732 (birthplace unknown) and d. March 26, 1812 in Putnam Co., NY, bd. Drewsclift Cemetery, Brewster, Putnam Co., NY. These dates are from his gravestone. It should be noted that the bible of his son Thomas (which appears to be in Thomas’ handwriting) indicates that Gilbert was born in 1730 (no month or date).
I am James A. (a descendant of Gilbert through his son Gilbert of NJ). My dna results were surprising to say the least. They do not match any of the other Drew results, including the Plymouth line. My 3rd cousin was also tested, with the same result.
We are hoping that someone from one of the other son’s lines will be tested so that we can compare those results. Did the deviation come in Gilbert Jr.’s line; was Gilbert Sr. really a Drew???
Our Drew family database contains over 10,000 people in it who are directly related to Gilbert (either descendant or by marriage). There are about 3,000 more who are probably related, but we cannot prove (lived nearby our known relatives, etc).
We have another database for the New England Drews and other families – and which includes the families in Westchester Co., NY – which contains another 12,000 people.
We welcome all hints, suggestions and inquiries.
Hoping to interest another descendant of Gilbert to be tested, we provide this information on Gilbert’s family:
This is Gilbert’s family: [Gilbert’s Will was written in 1810 and probated in 1812, and names his second wife and all children “William Drew, Isaac Drew, Samuel Drew, John Drew, Gilbert Drew, Daniel Drew, Thomas Drew, Mary, Elizabeth, Hannah, Sarah my daughters”
1-Gilbert Drew b. 11 Apr 1732, d. 26 Mar 1812, Carmel, Putman Co., NY, bur.
Drewsclift Cemetery, Brewster, Putnam Co., NY
+Sarah Hunt b. 1733, d. Abt 1771, Carmel, Putnam Co., NY
--2-William Drew b. 22 May 1755, Yorktown, NY, d. 10 Sep 1837, North Salem, Westchester Co., NY, bur. Old Gilead Cemetery, Carmel, Putnam Co., NY (md. Jane Fowler, dtr of Caleb Fowler). Several daughters died unmarried; his sons William and Daniel F. went west (to Michigan and Iowa respectively).
--2-Isaac Drew b. 25 Dec 1756, Cortland, Westchester Co., NY, d. 11 Jan 1841, Connecticut, bur. Upper White Hills Cem., Shelton, Fairfield Co., Ct. (md. Sarah Ferris) . His sons’ (James and Ferris) as well as daughters’ families stayed primarily in Ct.; his son Gilbert went first to Steuben Co., NY and then to Michigan.
--2-Hannah Drew b. 1758, d. Abt 1845 (d. unmarried as far as we know)
--2-Elizabeth Drew b. 1759, d. 14 Dec 1841, Steuben Co., NY, bur. Old Drew Cemetery, Urbana Twp., Steuben Co., NY (md. Eber Townsend) Numerous researchers are working on this line. Eber and Elizabeth went first to NJ, then to Steuben Co., NY; their children spread from there to Indiana, Illinois, Texas – a true pioneering family.
--2-Mary Drew b. 1759, d. After 1812 (unmarried as far as we know)
--2-Samuel Drew b. 7 Mar 1759, Peekskill, Westchester Co., NY, d. 16 Oct 1853, Urbana, Steuben Co., NY, bur. Pleasant Valley Cem., Hammondsport, Urbana, Steuben Co., NY (md. 1-Mary Phillips and 2-Mary Townsend) He had 12 children in all, and many, MANY, descendants. This family as well spread throughout the country, and gives us many colorful stories of early pioneer life.
--2-Sarah Drew b. 1765 or 1772, New York, d. Between 1850 and 1860 (md. Abner Phillips, resided in Onondaga, NY – not much is known about this family)
--2-John Drew b. 16 Apr 1767, Putnam Co., NY, d. 22 Mar 1856, Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY, bur. Log Meeting House Cem., North Shodack, Rens. Co., NY. (md. Anner/Hannah Phillips, dtr of Joseph and Dorcas (Vickery) Phillips. They had 9 children who resided mostly in New York (Rensselaer, Columbia and Monroe Counties).
--2-Gilbert Drew b. 11 May 1769, Putnam Co., NY, d. 11 Jul 1855, Vernon Twp., Sussex Co., NJ, bur. Longwell-Drew Cemetery, Vernon, Sussex Co., NJ. (md. Susannah Washburn, dtr probably of Ebenezer and Mary).
This is our line and extensively researched. They had 14 children (and perhaps a few more who died as infants). Their descendants went into Steuben Co., NY and throughout the country as well.
--2-Daniel Drew b. 1771, d. 1771
+ 2nd wife: Catherine Muckelworth Lawrence b. 9 Sep 1758, d. 13 Aug 1842, bur. Drewsclift Cemetery, Brewster, Putnam Co., NY
--2-Daniel Drew b. 29 Jul 1797, Carmel, Putman Co., NY, d. 18 Sep 1879, New York City, NY, bur. Drewsclift Cemetery, Brewster, Putnam Co., NY. (md. Roxanna Mead). This is the famous Daniel Drew, about whom much has been published. They only had 3 children, one who died in childhood. He left no Drew surnamed descendants, and we have not been able to contact any descendants of his directly. We would like very much to correspond with anyone in this line.
--2-Thomas Drew b. Nov 1798, Carmel, Putman Co., NY, d. 31 Jul 1873, bur. Drewsclift Cemetery, Brewster, Putnam Co., NY. (md. Abigail Mead, sister of Roxanna, who were daus of John and Anor (Ballard) Mead). They had 7 children, but we think that there were no Drew surnamed descendants in this line.