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Rob Drew
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« on: April 10, 2012, 06:05:37 PM »

I am descended from Thomas Drew, b. 1802 in Devonshire, England. 
Here's some Drew information  which I hope  will be  of interest.

Early British documents name Eborad Dru of Cambridge, Isouda Drewe of Hampshire,
and Johannes Drew of Yorkshire as among the first Drew's.  My own Drew ancestors are from

Two things crop up often during my family research :
a) twins - my mother was a twin and her sister had 2 sets of twins and there are more;
b) I ask almost everyone I contact:  are you short or tall?   The answer is nearly always short!   
It's a family trait and quite a strong one.  My mother and her sisters were all under 5ft!


Patricia  Mathewson   (Winifred 6, Lilian 4, James 2, Thomas 1)

(posted from Patricia's email to Rob Drew - project admin)
Rob Drew
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012, 06:08:21 PM »

I am also descended from Thomas Drew,  b 1802 in Devonshire.  Pat Mathewson and I are distant cousins.  I have quite  a bit of family history here in the UK,  all  traced back to Devon & Cornwall. I just wondered  if any of my distant  relatives made it across the pond at some time?

Best regards to you all,

Alan Drew   (Eric  7, James 5, James 3, James 2, Thomas 1)
Rob Drew
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 06:12:00 PM »

                             Descendants of Thomas Drew of Devon (1802)

Submitted by Pat Mathewson and Alan Drew

1. Thomas Drew b. 1802 in Holscombe Burnell, Devon; d. 1873; m. Ann Gortley  Apr 1825.
        i. Emily Drew  b. 1826, Totnes, Devon, m. Thomas Morgan
2.   ii. James Drew  b. 1829, Totnes, Devon, d. 1890
     iii. Thomas Drew b. 1834, Berry Pomeroy, Devon
      iv. Richard Drew b. 1837
       v. Frederick Drew, b. 1840, Totnes, Devon
      vi. Sarah Jane Drew, b. 1844, Totnes, Devon
     vii. William Drew, b 1847

Generation No. 2
2.  James Drew (Thomas 1), b. 1829, Totnes, Devon, d. 1890, m  (1) Emma, (2) Mary Jane Lowden
Children of James Drew and Emma:
          i. Thomas Drew, b. 1850, Exeter, Devon
3.     ii. James Drew, b. 1852/3, Exeter, Devon
        iii. Albert Drew, b. 1855, Exeter, Devon
         iv. Emma Drew, b. 1857

Children of James Drew and Mary Jane Lowden:
         i.  Frederick Drew, b. 1885, Exeter, Devon
4.    ii. Lilian Drew, b. 1886, Exeter, Devon; d. 1958; m. George William Paddon 1913.
       iii. Florence Drew, b.1890, Exeter, Devon

Generation No. 3
3.  James Drew (James 2, Thomas 1) b. 1852/3, Exeter, Devon, m. Emily Spear
          i. Alice Drew, b 1874, Exeter, Devon
         ii. Emily Drew, b 1875, Exeter, Devon
5.    iii. James Drew, b 1876, Exeter, Devon
        iv. Samuel Drew, b 1879, Exeter, Devon
         v. Lilly Drew, b 1882, Exeter, Devon
        vi. Albert Drew, b 1884, Exeter, Devon
       vii. George Drew, b 1886, Exeter, Devon
      viii. Henrietta Drew, b 1890, Exeter, Devon

4.  Lilian Drew (James 2, Thomas 1) , b. 1886, Exeter, Devon; d. 1958; m. George William Paddon 1913
          i. Florence Paddon
         ii. Rose Paddon
6.    iii. Winifred Paddon, b 1919, Stoke Newington, London  (twin)
         iv. Beatrice Paddon, b 1919, Stoke Newington, London (twin)
          v. George Paddon
         vi. Lily Paddon
        vii. Doris (Pat) Paddon, b. 1926

Generation No. 4
5.  James Drew (James 3, James 2, Thomas 1)b 1876, Exeter, Devon; m. Kate Winslade.
          i. Percy Drew, b 1897, Penarth, Wales
         ii. Herbert Drew Born 1901 West Bromwich Staffordshire 
        iii. Gwendolyn Drew Born 1902 West Bromwich Staffordshire
         iv. Clarence Drew Born 1905 West Bromwich Staffordshire
          v. Agnes Drew Born 1906 West Bromwich Staffordshire
         vi. Evelyn Drew Born 1907 West Bromwich Staffordshire
        vii. Henry Drew Born 1909 West Bromwich Staffordshire
7.   viii.  Eric George Drew Born 1913 West Bromwich Staffordshire, m. Ethel Stahl

6.  Winifred Paddon (Lilian 4, James 2, Thomas 1), b 1919, Stoke Newington, London,  m Cecil Austin
Rob Drew
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012, 09:13:11 PM »

You might like to have a look at this website attached.

The Drew ancestors of Alan and me came from the Totnes area of Devon and in villages around the Totnes area, one being Berry Pomeroy.  I decided to go and have a look last year hoping to find Drew gravestones but I think they were too humble for such things.  However, it's a very pretty village and it was quite a good feeling to be at the church where some of our Drews got married.  On my birthday in October we met up with our son and daughter and their families at Berry Pomeroy Castle which is quite magical and I fell in love with it.   It was a lovely feeling to see my grandchildren running about and enjoying a place which means so much to me as a family historian!
 I thought you might like to see it as surely some of our ancestors must have wandered around the ruins and in the woods nearby.   Other villages mentioned in our family tree are near there such as Holscombe Burnell where Thomas Drew was born in 1802.
Best wishes,

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