Paternal Great Great Grandparents Drew / Nias

b. circa 1826 at Newbury, Berkshire, England
Brett Oliver's site (qv below) lists 5 children. The 1881 census lists just 3 daughters living at home.
Brett Oliver (Nias family descendant) states this James Drew to have been James Drew - 'Hosier - Burlington Arcade, London'. Married April 9th 1850. - their daughter Ada Josephine Drew married Frank Tompson Smythe.
Cefnllys Church  - St. Michael's - photo courtesy of Peter and Jackie LongleyJames Drew - The Hosier
b. 1825 at Cefnllys, Radnorshire, Wales

James Drew, the husband of Sarah Nias, was originally thought to have been his Drew/Sheen cousin, James Drew. He was born with the same name in the same year and in the same village in Radnorshire. James Drew, hosier of Burlington Arcade, London was baptised in November 1825; his cousin James Drew was baptised in April of that year.

Dwelling: Hatton Road Harlington Gore House
Census Place: Harlington, Middlesex, England
Source: FHL Film 1341323 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 1328 Folio 64 Page 13
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
James DREW M 55 M Cefn Leys, Radnorshire, Wales
Rel: Head
Occ: Gentleman
Sarah A. DREW M 55 F Newbury, Berkshire, England
Rel: Wife

Ellen J. DREW U 19 F St George Hanover Sq
Rel: Daur
Ada DREW U 17 F St George Hanover Sq
Rel: Daur
Maude DREW 9 F Shepherds Bush, Middlesex, England
Rel: Daur
Occ: Scholar
Drew family - Census detail courtesy of John Boon and Mike Matthews in UK. Source: FHL Film 1341323 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 1328 Folio 64 Page 13 - 1881: Details also included: Hannah FRANKLIN Unmarried aged 19 Female born: Thatcham, Berkshire, England. Relationship to Head of Household: Servant Occupation: Gen Servant (Domestic). James (Hosier) Drew had died by 1894. According to her 1894 Will Sarah Nias was a widow. There was a Codicil 10/6/1910 She died 3/3/1913 and Probate was granted 8/5/1913). The 1901 UK Census shows the following detail. Sarah Drew was living at Enfield Lodge, Thornton Heath, Croydon - in the County of Surrey.
Sarah Drew Age 74 Born Berks Newbury Living at Croydon On Own Means

Gratitude is expressed to Brett Oliver for his family  information relating to the Nias family going back to c.1725.

Children of the marriage
1. Nias James Drew
(follow the "story" link at base of page)

2. Rosa Mary Drew

She does not appear in the 1881 census for James Drew's household in Harlington. She remained a spinster and gave a gift at the wedding of her nephew, Henry James Drew Smythe to Enid Audrey Cloutman.
3. Ellen Jane  Drew b. circa 1862 St. George, Hanover Square, London, England.
(Information, Brett Oliver)
"She m. Ambrose Oneil (changed his name to NIAS)"
Site Note: Oneil is a transcript error. PRO records Odell, Henry Ambrose - marriage 1886 Staines, June quarter Volume 3a Page 27
- children were:
A Daughter - Ellen Jane Drew Nias
Son 1. Carl Nias  m. Gweaety Richmond
children - David Nias and Jennifer Nias
Son 2. Jonathan Richard Nias

4 . Ada Josephine Drew b. circa 1864 St. George, Hanover Square, London, England m. 1890 Frank Tompson Smythe. Staines PRO - September quarter Volume 3a Page 28.

5 . Catherine Maude  Drew b. circa 1872 Shepherds Bush, Middlesex, England. record - Drew, Catherine Maud(e) - marriage 1898 Croydon June quarter Volume 2a Page 621

6 . William Somerset Drew - few details known. He was an Executor to his father's 1890 Will and was left just 20 in his mother's 1894 Will.
For extensive detail of Sarah Ann Nias' Will and the life of Nias James Drew - the complications of family relationships, inheritance and disinheritance ... follow the James (Hosier) Drew - Sarah Ann Merewether Nias story ...

To find out about the London entrepreneur Beriah Drew who made his fortune in property follow his name link - via a page of Drew family notes. This is recent and on-going research.

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