The Drew Line of David Ward of Western Australia and cousins in America and United Kingdom


b. 1797 - d. 1865
m. 1817 Glascwm Parish, Radnorshire
Glascwm (means blue-green valley).
Cefnllys Church  - St. Michael's - photo courtesy of Peter and Jackie LongleyThomas Drew
Farmer. b. 1789 - d. 1854
 

Children - born at Cefnllys, Radnorshire

Margaret Beaumont Drew (b. 1818)
m. Thomas Francis (seemingly not listed with LDS IGI)
 
Thomas FRANCIS (states David Ward) did not meet with his mother-in-law's approval. In her will, she left Margaret forty pounds, but "for her own absolute and separate use and benefit and to be subject in no way to the debts control or engagements of her husband".
 
John Vincent Drew - b. 1819 (Farmer) m. Hannah
 
Thomas Drew - b. 1822 m. Elizabeth Lloyd 1848 at Llanbadarnfawr, Radnorshire
 
Dan (Danzy) Sheen Drew - b. 1824 (See Note #1 below)
 
James Edmund/Edmond Drew b. 1825 (IGI (LDS) gives E. as Edward and Drew family and Parish records have Edmund/Edmond.) - migrated to Illinois, America.
 
A mystery originally surrounded the identities of two Drew males - James E. Drew (above) and James Drew - both of Cefnllys, 1825. The latter, James (the Hosier) Drew, was the Drew of the Drew-Smythe family line.
 
Elizabeth Drew - b. 1827 m. Thomas Meredith
(See Note #2 below)
Mary Anne Matilda Drew b. 1829
- died within 10 days of baptism.
Mary Anne Drew - b. 1830
(possibly a handicapped child/adult - died 1884)
 
Vincent David Drew - b. 1831
Married his cousin, Naomi (Sheen) - ? formerly Watkins? There were children of the marriage. Later, he married Eliza(beth) Price. There were children of the marriage. (See Note #1 below)
 
Alethea Drew - b. 1834 m. William Jones
 
Fortune Drew - b. 1836
(Victor Vaughn's information)
She married John Griffths the son of John Griffiths and Anne Lewis - June 7, 1859 in Natmel St Cynllo's. She died February 19,1882 in Cwmgwiddel, Nantmel. (Rock Chapel) He was born 1835, and died January 27, 1904 in Cwmgwiddel, Nantmel. (Rock Chapel).
 
Children of Fortume Drew and John Griffiths were:
John James Griffiths b Oct 4,1859,Nantmel Wales
Price Thomas Griffiths b 1864
Alfred Vincent Griffiths b 1866
Emily M. Griffiths b 1869
Minnie S. Griffths b 1873
George W. Griffiths b 1875
Hariet Drew - b. 1838 m. William Hughes (farmer) 1865
NB - LDS IGI has HARRIOT and not Hariet.
(This is the ancestor line of David Ward's cousin, May Scharf, who has clarified so much for this Drew line.)

Eliza Ann Drew - b. 1841

Radnorshire - WalesNote #1 - Vincent David Drew b. 1831
The information below - and much on the Drews in general - is provided by David Ward of Western Australia, to whom gratitude is expressed - February 2002 - who writes:David Ward
 
"My mother was Winifred Drew, born in Herefordshire in 1901. Her father was Tom Drew and her grandfather - my great grandfather - was Vincent David Drew, born 26.6.1831, who was the brother of James Edward (I think it was actually Edmund) Drew, baptised 10.4.1825 at Cefnllys, Radnorshire. They were from a large farming family of 13 children, one of whom died soon after birth.

I have seen James mentioned in my great great grandmother's will (she died 22.3.1865). He was left just five pounds! My great great grandmother was Margaret Sheen, baptised 5.10.1797 at Bettws Disserth, Radnorshire. The old Sheen farm "The Wern" is still there. There is still a distant Drew cousin farming at Gwstre (Welsh for Goosetree) Farm. There are old graves at a number of places, including Llanbadarnfawr and Glascwm.

Both Drews and Sheens were old Radnorshire farming families, going back to the 1600s.

"Danzy" is an old family name with many spellings - Danzey, Dantesey etc. - derived from the old "landed gentry" Dauntsey family, originally of Wiltshire, with a branch in Herefordshire. Maria Dauntsey (born c.1690) married Thomas Sheen (born c. 1685) and the name has been carried on. It is thought that one of Sir Thomas More's daughters, Elizabeth (?), married a Dauntsey."

Dauntsey's School was founded in West Lavington, Wiltshire in 1542 under the will of Alderman William Dauntesey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers.
"In the name of God Amen the tenthe day of the month of marche in the yere of our Lord God a thousande fyve hundrethe fourtye and two; I William Dauntesey Citizen and Alderman of the Citie of London being of holy mynde and in good and parfite rememberance will that in West Lavington a house called a church house and a house for a schole be kept in and VIII chambers be edifyed and builded... and that Ambrose Dauntesey shall name and appoint one apt and convenient person to teach gramer in the Schole house ... "
(Text from Dauntsey's School Site
- The Headmaster's Welcome page.)

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"Drews, Sheens, Prices, Joneses, Lloyds et alia often intermarried and sometimes formed 'below stairs' relationships which tends to complicate the tracing of different lines. One whole branch of the Sheen family migrated to Texas after a scandal involving a young housemaid. Old Drew family wills going back into the 1700s make interesting reading. One can sense who was in favour and who was not. The Drews seem, in general, to have been prosperous farmers, leaving considerable acreages and sums of cash, not to mention harness, sows, feather beds and grandfather clocks in their wills. They sometimes titled themselves as 'yeoman', and sometimes as 'gentleman'. Welsh Cob Stallion (1978) by artist/sculptor, Heather Jansch

Some members of this branch of the Drew family drifted into shoemaking and gardening or fell on hard times - for example, one William Drew, the head gardener to Mr. Lane of 'Rylands', Leominster, was fined 5 shillings in 1866 for kicking Joseph Hinton, assistant gardener - and a William Drew died, aged 80, in 1919, in the Poor Law Institution at Rhayader. There were always rumours in our family of an "uncle" who went to America. My grandfather, Tom Drew, actually bought a sea chest at one time, with the intention of migrating, but he never made it.

Vincent David Drew, my great grandfather, married Naomi ? Sheen (a second cousin, I think) and had a family. Naomi died fairly young and Vincent David thereafter married his housekeeper, Elizabeth Price. He had a second family, including Tom Drew, my grandfather. Although David (known as such in the family) inherited some land, he foolishly went to law chasing a supposed fortune in Chancery which he felt was his. He lost his farm, and ended up, according to my late uncle, Bill Drew, as an alcoholic hedger and ditcher. My great grandmother (Elizabeth) had a brother called James Price, who boxed professionally as "Black Jim o' Clun". This didn't go down well with the family "establishment". N.B. Henry James Drew-Smythe was an avid supporter and follower of national and international Boxing.

My grandfather, and his brother William Drew, both took apprenticeships and started a bakery in Hereford. Tom, my grandfather, kept family contact through the church, and played violin in the Quakers' orchestra in Hereford. I have a photograph of him resplendent in white tie. The Drews at Gwstre Farm - last I knew - ran a trucking business with gigantic Volvos. They were also involved in breeding champion Welsh cobs, and there is a strong horse tradition in the family."

Note #2
"Kilvert's Diary" - The diary of the Vicar of Clyro - The Reverend Francis Kilvert.

The Reverend Francis Kilvert (not altogether well-regarded today) had a living at Clyro, near Hay-on-Wye. He wrote a diary which has survived in print and it gives a fascinating picture of the area during the late 1800s. On Saturday, 26 March 1870, he visited Bryn y Garth, a farm belonging to Thomas Meredith, another old Radnor family.

Kilvert describes Mrs. Meredith as: "looking young enough to be her own daughter, a small slight figure and yellow hair. How these light haired people do keep their youth. She must have been pretty once too. They are both nice people."   Mrs. Meredith was, in fact, Elizabeth Drew, daughter of Margaret Sheen and Thomas Drew and sister to Vincent David Drew, James E. Drew and their siblings.

Elizabeth Drew had a son, Danzey Drew Meredith - who is mentioned by Kilvert as "drafting sheep in a meadow" on Tuesday 26 March 1872.

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