|DREW family notes
When Frank Tompson Smythe married (1890) Ada Josephine Drew, the daughter of James Drew (London hosier born 1825 at Cefnllys) and Sarah Nias, it was originally believed that there was by then no son to carry on the name of this particular branch of the Drew family - which suggests that William Somerset Drew, her brother, and the only son, had died as a child or as a young man and without children so that in the next generation, the Drew name was added to the name of Smythe to form the hyphenated, Drew-Smythe. However - another son has now been identified - (August 2002) as Nias James Drew - who moved to Australia. Thus, the words, "in Britain" should be added and used to qualify the above "only" theory. Furthermore, the name 'Somerset' (from either Smyth(e) or Drew lines) was given to the eldest son in the generation which followed - Richard David Somerset Drew-Smythe.
His brother, John, received the second name 'Roderick' and there is a Merthyr Tydfil (Glamorgan) branch of the Drew family containing this 'unusual' Drew forename. It appears to come from the family line of a Jane RODERICK who married a John DREW - a son, Anthony John Drew was born to them in 1867 ... click on the image of Cefyllys Church to see a table of families connected to this story and to note other Welsh Drews of the area.
18th/19th Century Population of England and Wales
In charting the spread of the name forwards it would seem that members of the original Drogo/Dreux/Dru clan from Devonshire moved out gradually across the British Isles and into a handful of specific (strategic) areas, besides inhabiting the political centre of London where many of them walked the corridors of power or became instrumental in the development of London itself.
One such man was Beriah Drew, a solicitor and attomey, from London's Bermondsey area.