Paternal Great Great Great Grandparents (Nias / Merrewether?)


b. 19/10 1794 d. 1849 Newbury
Sarah? (unknown) Merewether?
d. 1877 Newbury
Sarah Ann Merewether Nias
b. 1826 Newbury
James Merriman Thomas  Nias
There is a Thomas Nias born in about 1827 still living in 1901. He is listed as a retired grocer.
Joseph Somerset  Nias
b.1824 - d.1897 (Weybridge)
m. Martha J ? b. ca. 1836

Year 2000
Noted (with thanks) from Len Oliver - Nias (et al.) family researcher ...

"Joseph Somerset Nias was the grandson of the original Benjamin Nias / Mary Merriman marriage and the son of the Thomas Nias / Sarah ? (Somerset)? marriage. Joseph Somerset Nias was born in 1824 at Newbury and died 1897 at Weybridge. It appears he married a Martha J ? .

In the 1881 census he was 57, occupation - Oil Miller - and his wife was only 45, therefore an age gap of 12 years. Was she a widow - as the daughter in the house was known as Nora M. Drew age 24, unmarried and no occupation and born in London?

James Drew married Joseph's sister Sarah hence the close family connection between the Nias family and the Drew family."

Site Note 2000
Nora M. Drew age 24 (born ca. 1857)

Just supposing - Nora was the daughter of a marriage between a "Drew" male and this young "widow" (or divorcee) Martha J. , (Josephine or Jane?) now wife, Nias, of Joseph Somerset Nias, Oil Miller of London.

The other possibility is that Nora M. Drew is all part of a first name string - since, in the next - the Drew / "Smythe" generation - all the children - Henry James, Marjorie Jose and Phyllis Mary were each given the third name Drew.

Or - was Martha J. Nias - née Drew? - making it a two generation Drew / Nias link? She would have been old enough to give birth to Nora M. Drew - a 12 year age difference would not necessarily indicate a widow ... close and friendly families more likely!