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From: "Drew W. Weeks" <>
Subject: DREW surname
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 1998 01:10:36 -0500
Although I've been *watching* correspondence about DEV. for quite a while,
this is my first posting about the DREW surname that I'm researching. I'm
fairly new to genealogy research but find it very interesting and fellow
researchers a great group of people.
If anyone has interest in the DREW surname, I have a few basic questions
which follow this DREW family background: My GG-Grandfather, Francis
Abraham DREW, listed on his 1838 US Citizenship papers his origin as
Plymouth, ENG. This may have been the city from which he debarked for the
USA or his place of birth, I'm not certain which. He was born 5/21/1810
(supposedly in Plymouth, ENG), died 4/8/1888, and married Bridget ROPER
from Belleshanin, IRE on 6/21/1831 Ann St. Churck in NYC, NY, and moved to
the West Point, VA area prior to 1847. He had 11 children <obviously very
busy at home>: Washington (my g-g-grandfather), John Hicks, Harriet, George
Marias, Mary Ann, Francis Archibald, Virginia Helen, Joseph (josiah)
Hopkins, Charles Henry, Margrat Isabella, and Alice Adelia DREW.
(1) Is anyone familiar with the DREW name in ENG? Its derivatives?
(2) How can I determine whether Plymouth, ENG is town of birth or town of
departure to USA?
(3) What is the best way to look for his parents, siblings, in ENG since
Francis DREW was a common name in 1800's?
(4) Did his parents come to USA with him, and if so, who were they? Did
he have siblings on the journey, also?
If anyone has access to the NY Census records for 1830 or 1840, I would
appreciate ANY information you can give. The NY Naturalization petition
papers were of no help.
"Good Words Cost Nothing and Are Worth Much"
Drew WRIGHT Weeks