Drew of West Penwith and Beyond

A meeting place for researchers of the Drew family of West Penwith and Redruth areas, and their associated families. If you have come across this site during searches for Drew family history, and you feel you might be connected, please contact one of the members to have your name added to the members list.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bennet(t) Drew of Walworth, Surrey - Part the Second

I've found him, and family, in the 1851 Census at last! In the end, I searched for Jane M DREW, and found that Bennet(t) had been recorded as something that looks like "Barnett" and had been transcribed as (from memory) "Baraett". The odd thing is, Bennett the son had been born but wasn't included and I can't find him anywhere. Note: In the 1851 census, he appears to have been recorded as Benjamin Drew, grandson, living with Henry and Polly Hosking in Penzance.

But the exciting news is that I have some more on wife, Jane Moyle HOSKING. I had looked at baptisms in many of the parishes around Penzance with no luck but the very nice person known on B-G Forums as "Bo Peep" found a possible, in fact the only, Jane Moyle Hosking baptised in St Hilary, 15 April 1827, daughter of Henry (Blacksmith) and Polly. Using that info in the 1841 Census, that family was living in Market Jew Street, Penzance at census time. That puts them close to Bennet(t), who was living in Marine Terrace. Note: Looking around the family trees in Ancestry.com, it would appear that Polly was Polly MOYLE. I have sent off a request to one person for further information.

Just two years later, Bennet(t) and Jane were getting hitched in Shoreditch. Do you reckon they eloped?

Now, to find the details to allow us to work out the relationship (if any) between Jane Moyle Hosking and Bennet(t)'s mother, Eliza Hosking.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Another West Penwith DREW in Queensland

I've spotted another one! Emma DREW, b. abt. 1842 in Penzance, daughter of John DREW and Elizabeth Lembrey EDWARDS, married John ODGERS in September 1864 and migrated to Australia in 1865 on the "Empress of the Seas", arriving on the 18 June 1865. They appear to have had 5 children between 1867 and 1873, but not a great deal of luck as it seems that 3 of them died in infancy.

I am trying to track down the burial places, but it seems that they weren't buried in any of the Brisbane City Council cemeteries.

Thursday night: I can find no deaths or marriages (before 1914) of the two survivors.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

MOUSEHOLE History and Recollections

An e-mail from Chris with interesting news and a snippet.

"I have just managed to obtain a book from ebay its called MOUSEHOLE: History and Recollections by Nettie PENDER. It was published 1970. I haven't read it yet but I think she was quite old when she wrote it. Her address was 1 Kegwin Place, Mousehole, Penzance. The foreword was written by John J BECKERLEGGE and drawings by Nettie's son Jack PENDER.

One paragraph that I read is about the old and new quays
The old Quay was built soon after the year 1393. During research in the British Museum Mr J Ledbury of Truro copied an old manuscript written in latin.

AD1389 a grant of land to build a quay for men and boats in Mousehole by this attested indenture in that we John Trewoof and John Powes grant, give and by this present charter of our intention confirm to John Wills (an ancestor of Nettie's) and John Pouhe attendants of the chapels of the blessed virgin mary and st edmund of Mousehole the committal to the present community of the town of Mousehole wheresoever they perceive the better to protect the hutments at Mousehole, with their appurtenances, to have and to hold to John Wills and John Pouhe and their successors forever delivering to us our heirs twelve pence annually for building the same, whenever it pleases to remain from the present time true; and that we and our heirs will sell our interest in the placed walls, that is to say, to render, abandon and our heirs holding in land with appurtenances to the holding of John Wills and John Pouhe and their successors, to hold it as it is, we warrant it against all men forever. In witness of whose affairs this indenture of desire by us John Trewoof and John Powes and since that by John Wills and John Pouhe, John Trewtheleck, STEPHEN DREUGH and others dated at Mousehole the feast day next before the feast of st gregory, in the 12th year of the reign of King Richard 11, that is 1387.

Chris wonders whether Stephen Dreugh might be a rendering of Stephen Drew. So, for that matter, do I.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Chy An Gof

I was idly searching the electric interweb and came across a Rootsweb page, by Liz Newbery, which has many of 'our' Drew names in it, with some details for people for whom we do not yet have information. I have sent off an e-mail.
I have added a link to get you to the Chy An Gof webpage, from which you can find a further link to the Rootsweb tree.

Looks like a place we should visit if we ever have a Penzance reunion!

Wednesday night: A reply from Liz. Wonderful!

Thursday night: By digging around on the electric interweb, I think I've worked out that Chy An Gof means House of the Smith.

Nicholas John Care Drew

Today, the postman brought a birth certificate for Rev'd Julyan's grandad.

Nicholas John Care DREW, born Ninth December 1903 (Mum's birthday and the day before mine!) at 2 Camberwell Street, Penzance. Son of Frederick Drew and Elizabeth Nicholas Drew formerly Ninnis (I have Ninnes). Frederick was a Grocer's Cellarman, and the birth was registered on Eighth January, 1904.

So now I can work out where Rev'd Julyan fits into our big tree: Frederick was the son of George DREW, b.c.1836, Penzance) and Elizabeth Jane BLEWETT (b.c. 1835, Paul).

Nicholas John Care was my fifth cousin, so Julyan DREW is my 5th Cousin 2 times removed.

Wednesday night:
I had been wondering about the absence of Camberwell Street from a modern street map of Penzance. This, from Julyan: "Camberwell Street is now a council yard that sits in an area bordered by Penwith Street, Adelaide Street and Mount Street and ran parallel to the latter two. Just for added interest, I was born just up the road on the end of St James's Street and was baptised in the former chapel at the bottom of Mount Street, now flats."

Also from Julyan, a wonderful story of village life. "My Granny (that is NJC's wife) Florrie (nee Thomas) was a Mousehole woman and once went on holiday as a child all the way to Penzance to stay with an aunt in Mount Street! Another time she went to Pendeen but hated it, fogbound all the time and every night spent listening to the sound of the foghorn!"

Simpler times, eh?