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.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

William Charles "Charlie" Drew

Over the past few days, prompted by some new information on Ancestry, I have again been delving into the lives of the descendants of this, my grandad's third cousin. Seems I wasn't looking far enough afield for some of the children, as they ended up in South Australia. I've also found more in Broken Hill, New South Wales. For some, I've even got to descendants who could well be alive.

I also 'solved' the puzzle of Elizabeth Ann (Hodge) Drew, finding that she died 6 years after Charlie in Sydney, about the same time as one of her daughters-in-law (Gertrude Derrington, wife of Samuel Drew). It could be that she went to live with them either before or after Charlie passed on. She did not bother to enrol to vote, it seems, so it is hard to track her.

There are some of Charlie's children, however, who seem to have just disappeared. One day, I'll hunt them out.

I have also been looking a little more into the lives of the family of Francis and Louisa Drew, our kissing cousins in Sheerness, Kent. I even went so far as to use Google Street View to have a look at 60 Invicta Road. Nice and close to Marine Parade. I also looked at Lannoweth Road, Penzance, where Nellie Drew was residing for a time. Very nice indeed! Lovely sea view over Chyangour Cliff (and, unfortunately, the railway station).

I thought for a while that Will Drew and Alftruda might have been missionaries in Hong Kong (there was a Will Drew in the China Inland Mission) but the passenger list for Will's return to England in 1921 states that he was a boilermaker who probably worked, like his brother, in the dockyard.

More later. Terribly wet here. No doubt you've heard reports of the floods.


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