Charles Stewart Drewry Laurentia Buschman Eliza Laws Charles Stewart Drewry Edith Stewart Drewry Charles Stewart Drewry Georgina Drewry Laurentia Drewry Emily Drewry Charles James S. Drewry Edith Laurentia M. Drewry Julian Stewart Drewry Vere S. Drewry Vera Theodora Drewry Amy Cecil Stewart Drewry Violet Maud May Drewry Daisy Drewry Mini tree diagram

William Tillotson Drewry

31st Oct 1836 - 1895

Life History

31st Oct 1836

Born in Marylebone, Middlesex

22nd Feb 1837

Baptised at St. Pancras

12th Sep 1874

Married Eliza Laws at St Paul's, Paddington


Birth of son Charles James S. Drewry in London, Paddington

27th July 1876

Birth of daughter Edith Laurentia M. Drewry in London, Paddington

28th Dec 1878

Birth of son Julian Stewart Drewry in Brixton, London


Birth of daughter Vere S. Drewry in Clapham, Surrey


Birth of daughter Vera Theodora Drewry in Brixton, London


Death of son Julian Stewart Drewry


Birth of daughter Amy Cecil Stewart Drewry in Clapham, Surrey


Birth of daughter Violet Maud May Drewry in Brixton, London


Died in Middlesex Surrey


Buried in Teddington Cemetery


William Tillotson's Baptism record

W T article In the 1851 and 1871 censuses, William is 14 and 34, recorded in his parents' home.

In the '51 census he is a Scholar and

in the '71 census his occupation is Clerk.

William, aged 24, does not appear in the 1861 census. He must have been at sea.

On the 18th August, 1857, William was at sea.

He was off the Malabar coast, 200 miles from Bombay (Mumbai).

The cutting on the right is from Google Books


William Tillotson's son Julian was born at 38 Crawshay Road in 1878, the year before this article was published.

A Story of Stowaways on the Tinto

William, Second mate, 1863


William's Employment Record, 1877 - 1895

The service record of William Tillotson Drewry with the London & South Western Railways shows that he started with them in 1877 as a clerk, aged 41, and stayed with them until he died in 1895.

The records are from two ledgers, one called "Weekly Paid" and the other "Clerical Staff Character Book No 3".




William Tillotson and ElizaLaws Marriage certificate William married Eliza in 1874, 3 years before he joined the London & South Western Railways.
Had he already finished his sea-going career?
Did Eliza make him stay ashore?

In the marriage certificate:
Eliza is 20 years younger than William
The Witnesses are:
Charles Stewart Drewry Junior
Mary Ann Laws
Mary ..? Blott? (unreadable)
William's occupation is Railway Clerk
His father's occupation is Barrister-at-Law.
Eliza's father, John Laws is a Shoemaker,

The Marriage Allegation

William Tillotson's Signature on the  Marriage Allegation The Document is dated the 31st August, 1874, and signed by William.
A Marriage Allegation was required in an application for a marriage licence (required when one of the partners is under 21 years of age. It says that Eliza was "a minor of the age of Seventeen years and upwards but under the age of Twenty one years."

As a Witness

In 1875, William was witness to his brother Charles's marriage to Margaretta.
In 1878, he was witness to Charles's marriage to Julia.

In 1878 William's son Julian was born at home, at 38 Crawshay Road, Brixton.
On the birth certificate, William's occupation is 'Railway Clerk'.

In the 1881 census, the family is living at 81, Stockwell G; Lambeth.
(The census also shows an 81A Stockwell G. containing another family.)

William's occupation in the 1881 census is curious. While his employment record (above) shows that he was working as a Railway Clerk, his census entry records him as a 'General Printer'. Could this have anything to do with his sisters' occupations? (In the 1881 census, Georgina is a 'Novelist & Press Writer, Author Corrector Of Press'; and Laurentia also is 'Author Corrector Of Press'.)

William T. DrewryHead44General Printer b. Marylebone
Lisa DrewryWife24b. Notting Hill
Charles J.S. DrewrySon5b. London Paddington
Edith L.M. DrewryDaughter4b. London Paddington
Julian S. DrewrySon3b. Brixton, Surrey
Vere S. DrewrySon1b. Clapham, Surrey
Annie Hargreaves Boarder24Confectionerb. Lancs, St. Helens


In the 1891 census, living at 22 Coburg Road, Teddington.
Charles J. S. may have left home - or died, as he is not found in later censuses;
Julian S. and probably Vere S. have died.

William DrewryHead54Railway Clerkb. London, St. Pancras
Eliza DrewryWife54b. London, Kensington
Edith L. DrewryDaur.14b. London, Paddington
Vera T. DrewryDaur.7At school
Amy Cecil DrewryDaur.6At schoolb. London, Brixton
Violet Maud DrewryDaur.4 At school

William died 1895, aged 58.

By the 1901 census, Eliza has remarried and the household at 126, Graham Road, Wimbledon is:

W J Mansbridge38Railway clerk, L&SW Railway
Eliza Mansbridge44
Edith L M Drewry24stepdaughter
Vera T Drewry19stepdaughter

William Mansbridge is almost certainly a work colleague of her late husband.

WilliamTillotsonjnrLetter.jpg In Google Books there is a reference to "Death-bed Apparitions published by W T Drewry."

W T Drewry wrote a letter to the editor of the London Standard in May 1874.

The address on the letter is the same as that used in his marriage certificate in the same year.

From freeBMD

Marriage: Sept 1874 Drewry William T, London, Middlesex, 1a, 349

Death: Dec 1895 Middlesex Surrey, 2a, 202
Burial: 24/10/1895 William Tillotson Drewry 58 Years Teddington Cemetery Gc Border grave 17

WDrewry1860.jpgWas William in the army for a while?

[In 1860 the British and French Governments went to war with China for the third time to 'secure satisfactory trading facilities'; i.e. the right to sell opium to the Chinese.]

See also The Edinburgh Gazette where William is shown in the 39th Company of the Staffordshire Militia. This might suggest that this William is one of the Staffordshire Drewrys.