Robert Drewry John Drewry William Drewry Joshua Drewry Mary Drewry Edward Drewry Samuel Drewry Mary Barnes Mini tree diagram

See also: Drewrys of Lincoln - Drewrys of Stafford - Drewrys of Derby and Nottingham

John Drewry

? - bef. 1711

Life History

7th Jul 1693

Married Mary Barnes in Laneham, Nottinghamshire


Birth of son Robert Drewry in Lincoln


Birth of son John Drewry in Lincoln


Birth of son William Drewry in Lincoln


Birth of son Joshua Drewry in Lincoln


Birth of daughter Mary Drewry in Lincoln


Birth of son Edward Drewry in Lincoln


Birth of son Samuel Drewry in Lincoln


John's Other Children:

William Drewry, 1695-1695, Christened at St Martin, Lincoln
Mary Drewry, 1698, Christened at St Martin, Lincoln

It is a little strange that the first born should be Robert and not John after the father.
Perhaps there was an earlier John who died. Though that would conflict with the probable marriage between John and Mary Barnes.

It is noteworthy that John's children were educated. His son Robert was an Alderman and Mayor of Lincoln as was Robert's son Robert junior.
John's son Samuel was an Alderman in Derby, and a grandson of Joshua was 3 times Mayor of Derby [see in John Drewry (1766-1840)].

John himself held office in Lincoln:
" John Drewry, who filled the office of chamberlain of Lincoln in 1696." (John Titford)

John's sons, "Robert, John and William, were made Freemen of Lincoln in 1727, followed by Samuel in 1728. Each is described as being 'son of John'. [Lincolnshire Archives, LI/5/2, pp.247,252,260]". (John Titford)

John the Carrier:

John is described as 'Carryer' - in a number of his children's birth records.
This is very interesting in respect of what we know of John's grandson Robert's business. It also makes it likely that John's son Robert was also involved in the 'Carrying' business.

"A carrier was a highly responsible job requiring a high degree of honesty, and potentially extremely dangerous in view of the less settled state of the country in the 18th century." [Redroger in Rootschat]
See also: The Carriers Cart.

And of course it was long before the days of tarmac.

Being a 'Carrier' meant that John was mobile in a time when the majority of the population rarely if ever travelled further than they could walk in a day.
The fact that two of his sons were apprenticed to ship-builders suggests that his business might have included or at least been involved with overseas trade. As the apprenticeships started after John's death, it could be that his son Robert was expanding the business into that area.

The Drewry/Drurys of Lincoln appear to have had kin in London and it is very likely that John's carrying trade included journeys between Lincoln and London.

The 'Inventory' of the estate of Robert Drewry (John's grandson)

describes Robert as being: "in partnership with him this Exhibitant [William Fenton] and Thomas Freshney in the Business of Carrying for Hire Goods Wares and Merchandizes of such persons as are pleased to employ them from Lincoln to London and from thence to Lincoln and other places and upon that occasion they necessarily had in that Employ jointly their property a great many Horses Wagons and Carriages and they were also jointly possessed of diverse Quantities of Hay and Corn bought for the maintenance of the Horses used in that Service".

It seems likely that the business passed from John to his son Robert and then to Robert's son Robert.

Lincoln in the 18th Century

WagonRates.jpg "By 1700 the population of Lincoln had probably grown to about 4,000, still considerably less than it had been in the Middle Ages. Lincoln remained a small and quiet market town.

For the well off in Lincoln life grew more comfortable in the 18th century. A theatre was built in 1732. In 1744 assembly rooms were built for card games and balls. Lincoln gained its first newspaper in 1784.


From the mid-18th century Lincoln was helped by improving communications. The Fossdyke was deepened in 1744. Grain and wool were taken along from Lincoln to the North. Coal and cloth were brought to the town. From the middle of the century turnpikes were built. These were privately owned and maintained roads. You had to pay a toll to use them."

From 'A Brief History of London ..' by Tim Lambert

"London was also a huge market for the rest of the country's produce. In 1720 someone wrote that people all over England were employed to 'furnish something and I may add the best of everything to supply the city of London with provisions. I mean by provisions, grain, meat, fish, butter, cheese, salt, fuel, timber and cloth, also everything necessary for building'."

John's Marriage

From IGI

1. John Drewry
Marriage: 02 Jun 1685, Sculcoates, Yorkshire, England
Spouse: Mary Lawis

2. John Drury
Birth: About 1669
Father: Robert Drury
Marriage: About 1697, Saint Marys, Maryland [?]
Spouse: Mary Ford
Death: 1724

However the following from Nottinghamshire - Abstracts of Marriage Licenses looks much more likely:

07 Jul 1693. John Drewry, of Laneham, & Mary Barnes

Although in Nottinghamshire, Laneham is less than 14 miles from Lincoln.
And this marriage date fits well with the baptism date for the first child Robert.

Laneham is also interesting because it is only 3 miles from a place called North Clifton.
John's grand-daughter, Sarah Drewry, left a Will in which she bequeathed:

All my lands situated at North Clifton in the county of Nottingham

Were these Drewry family lands come down the line from John?

John's Death

It looks like John died before 1711 and his wife was left with 6 children ( 5 boys) between the ages of 6 and 17.
However, the family was not poor.

His sons John and William were apprenticed in 1711 and 1714.
The 1711 apprenticeship record show John's father as 'Carr' and deceased.
The other apprentice records also show John as deceased.
Joshua was apprenticed in 1716, and the record of that apprenticeship shows a fee of £12. says that in 2009, £12 0s 0d from 1716 is worth:
£1,610.00 using the retail price index
£18,400.00 using average earnings

Birth Records of the children who died as infants





Marriage: 09 JUN 1707 Bottesford, Leicester, England
[Bottesford is about 30 miles south of Lincoln]


Samuel Drewry
Dates: 1701-1725
Location: Nottingham
Occupation: book seller book/paper/printing trades(s)
Source Info: Subscribed to A Supplement to the Great Historical, Geographical, Genealogical and Poetical Dictionary ... (1705)

John Drewry - b. abt 1666
Christened: 25 Jul 1666, Nottingham
Father: John Drewry; Mother: Mary

The children of Joshua Drewry/Drury in Duffield (from IGI records):

(According to John Titfield, Duffield may be the home of some of John's ancestors)

1681Mary DrewreyJoshua Drewrey
1682Samuel DrewryJoshuah Drewrybookseller/printer in Nottingham in 1705? (above)
1684Elizabeth DruryJoshuah DruryTwin; d. bef 1686
1684Martha DruryJoshuah DruryTwin
1686Elizabeth DruryJoshuah Drury
1687William DruryJoshuah Druryd. bef. 1692
1689Sarah DruryJoshua Drury
1692William DruryJoshua Drury


John Drewry
Christened: 2 Oct 1678, Nottingham
Father: John Drewry; Mother: Elizabeth

John Drewry
Christened: 25 Jul 1666, Nottingham
Father: John Drewry; Mother: Mary

Samuell Drewry
Christened: 10 Mar 1674, Nottingham
Father: John Drewry; Mother: Elizabeth

John Drewry
Christened: 13 Jan 1669, Walkeringham, Nottingham
Father: John Drewry; Mother: Joane

John Drewry
Christened: 6 May 1670, Clee, Lincolnshire
Mother: Charity

John Drewry
Christened: 2 Oct 1678, Nottingham
Father: John Drewry; Mother: Elizabeth

John Drewry, of Laneham, & Mary Barnes
Marriage: 07 Jul 1693, Nottingham
Collection: Nottinghamshire: - Abstracts of Marriage Licenses.

John Drewry & Elizabeth Day, both of Beckingham
Marriage: 01 Jan 1724, Beckingham, Nottingham
Collection: Nottinghamshire: - Register of Marriages, 1538-1837

John Drewry & Ann Tayler, both of Haxey
Marriage: 14 Nov 1751, Beckingham, Nottingham
Collection: Nottinghamshire: - Register of Marriages, 1538-1837

John Drewry
Christened: 21 Jan 1665, Harworth, Nottingham
Father: John Drewry;

Master's Name: Jno Drewry
Apprentice Name: Wm Ward
Residence Location: Derby, Derbyshire
Payment Date: 13 Dec 1783

Master's Name: Thos Church (Upholsterer)
Apprentice Name: John Drewry
Residence Location: Hull
Payment Date: 1 Aug 1757

John Drewry & Elizabeth Brown
Marriage: 24 Apr 1739, East Retford, Nottingham

John Drewry (Widower) & Elizabeth Barrett
Marriage: 29 Mar 1775, Shadwell, St Paul, Tower Hamlets

Master's Name: John Drewry, of City of Lincoln, Saddler
Apprentice Name: Gildon, son of Roger Hall
Residence Location: Lincoln
Payment Date: 1 Jun 1743

Name: John Drewry
Poll Year: 1710
Parish or Rectory: Innholders

Ann Drewry
Christened: 20 May 1663, Nottingham
Father: Thomas Drewry; Mother: Ann

From The History of Lincoln Waites

7 August 1790

In 1790, Ann Frawley or Trawley, wrote her will. She left some items to Joseph Skelton, her nephew, and she left various household items, table cutlery, clothing, and £110 to Ann Skelton, her niece. However, the biggest share of her wealth was left to George Skelton: "to my nephew George Skelton, [this George may have been a relative of Skelton the Wait, possibly a son or nephew] all my estate lands, tenements and hereditaments held by lease from the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonality of the City of Lincoln, now in the occupation of Mr Alderman Dell and Mr Thomas Drury." (Hill 42/4/30).

Interestingly, the two men occupying these houses were both Council members - Joseph Dell was one of the Keepers of the Keys [of the corporation bond boxes] and John Drury was one of the Coroners.
(L1/1/1/7, p891, 30 September 1799).

FromThe Lincolnshire Archives, Report 13, p.58

A petition of 11th March, 1684, from the inhabitants of Tealby, with twenty-two signatures or marks, is of especial interest as it reveals how one such petition came to be drawn up. The inhabitants asked "at the request of our late minister, Mr. John Drury, deceased, and for his poor wife and children's sake, who are in a distressed condition" that the Bishop would choose the bearer, Mr. Thomas Drury, brother to the deceased, to be their minister. They prayed that the Bishop might "inherit honor and glory in the presence of him who is the father of fathers". On the other half sheet of the paper is a letter from R. Drury to Thomas Drury in London informing him of the death, on 7th March, of their eldest brother John, who had committed to Thomas "the chief care of his poore wife and fatherless children; and to the end you should be near them, hee desired his parishioners to give their hands for thee to my Ld. Bishop, for thy gaining of it, wch they did freely, and withal1 have promised you an augmentation if you will come and live in our dear brother's place". Though Tealby was but small, if the Bishop would give him Kirmond, as their brother had it, "it will then be worth thy coming". Bishop Barlow yielded to entreaty and on 24th March collated Thomas Drury to Tealby and also licensed him to preach in the parish church of Kirmond (Reg. 34, f. 77d.). His care for the widow and fatherless was brief, for by the 29th September, 1684, he was dead (P.D. 1684/11).
[Tealby is about 20 miles North East of Lincoln]
[See Also]

A contemporary - with regard to the later Drewry involvement in printing:


"Drury (Samuel), bookseller in London, Golden Lion and Lamb, Whitechapel, over against the Haymarket, 1702-3.
Dealer in theological books.
(His first and last entries in the Term Catalogues are in 1702 and 1703.)