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John Drewry

1766 - 1840

Life History

27 Dec 1766

Born in Lincoln

26 Jan 1767

Christened in St Peter at Arches, Lincoln


Married Sarah Rowland


Married Miss Harrison of Ash

10 Mar 1800

Married Ann Swettenham in Wirksworth

1st Jan 1801

Son: John Drewry christened at All Saints, Derby

1st Feb 1803

Son: James Drewry christened at All Saints, Derby

3rd Aug 1803

Daughter: Ann Drewry christened at All Saints, Derby

27th May 1814

Daughter: Sarah Emma Drewry christened at All Saints, Derby



John Drewry took over the printing/newspaper business of his uncle John Drewry I in Derby, becoming known as John Drewry II - John Drewry (secundus).

"John Drewry (secundus) succeeded his uncle just mentioned. He produced:
Erasmus Darwin's 'Plea for the conduct of female education in boarding schools' (1797).
He also issued:
Smith's 'Spelling Book', which ran through many editions, and other school books.
Drewry also produced coarsely printed and rudely illustrated chap-books. Some of the illustrations of Drewry's books were by Bewick, who engraved the heading and other blocks of the Mercury."

John was both a printer and a bookseller. In 1800, he took on two apprentices, Thomas Bathew and Francis Yeomans:


JohnDrewryMayorDerby.jpg From

"John DREWRY Esq of Derby printer, alderman & several times Mayor of Derby 1806, 1814, & 1823.

The family of Drury came out of Lincolnshire & settled in Derby rather more than a century ago (from 1833) where they have ever since carried on the business of Booksellers & Printers. More than a century ago they began a County paper called the Derby Mercury. Mr Drury was Mayor of Derby several times and his eldest son Mr John Drury is an Alderman."

The same site says that

John Drewry (secundus) married 3 times
First to "daughter of Rowland of Derby tanner died in child bed" [see below]
Second to "daughter Harrison of Snelston farmer died a few weeks after marriage"
Third to "Ann daughter of James Swettenham of Winster Gent ... died 7 Feb 1864 aet 85"
Children of John and Ann Swettenham:
John Drewry of Duffield Esq eldest son died Duffield
married Maria elder daughter of Samuel Rowland of Derby esq died at Duffield 4 Feb 1864
James Drewry of Burton in Trent attorney at law
Ann married Henry Gisborne of Derby surgeon
Emma married Rev Belcher Incumbent of South Darley and secondly Charles Alsop of Burton brewer
Edward Drewry of Derby surgeon

Google Books provides the following in 'History of the County of Derby, ed. by T. Noble' by Stephen Glover:


[The 'Derbyshire parish registers. Marriages (Volume 10)' records the marriage of John Drewry of the parish All Saints, printer, and Sarah Rowland on 26 Feb. 1795]


Ann Swettenham (Baptised Oct 4, 1779) youngest daughter of James Swettenham & Anne Hemingway married John Drury Esq, Alderman & Printer of Derby at Wirksworth, 10 March, 1800. She died 7 Feb 1864, aged 85. (Wirksworth Parish Records 1600-1900)

From Google Books:


The Will of John Drewry (secundus)

John_Drewry_Derby_obituary_1840.jpg John Drewry II left a Will dated 1840.
(Pages: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] )

In the Will he is described as John Drewry the elder, borough of Derby, gentleman.

Summary of the main points of the will:

Wife: Ann Drewry
John Drewry
James Drewry
Edward Drewry
Anne, wife of Henry Francis Gisborne
Sarah Emma Allsopp, wife of Charles James Allsopp
Charles Chester Mort of Stafford , gent.
['nephew' then had many meanings including e.g. cousin, son-in-law]
Late uncle:
John Drewry - his widow is Mrs Taylor of Duffield
Mrs Williamson of Derby
James Barker of Bakewell County of Derby, gent.

The Will was proved in 1840.

John Drewry (Son)

Marriage, 1833: John Drewry [signs junr.], p. All Saints, Derby, Printer, & Maria Rowland, lic. 21 Dec 1833

In the 1841 census at Pen Lane, Melbourne, Derby

John Drewry Esq.40Indb. Derbyshire
Maria Drewry45b. Derbyshire

Edward Drewry (son, 1810-1858)


In the 1841 census at 2, Trevor Square, Westminster, London

Edward Drewry31Surgeon
Elizabeth M Drewry23b. Middlesex
James Drewry40Solicitor
Eliza Drewry31
Martha Booker26Servant
A Mary Miles23Servant

In the 1851 census at 21, St Marys Road, Islington, London

Edward DrewryHead40Licentiate of Apothecary Companyb. Derby, Derbyshire
Elizabeth M DrewryWife33b. London, Middlesex
George DrewrySon12Scholarb. London, Middlesex
Ann M DrewryDaughter10Scholarb. London, Middlesex
Martha MartinServant15Housemaidb. Wantage, Berkshire
William BeaureServant20Footmanb. Hertfordshire
Mary CooperServant21Cookb. Ticknell, Derbyshire
Martha BookerServant37Housemaidb. Denkhworth, Berkshire

Announcement of the death of Edward Drewry, Fitzroy Sq., 1858.

James Drewry (son)

In the 1851 census at Newton Mount, Newton Solney, Derbyshire

James DrewryHead40Attorneyb. Derby, Derbyshire
Eliza DrewryWife40b. Shelton on le Fields, Derbyshire
Harriet DrewryDaughter18b. Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire
William John DrewrySon17Attorney's Clerkb. Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Frederick Jane DrewrySon8Scholarb. Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Mary MilwardServant55Cookb. Ashley Hay, Derbyshire
Ann SteeplesServant30Housemaidb. Ideridge May, Derbyshire
Thomas SevinfieldServant25General Servantb. Manchester, Lancashire
John ToyServant18Ag. Labb. Norwich, Norfolk

In the 1861 census at Newton Mount, Newton Solney, Derbyshire

James DrewryHead59Attorney at Law & Solicitorb. Derby, Derbyshire
Eliza DrewryWife50Housewifeb. Stretton en le Fields, Derbyshire
Wm John DrewrySon27Attorney at Law & Solicitorb. Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Fredk. Jas DrewrySon18Schoolboyb. Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Mary MilwardServant65Servantb. Hay Wirteworth, Derbyshire
Emily RiceServant23Servantb. Winshill, Derbyshire
Richard HodgkinsonServant26Servantb. Ivindern, Derbyshire
Henry ShepherdServant15Servantb. Newton Solney, Derbyshire

In the Liverpool Mercury, 17th March, 1863

James and Eliza must have taken on a new servant, Mary Tomlinson.


In the 1871 census at Drakelow House, Stapenhill, Derbyshire

James DrewryHead61Attorney & Solicitorb. All Saints, Derbyshire
Eliza DrewryWife60b. Stretton en le Field, Derbyshire
Harriet FisherDaughter38Widowb. Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Wm Jno DrewrySon27Attorney & Solicitorb. Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Frederick James DrewrySon29Solicitor Articled Clerkb. Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Jane Elizth HolmesServant32Cookb. Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Ann BurroughsServant22Housemaidb. Willington, Derbyshire

Drewry_Newbold_sm.jpg Drewry & Newbold

(Based on information provided by Ronald Ellis, to whom thanks.)

The sign above the shop on the right, 45 High Street, Burton-on-Trent, claims that the firm was established in 1787. If so, it was set up in that year by an attorney William Osborne (appointed a Commissioner of Oaths in 1789). On the 1st March, 1826, Osborne took on a partner James Drewry who was a Commissioner for Oaths and Perpetual Commissioner for taking Acknowledgements of Married Women and Osborne & Drewry was established.

By the time James Drewry died (13th may 1876) the firm had become a father and son establishment: J. & W.J. Drewry.

William John Drewry was not only a Commissioner for Oaths and Perpetual Commissioner for taking Acknowledgements of Married Women but also a Feoffee (Burton Lands Trustee), a Justice of the Peace and Solicitor to the Burton-on-Trent Corporation, serving a stint as Under-Sheriff for the County.

William John Drewry died in 1902 and the firm was sold to Bertram Clark Newbold, son of a long-time employee, the firm's Managing Clerk, John Newbold. The firm now became Drewry & Newbold (No Drewrys were part of the firm, but the Drewry name must have been worth keeping.)

At the end of 2011 the firm has merged with the Smith Partnership and the sign above the shop changed.

Sarah Emma Drewry (Daughter)


" Sarah Emma Drewry is the daughter of John Drewry.
She married Charles John Allsopp, son of Samuel Allsopp and Frances Fowler, on 29 December 1836.
She married Reverend William Belcher on 5 May 1852."