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David Lewis Drew
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Birth: Aug. 12, 1834
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 23, 1903
Calaveras County
California, USA

David Lewis Drew was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the fourth generation of David Drew's. His ancestral lineage traces many Mayflower passengers and other early settlers of Plymouth. After his mother died, David did not get along with his new step-mother and decided to find his 'fortune' in the California gold fields. One of his mining claims was at Bostwick Bar on the Stanislaus River in Calaveras County, California and was known as the 'Ruby' Placer Mine.

David married Helen Marr Farrar who had migrated west with her father and younger sister from Wisconsin after the death of her mother, brother and grandmother.

After their marriage they lived on Mormon Creek and the Stanislaus River for about 12 years. The location was always a little dangerous and after David was attacked by Indians at their home, he moved his family into town in Copperopolis, Calaveras County.

David's gold panning and prospecting never produced much money although he was involved in the ownership of many mines and claims. He worked in the copper mines in Copperopolis for many years to support his family.

After the mines began to close at the end of the Civil War, David hauled freight from Stockton to Calaveras County and was also a guard for some of the mines.

David was never able to accumulate enough money to return home to see his family in Massachusetts although a brother moved to Copperopolis as did one of his nieces. He died at the age of 69 from the effects of a stroke. His father died two months later in Plymouth at the age of 94. 
Family links: 
  David Drew (1809 - 1903)
  Anna Tribble Burgess Drew (1810 - 1852)
  Helen Marr Farrar Drew (1851 - 1912)
  Hattie May Drew Turner (1871 - 1894)*
  Solon White Drew (1873 - 1905)*
  Helen Minnette Drew Turner (1875 - 1968)*
  Lurie Ann Drew Copp (1878 - 1961)*
  Julia Ada Drew Tower (1880 - 1941)*
  David Ellis Drew (1882 - 1926)*
  Charles Harrison Drew (1884 - 1921)*
  Florence Meader Drew Danner (1891 - 1969)*
  Sally Ann Drew (1832 - 1833)*
  David Lewis Drew (1834 - 1903)
  Harrison Warren Drew (1836 - 1908)*
  Sally Ann Drew Wilbur (1838 - 1913)*
  Austin Russell Drew (1841 - 1877)*
  Charles Henry Drew (1843 - 1843)*
  Charles Henry Drew (1844 - 1890)*
  Florence Mayhew Drew Soule (1847 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Copperopolis Cemetery
Calaveras County
California, USA
Created by: Lee Drew
Record added: Sep 13, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5057073
David Lewis Drew
Added by: Lee Drew
David Lewis Drew
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David Lewis Drew
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 Added: Jul. 15, 2016

- Sherry Goolsby, Genealogical Research
 Added: May. 5, 2016

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 Added: Mar. 15, 2016
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