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Benjamin Drew
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Birth: 1812
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jul. 19, 1903
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

Benjamin Drew, one of the oldest
male residents and best known citizens
of the town, died Sunday morning at
his home on the corner of Summer
street and Spring Lane, aged 91 years,
his decease occurring in the same house
in which he was born, and where he
passed a goodly portion of his long life.
Mr. Drew was born in 1812, and was a
son of Benjamin Drew, a descendant of
John Drew, who came to Plymouth
about 1660, and is supposed to have
been a son of William Drew and grand-
son of Sir Edward Drew, who was
knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1589.
John Drew, who came here, was born
in England in 1642, and after locating in
Plymouth, married about 1673 Hannah,
a daughter of John Churcill, and from
them the deceased was descended. Mr.
Drew, after the schooling which the youth
of those early days received began his
life-work by entering the Old Colony
Memorial office as an apprentice, and
learned the art preservative of all arts
thoroughly, and later on established him-
self in a printery in Boston where he re-
mained for some time, but finally abandoned
the business to follow the less mechanical
work of a writer, He was a contributor to
the Carpet Bag over the pen name of "Ensign
Stebbins," and was associated with many of
the litterateurs of sixty years or so ago,
among them being Benj. P. Shilaber, who
was better known as "Mrs. Partington."
He was appointed a teacher in the Boston
public schools, and held that position
for thirty-five years, being master of
the Phillips and the Otis schools during
that period, and also connected with the
Meyhew and Glover schools. Just previous
to the breaking out of the Civil War he
removed to St. Paul, Minn., where he was
connected with the work of education, and
where a fine school was christened after
him. Upon leaving St. Paul he went to
Washington D.C., where he entered the
U. S. Government printing office as a proof
reader, a position he held a long time, and
in which he won acknowledgment as an
authority on typography. About this time he
wrote and published a book, "Pens and Types,"
which has been considered a standard on
typography for years. Another of his books
written in a crisis of the country was,
"The North Side of Slavery." He retired from
active life about twenty years ago, and for
a time spent his leisure in travelling, go-
ing around the world and spending a long time
in China, where his son, Edward Bangs Drew is
located, being a mandarin in the Imperial
Chinese Customs service, with headquarters
at Tientsin. While there Mr. Drew passed his
seventieth birthday anniversary, and was
highly honored by leading Chinese officials.
Upon his return to America he came to his old
home, and since that time has passed most of
his life in Plymouth. He married Caroline
Bangs of Brewster, who died some time ago.
Four children survive him. Edward Bangs Drew
of Tientsin, China; Chas. Acton Drew of
Boston, and two married daughters who reside
in Newton. Mr. Drew had the happy faculty of
not growing old mentally, and was a great
favorite with the young people and children
of his neighborhood, who were always glad
to greet him. He was equally popular with
his adult friends and acquaintances, and his
extensive observation, literary training and
wide reading made him a fluent, easy
conversationalist on topics of the day or
matters of history. His memory was excellent,
and one of his earliest recollections was
that of the boys running through the streets
shouting, "Peace, Peace," when the war of
1812 was brought to a close. His last literary
work was a book on Burial Hill, in which he
transcribed the epitaphs and inscriptions on
the stones in that old burying ground, ex-
pending much time in deciphering them, and
making a volume that was accurate and of
historical value. From time to time since
his return home he has contributed various
articles to the Memorial-sometimes humorous,
and at others critical, but always with a
sharp point in them. His pen was always acutely
pointed, and age and use did nothing to dull
it. Funeral services were held in the First
Church, Wednesday afternoon, and were well
attended, as the deceased had a large circle
of friends. Rev. John Cuckson, the pastor
conducted the services, and a quartette sang.
There were many flowers.
Interment was made in Oak Grove Cemetery.

The above information is from the
"Old Colony Memorial" a Plymouth
newspaper. Sat. July 25, 1903.

Family links: 
  Edward Bangs Drew (1843 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Grove Cemetery
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Lot 91
Created by: Sandra Lennox
Record added: Mar 07, 2012
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