Following are photos and info about our
[Also called "College" on later maps]

This imposing lady is Anna Mary Drew.  She has come to be thought of (by us and by her neighbors for miles around) as a very virtuous and saintly woman.  We first met Anna Mary in 1971 during our second trip to Ireland after we had found the location of our acestral Drew homestead, Lakenstown.  Anna Mary was still living in the home she was raised in, in Lakenstown, with her brother Paddy.  The photo above was taken in her living room during our trip to Lakenstown in September of 2000.  Although Anna Mary has never traced her ancestors with accuracy, and is not certain of her Grandfather Drew's name, it is believed that we are all decended from James & Judith Drew.  Anna Mary is probably decended from James (Jr.) (who married Mary Scott) the brother of our ancestor, Bernard, who Married Catherine Nally and begot our great great grandfather, John Drew, who Married Rose Reilly and later emigrated to the U.S.

(Paddy & Anna Mary)

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This 1971 photo shows Paddy and Anna Mary Drew, whom we calculate to be our fourth cousins.  At that time they were living on the farm that contained the ruins of the old Drew homestead; and were able to relate many tales and traditions about the old homestead and the history of that area of County Westmeath.  Note that we were there at the perfect time to see Anna Mary's beautiful flower gardens.  The farm and yard seen in the picture are just a few yards from "the ruins."


(Dan & Family)

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This photo, taken in 1970, shows Daniel Drew of Marlinstown, just outside of Mullingar.  Dan is pictured here with his wife and youngest daughter, Marlene. 

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Dan & Marilyn Drew & son John pose with Dan Drew of Marlinstown outside their home in Marlinstown in 1971.


(Edward, Catherine & family)

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John M. Drew (age 4) and the Drew family dog look on as our distant cousin, Edward Drew prepares his faithful donkey for a ride.  The photo was taken at Shandonagh in 1971.

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Dan Drew with son John posing (in 1970) at the home of Edward Drew, a distant cousin.  This family of Drews live in Shandonagh, which is just a few miles from both Lakenstown and Mullingar.

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Catherine Drew (wife of Edward) is shown in this 1970 photo with here two sons, Paddy (r) and ....(?the younger brother.)

The rather poor 1971 photo at right shows Daniel C. Drew visiting with Peter Drew the oldest living Drew clan member in Ireland at that time.  Peter also had a sister, Mary whom we did not get to meet since she was not feeling well.

Peter most certainly descends from the Lakenstown Drews... and from a branch known as the "black Drews."  Note that he (and his branch) are known for their jet black hair.  The great majority of Drews decended from the Lakenstown Drew Clan had lighter auburn or even red hair and were known as the "red Drews."

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Somewhere in this history the sensitive matter of VERY LARGE EARS must be mentioned... and perhaps this is the time and place.  Peter is certainly a good example of this.  The available pictures of our great grandfather and his siblings and their offspring, however, also show this prominent trait.



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Eddie Drew, son of Dan Drew of Marlinstown (above) poses with his 4th cousin, (also Dan Drew) at beautiful 

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Following the awesome event, the group photo was taken showing John M. Drew at right & beside Eddie.  The women are 4 of Eddie's 5 sisters.  Marlene, the youngest was missing.  Dan (Daniel C) Drew is at left & beside Eddie's sister, Kathleen O'Neill (in green.)  Eddie and his sisters are the Children of Dan Drew of Marlinstown (photos above) and probably 3rd or 4th cousins to Daniel G. Drew (my father) whom he never knew of.


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Journalist, Kathleen Pendred poses above with Dan Drew in the Lakenstown living room of Anna Mary Drew.  Kathleen has pen and notebook in hand and is taking notes for an article in the "Westmeath Examiner" on the Drew family and our ancestors.

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Anna Mary's cat poses on her perch near some of the roses we are attempting to grow in Indiana.

(Silly is always in style)

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Two examples of Lakenstown humor are pictured here courtesy of Anna Mary's brother "Paddy" Drew whom we met in 1970 and '71, but who had passed away a few years before our 2000 trip.  At left is what American's call a mail box; but it is known in Ireland as a "letter box."  Normally in Ireland a letter box has the word "letters" on it.  It seems that when Paddy had completed the task a making a new letter box, he decided (to amuse his sister) to decorate it as above.  Tradition is that she was not amused at first, but was able to laugh about it later.  Meanwhile, the photo at right shows the glassed in "all weather" sentinel post Paddy made for his little watch dog ...complete with a ramp for entry and exit.  Meanwhile, on a more serious note, compare the house in the photo at right with the 1971 photos, and it is clear that Paddy made some fine improvements.  He added a second story and made the place quite comfortable.

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Copyright 2001: Daniel C. Drew