Genealogical and Family History
of the

Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.

New York

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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]

[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


The founder of the branch of the Drew family from which is descended Morrill N. Drew, lawyer, was John Drew (1), who appeared in Plymouth, Mass. about 1660, and is supposed to have been a son of William, and grandson of Sir Edward Drew, knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1589.

(I) John Drew, named above, was born in England in 1642. He married in Plymouth, Mass. about 1673, Hannah, daughter of John Churchill.
1. Elizabeth, born 1673.
2. John, born 1676.
3. Samuel, born 1678.
4. Thomas, born 1681.
5. Nicholas, born 1684, see forward.
6. Lemuel, born 1687.

(II) Nicholas, fifth child and fourth son of John and Hannah (Churchill) Drew, was born in 1684. He married Abigail _____.
1. Joshua, born 1709.
2. Josiah, born 1711.
3. Nicholas, born 1713, see forward.
4. Lemuel, born 1715.
He married (second) Rebecca Morton.
5. Joanna, born 1717.
6. Lucy, born 1719.
7. James, born 1721.
8. Abigail, born 1723.
He married (third) Lydia Doggett.
9. Rebecca, born 1731.

(III) Nicholas (2), third son of Nicholas (1) and Abigail Drew, was born in 1713. He married, 1730, Bathsheba Kempton.
1. Abigail, born 1737.
2. Abigail, born 1739.
3. Lois, born 1741.
4. Nicholas, born 1743.
5. Josiah, born 1745.
6. Abbet (?), born 1747.
7. Samuel, born 1749.
8. David, born 1752.
9. Stephen, born 1754, see forward.

(IV) Stephen, youngest child of Nicholas and Bathsheba (Kempton) Drew, was born in 1754, died 1825. About 1800 he removed from Middleboro, Mass., to Bucksfield, Oxford county, Maine, being one of the early settlers there.
He married Jerusha Bryant.
Stephen, Josiah, Lewis, Bathsheba, and two others.

(V) Stephen (2), eldest child of Stephen (1) and Jerusha (Bryant) Drew, married March, 1805, Anna Bisbee. They resided in Turner, Maine.
1. & 2. Aurilla and Phidella, twins, born June 7, 1806.
3. Jesse, born Sept. 21, 1808.
4. Louisa, born Nov. 23, 1810.
5. Molly, born April 13, 1813.

(VI) Jesse, only son of Stephen (2) and Anna (Bisbee) Drew, was born Sept. 21, 1808. He removed in 1858 from Turner to Aroostook county, settling at Fort Fairfield, where he was residing at the time of his death in 1892. A steadfast Republican, he took an active part in politics, was influential in the counsels of his party, and held various offices of honor and trust.
He married, in May, 1834, Hannah T. Phillips.
1. Hannah Gorham, born July 27, 1835.
2. Franklin Mellen, born July 19, 1837.
3. Delphina M., born Nov. 23, 1839.
4. Anna P., born Jan. 8, 1842.
5. George E., born March 2, 1845.
He married (second) Dec. 21, 1857, Clarissa Wellinton.
6. Gertrude H., born July 21, 1859.
7. Morrill N., born May 17, 1862.

(VII) Morrill N., only son and youngest child of Jesse and Clarissa (Wellington) Drew, was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, May 17, 1862. He attended the public schools of Fort Fairfield, Maine, leaving the high school to enter the Little Blue School in Farmington, later attending the Nichols Latin School at Lewiston, graduating in class of 1881, and completing his literary studies at Bates College, from which he graduated. He prepared for his profession at the Boston University Law School, from which he graduated in 1885. He was admitted to the Androscoggin county bar, and at once entered upon practice in his native town, Fort Fairfield. His professional abilities soon found recognition, and in 1886 he was elected state's attorney for a term of two years, and was reelected 1888. A zealous Republican, he was active in political affairs, and in 1890 he was elected to the legislature and reelected in 1892. In 1891 he became financially interested in the organization of the Fort Fairfield National Bank, and served as its president until his removal to Portland in 1893, and was also a member of the directorate of the Presque Isle National Bank.
Mr. Drew's removed to Portland brought him into a broader field, not only in his profession, but in public affairs. In 1902 he was again elected to the legislature, was reelected in 1904, and made a brilliant record as a legislator and presiding officer. In the organization of the house at the beginning of his second term he was chosen speaker, and in that important office distinguished himself as a fair and impartial ruler, and an able parliamentarian, by his skillful management contributing largely to the proper formulation and expediting of business. He has given intelligent attention to financial concerns, and in 1905 promoted and organized the United States Trust Company of Portland, and has since been vice-president and treasurer of that great corporation. For some time past he has been chairman of the tax commission, a body charged with duties of great moment. His interest in educational and benevolent objects is attested by the zeal and ability with which he has conducted himself as president of the Maine Institution for the Blind, and as a trustee of Westbrook Seminary.
In religious faith he is a Universalist, and he presided at two annual conventions of the Maine Universalist Association. He is affiliated with numberous Masonic bodies - Eastern Frontier Lodge, Garfield Royal Arch Chapter, Portland Commandery, Knights Templar, and Kora Temple, order of the Mystic Shrine. He is also a member of Portland Lodge, No. 188, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is an active member of the Society of Colonial Wars, and the Sons of the American Revolution; and of the Portland Athletic and Country clubs.
Mr. Drew married, Dec. 20, 1892, Louise S., daughter of Hon. Jesse and Mary A. (Woodberry) Davis, of Lisbon, Maine.
One child:
Jesse Albert, born in Portland, Maine, Aug. 6, 1896.
Mrs. Clarissa (Wellington) Drew, mother of Morrill N. Drew, was a descendant in the seventh generation of Roger WELLINGTON.
(1). Roger Wellington, born about 1609, or 1610, died March 11, 1697-98, was a planter of Watertown, Mass. He married Mary, eldest dau. of Dr. Richard Palgrave, of Charlestown. Children: i. John, born July 25, 1648; ii. Mary, b. Feb. 10, 1640-41; iii. Joseph, b. Oct. 9, 1643, see forward; iv. Benjamin, b. abt. 1646; v. Oliver, b. Nov., 1648; vi. Palgrave, b. abt. 1653, d. Oct. 23, 1715; was a physician in Watertown.
(2) Joseph, third child and second son of Roger & Mary (Palgrave) Wellington, b. Oct. 9, 1643, m. June 6, 1684, Elizabeth Straight. Children: i. Elizabeth, b. April, 1685; ii. Thomas, b. Nov. 10, 1686; iii. Mary, b. Oct. 7, 1689; iv. Susannah, b. Feb. 5, 1691-92.
(3) Thomas, 2d child and only son of Joseph & Elizabeth (Straight) Wellington, was born Nov. 10, 1686; his will was proved Dec. 24, 1759. He married Rebecca Whittemore, who d. 1734. Children: i. Rebecca, b. 1709; ii. Joseph, b. 1711; iii. Thomas, b. 1714, see forward; iv. Susannah; v. Elizabeth.
(4) Thomas (2), 3d child and 2d son of Thomas (1) and Rebecca (Whittemore) Wellington, b. 1714, d. Nov. 4, 1783. He married March 13, 1734, Margaret Stone. Children: i. Thomas, b. Dec. 12, 1735; ii. Elizabeth, b. March 14, 1736 [trans note: no way, there's only a 3 month gap between births); iii. John, b. Oct. 25, 1737; iv. Susanna, b. Sept., 1738; v. Jonathan, b. July 27, 1740; vi. Samuel, b. Nov. 6, 1742; vii. Josiah, b. April 4, 1745; viii. William, b. July, 1746; ix. George, b. Oct. 21, 1749; x. Rebecca, b. Nov. 6, 1752; xi. Susanna, b. May 29, 1755; xii. Thaddeus, b. April 5, 1758; xiii. Sarah, b. April 10, 1760; xv. Joel, b. April 21, 1763.
(5) George, ninth child and seventh son of Thomas and Margaret (Stone) Wellington, was born Oct. 21, 1749. He was a revolutionary soldier. He married Dec. 24, 1722, Lucy Pierce. He removed to Jaffrey, New Hampshire, and afterward to Cavendish, Vermont. His wife died April 29, 1793. Children: i. Ephraim, b. Sept. 29, 1773; ii. Lydia, b. Nov. 28, 1775; iii. Lucy, b. Sept. 18, 1777; iv. Leonard, b. March 5, 1780, died in Rindge, N. H.; v. John, settled in Albion, Maine; vi. Joel, see forward.
(6) Joel, youngest child of George and Lucy (Pierce) Wellington, married Clarissa Blake. Child: Clarissa, b. July 14, 1824, who became the wife of Jesse DREW, and died Oct. 27, 1867.

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