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Jun. 2, 1846 Barwick Thomas County Georgia, USA
Dec. 28, 1918 Tampa Hillsborough County Florida, USA
Husband of Catharine Strickland Drew (married 11/11/1872 at Brooks Co., GA). Father of Laura Turner, Anon John, Osceola, and Susan. Son of William Drew and Mary Ann Cason.
Civil War: 1st Georgia Reserves, Company B, Jackson's Brigade, McLaw's Division. He was captured near Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1865 and was exchanged for a Northern prisoner the next day. He was discharged in Greensboro, North Carolina, and was on foot for over a month, eating berries and what other food he could forage. About a hundred miles from home he met his brother, Tom (Thomas Jefferson Drew), also walking, and they arrived in Barwick together. They were so dirty their mother would not let them in the house before a thorough scrubbing in the back yard. Then, she treated them to the first good meal they had had in months - fried chicken. Years later, in 1908, John was approved for a pension of $100 per year for his war service.
Moved to Dade City, Florida in 1890, by wagon from Barwick. His daughter Osceola caught pneumonia on the way and died soon after his arrival. He lived with his family in Dade City until his children were grown, and then moved to Tampa with his son Anon, with whom he lived at 2813 9th Street until his death.