Ancestor Plants 4000 Year Old Corn

My ancestor, David Drew, of Plymouth, Massachusetts apparently secured some ancient corn kernels that were taken from an Egyptian mummy that was buried over 4000 years ago.  The corn grew to over 6 1/2 feet tall although it was noted that it was “far inferior an widely different from Indian corn”.

I haven’t found where he obtained the corn but he was well known in Plymouth as a sail maker for much of the fleet based in Plymouth.

Drew David plants ancient corn


Drew David plants ancient corn 1888


He probably planted the corn next to his home at 51 Pleasant Street in Plymouth.


Map picture




About Lee Drew

Family history research is a favored avenue of relaxation. It is a Sherlock-like activity that can continue almost anywhere at any time. By leveraging a lifetime involvement in technology, my research efforts have resulted in terabytes of ancestral data, earning me the moniker of Lineagekeeper. And yes - We are all related to Royalty.