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Solon White Drew

Male 1873 - 1905  (32 years)


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  • Name Solon White Drew 
    Born 7 Mar 1873  Bostwick's Bar, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1880  Angels Camp, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • D.L. Drew, male, 46, born in Massachusetts, miner. Ellen Drew, 30, born in South Carolina, keeping house. Hattie Drew, 9, born in California. Solon Drew, 7, born in California. Nettie Drew, 5, born in California. Lurie Drew, 2, born in California.
    Census 1900  Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Solon W. Drew, 27, engineer, born in California. Francis M. Drew, 24, born in French Canada. Harry Drew, 6, born in California. Willie Drew, 4, born in California. Herbert Drew, 3, born in California.
    Buried Apr 1905  Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Death 25 Apr 1905  Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Solon was killed in a mining accident 
    • Solon was accidentally killed in a mining accident while he was young. He was the engineer for the mine and had the habit of ringing the lift bell before jumping onto the lift platform. On the day of his death, he rang the bell and jumped for the platform but slipped. The engine that pulled the platform was called a 'steam donkey engine' and on this ocassion, quickly jerked as it engaged. The combination of the platform jerking and Solon's leap caused his legs to slip off the platform and his body was crushed between the platform and the shaft wall. He died instantly.
    Died 25 Apr 1905  Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • The man who built the trestles name was Jenson. He was a Dane, and Ross's construction man and head carpenter. Ellis Drew married his daughter. Ellis's brother, Solon, was killed in the mine and buried in Copperopolis cemetery. His sister, Julia Tower, taught school. The accident happened in the Union shaft The skip got off the track and he was killed.
    Person ID I142  Churchill
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2003 

    Father David Lewis Drew,   b. 2 Aug 1834, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1903, Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Helen Mary Farrar,   b. 6 May 1851, , Lexington, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1912, Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 21 Dec 1869  , Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet

    Family Frances May Drysdale,   b. 16 Aug 1888, , , Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1973, , San Joaquin, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 12 Jun 1894  , , California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Henry James Drew,   b. 26 May 1895, Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1969, Martinez, Contra Costa, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. William Frederick Drew,   b. 29 Apr 1896, Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1962, Oakland, Alameda, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. Herbert White Drew,   b. 16 May 1897, Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1969, Brentwood, Contra Costa, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. Edward David Drew,   b. 19 Mar 1902, Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1969, Emeryville, Alameda, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2001 
    Family ID F169  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Mar 1873 - Bostwick's Bar, Calaveras, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Angels Camp, Calaveras, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Jun 1894 - , , California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Apr 1905 - Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Solon was killed in a mining accident - 25 Apr 1905 - Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Apr 1905 - Copperopolis, Calaveras, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S626] California, Calaveras, Copperopolis - 1900 Federal Census, California, Calaveras, Copperopolis, (www.ancestry.com), 1: «b»Solon W. Drew«/b», 37, Engineer, born in March, 1873 in California (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S637] Letter - from Hattie Morgue to Aleta Drew 1962 - 1975, Hattie Morgue, (1962 - 1975. All of the letters are in the posession of Lee Drew).

    3. [S569] California, Calaveras, Angels Camp - 1880 Census, United States. Census Office. 10th census, (Washington : National Archives and Records Service, [19--]), Solon Drew, 7, CA, National Archives Film T9-0064, Page 398B (Reliability: 4).

    4. [S626] California, Calaveras, Copperopolis - 1900 Federal Census, California, Calaveras, Copperopolis, (www.ancestry.com), 1: Solon W. Drew, 37, Engineer, born in March, 1873 in California (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S481] California, Calaveras, Copperopolis - Cemetery, California, Calaveras, Copperopolis Cemetery, Solon Drew tombstone (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S639] Letter - from George Rasmussen to Lee Drew 27 Oct 1987, George Rasmussen, (27 Oct 1987).

    7. [S511] California, Calaveras County - 1869 - David Lewis Drew & Helen Farrar Marriage Certificate, State of California. County of Calaveras., (1869, certificate in possession of Lee R. Drew), Book B, page 355 (Reliability: 4).
      David L. Drew to Hellen M. Farrar, State of California, County of Calaveras.

      Mr. David L. Drew of Calaveras County and State aforesaid, and Miss Hellen M. Farrar of same county are under and by virtue of this Marriage License, allowed to be United in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony.

      Witness my Hand to the Seal of the County, this 20th day of Dec. 1869. J. A. Foster, Clerk, by N. O. Norcross Depy Clerk.

      On the same page of the record:

      Marriage Certificate
      State of California
      County of Calaveras

      This certifies that December 21 1869, I have this day united in marriage Mr. D. L. Drew and Miss Helen M. Farrar both of this County.

      Signed: W. N. Campbell, Minister of the Gospel.
      Marriage license of David L. Drew and Helen M. Farrar

    8. [S1021] California, Calaveras, Vital Records Index - Marriages 1854 - 1905, Calaveras County (California) County Recorder, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981. Film #1302999).