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James Albert Drewry

February 13, 1860 - February 1, 1933


The Spalding County GAGenWeb Project

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Drewry, James A., the present ordinary of Spalding county, is engaged in the practice of law in Griffin and is also a clergyman of the Baptist church. He was born in that county, Feb. 13, 1860, a son of Fenton H. And Margaret D. (Grigg) Drewry, the former born at Drewry’s Bluff, Va., Dec. 26, 1820 and the latter near Jarratt, Sussex county, that state, Dec. 29, 1826. Fenton H. Drewry was a gallant soldier of the Confederacy during the Civil war, having been a member of a Georgia regiment of volunteers, and after the war he followed the vocation of farming. He departed this life on Jan. 4, 1906.

James A. Drewry attended school in Griffin, Ga., Opelika, Ala., and Macon, Ga., and for a time was a student in the University of Georgia. After completing his educational discipline he was engaged in farming, in Spalding county, for thirteen years, and for three years thereafter was a merchant in Drewryville, that county. He then located at Griffin, where he has since been engaged in the practice of law, having been admitted to the bar in 1886. He is a stalwart supporter of the principles and policies of the Democratic party; has been incumbent of the office of ordinary of the county since 1896, and served for twelve years as postmaster of Drewryville. In 1896 he was ordained a minister of the Baptist church and has charges in Spalding, Pike and Monroe counties. Since his ordination he has performed over 1600 marriage ceremonies and officiated at more than 800 funerals. He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Improved Order of Red Man.

On Nov. 8, 1883, was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Drewry to Miss Blanche Strozier, of Greenville, Ga. Blanche Strozier Drewry was born in Meriwether county, Ga., Aug. 11, 1866, and died in Griffin, Ga., April 25, 1906.

She was the daughter of Ruben C. Strozier, was born in Meriwether county, Ga., June 30, 1839, and married Sarah Elizabeth Freeman, May 18, 1860. He served in the Confederate army in the war between the states. His parents were Peter Strozier, born March 22, 1806, and Mary W. Sherman, born May 22, 1811. They were married Feb. 16, 1826. Sarah Elizabeth Strozier, nee Freeman, was born Dec. 4, 1845, and died Feb. 20, 1887. Her parents were James Freeman, born in Wilkes county, Ga., and Patsy Rosser, date of birth unknown. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Drewry had no children.

At Oak Hill Cemetery, Spalding County, Georgia:
Drewry, James Albert, b. 13 Feb 1860, d. 1 Feb 1933
Drewry, Blanche S., b. 11 Aug 1866, d. 25 Apr 1906
Additional Comments:
Record obtained from Old Jail Museum and Archives, Barnesville, Georgia.
Compiled by Shanna English.

File contributed by: Lynn Cunningham, December 30, 2004




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