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
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
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
Record obtained from Old Jail Museum and
Archives, Barnesville, Georgia.
Compiled by Shanna English.