Who Was Rebecca Drewry? A Look into her Life through Photos

dogtags cross etc0005Every now and then I come across a collection of photos and documents that catch my eye and I want to look into them a little further. These are just that type of photographs and documents. In cleaning out a house being readies for demolition a couple of weeks ago a few yellow envelopes of old black and white photos caught my eye. One of the envelopes read "WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL STAUNTON, VIRGINIA" The envelope had the name, DREWRY, REBECCA S. on it and listed what was once the contents and valuables held inside it.  In addition there was another manilla envelope containing additional pictures, a 1954 Harris Bros Amoco Service Station pocket Diary as well as an old 1950s or 60s era green womens wallet (the wallet is in remarkable condition) which contained a silver cross, and two metal saint pendants.

20150811_102727Inside the wallet was a piece of cloth with a straight pin in it with the name Rebecca Drewry printed on it. I was able to determine that Rebecca Drewry was born on March 11, 1900 based on an August 14, 1956 United States Army issued "TEMPORARY IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIALS" issued at KASSEL SUBAREA, FULDA Section APO 26 US Army by Major Earl F. Bab. The Kassel base was established in March 15, 1947. The pocket diary however kinda threw me off as it belonged to a Betty Staples also of Lynchburg VA and according to the address lable found in the documents the Western State Hospital mailed these items to a Frances Staples on September 9, 1965. On that date Rebecca Drewry would have already celebrated her 65th birthday.

The diary of Betty Staples I found interesting even though she had not used much of it, the times that she did gives an interesting look at what was and what now is. For example on March 28, 1954 she notes she took the bus to friends for 60 cents; on March 29, 1954 she notes she spent 50 cents on cab and groceries; 10 cents on bus to town; 20 cents again on bus to town and back; on March 30, 1954 she notes she paid $1.70 for gas to carry hog feed to country.

After reading these I decided to start looking at and trying to piece together the photos into a cohesive story but that hasn't worked too well as it seems Drewry and Staples are family, I have yet to figure out how.

Since originally posting this I have found that Rebecca is actuall Elizabeth Rebecca Spencer Drewry who was married twice. Her first husband was Samuel Lee Paris and her second husband was Walter Oliver Drewry. Earl in the pictures was Rebecca and Walter's son. Frances Tommie Paris Staples was Rebecca's daughter. In addition there was a Maynard O. Drewry who is also photographed below. Maynard and Oliver and Earl all were in the military.

Birth: Mar. 11, 1900
Lynchburg
Lynchburg City
Virginia, USA
Death: 1965
Staunton
Augusta County
Virginia, USA

First husband was Samuel Lee Paris.Family links:
Children:
Frances Tommie Paris Staples (1919 - 1999)*
Earl M. Drewry (1930 - 1975)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Fort Hill Memorial Park
Lynchburg
Lynchburg City
Virginia, USA
Birth: Jun. 2, 1930
Lynchburg
Lynchburg City
Virginia, USA
Death: May 29, 1975
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA

Found in The State 02 June 1975: Earl M. Drewry, 44, of 3404 Two Notch Road, a painter, died Friday at his home. Mr. Drewry was born in Lynchburg, Va., and was a veteran of the Korean War. Surviving are a son, Earl M. Drewry Jr., of Columbia; a daughter, Mrs. Rosemary Spell of Columbia; a grandson and two brothers. Services will be 2 p.m. today in Olympia Cemetery conducted by the Rev. O'Dell S. Belger. Dunbar Funeral Home, Gervais Street Chapel, is in charge.!950 Lynchburg City Directory: Drewery, Earl M USA r 1011 Cabell
Others living at the same address: Drewery, Maynard O USN, Drewery, Rebecca S Mrs
(notice the conflict of the spelling of the last name)

Family links:
Parents:
Walter Oliver Drewry
Elizabeth Rebecca Spencer Drewry (1900 - 1965)

Sibling:
Frances Tommie Paris Staples (1919 - 1999)**
Earl M. Drewry (1930 - 1975)

*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling

Inscription:
Per the book referenced below: N/M (no marker).

Note: Transcribed from a notebook found in the Richland County Library titled, Olympia Cemetery Listing (local history room).

Burial:
Olympia Cemetery
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA

The following photos were scanned and while some are dated and notes on them many have no information at all. The earliest dated photograph is 1937 but it is clear a lot of these were earlier and later.

So though I still have not figured out who Rebecca Drewry is or Betty Staples, Frances Staples, Grace and Glover Staples; Bennett Staples, Earl, W. Oliver or the rest, it sure is fun looking over their old photos. You would think there would be a family member somewhere who would want to have these old family photos.


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