Bob Derryberry's Derryberry Family Newsletter
August 8, 1998 This is the second Darryberry
Family Newsletter by e-mail. Since I am currently sending out copies of Supplement #4 of The
Derryberry Families in America book, I'm including a copy of this newsletter to them also. The
postage will be the same, so I'll take advantage of it. Some of them might want to join the
group if they have Internet connection or find a way if they have a friend who has Internet
connection. This newsletter cannot survive without news to report. If you like the idea, then help
me to fill the pages. If you do not like the idea, let me know so I can take you off the list. If anyone
not on the list expresses interest in getting on the list, have them let me know. It does'nt cost
me any money to send these out. They are free to you.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We owe a
great big round of applause, thanks and gratitude to Kaye Cross. She presided over the
Derryberry Family Association for three years. Kaye gave a lot of time to keeping the momentum
up. So, let's all show Kaye our appreciation. Thanks, Kaye, and Don too for his support.
anyone know how to contact Beverly Derryberry who was born in Torrence,CA in 1951? A
person, Clay Johnson, posted a message on the Derryberry GenForum looking for her. He says
that he is a friend from days gone by'. Not knowing what the actual relationship was, I did not give
him information, but told him I'd try to get the message to her. Can you help?
Derryberry Family Genforum is at http://www.genforum.com/derryberry/. Come join us there.
Kenneth Moelling, # 4657 on page 348 in The Derryberry Families in America (TDFA), died 30
Oct 1994 in Dallas, TX. He was great grandson of Sarah Louisa Derreberry, great great grandson
of Samuel B. Derreberry, father of Barbara McClanahan. Barbara furnished much of the
information on Samuel's branch of the family that was used in the book. Barbara is a proud
grandmother as of 8 March 1996, upon the birth of Emily Ann McClanahan, daughter of Tim and
Serena McClanahan. Dana McClanahan graduated from high school recently. She is the
recipient of a 3 year Army ROTC scholarship to UT-Austin. Cindy McClanahan graduated
in 1997 and received the Aspasians Club of Rockwall scholarship and is attending University of
North Texas at Denton. Barbara received her initial teaching certificate in secondary history in 19
96 and will receive her special education certificate this summer. She will be teaching English and
Reading in the Forney Middle school.
Griffin Derryberry (#6498, page 383, TDFA) is engaged to marry Katherine Jane Stiles 6 Sep
1998 in East Lansing, MI. They will reside in Palo Alto, CA. Griff is EDA Tools and Process
Instructor at Mentor Graphics Corp. He is son of Robert Wallace Derryberry.
Kathleen Kathy' McDonald Barnett (# 3983, page 222, TDFA) writes: I am happy to add my
name to the Derryberry newsletter list. My name is Kathleen (Kathy)McDonald Barnett. I am the
daughter of Charles E. McDonald who died in 1990. He and I started working on our family
history in 1980. Before then we knew nothing before his grandfather Joseph Andrew
McDonald. Dad traveled the country and learned a lot in those 10 years. We are descendants of
Andrew J. Derryberry. His daughter Elizabeth Adaline married Pinkney McDonald in MO, 1847.
She was last on the Denton Co.,TX 1860 census with her children Joseph Andrew and Talitha
living next to her father. We never found what became of Pinkney or Elizabeth. The children
married fairly young in the 1860's and I suspect she had died and must be buried under what is
now Lake Lewisville somewhere. Anyone who might have knowledge of her, a family bible or
betteryet, pictures would make me very happy. We don't know what became of Pinkney after
1855 either. Some of his brothers came to Texas on a wagon train in 1857. My dad restored old
Andrew Derryberry's original tombstone at Rosston, TX and placed a new marker on his grave.
My first job out of college in 1974 was at Collin Memorial Hospital in McKinney as a dietitian. I
lived in an apartment in Plano. Many years later I learned that I had lived just around the corner
from my gr gr gr grandmother Mary Derryberry's grave in the Old Plano Cemetery.
Genealogy is my favorite pastime . My degree is in home economics and am a high school teacher.
I also have a master's degree from Texas A&M so that makes me an Aggie (Gig em) and was a
County Extension Agent for a number of years. I have one son, Clay, ten years old and he just
loves it when I take him to old cemeteries. He calls it "chasing dead people again ". He'll catch on
someday. I only wish my dad had lived to see how much information we can get off the
Internet and to be able to correspond so easily. He would have been so enthusiastic about it all.
My brother and sister and I miss both our parents terribly. They were a lot of fun and wewere
lucky to have them. I'm trying to continue my dad's work. It kept him going for a while.
Katherine Thompson Gabell, grand mother of Audrey Jean Derryberry Massey (# 3508, page 68,
TDFA), passed away 24 May 1998 at Columbia, TN. Although she was not aDerryberry, per se,
her daughter married a Derryberry. Evie was 101 years and 9 monthsof age. Her husband was a
car mechanic and race car driver. Evie has one living child, Katherine Gabell Derryberry and one
living grand child, Audrey. Among Evie's things, Audrey found some quilt tops made by her paternal
grandmother, Daisy Lou Amick Derryberry and by her paternal great aunt, Mary Sue Derryberry
Shires and many old pictures she had never seen before. Audrey says that in the process of clea
ring out her grandmother's possessions she found several beautiful old dishes, pieces of crystal, her
spectacles and the dinner bell she rang on the square in Centerville to call her boarders home for
lunch. Audrey cautions that when it comes time for anyone to clear out their ancestor's
possessions to go slow because by rushing they will destroy some very valuable things, especially
those things valuable to the family, such as old letters, documents, pictures, etc. I, having been
there can thoroughly agree with Audrey. We think back occasionally about the things we let get
away in settling both our parents estates and wish we had kept some of those things.But then we
consider the things we did keep that do not now mean as much to us. But youcannot keep
everything. I'm sure Audrey will agree.
Eleanor (Mrs. Ralph Kahn) Derryberry wrote : Two years ago, Kevin surrendered to full time
Christian Ministry. (I add: It is The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL, a
non-denominational church closely related to the Southern Baptist: re; his mother.) He now travels
to various Churches , Christian Camps, and Youth Rallies to give his testimony and puts on a
concert doing Christian music that he has written. He has been well received and the Lord has
really blesses him in opening up places for him to serve. He was originally with a soft
rockband and he was one of the performers at our first Derryberry Family Reunion. Maybe you
remember him. He has made a CD of his Christian music which has been well received and has
plans to make another. We are thanking God for His promise that "Train up a child in the way he
should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 We prayed for Kevin to
be delivered from playing in bars with the softrock band and though it took 20 years for Kevin to
become responsive to God's leadership, God was faithful to hear and answer our prayers. That's
all the information I have at the present and don't know if you can use it. But wanted you to know
that we can now be in touch by e-mail. We will not be able to attend the reunion this year due to
previous engagement but hope to see you again someday.
e-mail from Heather M. Derreberry, daughter of Richard (#6054. Page 298,TDFA). She has two
sisters, Melissa and Sarah. She also told me about an aunt I didn't have, Patty Derreberry, who
married Jerry Schuman. They have two boys, Mike and Scott. Heather was enrolled in Western
Illinois U., majoring in biology, but considering moving to U. of Wisconsin at Parkdale to be closer
to home, Winthrop Harbor, IL.
David Carroll (grandson of Olga "Ollie" Derry berry, # 418, Page 248 inTDFA): I am 49 this
June. My wife and I haven been married 22 years. We have no children,except for our K-9 G.
Shep. Brady. We are Christians and attend Wylie Baptist Church here in Abilene. I had
Colon cancer surgery in 1995 + Chemo + Radiation. The Docs thought the situation was under
control and that I was cancer free. Three weeks ago I had an upset stomach. I went to the doc as
I had vomited twice. I Feb. of this year I was hit by a car when walking in Austin. My right leg
was broken in the accident. I landed on head too, but that looked ok (as my wife said there was
nothing up there to injure anyway). Anyway the Doc ordered a CT scan after the vomiting, and a
brain tumor was discovered. I had that removed at SWest Med. Ctr. in Dallas last week (June 20,
1998). They were able to get it. Other tests show cancer in both lungs. I start next week on
Chemo. and later on the whole brain will have to have radiation. I hope I am able to work on
genealogy and other things. The Lord willing I will. As a Derryberry too, I sure could use all
of prayers the family, and otherscan muster. I believe in the power of it. Did I tell you my
grandmother was Ollie Derryberry. She died in 1918 and isburied in the Dresden Cem.
Gregg Graham: "I discovered a Duxbery or Duxbary family in Essex County, VA today. Essex
County, VA public records show a marriage of Henry Duxbery to Elizabeth Mary Coghill in
1687, widow of James Coghill. Her and her son's name often had various spellings, even in the
legal documents I uncovered. Her son's name was George Duebary, he married Mary Smith in
EssexCounty, VA. His will is dated 11/5/1715 and was probated in Dec. 1715. They
resided in St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, VA. Their son's name was Henry Lea Duebary, b.
abt. 1700 in Essex County. It's possible it was changed some more to Derryberry or
Derreberre. "I don't know if this helps or just adds to the confusion." (My note: This one has
been researched by many, including Peggy Sue Derryberry Gould, Dee Ann Buck, Audrey
Massey, Kaye and Don Cross, myself and probably others. I found no clue in the Virginia State
Library genealogy section, and they have a good one, thatwould indicate any connection to our
Burke Co., NC family. E-mail from Peggy on July 7 verified her continued dis-belief of a
Wilkerson, wife of grandson of Velma O. Derry berry, #1023, page 123in TDFA, and son of
Lenora "Sue" Bowen, #2301, page 125 in TDFA) has web pages at:
Derryberry says "Mama is having horrible arthritis pains but is holding her own, otherwise. She has
great difficulty getting from one place to another." Her Mama is Eugenia Porter Yarborough
Derryberry, widow of James Ralph Derryberry.
reunion in Murphy, NC was a big success. The Derreberry branch of the family hosted the
reunion, with Steen Brown ramroding it. The meeting was attended by Derreberrys, Derryberrys
and descendants. Those attending were: (some may be spelled wrong because Icould not read the
writing) Steen Derryberry and Weaver F, Brown, Marble, N. C. Gerald Ledbetter,
Robinsville, N. C. Newell Ledbetter, Robinsville, N. C. Mary Ann & David Walker, Lexington,
TN Guy F. Derryberry, Lexington, TN Michael Joseph Derryberry, Thomasville, AL Marcus
Derreberry, Gastonia, N. C. Paul, Bonnie, Austin, Adam & Alex Derryberry, Columbia, TN
Charles & Pat Puckett, New Florence, N. C. Don & Kaye Cross, Nixa, MO Edwin F. Brooks,
Yatesville, GA James & Lucy Derryberry, Kinta, OK Doria & Giall Raper, Etowia, TN Marian,
Harold & Bill Derryberry, Chattanooga, TN Melvin E. Derryberry, Ringgold, GA Ralph & Mary
Phillips, Andrews, N. C. Hope Derreberry & Larry King Albert Derreberry Faye King Rowlett,
Dunwoody, GA Sue King Rogers, Ashville, N. C. Shirley Guffey Stalcup, Murphy, N. C. Susan
Guffey Maxey, Ewa Beach, HI John Pendergrss, Marble, N. C. Jim Webb, Speedwell, TN Linda
Derreberry Welch, Speedwell, TN David Derreberry, New Tazwell, TN McKamy Derreberry
Eunice Derreberry, New Tazwell, TN Dennis Pendergass, Marble, N. C. Pauline Pendergass,
Marble, N. C. Dale & Bertha Kilpatrick, Marble, N. C. Roy & Peggy Brooks, The Rock, GA
Caleb Harrington Cindy, Faye & Trey Derryberry, Nashville, TN Nancy King, Murphy, TN Mike
Worley, Murphy, TN Penny & Megan Pendergass John Pendergass Ray K. Brooks, Atlanta, GA
Alma Raxter, Marble, N. C. Mann Guffey, Andrews, N. C. Mickey & Lorena Maennle, Andrews,
N. C. Guy Z. & Lorie Derryberry, Columbia, TN Gene, April and Matthew Pendergass,
Zachary & Millicent Derryberry, Nashville, TN Martha Van Buskirk, Marble, N. C. Steve & Ken
Graves, Marble, N. C. Bruce Rose Derreberry, Andrews, N. C. Vickie Hicks, Andrews, N. C.
Linda Hedrick Derreberry, Rutherford College, N. C. Juanita Derreberry, Andrews, N. C. Bill
Cresmen, Marble, N. C. Edna Faye Brown McCoy, Marble, N. C. Bob & Alta Derryberry,
Garland, TX and some who did not sign the register, such as Mr. Owens from from Trenton,
GA. If you were there and I spelled your name wrong or I failed to list you, I apologize.
The 1999 reunion will be at Spring Hill, TN, probably in the union hall at Saturn plant, on
Saturday July 10th, unless changes are made. The reunion in 2000 will be atStigler, OK, if all goes
according to plan. Clayton Derryberry was elected President. Andy Derryberry was elected
Secretary. Paul Derryberry was elected Treasurer. Kaye Cross can now take a rest. I heard
lots of stories there. I wish I had taken time to document all of them, but in the short time we were
there, and with them coming so fast I didn't get all the details or the names of who told me.
Perhaps someone will recognize the stories and fill us all in with details and information sources.
Here are the ones I remember. I was told who was the Derryberry who was arrested for
driving while intoxicated or driving while under the influence of alcohol while riding a horse, but
was sworn to secriety on the name. I guess it is just as well this way, but it is one to make one
chuckle. On another level, there is the incidence of one Derryberry descendant who isa lawman,
who was out driving with his family and a motorist in a Mercedes drove along side and waved a
gun at them. He told his wife to get the kids down. Then he proceeded to run thegun waver off
onto the median where he captured the guy, arrested him and took him to jail without passing go.
I'll bet that guy is more careful next time he threatens someone with a gun. A story was about the
Civil War times when over on Duck River in TN the Union Army arrived, probably in connection
with the siege of Nashville, the Derryberrys took their horses down below a cliff on the river to
hide them from the Union Army. Then there was the one about a Derryberry Confederate
soldier home on leave at that time. Had he been caught he would have surely been killed, or at
least put into POW prison. To protect him, one sister, with her long dress, hid him under her dress
and then walked slowly to the river, where he slopped out and quietly swam away. I was told
that there is a Col. Derryberry listed on a plaque somewhere up northeast that was with Gen.
George Washington. The teller did not remember just where the plaque is, but perhaps some of
you have seen it and will share the information with us. Another person told me very adamantly
that the John Derryberry that heads upChapter 22 was from Ireland and that he was the first
Derryberry in America. I'd like to see proof of that one. If you have it, please let me know.
Another person told me that several years ago he found in the National Archives in
Washington a Direberry from Germany in the 1600s arriving at New Amsterdam. I have not seen
that one either. Have any of you seen it. The Terryberry branch is reported to have a website.
I'm in contact with a Mrs. Johnson of St. Catherines, Ontario that is working on the Terryberry
line, one I'm near positive is another branch of the family. If anyone has found that webpage,
would you send me the address? The LAST book, The Derryberry Families in America, was sold
at auction at this meeting, with proceeds going to the Derryberry Family Association. It brought
$101. Thathelped the treasury. Anyone who failed to get a copy will have to depend on those
who did, or goto a library that has a copy. Copies can be found in The Library of Congress and
libraries at: National Genealogical Society, Arlington, MD; North Carolina Archives, Raleigh;
Tennessee Archives, Nashville; Texas Archives, Austin; Morganton, NC; Morristown, NJ; Spring
Hill, TN; Columbia, TN; Shreveport, LA; Denton, TX; Dallas, TX; McKinney, TX; Plano, TX;
Houston, TX; Chicago, IL and possibly others that I do not know about. As far as I know,there
will not be a second printing, unless some other person takes on the job. In which case, they are
welcome to my files. I will help them any way I can, except to do it myself.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So much
for now. Bob Derryberry