Derryberry Family Newsletter Online # 31, May 2, 2002
I have been bombarded with attachments containing w32.klenz virus and worm
in the last three weeks. I must have gotten near 100 attempts. I trust
that Norton Antivirus successfully protected me. If any of you got an
e-mail that showed me as addressee and contained an attachment, I hope you
did not open it and please let me know so I'll know if Norton was good to
I have received up to two updates from Norton in a single day. They were
apparently on top of it. I received up to 10 e-mails with attachments in a
single day. Norton would always suggest that I quarantine the message and
then delete it, which I did.
Verizon was no help. My router firewall may have helped also. Hope none of
you got it.
Gloria and Guy Fay Derryberry have been working on hunting for the Georgia
Derryberrys' connection. They think they have it pretty well worked out,
but still lack sufficient proof. Here is a letter I got from Guy on April
"A short message to bring you up to date on some work Gloria is doing in
Allen County, KY concerning Henry Derryberry.
"As you may remember, this is the long lost Henry Derryberry, a son of Jacob
and Christina, whom was always refer to in their estate papers as living out
of state (TN).
"We first found his name mentioned in Warren Co., KY. Next he appeared on
1830 census of Sumner Co., TN. At that point we lost him.
"Gloria and I believe its his descendants, probably grandchildren, who
showed up in Marion Co., TN, just north of Dade Co., GA, then later moved to
Dade Co., GA.
"So, for the last few months, Gloria and I have been hunting this Henry
Derryberry. We believe now we can confirm what happened to him.
"He has at various times appeared under 4 different versions of the
Derryberry name in Allen Co., KY. (1.) Henry Derryberry, (2.) H. Deberry,
(3.) Henry Deberry & (4.) Henry Denreberry. (My comment: the cursive
writing of the small letters n and r, one version, are very similar and the
n used here could have been meant for an r.) Gloria found record of his
death in 1856, June 11 census said born 1776 in NC. This wouldseem to
confirm that the Derryberrys were in NC in 1776, 2 years earlier than the
land grant dates.
"The above Henry is probably the same Henry that was mentioned in NC
"He apparently came to KY with his uncle Michael about 1802. Found some
evidence that part or all of Jacob's family may have briefly lived in KY
before moving to Warren Co., TN about 1808. I know for sure 3 of Jacob's
children were at one time, shortly after 1800, in KY. One Henry, Michael &
Isaac, and I think but cannot prove John T. was there.
"Its amazing that Jacob's children started off as Derryberrys and the longer
they lived the more likely their name was changed to Deberry. Found this to
be especially in Michael and Henry descendants. All descendants of Michael
& Henry that I know about go by Deberry now, except those in Dade Co., GA.
"Never found Deberryused in Isaac's, John T's. or Abraham's families.
"In 1815 Allen Co., Kyforms a militia, laid off districts to be patrolled 12
hours each month. Henry was appointed in 1st District, along with John
Spencer and Patrick Mahan to work under Edward Lewis.
"Next we find George Smith March 10, 1811 files a will, witnessed by Howel
Smith, James Mahan and Henry Denreberry. Notice the n could have been a
mistake, could have been an r that looks like an n. But notice the e
instead of a y. This spelling goes back to the way the ones in NC spelled
their name. (My comment again: and the way some Durenberger descendants
spelled their name in NJ.)
"It appears to me that our Henry Derryberry is the same person as all those
"The record, as we now know it, goes like this: Henry born in NC 1776, came
to KY about 1802, Warren Co. about 1815. The part he lived in became Alln
Co., KY. By 1830 he was listed in Sumner Co., TN, just south of Allen Co.,
KY. Here his son Michael marries in 1828 to Maria McCommack. Next Henry
turns up as H. Deberry, living with his daughter-in-law, Maria Derryberry,
in 1850 in Allen Co., KY and dies there June 11, 1856.
"According to census through 1870, many Deberrys still live in the area.
Hopefully we will be able to research some in the area.
"We have Gloria to thank for all this work. The amazing part to me was that
it tied together a lot of little things we had previously found but did not
know exactly how they fitted. (My comment again: I have said many times
that you never know when two apparently insignificant facts may fit together
to prove a bigger supposition to be true.)
"It appears that practically all of this KY set escaped us when trying to
put together information for the Derryberry book. It also appears many of
the old records 1815 up are still intact at the Allen Co., KY courthouse."
Thank you Guy. Thank you Gloria. Any comments anyone?
Received pictures of Jesse Francis McFarlin and wife Mary Frances Derreberry
with young Loy Lester McFarlin and John Maxwell Derreberry and wife, and CD
with Barron Cemetery stones from Cheryl Corey.
Received pictures of Elizabeth Eurora Derryberry Hutchins from Linda
An Eleanora Sheldon e-mailed Andy, who forwarded to me, query about her
ancestors: Abraham Richard Derryberry and Elizabeth Jackson (daughter of
Francis McDuffy Jackson and Florida Elizabeth Bradford) of AR. There were
nine siblings in her mother's family, Sylvia, Era (mistakenly listed as Eva
in a census), Gladys, Clydra, Maxine, Avodna, Iva-Jane (aka Darlene, my
mother) and Abraham Richard, Jr.
Eleanora quoted 1910 census of Pike Co., AR, Pike City Township, page 280A
129/129 which listed Abe as 28 born in AR, parents both born in TN, a
millwright; Elizabeth 26, born in AR father born in AR and mother born in
KY; Sylvia 3 born in AR; and Eva 1 born in AR.
I have an Abram Richard 'Abe' Derryberry in my database that seems to fit
but wife does not fit. Eleanora's listing for wife is Elizabeth Jackson.
My listing is Jane Stanley, daughter of Charlotte Elizabeth Jackson Stanley,
father's first name unknown. I wish I knew where my information came from,
but I failed to note its source. My Abe born 13 Apr 1882 in AR to Newton C.
and Delia Derryberry, died Aug 1964 in Nueces Co., TX, re: Social Security
Records. His children were Darlene Iva Jane, Maxine, Clydra, Ted and Abram
Richard, Jr., if my information is correct. I cannot be sure it is totally
correct. Abram, Jr. born 16 Sep 1922, died Jul 1981 in Harris Co., TX, re:
Social Security Records.
My database shows that Abram, Sr. lived near Murfreesboro, AR and died at
Corpus Christi, TX, once lived at Holdenville, OK and Longview, TX.
Daughter Darlene went to Longview High School. Abram, Sr. reportedly ran
away from home at about age 10 -12 and never had further contact with the
family. He is believed to have had siblings Robert E. Lee, Gilbert and
Victoria, which indicates Newton C. as his father. Darlene married a Smith.
Abram, Jr. went to school in Holdenville, OK. He seems to fit the Abe on
the 1910 census of Pike Co., AR, but not proven.
Marni Stapp, 382 Allendale Rd, Pasadena, CA wrote that she is a descendant
of Catherine Derryberry through Almeda Dennison. She was looking for
marriage records for Catherine and Bird Dennison. I referred it on to Guy
F. since he is related to Bird and Catherine. Marni had found the
Derryberry book in the LDS Library in LA.
Pat Duggan says she has pictures of ones not in her direct line that she
would be willing to share with someone in those lines. She is sending them
to me and I will put copies on the CD. The originals will be available to
interested descendants. They are: Ridley, Oscar or LC Derryberry; Addie
Amis; Mary Elizabeth Amis Derryberry; Mary A. King, Margaret Daniel Amis,
Ephraim and Jennie Bell Derryberry, Willie Bell Derryberry and several other
from Corsicana, TX with no names. If anyone is interested in them, let me
know your desires.
Don Cross' cousin was in the Niarobi Embassy bombing. He recommends that
you go to