Bob Derryberry's Derryberry Family Newsletter
Newsletter Online # 9, March 15, 1999, by Bob Derryberry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WOW, just got a notice in the mail that "The
Derryberry Family Bundle is now available". This is the one from Denver, CO. They still are not
answering my question of how they are connected to the Derryberry family. I strongly suspect they
are in the league with the Bath, OH bunch that puts out a family book for every imaginable family
name. I also suspect that the only difference between the Derryberry family bundle and the Smith
family bundle (or any other) is that names have been changed. They may have altered the family
crest a little. If I am wrong, I apologize. If any of you find that I am wrong, I beg you to let me
know. I'll welcome your comments. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just got word from
Kaye Cross that the genealogy seminar went well even though it had snowed and was cold. They
had a good turn-out. Kaye is to be commended for her efforts. Wish I could have made it but other
commitments prevented it. Anyone who went want to report on it?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It has been suggested that I re-run information about
the family reunion with every issue of the newsletter so that it does not slip by, as a reminder. A
good suggestion. Here it is again. If you are planning on going to the reunion this year, you might
want to plan a vacation trip or at least some fun stops with it. A good place to get suggestions is
http://www.tennesseetourist.com/ The 1999 reunion is July 10 in Spring Hill, TN. The site will
probably be the Union Hall which was used before, but that hasn't been confirmed. When the place
is confirmed, Carlton will send out a mailing. The officers: President: Carlton Derryberry of
Columbia, TN Vice-President: James Derryberry of Oklahoma Treasurer: Guy Z. Derryberry of
Columbia Secretary: Andy Derryberry of Nashville e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The 2000 reunion is
slated for somewhere in eastern Oklahoma. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >From
Pat Schiro: My ancestors on my mothers side resided in Cherokee Co. NC. While looking through
the 1840 Cherokee Co NC census I ran across the following : John Mcderryberry, one male age
between 30/40 one female age between 30/40 and two females between 5/10. This information was
located on page 248. Have you ever run across a McDerryberry??
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Found on Derryberry Genforum, posted by an Elizabeth, no
last name: Found in Grainger Co, TN, Susan Derryberry m. Peter Miracle, 1808. Tax list shows a
Michael Derryluney, so I suppose the family link will be found in Grainger Co. Refer to a "follow-up"
for John Derryberry and John Looney by Gail Miller. Elizabeth
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >From Don Knight: I think that now you have
published a few issues, people might have a better idea what type of material may be desirable and
suitable for the Derryberry newsletter. I am sure that everybody is like me-I did not know what to
expect. You might want to repeat what type of material you are looking for. I would recommend
that you include information on reunions in every newsletter. Perhaps somebody was not paying
attention last time, or they thought it too early to start planning for the summer, or just simply
procrastinated. I hope my opinion helps in some way. Of course, I know that my opinion cannot be
wrong, after all, it is only an opinion. My answer is that I am looking for anything of interest that
applies to Derryberry descendants, whatever their name. That includes the Derreberrys, Dereberrys,
some Deberrys and some Berrys, or even just friends of the family who are willing to share things of
interest. It certainly would include births, deaths, marriages, notable events, funny things that
happened, family history (and I could go on and on, but I think you get the drift.).
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >From Cathy Thomas: I have been wanting
to send you the news of our family, My father Willie(William) Edward Strange has his Prostrate
Cancer back and It has went to a lot of his bones. He will be under treatment real soon. He Is 87
years old as of the 12th of Feb. He Is very sick at this moment but we all hope things will be brighter
for him real soon. My father Is the last member of Henry Andrew Strange and Lillie Derreberry
family to survive. Although Henry A. Strange was remarried to Iva May In 1933, and they had 10
children and 8 are surviving today. If you need their Info just let me know. I am so proud to have my
father with me for this long, he has taught me a world of knowledge that I will never forget. Could
you please put this In your next newsletter? I am still working on the Info I need to send you. Thank
you so much Cathy Thomas email@example.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>From Tammy Rhiner firstname.lastname@example.org I live in Arnold, MO which is about 20 miles outside of
St. Louis. I will gather my side of the family and exchange the information with you. One of Martha
Janes children is still living. Her name is Verbal. She is not in good health, but is still living.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >From Carolyn Reynolds Griffith, pension
application of Samuel Whitfield Reagan Derryberry. Beginning of Pension Application)
Endorsements Hereon for Comptroller's Use Exclusively. FORM No. 1. CONFEDERATE
PENSION APPLICATION. Name of Applicant, S. W. Derryberry Gregg County. Post Office
Gladewater, Texas Comptroller's File No. 1661 I have carefully examined the within application for
pension, together with the proof in support thereof, and I recommend that the application be
approved this 4 day of Oct, A. D., 1899. /s/ Wm. J. Swain, Pension Clerk. I hereby approve the
within application for pension this 4th October A. D. 1899. /s/ Comptroller. No Application
Rejected by County Judge or County Commissioners Should be Forwarded to Comptroller.
FORM No. 1. APPLICATION of Indigent Soldier or Sailor of the late Confederacy for pension
under the Act of May 12, 1899. THE STATE OF TEXAS, COUNTY OF GREGG To the
Honorable County Judge of Gregg County, Texas. Your petitioner, S. W. Derryberry respectfully
represents that he is a resident citizen of Gregg County, in the State of Texas, and that he makes this
application for the purpose of obtaining a pension under the act passed by the Twenty-sixth
Legislature of the State of Texas, and approved May 12, A. D. 1899, the same being an act entitled
"An act to carry into effect the amendment to the Constitution of the State of Texas, providing that
aid may be granted to disabled and dependent Confederate soldiers, sailors, and their widows under
certain conditions, and to make an appropriation therefor," and I do solemnly swear that the answers
I have given to the following questions are true. NOTE--Applicant must make answer to all of the
following questions, and such answers must be written out plainly in ink. Q. What is your name?
Answer S. W. Derryberry Q. What is your age? Answer 66 years Q. In what County do you
reside? Answer Gregg County Q. How long have you resided in said County and what is your post
office address? Answer for more than 25 years, Post Office, Gladewater, Texas Q. Have you
applied for a pension under the Confederate Pension Law heretofore, and been rejected? If so state
when and where. Answer no Q. What is your occupation if able to engage in one? Answer not able
to work Q. What is your physical condition? Answer Bad Q. If your physical condition is such that
you are unable by your own labor to earn a support, state what caused such disability. Answer bad
health and old age Q. State in what county and regiment you enlisted in the Confederate army, and
the time of your service? Answer Co. "A" 1st Texas Cavalry - served more than 3 yrs Q. If you
served in the Confederate navy state when and where, and the time of your service. Answer no Q.
State whether or not you have received any pension or veteran donation land certificate under any
previous law, and if you answer in the affirmative state what pension or veteran donation land
certificate you have received. Answer no Q. What real and personal property do you now own, and
what is the present value of such property? Give list of such property and value. Answer none Q.
What property, and what was the value thereof have you sold or conveyed within two years prior to
the date of this application? Answer none Q. What income, if any, do you receive? Answer none Q.
Are you in indigent circumstances; that is, are you in actual want, and destitute of property and
means of subsistence? Answer yes Q. Are you unable by your labor to earn a support? Answer yes
Q. Have you transferred to others any property of value of any kind of the purpose of becoming a
beneficiary under this law? Answer no Q. Did you ever desert the Confederacy? Answer no Q.
Have you been continuously since the first day of January, 1880, a bona fide resident citizen of this
State? Answer yes Wherefore your petitioner prays that his application for pension be approved and
that such other proceedings be had in the premises as are required by law. his (Signature of
Applicant) /s/ S. W. "X" Derryberry mark Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21 day of July
A. D. 1899 /s/ J. N. Campbell County Judge Gregg County, Texas. AFFIDAVIT OF
WITNESSES. (NOTE--There must be at least two credible witnesses.) THE STATE OF TEXAS,
COUNTY OF Gregg Before me, J. N. Campbell County Judge of Gregg County, State of Texas,
on this day personally appeared J. M. Prothro and R. H. Tutt who are personally known to me to
be credible citizens, who being by me duly sworn on oath, state that they personally know S. W.
Derryberry, the above named applicant for a pension, and that they personally know that the said S.
W. Derryberry enlisted in the service of the Confederacy, and performed the duties of a soldier (or
sailor) as claimed by him in the above and foregoing application, and that they further know that he,
the said applicant, is unable to support himself by labor of any sort. (Signature of Witness) /s/ J. M.
Prothro (Signature of Witness) /s/ R. H. Tutt Sworn to and subscribed before me this 22 day of July
A. D. 1899 /s/ J. N. Campbell County Judge Gregg County, Texas ---------- AFFIDAVIT OF
PHYSICIAN. THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF Gregg Before me J. N. Campbell County
Judge of Gregg County, State of Texas, on this day personally appeared T. J. Allison, who is a
reputable practicing physician of this County, who being by me duly sworn on oath, states that he
has carefully and thoroughly examined S. W. Derryberry applicant for a pension, and finds him
laboring under the following disabilities which render him unable to labor at any work or calling
sufficient to earn support for himself: Physical weakness and old age (Signature of Physician) /s/ T. J.
Allison, M. D. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 22 day of July A. D. 1899 /s/ J. N.
Campbell County Judge Gregg County, State of Texas. ---------- CERTIFICATE OF COUNTY
JUDGE. THE STATE OF TEXAS, COUNTY OF Gregg I, J. N. Campbell County Judge of
Gregg county, State of Texas, do hereby certify that on the 14 day of August A. D. 1899, before
me came on to be heard the application of S. W. Derryberry for a pension under the Confederate
Pension Law of this State, approved May 12, A. D. 1899; that the answers of said applicant to the
questions propounded were made under oath as the same appear in writing in the foregoing
application; that the affidavits of the witnesses who are credible citizens were made before me as the
same hereinbefore appear, and that the foregoing affidavit of Doctor T. J. Allison who is a reputable
practicing physician of this County, was made before me. I also certify that the said applicant S. W.
Derryberry, is not an inmate of the Texas Confederate Home, nor otherwise disqualified under the
provision of Section 12, of the Confederate Pension Law. I further certify that after considering all
the proceedings had before me relative to the said application for a pension by the said S. W.
Derryberry I find the said applicant is lawfully entitled to the pension provided by the Confederate
Pension Law of this State, and I hereby approve said application. Witness my hand and seal of
office at Longview this 14 day of August A. D. 1899 /s/ J. N. Campbell County Judge Gregg
County, State of Texas. ---------- CERTIFICATE OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. THE
STATE OF TEXAS, COUNTY OF Gregg We, the undersigned members of the Commissioners
Court of Gregg County, Texas, hereby certify that the foregoing application of S. W. Derryberry for
a pension, together with the proof in support thereof, was duly submitted by Hon. J. N. Campbell
County Judge of this Gregg County, to the Commissioners Court of this Gregg County, at a regular
term thereof on the 14 day of August A. D. 1899, and after a careful consideration of the same we
find the said applicant is lawfully entitled to the pension provided for by the Confederate Pension
Law of this State, and we hereby approve said application. Witness our hands and seal of office at
Longview this 14 day of August A. D. 1899 /s/ O. A. Foster /s/ O. J. Bruce (Signature of
Commissioners.) /s/ E. B. Penick /s/ W. J. Blackburn ---------- (End of Pension Application) Note:
This application appears to be for Samuel Whitfield Reagan Derryberry who was born 10 January
1832 in North Carolina and died 6 November 1908 in Gregg County, Texas. He is buried in Rock
Springs Cemetery, one mile south of Gladewater, Gregg County, Texas. His grave marker has the
inscription "Pvt Co A 6 Bn Texas Cavalry CSA." A Widow's Application for Pension was filed for
his wife, Mary Ann Derryberry, being No. 15295, in 1909.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This e-mail might interest some. I cannot attest to its
accuracy. Subj: Looneys and Derryberrys From: Magnolia26@worldnet.att.net (Elizabeth B) More
links between Looneys and Derryberrys. Cumberland Co, Ky 1820 Census lists John Dewberry,
along with the Looney in-law names,-------James Fergus, James Williams, Fergusons, etc.
Remember a John Derryberry contested the will of John Looney in Maury Co after this date. In the
Cumberland Co Census 1830 I found John Duberry No 859 and William Duberry No 1075 along
with James Fergus Sr, who married the widowed daughter-in-law of Capt John Looney,
Washington Hopkins, who married the grand daughter of Capt John Looney, and James Williams,
the maternal grandfather of Mrs. Washington Hopkins. So, they all knew each other. John
Derryberry is not listed in the 1810 Census for Cumberland Co, Ky; he was probably in Warren
Co, TN at that time with the Capt John Looney family. I am assuming that John Derryberry is a son
of Michael Derryberry Sr (or maybe Jr) and they moved from Hawkins Co, TN to Warren Co, TN
with the Looneys c. 1807-1808. I still believe that John D married a Looney. Thanks Elizabeth
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This e-mail might appeal to some: From:
email@example.com (Cathy Thomas) Does anyone have a Picture of Lillie Derreberry and her
husband Henry Strange of any family Information about her. Any thing would be appreciated.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please send me some up to date information on
Derryberry descendants!!!! I can make this interesting if you will help me. But if you do not
volunteer information, I cannot put it into the family newsletter.