Bob Derryberry's Derryberry Family Newsletter
Derryberry Family Newsletter Online, # 12, June 23, 1999
Posted by Andy Derryberry on June 09, 1999 at 17:27:03: on Derryberry Genforum
For information about the 1999 National Derryberry Reunion see
all of Bob Derryberry's Newsletters are archived there. I'm presently working
on archiving all of
Kaye Cross's Derryberry Newsletters. More things to come as I have time.
From Nancy Repenning: email@example.com
When my brother, Bill, lived in Fresno, he was rear-ended by a policeman.
Some time later, he
was introduced to this same policeman who said, "Derryberry, Derryberry.
Haven't I run into you
And then there was my cousin, Jim, who lived in Chico. He was very active in
civic matters and
on the city council. Unfortunately, the town drunk was also named Jim
Derryberry and there
were occasional headlines reading, "DERRYBERRY DOES IT AGAIN!"
Both were grandsons of Charles H. and Alice Thatcher Derryberry. Bill and I
were fathered by
Ward W. and Beth Derryberry. Jim's parents were Charles W.(Jim) and Wilda
From Peggy Sue Derryberry Gould: PEGGYG827@aol.com
What I want to share comes from Benton W.T. Derryberry's file of application
Pension after the Civil War. Benton's file was quite thick; since he
originally fought for the South,
there was much argument as to whether he deserved a pension. He finally
received pension. I
have a copy of a letter written in Benton's own hand (was able to see the
original at the National
Archives; what I would give to have that!) that he wrote to the government:
July 2, 1907
Hon. V. Warner Washington, DC
Yours of the 12 ______ to hand. In reply would say that when I enlisted in
the 2nd USV Inf. it
was with no understanding as to where we should do service but when the
command was ready to
_______ to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas we were told that we should do services
ton the Frontier
that we would relieve troops then doing duty there that they might go south.
So I conclude that
we did aid and assist in the Suppression of the Rebellion, however I am not
interpreting the law,
The matter rests with you people.
Benton W.T. Derryberry
This next letter was written by Benton's wife after his death. When I
received the copy of this
letter, I noticed little dashes (-----) in the middle of the long page. When
I was able to visit the
National Archives and see the original letter, I saw that Emma had stitched
the pages together
with white thread. My heart went out to her:
September the 6 1918
Commissioner of Pensions
My Dear Sir I come to you to beg you to please haste and send me my just
help and relieve my
many Privations. Oh my Dear Sir I am old and entirely alone except friend
and I am now under
many obligations to them for favors. It is now ten months since I received a
penny from the
government, my husband died February the 3 with ___months pay due and his
years of illness left
me financially broke with no health and no means of income and your long
delay has caused me
many privations, and oh my Dear Sir the winter is most here and I need fire
wood and winter
clothes (sorely or surely) Sir if you have a mother please do by me as you
would those who had
the power over her rights and therefore her comfort, if you haven't all the
proof you need it is
available just send for what you want, and oh my Dear Sir Please do haste and
be as generous by
me as you can, and now please do by me as you would have your own mother done
by and you
will have the Prayres of an old afflicted widow.
Mrs. Emma F. Derryberry
widow of Benton W. T. Derryberry
G2 Regt US Vol Inf
My claim number is 1114977
(spelling, etc., is all Emma's)
She was finally given a pension of $50.00/month... I believe Benton's pension
originally began at
Since my father his children and grandchildren are just about the last
living descendants of
Benton & Emma, these letters may not be of a lot of interest to others....but
I wanted to share....
From: Anne Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
I finally got to read all of the descendants attachment that you sent me. I
have a couple of
corrections for you.
#252. Stacy Anne Southall is daughter of Chris Southall and Pamela Sue.
Chris had no children
with Keri. Sorry, I don't remember Pam's maiden name. Chris is working out
of state this month,
I'll ask him when he gets back.
#176. Patricia Anne Southall, b. 29 Dec 1960, m. Claude Terry Scott, son of
Charles Terry Scott
and Hazel Louise Lawrence on 15 Dec 1989. Terry adopted #255. Lucas Ried
Scott, b. 19 Apr
1984, and Mary Anne Scott, b. 19 Apr 1985.
#257. Sarah Virginia Scott, b. 20 Dec 1991.
Forwarded by: Gloria Derryberry : GBDrrybrry@AOL.COM
In a message dated 6/21/99 4:35:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Topaz428 writes:
" I just got a e-mail saying a AOL 5.0 was coming out in July and I could
get a head start in
June, by applying for it now. It looks all official.. There is no 5.0 for
AOL. You get any such
mail, send it to TOS or just delete it. Its either a password catcher, or a
I have verified all of this by phone to AOL and they have said, no 5.0
is coming in July..
Please send this out to all your friends on AOL!
From: Mike Cummings, IBM Global Services
You guys, this virus IS real. A friend works at Price Waterhouse Coopers
downtown and they
got hit with it last night and are still trying to recover.
New Virus Warning
Someone is sending out a very desirable screen-saver, a Bug's Life -
"BUGGLST.ZIP". If you
download it, you will lose everything! Your hard drive will crash and
someone from the Internet
will get your screen name and password!
DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! IT JUST WENT INTO
circulation yesterday, as far as we know. Please distribute this message.
This is a new, very
malicious virus and not many people know about it.
This information was announced yesterday morning from Microsoft.
Please share it with everyone that might access the Internet. Also do
not open or even look at
any mail that says "RETURNED OR UNABLE TO DELIVER." This virus will attach
your computer components and render them useless. Immediately delete mail
items that say
this. AOL has said that this is a very dangerous virus and that there is NO
remedy for it at this
From: Shirley Cartwright McKenzie SCMCK901@aol.com
Bob, please add my name to the Derryberry Newsletter list. Shirley
email@example.com. Thank you. (I note there is a discrepancy. I do not know
which is the correct
From: Jennifer Hammer firstname.lastname@example.org
Have found another discrepancy for you to ponder. I have been doing research
on the new
Family Search Ancestral File site. Would like your opinion on what I found
the other day. Listed
for Gilbert Leon Derryberry (1835-1851) as his parents are:
Michael Derryberry and Polly and Jacob Derryberry and Christina Barnhardt
With Jacob and Christina they have listed as their children:
Gilbert L. Derryberry b. 1835 in TN d. Dunklin Co., MO
Henderson Degaffey Barnhart Derryberry b. ca. 1822 in TN d. Alcorn Co.,
Harvey Jefferson Monroe Derryberry b. Sept. 24, 1827 in TN d. Dec. 12,
1876 in McNairy
That was the first time I had come across Gilbert as their son. What do you
make of this? All of
my other information says that Gilbert's parents were Michael and Polly.
Anyone care to answer her?
From: Sara Barnett: GRANQWACKY@aol.com
Exploring the other day I found the Derryberry site on Cyndi's List of
new links for May 1999.
Looked yesterday and saw all your newsletters. That is nice having your
newsletters on the web.
Looking over your letter #11 I am again amazed that there are Derryberrys
in the Houston,
Mo., Texas County cemetery. I went to a cemetery in Houston, Mo. during a
reunion back in l993 and saw the graves of my Ferguson great grandparents in
cemetery. My dad was from Texas County, Missouri and he came to Texas.
I married a Derryberry descendant D. W. Barnett son of Mildred
Derryberry Barnett. Dee's
cousin Don sent in a humorous story about them in Newsletter # 5 I think.
Anyway I think it is
amazing these connections from the past. Makes me wonder could my dad have
Derryberrys also. He's deceased so I can't ask. Thanks for all your great
work. It set me on a
course of genealogy search of my husband's father's family.
From: Sheila R. Stephens: email@example.com
Oh, Boy! Do I sympathize! I lost my whole hard drive a few years ago...and
while it had
business on it, it didn't have much of our family stuff then! Those are the
things you can't replace!
I'm so sorry! I, too, use Norton Utilities and so far, so good. It even
caught a nasty virus right
away and saved me a lot of agony after I finally figured out what to do! I
understand McAfee is a
good anti-virus program....if that helps any. Only other thing I can think
of is to go to the
Symantec site and review the feedback they get, etc. When it happens, it
seems SO mysterious!
Mine was a simple mechanical defect, maybe due to simple age. At any rate,
it is disastrous I
know! Since my disaster, I installed tape backups on both old and new
computers. I keep all my
"data" on one separate partitioned "drive" and backup the data constantly
now. The programs
you can always reinstall. Anyway, my heart goes out to you. You have been
such a mainstay for
all of us, it seems TREMENDOUSLY unfair for this to happen to YOU!
Notice that my dear cousin, Nancy Repenning, has really been busy
entering information with
you! That's so great! Glad we can extend the connection.
Just for the heck of it, and because you need some "light stuff" to cheer
you up, I am attaching
a couple of photos (I just last night got a scanner and a color printer and
I'm going bananas with
exploring). Thought you might get a kick out of the fact that a daylily
hybridizer named a daylily
after me! He was a dear, dear friend and just died recently. The
attachments include a close-up
photo of "Sheila's Choice" which is a lousy picture but the only close-up
I've managed to get so
far. Then there is a picture with other daylilies....Sheila's Choice being
the pink on the right
in that shot. FYI, I am a NUT gardener, live on an acre just south of
Denver, and I spend all my
time in the summer tending my many perennial beds, heavy in daylilies. In
1996, my garden was
on the national convention tour for the American Hemerocallis Society, only
as an example of a
"real--life" perennial garden that includes a lot of daylilies. About 200 in
my case, which is
nothing for those daylily nuts, but is a lot for a general perennial
gardener. Anyway, they enjoyed
the spread here. Definitely mixed perennial borders, but at an elevation of
6500 feet in a
Also, I should tell you (if cousin Nancy Repenning has not) that Bob
(Albuquerque) recently died....that's Orva (Ball) Derryberry. She was
survived by her
daughter-in-law, Linda Derryberry, and her granddaughter, Jill Derryberry.
Both Orva's sons
(Bob and Tommy) died years ago. That was very hard to deal with for both Bob
Linda has promised to send a copy of the obituary to me, and I will send on
the information to
you when I receive it.
Orva's death has left my mother, Ruth W. (Derryberry) Tomlin, as the last
of her generation in
our line. My mother continues to be sharp, funny, wise at the age of 91 in
Tempe, AZ. Just
returned from visiting her about 2 weeks ago. Just a knockout of a human
being and a great joy
and companion to me!
If you are interested in old photos and since I now have a scanner,
please let me know if you
could use any via email (.jpg or .bmp?). I have one photo that I love of 3
grandmother (Alice Thatcher Derryberry), my mother (Ruth Wilmina Derryberry
myself (Sheila Ruth Tomlin Stephens).
From: Jeff and Shelley:Gage Jeffshel@email.msn.com
Bob, my name is Jeff Gage and through the wonders of family search I was able
to trace my roots
on my grandmothers side all the way to John Derryberry and Ann(a) Buck. I am
grandson of Johns son Adam's daughter Elizabeth. If you would like
information to pass on to
others about this line I would be more than happy to forward everything I
have to the present on
1. Judging by the Derryberry genforum I can see that you started that
and have been a wealth
of knowledge for people exploring their Derryberry roots. With that in mind
I am asking about :
WHO CAME BEFORE JOHN AND ANN(A)???? I never seem to be able to get anywhere
before them and thought you may know and be able to pass on any information
you may have to
me so I can pass it on to my family here in Oregon. (My answer was: I wish
we really knew for
sure. Evidence is strong that John came from the Morris or Sussex Co., NJ.
There were people
there named Derraberry into mid 1800s. Don Cross has done extensive research
on this and it
looks very likely.)
2. Please put me on the newsletter list and if possible send me as many
as have come out. If
these are actual physical, in the mail, hardcopy's I would be more than happy
to reimburse you. If
you need my address please let me know. My e-mail address is
Jeffshel@msn.com. (He is on the
list for DFNOs in the future.)
3. A little personal history from me. I am 41 years old and about 5 years
ago found out that I
have a genetic predisposition to getting blood clots. Over the last year, in
spite of taking blood
thinners, have become disabled due to these blood clots cutting off
circulation to joint bones in my
lower body which in turn kills the bone in spots and is extremely painful.
After 3 surgeries my
surgeon just told me "no more drilling, we'll just try to make your life
comfortable. I guess my
point of telling you this is to see if you have heard of any similar maladies
in our clan? (Wish I
could help him on that, but I do not know the answer.)
4. Is there a reunion planned for 1999? I'd love to be able to attend. (
I referred him to Andy's
Derryberry Family site for that.)
From: Audrey Massey: firstname.lastname@example.org
I enjoyed the newsletter. Don't worry about it getting too long. I'm sure
most of us print them
out to save anyway, and we could read them at our leisure. (I have another
reason to make the
newsletters not too long. AOL will allow me to cut and paste a limited
amount. By holding
below that amount, I can send them as one document, no downloading required,
less chance of infecting other computers with a virus. Also, eliminating the
thing that I had with
early issues of the different word processing programs not liking my Word
Perfect 6.1 format. I
had to re-send some several times until I realized, we don't all have the
Please let Nancy Repenning know that I will be glad to give her what I
have about the Johannes
Diriberry inscription to relay to Bill and Lisa, or I would be glad to
contact her if she wants to
give me her email address. It would be wonderful if they could take a
photograph of it. I have
only a Xerox copy of the one sent to my now deceased cousin Virginia, and I
have no idea what
happened to the original photo. (Nancy, will you contact Audrey?)
I don't have any really humorous things for the newsletter, but these two
items, involving my
own family, might amuse others, as they did me.
As you know, I descend from Adam and Eve Derryberry. For many, many years
I just couldn't
get past Adam, and I mentioned my frustrations to my father. He remarked, in
his usual dry wit,
"Well, you're already got us back to Adam and Eve. How much farther could you
Another amusing item involving my father:
My father, Joseph Derryberry of Maury Co., TN, left for WWII in the same
unit and went to
basic training with his first cousin, Walter Lee Holcomb, whose nickname was
Spud. Both of
them were expert riflemen. As he said, most of the early Derryberrys were.
afford to miss those rabbits and squirrels that kept food on the table! (Sgt
Alvin C. York had also
helped build a reputation for expert riflemanship for Tennesseans in WWI).
When Dad and Spud were taken to the rifle range for the first time, they
had to listen to all the
lengthy instructions in the operation of their weapons. Then, the targets
were set up, and they
began firing. Dad was hitting consecutive bull's eyes when his sergeant
walked by. The
sergeant asked, "Where are you from, soldier?" My dad proudly replied,
To which the sergeant asked with a smile, "Name wouldn't be York, would it,
soldier?" "No, sir,"
my dad answered, "It's Derryberry."
A little farther down the firing line, the sergeant came upon Spud, who
was also drawing down
consecutive bull's eyes. "Where are you from, soldier," the sergeant asked
again. Spud answered,
"Tennessee, sergeant!" The sergeant then asked, "Name wouldn't be
it, soldier?" "No, sergeant, I'm Holcomb. Derryberry's my cousin!"
From: Seymouria Cecil Duncan Jones: Stangsey@aol.com
While reviewing the wonderful info you sent me re descendants of Samuel
Derreberry, I noted the
following errors which should be corrected for future generations doing
Benjamin Franklin True's daughter Lula, married Tom Parks not
___Chitwood. They lived in
Harold Lee Drtden should read Harold Lee Dryden. The names of all his
children should be
corrected from Drtden to Dryden
Both of Seymouria's children were from her marriage to Jerry William
Gordon Jones legally adopted both children in 1971, Vista, CA.
Holly Duncan Jones should read Holly Danica Jones. Danica is a form of
the given name of
her maternal grandmother.
Ann Marie's birth mother's name was signed Cindy Lee Burdick. It is not
known if that was
her legal name. The adoption took place at Westminster, CA 1967. Ann
married Albert Elassar
in Martinez, CA April 1, 1999.
Seymouria Cecil Duncan Jones is named for her maternal grandfather, Seymour
just added "ia" to distinguish it from Seymour. Seymouria is also the name
of a reptile that
was first to crawl out of the swamp according to my freshman biology book!
Jamison Avery "Jamie" McCormack graduated from Texas A & M University at
TX on 7 May, 1999. Jamie is son of Linda Carolyn Derryberry and Andy
McCormack. He is
grandson of Thurman Buell Derryberry and Dorothy Carolyn Clay. Add another
From: Janis Green: JGREE37@aol.com
RE; your hard drive, I don't really have an answer for you but had a
similar problem in Feb. My
hard drive crashed and no rebooting or the manufacturer's discs helped. I
finally replaced it. I've
had the Norton anti virus program for 3 years with no problem. An in-law who
is a computer
whiz said those things happen. I also learned the lesson of backing up. You
have my sympathy.
Do you know if anyone lives near Pleasant Hill, LA? I would love to get
pictures of Joshua's
grave if it is marked I am on a transplant waiting list, so travel for me is
limited to within a half
hour of St. Louis. That doesn't quite get me there.
I also obtained a picture of Fredrick Bain, which was Joshua's father in
law if any others would
like it. I also recently ga scanner & should put it to good use.
One more thing, the Derryberry reunion normally held in Salem or Liking
MO, has been
discontinued. It was primarily the descendants of Thomas & Pena Freeze
Derryberry and is now
combined with the Freeze picnic held in Sept. each year.
These addresses failed on DFNO # 11. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (Barbara McClanahan),
(WANITA SILVEY). Does anyone know the correct address for them?
Then, later on I sent out a message about a virus to all and these returned:
had permanent fatal
errors -----, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com...
Anyone know why?
Cathy L .Clover, firstname.lastname@example.org, is still searching for information on
Derreberry and his wife Cordelia Robinson. She has a couple of photos of
I'm still on The Family News list from Denver, CO. I'd reported before that
they sent me a flyer
about the Derryberry Family Newsletter, and before, the book on the
Derryberry family. I had bit
on the book, just out of curiosity, and since it had a money back guarantee.
I got my money back.
Now I get a solicitation from them to buy a Derryberry Family CD for only
$49, plus $5 for
shipping. It has the "Derryberry Family Archives", History of the Derryberry
"Derryberry Family Cookbook", Derryberry Phone Book", "Derryberry Family
"The 1999 Derryberry Family soundex collection". And if I act quickly, they
will include "The
Family Tree Collection", "The 1999 Derryberry Family Scrapbook" and, of all
Derryberry Family Crest". Sounds like the Bath, OH people have moved to
I have my pre-formed opinion of what I'd get for $54, but I could be wrong.
If anyone of you
know any facts about this offering, I would appreciate hearing from you. If
you have seen any of
this information, please tell me what it is and how good it is. I'm sure
there are others, besides
myself, who are reading this and would like to know what you think of the
From: email@example.com (Anne Scott)
I will tell Hazel (Hazel J. Southall Hayes) that you say hello. I could have
just emailed her with
all these questions, but this is not a good time for her. Gene (her husband)
has been put into a
home, cancer and he's not doing well at all. Hazel herself is recovering
from surgery to remove a
cancer, but she seems to be coming along pretty well.
Hazel is a granddaughter of Martha Ida "Mattie" Derryberry who married who
Well, Alta and I finally got our youngest married, at age 36. The marriage
took place at Los
Laceros Ranch, about half way between Santa Fe and Taos, NM, on the Rio
Grande River. It is a
National Monument, now owned, I'm told, by the Cabots, who plan on restoring
it to it's original
grandeur. It is said to be the site of the second oldest Christian meeting
place in USA, having
been established in the 1700s. John and Madalyn were married in the little
chapel there, only the
second wedding to have been performed there in the last 50 years. It is a
beautiful, very historic
Then the next day we all went rafting on the Rio Grande. It had rained a lot
and the river was
really moving. We got soused in Soused Rapids. That is, we got tumped over
in the big
whirlpool in that rapids, all 6 of us, Susan, Ann, Paul, Charlie, Alta and
yours truly. The guide
told us later that most people who go rafting come back and tell about it,
starting off with "I
thought I was going to die." then lying like ____ about how it was, but, he
added, you all don't
have to lie about it. Alta says never again.
I greatest worry was that Charlie is 8 and has not learned to swim good and
has only one eye.
Me, I went under the boat, then another boat went over me before I could
surface good. I lost
my hat and shoes. That water was swift, but not too cold. Ann, Susan and
Charlie lost their
glasses. Paul, luckily, did not lose his glasses. I had mine in a zip-up
pocket. We all lost our
dignity. John and Madalyn were on another boat that did not capsize.
We have a series of 12 pictures they took of us through the ordeal. I'd send
copies with the
newsletter, except you would have to download them and I'm not in favor of
that. I DO NOT
DOWNLOAD anything now that I've lost a computer to a virus. So, if you want
to send me
anything that would require downloading, don't. I will not download it. You
might break it up
and send it e-mail a piece at a time. That is safe, I'm told.
That is about all I can get AOL to send at a time, so, I'll cut it off. I
will not be at the reunion this
year, got family obligations to fulfill.