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Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company

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DANIEL DERR, who demise occurred at Virden on the 4th of March, 1886, was for a number of years actively and successfully identified with general agricultural pursuits in Macoupin county, owning and cultivating six hundred acres of land. His birth occurred in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, on the 10th of July, 1816, his parents being Daniel and Margaret (Greater) Derr, who were likewise natives of the Keystone state. Unto them were born five children, namely: Charles G., and Samuel, both of whom are deceased; Eliza, the deceased wife of Daniel Landis; Daniel, of this review; and Leah, who has also passed away.

Daniel Derr began learning the miller's trade when a boy and followed that occupation until 1868. In that year he came to Macoupin county, Illinois, purchasing and locating on a farm of six hundred acres in Macoupin and Montgomery counties, the county line dividing his farm. The further cultivation and improvement of that property claimed his attention until he put aside the active work of the fields in 1881 and took up his abode at Virden. There he lived retired throughout the remainder of his life, enjoying in well earned ease the fruits of his former toil. In connection with the tilling of the soil he had also devoted considerable attention to stock, both branches of his business returning to him a gratifying annual income.

On the 9th of January, 1842, Mr. Derr was united in marriage to Miss Lovinia Ott, who was also a native of Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, which was the birthplace of her parents, John and Elizabeth (Newcomer) Ott. She was born November 7, 1821, and was next to the youngest in a family of ten children. In early life she united with the German Reformed Church, of which she was ever a faithful member until she joined the Presbyterian church at Virden. Mr. and Mrs. Derr became the parents of four children, as follows: Elmina, who owns the home place at Virden; Emma, who is a resident of Springfield, Illinois; Mary, the wife of John F. Huston, of Houston, Texas; and Alice, who is the wife of Dr. M. H. Farmer of Virden. The wife and mother was called to her final rest on the 22d of August, 1894.

Mr. Derr gave his political allegiance to the democracy and was a Presbyterian in religious faith. His wife was upright and honorable in all its relations and he well merited the confidence and esteem which were uniformly accorded him.

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