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Jonathan Derrick

Jonathan Derrick b-1776 Shenandoah Co. VA and his wife Mary HAYNES came to Kanawha Co. before the 1820 census, with their first four children, ten more children were born to them after settling on the Creek named after him.

He was the only Derrick to come to this area, other members of his family went to TN,TX and westward after the death of their parents, John and Anna Maria "Mary" DUNKELBERGER Derrick, spelled "Derk" in earlier days.

Children born to them were:
Elizabeth b-1804
Mary b-1805
Katherin b-1807
John b-1809
Martha b-1810
Rachel b-1811
George b-1812
Nancy b-1814
Andrew b-1816
Michael b-1818 (my Great Grandfather)
Leroy b-1822
Agnes b-1824
Amanda Jane b-1827

Jonathan aquired 2,572 acres in the Poca District and all of it at that time was covered with timber, and also a vein of coal in the hills, seven feet thick. He cleared a road from his farm and made improvments on the land and in addition to his other enterprises, followed the trade of a Blacksmith. He made bells which were hung on the necks of the cows, to keep them from getting lost in the forest.

At the time of his death in 1846, he owned 3/5 of his original land, his son John 1/5 and his son-in-law George Boggess 1/5. He left a certain part of his land for the family cemetery, to always be consecrated for that purpose.

Submitted by Marieda DERRICK Edens ( on Sun Dec 108:01:29 1996
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