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AMANDA JANE DERRICK 1843 - 1929 MISS AMANDA J. DERRICK who was born on Derrick's Creek, Poca District. Kanawha County, W.VA fifteen miles north of Charleston, is a daughter of John and a granddaughter of Jonathan and Mary HAYNES. Jonathan Derrick was born in Botetourt County, Va., where he married and was the first pioneer settler in Poca District, on the stream which was named in his honor, Derrick's Creek. To Jonathan and Mary Derrick the following children were born; Elizabeth who married George Boggess, and they lived on Poca River and both died there; Mary, who married Solomon Aultz, and they lived on Martin's Branch, in Union District; John who lived in Poca Dist, all three having been born in Botetourt County. Katherine, who was the first one born in Kanawha County, married George Hainey and they moved to the West, and the family lost record of them. Martha who died age two years; Rachel, who died when age thirteen years, Nancy, who married Witson Jordon, and they also went West; George who was a carpenter, went to Kentucky and married and died there; Andrew who lived and died on Derrick's Creek, married first Katherine Jordan and second Elizabeth Arthur; Michael who lived on Poca River married Julia Dawson and both are deceased; Leroy who died at home of Typhoid Fever; Agnes who also died from an attack of Typhoid Fever, and Amanda who died on Sandy River in Jackson County, was the wife of Jeremiah Gallahue. Jonathan Derrick had about 400 acres of land and cleared about all of it before his death, which occurred when seventy years of age. His wife died in her sixty-fifth year. They were buried in the family cemetery on Derrick's Creek. Both were worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and attended services in the log building at Sissonville. John Derrick father of Miss Amanda Jane Derrick was born March 30, 1809 in Botetourt County, Va and had comparatively meager school advantages. His main schoolbook as a speller and the pupils sat before a huge fireplace into which whole logs were rolled the floors were sometimes of rough logs and slabs did for seats. In those days schooling did not continue long but enough was learned to lay a foundation upon which reading and subsequent association with others would build up a fair amount of knowledge. John Derrick was a man of natural intelligence and became a prominent man in his district, a member of the board of Education and a Justice of the Peace for a number of years. After his marriage he settled on a farm adjoining that of his father, containing something over 300 acres, which land he cleared himself. In October 1835 he married Mrs. Katherin Smith, widow of Stephen Smith and daughter of Josiah Thomas. She was born September 1, 1804, in Kentucky, and died December 16, 1875. To John and Katherin Derrick the following children were born: Jonathan M. who was a soldier in the Civil War, died in the army May 8, 1865 of measles aged twenty-nine years, nine months and twenty-nine days; Josiah T. who died March 23, 1874, aged thirty-six years, ten months and twenty days, married Susan McMann, a daughter of Dr. McMann, and is survived by one son; Mary Margaret who died August 2, 1902, was the wife of John Goff and her burial was on Martin's Branch, in the McClanahan Cemetery; Lucretia Ann who died when one year old; and Amanda Jane the only survivor. The father died March 2, 1877 and both he and wife were buried on the old Derrick farm on in Poca Dist. No family in all this section has been better known or more highley esteemed and respected. Miss Amanda J. Derrick was born July 3, 1843, and has spent her whole life on a farm. She bought her present valuable property, what was known as the old Aultz farm on November 19, 1908, from H. F. Aultz. It contains 107 acre of excellent land, is situated eight miles north of Charleston, on the Charleston and Sissonville turnpike road, and her residence is probably the best and most comfortable of any in Poca Dist. She directs the management of the farm herself, with the assistance of a niece and nephew, and hires considerable help. Miss Derrick is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Taken from History of Charleston and Kanawha County West Virginia and Representative Citizens, W.S. Laidley, Richmond Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, 1911. )

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