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John George Derr
Birth: Apr. 6, 1760
Northampton County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 15, 1854
Carroll County
Maryland, USA

Revolutionary War Veteran

Thank you for visiting our Grandpa John. Your thoughtful remembrance of this good man, one who fought to shape this free country, is very much appreciated. God bless.

༺⊰❁ John Derr (Johann George Derr) was born April 6, 1760 in Apr. 6, 1760 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania and was the son of Johann Georg Derr (Duerr) (1711-1770) and Anna (or Anna Maria) Barbara Knauss, who were married on 15 Feb 1735. As a descendant of Johann Georg Derr of 1711-1770, his line can be traced back to the Stuttgart area of Germany. 
He moved to Baltimore, Maryland. John married a Elisabeth Barbara Wentz in about 1782.

John, B. 6 Apr 1760, was in the  American Revolution, D. 15 Jul 1854, Uniontown, Carroll Co. MD.

Revolutionary War Pension Application: In 1843 at age 83, John Derr applied for a pension based on his service during the Revolution: Application # S 12762, stating that he was born in Northampton Co., PA on 6 Apr 1760, lived from 1781 to 1786 in (then) Philadelphia Co., PA; moved to York Co., PA in 1786; moved to Baltimore Co., MD in 1812; moved to Carroll (then Frederick) Co, MD in 1826. He had enlisted in Philadelphia in July 1776, and gave military service intermittently for brief periods between 1776 and 1782.
In: Wampler, The Derr Family 1750-1986, p. 445.

He married , about 1782, Elisabeth Barbara, dau. of Johan Frederick Wentz of Upper Salford Twp. and his wife, Margaretha, dau. of Andreas and Elisabeth Barbara Miller of Upper Salford, Philadelphia (later Montgomery) Co., PA. In his will, proved 2 Nov 1758, Andreas Miller had left his land to his son-in-law, Ulrich Stoller, who had married another of his Daughters, Elisabeth. Ulrich sold this land to Frederick Wentz on 7 Dec 1758, but after he died in 1768, his 3 sons who were of age sold it to John Derr on 2 May 1783.

Known children of John and Elisabeth Barbara Wentz Derr:

1. Mary Magdalene Derr, . b 25 Jan 1783, dau. of Joh and Elisabeth Barbara,
spon. Anna Margaret Wentz, at Indianfield Lutheran
Church, Franconia Twp. Mont. Co., PA

2. Jacob Derr, born about 1787, died 22 Jan 1858 (John W. Derr Bible record)

3. Johannes (Wentz.) Derr, born 1 Oct 1789, bapt. 12 Nov 1789, son of John and Barbara,
parents and spon. Emmanuel Reformed Church,
Hanover, PA. Died 16 Oct 1872.
(Family Records - See Section 3)

4. John Frederick Derr, born. 30 Dec 1792, bapt. 27 Feb 1793, son of John and Elisabeth Barbara,
spon. John Frederick and and Anna Maria Wentz,
Emmanuel Reformed Church, Hanover, PA.
(No record in John W. Derr Bible for him, may have died young)

5. Elisabeth Derr, born 2 Dec 1794, bapt 26 Apr 1795, dau. of John and Elisabeth, sponsors:
Abraham and Elisabeth Derr, at St. David's (Sherman's
Reformed and Lutheran Church, Manheim Twp. York Co., PA
Died 12 Aug 1864 age 70 years (John W Derr Bible record)

6. Catherine Derr, born 1 Jun 1797, bapt. 30 Jul 1797, dau. of John and Barbara, sponsors:
Valentine and Catherine Wentz, at St. David's Church,
Manheim Twp., York Co., PA, Died 5 Dec 1868, age 82 years.
(John W. Derr Bible record) (Unmarried)

7. George (W.) Derr, born 21 Dec 1798, died 29 Apr 1860, Carroll Co., MD
(Tombstone and John W. Derr Bible records)

8. Salome (also known as Sally or Sarah (W.)) Derr, born 7 Mar 1801, bapt 21 Apr 1801, dau. of John and Elisabeth, sponsors Abraham and Elisabeth Derr,
at St. David's Church, Manheim Twp York Co., PA.
Died 2 Apr 1845 (John W. Derr Bible record)

Child: Amanda Elizabeth Derr, b. 17 Feb 1833, bapt. at Baust's Church 30 May 1834, dau. of Sarah Derr,
sponsors not listed. Residing with her grandfather, John Derr , in 1850 census, age 17, in Uniontown.
Married John Harris, 21 Oct 1853. Residing in Hampstead, Carroll Co., MD in 1880 Census:
John Harris, Head, age 56, b. MD, Stone Mason
Amanda E. Harris, Wife, age 47, b. MD, Keeping House
Anna C. Harris, dau. 23
John T. Harris, son, 16
Eugene Harris, son, 13
Alice J. Harris, dau. 8
Author W. Harris, son, 6
Harry C. Harris, son, 4
Emory W. Harris, Grandson, 2.

In 1845, Sarah W. Derr sold a lot in Carroll Co. to William Robert
for the use of Elizabeth Derr, Catherine Derr and Jacob Derr, all of Carroll Co.
(All listed with John Derr in the 1850 Census, in Uniontown.)

9. Henry (W.) Derr, (1803-1840) born 27Jul 1803, son of John and Elisabeth, who were sponsors
at Emmanuel Reformed Church, Hanover, PA
Died 25 Jan 1840. (John W. Derr Bible record)
Married Sarah.
1830 census MD Carroll Co., Woodsboro Dist. Henry Derr: 1 male 20-30, 1 female 20-30 :
Children: 3 males and 1 female all under 5.
Known Child 1. John Thomas Derr, b. 4 Mar 1827, bapt. 25 Mar 1827, Creagerstown,
son of Henry and Sarah.
He married 1st, 25 Jan 1850, Carroll Co., Sarah White, b. 2 Jan 1828, d. 4 Mar 1853

Bur. Uniontown, Church of God Cem.
He married 2nd, 3 Feb 1855, Carroll Co., Ann Hyde, b. ca 1815.
In 1880 Census MD Carroll Co., Franklin Dist. :John T. Derr, age 54, Shoemaker, Wife, Ann, age 65
No records for the others found.

Per Robert Lewis, genforum. genealogy. com.

Ancestors and Descendants of Johann Derr 1711-1770 by Robert Lewis

Derr Families, Frederick County, Maryland by Robert Lewis

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The Derr family were contemporary pewterers, lamp makers, glass blowers and silversmiths, making things such as kitchen utensils, tools, coffee pots, lancet boxes, etc, as well as being well known as gunsmiths.
A John Derr used a customary Berks County style brass side plate. The Derr Family became famous in Oley Valley as blacksmiths and their history has been documented in a book entitled “The House of Derr”. (Tho, it is said the book is mainly about a Peter Derr, it does cover three Derr brothers: Peter, John, and Joe.) The book includes pictures of Derr rifles. Derr is listed in American Gunsmiths by Sellers as having worked in Weisenberg, PA from 1800-1807 and in Oley Valley from 1818-1831. I have also read he worked as a gunsmith until 1850.
If my research is incorrect I trust that someone will contact me through Find A Grave to make proper corrections.

John (Johannes) Derr, PA; Kentucky Rifle Foundation

Priced in Auctions : Kentucky Flintlock Rifle by John Derr, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, c. 1818 - &


May beloved John Derr, a good and noble man, rest in the loving peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.


1) Constance Steinberger Bair, member of Daughters of the American Revolution,
2) Alice Powell Steinberger
3) Meriel Steinberger Sterling
4) Mary L. Sterling
5)Further Reference: Robert Lewis (Confirming family records.)

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Family links: 
  Johann Georg Durr (1711 - 1770)
  Elisabeth Barbara Wentz Derr (1763 - 1850)*
  Johannes Wentz Derr (1789 - 1872)*
  George Washington Derr (1798 - 1860)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Headstone no longer can be found. Either it is deteriorated or cannot be read any longer. 
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 Added: Jul. 4, 2016
With heartfelt thanks to my 5th great grandfather, thinking of you today.
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 Added: Jun. 30, 2016
With honor and respect. ★☆★
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