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Philip Derry

  • Birth 4 Apr 1817 Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 1854 Oregon, USA
  • Burial Jacksonville, Jackson County, Oregon, USA
  • Memorial ID 54461535

Philip was my G-G-Uncle, and the eldest son of my 2nd G-Grandfather, Jacob Derry. Philip died in Oregon Territory in 1854 after leaving Illinois in 1850. Philip gave his brother, Basil (my G-Grandfather), power of attorney in 1850 to sell his land in Illinois. Philip married Cynthia Pribble, who also died in Oregon Territory in 1852. They left Illinois with two children, Jacob and Edna. They were among the first to come over the Barlow route over Mr. Hood in Oregon.

A Courageous Journey Turns to Tragedy -

The winter of 1851-52 the family spent at Oregon City where Jacob and Edna's younger brother, Basil, was born. When Basil was less than two months old, the family started for Jacksonville, Oregon - then a mining camp. The only way the trip could be accomplished in those days was by horseback. The trail led through a canyon and the party was compelled to follow a creek bed for the greater part of the way. This was when it took three days to go 15 miles. The unfortunate part of the journey was when the horse carrying Cynthia, slipped and fell, breaking her arm. Resulting from this exposure, she became ill and died 3 months later, leaving the 3 small children. Her broken arm was likely a compound fracture and I suspect she died from the horrible infections of gas-gangrene. Philip died in 1854, leaving the three children orphaned who were then separated: Jacob stayed with Mr. Towner Savage, at whose house his father died; Edna was adopted by Rev. O. Dickenson; and Basil, the youngest had already been given to the woman who cared for Cynthia at the time of her death.

Our surname Derry changed several times after the death of Philip and Cynthia. It became Dery, Dairy and Deary. The eldest of Philip and Cynthia's children, Jacob, used the surname, Deary for his lifetime. His descendants all use the Deary surname. Many live in Oregon and Idaho.

Philip was 37 at the time of his death.


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  • Created by: D. Doc Derry
  • Added: 4 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54461535
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Philip Derry (4 Apr 1817–1854), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54461535, citing Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, Jackson County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by D. Doc Derry (contributor 47148583) .