Benjamin Derk
(1819-1874)
Catherine Kramer
(1821-1900)
Jonathan Derk
(Abt 1848-Bef 1886)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Priscilla Brigitta Wary

Jonathan Derk

  • Born: Abt 1848, Coal Twp., Northumberland, PA
  • Marriage (1): Priscilla Brigitta Wary about 1870 in , Schuylkill, PA
  • Died: Bef Sep 1886, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 2
  • Buried: Shenandoah Heights: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 1

   Other names for Jonathan were Jonathan Derrick 3 4 5 6 7 and Jonathan Dirk.1

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Alt. Name: His father Benjamin's name is usually recorded as Derk. Jonathan's Civil War records and tombstone has Dirk. His Civil War pension, children's court records and his children's death certificates and tombstones have Derrick.,,. There are no graves named Dirk in Schuylkill County, but many Derk and Derrick graves.

We reviewed probate record indexes in Schuylkill County and cannot find an estate record in the 1880-1890 period for Jonathan Derk, Derrick, or Dirk. He died prior to 28 Sep 1886 when the G.A.R. purchased his tombstone engaved as Jonathan Dirk.

2. He appeared on the census in 1850 in Coal Twp., Northumberland, PA. 8 The 1850 census recorded Benjamin Derk, carpenter, 30, living with wife Catherine, 28; Andrew, 8; Emanuel, 3; Janas, 2; and Ruben, 1. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. Benjamin has no real estate value so he was renting, or perhaps living for free on land owned by neighbor Solomon Weavey, also a carpenter, or his neighbor, Maria Derk, 64, who is Benjamin's mother.

3. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Trevorton, Northumberland, PA. 9 The 1860 census recorded in Trevorton in Zerbe Township: Benjamin Derk, carpenter, 40, living with wife Catherine, 37; Emanuel, 14; Jonathan, 12; Solomon, 9; and Mary, 2. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Trevorton. Benjamin's land value is not listed, so he was renting. His personal estate value was $50.

4. Military from 11 Mar 1862 to 27 Apr 1865 in , Lancaster, PA: Civil War: 79th Regimient, Company I. Recruited in Lancster County. 10

5. He appeared on the census in 1870 in Trevorton, Northumberland, PA. 11 The 1870 census recorded Jonathan Dirk, miner, 22, living with wife Priscilla, 18. They were born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Sunbury.

6. He appeared on the census in 1880 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 12 The 1880 census recorded on Jardin Street: Johnathan Derkie [sic], miner, 33, living with wife Percilla, 26; Elizabeth, 8; Joseph B., 6; William H., 4; and Emma, 1. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

7. Tombstone: The G.A.R. Fraternal organization purchased his tombstone. Their record says "Contract dated 28 Sep 1886" so he died prior to that date. Record: Dirk, Jonathan. Pvt Co H Regt 79 Pa Infy, Schuylkill, PA, 28 Sep 1886, Shenandoah Heights: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA. 2 13 On another record for "Pennsylvania, Veterans Burials Cards" is the following:
Dirk, Jonathan
Date of birth and death are blank
Civil War, Co. H 79th Inf. Private
Cemetery: Odd Fellows, Shenandoah
G.A.R. Plot

8. Newspaper: Weekly Herald: Jonathan Dirk is among the list of veterans whose graves were decorated for Memorial Day., 31 May 1890, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 14

9. Military on 26 May 1891 in , Schuylkill, PA: Civil War Pension: soldier, Derrick, Jonathan, 79 Pa Inf., guardian Priscilla Beacher, mother Catharine Derrick. 15 Priscilla Beacher as guardian oversaw Civil War pension payments to her minor children sired with 1st husband Jonathan Derrick, who had served in the 79th Pa. Infantry, per pension application 522645, certificate 453502. On 15 Jan 1895, Jonathan's mother, Catharine Derrick, filed via application 608046.

10. Military on 10 Aug 1898 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA: Jonathan Derrick was mentioned in the Veteran's Compensation Application of son Joseph Benjamin Derrick. In the Veteran's Compensation Application completed by Mary Ellen Derrick nee Sneddon, wife of Joseph Benjamin Derrick, she stated his father was Jonathan Derrick deceased and mother Brigisda Derrick nee Weary deceased. Joseph served in the Spanish American War from 10 Aug 1898 to 16 Feb 1899 when he was discharged in Plattsburg, New York.


Jonathan married Priscilla Brigitta Wary, daughter of Absalom Wary and Salome Brosius, about 1870 in , Schuylkill, PA. (Priscilla Brigitta Wary was born on 3 Mar 1853 in Barry Twp., Schuylkill, PA,16 17 18 died on 3 Jan 1903 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 18 19 20 21 and was buried on 6 Jan 1903 in Shenandoah Heights: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 18 21.)


Sources


1 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43017870.

2 Ancestry.com, Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1861-1904, Jonathan Dirk, Schuylkill, PA. Pvt 79th Regiment Company H Pa Infy, contract dated 28 Sep 1886.

3 Ancestry.com, U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 (Original data: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls.), Online image 3961 of 4405, Derrick, Jonathan. 79 Pa. Inf., Dependents: Beacher, Priscilla, and mother Derrick, Catherine. 1891 May 26 Application 522645, Certificate 453502. Mother application 608046.

4 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Spanish War Compensation, 1898-1934 (Original data: Spanish American War Veteran's Compensation File. Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs, Record Group 19. Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Image 738 of 874, Veteran's Compensation Application of Joseph Benjamin Derrick.

5 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Spanish War Compensation, 1898-1934 (Original data: Spanish American War Veteran's Compensation File. Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs, Record Group 19. Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), William Henry Derrick, online image 741.

6 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 088252-61 Daisy Mae Williams. Father Jonathan Derrick. Mother Priscilla Weary. Spouse George Williams.

7 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 203413 Joseph Derrick. Father Jonathan Derrick. Mother Priscilla Weary.

8 1850 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4CH-BQC : 12 April 2016), Benjamin Dar*, Coal, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 201.

9 1860 United States Census, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MX5V-9ZM Benjamin Derk, Zerbe Township, Northumberland, PA Household ID 719.

10 National Park Service Soldier's Sailors Database, John Derrick, 79th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry. Private. Film M554 Roll 28.

11 1870 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZGY-GG4 Jonathan Dirk, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 30, family 228.

12 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWV4-NXJ Johnathan Derkie, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district ED 201, sheet 524A.

13 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012 (Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Jonathan Dirk, image 567 of 684.

14 Weekly Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 31 May 1890, page 4.

15 Ancestry.com, U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 (Original data: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls.), Jonathan Derrick, image 3961 of 4405.

16 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Mahanoy Township, Series: T623 Roll: 1483 Page: 253.

17 1860 United States Census, Year: 1860; Census Place: Barry, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1180; Page: 109; Image: 114; Family History Library Film: 805180.

18 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191865917.

19 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter, Issue 1 Jun 1978.

20 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, PA > Schuylkill County. Will Book 12, Page 580. Online image 326. Priscilla Beacher.

21 Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA) (www.republicanherald.com), 5 Jan 1903, page 4. Obituary of Prescilla Beacher.



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