~ Special notes from Joan Brown Derry ~
"I received some papers in the mail that shows BASIL DERRY's (b-1820) youngest brother, JAMES McCANN DERRY (Darry, Dary) was born in Tipton County, Indiana. This county is right next door to Madison County where we know "our DERRY's" lived for a while, before moving on to Adams County, Illinois.
Also received some papers that show a lot of McCANN's buried in the Connersville City Cemetery in Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana. There was a JAMES McCANN who married BARBARA DERRY (Dairy, Dary) and they are also both buried there. This is interesting to me as BARBARA's dates are born 5 October 1798 and died 23 August 1874. JAMES is listed as died 26 May 1849 -- so she was a widow for some time.
I believe this BARBARA DERRY to be a sibling of "my" older BAZIL DERRY (1793-1879) and a daughter of "old Moll". So, it makes sense that their brother, JACOB DERRY (1795-1877) who married RACHEL BRIGHT named their youngest son, JAMES McCANN DERRY (Darry, Dary). Still need to confirm my theory.
Remember that another sibling was RHODA DERRY (1804-1875) who married JACOB ISENHOUR, and she traveled out to Fayette County, Indiana after 1851 by flatboat on the Ohio River "to be with family" after she was widowed. Hmmmm -- so who was this "family" -- looks like it could have been her older sister BARBARA.
The story with JAMES McCANN and wife, BARBARA DERRY (Dairy, Darey) from Indiana County history is this:
"They came to Indiana from western Virginia and located on land that now is in the very heart of the city of Indianapolis; but believing that land there never would amount to anything, presently came over into Fayette county and located in Jennings Township, on what now is known as the old SPIVEY farm, 3 1/2 miles east of Connersville, later moving to a farm which occupied the present site of East Connersville, where they established their home.
Their son, BASIL McCANN, became a partner in the big pork-packing concern of CALDWELL & COMPANY and was office manager for the same. When that concern went out of business about 1876 he continued his extensive farming operations and also for some time operated a saw-mill. He later engaged in the mercantile business in East Connersville and was thus engaged for about 10 years. He was an active Republican and he and his wife were earnest members of the Christian church. BASIL McCANN died in 1885 and his widow survived him for 15 years, her death occurring in 1900.
She was born, ELEANOR WEBB, in Rush county, a daughter of ISOM and ELIZABETH (Cassidy) WEBB, and when a child came to this county to make her home with a cousin, MRS. THOMAS WHITE, and was living there at the time of her marriage to BASIL McCANN.....("Fayette County History Book pp. 1023-1024")"
I also have wondered if the JEREMIAH DERRY, born in 1802 in PA, and settled in Madison and Hancock Counties in Indiana, could have been another sibling -- but could never prove it -- as your (Doc's g-grandfather) BASIL (b-1820) also had a brother named JEREMIAH "Jerry" DERRY, born later."
Joan Brown Derry