(A Son of the American Revolution)

(Doc with granddaughters, Aspasia & Dania)

             Rather than give you mundane statistics for myself, I feel it would serve a better purpose to leave many particulars of my life to posterity. With that said, a few years back, I decided to write my autobiography.  I set pen to paper, as it were, and began writing 54th Journey Around The Sun, The Life and Times of a Preacher’s Son.  This book has proven to be a formidable Endeavour and I am still in the process of writing.

            I authored this web site, Derry’s In America - A Glimpse Into History, in the summer of 1999,  which saw its debut on my now obsolete Full Moon Custom Cycles dot com web site. When I closed my custom motorcycle shop, the web site also closed. I transferred what was on that web site to Google Pages. In 2009 I decided to place all the information I had into a book entitled, A Letter From Aunt Ethel.  That book is a genealogical history of my family in America and was written for the benefit of my family.

               It offers a glimpse into the lives of my ancestors, those pioneers who were a part of America’s beginnings and who’s descendants blazed the trail from Virginia to the Oregon Territory and Alaska, spanning more than eight generations and more than 250 years.

Rhoda A. Derry

            Included in the book, A Letter From Aunt Ethel, is the story of my g-g-aunt Rhoda.  I felt her story stood alone and should be made available to the public.  Rhoda, A Tragic & True Story of a Farmer’s Daughter, is now available at: D. Doc Derry's Books and Publications Spotlight.

            Rhoda was a granddaughter of Mary “Old Moll” Derry - The Fortune Teller of the Revolution and was the daughter of my g-g-grandfather and g-g-grandmother, Jacob and Rachel Derry, and the youngest sister of my g-grandfather, Basil Derry.  She was born on 10 October 1834 in Indiana, and died 9 October 1906 at the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois.

            Tragic and true, the story of my g-g-aunt Rhoda, has been a mystery to the Derry family for more than a century. Early research by family genealogist and family member, Joan Brown Derry, revealed that she lived in “poorhouses and almshouses” in Qunicy, Illinois for more than 40 years and that she was insane. She scratched out her own eyes, punched out her own teeth, chewed tobacco, ate anything she could get her hands on, and her clothes had to be tied on her because she would just rip them off.

            At age 16 in 1856, she was known to be a beautiful young woman (as described by her nephew, Levi Slater), and as a teenager in Lima, Illinois, fell in love with a neighboring farm boy, Charles Phenix. His parents did not approve of the engagement and that is where Rhoda’s life takes a horrible and tragic turn.

In Memory of my Youngest Daughter
Dorsey Janine Derry
Born: November 1974
Died: March 1975


My Philosophy on the Second Amendment.

    The right to keep and bear arms is inherent to the human condition (hence unalienable), founded on the same philosophic, moral basis (individual responsibility), as free enterprise and freedom of conscience. While morally unassailable, it (like free enterprise and free market), is thoroughly practical and utilitarian, conferring numerous benefits. The ultimate benefit is as the linchpin of a free society--

  That which secures all other freedoms.




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