Matilda Elsie & James McKitrick
CAROLINE C. McKITRICK
DAVID DELBERT McKITRICK
MARGARET CLEORA McKITRICK
MARY LOUELLA McKITRICK
JOHN H. DERRY
PHILLIP W. DERRY
BASIL B. DERRY
WILLIAM "MANSON" DERRY
CHARLES EDWARD DERRY
JAMES FRANKLIN DERRY
RACHEL JANE DERRY
NANCY ELIZABETH DERRY
ELIZABETH MARY DERRY
Derry Family DNA Project
Matilda Elsie Derry
MATILDA ELSIE DERRY, b. 1858. d. 1907. A daughter of Basil-1820 & Fredericka. Married JAMES HARVEY McKITRICK
Children of MATILDA DERRY and JAMES McKITRICK:
CAROLINE C. McKITRICK b. Apr. 4, 1878 d. Dec. 20, 1895,
DAVID DELBERT McKITRICK b. Jan 5, 1880 d. Sep. 25, 1946,
MARGARET CLEORA McKITRICK b. 1883 d. March 15, 1953,
MARY LOUELLA McKITRICK b. Jan.28, 1889 d. Dec. 18, 1968.
Matilda Elsie Derry
Standing: David Delbert & Margaret (maggie) Cleora
Standing Center: Mary Louella
Seated: James Harvey & Matilda Elsie
Photo taken c1899-1900?
Information and photo's
Courtesy of Marilyn McLaughlin
Below is a note from Marilyn McLaughlin, who forwarded this letter to me which was written by my Aunt Ethel to her cousin Mary McKitrick...
There is a mountain of information contained in this letter. Aunt Ethel names a lot of names..
Thank you Marilyn,
"This letter was to Mary McKitrick Meeker from her cousin Ethel Rexroat Derry Schweitzberger.
I have no idea when it was written and there is no "time-frame" in the letter except the mention of a death "7 or 8 years ago" and I do not have a date of death for the person mentioned. This is but bits and pieces of the letter which was xeroxed."
The following letter had to have been written prior to 18 Dec., 1968.
MARY LOUELLA McKITRICK b. Jan.28, 1889 d. Dec. 18, 1968
[My notes will appear this way in the letter]
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"I saw her when I was maybe--years old.Grandma Derrydied when I was about 8. I have an obituary card of Grandpa Derry. It reads:Rev. Basil Derry, Died March 14, 1899. Aged 78 years, 5 months and 3 days. That would make his birth date Oct. 11, 1821. I don't know Grandma's age. But I believe she was a few years younger than Grandpa.[Her birthdate was 23 Oct. 1829].I often saw Aunt Lizzie & knew her children. If Earl is still living he is in Twin Falls Idaho. Fredricka has had a rather tragic life. Married at 13 to Frank Gale she had 3children. He was 2?. He was a good worker and good to his family, but in her late teens she grew bitter because she was allowed to marry so young. She felt she had never had any girlhood. She was xxxxxxxxxxxxxx left home as soon as they could. She lives or did, around Bloomington, Ill., I think. Her children were good kids. I've seen them at Aunt Lizzies. When she left Frank he had a nervous breakdown and was in Kankakee but he got well. Flossie married Harley Kost. He was a fine man. They had one child, Dale, who had parylitic polio when he was about 3 years old. It left him badly handicapped. Harley and Flossie spent a fortune on Dale, trying to help him. He is a bright person, but wasn't able to go to school like other children. Too nervous. So the school system furnished teachers to come to the home. He finished high school.
About 7 or 8 years ago I got a letter from him saying that he came home and found his mother dead. She had a heavy cold and was sitting in her easy chair in the living room and the TV was xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx she got so heavy. They probably had to take quite a bit of the thyroid gland and she probably needed to take thyroid. But she didn't want to spend money doctoring herself, everything went for Dale and she was a wonderful cook and cooked rich. So she stayed too heavy. And you know fat people dont live as long. Her heavy cold likely turned to pneumonia. Dale wrote me he couldn't manage the house and grounds and was going to sell the place. The last I heard from him he was in New Mexico, he had sold the place. I've wondered so often how he got along. He was so dependent on his mother, but I lost touch with him. I knewUncle Basil["Uncle Basil" was BASIL B. DERRY, a son of BASIL & FREDERICKA DERRY]as well as a person could know him. He was so quiet. Aunt Fanny did the talking for them both. Myrtle, the oldest girl was in Los Angeles when I last heard from her. She had a greeting card business. I've wondered if maybe Dale went out where she was. I don't know. Yes, it's been very hot here too. But it isn't quite so hot now. Though it isn't cool either. For a woman my age I am real well. As I think I wrote before, I have a part time job. I like to feel I'm still able to do things for others. The Lord has blessed me in it. Oh, yes, our Grandfather Derry was a United Brethren minister. I didn't know if you knew his church affiliation. From what I've heard he was high tempered, but sympathetic to the needs of others. So much so that he was never able to accumulate for himself any more than the absolute necessities. When one has high blood pressure it don't pay to let up on the medicine. That is one thing that goes on as long as xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. I think you do real xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx considering your age and health. No, I don't know Stella Derry. Uncle Mance lived in a little house at Aunt Lizzies place as long as he lived. He was a quite, timid little man who complained a lot about how he felt. I think I sawUncle Phillip[a son of BASIL & FREDERICKA DERRY]when I was about 8. I don't remember for sure. I remember Aunt Anna and their daughter Gertrude. I don't think I saw Gertrude's sister. They moved to Denver. Uncle Phillip belonged to the Salvation Army and Aunt Anna left him. I have the impression she didn't like the Salvation Army. I only heard ofUncle Charlie[a son of BASIL & FREDERICKA DERRY]. From what I heard he was kind of the black sheep. Married so many times and mean to his family.
Guess I've about run down so I'll stop for now.
"How's that for a puzzle?
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