It came to my attention during my research that this William C Derryberry has been documented in Dade County History as John Carroll Derryberry.  Since my research concludes that his name was William C. Derryberry and for lack of positive proof that his name was John C Derry­berry, I will continue to refer to him as William C Derryberry, the brother of our ancestor John Derryberry.

William C. Derryberry born in TN about 1822.  He married about 1843, Margaret (Peggy) Lankford, born October 2, 1820 in TN the daughter of John Lankford and Nancy Scholtz. They had the following children: John C, born TN about 1844, Nancy, born GA about 1847, William C (Dick) born GA about 1849 and Manerva Elizabeth born in GA, September 13, 1852.

In 1850, William C, Margaret and their three oldest children were residing on the family farm in Dade County.

By 1860, Margaret Derryberry, a widow, was residing in Dade Co with children, John, William C. and Manerva.  William C Derryberry died August 25, 1852, one month prior to the birth of his daughter Manerva.  It is our assumption that William C and his eldest daughter Nancy died during in the typhoid fever epidemic of which we have been told.

In the year 1870, Margaret Derryberry, a widow, was still residing in Dade Co with two of her four children, William C age 21 and Manerva age 18. Her eldest son John C, who had served in Company D, 39th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of TN DAS, married about 1867, Martha Prince and was living near-by with children, Rebecca born about 1868 and another William C born 1869.

By 1880, Margaret’s son, William C (Dick) married Lucinda Blevins and her daughter Manerva Elizabeth married Robert Benson Allison.

Margaret Derryberry, at age 59, was still residing in Dade Co. with the family of her son William C and wife Lucinda, as documented in the 1880 Dade Co Census records.

In the records of the 1900 Dade Co Census, Margaret (Peggy) Derryberry was residing on the family farm with her son William C and his children, Martha E, born May, 1881, Carroll, born July, 1883, John B, born September, 1885, Katie, born January 1887, Margaret born February 1889, Steven, born April, 1891, all in Dade Co GA.

Lucinda Blevins-Derryberry, wife of William C, had died sometime between 1891 which was the birth of her last child and the 1900 Dade Co Census.

The census records of Dade Co GA, states that Margaret (Peggy) Lankford-Derryberry was born October, 1818 in TN, her father was born in Ohio and mother in Tennessee.

Margaret died November 23, 1903 and is buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, Slygo Valley, GA, where numerous Derryberry family members are buried.

Written by Patricia Ann Brawner-Derryberry-Schiro Magnolia, TX 77355-0535

  1. Roy Chadwick

    Hi all,
    Great Site,and will visist often. While browesing you site,I saw several surnames who may have a connection with my lines.

    Would like to know more info on Margaret Lankford Derryberry,IE where in TN was she brn. My Lankford’s came from I believe Rowan/Surry/Stokes Co NC,and into Warren/Marion Co’s TN early 1800’s,and Dekalb Co AL as of 1830’s.

    In my Lankford research I do believe that my Langford/Lankford ‘s from NC came to Warren/Marion/White/Overton Co TN before 1820 along with some Derryberry’s from NC,and may have a connection thru the Dyches/Dikes/Dykes line from the same area of NC,and VA.

    Also looking to connect with any Chadwick line out there,possible Dade Co GA.

    My GGfather was a John Chadwick brn abt 1800/1830 NC,married a Mary,possible Hodgin’s,and lived in GA abt 1850’s,but some say that Mary came from SC,but in the 1900 Anderson Co TN census it states she was brn abt 1831 NC.

    Hope to hear from someone.

    Thanks very much,and keep up the good work.

    Roy Chadwick.

  2. Becca Moore


    My name is Becca Moore and my sister and I are currently working on a cemetery guide for Bethlehem in Slygo, GA. We grew up in Slygo and have many family members buried there. We do not have any Derryberrys listed in the cemetery. There are many unmarked graves, so I if you know for sure she (or others) is buried there, we would love more information!

    Thank you!

    Becca Moore

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