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Descendants of Simon Derk and Catherine Stapleton

Generation 1

1. SIMON DERK, (later DERRICK), was born abt 1712 in Palatine-Lippe, Germany; d.abt 1787 Shenandoah County, Virginia. He married abt 1739, probably in Oley, Berks County, Pennsylvania, CATHERINE MARGARET STAPLETON, b. abt 1722 Berks County, Pennsylvania; d. aft 1787 Shenandoah County,Virginia, daughter of ROBERT P. STAPLETON and either his first wife ANNA TURKIN or more probably his second wife CATHERINE REICHARD, a widow who's married name is unknown.  

According to "The Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania" which was compiled by Morton L. Montgomery in two volumes and published by J. H. Beers & Company of Chicago in 1909, Robert P. Stapleton was an Englishmen of noble blood who joined the Quaker faith and then was ostracized by his family and so immigrated to Berks Co PA and founded a plantation at Oley known as Stapleton Place. The entire article can be found on the Berks Co GenWeb page at : http://www.rootsweb.com/~paberks/montgomery/s23.html

Though the information contained in the book seems to have been gleaned from a direct descendant of the line, it should be considered hearsay until proven. There are other researchers who contend that Robert was German. It should be noted that the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive, in that there is much history of political interaction between the two countries, and nobility often married for political reasons. This needs to be further researched before drawing any conclusion. A German variant of the name is STEBELTON.

Simon immigrated to Philadelphia on the ship "St. Andrew" October 27, 1738.  His will is in WILL BOOK A, PPG 310 thru 312, SHENANDOAH COUNTY, VIRGINIA and names wife Catharine; sons Jacob Derk and George Derk; sons of Jacob, named Simon and Tobias; daughter Mary Elizabeth "now living in Pennsylvaini and being blind"; eldest son John and his heirs.

An informative article on Simon can be found on Marieda Eden's webpage: http://members.aol.com/Mderoot2/SimonDerrick.html

Children of SIMON DERK/DERRICK and CATHERINE MARGARET STAPLETON were as follows.

2   i. JOHANNES "JOHN"

    ii. MICHEAL, b. abt 1744/45 Berks County, Pennsylvania; d. 1828 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He married abt 1765 in Berks County Pennsylvania, MARIA ELIZABETH DUNKELBERGER, the daughter of CLEMENTS DUNKELBERGER and ANNA MARIA HAUER. Michael used the name Derk.

    iii. ANNA MARIA,b. abt 1746 Berks County, Pennsylvania;d. 1807 Berks County Pennsylvania. She married abt 1765 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, ROBERT STAPLETON, son of TOBIAS STAPLETON.

    iv. HENRY, b. abt 1747 in Berks County,Pennsylvania; d. aft. 1830 in Alabama. He married EVA BURGHART.

    v. JOHANNES JURG "GEORGE, b. abt 1748 Berks Co Pennsylvania.

    vi. MARY ELIZABETH, b. abt 1749. Mary was blind.

   vii. JOHANNES JACOB, b. May 16, 1752 Greenwick County, Pennsylvania, d. aft. 1830 Sevier Co. TN. He married abt 1769 Shenandoah Co, Virginia, MARGARET FOX.

  viii. SIMON GEORGE,b. January 03, 1756. Probably died young.

Generation 2

2. JOHANNES "JOHN" DERRICK,b. ABT 1740 Berks County, Pennsylvania,d. abt 1790 in Glen Wilton, Botetourt County,Virginia. He married abt 1759 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, ANNA MARIA "MARY" DUNKELBERGER, b. 1744 Berks County, Pennsylvania; d. 1793 Botetourt County,Virginia, daughter of CLEMENTS DUNKELBERGER and ANNA MARIA HAUER.

John Derrick's father-in-law, Clements Dunkelberger, was the son of Clement Dunkelberger, b. 1681 Germany, and Margaretha Gottschalk, b. 1682. The elder Clement Dunkelberger and his family arrived on the ship Mortonhouse from Deal, England on 23 Aug 1728 along with two of his brothers, Peter and Frederick. Listed as having originated in Wurttemberg Germany, Palatinate. His son "Clemens" was age 23 on the passenger list, so b. abt 1705. Clemens/Clements married Anna Maria Hauer in Berks Co PA abt 1738.

The Will of Clements Dunkelberger was written 12 Feb 1776, probated 08 Apr 1782 in Windsor Twshp, Berks Co PA.

Will Bk B, pg 38 -- Names son Clemens, who inherits 200 ac plantation in Windsor; son-in-law Andrew Wininger and wife Catharina; son-in-law John Derk and wife Mary "have had their share"; sons John, Frederick, and Christopher; son-in-law Michael Dirk [Derk] and wife Elisabeth; son Philip; daughters Sevela, Magdalena and Thorothea [Dorothea]; and wife Ann Mary [Anna Maria Hauer]. Extrs were friends George Hower and Jacob Raush, wits were John and Killian Dunkel.

Children of JOHANNES "JOHN" DERRICK and ANNA MARIA DUNKELBERGER were as follows:

3     i. ELIZABETH "ELIZA".

      ii. MARIA MAGDALENA

     iii. MICHAEL, b. abt 1765 Berks County, Pennsylvania

     iv. CATHERINE, b. abt 1772 Shenandoah County, Virginia.

      v. BARBARA, b.abt 1774 Shenandoah County, Virginia.

    vii. JONATHAN, b.abt 1776 Shenandoah County, Virginia.

   viii. ROSANNAH, b. abt 1780 Shenandoah County, Virginia.

    ix. JOHN, b. October 14, 1783 Shenandoah County, Virginia.

     x. WILLIAM E., b.abt 1785 Shenandoah County, Virginia.

Generation 3.

3. ELIZABETH "ELIZA" DERRICK, born 1762 Berks Co PA; died aft. 1830 in Sevier Co.TN, daughter of JOHANNES "JOHN" DERRICK and ANNA MARIA DUNKELBERGER. She married abt 1782 in Shenandoah Co VA, ADAM JR FOX, b. 1760 Frederick (now Shenandoah) Co VA;died bef 1830 Sevier Co. TN, son of ADAM FOX (nee FUCHS) and his wife CATHERINE.

Elizabeth and Adam Jr migrated to Sevier Co TN abt 1786.

Children of ELIZABETH DERRICK and ADAM JR FOX were as follows:

      i. JOHANNES "JOHN", born 1784 Berks Co PA.

4   ii. CATHERINE

    iii. ADAM III

    iv. WILLIAM

     v. GEORGE

    vi. MARK

   vii. MARTHA

  viii. ELIZABETH

Generation 4

4. CATHERINE FOX, b. abt 1785 Berks Co PA; deceased before 1843 Sevier Co TN; She married 01 Sept 1801 Sevier Co TN, JOSEPH KEELER, born March 02, 1784 in Virginia, and died January 08, 1878 in Sevier County.

Joseph was a War of 1812 veteran, having served as a private in Col.Edwin Booth's 5th Reg't Co K, enlisting at Sevierville 12 Nov 1814. He remarried in 1843 to NANCY HURST. Joseph farmed and raised horses in Sevier County.

Children of JOSEPH KEELER and CATHERINE FOX were as follows:

      i. ELIZABETH KEELER, b. December 29, 1804, Sevier County, Tennessee; d. January 03, 1889, Sevier County, Tennessee. She married WILSON L. DUGGAN.

    ii. JACOB KEELER, b. 1806. He married NANCY _____.

   iii. JOHN DUGGAN KEELER, b. October 24, 1807; d. 1887, Sevier County, Tennessee. He married MARY ANN "POLLY" BAKER.

   iv. MARY FOX KEELER, b. December 17, 1809, Sevier County, Tennessee; d. August 17, 1883, Sevier County, Tennessee. She married JOHN BENSON.

    v. JOHN ADAM KEELER. He married MARY ANN MATILDA BAKER, dau of MARTIN CASWELL BAKER and ELIZABETH WEBB.

   vi. WILLIAM MANSON KEELER, SR., b. November 12, 1813. He married (1) NANCY MAHALA BAKER; He married (2) RACHEL BURCHFIELD.

   vii. GEORGE KEELER, b. 1821, Sevier County, Tennessee. He married ELIZABETH V. "ELIZA/LOUISA" MCCLURE.

  viii. CATHERINE KEELER, b. February 10, 1821, Sevier County, Tennessee; d. September 18, 1904, Sevier County, Tennessee. She married JAMES H. BAKER, son of MARTIN CASWELL BAKER and ELIZABETH WEBB.

   ix. NANCY KEELER, b. July 31, 1823, Sevier County, Tennessee; m. JAMES MITCHELL DUGGAN.

    x. MARK KEELER, b. 1828, Sevier County, Tennessee; d. September 1895, Sevier County, Tennessee. He married (1) HULDA FOX. He married (2) REBECCA WALKER.

   xi. MATILDA KEELER, b. March 01, 1830; She married JOHN FRAME.

  xii. JAMES M. KEELER, b. July 02, 1832. He married ISAPHENA REYNOLDS.