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Obituary from Petersburg Observer: J.M. Derry was born in London county, Virginia, September 19, 1822, and died at his home in Petersburg, Ill., Thursday, February 23, 1905, aged 82 years, 5 months and 4 days. He came to Illinois when twenty-seven years old and settled on a farm near Springfield. He was married to Cordelia Kalb April 17, 1851, and to this union was born three children; one dying in infancy. Those surviving are: Mrs. J.H. Elmore, of Chula, Mo., and E. Derry, of Menard county. His first wife died Oct. 6, 1854. Mr. Derry was again married to Martha Pollock October 17, 1861. To this union was born ten children: Charles, Benjamin, Lilly, Libbie, Ethel, Mrs. John White, Mrs. Samuel Ennis, all of Menard county, A.E. Derry, of Piatt county, Mrs. Homer Clark, of Sheridan, Mo. There are twenty-six grand children and four great grandchildren with many other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He united with the Methodist church when quite young and until about five years ago, when his health failed him, was a very attentive member. He was a devoted husband and loving father.
1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties: James M. Derry, farmer, son of Christian and Susannah (Carnes) Derry, was born in Loudoun Co., Va., Sept. 19, 1822, and came to Illinois about 1849, locating in Springfield. He was married to Miss Cordelia A. Kalb, of Springfield, in April, 1851. She died Oct. 5, 1854, leaving two children. He married his present wife in 1861, she was Miss Martha J. Pallock, of this county. Mr. Derry located upon his present farm, in 1866, which consists of 280 acres of excellent land. Mr. and Mrs. Derry are members of the Free Methodist Church.
Martha Jane Pollock was the daughter of John A. Pollock and Druzilla Barcus Bud.
Obituary from Petersburg Observer: A Good Woman Called Home - Obituary of Mrs. Martha J. Derry, Who Passed Away in Petersburg, Jan. 15, 1917. Martha Jane Pollock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Pollock, was born in Jefferson Co., Ohio, July 19, 1841. Departed this life Jan. 15, 1917, aged 75 years, 5 months, and 27 days. She came with her parents to Illinois, settling on a farm near Athens in 1851. She married James M. Derry Oct. 17, 1861, who died Feb. 23, 1905. To them were born four sons, John, who died in infancy, Chas. H., Addison E., Benjamin J., of this county, six daughters, Emmer White, Anna Ennis, Lily Patton, Ethel Robbins, of Menard county, Libby Batterton of Bloomington and Ada Clark of South Dakota. She is survived by one brother, Rev. H. B. Pollock of Decatur, two step children, Mrs. J.H. Elmore of Polo, Mo., and E.N. Derry of this county, nineteen grand children and two great grandchildren. Decedent had five brothers in the Civil War, one, William, was killed in the battle of Jackson, Miss. She became a Christian and united with the M.E. church when she was fourteen years of age and remained faithful to the end. She lived in a loving and loyal obedience to her Master and was a faithful attendant upon the church services while strength lasted. There never was a more kind and affectionate mother, a more loving wife, nor a kinder neighbor. The funeral services were held at the M.E. church in Petersburg on Wednesday, Jan. 17, conducted by Rev. W.F. Hunter. Burial at Rose Hill.