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Origins of the DAYBERRY family

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Origins of the DAYBERRY family

Posted: 1231083484000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1241045883000
Surnames: Dayberry, Derreberry, Derryberry, Durrenberger, Deviney, Carpenter, Grissom, Dotson,
It seems well known by now that the name DAYBERRY originated as DERREBERRY or DERRYBERRY, a family that traces its origins to Burke Co., NC in the late 1700's. Prior to that, the name was DURRENBERGER, but I've been unable to document the connection to date.

All Dayberrys I've run across are descended from the Derreberry family, but the name Dayberry originated independently at least 5 times in different locations, probably owing to relocation of a particular family to a new area coupled with local dialects. Therefore, all the Dayberrys are cousins, and they trace back to a common Derreberry ancestor, but not all to a common Dayberry ancestor, if that makes any sense.

The following people are the founders of Dayberry lines that I've been able to identify.

1. Children of Nancy Derreberry (probably the widow of John Derreberry, and who later married Robert Deviney) of Rutherford and Cleveland Cos., NC. Her probable children include George W. Dayberry, William Dayberry, and Jane Dayberry (who m. E. M. Carpenter). Descendants also went to Union Co., KY. (I believe the Baltimore family is connected to that KY branch.) See

2. Children of William Derreberry (brother of John above) and Polly Grissom. Some of William's children adopted the Dayberry spelling when the family moved from NC to eastern TN (Sevier and Greene Cos.). Descendants in Knoxville, TN, St. Louis, MO, and Arizona. See

3. Children of Asa C. Derryberry, who moved from Dunklin Co., MO to Boone Co., AR and then Pittsburg Co., OK. Descendants also in NM and San Bernardino Co., CA. See

4. Children of William M. Derryberry and Louisa Jane Dotson. Sons Joseph and John Andrew moved from Texas to Sebastian Co., AR. Descendants in the Ft. Smith, AR / Sequoyah Co., OK area. See

5. John W., son of Calvin Derryberry, who moved from Henderson Co., TN to Independence and Stone Co., AR. John had one son, also named John W. Dayberry but called "Gus". See

In the last three cases above, the spelling "Dayberry" seems to have been solidified around 1900, but in the first two cases, it was earlier. If anyone has identified other Dayberrys not related to these lines, please let me know, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks,


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