Perhaps the following history that I have for a Jacob Detrick (my GG grandfather)may be of interest to you.
JACOB DETRICK(from V. Deveny)
Jacob and Rebecca settled in Wyoming county, Penn. where they lived until about 1885. The last twelve years ofJacob’s life were spent at the home of his daughter, Ellen, at West Sayre. Later Rebecca spent some years with her son, John, in Wyoming county. According to the daughter of Eldridge Detrick ( the youngest son) there were twelve children. No mention of them in Jacob’s obituary. She said her father used to visit some of them. She especially mentioned Amanda and Wilbur but could not remember the others. This could very well be, because the secretary’s book kept on the family reunions lists quite a few more Detricknames than I know about. However, they could be cousins too, for there are records in the Court House that list another family of Detrick’s (Bradford county). This lady also told me that Jacob had come to America as a stowaway when he was sixteen, and she does not know the name of the ship. (That would mean he came to America around (1837).
OBITUARY: Death of Jacob Detrick of West Sayre.
West Sayre lost one of its old residents Monday by death. Jacob Detrick died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Riehl, on Hopkins street at the age of 76 years, the cause of death being dropsy. Mr. Detrick was in his younger years a farmer in Wyoming county, but has forthe last twelve years lived in Sayre. He is survived by his wife and seven children, yiz; Mrs. Ellen Riehi, at whose home he died; Mrs. Mary Jane Garey of Forkston, Wyoming county; John Detrick of Pittston, PA; Depew Detrick and Hiram Detrick of Nebraska; Mrs. Emily Widener ofTexas; Elridge Detrick of Indian Territory.
The funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock; services at the house; interment at Tioga Point cemetery. Funeral Director Frost had charge of the obsequies.
The Detrick Annual Reunion will be held at the M. E. church Mehoopany, PA., on Saturday, the 7th day of August; 1937. All are earnestly requested to be present, and your friends are welcome. There will be music and other features. The Ladies Aid of the M. E. church will furnish a chicken dinner for 60 cents. PLEASE LET THE SECRETARY KNOW IF YOU CAN BE PRESENT, on account of the Ladies’ Aid.
G. ELMER DETRICK , Secy., Tunkhannock, PA., R. 3.
CHAS. DETRICK,President, Shavertown,PA.
The above is a copy of the Detrick Reunion which was held every year.
The first president was John Detrick. After his retirement, his son Charles, became president. Your attendance was a must or else you paid a forfeit. Some of the names listed in the Secretary’s Book ( now held by Ann Pritchard) are listed below:
G. Elmer Detrick Tunkhannock, PA.
Frank Detrick Pittston, PA.
Elmer Detrick Tunkhannock, PA.
Otis Detrick W. Pittston, PA.
Harry Detrick Buffalo, N. Y.
Clarence Detrick W.Pittston, PA
William Detrick Elmire, N. Y.
Fred Detrick Sayre, PA.
Ben Detrick Athens, PA.
Albert Detrick Endicott, N. Y.
William Detrick Falls. PA.
George Detrick Falls, PA..
Myron Detrick Chicago, IL.
Ed Detrick Bloomington,IL.(railroad engineer)
Somewhere in this list is probably the missing children of Jacob and Rebecca, ortheir descendants. If you have noticed, Jacob’s obituary of 1897 lists seven descendants, but it might have been that the whereabouts of otherswere unknown. Inmy grandfather’s obit of 1922, it was stated that two brothers and one sister were still living, John, Eldridge and Ellen were living for sure. I have a picture of a girl and on the back it says (Died 1890) but there is no name.Just recently, Anna (Mrs. Chester Bennett) sent me some pictures of Amanda, Emma (which could be Emily Widener, Benjamin) two children labeled “Widener’ and Emily’s husband, but still no given names on the back. (there was also a Mort Detrick) The Widener pictures were taken in Dublin, Texas. Leona Detrick also mentioned a Wilber, but was not sure. I am thinkingthere were relatives in the U. S. prior to the time Jacobcame to America. No one knows. There was a Jacob Detrick in Bradford county, Penn., who died in 1892. He had eight daughters but no sons. His will was on record. I am telling you this because I feel that there must be more of our descendents out there somewhere, and I am hoping that someone will become interest and help find them.