A EXCEPRT CACAPON SETTLEMENT
THE DIETRICK (TETERICK, DEDERICK, TETER, TITER) FAMILIES
Members of the early Dietrick family were both Mennonite and Brethren. Various
branches of the clan came at a very early time to Virginia, David establishing himself
on the Cacapon, a John in Rockingham County, and a John on the South Branch.
John Teterick (Titer, Teter), who was associated with Conrad Fox and Jacob Stuckey
in Washington County, Maryland, was one of the ministers of the Conococheague
congregation by 1770. He is referred to by Baptist historian, Morgan Edwards, as
John Titer, and he was an assistant of Nicholas Martin (1721-1788), the pastor of the
As did Elder Martin, John Titer (Teterick) very
probably helped with the ministerial work on the Great Cacapon while he was
serving as assistant to Martin in Washington Co., Md. Certainly, if the Cacapon
group was in harmony with the Brethren, the ministers of Conococheague would
have been subject to being called for ministerial services. David Dederick lived
along the Cacapon, but the relationship of David and Rev. John Titer (Teterick) is
Interestingly, a John "Tederig" (Detrick) moved to the South Branch Brethren
community around 1785 and eventually purchased land from Dunker Jacob Eyman.
The John Teterig home is located on a topographical map in the possession of the
writer. It is adjacent to the homes of George Sites and Valentine Cooper. The name
is spelled Detrick on the map. It was located just south of the Fairfax line and cast of
South Mill Creck. This John Detrick may be a son of John Titer, minister of
Conocoheague, but this connection is unproved. Circumstantial evidence supporting
this hypothesis is the fact that some of the children of John Detrick were born in
Maryland. This John Detrick family will he discussed in relation to the South Branch
David Dederick, perhaps a relative of Rev. John Teter (Dietrick), purchased 250
acres of land on the Cacapon River in 1761 (Sims Index, 183). He also visited the
South Branch area, for on April 8, 1767, he witnessed the sale by John and Sarah
Hite of 400 acres of land, Lot No. 52), on the South Branch to Simon Taylor (Sage
and Jones, 26). His name is spelled Deitrick in this record. James Keith also was one
of the witnesses.
Little is known of the life of David Dederick on the Cacapon. His will, in which
his name is spelled "Dedwick," was written Nov. 10, 1767 and was probated the
following May in Frederick Co., Va. (King, 50). He gave all of his estate to his
See discussion of Pecks Run Church of Buchannon Congregation.
Morgan Edwards spelled John Dedrick's name as Titer (Durnbaugh, 1967, 188). The
name Dedrick, Dietrick, Tederick is spelled many different ways. On the South Branch, the
spelling of Teter is found frequently along with Tederig. Although Morton (171) is
commenting on a different Teter-Dietrick family, he equates the two names and states the
German ancestry of the family in Pendleton Co., W. Va.
wife Rosannah until his son Dztvid arrived at the age of twenty-one years. His
children were John, Thomas, Mary, Elizabeth, Susanna, and George. All were under
age. Since he owned land in Hampshire County, his will may have been probated
there as well, but it is not listed. Many records of Hampshire County are lost.
Nearly a hundred years after David Dcderick's first purchase, members of the
Detrick family of Rockingham Countv, namely John Detrick and Abraham Detrick
in 1856, moved into the Cacapon Vailey area near Tearcoat, and became a part of the
Brethren community there at that time. This fact may indicate some continuity with
the David Dederick family which had settled there so many years earlier. Perhaps the
John Detrick of Rockingham County was a descendant of David Detrick of Cacapon
Valley. Abraham Detrick, born 1814, who was called to the ministry in the Tearcoat
arm of the Beaver Run congregation, married Mahala Judy who was a member of the
South Branch Judy family. This marriage reveals the probable existence well into the
1800s of Brcthren remnants of the historic South Branch Church to be discussed in
the next chapter.