Born: about 1674 in England
Married: 28 Aug 1718 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA (19)
Died: 20 Jan 1782 in East Hampton, Middlesex, CT
03 (F): Susanna Dethick (11)
Born: 17 Dec 1723 in Colchester, New London, CT
Died: 27 Mar 1799 in East Hampton, Middlesex, CT
09 (F): Ruth Dethick (18)
Born: 16 Jul 1734 in New London Co, CT
John Dethick, the First:
December 2, 2009
Tonight I will tell you the story of your great great great great great great great great grandparents
John Derrick I and Susanna Ransom
aka John Dethick
1674 – 1782 1695 – aft 1782
This John Derrick is the first Derrick (Derthick) we know anything about. Most of what we know about John comes from a family record book kept by his descendant and our ancestor, Ephraim Derrick. According to that book John I came to the colonies in 1683 and lived to be 108 years old. At the time his grandfather died, Ephraim would have been in his 20's and had personal knowledge of his grandfather and his stories. Church records, however, indicate he was only about 100 years old. Either way, he lived a VERY long life!
John married Susanna Ransom, daughter of Susanna Shelley and Robert Ransom, in 1717, in Plymouth, Massachusetts Colony. According to records Susanna's mother was a bit of a boozer and was chastised by the church a number of times for drunkenness and even dismissed from the church because of it. John I was in his 40's or close to it when he married Susanna. He may well have been married earlier but there is no record of such a marriage or of other Dethick children. After the marriage John and Susanna moved to Colchester, Connecticut where in spite of John's age, he and Susanna had eight children, two boys and six girls. According to John I's will, Susanna was still living when he died, but was 86 or 87. We don't know how much longer she lived.
Among the records surviving on John I is this inventory of his possessions left when he died in 1782:
An Inventory of the Real and Personal Estate of Mr. John Dethick, Late of Colchester Decst. Taken by us the Subscribers under Oath Shown by Executor.
To a lot of land about 30 acres L 100- 0-0
To one bed, 2 bolsters, 3 pillows 2-10-0
To one under bed, one bedstead & cords 0-13-0
To two iron pots 0-12-0
To one tramil 0- 6-0
Some old iron...one spoon made 1/6 to pewter ...........
To some knives & forks & candle sticks,
one earthen platter, two saucers 0- 3-0
To one pail, two tubs, three trays,
six trenchers 0- 8-0
To one chest & one woollen wheel 1/3 0- 9-0
To one cupboard & to some old chairs,
one iron plow 1/3 0- 9-6
Compiled by William Welch, Jr. and Elisha Chapman 1782
In the above inventory the left-most numeric column designates pounds, the second shillings, the third pence. There were 20 shillings per pound, 12 pence per shilling. Originally a shilling was about the value of a cow or sheep. I have no idea what a tramil was. It's not on wikipedia. A trencher was a small wooden or metal plate commonly used in colonial times.
This inventory shows that John I was not a wealthy man. In fact he fell well below the average in wealth of men over 70 at that time and place. However, considering he was 100 or more years old, maybe he had already given most everything away.
Several land records exist for our John I showing that he did not read or write (signed with an “X”) and that he owned only 30 acres of land, which was not really enough to support a family. The land he owned was located near Colchester, Connecticut next to an area called, Witch Meadow. It was also next to land of “J. Ransom,” probably one of Susanna's brothers. We know these things from 1769 map that shows John I as “J. Deathick.” John and his family were members of the First Baptist Church of Colchester and six of his children were baptized there.
Over his lifetime of 100 plus years John saw many events take place in the colonies, intense fighting with Native American Indians, fighting between France and England over land in North America, as well as all the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. His surviving son and two of his grandsons were involved in the wars.
Here's what we know about John Dethick I and Susanna Ransom's children:
The first child of John Dethick I and Susanna Ransom was John Derrick (Dethick) II. He is our ancestor and has his own story.
The second child of John Dethick I and Susanna Ransom was Elizabeth. She married Walter Hewitt with whom she had eight children. The first was a boy they named Deathic. Deathic Hewitt died in the Wyoming Valley Massacre lead by Tories and their Indian accomplices in 1778 in Pennsylvannia. Elizabeth and Walter had many descendants in the area of Stonington, CT. And they also have one in Madison, WI!
The third child of John Dethick I and Susanna Ransom was Susanna. She never married.
The fourth child of John Dethick I and Susanna Ransom was Mary Dethick. She married John Woodworth. They had one child, Jedida, then Mary died shortly afterwards.
The fifth child of John Dethick I and Susanna Ransom was Sarah. She married Marshall Hackley who was a veteran of the French and Indian War and was granted land in Nova Scotia along with John Dethick II.
The sixth child of John Dethick I and Susanna Ransom was Naomi. When Naomi was 25 she married Andrew McIntosh who was 64. Even so Andrew outlived Naomi. He lived to be 103. She had died earlier of cancer. They had one son, Andrew.
The seventh child of John Dethick I and Susanna Ransom was Ananias. He was not mentioned in his father's will. Family legend has it that he sailed for the West Indies and was never heard from again.
The eighth child of John Dethick I and Susanna Ransom was Hannah. And she married Rufus Perkins.
The ninth child of John Dethick I and Susanna Ransom was Ruth born in 1734 and that's all we know about her.
This is the story of our ancestors John and Susanna Ransom Derrick (Dethick). He came to Plymouth Colony as a small boy. She was the granddaughter of immigrants. He married around age 40 or later, but still they had nine children together and many descendants. They worked hard all their lives and died poor, John at 100. Or 108. They were good honest people.
Here's how we are related to them. John and Susanna had John Dethick DerrickII. John Dethick DerrickII had Ephraim Derrick. Ephraim Derrick had Rudolphus Derrick. Rudolphus Derrick had Franklin H. Derrick. Franklin H. Derrick had Mary Derrick. Mary Derrick had Flora Balis. Flora Balis had Harold Stevens. Harold Stevens had Paul Stevens. Paul Stevens had Dawne Stevens. Dawne Stevens had Sarah, Hannah, Timmy, and Becky!
So Hooray for John Derrick Dethick the first and his wife Susanna Ransom!
(03) Susanna Dethick:
Susanna never married.
(07) Ananias Dethick:
Not mentioned in father's will. Perhaps moved to West Indies.
In Plympton vital records, marriage of Susanna was to John "Rethak", Aug 28, 1718
Presumable arrived in America in 1683 at young age.... 9 years or younger. Settled in Plymouth.
According to grandson Ephraim, died at age 108, although church records indicate he was closer to 100. Ephraim recorded that he was born in 1674.
Lineage of John from England not precisely determined as of 1986. 4 possible lines detailed in book. Possibilities include from Sir Geoffrey Dethick of Dethick Hall, Derbyshire. Others include from Middlesex (London), Suffolk, Durham, Newhall (Derby), and Sagebury (Worchestershire). Many variations to the name. Derrick is more of a German variation which Ephraim used, possibly to avoid being drafted by British for military.
"...An amusing version of "Dethick" was applied to Ananias Dethick who was a Baptist minister in CT for most of his years, but who lived at least for a short period near his son, James, in northeastern Ohio. Ananias was often known to the local citizens as "Old Death Hook.""
Had 3 daughters and one son by "Suzan Ransom" (from diary of EphraimDerrick).
3 land transactions in Colchester:
on 2 Jan 1732/3, land in south part of Colchester transferred from Israel Newton and Robert Ransom (probably Susannah's half brother) to John Dethick.
On 25 Dec 1735, John Dethick bought 12 acres adjoining the first land.
On 14 Aug 1758, John Dethick sold one half acre of land to Ichabod Chapman, Jr.
These land records were signed by an "X" for John Dethick, indicating that he was unable to write. They also indicate that he owned only 30 acres of land. The exact location of the farm can be ascertained on an old map found in "Chronicles of a Connecticut Farm" with description. Next door neighbor was "J. Ransom", just north of Witch Meadows (now Salem, CT)
From the Colchester tax records, we know that John Dethick was living in Salem Parish at least by 1726 and perhaps earlier. We know that Robert Ransom went to Colchester from Rhode Island in 1708 with his wife, Alice (Newton) Ransom, and father-in-law, Capt.James Newton, who bought land in Salem Parish in 1707 and 1710. Thus, in these early records, we find the Newton, Ransom, and Dethick lands all adjacent and no doubt on a contiguous basis in the old "Witch Meadow." Other farms in area include Dodge, Gates, and Holmes.
Value of his estate was inventoried at 107 pounds, including a 30 acre lot.
Father John Derick born 1719; married Ana Dodge - 3 sons and 1 daughter; by second marriage had 2 sons and 5 daughters.
Family moved to Colchester,.. three generations living there, and with eldest living so long (100 or 108), land records on other town records hard to sort out.
1750 Colchester-Salem land maps show Deathick and Holmes farms in close proximity.
Quoted from Ephraim Derrick's diary, " John Derick the second was born in the year of our Lord 1719. He married Ana Dodge and by her he had 3 sons and one daughter. He lived to be 79 years old and his sons names were Annanias and John and Ephraim. Annanias the oldest was born 1751. He married Maryan Welch. By her he had 7 children, 2 sons and 5 daughters.The sons names were Turner and James. "
The first 4 children of John Dethick and Ann Dodge were born between 1742 and 1748. Hopestill was born 26 Nov 1742. There is no further record of her life, so there is the assumption that she died in infancy. In the summer of 1750, a great tragedy seemed to strike the family. In the spaceof 4 days, 3 of the children died in quick succession. We have no information regarding the cause for the sudden demise of 3 of the 5 Dethick children. Presumably it was an epidemic of some nature which was all too frequent in this early period when the nature of disease was little understood.
John Dethick was the one son to survive to adulthood, his younger brother Ananias having either died early or possibly left America (to theWest Indies?) since there is nothing known of him other than his birthdate. From his father, John was the beneficiary of all the land and most of the property . To what extent this was a large advantage remains uncertain because of the extremely great longevity of John Sr. In fact, John(2) lived only 11 years after the death of his father in 1782. However, one might surmise that because of his father's advanced age, perhaps John (2) was utilizing his father's land long before the latter's death.
Sometimes the land records of Colchester and adjacent towns are difficult to interpret because of the presence in certain years of John, his son, and his grandson with identical first names. However it seems clear that John (2) owned some land in the nearby town of Montville as well as in the area on the south side of Colchester (the old Salem parish). He sold land to Amos Ransom of Colchester in 1755. Author noted the large number of Ransoms who were living in the Colchester-Salem area in 1755.
John Dethick signed the oath of loyalty to the new government on 8 Jul 1780, in Colchester. He was a "Tythingman" in 1784. By 1790, he was listed as a resident of Montville. Actually, his wife Ann Dodge, whom he married in 1741, was a native of Montville.
Perhaps the most significant factor in the life of John Dethick was his participation as a soldier in the French and Indian Wars and his subsequent residence in Nova Scotia for some years before the Revolutionary War. It appears that he left Nova Scotia and returned to CT before the outbreak of the War. ... He was among the list of 200 CT men who received original grants in the township of Horton, Nova Scotia - he received one share, or 500 acres.
Revised: November 26, 2016