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Ancestors of Jay Wallace Miller

Generation No. 6

      34. Phillip Fichter Victor, born 11 Sep 1777 in Mount Hope, NJ; died 06 Sep 1835 in Fayette Co, PA. He was the son of 68. David Johann Victor and 69. Jane Johanna Brady. He married 35. Millicent Price Abt. 1799.

      35. Millicent Price, died Aft. 1804.

Notes for Phillip Fichter Victor:
Phillip was a well to do landowner and iron producer in Fayette Co, Pa.He and his brother Joseph and father David were also owners of Inn,and Stores in the Haydentown, Fayette Co, Pa area.They owned several thousand acres of timberland which they logged to make Charcoal for the manufacturing of iron.It was stated that Phillip was a very stout man 5'10 weighing 250 lbs and could lift 2 - 500lb anvils one with each arm through the hole in the anvils.

**Taken from the research notes of Bernard Victor Mayhle on the Descendants of Claudius Fichter**

More About Phillip Fichter Victor:
Burial: Tenth Church Cemetery, Fayette Co, PA
Christening: 27 Sep 1778, Mount Hope, NJ
Children of Phillip Victor and Millicent Price are:
  i.   David Victor, born 1800; married (1) Nancy; married (2) Jane Morgan.
  More About Nancy:
Record Change: 10 May 2001

  ii.   Jane Victor, born 1803; married David Bayles.
  17 iii.   Elizabeth "Betsy" Victor, born 1804 in Fayette Co, PA; died 1885 in Fayette Co, PA; married Phillip John Miller 1828 in Haydentown, Fayette Co, PA.

      36. George Washington Sisler, born 1784 in Friendsville, Garret Co, MD; died 06 Apr 1860 in Stewartstown, Monongalia Co, WV. He was the son of 72. John Sisler. He married 37. Elizabeth Friend 20 Nov 1805 in Preston Co, WV.

      37. Elizabeth Friend, born 17 Jan 1791 in Friendsville, Garret Co, MD; died 23 Nov 1879 in Stewartstown, Monongalia Co, WV. She was the daughter of 74. Lt Gabriel Friend and 75. Elizabeth "Betsy" Bonnell.
Child of George Sisler and Elizabeth Friend is:
Child of George Washington Sisler is:
Child of George Washington Sisler is:
Children of George Sisler and Elizabeth Friend are:
  18 i.   Gabriel Friend Sisler, born 11 Mar 1807 in Garrett Co, MD; died 19 May 1902 in Georges Twp, Fayette Co, PA; married Elizabeth Gable 26 Sep 1834 in Friendsville, Garret Co, MD.
  ii.   Susanna Sisler, born 25 Oct 1806.
  iii.   John Sisler, born 02 Dec 1809; died 15 Aug 1887 in Washington, Keokuk Co, IA; married Mary Bowers; born 04 Dec 1814 in PA; died 12 Oct 1908 in Delta, Keokuk Co, IA.
  More About John Sisler:
Burial: Garrett Cemetery, Washington, Keokuk Co, IA

  More About Mary Bowers:
Burial: Garrett Cemetery, Washington, Keokuk Co, IA

  iv.   Elizabeth Sisler, born 19 Mar 1812.
  v.   Sarah Sisler, born 04 Feb 1814.
  Notes for Sarah Sisler:
She was single in 1860 Census Monroe Co, VA > Stewartstown District age 47 living with her widowed Mother Elizabeth.

  vi.   Catherine Sisler, born Abt. 1817.
  vii.   Margaret Sisler, born 05 Aug 1821.
  viii.   Martha Sisler, born Abt. 1822.
  ix.   Clarissa Anne Sisler, born 03 Jan 1823.
  x.   Mary Ann Sisler, born 09 Nov 1825; died 14 Aug 1918 in Oakland, Garrett Co, MD.
  xi.   Rebecca Jane Sisler, born 16 Mar 1828; died 1829.
  xii.   George Washington Sisler, Jr, born 08 Aug 1830; died 15 Apr 1908.
  More About George Washington Sisler, Jr:
Occupation: Attorney

  xiii.   Randolph Sisler, born Abt. 1832.
  xiv.   Lorenzo Dow Sisler, born 13 May 1833; died 17 Jan 1916.
  xv.   Priscillia Sisler, born 15 Mar 1836.

      38. William Gable
Child of William Gable is:
  19 i.   Elizabeth Gable, born 18 May 1811; died 1890 in Garrett Co, PA; married Gabriel Friend Sisler 26 Sep 1834 in Friendsville, Garret Co, MD.

      40. Christoph Ludwig Emme, born 08 Aug 1772 in Hannover, Prussia. He was the son of 80. Johann Christoph Emme and 81. Catherine Elisabeth Draeger. He married 41. Maria Elisabeth Dorthea Von Schwanenflugel 01 Feb 1795.

      41. Maria Elisabeth Dorthea Von Schwanenflugel, born 08 Nov 1769 in Grossenschneen, Germany; died 28 Jan 1815 in Grossenschneen, Germany. She was the daughter of 82. Johann H Von Schwanenflugel and 83. Catherine E Zahrmann.

More About Christoph Ludwig Emme:
Christening: 09 Aug 1772, Hannover, Prussia
Children of Christoph Emme and Maria Von Schwanenflugel are:
  20 i.   Johann Andreas Emme, born 13 Nov 1798 in Germany; died 19 Sep 1881 in Fayette Co, PA; married Menia Abt. 1822 in Hanover, Germany.
  ii.   Frederike Wilhelmine Christine Emme, born 03 May 1795 in Grossenschneen, Germany.
  iii.   Catharine Sophie Ernestine Elisabeth Emme, born 15 Feb 1797.
  iv.   Henrich Wilhelm Emme, born 23 Feb 1801.
  v.   Johann Frederich Lorenz Emme, born 03 Aug 1803; died 27 Oct 1806.
  vi.   Ferdinand Henrich Wilhelm Emme, born 12 Sep 1806.
  vii.   Sophie Louise Emme, born 28 Aug 1809.
  viii.   Dorthea Frederike Charlotte Elisabeth Emme, born 28 Jun 1811.

      44. Jacob or Baltser Derry He married 45. Mary "Old Moll".

      45. Mary "Old Moll", born Abt. 1760; died May 1843.

  Notes for Mary "Old Moll":
[Miller - Whitted Family.FTW]

Matriarch of this line of modern day Derry's. Born approximately 1760, and died in May or June of 1843. Little is known of her prior to the Ameican Revolution, including her maiden name. However, many legends and stories abound.
Speculation on which of the Derry men married Mary has been narrowed to Jacob or Baltser, both are believed to be sons of Baltser Derry of Loudoun Co, VA.

The Derry home place was located halfway up Derry Hill off to the left in the field. Derry Hill is located 3 miles South of Haydentown on the route _______ late. The home place was a stone house on the back road behind Charlie Gates this being the road in the valley east of the main road.

The following is believed to be the last will of Old Moll, Mary Derry. It begins with information from Arch Miller, and comes to us by way of Bernard Mayhle.

1843 - Will of Mary Derry - Will Book 2 p. 282 - Fayette Co, PA

The last will and testament of Mary Derry of George Twp Fayette Co, State of Pennsylvania.

In the name of God I Mary Derry considering the uncertainty of the mortal life and being of sound mind and memory blessed be almighty God for the same, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say, first I give and bequeath unto my grand child Andrew Derry the son of Mary Fowler the house and lot where I now live in Haydentown or George Town lying and being in George Twp in Fayette Co, and state above mentioned it being the whole of my freehold estate whatsoever to hold to him the said Andrew Derry his heirs and assigns forever whom I hereby appoint Mary Fowler sole Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all formers wills by me maid (sic). In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fifteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eighteen hundred and forty three.
Jacob Dawson
Jacob Derry

[Will proved 17 June 1843, Jacob Dawson testified before Joseph Gadd, Register for the probate, that the will of Mary Derry, late of George Twp, is as it is purported to be.]

Below is a copy of a letter sent to Joan Brown Derry, from Wilbur Landman, in January 1999.

January 8, 1999

Dear Joan,

Received your letter yesterday and will forward (hopefully very soon) 2 books. The printer has discovered a small stash of them at the shop which he is giving me.

I am glad to finally meet a true descendant of MOLL DERRY! My Great-grandmother Cunningham from Fairchannce, PA, often related stories about her. She was a real witch and quite a character!

In A F Hill's book, "The White Rocks", she is the witch who forewarns Polly Williams that her fiance' will murder her, casting her off the white rocks in the mountains near Fairchance.

Descriptions of Moll Derry varied locally. I have heard that she was "a very small person who rocked herself in a cradle with length-wise rockers". Another description described her as "a large woman, heavy and hunched over, completely bald. The skin on her broad face and round head was tawny-brown, blotched against brown, leather like skin." She was said to have had "a great hairy mole on her upper lip, with two long canine teeth in her upper jaw that protruded down, giving her a walrus like appearance." She was widely known throughout SW Pennsylvania as "a healer, using herbs and roots"; being able to ride great distances on a broomstick" and that she "walked with a cane".

It was said that she lived in absolute destitution in a hovel in the mountains above Uniontown, and that she could "command rattlesnakes to guard her and her cabin". I have not heard her called "the witch of Monongahela", but heard her called the "Witch of the little world ". She has been referred to in local history as "Moll (or Molly) Derry", "Moll Dell", and "Moll Wampler". In the 1850's she was said to be residing in the mountains of Somerset Co, PA.

She was an renown practitioner of both "Pow-Wowing" and the "Heshen-Hammer". Both were various types of Occultism that originated hundreds of years ago in Germany. She is said to have owned an "Erdspiegel", some type of crystal ball by which she could foretell the future.

At the end of the story of "The Lost Boys of the Allegheny's", she was said to have been "trampled and killed by residents of Bedford Co, PA". However, I doubt this, hearing that she moved back to Fayette Co, sometime afterwards.

In the 1820's she is reputed to have lived with another witch near Rubles Mill, PA, named Hannah Clarke, who apparently was her (Derry's) apprentice!

My grandmother was 104 when she died, about ten years ago, and her parents knew Moll Derry, who had a kind of "granny store" and told their fortunes often. This was in the area of the Fayette Co, mountains above Dunbar and between there and Confluence, PA.

I am very interested in any other information (genealogical or otherwise) you could provide, as I've wanted to write a biographical article about Moll Derry for sometime.

The manager of the Bethesda Christian Book Store in Uniontown (I can't remember the young man's name now), claims to be a descendant also, but I cannot confirm it as true.

Apparently, Moll outlived her husband, or he left her, as I've never recalled hearing she was married. I have heard that she was kin to the Schultz's, but never knew that was her maiden name. Most of the folklore on Moll Derry has been passed down from 2 or 3 generations ago, and she is not now the great celebrity she was 100 years ago locally.

Any information you can share will be greatly appreciated!....

Thank you,

Wilbur R Landman
P.O. Box 155
Hibbs, PA 15443-0155

This comes to from a Derry family researcher and family member, Kathy Sawyer about Old Moll:

Heard a great Old Moll story today from Wilbur Landman:

There was a gang of robbers from McClellandtown who would come to Smithfield to rob Shaker (and possibly Mennonite) farmers (because they did not carry guns) coming home from market with the money they made from selling their goods. They would accost the poor souls, rob them, kill them and dump their bodies in the mill pond at Rubles Mill. As you may recall, Old Moll lived near Rubles Mill for a time with her apprentice Hannah Clarke. The robbers went to see Old Moll one day and asked her for a potion that would put people to sleep for good. She is alleged to have said; "Why are you coming to me when your hands are still wet from your dirty work at the mill pond?" This scared them so badly that they ran away and supposedly did not bother the people of that area anymore!

I have also learned that the name Moll Wampler came from writers/storytellers of Old Moll's time. Because they feared her, they did not want to use her actual name when spinning yarns.
There is also a rumor that Samuel Miller, my great grandfather and Barbara Ellen Hartman's husband, was a traveling preacher and he along with other religious types, ran Old Moll out of Haydentown! Can't confirm this as yet....

Further north in Pennsylvania, German settlers began arriving in the late 17th century, the bulk of them immigrating in the first half of the 18th century. The term Pennsylvania "Dutch" is a corruption of the German word "Deutch" meaning German. Silver RavenWolf lives in Pennsylvania and describes this magical tradition in HexCraft. She has Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors, as I also do.

Two distinct groups of German immigrants came to Pennsylvania. The Fancy Germans, or Lutherans, brought their elaborate folk history with them, including the ornate customs of Christmas and Easter, the Yule tree and log, colorful decorations, baskets, and pictures of bunnies. The other German group was the Plain or Pietist Germans. They included members of the Mennonite, Amish, Dunker, and Brethern denominations. The Plain Germans wore distinctive clothing and tried to live a simple rural life-style guided by their interpretation of the Bible. Some of the pow-wowers Silver RavenWolf interviewed were Brethren, Mennonites, and Dunkers.

South central Pennsylvania was fertile and not physically isolated, as were the southern Appalachians. Hexcraft, or pow-wow, as it is locally called, survived because of the tendency of both Fancy and Plain Germans to live in tightly knit communities, where they preserved their customs and language into the 20th century.

Native Americans were present, at least initially, when the Germans arrived and the term pow-wow was possibly derived from the early settlers' observations of Indian pow wows. Silver RavenWolf thinks the word pow-wow may also be a derivative of the word power or may come from the Native American pow wow definition meaning "he who dreams."

Pow-wowing includes some charms and incantations dating from the Middle Ages plus elements borrowed from the Jewish Qabala and Christian Bible. Pow-wowing generally focuses on healing minor health problems, the protection of livestock, success in love, and the casting or removing of hexes. For over 200 years, pow-wowers have considered themselves to be staunch Christians endowed with supernatural powers to both heal and harm.

Hex signs are the most widely recognized symbols associated with pow-wow magic. The word hex means a spell or bewitchment and comes from the German word hexe for witch. Hex signs are round magical signs and symbols used primarily to protect against hexerie (witchcraft). They were used by the Fancy Dutch but not the Amish and strict Mennonites.

Some hex symbols and designs originate in the Bronze Age. Ancient Celtic and Germanic tribes put emphasis on the energy patterns of the divine Source rather than its representation as a human archetype. The Source was depicted in universal designs that assisted in focusing power either toward or away from the design. The basic pattern found in the original hex signs is the double rosette, which is found at many ancient European holy sites.

Most of the charms used in pow-wow magic were originally described in two books. The first book, Long Lost Friend, was written in 1820 by John George Hohman. He was a German Catholic immigrant who documented various charms and herbal remedies that had been preserved orally for centuries. The second book is the anonymous Seventh Book of Moses, also called the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses. This book contains a mixture of wisdom derived from the Talmud, Qabala, and Old Testament. Silver RavenWolf says these two books were once found in almost all Pennsylvania Dutch households.

Pow-wow tools include common items such as spools of red and black thread, a ball of red yarn, several lengths of red and black ribbons, small hand-made ceramic bowls, a seam ripper, a creek stone (divinity stone) and a container of holy water. Red and white are the basic colors used in pow-wow.

Pow-wowing was still common in the early 20th century. Gradually over time, several local murders were attributed to pow-wowers. One belief held by some pow-wowers was that a curse could be broken by killing the person who placed it. Pow-wowing rapidly declined in the 1920s when the news media portrayed it as an embarrassing example of backward and superstitious Pennsylvania Dutch behavior. While researching her book, Silver RavenWolf found only elderly pow-wow practitioners, who often lived in local nursing homes.
Children of Jacob Derry and Mary Moll" are:
  22 i.   Bazil Derry, born Apr 1786 in Bedford Co, PA; died 20 May 1879 in Fayette Co, PA; married Mary Polly Schultz Abt. 1812.
  ii.   Jacob Derry, born 07 Mar 1795 in PA or VA; died 02 Nov 1877 in LaGrange, Lewis Co, MO; married Rachel Bright 1816; born 07 Jan 1797 in VA; died 1860 in Lima Twp, Adams Co, IL.
  More About Rachel Bright:
Burial: Tioga Cemetery, Lima

  iii.   Rhoda Derry, born 1804 in Haydentown, PA; died 1875 in Connersville, IN; married Jacob Isenhour; born 1793 in PA; died 1849 in PA.
  iv.   Mary Derry, born 1811; married Unknown Fowler; died Bef. 1850.

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