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The Darst Family Archive Newsletter
  Darst. Derst, Dirst, Durst, Dust and Allied Families 15 February 2003  

in this issue

Jacob Calloway Darst our Alamo Defender

We Durst not forget from which we came!

What's In A Name?

The Father of Eureka College

Class of 1933, Eureka College

Dale Denver Darst 1911-1977



Jacob Calloway Darst our Alamo Defender

Jacob Calloway Darst, the grandson of Abraham Derst (1725-1772) a native of Pfeddersheim near the Rhine River in Germany, was one of the immortal 32 who were the only reinforcements to the "Alamo" and gave his life three days later on March 6, 1836.

Jacob C. Darst was born December 22, 1793 at Woodford County, Kentucky, the son of David Darst (1757-1826). While still a child, Jacob migrated with his family and the Daniel Boone family to the Missouri Territory back of St. Louis. The family settled at what became Darst Bottom along the Missouri River near present day Defiance, Missouri.

Jacob along with brother Isaac Darst volunteered for service in the War of 1812. After the death of his father David Darst (1757-1826) Jacob, along with his brother Abraham (who married Daniel Boone's grand-daughter Tabitha Calloway as a first wife) were lured away from family to the prospect of land grants (Spanish) in Texas.

Jacob C. Darst would end up in DeWitt's Colony, settling outside of present day Gonzales (Darst Creek, located on part of one of Jacob's original land holdings, would produce oil during the 1920's to form the Darst Creek Oil Fields). Jacob was a member of the Gonzales "Old Eighteen" who battled Santa Ana's troops at Goliad before his demise at the "Alamo".

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   Dear Robert V,

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  • We Durst not forget from which we came!
  •    Escaping religous persecution and lured by the writings of William Penn, Johann Paul Derst, Blacksmith and citizen of Pfeddersheim, Germany (Palantine) embarked for the new world in the summer of 1732 from Rotterdam. He boarded the ship John & William with many of his fellow protestant palantines.

    Expecting his voyage to Philadelphia to end around September, his ship became long overdue after its brief stop at Dover. With the deaths of nearly 50 souls on this voyage the ship was overtaken by its passengers and arrived at the Port of Philadelphia in mid October. It is not known if any of the dead were family but the first of our known ancestors Paul Derst would survive this tragedy and make it possible for nephew Abraham Derst to migrate in 1743 when he came of age.

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  • What's In A Name?
  •    Since the arrival of Johann Paul Derst (1713-1775) to Philadelphia in 1732 and the later arrival in 1743 of his brother Abraham Jacob Derst's son Abraham Derst (1725-1772) many of their descendents have since left their mark on commerce, education and religon.

    In future issues of this newsletter we will share with you the stories of those family members who have given us significant contributions in all areas of endeavor. Much is gained from the knowlege of past contributions ... the knowlege that we can all strive to uphold past accomplishments and sacrifices.

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  • The Father of Eureka College
  •    John Darst (1818-1895), the son of Jacob Darst (1785- 1852) and grandson of Samuel Derst (1754-1791), was born at Beavercreek TWP., Greene County, Ohio. John Darst and family migrated to Woodford County, Illinois in the spring of 1851. It was there that he laid out the village of Eureka which later became home to Eureka College.

    John Darst lived out the remainder of his life at Eureka. Mr. Darst who fathered 10 sons, five of which served the Union cause during the Cival War, gave back much to his community, his faith (Disciples of Christ) and to his family. His belief in education and high morals were more than enough cause for continued support (financially) and involvement in Eureka College throughout the years. President Ronald Reagan is but one example of Father John Darst's many disciples.

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  • Class of 1933, Eureka College
  •    Ronald Wilson Reagan, known too many as our 40th president of the United States ... and to a small church sponsored (Disciples of Christ) college in central Illinois, a member of the John Darst Society. As a former student of Eureka College, President Reagan has given back much financially to his alma mater and for this has been honored with his own on campus exhibit.

    Displayed prominently on the wall of this Reagan Exhibit is a framed certificate honoring his contributions to Eureka College. The John Darst Society honored President Reagan for his lifetime gifts which have totaled over $25,000.

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  • Dale Denver Darst 1911-1977
  •    This is a tribute to my father Dale Denver Darst (1911- 1977) the son of Jasper McClellan Durst (1884-1970); the grandson of Henry Harrison Durst (1855-1936); the great-grandson of Daniel Durst (1812-1875); the great- great-grandson of David Darst (1785-1814)."Dusty" as he was called, was a loving father of 10 children who passed away much too soon.

    My father was born and raised at Middleport, Meigs County, Ohio ... a small village along the Ohio which is but a few miles from Cheshire, Ohio. Cheshire is where his great-great-grandfather David Darst ( first cousin to Jacob C. Darst) once owned land passed down from father Abraham Darst (1745-1822) ... himself the son of Abraham Derst (1725-1772). More will be shared in future issues.

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