Deturck 2 Site

The DeTurck family is of French Huguenot descent and is descendant from Isaac DeTurck who immigrated to the Hudson River valley in New York in 1708. Isaac was from Picardy in northern France. In 1685, the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes occurred prompting Huguenots throughout France and Alsace-Lorraine to begin fleeing into areas such as England, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, and even Ireland. After the Protestant persecution in France, Isaac opted to flee to America after living for a time in the Alsace-Lorraine region of Germany. The DeTurcks were among the many Huguenot refugees who eventually made their way to America. In 1712, Isaac came to the Oley Valley from New York.

Johan DeTurck was the only son of Isaac DeTurck and was born in 1713. He married Deborah Hoch in 1740 and they had twelve children. Among the DeTurck children, were Revolutionary War soldiers (one of whose equipment is on display at the New Jersey Washington Crossing State Park). Also, son John was the third owner of the old Boone farm where Daniel Boone was born. There are currently many DeTurcks buried in the two family plots located in Oley, Pennsylvania and at the Daniel Boone Farm.

Property History
In approximately 1712, Isaac DeTurck moved to the Oley Valley and purchased three hundred acres near Friedensburg or present-day Oley. In 1725, Isaac DeTurck owned 300 acres and a homestead. DeTurck’s rent for this land was 10 Pounds per 100 acres plus an annual quit rent of one shilling. The 1734 tax list also lists Johan DeTurck (son of Isaac) as owning 300 acres. Even though his mother was still alive, it appears that son Johan was running and/or owned the same amount of land by 1750 and still owned it in 1775. Johan inherited the large family farm in 1761 after his mother’s death.

Well into the 19th century at least, DeTurck descendants continued to own the family farm. The 1854 Berks County Atlas shows a J. DeTurck as the resident, and the 1862 Berks County Atlas lists a Johan DeTurck for the property. By 1958, the property was owned by Dwight Moyer and William Gotwalls and was vacant. In 1967, the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County obtained a 100-year lease on the property from the Gotwalls family. Funds were obtained from the Women’s Club of Oley.

Today the two graveyards are maintained by the Berks County Association for Graveyard Preservation and are in need of funds that will allow the to rebuild 2 of the 4 walls surrounding the Deturck 2 site.

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Please donate to the BCAGP with a note that it is for Deturck 2 to help us in our endeavor to restore the final resting place of the DeTurcks.

Burials at Deturck 1

Johan Deturck April 27, 1787-Nov. 19, 1868 aged 81 6 22

Susanna (Knabb) Deturck w/o Johan July 22, 1795-Sept. 30, 1855 aged 60 2 8


Maria Anna Deturck d/o Johannes & Susannah June 12, 1826-Nov. 27, 1840 14 5 15


Joseph Deturck s/o Johannes & Susanah Dec. 9, 1827-March 20, 1828 O 3 21


Carl Deturck s/o Johanes & Susanna Nov. 30, 1824-Feb. 14, 1825 aged O 2 15
d/o Johannes & Susanna b. June 25, 1820


Amos K. Deturck s/o Johan & Susanna Sept. 16, 1821-June 7, 1893 71 8 21


Sarah K. Deturck d/o Johan & Susanna Feb. 16, 1834-Sept. 15, 1889 aged 55 6 29

Philip Deturck April 30, 1757-Nov.10, 1815 aged 58 6 10 veteran of Revolution

Maria Deturck w/o Philip Dec. 29, 1761-Dec.27, 1821 aged 60 less 2 days

Samuel Deturck s/o Philip May 20, 1798-Sept. 2,1827 aged 29 3 12 veteran of War of 1812


Esther Deturck d/o Phillip Oct. 15, 1800-March 1, 1820 aged 19 4 14


Daniel Deturck s/o Philip Feb. 22, 1792-Nov. 14, 1819 aged 27 8 22 veteran of War of 1812


Susanna Deturck d/o Philip July 15, 1790-April 24, 1818 aged 27 9 9

Burials at Deturck 2

Hannah Deturck d/o Abraham & Esther March 2, 1809-April 12, 1816 aged 7 1 10


Maria Deturck d/o Abraham & Esther July 3, 1817-March 21, 1822 aged 5 8 18


Hanah Deturck d/o Abraham & Esther Dec. 12, 1825-August 30, 1826 aged O 8 18


Ester (Levan) Deturck w/o Abraham Dec. 24, 1785-Sept. 25, 1847 aged 6191

Abraham Deturck April 13, 1785-Oct. 8, 1865 aged 80 5 25


Catharina (Deturk) Deisher w/o Peter March 21, 1792-Jan.24, 1822 aged 29 9 3 [sic]


Anna Deturck w/o Abraham April 11, 1755-June 20, 1829 aged 74 2 9

Abraham Deturck March 3, 1752-April 19, 1829 aged 77 1 16 veteran of Revolution
Susanna Deturck June 6 1831-Oct. 21, 1910 aged 79 4 15
Horace K. Deturck s/o Daniel L. & Deborah Feb. 9, 1857-Dec. 23, 1881 aged 24 10 14


s/o Daniel L. & Debora July 13, 1847-August 24, 1847 aged 6 weeks

Daniel Deturck s/o Daniel & Debora b. Jan. 3, 1854 aged 3/4/19


Deborah Deturck w/o Daniel L. March 1, 1824-Dec, 22, 1901 aged 77 9 21


Daniel L. Deturck Dec. 17, 1819-Dec.25, 1893 aged 74 0 8

Photos of Deturck 1 and Deturck 2