Philo Derick was born on 17 November 1819, in Noyan, Quebec, twin of Philip Derick and son of John Philip Derick and Elizabeth Hurlburt. He married Phoebe Adelia Flagg (1825-1890) on 10 October 1848. Together they had four children: Myron Lloyd, Melvin Church, Morris Colton and Ernest Elisha. Philo was a farmer in Noyan, with interests in bee-keeping and was involved in church activities. The family oral history also makes note of his involvement in the 1837-1838 Rebellions by transferring ammunition and guns from Ile-aux-Noix to Missisquoi Bay. Philo died on 28 February 1901 and was buried at the St. Thomas Cemetery in Noyan.