George (not DNA related) Berry
- Born: 1805, , Bath, Virginia, USA 1 2
- Marriage: Isabel Given on 18 Nov 1834 1
- Died: 10 Jun 1884, Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa, USA at age 79 3
- Buried: Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa, USA 3
Noted events in his life were:
• Deed: Slaves to her siblings 1 of 3, 16 May 1817, , Bath, Virginia, USA. 4
Transcribed by Bill Barry: three images
Nancy Berry. Deed of Gift, 16 May 1817. Accession 40325, Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.
Know all men by these presents, that I
Nancy Berry of the County of Bath and State
of Virginia; for and in consideration of the
natural love and affection which I bear to
Jacob Berry, George Berry, Betsy Berry, and
Robert Berry, Infants; of the County and State
aforesaid. as well as for the further Consideration
of one dollar to me in hand paid by the said
Jacob Berry. George Berry. Betsey Berry. and
Robert Berry Infants. at or before the ensealing
and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is
hereby acknowledged, Have given and granted, and
by these presents do give and grant unto the said
Jacob Berry. George Berry. Betsey Berry and
Robert Berry Infants, their heirs, executors, adminstrators [sic]
and assigns; two Negro girls, whose names
are Rachel, and Daphne, to be equally divided
between said Jacob Berry, George Berry, Betsy Berry,
and Robert Berry, Infants, at that time when
Robert Berry shall have arrived to the age of
twenty one years. To have and to hold the said two
Negro girls, Rachel and Daphne, unto the said
Jacob Berry. George Berry. Betsy Berry, and Robert
Berry, Infants, their heirs, executors, administrators,
and assigns forever. And the said Nancy
Berry for herself, her heirs, executors, administrators,
the said two Negro girls, Rachel, and Daphne,
unto the said Jacob Berry. George Berry.
Betsy Berry, and Robert Berry, Infants
their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns,
against the claim of her, the said Nancy Berry
her heirs, executors, and administrators, and
against the claim or claims, of all and every
person or persons whatsoever, shall and will
warrant and forever defend by these presents ___
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and seal, this Sixtenth [sic] day of May in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
Nancy Berry x her mark *seal*
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of
W McKenry [McKenny?]
x Samuel Berry
x William Berry
Bath County Clerks Office December the 8th 1817
This deed of gift from Nancy Berry to Jacob Barry
George Berry Betsy Berry and Robert Berry was proved
by Samuel Berry and William Berry and admitted
Teste Chs [F?] Francisco clk
Berry to ~ Deed of Gift
1817 Dec 8th proved
Recorded & [Ecd?]
• Guardian, 8 May 1821, , Bath, Virginia, USA. 5
p. 331 Bond by James N. Hamilton and Charles Hamilton to William Sitling-
ton, Andrew S. Warwidk, Robert Bratton and John Slown, gentlemen
ustices, (no amount given) May 8, 1821 for James Hamilton's ser-
vice as guardian of Elizabeth and Robert Berry
p. 332 Bond by Samuel Berry and James Hamilton to (same justices as
above) May 8, 1821 for Berry's service as guardian of George Berry
• Tax Record, 1825, , Bath, Virginia, USA. 6
Berry, Samuel 1,1,3
Berry, George 1,0,0
values = titables, slaves, horses
• Census, 1840, , Lee, Iowa, USA. 7
Twp 69 North, Range 5 West, page 187
line 6 - James N. Hamilton, 0,2,1,2,0,0,1.....//1,1,1,0,1,0,1....
line 7 - William Berry, 0,3,0,0,0,0,1.....// 2,0,0,0,0,1...
line 8 - George Berry, 0,1,0,0,1,1.....// 2,0,0,0,1....
line 18 - George G Hamilton, 1,0,0,0,0,1....// 0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,1...
0 to 5, 5 to 10, 10 to 15, 15 to 20, 20 to 30, 30 to 40, 40 to 50, 50 to 60, 60 to 70, 70 to 80, 80 to 90, 90 to 100, over 100
James 40-50 (1790-1800), wife age 40-50 (1790-1800)
Wm age 40-50 (1790-1800), wife age 30-40 (1800-1810)
Geogre Berry age 30-40 (1800-1810) wife age 20-30 (1810-1820)
George Hamileon age 30-40 (1800-1810) wife age 20-30 (1810-1820), other female age 60-70 (1770-1780)
• Biography: Anti-abolishionist activities, Abt 1845, Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee, Iowa, USA. 8 George and William Berry of Lee Co, IA., captured and returned runaway slaves to their owners for a reward. This conflicted with the prevailing view of slavery by their Quaker neighbors.
• Census, 1850, , Lee, Iowa, USA. 9
1850 United States Federal Census
about George Berry [William Berry also on this page]
Name: George Berry
Estimated birth year: abt 1805
Birth Place: Virginia
Home in 1850(City,County,State): Division 28, Lee, Iowa
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Division 28, Lee, Iowa; Roll: M432_186; Page: 351; Image: 145.
Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432, 1,009 rolls.
This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1850 United States Federal Census, the Seventh Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, age as of the census day, sex, color; birthplace, occupation of males over age fifteen, and more. No relationships were shown between members of a household. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1850 Federal Census.
• Census: Iowa State census, 1856, Pleasant Ridge, Lee, Iowa, USA. 10
Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925
about George Berry
Name: George Berry
Census Date: 1856
Residence County: Lee
Residence State: Iowa
Locality: Pleasant Ridge
Birth Location: Virginia
Family Number: 111
Marital Status: Married
Birth Year: abt 1805
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
George Berry 51
Isabel Berry 40
O A Berry 18
Rachel Berry 16
James G Berry 13
R J Berry 11
Thos G Bery 6
Mary E Berry 3
Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.
This database contains Iowa state censuses for the following years: 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, and 1925. It also includes some head of household censuses and other special censuses from 1836-1897. Information available for an individual will vary according to the census year and the information requested on the census form. Some of the information contained in this database though includes: name, age, gender, race, birthplace, marital status, and place of enumeration.
• Census, 1860, Pleasant Ridge Twp, Lee, Iowa, USA. 11
Household Members: Name Age
George Berry 55
Isabel Berry 44
Christopher A Berry 21
Rachel L Berry 19
James G Berry 17
Rebecca Y Berry 15
Thomas G Berry 10
Mary E Berry 8
Maggie I Berry 3
Charles E Berry 1
• Census, 1870, Pleasant Ridge Twp, Lee, Iowa, USA. 12
George and William on this page
• Biography, 1874, , Lee, Iowa, USA. 13 Transcription by William Barry from:
Illustrated Historical Atlas of Lee County, compiled, drawn and published from personal examinations and surveys by A.T. Andreas, Lakeside Building, corner Clark and Adams Streets, Chicago, Ill. 1874.
George Berry, the fourth son of John Berry and Jennie Givin, was born in Bath County, Virginia, January 16th 1805. His father was a very prominent man; he served in the Revolutionary War; was a member of the Legislature, besides filling many other important positions. Mr. Berry's ancestors, both in his father's and mother's families were of Irish extraction. November 9th, 1816, his father died, at the age of fifty-two; his mother, June 25th, 1811, at the age forty-one.
In 1836, Mr. Berry left his native State, and moved to Peoria, Illinois. He taught school there for one winter, and the next year he came to this county. He bought the claim where he now lives, rented some improved land, put in some corn, and returned to Illinois for his family, who arrived here June 6th, of the same year. In 1840, he removed to his present residence in Pleasant Ridge Township. His education was obtained in the common schools of his native State. He enjoyed one very rare advantage; he had excellent teachers with whom to spend his time while in school. In this way, and by seven years experience as a teacher, he enriched his mind with many gems of knowledge obtained by a very few in those times. Being a good penman, he also spent some time as a teacher of penmanship.
In 1834, November 18th, Mr. Berry was joined in marriage to Isabel Given.
By this marriage ten children have been born, only seven of whom are now living, four sons and three daughters. In 1827, Mr. Berry pledged his faith in the cause of Christianity by uniting with the Methodist Church; Mrs. Berry joined in 1834; four children are also members.
In politics, Mr. Berry was born, educated, and true to his raising, has always been a Democrat. We must remark, however, that he has not been blinded by party prejudice to vote for men of his party, regardless of their principles, morals and ability. He always keeps this principle before him: Whatever is to his neighbor's interest is to his own, and to benefit them is to benefit himself. In
1846 he was chosen delegate to a convention to adopt a State Constitution. In this convention they changed the old Constitution, and when it was finished it was accepted by Congress. In 1839, he was elected Surveyor; he has also filled a few township offices. He takes a warm interest in the work being done by the Grangers. He now lives in comfortable circumstances, and although his health is very poor, he lives happily in the midst of a Christian loving family.
• Biography, 1879, , Lee, Iowa, USA. 1 13 Transcription by Carol Vass from:
History of Lee County, Iowa, copyright 1879.
Berry, George, far., Sec. 8; P. O. West Point; the fourth son of John and Jenny Berry, natives of Bath Co, Va., where he was born Jan. 16, 1805; at 12 years of age, having lost both his parents, he made his home with his elder brothers and sisters, until 18 years of age, and having acquired a good common-school education with a few terms at a select school, he engaged in teaching; this he engaged in for seven years, when, his health having failed, he traveled. Nov. 18, 1834, he married Isabel, daughter of James and Elizabeth Given, nee Graham; she was born in Nicholas Co., Va., Jan. 8, 1816; in the fall of 1836, they removed to Peoria, Ill., and in the spring of 1837 became pioneers of Lee Co, Iowa; poor in purse, he rented what was then the Edson farm, and, at the land-sales of 1838, purchased his present property, consisting of 165 acres of land, now valued at $40 per acre. In 1846, Mr. Berry was a Delegate to the Convention for the purpose of reframing the Constitution made that year; in 1849, he was made Deputy United State Surveyor, and the same year, had ten townships assigned him west of Dubuque for surveying, and held the office of County Surveyor for fifteen years; he was one of three members who organized the townships into school districts. Mr. and Mrs. Berry have ten children, seven of whom are living - Elizabeth J., born Feb. 5, 1836, died Sept. 22, 1840; Christopher A., June 6, 1838, an attorney of law at Casey, Iowa; Rachel L., June 13, 1840, the wife of Thomas Anderson, a farmer of Harrison Tp; James G., Nov. 4, 1842, an attorney at Casey, Iowa; Rebeccca J., Jan. 5, 1845, died Aug. 21, 1871; Arthur G., Oct. 6. 1847, died Jan. 17, 1851; Thomas G., June 25, 1850, at home, managing the affairs of the farm; Mary E., May 17, 1852, a teacher at Fort Madison; Maggie J., Feb. 16, 1857, and Charles E., March 13, 1859. Democratic; Mr. and Mrs. Berry have, for nearly fifty years, been members of the M. E. Church, in which he holds the offices of Steward and Class-Leader.
• Census, 1880, Pleasant Ridge Twp, Lee, Iowa, USA. 14
Household Members: Name Age
George Berry 75
Isabelle Berry 65
Thomas Berry 29
Mary E. Berry 27
Maggie Berry 23
Charles Berry 21
George married Isabel Given, daughter of James Given and Elizabeth Graham, on 18 Nov 1834.1 (Isabel Given was born on 8 Jan 1816 in , Nicholas , Virginia, USA,1 2 died on 20 Apr 1907 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA 3 and was buried in Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa, USA 3.)