William B. Berry 3
- Born: 1809, , Fayette, Kentucky, USA 4 5
- Marriage: Cyntha Baber on 28 Oct 1830 in , Clark, Kentucky, USA 1 2
- Died: Aft 1870, , , Missouri, USA 6
Other names for William were William B. Barry 3 and William Bryan Berry.3 7 8
That John Berry and Mary Grimes had a son named William B Berry is a proven fact. In an 1832 Fayette County, KY., deed, Willaim B Barry is clearly said to be the son of Mary Craven (previously Berry, and nee Grimes).
The documentation for William B. Berry after that deed is questionable, and is based on the 1830 marriage of William Berry to Cynthia Baber, in Clark County, KY. The problem is that William is not clearly identified as William B., and there were several William Berrys in Clark and Fayette counties of KY., during that time period.
The 1840-70 census data from Howard, Boone, and Randolph counties in MO., may be incorrect for William B Berry, son of John Berry and Mary Grimes. The initial B does not appear in the census reports, and his age seems to be off by several years (birth 1806 instead of 1810 per John Berry marriage Mary Grimes in 1809).
Apr 17, 2009, a death certificate was located for Thomas Berry of Randolph Co. MO. It identified his parents as Wm Berry and Cynthia Baber (also of Randolph Co. MO.). While this confirms that Wm and Cynthia of the 1840-70 Howard/Boone/Randolph census data is the same couple that was united in the 1830 Clark Co., KY., marriage, it does not link Wm to John Berry and Mary Grimes.
Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1810, , Fayette, Kentucky, USA. 9
John Berry 1 [William B], 0 , 0 ,1 [John], 0 : 0 , 0 , 1 [Mary], 0 , 0 , 0 , 4
under 10, 10-15, 16-25, 26-44, 45+ : under 10, 10-15, 16-25, 26-44, 45+, other, slaves
• Probate: Will - James Grimes, 6 Jun 1828, , Fayette, Kentucky, USA. 10 JAMES GRIMES LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT [Grimes #9]
That I James Grimes labouring under great affliction but sound memory and calling mind the state of mortality do or dain to be my last will and testament, that after my death my body -tly buried to return to dust, from whence it came. It is my will and desire that after all my just debts is paid, if any my property should be disposed of in the following manner, and is my further will that the property named to each legatee should undergo a valuation before it is moved in order to give an opportunity of a fair settlement for each of my children have ------an equal share proportion of my estate.
Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sary all of my farm lying between the Boonesborough road and Boggs fork - being about two hundred and forty six acres of land together with all improvements appurtenance during her natural life and at her death to be divided between my sons James Grimes and Lewis Grimes give to James Grimes one hundred acres of said track adjoining the meeting house having ??pect to water and timber for each pace and all my farming tools, the household and kitchen furniture, the riding carriage, twenty head of sheep, twenty head of geese and all the present stock of hogs and her wheels [?] and -, and half of the crop now growing and one half of last years crop of hemp now fit for market, also as there is a quantity of rails lying at the creek and timber and timber to make more, she shall dispose of them to the fairness as the case may require and she may think proper and the following Negroes Dennis, Humphrey, Morgan Jiminay[?], and ----Mattey [?], Spencer, James, and Allen which Negroes together with all the perishable property to be equally divided at her death amongst the hole [sic] of my children and legatee except Humphrey, which is hereafter named and disposed of and should not all of their legatees [?] be equal on a division, it is to be made up to those that lack in seond [sic] [?] division of the property, which is at the death of my wife.
Item-I give to my beloved son William Grimes a Negro by the name of Jacob, a woman by the name of Levian and Clarry her child to have and to hold forever.
Item-I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Mary Bary and my son John Grimes and children all that track or parcel of land lying between the Boonesborough road and the station track beginning at a rock on the Boonesborough road as the corner for the division line, giving to Mary Bary that part where the widow Jones formerly lived, and one hundred acres of land running the line having due regard as to the water for -place and one Negro girl by the name of Tenah and a Negro boy by the name of Jonathan to have and to hold forever.
Item-I give and bequath to my beloved grandchildren, the heirs of John Grimes, dec., Mary B Grimes, Sary Bryan Grimes, -Leonidas Grimes, George G. Grimes the balance of the track of land as named above adjoining Mary Beary the Boonesborough Road and John - to have and to hold forever.
Item-I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter, Elizabeth Garnett a Negro boy by the name of Martin to have and to hold forever.
Item-I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Phebe Gray a Negro boy by name Jinsor [?] and Negro girl by the name of Terelda to have and to hold forever.
Item-I give and bequeath to my beloved son James Grimes after my wife's death one hundred acres of land which has been designated in first item above to have and hold forever.
Item-I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter, Pamelia Bledsoe a Negro boy by the name of William to have and to hold forever.
Item-I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Melinda Porttelow [Partlow?] one Negro boy by the name of Henry to have and to hold forever.
Item-I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Sary Smith one Negro boy by the name of Howard to have and to hold forever.
Item-I give and bequeath to my beloved so Lewis Grimes part of the track of land and improvement whereon I now live being fully explained in the first item, and when he comes to be twenty-one years of old, then to have the Negro boy by name Humphrey which fully understood by myself and wife, and his horse bridle and sadle [sic] have and to hold forever, also a bed and furniture.
Item-It is also my will and desire, that all my married children eaqual [sic] legatees, William Grimes, Mary Beary, Nancy Bradley, Elizabeth Garnett, Sary Smith, Phebe Gray, Parmelia Bledsoe, Melinda Partton, James Grimes, John Grimes, Caroline Embry who have received a portionable [sic] part of their legatees of my estate, which is charged to them in a book kept for that purpose which accts [sic] charged is to be duly regard [sic]. On the settlement in the manner and form the following:
Item-It is also my will and desire that all the residue of my estate, that is not herein disposed of to be -??uted together and commissioners be appointed who shall put fair estimate on it, also to judge the value of the property - win, settling the estate giving each legatee his amount including the book amount so charged against him as far as either of them shall be in arrars to - property or money to make up there dividend eaqual [sic] of the property or money should be in hand, ?? not to wait until it can be moved. Given from under and as my last will a testament revoking all others or parts there. Leaving my three sons William Grimes and James Grimes and Lewis Grimes as my soul executors in conjunction with my wife and Enonch [sic] ????birth (Cutbirth?) Given under my had and seal this 6th day of June 1828.
His X mark
His X mark
This will be received without surety
Acknowledged in the presence of
The foregoing writing purporting to be the last will and testament of James Grimes deceased was produced in Court and proved by the oaths of William Curry, John Davis and Benjamin Grimes the subscribing -thereto and ordered to be recorded which is truly done.
• Court: prenuptual agreement re Mary (Grimes) Berry's marriage to James H Cravens, 13 Sep 1828, , Fayette, Kentucky, USA.
[The following Court records were found in Fayette County, KY:
Presented here as further proof of the mother/son relationship between James Grimes Berry and Mary/Polly (Grimes)(Berry) Cravens.]
Whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemn in heaven betwe en James H. Craven of the County Of Jessamine and ???? Berry, the widow of John Berry ??? late Polly Grimes Berry ??? Whereas the so Polly Berry wishing to secure to her children and Heirs her estate to which she now has title, real, personal ?? at her ?? death. Now therefore, this indenture made this 13th day of September 1828 between the said James H Craven of the County of Jessamine of the first part and Polly ? of the County of Fayette of the second part and James Grimes ? ? County all of the State of Kentucky of the third part.? that more effectively to secure to the heirs of said ? now living, at her death said estate now proposed by her agreed, and for that purpose the said Polly doth hereby con-? unto the said James Grimes in trust for her children as said, all her estate real, personal and mixed. In consideration whereof, and for the further consideration of one dollar have paid to the said Polly by the said James Grimes receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted, gained and ? sold, and by these persons do grant, gain and sell unto the said James Grimes heirs ? in ? as aforesaid all her said estate real, personal and mixed, amount which are the following slaves to wit: one Negro girl named Tenah and Negro boy named Jonathon ? ? of said female slave. To have a nd to hold said ? unto him the said James Grimes ????? till the death of the said Polly and then to her said heirs ?? equally divided among them, which the said James H Craven covenants on his part shall be done, and the said Polly ? on her part, that she will not for herself or heirs claim ? to or have any of the estate of said James H Craven, if she survive him the said James, but do agree that said estate descend wholly to his said James children. In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals th? and date above written.
James H Craven
But it is hereby understood between the parties, that the ? Hereby conveyed is to be and remain in the possession of ? H Craven and said Polly Berry after their marriage ? lifetime of said Polly, then to go in trust as herein ? ? our hands seals the date above.
James H Craven
Commonwealth of Kentucky Fayette County Court:
I James C Rodes clerk of the County Court for the ? do certify that this writing was this day produced to me ? office and acknowledged by James H Craven, Mary ? James Grimes, Jun. Parties thereto, to be their act and the purposes therein contained , and ordered to be ? which is truly done. Given under my hand this 13th September 1828.
J. C. Rodes, Clerk
• Marriage, 27 Oct 1830, , Clark, Kentucky, USA. 1 2
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William B Berry and Cintha Baber October 27th
• Deed: Sale of Baber land, 1831, , Clark, Kentucky, USA. 11
In 1831, William B Berry and Cyntha Baber sell 20 acres to Duncan Baber f or $160.00. The land was on Four Mile Creek, and was from the estate of Cyntha's father, Stanly. The Clark County Clerk had a private interview with Cyntha to be sure that she really wanted to sell this land.
This may not be the son of John and Mary (Grimes) Berry.
• Deed: Sale of property that identifies Mary Berry as his mother, 12 Oct 1832, , Fayette, Kentucky, USA. 12 [This deed clearly identifies Mary (Grimes, Berry) Cravens as William B Berry's mother.]
[Deed to transfer interest in Mary/Polly's inheritance to Lewis Grimes and Jacob Embry.]
[Fayette County Deed Book 8, p. 298, 10/4/1832]
"This indenture made this fourth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two between William B Berry of the County of Fayette and Commonwealth of Kentucky on the one part and Lewis Grimes and Jacob Embry of the county and commonwealth aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Wm B Berry for and in considerati on of the sum of two hundred dollars current money of Kentucky to him in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargain ed and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain sell and confirm un to the Grimes and Embry their heirs and assigns all that tract or ??? of land situate and being in the County of Fayette on the waters of Boone Creek, containing an undivided interest in 100 acres of land and bounded as follows beginning at a rock on the Boonsborough road as the corner for the division ??? which land was willed by James Grimes dec'd to Mary Berry the mother of said William B Berry reference being had to said will record ed in the Fayette County Court office will more at large appear. It bei ng understood that the said Wm Berry only conveys his interest in said tract of land,, willed as aforesaid as one of the children of said Mary Berry formerly Mary Grimes. Together with all and singular the premises ther eunto belonging or in any wise appertaining. To have and to hold the la nd hereby convenyed with the appurtenances unto the said Grimes and Emb ry their heirs and assigns forever. And the siad William B. Barry (sic) f or himself his executors and administrators, the aforesaid tract of land a nd premises, ___ the said Grimes and Embrey (so far as said interest exten ds) their heirs or assigns against the claim or claims of all and every pe rson or persons whatever, ___ and will forever defend by these presents. In witness whereof the said William B Berry hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and date first above written.
William B Barry (sic)
Commonwealth of Kentucky, Fayette County to wit:
I, James C. Rodes, Clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid do certify that this deed from William B Berry to Lewis Grimes and Jacob Embry was this day produced to me and acknowledged by said William B Berry to be his act and deed and ordered to be recorded which is truly do ne in my office. Given under my hand this 12th day of October 1832.
J C Rodes, Clk, FCC"
• Census: William Berry, 1840, Howard County, Missouri, USA. 13 1 male 5-10, 1 male 30-40 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 20-30
[note female 20-30 does not fit Synthia of 1850 census also m 5-10 is not in the house in 1850]
• Census: William B Berry's family, 13 Aug 1850, , Howard, Missouri, USA. 14 Howard County, Missouri, 13 August 1850: page 68: Line 30-35
Willaim Berry 46 M Farmer b. Kentucky [age does not fit William B]
Synthia Berry 44 F "
Lucy A. Berry 12 F Missouri
Martha Berry 9 F "
Nancy Berry 6 F "
John Berry 4 M "
• Census, 29 Jun 1860, Cedar Twp, Boone, Missouri, USA. 15 page 54, Cedar Twp, 29 Jun, Line 27-34
Wm Berry age 54, m, farmer, KY [age not correct for 1808 marriage of John Berry to Mary Grimes]
Centhia age 53, f, ,KY
Luch A age 21, f,,MO
Martha age 19, f, , MO
Nancy age 17, f, , MO
John age 14, m, , MO
Thomas age 9, , MO
John Forset age 81, m, farmer, VA
• Census, 25 Jul 1870, Howard County, Missouri, USA. 6 page 33, Chariton Twp, 25 Jul, Line 36
Berry, William, age 64, m, w, farmer, KY [age still off by 2-3 years]
Cynthia, age 66, f, w, keeping house, KY
Thomas, age 19, m, w, farm hand, MO
Shultz, Henry, age 27, m, w, farm hand, OH
Martha, age 27, f, w, at home, MO
William married Cyntha Baber, daughter of Stanley Baber and Unknown Calpernia, on 28 Oct 1830 in , Clark, Kentucky, USA.1 2 (Cyntha Baber was born in 1805 in , , Kentucky, USA,16 died on 8 Mar 1889 in , Randolph, Missouri, USA 17 and was buried in Mar 1889 in , Randolph, Missouri, USA 17 18.)