William Berry Jr.1

Male, #2281, (6 May 1842 - 12 Jun 1913)
Father*William Berry (c 1804 - 1881)
Mother*Sarah Nelson (s 1805 - 1883)
Birth*6 May 1842 William was born at Georgia on 6 May 1842. 
Marriage*20 Sep 1868 He married Mariah Gertrude Culpepper at Fayette Co., Alabama, on 20 Sep 1868 at age 26.2 
Death of Father1881 His father William Berry died in 1881. 
Death of Mother1883 His mother Sarah Nelson died in 1883. 
Death*12 Jun 1913 He died at Fayette Co., Alabama, on 12 Jun 1913 at age 71. 
Biography*Jul 2008 Margaret Lindsey Smith wrote: "My Alabama Berrys were/are in Fayette Co. William Berry (1804-1881), a son of John Berry (1752-18??) and Martha Collier (c1780-c1797), was orphaned at an early age, at which time he and his siblings were parceled out to various persons in Jackson Co. GA. Sometime after his marriage to Sarah Nelson (1805-1883) in Jackson Co., he and his wife moved to Alabama...
     "Their children included John Nelson Berry (1823-1877, m Elizabeth Moore), Nancy Berry (1825-1906, m George Washington Brazil), Henry B Berry (1829-1895, m Elizabeth Farquhar) (sic... See next biographical note), Silvester Berry (1831-1852, m Sarah R Johnson), Elizabeth Berry (c1833-?, m ? Moore and then John Rainey), Robert L Berry (c1839-?, m Annie Hyder), William Berry (1842-1913, m Mariah G Culpepper), Sentha Berry (1844-1899, m Albert A Dobbs), Joshua Berry (1844-1862), Sarah J Berry (1948-1914, m J R Stephens), Wilburn T Berry (1850-1926, m Fannie Fullerton and then Dorothy E Fowler).
     "Some of these Berrys stayed in AL, others moved on to TX, OK and
elsewhere."3 
Biography13 Feb 2013 Terry Cargile wrote: "I am a great grandson of William Berry, Jr. and Mariah Culpepper Berry. My grandmother was Hattie Berry Jones, youngest child of Mariah and William, Jr, who inherited the 'Berry Place' when Mariah Culpepper Berry died in 1947. My mother inherited the place when her mother died and I inherited the place in about 1990...
     "William Berry, SR and wife, Sarah, lived with her parents, Sylvester and Margaret Nelson for a short time after their marriage in Jackson County, Ga. During this time, their first two children were born in Georgia --John Nelson in 1823 and Nancy in 1925. Shortly afterwards, the 6 of them joined the great westward migration and settled in Limestone County, (Athens) Alabama. as documented by the 1830 census. Sons Henry and Sylvester were born in Limestone County. Records show that William, SR received a Land Grant in Fayette County in 1835 and family moved there where the rest of his children were born and he and Sarah are buried at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Somewhat sketchy records indicate that all of the Berry's of age served in the Confederate Army. Indications are that sons Robert L, Henry, and Joshua were killed during the war. Joshua died of unknown causes and was buried in Fayette in 1862. Brothers Robert and Henry were members of the 41st Alabama Infantry and are believed to have been killed in the Tennessee campaign of 1863. Henry B. Berry was not the son of William, Sr, but the son of Thompson Berry and was buried next to his father in Pleasant Hill METHODIST church in Berry, Alabama. There are no indications that OUR Henry Berry was ever married.4

Family

Mariah Gertrude Culpepper (15 May 1851 - 1947)
Marriage*20 Sep 1868 He married Mariah Gertrude Culpepper at Fayette Co., Alabama, on 20 Sep 1868 at age 26.2 
Last Edited17 Feb 2013

Citations

  1. E-mail written 1999 to e-mail address from Margaret Lindsey Smith (2gtgd/o #2279), e-mail address (Jul 2008).
  2. Jordan R. Dodd, compiler, Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1999.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192
    Mariah G. Culpepper married William Berry on 20 Sep 1868 in Fayette Co., Alabama.
  3. E-mail written 1999 to e-mail address from Margaret Lindsey Smith (2gtgd/o #2279), e-mail address (Jul 2008).
    (Margaret is a gg-granddaughter of Mariah Gertrude Culpepper and William Berry through their daughter Sarah Ella Berry and her husband Andrew Elijah Patterson.).
  4. E-mail written 13 Feb 2013 to Warren L. Culpepper from Terry Cargile, e-mail address.