John H. BERRY

John H. BERRY

Male 1832 - 1875  (~ 43 years)

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  • Name John H. BERRY 
    Born Between 1827 and 1832  Sandy Hill, MD; Horntown, VA; or South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between Aug 1870 and 1 Jun 1875 
    Person ID I00021  Sorensen-Remington Family Tree
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2018 

    Father John BERRY,   b. Abt 1795, Accomack Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 14 Jun 1843  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Mother Maria HOLLAND,   b. Abt 1800, VA or MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 9 Oct 1822  Worchester County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • I have a photocopy of the original marriage register, obtained from the Maryland Archives.
    Family ID F00097  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eliza Ann ELSBREE,   b. 5 Nov 1832, Fall River, Bristol Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1913, Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 19 Sep 1853  New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • In their marriage record of 1853, both John & Eliza were identified as residents of New Bedford. It was a first marriage for both. John's birthplace is given as Sandy Hill, MD; his occupation is given as mariner. John's parents are named as John and Maria; Eliza's father is named as Benjamin Elsbree (no mother named). (New Bedford Vol.69: Pg.129)
    Children 
     1. Sarah M. Berry,   b. 3 Jun 1857, New Bedford, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1901, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     2. John Holland BERRY,   b. 29 Nov 1859, Fall River, Bristol Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1929, Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Eliza Berry,   b. Abt 30 Mar 1864, Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1864, Cranston, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     4. Eliza Virginia "Jennie" Berry,   b. 8 Mar 1865, Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1871, Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F00078  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Great Grandpa Berry
    Great Grandpa Berry

    Great-grandpa Berry

  • Notes 
    • In Sarah's birth record at New Bedford, MA, John's birthplace is given as North Carolina.

      In the Federal Census of 1860, John H. Berry is 29, his wife Eliza is 25, daughter Sarah M. M. is 2, and son John is 6 months. John H. Berry is a seaman, and his birthplace is given as South Carolina. The family is living in Ward 6, Fall River, Bristol Co., MA.

      In the 1865 RI State Census, the family is in Ward 5, District 73, Providence: John H. Berry 33 SC mariner, Eliza A. 30 MA, Sarah M. 8 MA, and John H. Jr 5 MA.

      In the Federal Census on 5 Apr or Aug 1870, John H. Berry 38 and Eliza A. Berry 33 are living in Ward 5, Providence with their children Sarah 13, John H. 10, and Eliza V. 5. A young man, Charles Iakeray (?), is boarding with them. John's occupation is given as "whaler." Again, his birthplace is given as South Carolina, but his marriage certificate and ship's crew list both say he was born in Sandy Hill, MD. Perhaps his parents lived in both places at various times. The family is living near John W. & Mehitable Butts, ages 64 & 60. Could they be related to Eliza? (According to a genealogy at Rootsweb, this is John Wood Butts & Mehitable Wentworth.)

      At one time, Providence was a port for 9 whaling ships (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/55152/55152-h/55152-h.htm).

      My mom, Edna, at one time thought her grandfather John was born in North Carolina. I haven't been able to positively determine where he was born. However, the birth record of my grandfather, John Holland Berry, says that his father John H. Berry was a seaman, born in South Carolina. This agrees with the census information.

      John probably died at sea. This needs more research.

      By 1875 Eliza Berry is a widow, still living in Providence, along with daughter Sarah 18, son John H. 15 (a jeweler), and granddaughter Ada (illegitimate). Eliza later remarries, to Leon Allison.

      "I found a reference in an old book called 'Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore of Maryland,' by Torrence, which said Sandy Hill was 10 miles south of Snow Hill, MD . . . Snow Hill is at the head of navigation on the Pocomoke River, so a few hundred years ago when ship travel was the norm, folks could get from the Virginia Counties on the Eastern Shore up to Snow Hill fairly easy." (from M. K. Miles, compiler of Miles Files Version 7 on the Eastern Shore Public Library Web Site)

      Horntown, VA, is on the VA Eastern Shore near Chincoteague Bay. Horntown Road leads there from Rt. 13.

      Sandy Hill, MD, being about 10 miles south of Snow Hill, must be over the border from Horntown into MD, about adjacent to Purnell Bay or Parker Bay.

      The property owned by John's grandfather James Berry was in Accomack County, VA, east of US Rt. 13 between Mappsville and Temperanceville.

  • Sources 
    1. [S013650] Maryland Archives.

    2. [S013191] Vital Records of New Bedford, MA.