Facts and Events
Thomas Berry was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Thomas Berry's land (Borden Tract NE bordering Beverley Manor SW, 4 Tracts: 1) 65 acres acquired from William Berry in 1753 (part of William Berry's 145-acre tract); 2) 168 acres acquired from Arthur Kennedy in 1755 (part of David Kerr's 368-acre tract sold to Kennedy); 3) 82 acres acquired from Robert Robinson and Isabella, his wife in 1754; and 4) 218-acres from Robert Robinson and Isabella his wife, in 1754 (listed as originally patented to James Shields, but conveyed to his son John Shields; but more likely the 298½ acres acquired by James Shields from Samuel McCutcheon in 1746)) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Note: according to the Chalkley's record of tracts 3 & 4, listed below, these two tracts were adjoining each other. It is thought by this researcher that tract #4 was probably the 298½ acre tract acquired by James Shields from Samuel McCutcheon in 1746, which adjoined the "Beverley Manor Line", which was most likely the tract originally patented to Robert Robinson.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 125.--1st March, 1753. William Berry and Jane, to Thomas Berry, 65 acres Moffet's Creek; corner David Hays; part of 145 acres conveyed by Borden to Wm., 23d June, 1746.
- Page 1.--15th March, 1754. Robert Robinson and Isabella, his wife, of Augusta, to Thomas Berry, of Augusta, two tracts adjoining and joining Beverley Manor and Borden's tract. 1st.--82 acres in Beverley Manor, conveyed by Beverley to Ro. Robinson. Beverley Manor line, cor. James Lusk (Loosk); cor. Patrick Cook, deceased; cor. Burden's tract and Beverley Manor. 2d.--In Borden's land, 218 acres conveyed by Borden to James Shields, cordwainer, and conveyed (vid chancery cause, County Court) by James Shields, guardian of John Shields, son and heir-at-law and orphan child of said James Shields to Ro. Robinson; James Loosk's line; Beverley Manor line, cor. Samuel McCutcheon. Robert Robinson. Isabella (her mark) Robinson. Teste: John Shields, James Welch, Thos Branan.
- Page 87.--3d May, 1755. Arthur Kennedy and Jane, taylor, to Thomas Berry, plantationer, £56.12.6, 168 acres purchased by Arthur from David Kerr on Capt. Joseph Kennedy's Mill Creek, part of Borden's tract; corner Robert Gray's line; McNut's new line; corner Francis Beatey. Jeane (mark) Kennedy. Livery by a rail in the fence.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 398.--16th March, 1757. Thomas Berry and Esther ( ) to James Trotter £60, two tracts adjoining each other and the line of Beverley Manor and Borden's tract: 1st, 82 acres in Beverley Manor, cor. James Loosk, patent line; cor. lines of Patrick Cook; cor. Borden's tract and Beverley Manor; 2d, 218 acres in James Loosk's line; Beverley Manor patent line and Borden's tract; cor. Samuel McCutchen; cor. James Shields, both conveyed to Thomas, 15th March, 1754, by Ro. Robinson and Isabella. Teste: Wm. Frame, James Bell, Jno. McPheetters. Delivered: Jno. Davis, 1758. (Note: this record confirms that Thomas Berry had married his second wife, Esther Ward prior to this date (actually before 1754)).
- Page 242.--21st June, 1763 . Thomas Berry and Esther to James Berry, son of Thomas, £25, 168 acres purchased by Thomas from Arthur Kenedy on Capt. Joseph Kennedy's Mill Creek, in Burden's tract; corner Robert Gray; McNutt's new line; corner Francis Beaty. Teste: Alexander McNutt, Jas. McNutt, Thomas Berry, Jr. Delivered: James Berry, April, 1765.
Processioning List of 1748, 1755, 1759, & 1764
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 16.--12th April, 1748: John Montgomery and Francis McCown: 18th January, processioned for Patrick Hays; 12th January, processioned for Samuel Dunlap, Pat Hays present; 12th January, processioned for Wm. Lockridge, Samuel Dunlap present; 18th January, processioned for James Archer, Richard Cousor present; 18th January, processioned for Wm. Mc Canless, Robt. Dunlapp present; Jno. Lowry, Robt. Dunlapp present; Robt. Dunlapp, Robert Lowry present; 14th January, processioned for Samuel Anderson, Wm. McCanless present; Geo. Henderson, Ro. Lowry present; Wm. Mitchell, Jas. Moore present; 15th January, processioned for Wm. Cowdon, Robert Bags present; Francis McCown, John Downy present; James Moore, Alexander Walker present; James Robinson, Jas. Walker present; 15th January, processioned for Alex. Walker, Jno. Walker present; 27th January, processioned for John Walker, James Walker present; processioned for James Walker, James Robinson present; processioned for Samuel McCutchen; processioned for James Shields; processioned for John Shields; processioned for Nathan Lusk; 28th January, processioned for Thomas Berry; processioned for Wm. Berry; processioned for James Trimble; processioned for James Martin; processioned for Joseph Coulton; processioned for Robert Coulton.
- Page 154.--1755: John Risk and John Shields processioned as follows, viz: For Robert Campbell, for James Hunter, for James Trotter, for John Shields, for James McCutchion, for Widow Campbell, for Widow Campbell, for Wm. Hunter, for Saml. McCutchen, for Thos. Berry, for John McCutchion, for David Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for Wm. Ledgerwood. for James Moffet, for Nathl. Davies, for Nichs. Leeper, for Danl. Downey, for George Peny, for Saml. Sprowl, for Thos. Kirkpatrick, for Jno. Kirkpatrick, for Jno. Risk, for Jno. Risk, for Jno. Risk, for James Clark, for John Shields, Jr., for David Cunningham, for Chas. Berry, for James Callison, for James Marten, for Josiah Richarts, for David Hays, for Alex. McFeeters, for James Gilmore, for James Lockhart, for Alex. Richey, for Jacob Lockhart, for John Peny, for Mathew Willson, for John Willson, for Widow Patterson, for John McCillery, for James McCillery, for Arter Hamilton, for Wm. Buntin, for Robert Gamel, for Jno. Buchanan, for Patrick Cooks (deceased), for David Richey; Wm. Brown (said he was going to leave his land and didn't care about it).
- Page 260.--1759: Processioned by James Gilmore and Samuel McCutcheon, viz: For David Cunningham, for Mathew Wilson, for John Buchanan, for Charles Berry, for Robert Gaml, for Thos. Berry, for David Hays, for James Bower, for Alex. Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for James Moffett, for Arthur Hamilton, for Samuel Downey, for James Callison, for Alex. McFeeters, for David Campbell, for James McCutcheon, for John McCutcheon, for Wm. McCutcheon, for Wm. Sprowl, for Wm. Martin, for James Trotter, for Samuel McCutcheon, for Wm. McCutcheon, Jr., for James Hunter, for Robert Campbell, for John Risk, for James Gilmore, for Francis Donalay, for Wm. Ledgerwood, for Capt. James Lockhart, for Wm. Hunter.
- Page 377.--Processioners appointed as follows, viz (1764): William Robinson and James Robinson, from Heads of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. William Bryan and James Neilly, from Fort Lewis on Waters of Roan Oke. James Rowland and Joseph Montgomery, Thomas Ramsey and James Lawderdale, on Waters of Catawbo and James River on the South Side. James McGayvock, James Gilmore, John Poage, John Thompson, between Buffalo and James River. John Paxton, Abraham Brown, Andrew Miscampbell, Alex. Collier, between Buffalo and the North River to the North Mountain. Wm. Taylor, Thos. Paxton, Moses Whitesides, Jno. McClung, from North River to Beverley's line between the Great Road to the Court House and South Mountain. Andrew Hall, James Buchanan (son of William), Thos. Berry, James Trotter, from North River to Beverley's line between the Great Road to the Court House, by Cap. Bowyers and the North Mountain.
Records of Thomas Berry in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 201.--29th November, 1749. Elizabeth E. Berry's bond as administratrix of James Berry, with sureties Thomas and Charles Berry.
- Page 533.--15th November, 1752. Borden, &c., to Wm. Berry, 130 acres of 92,100; James Trimble's line, near Moffett's Creek; Thomas Berry's line; David Hay's run. Delivered: Wm. Martin, July, 1760.
- Page 241.--18th November, 1760 [sic]. Robert Gray, of Rowan County; North Carolina, by John Tate, attorney, to James Craige, 5 shillings, 200 acres in Borden's tract; corner to tract sold by Francis Beaty on Flat Spring Run; corner Thomas Berry; conveyed by Borden, Jr., to David Kerr and by David and Katherine to Robert. Teste: Gabriel Madison, John Frogg, Luke Bowyer.
- Page 596.--15th June, 1764. Wm. Berry, planter, and Jane to John Trotter, planter, £_, 210 acres on Moffet's Creek in Borden's tract; Wm. Clark's line, Thomas Berry's line. Teste: George Berry. Delivered: John Cunningham by order, 11th August, 1781.
- Page 478.--19th November, 1766. William Clark's appraisement (by Thos. Berry, Robt. Gay, Saml. McCutchen), recorded--One smoothing iron; 2 boxes of silver and other bullion and cash. James Ward, Dr.; Jno. Cowarden, Dr.; David Williams, debtor.
- Page 320.--21st August, 1770. Jane Martin's renunciation of right to administer in favor of George and Andrew Martin. Test: Joh Pettrson, Michael Harra, David Hays, Thomas Berry.
- Page 375.--28th August, 1770. Patrick Martin's estate appraised by Thomas Berry, Saml. McCutchen, Geo. Jaineson.
- Page 311.--20th August, 1771. James Berry and Elizabeth ( ) to James McKemy, £115, 168 acres purchased by James Berry from Thomas Berry, his father, on Cap. Joseph Kennedy's Mill Creek, in Borden's 92100; corner Robert Gray's land, McNutt's new line; corner Francis Beatie's land. Teste: James Cooper, John McCutchen, John Malcom. Delivered: Wm. McKemy. 19th June, 1772.
- Page 283.--4th August, 1774. Francis Kirtley's will--To wife, Elizabeth Kirtley, the tract his youngest son is to have; to son, Francis, tract at foot of the mountains where testator formerly lived, 1,100 acres, and the place Thos. Berry now lives on, and 5 negroes; to son, John Kirtley, 3 tracts in Orange County called, viz: Bryan's Trackt, Golding's Trackt, and Maddey's 600 acres, and also tract called the Grass Thicket in Augusta and the land on Nacked Creek; also testator's part of the land where Ruben Roach lives, and 5 negroes; to daughter, Elizabeth Kirtley, land bought of Eastise's estate called Pinkey's Old Mill Place; to son, Honorius Powell Kirtley, infant, land on Buns Run, being part of land testator lives on; to son, Sinkle Kirtley, other part of the land on Buns Run. (Fifteen negroes bequeathed besides those above.) Brother William Kirtley, if living, to make division. Executors, wife Elizabeth, son Francis Kirtley, son John Kirtley. Teste: William Kirtley, John Caurfey, Jane Crawford. Proved, 16th November, 1774, by the witnesses. Elizabeth refused to execute and renounced the provisions of the will. Francis Kirtley qualified with Thomas Lewis, Daniel Smith.
- Page 544.--17th February, 1778. Recorded. David Hestin's appraisement by Daniel Kidd, James Hill, Jacob Peck--Above goods were sold on the expedition against the Cherokees, to, viz: To Capt. John Gilmore, Robert McClure, Valentine Jones. Capt. Wm. Christian for Thos. Berry, Gawin Hamilton, Samuel McGill. Samuel Henderson, Wm. Ritchie, James McGlaughlin, James Cuddy, Jos. Guinn.
Information on Thomas Berry
From Rootsweb.com post:
Descendants of Thomas Berry
Thomas BERRY b: 1718 in Ireland to Augusta Co., VA d: Dec 16, 1799 in
Abbington, Washington Co., VA
+Esther 'Rebecca' BUCHANAN b: 1718 in Staunton, Augusta Co., VA d: 1755 in
Augusta Co., VA m: 1741 in Stauton, Augusta Co., VA Father: Mother:
- 1 James BERRY b: 1741 in Westmoreland Co., VA d: in Bowling Green, KY
+Elizabeth MCCRUTCHEN b: 1744 in VA d: Bef 1798 in Probably Blount
TN or back in VA m: 1762 Father: Mother:
2nd Wife of James Berry:
+Rebecca REAGAN b: Abt 1780 d: in TN or KY m: Aug 20, 1798 in
Blount Co., TN Father: Charles REAGAN Mother: Elizabeth HENRY?
- 2 Barbara BERRY b: 1742-1746 in Westmoreland Co., VA
+David DRYDEN, Jr. b: Abt 1736 in PA m: 1763 in Augusta Co., VA
Father: David DRYDEN, Sr. Mother: Dorothy MCCLURE
- 3 William BERRY b: 1744 d: 1781
+Mary MCSPADDEN m: Abt 1760 Father: Mother:
- 4 Rebecca BERRY b: Abt 1748
- 5 Thomas BERRY b: 1750 in Augusta Co., VA d: 1805 in Blount Co., TN
Buried in New Providence Cemetery w/ TN D.A.R. Gravemarker in Maryville, Blount >Co., TN
+Sarah Elizabeth Martha WALKER b: 1766 in Rockbridge Co., VA d: 1836 in MS m: Feb 9, 1788 in Augusta Co., VA Father: William WALKER Mother: Mary STUART
+James TRIMBLE m: in Westmoreland Co., VA Father: Mother:
2nd Wife of Thomas Berry:
+Esther McClure WARD b: 1730 in PA d: 1822 in Washington Co., VA m: 1756 in Augusta Co., VA
- 7 George BERRY b: Jun 28, 1756 in VA d: 1829 in Blount Co., TN
Elizabeth LOWERY Father: Mother:
- 8 Susannah BERRY b: Oct 2, 1757 in Rockbridge Co., VA d: Oct 2, 1822
+Samuel MCCHESNEY b: Jun 22, 1753 in Co. Armagh, Ireland d: Apr 4, 1803 in Washington Co., VA Buried in Green Springs Cem. in Washington Co., VA, m: Abt 1777 Father: James MCCHESNEY Mother: Sarah PATTERSON
- 9 Rebecca BERRY b: Abt 1759 in Rockbridge Co., VA
+Caleb James LITTON b: Abt 1755 Father: Mother:
- 10 John BERRY b: 1760 in Rockbridge Co., VA
+Jane TEMPLE Father: Major TEMPLE Mother: Mary KENNEDY
- 11 Francis BERRY b: 1762
- 12 Elizabeth BERRY b: Abt 1765
- 13 Mary 'Molly' BERRY b: Abt 1768
- 14 Esther BERRY b: Apr 13, 1770 d: Dec 22, 1811
+David MCCORD m: Dec 8, 1795 Father: Mother:
The Will of Thomas berry dated 16 Dec. 1798 and probated 20 Aug. 1799, named wife Esther, and children George, Rebeckah, John, Thomas, Barbara, Elizabeth, Francis and Susannah. Executors were David Dryden, Samuel McChesney, David Lowray. (Wash. Will Bk 1, p. 209, abstracted in
Summers. 1929, p. 1352).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ancestry.com. OneWorldTree (2). (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA;), Database online.