Person:Francis Berry (3)

m. ABT 1715
  1. James BerryABT 1716 - BEF 1749
  2. William BerryABT 1720 - Bef 1793
  3. Charles BerryABT 1725 - 1789
  4. Francis Berry1734 - 1800
  5. Rebecca Berry1745-1750 - 1825
  6. Mary Berry1748 - 1828
m. ABT 1753
  1. Francis Berry1754 - 1816
  2. Elizabeth BerryABT 1756 -
  3. Rachel BerryBef 1757 -
  4. Thomas Berry1761 - 1835
  5. Mary BerryABT 1763 -
  6. John Berry1764-1770 -
  7. Esther BerryABT 1766 -
  • HFrancis Berry1734 - 1800
Facts and Events
Name[1] Francis Berry
Gender Male
Birth? 1734 St Pauls Parrish, Stafford, Virginia, USA
Alt Birth[1] 1734 King George, Virginia, USA
Marriage ABT 1753 VAto Isabel McGowan
Death[1] 1800 Washington, Virginia, USA

Will of Francis Berry in Washington County, VA

Know all men by these presents, That I, Francis Berry senior being in my right sences do make my last Will and Testament and do therefore appoint James Crow and James Trimble for my executors therefore if Samuel Dunlap does not pay for the land which was formerly my property purchased from me by said Samuel Dunlap before mentioned before my decease I do therefore authorize and impower said James Crow and James Trimble before mentioned being my executors, to receive ninty seven pounds lawful money of the currency of the State of Virginia from the said Samuel Dunlap above mentioned due to me by the said Samuel Dunlap for the ??? before mentioned sold by me to said Samuel Dunlap and when payment is made, the said James Crow and James Trimble is to give a right of said land to the above mentioned Samuel Dunlap and likewise to deliver up the bonds of said money, Above mentioned at the time of payment, And when I live and die I do therefore allow them to be easonably and fully satisfied for the trouble and care they took of me during the term of time I abode with them. As for my son Francis I rest assured and am satisfied in my mind that he has received plenty both for the trouble he was at with me and his legacy likewise and I do then think proper to leave him in this my last Will and Testament one dollar and the remainder of my children namely Elizabeth Gibson and Thomas Berry to each one twenty shillings and my other three daughters namely Mary Johnston Rachel Trimble and Easter White the monies then remaining to be fairly and equally divided among them and do therefore acknowledge and certify this said Will and testament to be my true and genuine last Will and Testament and all other former Wills before made or caused to be made by me Francis Berry to be void, and this only to be my legal right and lawful last Will and testament Page 236 as given under my hand and seal In the presence of John Ryburn John Trimble this sixth day of August one thousand and seven hundred and ninety nine 1799 Witness present John Ryburn, John Trimble, James Trimble, Jr. by Francis Berry

At a court held for Washington County the 18th day of March 1800, this last Will and Testament of Francis Berry dec. was exhibited into court and proved by the oaths of John Ryburn and James Trimble jun. two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be seconded. And on the motion of James Trimble and James Crow the executors therein named who took the oath prescribed by law and together with Samuel McChesney their securities acknowledged their bond in the sum of six hundred 66 dollars by ants (?) conditioned as the law directs. A certificate for the probat of the said will is therefore granted them in due form Attest And.w Russell D.C.

Information on Francis Berry

B.4. Francis Berry {B.4.}

   Francis Berry {B.4.} was born at an unknown date and place. A birth date range for what appears to be his oldest child (Francis Berry, Jr.) has been noted as being between 1744 and 1755, so if Francis Sr. was born at least 25 years earlier, his birth can be approximated to have occurred sometime between 1719 and 1730.274,275 The elder Francis Berry doesn't appear in Augusta County records until 1774, but all of his brothers are first documented in Augusta County at much earlier dates (James in 1749, William and Charles in 1746),21 which might suggest that Francis Sr. was a younger brother, thus possibly pushing his birth date toward the middle of this age range, maybe more like 1725. From another point of view, Francis Berry, Jr., was married in 1775 to a woman who was born in 1754. If Francis Jr. was about the same age as his wife, and was in his mid twenties when he got married, that would place the birth date of Francis Jr. around 1750. Likewise, if Francis Sr. was about 25 years old when his first child was born, then the birth date of Francis Sr. can be approximated as being 1725. Admittedly, these analytical methods are based on approximations not documentation, but they provide the only means (albeit flawed) of estimating the birth date of Francis Berry, Sr. The location of Francis' father, the elder John Berry, prior to 1753 is unknown, so the birth location of Francis cannot be pinpointed more accurately than being either in northern Ireland, Scotland, Pennsylvania or Virginia. Based on the timing of William MaGill, Sr.'s movements and the close association of the Berrys with him (as shown in section A.1 of this report), it seems quite unlikely that Francis Berry was born in Virginia.286 
  At an unknown date and place Francis Berry married a woman named Isabel/Isabella. No last name has been documented for Isabel, although one source has suggested that her last name was McCown.287 While their marriage date is not known, a range of dates for the event can be established based on the same type of analysis that established an approximate birth date for Francis. Although there are numerous exceptions, it seems that most males from this time period got married in their early to mid twenties. If Francis was born in 1725, then one would expect his marriage to have occurred around 1750. Since the location of the father of Francis Berry (the elder John Berry) cannot be documented in Augusta County prior to 1753, it seems likely that Francis and Isabel were married in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania rather than Augusta County, Virginia. 
  Francis Berry can be traced through primary source records from 1774 in Augusta County, Virginia to 1802 in Washington County, Virginia. He moved to Washington County in 1777, and passed away there sometime between 6 August 1799 (when his will was written) and 18 March 1800 (when his will was proved). Burial was either in a local cemetery or, possibly, on the family farm. Isabel had probably passed away prior to that date, since she is not mentioned in his will. It seems likely that Isabel died in Washington County, Virginia, since she appears to have been still alive just prior to their move from Augusta County. 

Partial Timeline for Francis Berry (complete listing at source):

10 Oct. 1770 Francis Berry listed as son in will of John Berry.

Dec. 1774 The Library of Virginia Land Office Grants, Land Office Patents and Grants, Patent No. 42, 1773 – 1774, page 823

Margin Notation: Francis Berry 113 Acres Augusta

29 Aug. 1777 Augusta County, Virginia, Will Book 6, page 334 List of those indebted to the estate of Roger North… Geo. Berry (son to Francis) … James Berry son to Francis

18 Nov. 1777 Augusta County, Virginia, Deed Book 22, page 190 THIS INDENTURE made the eighteenth day of November in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and Seventy Seven Between Frances Berry and Isabella his Wife of the County of Augusta of the one part & Andrew Haysaw of the said County of Augusta of the other part WITNESSETH that for and in Consideration of the sum of Seventy five Pounds Current money of Virginia to the said Frances Berry and his Wife Isabella in hand paid by the said Andrew Haysaw at or before the sealing & delivering of these Presents the right whereof he doth hereby Acknowledge and thereof doth release aquit and discharge the said Andrew Haysaw his Executors -- Administrators by these Presents the said Francis Berry and Isabella his Wife hath Granted bargained sold Aliened released and Confirmed and by these Presents doth Grant sale to him thereof made by said Frances Berry & Isabella his Wife for one whole year by Indenture bearing date the day next before the day of the date of these Presents & beforce of the statute for Transferring uses into Possession & his heirs one hundred and three acres of land in the County of Augusta between the north Mountain and Bevereleys Maner and bounded as followeth BEGINNING at a black & red oaks near Beverleys line and north fifty degrees west (more listed at source)

09 August 1781 Washington County, Virginia Survey Records Abstracts, page 290 Thomas Hill - 300 ac - Commissioners Certificate - on the waters of the fifteen mile creek - corner to Thomas Berry - May 26,1784 ...Thomas Hill, assignee of William Berry - 350 ac - by actual settlement made in 1778 bounded by Agnes White, Frances Berry & Thomas Berry the place whereon he now lives -

30 August 1781 Washington County, Virginia Survey Records Abstracts, page 289 Francis Berry - 140 ac - Commissioners Certificate - on a branch of the Middle Fork of Holstein River - beginning corner to Samuel Henry - corner to Thomas Hill - May 26, 1784...Francis Berry, assignee of William Berry - 150 ac - on the waters of the Middle Fork of Holstein on the north side includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1777

21 Mar. 1783 At a Court held & continued for Washington County Francis Berry proves five days attendance as a witness for Jas. Craig at the suit of Alexander Smith.

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