Person:John Berry (39)

John Berry
b.1695 Ireland
d.bef. 22 March, 1771
  1. Thomas Berry1683 -
  2. James Berry1690 - 1756
  3. William Berry1691 -
  4. John Berry1695 - bef 1771
  5. George Berry1698 -
  • HJohn Berry1695 - bef 1771
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
Facts and Events
Name[1] John Berry
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1695 Ireland
Marriage ABT 1715 prob. Irelandto
Death[1] bef. 22 March, 1771

John Berry, Sr. was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


John Berry's land (Borden Tract ME, 427 acres, acquired from John McMachen in 1763) 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.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 243.--18th May 1762. John McMachen and Isabella, of Frederick County, to John Berry, £105, 427 acres in Borden's tract purchased by John McMachen from Wm. Purris, and he from James Glasgow, who purchased from Benj. Borden; cor. Alex. Miller.
  • Page 289.--9th October, 1765. John Edmiston and Margaret to John Berry, £43, 170 acres, part of Borden's 92,100; corner John Stewart ( ). Teste: Samuel Buchanan, George Dougherty, Robt. Buchanan, Samuel Edmiston.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 714.---10th November, 1764. John Berry to William Berry, £100, 427 acres in Borden's tract; corner Alexander Miller. Delivered: Wm. Berry, May, 1772.

Will of John Berry

From Chalkley's"

  • Page 404.--10th October, 1770. John Berry's will--To daughter, Mary; to John Nesbit; to John Berry, son of James Berry, deceased; to John Berry, son of William Berry; to John Berry, son of William Berry; to John Berry, son of Francis Berry; to Francis Berry, wheelwright; to Mary Berry, daughter of Wm. Berry, and her sister Elizabeth; to Elizabeth Berry, daughter of Charles Berry; to daughter, Rebecca Berry. Executors, Alexander Walker, wheelwright, and Wm. Edmastonn. Teste: John Walker, Jr., James Walker, Francis Berry. Proved, 22d March, 1771, by John, John (Jr.), and James Walker. Executors qualify (Edmiston's mark ) with John Walker, Jas. Crawford.
  • Page 411.--13th August, 1771. John Berry's estate appraised by Joseph Culton, John Walker, John Stewart--Bonds of Hugh and Francis McClung; Wm. McGaughey, not solvent; Robert Farice, not solvent; Peter Cutwright, solvent; Robt. Buchanan, solvent.
  • Page 446.--9th August, 1771. Estimate of funeral and other charges due Wm. Berry and Alex. Walker, executors from the estate of John Berry, by James Walker, James McCamphell, Alex. Walker, Andrew Hays
  • Page 173.--16th May, 1781. Recorded. John Berry's estate settlement -- Paid Margret Kirkpatrick, Samuel Neizbitt, Elizabeth Henry. Debts and legacies paid by the executor--To David McCrea for funeral liquor, £1.7.0, Anthony Kelly for a coffin, Margret Rutherford, Capt. John Gilmore, Wm. Berry, James Berry, Rebecca Buchanan, Robt. Fearis, Alex. McIlroy, George and Charles Berry. Robt. Kilpatrick, Rebecca Kelly, Mary Johnson, Elizabeth Bell, Andrew McCampbell for Jno. Berry, Jr., Francis and Elizabeth Berry, Mary Neizbitt, John Berry Shoemaker, Rebecca Gillaspy.

Records of John Berry in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's"

  • Page 280.--15th November, 1758. Accounts against estate of William Magill paid by Hugh Campbell and Robt. Cravens. Legacies paid, viz: To James, John, William, Margaret McGill, Hugh Campbell, John Jones, Robert Dickson, John Berry, Ro. Fouller (to each of these £9, 1, 6).
  • Page 96.--8th November, 1766. John ( ) McClure and Mary ( ) to John Davis, £43, 100 acres in Forks of James and his part of a tract of 200 acres formerly belonging to Robert Armstrong, deceased. Teste: James Crow, John and James Berry. Delivered: Jno. Davis, November, 1776. (Note: the John and James Berry in this record are probably the nephews of this John Berry, sons of James Berry, dec'd in 1749).
  • Page 135.--7th July, 1768. James Rutherford's estate appraised, by Joseph Culton, John Berry, John Walker; John McCampbel's bond; Thos. Hutson's; Mat. Moorchead's.

Information on John Berry

B. John Berry {B.}

    John Berry {B.} (~1690 - 1770/1771) was born and married at an unknown date and place, probably in either Scotland or northern Ireland, but there is no supporting documentation at the present time verifying anything other than a short period of his life in Augusta County, Virginia. Due to the repetitive use of the given name, John, by this family, in this report, this individual is referred to as the elder John Berry. As noted above, in this report, the elder John Berry is considered to be the father of the males he names in his will.211  There is an undocumented birth date of 1716 for John Berry's son, James Berry (who died in 1749), which, if true, would place a broad limit on the elder John Berry's birth date. If the elder John Berry was at least 21 years old when James was born, then his birth date calculates to 1695.321 Since no other birth dates are available from primary sources for the rest of his children, the next best source of data, which is, clearly, quite indirect in nature, comes from the birth date of one of his daughters in law. William Berry, one of the elder John Berry's sons, married Jane MaGill, a daughter of William MaGill.117,169 MaGill researchers have placed Jane's birth date as being about 1723.117,169  If William married a woman about his own age (and there is no guarantee that this is true), then his birth date can be approximated as occurring around 1723. This makes him about the same age as Thomas Berry (1718 - 1798),7,56,96,99  who is believed to be a son of the elder James Berry.7,56,96,99  If William's father (the elder John Berry) was at least twenty one years old when William was born, the elder John Berry must have been born, at least, by 1702, which is quite close to the estimated birth date of the elder James Berry. Neither James Berry's (the one that died in 1749) nor Jane MaGill's birth dates are firmly documented, but they both point to the late 1600's and early 1700's as a probable birth date for the elder John Berry. If both are considered at face value, then the elder John Berry was probably born at least by 1695, and possibly earlier. Additionally, if Thomas and William Berry are about the same age, but had different fathers, the birth date of the fathers are probably not far apart. While this analysis does not provide a solid date for the birth of the elder John Berry, it does provide an acceptable rough time frame.

    The identity of the elder John Berry's wife is unknown, although it is fairly certain she was dead by 1770, since she wasn't mentioned in his will.21,211  John's date and place of death can be ascertained with some degree of confidence based on his 1770 Augusta County, Virginia will and the subsequent settlement of the will. Since the will was written in October 1770 and proved in March of 1771, John Berry must have passed away sometime in the interim, either in late 1770 or early 1771 in Augusta County, Virginia.

Partial Timeline of John Berry (complete listing at source):

21 March 175321

Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 3, page 414 
John Berry (amoung others) -- to keep road formerly laid off from James Young's Mill to said Buchanan's Mill

20 Nov 1764

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book No. 11, page 715 

At a court held for Augusta County Nov 20th, 1764 John Berry Acknowledged this his Release for Land to William Berry which is ordered to be Recorded.

15 Oct. 1765

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 12, pages 288-291  

At a Court held for Augusta County, October the 15th 1765 this Lease for Land from John Edmiston John Berry was proved by the oaths of Samuel Buchanan, Robert Buchanan and Samuel Edmiston three of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. George Dougherty Sam.l Edmiston Robt. Buchanan THIS INDENTURE made this Ninth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Sixty five Between John Edmidston and his wife of the County of Augusta & Colony of Virginia of the one part and John Berry of the County of Augusta & Colony aforesaid of the other part WITNESSETH that for in Consideration of the Sum of forty three pounds current money of Virginia to the said John Edmiston in hand paid by the said John Berry at or before the Sealing & Delivery of these presents the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge & thereof doth acquit & discharge the said John Berry & his heirs Executors Administrators by these presents they the said John Edmiston & his wife [unreadable section] by these presents Doth Grant bargain sell alien Release and Confirm unto the said John Berry one hundred & Seventy Acres of Land in his actual possession now being by Virtue of a bargain and sale to him thereof made by the said John Edmiston & his wife for one whole year by Indenture bearing Date the Date before the Day of the Date of these presents & by [unreadable] of the Statute for transferring Uses into possession and his heirs one [unreadable] part or parcel of Land Containing one hundred and Seventy acres Lying and being in the County of Augusta & is part of a Large tract of 92100 acres Granted to Benjamin Bordin the Elder Gent [unreadable] By Patent Bearing Date the Sixth of November MDCCXXXIX and is more particular Discribed & bounded as followeth Beginning at a white oak on the side of a hill then South Nineteen Degrees West one hundred poles to a hiccory South Sixty one Degrees East Eighty poles to two white oaks Corner to John Stewart then North Eighty Seven degrees East Seventy Eight poles to a Stake in a field Corner to s.d Stewart then North Sixteen poles to a Stake then South Eighty degrees East Eighty two poles to a Stake then North Ninteen degrees East one hundred & thirty poles then two hundred & thirty poles to the Beginning and all Houses Buildings Orchards Ways Waters Water Courses profits Commodities Hireditments & appurtinances whatsoever hath said premises hereby grants [unreadable] part thereof belonging or in any wise appurtenances and the Reversions and Reversions Remainder and Remainders Rents [unreadable] and profits thereof and also all the estate Right title Interest property Claims & demand whatsoever of these the said John Edmiston and his wife of in and to the said premises and all deeds Evidence and writings touching or in any [unreadable] the same TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said one hundred and Seventy acres of Land by the same more or less & all & Singular the premises & hereby Granted and Released & Every part & parcel thereof with their and Every of these appurtenances unto the said John Berry his heirs and assigns forever to the only proper use and Behoof of him the said John Berry and his heirs and assigns forever and they said John Edmiston & his wife for themselves their heirs Executors Adminstrators do Covenant & grant to and with the said John Berry his heirs & Assigns by these presents that the said John Edmiston and his wife now at the time of Sealing & Delivering of these presents are Seized of a good Sure perfect and Indeseagible[?] Estate of Inheritance in fee Simple of and in the premises hereby granted and released & that they have good power and Lawfull and absolute Authority to grant & Convey the Same to the said John Berry in Manner and form aforesaid and that the said premises are and So forever after Shall Remain Clear of and from all former other Gifts grants bargains Sells Dower right and title of Dower [unreadable section] titles Troubles Charges and Incumbrances whatsoever made done Committed or [unreadable] by the said John Edmiston & his wife or any other Person or Persons whatsoever the [unreadable] due and payable to our Sovereign Lord the King his heirs & Successors for and in Respect of the said premises only Excepted and [unreadable] AND LASTLY that the said John Edmiston & his wife and their heirs and [unreadable] the premises hereby Granted and Released with their appurtenances unto the said John Berry and his heirs and assigns against them the said John Edmiston and his wife and their heirs and all and Every [unreadable] person or persons whatsoever Shall & will warrant and defend IN WITNESS whereof the said John Edmiston and his wife hath hereunto set their hands and Seals the Day month and years first above written Sealed and Delivered in presence of Samuel Buchanan John Edmiston (L.S.) Margret Edmiston (L.S.) At a Court held for Augusta County October the 15 1765. This Release for Land from John Edmiston & Margaret his wife to John Berry was proved by the oaths of Samuel Buchanan Robert Buchanan & Samuel Edmiston three of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. George Dougherty Robt. Buchanan Samuel Edmiston

22 Mar. 1771

At a Court Continued and held for Augusta County 

This last Will and Testament of John Berry deced was Proved by the Oaths of John Walker, John Walker, Junior and James Walker three of the Witnesses thereto Ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of Alexander Walker and William Edmiston the Executors therein named who made oath according to law Certificate is Granted them for obtaining a Probat thereof in due form they having with Security entered into and acknowledged their bond according to the law. Teste KNOW all men by these Present that we Alexander Walker, William Edmiston, John Walker and James (next page not copied)

09 Aug 1771

Augusta County, Virginia Will Book No. 4, page 446 

We the subscribers being indefferently chosen by William Berry & Alex Walker Executors of the estate of John Berry dec.d to determine the funeral & other charges due to s.d Wm. Berry from the estate John Berry do unanimously agree that the amount whole is eight pounds ten shillings. Certified by us the 9th day of August A.D. 1771 James Walker James W. Campbell Alesander Walker Andrew Hays

B. Children of John Berry and (Unknown Spouse)

{B.1.}  James Berry
( ~1716 - 1749)
m. Elizabeth Eleanor MaGill 

{B.2.} William Berry

( ~1720 - 1791/1793)
m. Jane MaGill 

{B.3.} Charles Berry

( ~1725 - 1789)
m. Mary Cunningham

{B.4.} Francis Berry

(1719/1730- 1799/1800)
m. Isabel ? (Unknown Last Name)

{B.5.} Mary Berry

(1748 - 19 Oct. 1828)
m. Samuel Nesbitt

{B.6.} Rebecca Berry

(1751/1765 - 1825)
m. Jacob Gillespie
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 OneWorldTree (2). (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA;), Database online.

    Record for Thomas Berry _FOOT:, OneWorldTree (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.), Database online.