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James David Berry

James David Berry

Male 1820 - 1905  (84 years)

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  • Name James David Berry  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 27 Sep 1820  Morgan, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Race White  [4
    Residence 1850  Marion, Drew, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1870  Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1880  Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 59; Marital status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self 
    Residence 1900  Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 3 Jun 1905  Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried West End Cemetery, Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I25448  tng Genealogy

    Family Mary Elizabeth Wilks,   b. 15 Feb 1823, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1900, Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 10 Jul 1841  Marion, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mary Eliza Berry,   b. 12 Nov 1841, Lawrence, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1862, Washington, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)  [natural]
     2. Living
     3. Living
    +4. Henry Wilks Berry,   b. 27 Sep 1846, De Soto, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1896, Antlers, Pushmataha, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  [natural]
    +5. Serena Berry,   b. 15 Oct 1848, Drew, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1885, Erath, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)  [natural]
     6. Living
     7. Living
    +8. Stephen Oliver Berry,   b. Aug 1854, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +9. Charles Pinckney Berry,   b. 1858, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1906, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F8460  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to display
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jul 1841 - Marion, Mississippi, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1870 - Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 59; Marital status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self - 1880 - Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jun 1905 - Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - West End Cemetery, Stephenville, Erath, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From the History of Texas, Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Co, 1896, Vol. I:

      J.D. Berry, is classed among the most distinguished adopted sons of central Texas, and for twenty-eight years he has been an important factor in the business life of this locality. The majority of lives are unmarked by events of exciting nature and the reader who is fond of startling incidents is therefore seldom a student of biography; but the record of a man who faithfully performs the duties that devolve upon him and makes the best of his opportunities leaves behind him a record which is worthy of perpetuation. It is to this class that the country owes its stability and of this class our subject is a worthy representative.

      Mr. Berry comes of a family of English origin. His father, Henry Berry, was a native of North Carolina, and J. D. was born in Morgan county, Alabama, on the 27th of September, 1820. He spent his childhood days on the old homestead, aiding in the labors of the farm and attending the subscription schools. At the age of sixteen he started out in life for himself and has been the architect of his own fortune. He was first employed as a salesman in a mercantile establishment in New Orleans, where he remained for some years, and in 1839 went to Mississippi.

      Mr. Berry was married in Marion county, of the latter state, on the 10th of January, 1844, the lady of his choice being Miss M.E. Wilks, daughter of S.H. Wilks and a native of Alabama. They now have two living children, - S.O., of Ardmore, Indian Territory; and C.P., who is in the employ of the state as a convict guard.

      In Mississippi Mr. Berry engaged in farming for five years and then removed to Arkansas, locating at Gaines' Landing, where he carried on merchandising. He also followed the same pursuit in Monticello and Lake Valley for several years, enjoying a very extensive and lucrative trade. At length he disposed of his mercantile interests, took up the study of law in Monticelllo, Arkansas, and was admitted to the bar in 1858. Immediately he entered upon the practice of his profession and continued a member of the legal fraternity of Monticello until after the beginning of the civil war, when he enlisted and was assigned to the quartermaster's department at Camden, Arkansas, where he remained until the fall of 1863. He was then detailed for service in the cotton department at Lamartown, where he remained until the close of the war.

      When hostilities had ceased Mr. Berry removed to Waco, Texas, where he resumed merchandising, conducting his store until the fall of 1868, when he took up his residence in Stephenvill and became identified with the bar of this place. After ten years' successful practice he opened a private bank, which he successfully conducted until he went to Cisco, where in partnership with Judge J. R. Fleming, he conducted a bank. His next place of residence was Dublin. He established the first bank at that place, and on selling out there returned to Stephenville, where he has since been engaged in the insurance business. He has the agency for several well known and reliable companies, and in the new undertaking ahs met with a well deserved success. His career is a most creditable one, for he started out in life empty-handed and depending entirely upon his own exertions, by the exercise of his abilities, both natural and acquired, he has risen to a position of affluence. He is regarded as one of the leading business men of central Texas and a valued citizen of Erath county.

      In his political views, Mr. Berry is a "silver democrat," and socially he is connected with Stephenville Lodge, No. 267, AF&AM. Both he and his wife are members of the Baptist church and their many friends throughout the community testify to their sterling worth.

  • Sources 
    1. [S318] Wilkes Family History and Genealogy: Thomas Wilkes (ca. 1735-1809) and His Descendants, Ivan Ernest Bass, (Name: 1965;), Page 100.

    2. [S360] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;).
      Year: 1850; Census Place: Marion, Drew, Arkansas; Roll M432_26; Page: 76B; Image: 158.
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1850usfedcenancestry&h=9494436&indiv=try
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    3. [S352] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2003;).
      Year: 1870; Census Place: Stephenville, Erath, Texas; Roll M593_1583; Page: 457A; Image: 319; Family History Library Film: 553082.
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    4. [S353] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;).
      Year: 1880; Census Place: Stephenville, Erath, Texas; Roll: 1302; Family History Film: 1255302; Page: 23A; Enumeration District: 149
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1880usfedcen&h=10668899&indiv=try
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    5. [S340] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;).
      Year: 1900; Census Place: Stephenville, Erath, Texas; Roll: T623_1631; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 66.
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1900usfedcen&h=43381577&indiv=try
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    6. [S122] FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43354703
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43354703.