The Berry Family
Francis Berry 1721-1791 James Davis 1731-1808
Capt. Joseph Berry 1691-1749 Catherine SimCoxe d. after 1749
William Berry d. 1720 Margaret Doughty
Henry Berry d. 1677 Ann (Saunders ?)
Capt. Joseph and Catherine Simcock Berry were the parents of the following children
Joseph Berry was the eldest son and heir of his parents, William and Margaret Doughty Berry. He is described in contemporary literature as a "planter of Stafford County", and entries in the St. Paul's Parish Register show that he lived in that parish and later moved to King George County, where he also owned property. His birth date is derived from a statement he made in 1748 at the Fairfax court, in which he said he was then 57 years of age....it also contains the information that Joseph Berry lived "near King George Court House about 70 miles distant."
Joseph was the son of William Berry and his wife Margaret Doughty, who lived in Hanover Parish, Richmond County, soon to be King George County, and his will was the first will present in Will Book 1 for that county. William was a large land owner in Essex and King George Counties and his name is frequently found in the county records of both. William Married Margaret Doughty, of old Rappahannock County, daughter of Enoch Doughty, and this Doughty family will be discussed on their own page.
William and Margaret settled on the north side of the Rappahannock River in what was then Richmond County, and was a large land owner, owning over 4000 acres in the area. They had 4 children;
William died in 1720, leaving a will.
William Berry as the son of our original Va Berry emigrant, Henry Berry, who arrived as a headright in a land patent issued to Epharaditus Lawson, dated May 22, 1650. Thus, Henry arrived, probably from England, and after paying Lawson the land allotted him from the Colony of Virginia to pay for his passage, started out his life a free man. By 1656 he received a land patent for 140 acres, and from then on appears often in the records of old Rappahannock County. He lived ont he south side of the Rappahannock River, in the county of what is now Esex, upon the Occupacia Creek. His wife's name was Ann, perhaps Saunders, but that is unsure, These 2 had the following children;
Henry Sr. died in 1677, and his wife was alive at the time of his death, for she receives her "wives third" of his estate, in his will. This will leaves several interesting and unanswered questions; mainly, who was the girl Jane Stowe and was there, perhaps, something "wrong" with her? Was she a ward, child of a dead friend or neighbor? And, why does "him that shall have the girle named Jane Stowe" have "2 cows more than the rest"? Was she somehow handicapped, and Henry wanted to make sure she had a husband to care for her? Why were his children cautioned to care for her "so long as she lives"? These are the little things one would LOVE to know, but probably never will!
will of Henry Berry King George County 1677 Old Rappahannock County book,
I will and bequeah my soule to God from whom I have my first breath, my body to the ground to be buryed in a decent manner . I will that my loveing friend Robert Peck by my sole executor that the said Peck may act in any case, as if I myselfe were in front. I will and bequeath to William Herton one hundred acres of land. I will that all the rest of my reall and personall estate be equaly divided amongst my children except my wives thirds. To him that shall have the girle named Jane Stowe to have 2 cows more than the rest. I will that John Rolt have one heiffer two yeares old. I will that all my children may have a great care of the keeping of the said Jane Stow soe long as she lives. That my sone Richard may have learning as well as the rest, as witness my hand this 30th of March 1672.
The background for this page is St. Paul's Parish Church, in King George County, where many of the Berrys belonged, married, had their children christened, and are buried in the adjacent cemetery.
Click on image to enlarge it. This is an original document of Thomas Berry, bought by a Berry family researcher and donated to the Archives in Richmond.
This is Berry Plain, a beautiful home in VA built by the Berry family, in 1721. It has only been owned by 3 families since the beginning; the Berrys, the Dickenson family, and the current owners, who have returned it to its former beauty. The boxwood planted by the Berrys at Berry Plain were sold to Colonial Williamsburg and their sale brought in enough money to "save the farm" for the Dickensons....it's exciting to visit Williamsburg and see some of their very large and very old boxwood, knowing that they had been started by your own family over 250 years ago.