WILLIAM BERRY, SR OF BURKE COUNTY, NC
By John V. Berry
This is a short synopsis of materials which I have been able to find on my ancestors starting with William Berry, Sr., who is believed to have been born in Cecil County, MD or Rowan County, NC between the years of 1729 and 1738. The following are some of the facts that I have uncovered in my research thus far:
(circa 1729/1738 – 1780) was born between the years of 1729 and 1738, most likely, according to most researchers, in the State of Maryland. He may have also been born, however, in Rowan County, NC. He died on 7 Oct 1780 at the Battle of King's Mountain, fighting with the colonial forces.
1752 Marriage to Elizabeth Montgomery in Maryland. Elizabeth Berry is one of William Berry’s Executors for his Estate (promissory note) dated 15 Mar 1781.
1755 Birth of son, Joseph Berry, born sometime prior to 1755 and who died after 13 Jan 1831.
1755 Birth of son, William Berry, Jr., born sometime prior to 1755 and who died before Aug 1824.
1757 Birth of daughter, Abigail Berry, who later married David Hunter.
1758 Birth of daughter, Ann Berry that married James S. Young on 15 June 1775, with bondsmen William Brandon and John Cooper. Consent from William Berry, Sr., her father, for the marriage was obtained a few days earlier on 12 June 1775. See Brent H. Holcomb, Marriages of Rowan County, N.C. 1753-1868, p.203 (Genealogical Pub. Balt. MD 1981). Ann Berry Young appears to have been a daughter of William Berry, Sr. “an early settler of old Burke, and his wife, Elizabeth who was probably a Montgomery.” Nov. 22, 1994 Letter from Lawrence E. Wood to C.B. Berry, at 1.
1760 Birth of son, Ezekiel Berry, who was a chain carrier on his father’s property in 1778, and who may have died with his father at the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780.
1760 – 1765 Birth of son, James Malcolm Berry, Sr. in MD between 1761 and 1765. From MD to Rowan Co., NC before 1770.
11 Dec 1763 Birth of son, Enoch Berry, who served in the Revolutionary War, fought and witnesses his father and brother Ezekiel die at the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780. Enoch Berry received a pension from the Government for his service and died 3 Oct 1832 in Warren County, TN.
1761 – 1765 Birth of son, Lott Berry, in Virginia, who died before 30 Mar 1831 in Burke County, NC.
1761 – 1770 Birth of daughter, Lucy Berry, who died after 26 Apr 1831.
1770 - Wm Berry appears on the 1770 List of Taxables. NC Archives, Box CRX244. Quaker Meadows. William Berry is living in that part of Rowan County that becomes part of Burke County, NC in 1777.
1774 Birth of son, John Berry, born prior to 1774 in North Carolina, and who died before Jul 1798.
14 Jun 1775 – William Berry, Sr., gives his consent for daughter Abigail Berry to marry David Hunter.
7 Feb 1777 - "Abraham Scott in room of William Berrey to Hunt'g Creek." Rowan County, NC Court Book 3, p 328.
2 Feb 1778 – 350 acres on the North Side of the Catawba River, beginning at Beaties, below the mouth of the Linville River at Beaties Corner, down the North side for complement. Burke County, NC Land Records, 1778, Vol. I, Abstracted, Compiled and Indexed by Edith Warren Huggins, c. 1977, Carolina Copy Center, page 9, # 96.
18 Feb 1778 – 300 acres on the Pigeon River , including the mouth of the creek called the lower meadow creek, the second creek below the long gap of Hominy Creek Mountain. Burke County, NC Land Records, 1778, Vol. I, Abstracted, Compiled and Indexed by Edith Warren Huggins, c. 1977, Carolina Copy Center, page 82, #244.
18 Feb 1778 - 400 acres on the West Fork of the Pigeon River, beginning at a white oak marked up river for complement. Burke County, NC Land Records, 1778, Vol. I, Abstracted, Compiled and Indexed by Edith Warren Huggins, c. 1977, Carolina Copy Center, page 82, # 245.
6 June 1778 - NC Land Grant #926, Burke Co., NC - 350 acres to William Berry at the location that he had settled on in 1770. (Found in NC Land Grant Office, book titled "Burke: The History of a North Carolina Country, 1777-1920" by Edward W. Phifer, Jr.). Grant 0084, Item # 431
16 Oct 1778 - NC Land Grant # 533, Burke Co., NC - 640 acres to William Berry on both sides of Drowning Creek. The Chain bearers listed on the Plat that accompanies the Plat were John Ervin and Zekiel Berry (likely Ezekiel Berry, a son).
Before 15 Mar 1781 - William Berry’s death. Appears to have been killed at the Battle of King's Mountain, SC in the Rev War on 7 Oct 1780. Rev War Pension record # 8128, Enoch Berry, dated 3 Oct 1832. "The declarant, his father, and brother were all engaged in the battle, his father was killed, and his brother wounded, who died of his wounds shortly after he returned home."DEATH: Before 15 Mar 1781. "Burke Co., NC, Miscellaneous Papers, Promissory Notes and Bills of Sale, 1780-1800."
Before 15 Mar 1781 - William Berry, Sr. was documented as having been killed by British troops during the Battle of King’s Mountain by Draper contained in the Wisconsin State Historical Society’s Calendar of the Tennessee and King’s Mountain Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts. See Calendar of the Tennessee and King's Mountain Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts", pp. 314-15 ---"Huckk's Defeat Celebration ... Toasts to the Memory of ... , William Berry."
15 Mar 1781 - Estate of William Berry: "Elizabeth Berry" is one of the "executors" [sic] of the Estate of William Berry, [promissory note] dated 15 Mar 1781. Promissory Note to Estate of William Berry In the NC Archives. Promissory note from David Vance to William Moore and Elizabeth Berry, executors of William Berry. "Burke Co., NC, Miscellaneous Papers, Promissory Notes and Bills of Sale, 1780-1800."
9 Nov 1781 – A Revolutionary War Voucher for William Berry was issued: "This is to certify . . . William Moore, Executor of the Estate of William Berry, deceased, was allowed thirty-two pounds, thirteen shillings for sundry supplies furnished." Dated 9 Nov 1781.
The line of descent as to the writer is William Berry, Sr., Lott Berry, John Berry, William Martin “Billy” Berry, Henderson Berry, Gilmer Connelly Berry & John W. Berry.