Researchersin Mecklenburg County are faced with numerous Berryhill fables that are repeated endlessly on the internet. Four critical errors is all we have space for. I ask all of you to help in stamping these out. Correspond with me firstname.lastname@example.org
1. It has been widelly reported that Lt. Wm. Berryhill was married to Ruth Steele, and is the father of Sarah Berryhill Baxter, Hannah Berryhill Rea, and the boys, Price, Wash, and Joseph Jefferson. None of these are true.As shown in the Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, PA, it was a CAPT. Wm. Berryhill who married Ruth Steelein PA and they never came to the Carolinas. (If you have any EVIDENCE to the contrary, we would be delighted to see it).Lt. Wm. Berryhill married Elizabeth Whiteside, widow of Samuel Bigham, about 1780. Lt. Wm. and Elizabeth had only two children, Mary (md John Todd 1800), and Susanna (md. JamesCostin 1808). Only these two are appointed guardians when William died in 1799. Hannah, born in 1794, is not appointed a guardian, so is not his. Elizabeth died in 1806 and left a will, not naming Hannah. Hannah, Price, Wash, and Joseph Jefferson Berryhillbelong to William Berryhill the son of Joseph Berryhill. The DAR applications based on Hannah Berryhill are wrong; they do show that Hannah, Price, Wash, and Joseph Jefferson belong to Wm Berryhill, but he is not Lt. William Berryhill.
2. Joseph Berryhill who left the will in 1781, died at age 47, leaving 12 children. His son William comes of age in 1790. The mother, Hannah, is about to die and appoints Wm. guardian of Margaret(1776), Thomas(1778) and James(1780). Thomas dies in 1799 and leaves a will, mentioning all but his oldest two brothers (they are gone). From the administration of his $1 gift to each sister, we learn the very important fact that Sarah Berryhill, married to Wm. Baxter, is his sister, NOT the dau. of Lt. Wm. Berryhill.Sarah’s descendants, without adequate evidence and anxious to get into DAR, ASSUMED that she was the daughter of Lt. Wm. Berryhill.
3. An error perpetuated by descendents of Thomas Pricie Berryhill is that he was the son of James McRea Berryhill and Elizabeth Quincy. This is not so because Thomas was born 8 months before James was married. A careful perusal of the census records shows that Thomas Pricie cannot be the son of anyone except William Berryhill, son of Joseph. William’s estate papers show that he is married to Ann. This cannot be anyone except Ann Freeman, named in David Freeman’s will as being married to “Mr. Berryhill”. Ann is 94 in the 1860 census (b.1766) and living with her son, Michael Washington (Wash) Berryhill.Ann has a brother by that same name and a son David F, named after her father. David Berryhill dies in 1819, leaving an infant son and William is naturallyappointed guardian. Michael Washington has wrongly been claimed to be the son of Samuel Berryhill and Sarah Bigham and that is false as shown by the fact that they have only girls on the census. Andrew A. Berryhill (1809 )is another son of the younger William Berryhill, shown by the application of Dora Colvin (Andrew’s dau)for Cherokee tribal benefits. She names William and Annie Berryhill as paternal grandparents.
4. John Berryhill married Elizabeth Allison and John’s son, Allison Berryhill, married Peggy Allison.
Archibald Allison left a will in 1806, naming John Berryhill as his son-in-law. He names his other children as Margaret, md to Wm. Clark; Nancy, md to Reuben Freeman;Sarah, Andrew, William, Joseph, and John.In 1828 William Allison is dead and a jury orders William Allison’s family (naming Elizabeth Berryhill, Margaret Clark, and Nancy Freeman) to show cause why William Allison’s estate should not be liable to pay his debts. In 1824 another William Allison (a nephew of this William) leaves a will naming his sisters Peggy and Betsy Berryhill and Nancy and Sally and Abby Clark. He names his brothers Andrew and John. (You can see how things got confused!)The point of all this is that 8 years after Allison Berryhill married Peggy Allison, her aunt, Margaret Clark, is very much alive! It has been erroneously claimed that the younger William is the son of Archibald and that Peggy Allison Berryhill married Wm Clark before she married Allison Berryhill. Ifthis were the case, Allison Berryhill would be married to his aunt (Margaret/Peggy).That is nonsense; Peggy was only 17 when she married Allison Berryhill and was never married to Clark.