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1.John1 Berry, born say 1660, was a white man living in York County, Virginia, in September 1693 when he had a son by Mary Jewell/ Cuttillo, "a mollotto." She was living in the lower precincts of Poquoson Parish on 24 May 1694 when she was presented by the court for having a child by him [DOW 10:341; Richter, A Community and its Neighborhoods, 343; Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 61]. John Berry and Mary Cuttillo were the parents of
2i. James1 Cattilla, born 16 September 1693.
2.James1 Berry, born 16 September 1693, son of Mary Cattilla, was called James Cattilla when his birth was registered in Charles Parish, York County (no father named). He was called James Berry and married to a woman named Mary in Elizabeth City County on 2 October 1719 when the birth of their son James was registered in Charles Parish [Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 50]. He was presented by the Elizabeth City County court on 20 November 1728 for not coming to church [Orders 1723-30, 285, 295]. He was called James Berry, Sr., on 2 November 1761 when the Elizabeth City County court granted him and Charles Hopson (Hobson) a certificate for taking up a runaway slave named Daniel belonging to Thomas Whiting. On 7 December 1762 the court ordered that he be levy free [Court Records 1760-9, 46, 114]. He was called "Old James Berry" in 1765 when the Elizabeth City Parish vestry paid Edward Cuttillo for boarding him [von Doenhoff, Vestry Book of Elizabeth City Parish, 163]. He died before 15 January 1779 when the inventory of his York County estate was taken. His children were
3i. James2, born 2 October 1719.
ii. ?Ann, born say 1734, taxable in Sarah Cuttillo's York County household on 19 November 1750. She married Edward Cuttillo.
iii. ?Samuel, born say 1750, a "Mulatto" man, a shoemaker, who ran away from Judith Harbert of Hampton according to an ad she placed in the 18 July 1771 issue of the Virginia Gazette [Windley, Runaway Slave Advertisements, 1:313].
3.James2 Berry, born 2 October 1719, was baptized on 6 December 1719 in Charles Parish [Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 50]. He was a resident of Elizabeth City County on 7 December 1762 when he was granted administration on the estate of John George, deceased. On 7 November 1764 the court ordered that his wife be added to the list of tithables [Court Orders 1760-9, 114, 262]. He was married to Mary by 14 May 1769 when their son James was born [Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 50]. The York County court presented him on 16 November 1772 for not listing Charles Hopson as a tithable [Judgments & Orders 1772-4, 151]. In August 1771 he purchased land in Elizabeth City County called Finches Dam tract from Martha Armistead. James transferred this land to his son Edward by early 1780. In March of that year Callowhill Mennis petitioned the York County court for permission to clear a road from his plantation through Edward Berry's land to the main county road [Richter, A Community and its Neighborhoods, 359]. He rented a slave from Anthony Robinson in January 1778 according to the account of Robinson's York County estate [WI 22:405]. His wife Mary died on 8 October 1784 [Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 203]. He was taxable in the lower precinct of Charles Parish, York County, in 1784 [Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1841, frame 83]. John Hunter sued him and his wife Ann in Elizabeth City County court for a 1 pound, 15 shillings debt on 21 August 1786 [Orders 1784-8, 309-10]. His 7 February 1800 Elizabeth City County will was proved on 27 February 1800. He left his estate to his wife Ann and named his son James Berry and Elizabeth Davis executors [DW 34:522]. He was the father of
4i. Edward1, say 1750.
ii. Elizabeth2, married Thomas Epps according to a York County court suit she and her husband brought in chancery against the heirs of her brother Edward Berry. She may have been living in Lunenburg County about 1779 when her father's estate was settled [LVA, chancery case 1798-002].
iii. James3, born 14 May, baptized 18 June 1769 [Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 50].
iv. Frances, born 5 September, baptized 21 December 1777.
4.Edward1 Berry, born say 1750, was married to Martha and living in Charles Parish by 9 July 1775 when their son James was born, and he was married to Elizabeth by 4 March 1783 when their daughter Sally was born. His son Edward was identified as a "Mulatto" when he was baptized on 12 March 1786 in Charles Parish [Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 50-1]. He was taxable in Elizabeth City County on a free tithe in 1782 [Fothergill, Virginia Tax Payers, 9], taxable in York County on a free tithe and slaves Peter, Dinah, Joe, Lucy, and Dinah in 1784, taxable on 3 tithes, 2 slaves over the age of 16, 6 horses and 14 cattle in 1785, taxable on a slave in 1790 and 1799 and taxable on 100 acres in York County in 1791 and 1800 [Personal Tax List, 1782-1841, frames 76, 98, 160, 244; Land Tax List, 1791, p.1; 1800, p.1]. He was also taxable in Elizabeth City County on a 12-16 year-old slave in 1790 [Personal Property Tax List, p.1]. Edward and his sister Elizabeth were identified as the heirs of James Berry in a 1798 York County chancery case in which Edward's sister brought a successful suit against Edward's heirs [LVA, Chancery case 1798-002]. The inventory of Edward's estate, valued at 202 pounds, was taken in York County in October 1790. It included a slave woman and three children. His wife remarried and was called Elizabeth Cotillo (Cuttillo) on 21 December 1791 when she returned an account of his estate. The 19 October 1803 division of his estate assigned 40 acres and the dwelling house to Elizabeth's husband Edward Cattilla, and the remaining 105 acres was divided among Edward's children James, Edward, Sarah, Mary, and Elizabeth [WI 23:450-2, 634; Orders 1803-14, 140-1]. Edward was the father of
i. James4, born 5 June, baptized 9 July 1775, son of Edward and Martha [Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 50], taxable in York County in 1803 and 1804 [Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1841].
ii. Martha, born 23 April, baptized 14 June 1778, daughter of Edward and Martha [Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 50].
iii. Sally, born 4 March 1783, baptized 18 May, "dau. of Edwd and Eliza ___a City" (of Elizabeth City) [Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 51].
5iv. Edward2, born 26 December 1785.
v. Mary, born say 1787.
vi. Elizabeth3, married Charles Hopson (Hobson), 20 June 1808 York County bond, Abraham Hopson bondsman.
5.Edward2 Berry, born 26 December 1785, "a Mulatto," was baptized on 12 March 1786 in Charles Parish, York County [Bell, Charles Parish Registers, 50]. He was taxable in York County from 1806 to 1820 [Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1841, frames 315, 351, 363, 385, 403, 468, 480]. He owned 25 acres of land in 1852 when his widow Elizabeth Hopson (who married James Hopson) brought a successful chancery suit against their children James, Thomas, Elizabeth, Abraham, Mary, Edward, Martha and Rebecca in order to have the land sold [LVA chancery suit 1852-004]. Edward and Elizabeth were the parents of
i. James, born say 1807, died before the 1852 chancery suit was filed leaving a widow without issue who married John Epps Hopson.
ii. Thomas, born about 1809, registered in York County on 19 September 1831: a bright mulatto, nearly 22 years of age, 5 feet 9-1/4 inches high, tolerably long curly hair, hazle eyes ... Born free [Free Negroes Register 1831-50, no.295]. He died before 1852 leaving one unnamed child.
iii. Elizabeth, born say 1811, married to John Cotillo before 1852.
iv. Abraham, born say 1813, died without issue before 1852.
v. Mary Ann, born about 1814, registered in York County on 19 September 1831: a girl of very light Complexion, nearly 17 years old, 5 feet 5 inches high ... a scar on the left arm in Consequence of being vaccinated, full black eyes ... Born free [Register, no.292]. He married Michael Hall and died leaving one child before 1852.
vi. Edward3, born about 1817, registered in York County on 16 February 1835: a bright Mulatto about 18 years of age 5 feet 8 Inches high ... broad face, long curly hair, flat nose ... Born of free parents in York County [Register, no.387].
vii. Martha, born say 1819, married Edward White before 1852.
viii. Rebecca, born say 1821, married Topping Brown before 1852.
Other members of a Berry family were
1i. Elizabeth1, born say 1726.
2ii. Ann, born say 1728.
3iii. Margaret, born say 1735.
1.Elizabeth1 Berry, born say 1726, was the "Mulatto" servant of Drury Stith in August 1747 and 28 March 1750 when the Brunswick County, Virginia court bound her son James Berry and daughter Mary Berry as apprentices to her master [Orders 1745-49, 244; 1749-50, 53]. She was the mother of
4i. James1, born about 1747.
5ii. Mary, born say 1748.
2.Ann Berry, born say 1728, a "free Mulatto Woman," was living in Spotsylvania County on 6 August 1754 when she bound her three-year-old daughter Mary Berry to Roger Dixon until the age of eighteen years to learn to knit, spin and other household business [WB B:209-10]. She was the mother of
i. Mary, born 20 March 1751, head of a Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County household of 4 "other free" in 1810 [VA:107b].
ii. ?James2, a "Mulatto Bastard" bound apprentice until the age of twenty-one by the Orange County, Virginia court on 25 March 1768 [Orders 1763-9, 480].
3.Margaret Berry, born say 1735, was the mother of Anthony Berry, "a mulatto" who was bound apprentice to Tim. Cleven in Anson County and brought before the Cumberland County, North Carolina court on 20 January 1757 when Cleven's request for an indenture was rejected by the court. On 17 January 1758 she brought her orphan son John Berry into court to be bound apprentice to Michael Blocker. He was bound, instead, to William Dawson, Esq., on 18 January 1758 when Margaret confessed to the court that Anthony was born while she was a servant [Minutes 1755-9, 18, 32]. She was probably related to Henry Berry who, according to tradition, was one of the first free African Americans to come to Robeson County with James Lowry [Blu, The Lumbee Problem, 36]. James Lowry's grandson, Henry Berry Lowry, was named for him. Margaret's children who were bound apprentices in Cumberland County were
i. Anthony, born about 1754, bound apprentice to Tim. Cleven in Anson County and then to William Dawson, Esq., of Cumberland County, North Carolina on 18 January 1758 [Minutes 1755-59, 32].
ii. John, born say 1756, bound apprentice to Michael Blocker on 17 January 1758.
iii. Thomas, born say 1757, a child brought into court by Margaret Berry, bound to Michael Block by order of the 20 July 1758 Cumberland County court, no race or parent named [Minutes 1755-9, 38].
4.James1 Berry, born about 1747, was one of the members of Captain Joseph Spencer's 7th Virginia Regiment who did not return from furlough in Gloucester Town. Spencer advertised a reward for their return in the 8 August 1777 issue of the Virginia Gazette, describing James as
a mulatto fellow, about 30 years old, 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high; enlisted in Fredericksburg but served his time with Mr. Thomas Bell of Orange County [Virginia Gazette, Purdie edition, p.4, col. 3].
He may have been the James Berry who was taxable in Dinwiddie County in the household of Dr. Thomas Stewart in 1785 and a "free" taxable in 1793 and 1799 [Personal Property Tax List, 1782-90 (1785 B, p.23); 1791-9 (1793 A, p.2), (1799 B, p.2)], and he may have been the ancestor of
i. Nancy, a "F.N." taxable in Henrico County on a slave above the age of 16 years from 1801 to 1804 [Personal Property Tax List B, p.2] and on 1 acre of land in 1802 [Land Tax List A, p.3]. She married Adam Flood (called Adam Floyd), 31 March 1806, "both free people of color," Henrico County bond, Samuel Cole surety.
ii. Lucy, married Dempsey Stewart, 4 February 1786 Greensville County, Virginia bond, Cannon Cumbo bondsman, Thomas and Barney Steward witnesses.
iii. Lucinda, head of a Richmond City household of 3 "other free" in 1810 [VA:331].
iv. Polly, head of a Southampton County household of 1 "other free" and a slave in 1810.
v. Thomas, born about 1785, registered in Petersburg on 26 December 1806: a light brown free Mulatto man, five feet nine and a half inches high, spare made, twenty one years old, shoe maker, registered by desire of his father [Register of Free Negroes 1794-1819, no. 403].
5.Mary Berry, born say 1748, was bound by the Brunswick County, Virginia court to Drury Stith, Gentleman, on 28 March 1750. On 25 September 1775 the Brunswick County court ordered the churchwardens of St. Andrew's Parish to bind out her "Mulattoe" son Thomas Berry. She was called Molly Berry (no race indicated) on 28 October 1782 when the court ordered the churchwardens of St. Andrew's Parish to bind out her children Thomas, Betty and Sylvia [Orders 1749-50, 53; 1774-82, 92, 115; 487]. She was the mother of
i. Thomas, perhaps the Thomas Berry who was taxable in Norfolk County from 1799 to 1816: a labourer in a "List of Free Negroes and Mulattoes" at Gosport in 1801, a "free Negro" in Portsmouth in 1813 and 1816 [Personal Property Tax Lists, 1791-1812, frames 295, 383, 479, 738, 770; 1813-24, frames 16, 126].
6ii. Betty, born about 1765.
6.Betsy Berry, born about 1765, registered in Petersburg on 9 January 1811: a brown Mulatto woman, five feet 3/4 inches high, forty six years old, long bushy hair, born free & raised in the County of Prince George [Register of Free Negroes 1794-1819, no. 653?]. She was the mother of
i. ?Julius, taxable in the upper district of Henrico County in 1802 [Land Tax List, 1799-1816] head of a Petersburg Town household of 3 "other free" in 1810 [VA:121b].
ii. ?Sarah, head of a Richmond City household of 3 "other free" in 1810 [VA:336].
iii. ?Polly, born 31 December 1788, registered in Petersburg on 21 December 1809: a light brown Mulatto woman, five feet two inches high, twenty one years old 31st instant, born free & raised in Dinwiddie County [Register of Free Negroes 1794-1819, no. 501].
iv. ?Betsy, born about 1791, registered in Petersburg on 8 June 1810: a brown Mulatto woman, five feet high, nineteen years old, long bushy hair, born free in Dinwiddie County [Register of Free Negroes 1794-1819, no. 552].
v. Nancy, born about 1795, registered in Petersburg on 8 June 1810: a brown Mulatto girl, five feet one and a half inches high, long bushy hair, fifteen years old, daughter of Betsy Berry a free woman residing in Dinwiddie County [Register of Free Negroes 1794-1819, no. 553].
Other members of the Berry family were
i. Nancy, head of a Jefferson County, Virginia household of 6 "other free" in 1810 [VA:102].
ii. Naney, head of a Barnwell District, South Carolina household of 3 "other free" in 1800 [SC:53].