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George Berry {A.1.}

   George Berry {A.1.} (? - 1803/1804) was born at an unknown date in the either Ireland, Scotland or Pennsylvania, but no definitive documentation has been found, to date, to accurately define his birth date or place. While his (probable) brother Thomas was quite likely born in 1718, sources disagree on the birthplace. The educated guesses are Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Ireland, and while these sources are not of much help in determining the place of George Berry's birth, they may point to two likely locations.7,96,99 The best statement in regard to George's birth date is that it was probably somewhat close to the 1718 birth date of his brother, Thomas Berry. 
     At an unknown date and place, possibly in Augusta County, Virginia, George Berry married Agnes Hall, a daughter of William and Jane Hall.129As will be noted below in the discussion of George's in-laws, the Hall family is believed to have traveled from northern Ireland or Scotland through Philadelphia to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and finally to Augusta County, Virginia.129 The earliest date that William Hall can be placed in Augusta County is 1742.246 If George married Agnes prior to the arrival of the Hall family in Augusta County, then it is quite possible that the Berry's migration trail passed through Pennsylvania from northern Ireland. One of George and Agnes' children is known to have been born in 1755 in Augusta County, Virginia, which must mean their marriage occurred prior to that date.103  As noted above in the discussion of the elder James Berry, the 1742 Augusta County militia lists (Table V) do not contain any Berry family members, strongly suggesting that they had not yet arrived in the area at that time. It is assumed that Agnes passed away before George, as she is not mentioned in his 1803 will. She is, however, mentioned in a 1778 court record, so her death probably took place sometime between these two dates (1778 and 1803). George is known to have lived in Augusta County from 1751 to his death in 1803 or 1804, and since it appears that Agnes preceded him in death, it stands to reason that Agnes must have passed away in Augusta County, Virginia. It is also apparent that George Berry died in Augusta County, because his will was written and proved there. A series of references from Augusta County records, shown below, trace George and Agnes Berry from 1751 to 1804. His date of death can be bracketed as occurring between April 1803, when he wrote his will, and June 1804, when his will was proved in court. 
 

Timeline of George Berry and Agnes Hall

 

20 Feb. 1750204 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 1
(This date is actually 1751 based on the Lady Day date)
Know all Men by these Presents That We James Berry William Martin & George Berry of the County Augusta County are held firmly bound unto Jno. Lewis the first Justice in the commission of the Peace for the said County for, and in Behalf and to the sole Use and Behoos (?) of the Justices of the said County, their Executors, Administrators or Assigns in the Sum of seventy pounds to be paid to the said Jno Lewis his Executors, Administrators and Assigns: To the which Payment well and truly to be made, we bind our selves, and each of us, by himself, our and each of our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, firmly by these Presents. Sealed with our Seals, and Dated this 20 Day of Feb. 1750 
The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bound James Berry his Executors and Administrators, shall well and truly pay and deliver, or cause to be paid and delivered, unto Jno.James & Wm. Berry Orphan of James Berry deceased, all such Estate or Estates as now is, or are, or hereafter shall appear to be due to the said Orphan, when and as soon as h_ shall attain to lawful Age, or when thereto required by the Justices of the said County Court, as also keep harmless the above-named and the rest of the said Justices, their and every of their Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, from all Trouble and damages that shall or may arise, about the said Estate: Then the above Obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force. 
Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of 
James Berry 
Willm Martin 
George Berry 
Received 28 Feb 1750
28 Feb. 1750/5121 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 1, page 319
(This date is actually 1751 based on the Lady Day date)
James Berry's bond as guardian of John, James and William Berry, orphans of James Berry, with surety Wm. Martin, George Berry, guardian appointed.
May 175321 Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 24, page 443
Road established from Brown's bridge to the Glebe land, and Robert Campbell and John Trimble be surveyors, and with James Lusk, they clear and keep the same in order. We do appoint Robert Campbell and John Trimble overseers from John Brown's bridge to the Gleve House and the undernamed persons to clear the same: James Lusk, Robert Roberson, Samuel McCuchen, William Hunter, James Hunter, Robert Campbell's man, Mathew Wilson, William Wilson, John Wilson, Jr., John McCleery, James McCleery, Thomas Kirkpatrick and son, John Peevy, James Clarck, John Clarck, James Clark, Jr., Jacob Lockhart, James Lockhart, John Birtly, Josias Richards, William Marten, George Berry, William McFeeters, John McFeeters, William McFeeters, Jr., John Jameson, Patrick Marten, Joseph Marten, William Ward, Moses O'Freel and his man, Robert Philips, Robert Davis, Thomas Reed, Robert Scott, John Vance, Andrew Foster, William Bell, Alexander McKiney, John Speer, Abraham Mathan (Mashaw), Robert Young, John Young, Samuel Young, Hugh Young and his man, John Campbell, George Peevy, Robert McClenan, William Eackry, James Bell, Andrew Steel and his man, John McKiney, Patrick McCloskey, John McSlenan, John McCuchan, Samuel McCuchan, William McClintock, Thomas Peevy, James McCuchen, Duncken McFarlen.
21 May 175421 Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 4, page 64
George Berry petitions that his father, James Berry, be relieved from levy - granted.
21 May 1754209 Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 4, page 252
On the motion of George Berry on behalf of his father James Berry To bring forth his great age poverty of informity And it is ordered that he be forth (?) return (?) Eserrgoted from the payment of public levys in this county.
19 Aug. 1755201 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 191
THIS INDENTURE made the Nineteenth day of August in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and fifty five Between James Berry of the County of Augusta of the one part and George Berry of the s.d County of the other part Witnesseth that the said James Berry for and in Consideration of the sum of five shillings Current Money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the s.d George Berry at or before the sealing and Delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledges Hath Granted Bargained and sold and by these presents Doth Grant Bargain and sell unto the said George Berry one piece or parcell of land Containing One Hundred and forty nine acres be the same more or less lying situate joining the Glebe land in Beverly Manor in the said County of Augusta and Bounded as followeth Viz Beginning at white oak saplins Near the Mannor Line Being a Corner to William Martins Land and Runneth thence south seventy seven Degrees past two hundred and Eighty poles with said Martins Line & along the Middle Branch of Shanador to James Young & Corner and with his Line to Between a white oak and a Black oak Saplin South thirty Degrees West thirty-two poles to a post Corner to a Graveyard thence with the line thereof North seventy seven Degrees West twelve poles and a half to a post south thirty Degrees West twelve poles and a half to a Hiccory South thirty Degress West Forty Eight poles to a black oak Corner to the Glebe thence with a line thereof North Seventy seven Degrees West two hundred and Eight poles to a Walnut and white oak North thirty Degress East Eighty-eight poles to the Beginning AND all houses Buildings Orchards Ways Waters Water Coursis profits Commodities Heriditamints (?) and Appurtenances Whatsoever to the said paom (?) it is hereby Granted or any part thereof Belonging or in any wise Appertaining and the Reversion and reversions remainder and Remaindors Rents Issues and profits thereof TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said one hundred and forty nine acres of Land to be the same more or less and all and singular other the Premises hereby Granted with the Appurtenances unto the said George Berry his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns from the Day before the Date hereof For and During the full Term and time of ONE WHOLE YEAR from thence next Ensuing fully to be Compleat and Ended Yielding and paying therefore the Rent of ONE PEPPERCORN on Lady Day next if the same shall by lawfully demanded to the intent and purpose that by Virtue of these presents and the Statute for Transferring elses (?) into possesion the said George Berry may in actual possession of the Premses and be thereby Enabled to Accept and take A Grant and Release of the Reversion and Inheritance thereof to Him and his Heirs IN WITNESS WHEREOF the said James Berry hath hereunto set his hand and seal Day and Year first above written 
SEALED AND DELIVERED 
IN THE PRESENCE OF   James Berry (seal) 
William Edmiston 
James Bower 
James Gillmor
20 Aug. 175521 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 192
James Berry to George Berry £53, 149 acres adjoining the  Glebe land in Beverly Manor, cor. Wm. Martin's line, crossing Middle Branch of Shanando to James Young's corner, and with his line to between a white oak and a black oak saplin, So. 30 degrees, w. 32 poles to a post, corner to a graveyard. 
Teste: James Gillmor, James Bower
20 Aug. 1755201 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 191
THIS INDENTURE made the Twentieth Day of August in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty five between James Berry of the County of Augusta of the one part and George Berry of the said County of the other part WITNESSETH That for and in consideration of the sum of fifty-three pounds Current money of Virginia to the said James Berry in hand paid by the said George Berry at or before the Sealing and Delivery of these presents the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and there of Doth Release acquit and Discharge the said George Berry His Executors and administrators these presents He the said James Berry Hath Granted Bargained sold a lien of Released and confirmed and by these presents Doth Grant Bargain Sell Alien Release and Confirm unto the said George Berry in his actual Possession now being by Virtue of a Bargain and Sale to him thereof made by the said James Berry for one year of (rest of document missing) 
Test John Madison 
Executed, May, 1756
19 Nov. 1755201 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 191
At a Court held for Augusta County November the 19th 1755 James Berry in Open Court Acknowledges this his decise for and Indented to George Berry which is on the Motion of the s.d George admitted to Record
175621 Deliquent Tax Levies, page 418
Between Borden's Line and ye courthouse, from Mountain to Mountain: George Berry twice returned.
08 April 175621 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 343
Commission to Augusta to take acknowledgement of Elizabeth, wife of James Berry, in deed to George Berry, 20th August, 1755. 
Executed, May, 1756.
08 April 1756201 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 331
GEORGE the second by the Grace of God of Great Brittain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith To Patrick Martin Robt McClenanhan and Robt Breckenridge Gent Greeting. Whereas James Berry of this County of Augusta by his Deeds of Lease & Release bearing dathe the 19th & 20th of August 1755 for the Consideration therein Mentioned did Give grant bargain sell release and confirm Unto George Berry of the county aforesaid and to his Heirs and assigns forever a Certain tract of land containing one hundred and forty nine acres Situate lying and being in Beverly Manor and Adjoining the Glebe Land of this Parish And whereas Elizabeth the wife of the sd James Berry is unable to travell to our County Court of Augusta to be Privately examined apart from her said Husband whether She Voluntarily or without the threats or Compulsion of her said husband is Willing to Relinquish her right of dower to the said land in the said Deeds mentioned as the Law in that Case Derects Therefore know ye that we give Power and Authority to you the s.d Patrick Martin Robt McClenanhan & Robert Breckenridge or any two of you to go to the house of the said James Berry & there Examine the said Elizabeth Privately and apart from her said Husband wither she be Willing to Relinquish her right of Dower to the said land in the said Deeds mentioned and whether she doth the same of her own free will without any force threats or Compulsion of her said husband and whether she willing that her acknowledgement shall be recorded with the said deeds and that you Certify the same distinctly of our -?- Justices of our County Court of Augusta and that you have then those s.d deeds together with this Writ Witness John Madison Clerk of our s.d County Court at the Court House of the s.d County the 8th Day of April 1756 
THE EXECUTION of the within Commission appears by a schedule hereunto Annexed
19 May 1756201 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 331
BY Virtue of this Commisssion to us Robt McClenanan and Patrick Martin directed we did personally on the 19th of May go to the House of the within named James Berry and there privately and a part from the s.d James Berry did examine Elizabeth his wife whether she was willing to Relinquish her right of dower to the land sold by her said husband to George Berry who declared and Acknowledged that she freely and Voluntarily relinquished the same without force threats or Compultion of her s.d husband and that she desired the said deed together with this her relinquishment of dower should be recorded all which we do hereby Certifie to the Justices of our Lord the King. Under our hands 7 seals this 19th day of May 1756 
Robt McClenanhan (seal) 
Pat Martin (seal) 
Admitted to Record. 
Test John Madison
21 May 1756201 At a Court Continued & held for Augusta County
This Examination of Elizabeth the wife of James Berry for her relinquishment of Dower to one hundred & forty Nine Acres of land Sold by her husband James Berry to George Berry being returned unto Court is on the Motion of the s.d George Berry Admitted to Record. 
Test John Madison
22 Jan. 175721 Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 24, page 444
Inquest on John McCutchan, before Patrick Martin, acting coroner. Was accidentally killed by a tree falling on him. James Clark, Jr., William Clark, William Fulton, James Risk, Matthew Willson, Patrick Martin, Samuel McCutchan, James McCutchan, John Peny (?), John Risk, William Berry, George Berry, John Clark, James Clark, James McCleary, Hugh Fulton.
176021 Augusta County, Virginia Parish Vestry Books, page 293
For Wm. McFeeters, for Walter Trimble, for George Berry, for John McFeeters, for The Glebe.
09 Feb. 176221 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 10, page 379
John ( ) Davies and Judith ( ) to George Berry, 135£, 198  acres, part of the land formerly belonging to Andrew Pickens; cor. John McPheeters in James Young's line, deceased; cor. to said George Berry's line. 
Teste: W. Ward, Jno. McPheeters, Joseph Ward 
Delivered: George Berry April 1774.
15 June 176421 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 11, page 410
Wm. Berry, planter, and Jane to John Trotter, planter f.. 210 acres on Moffet's Creek in Borden's tract; Wm. Clark's line. Thomas Berry's line. 
Teste: George Berry. Delivered: John Cunningham by order. 11th August 1781.
09 Mar. 176521 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 3, page 388
Alexander Crawford's estate appraised, by John Trimble, George Berry, Jas. McClearey.
21 Nov. 176721 Augusta Parish Vestry Book, page 428
Processioners appointed, viz: Hugh Crockett and Isaac Taylor, from head of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. Edward Carvin and Nathaniel Evans, from Fort Lewis down on Waters of Roanoke. Thomas McFerran, James Moore, Jr., James Alcorn, Wm. Rolands, on waters of Cuttawba and James River on South Side. James Simpson, John Maxwell, John Mitchell, Jonathan Whitley, between Buffelow and James River. Joseph Lapsley, Wm. Hall, Wm. Paxton, Saml. McClure, John Gilmer, Jonathan Cunningham, between Buffelow and North River to the North Mountain. John Lyle, David Gray, Wm. Caruthers, John Paul, from North River to Beverley's Line on South Side of Burden's land road that leads to John Paxton's. William Kennady, Robt. Steel, Archibald Reach, William Reach, John Thompson (James's son), Henry McClung, from North River to Beverley's Line between the Great Road to the Court House by Cap. McDowell's and to North Mountain. William McFeeters, Jr., George Berry, James Sawyers, Jr., William Bell, Jr., from Burden's line to the Road that goes from Staunton to Jenning's Gap on the North Side of Kennady's Road.
1767 - 176821 Augusta Parish Vestry Book, page 442
Processioned by Wm. Bell, George Berry, Wm. McPheeters, James Syers, viz: For John McCleerey, for Thos. Kirkpatrick, for James Peerey, for Saml.McNab, for Mathew Wilson, for Alex. McKinney, for David Stewart, for Robert McKittrick, for John Kirk, for Wm. Crawford, for Rob. Wallace, for Rob. Philips, for James Bell, Sr., for Charles Cummins, for John Jamison, for Mathias Gabort, for William Dean, for William Lockhart, for Patrick Lockhart, for Wm. McClintock, for John Campbell, for John Philips, for James Philips, for David Trimble, for Sampson Sawyers, for James Sawyers, for John Stewart, for Elizabeth Wallace, for Wm. Hodge, for Maj. Jno. Brown, for Thos. Brown, for James Bell, Jr. Processioned by Isaac Robinson, James Johnston, 1767-68, the Forrest: For Mathias Reader, for Michael Hover, for Charles Dayley, for John Bare, for Joel  Robinson; for James Johnston, Milborn Maden present; for Nathan Dayley, for William Stalp; for Adam Painter, Michael Niece present; for Martin Shoemaker, Philip Dayley present; for Isaac Robinson.
March 1768171 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 14, page 450
John Brown and Margaret to John Trimble, John Finley, William McFetters, Jr., George Berry and Hugh Young, representatives  commissioners appointed by the congregation of the meeting house lately called by the name of Brown's by the approbation and under the conduct or the incumbency of the Rev. Charles Cummins, 1.5 pounds, 2 acres and a stone meeting house by a branch of the Meadow Run, a branch of the Middle River of Shanandore, stone in the Glebe Road.
Teste: James Brown, James Crow, Pat. Martin. 
Delivered: Wm. Moffet, 11th September 1807.
March 1768171 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 14, page 450
John Brown and Margaret, his wife, to John Trimble, John Finley, William McPeters, Jr., George Berry and Hugh Young, representatives, Commissioners appointed by the Congregation of the meeting House late called by the name of Browns; under the incumbency of the Reverend Charles Cummins; for 1 pound 5 shillings, a lot containing 2 acres including a Stone Meeting House by a branch of Meadow Run, a branch of Middle River of Shanandore and bounded as followeth (description ... Glebe Road); belonging to the Congregation. 
Witnesses: Jas. Brown, James Crow(?), Pat Martin. 
Signed: John Brown, Margret Brown. 
Proved 18 May 1768.
18 May 176821 Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 12, page 148
Deed John Brown & wife to John Trimble, John Finley, Wm. McPheeters, Jr., George Berry and Hugh Young, representatives or commissioners appointed by the congregation of the Meeting House, lately called by the name of Brown's by the approbation and under the conduct or incumbency of the Rev. Charles Cummins.
23 August 176821 Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 12, page 450
Sarah Walkly, runaway servant of George Berry.
27 August 177021 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 18, page 439
Patent to John Poage, 27th August, 1770. Teste: John Bodkin. James Brown, George Berry.
22 March 177221 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 18, page 183
Teste: George Berry, James Brown, 21st March, 1772.
17 Dec. 1772129,132 Botetourt County, Virginia Will Book A, page 21
In the name of God Amen.  Wheras I William Hall of Botetourt Co. and Colony of Virginia,  being in a low state of health and calling to mind the Mortality of the Body and the uncertainity of life.  I hereby make this my last will and testament commiting my soul to God who gave it and my Body to the Dust to be buried in a christian like and decent manner at the descretion of my Executors hereafter nominated and appointed and as to such worldly goods as it has pleased God to bless me with.  I dispose of in the manner and form following. 
Imprimis I will and bequeath to my well beloved wife Jean two good cows, one bay horse, saddle and bridle, two beds, bedsteads and furniture, one young wench named Moll, twenty pounds Virginia currency, one half of my hogs, all my wheat, hay and corn and ruff fodder now on the plantation.  Her living on the plantation her lifetime.  One chest, two potts and bails, half my peuter, one Bible. 
In time, I will and desire the remaining part of my estate personal and real to be sold at publick vendew as soon as convenient. 
In time, I will and desire the remaining part of my estate to be equally divided among my beloved children viz:  Andrew Hall, Agnes Berry, John Hall, Isable Buchanan, William Hall, Nathanial Hall, James Hall. 
In time, I will and appoint my well beloved son, Andrew Hall and my well beloved son George Berry to execute this my last will and Testament and I do hereby renounce revoke and disannul all former wills and Testaments given by me either by words or writing heretofore and this to be my last will and Testament and none other given under my hand and seal this twenty seven day December one thousand seven hundred and seventy two. Signed and sealed and delivered in presence of} 
Joseph Walker 
John Thompson  William Hall ( his mark) 
Andrew Mackinley
21 January 177321 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 5, page 61
William McPheeter's, Sr., will (signed also by Mary 
McPheeters), farmer--To wife, Mary; to "dearly beloved John 
McPheeters"; to dearly beloved daughters, Martha and Jannet, 1 book "Willison on Affliction," 1 book "Rise and Progress of 
Religion"; to heir of daughter Mary's estate; to sons, William and 
Samuel, executors. 
Teste: William Brownlee, Robert Peerie, John Moffett. 
Proved, 16th March, 1773, by Brownlee and Moffett. William McPheeters, Jr., qualified with George Berry, John Findly (Friedly).
08 Feb. 1773129,132 Botetourt County, Virginia Will Book A, page 21
At a court held for Botetourt County the 8th of February 1773 this instrument of writing purporting to be the laslast will and Testament of William Hall deceased, was presented in court by Andrew Hall and George Berry the executors herein named and proved by the oaths of John Thompson and Andrew Mackinley hereto ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said executors who made oath according to law, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate hereof in due form where upon they entered into and acknowledged their bond with Duke Boyer and James Hall, their securities in the sum of one thousand pound conditioned as the law directs.
16 March 1773172 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 5, page 63
KNOW all men by these Presents that we William McPheetters George Berry and John Findly are held and firmly bound unto Archibald Alexander Abraham Smith Elijah McClenachan Alexander Robertson and John Trogg Justices in the Commission of the Peace for Augusta County found in behalf of the Justices of the said County & their successors in the sum of one Thousand Pounds to be paid to the said Justices and their successors which Payment will and truly to be made we bind ourselves & each of us owe and every of our Heirs Executors and Administrators Jointly & severally firmly by these Presents sealed with our seals and dated this16th day of March 1773. 
THE CONDITION of this obligation is such that if the above bound William McPheeters Executor of the last will & testament of William McPheeters decd do make or Cause to be made a true and Perfect Inventory of all & Singular the goods Chattles and Credits of the said decd which have or shall come to the hands Possessions or knowledge of him the said William or into the hands or Possession of any other Person or Persons for him and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be Exhibited into the County Court of Augusta at such time as he shall be thereunto required by the said Court the same Goods Chattles and Credits & all other the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased which at any time After shall come to the hands or Possession of any other Person or Persons for him do will & truely Administer According to Law and further do make a Just & true Account of his Actings and doings therein when thereto required by the said Court and also do will and truely Pay and deliver all legacies Contained and Specified in the said Testament as far as the said Goods Chattles and Credits will thereupon extend According to the Value thereof as the law shall Charge then this Obligation to be Void Otherwise to remain in full force & Virtue Sealed and Delivered William McPheeters (seal) In the Presence of George Berry (seal) John Findley (seal) 
At a Court held for Augusta Count March the 16th 1773 William McPheetters with George Berry and John Finley his securitys 
Acknowledged this their Bond and Ordered to be Recorded. Test
27 Feb. 177521 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 5, page 432
David Hays' will--To wife, servant girl named Agness McGraw; to daughter, Johanna Buchanan; to daughter, Elenor Paxton; to daughter, Hannah Sawyers; to daughter, Mary Lapsley; to sons, David, William, Joseph, Robert, John, division. 
Executors, wife Isabella Hays, Willi. xxx[1] Paxton, James Sawyers. 
Teste: Andrew Kinnear, George Berry, xxx[Agness] Kinnear, 
Proved, 21st August, 1776, by solemn affirmation of the 
Kinnears. Isabella and Sawyers qualify. Paxton to be summoned. 19th August 1777, Paxton qualifies.
29 Feb. 1775173 Abstract of Surveys, Book 0-1, p. 252
George Berry, 84 acres, Middle River 
19 Apr 177721  Will Book 5, page 498 
Joseph Blair's estate appraised by Geo. Berry, Thos. Mitchell, Mathew Thompson.
19 April 177721 Abstract of Surveys, Book 0-1, p. 252
George Berry, 84 acres, Middle River 
19 Apr 177721  Will Book 5, page 498 
Joseph Blair's estate appraised by Geo. Berry, Thos. Mitchell, Mathew Thompson.
3 Aug. 1778124,729 Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book A, page 31 - 34
This Indenture made this third day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred and seventy eight between George Berry and Agness Berry his wife of the County of Augusta of the one part and Samuel Brafford Jun. of the County of Rockbridge of the other part. Witnesseth that the said George Berry and his Wife doth for and in Consideration of the Sum of five Shillings Current Money of Virginia in hand paid by the said Samuel Brafford at or before the Sealing [complete line unreadable] doth granted, Bargained and sold and these presents doth Grant Bargain and Sell unto the Said Samuel Brafford all the Tract of land lying in the County of Rockbridge aforesaid Containing 230 Acres Be the same more or Less Bounded as follows (viz) beginning at a hiccory and two Dogwoods by a Small Branch an Running thence South fifteen Degrees East fifty two poles to a White Oak and Beech thence South Sixty Degrees West one Hundred and twenty poles to a Black Oak White Oak and Hickory thence North fourty Degrees West sixty poles to a hiccory and Black Oak thence North fifty five Degrees East fifty Eight poles to a White Oak and black Oak thence North twenty three Degrees West One Hundred and fifty two poles to a hickory thence North Thirty Two Degrees West Sixty poles to a locust and Black Oak thence South fourty five Degrees West Fourty eight poles to two White Oaks thence South Ten Degrees East two Hundred and Eight poles to two White Oaks thence South Twenty five Degrees West Fourty Poles to a White Oak thence South Ten Degrees East Fourty three Poles to a hickory Thence North Sixty five Degrees East Sixty two poles to the place of Beginning And all houses Building, Orchards, Ways, Waters, Watercourses, Profits, Commodities, Heriditiments and Appurtenances Whatsoever to the said Premises hereby granted or any part thereof belongin or in any Wise Appertaining and the Reversions and Reversions Remainder or Remaindres, Rents, ---?-- and profits thereof to have and to hold the said tract of Land and all and Singular Other the premises hereby granted with the appurtenments unto the said Samuel Brafford his Ex.rs, Adm.rs or assigns from the Day before the sale hereof for and During the full term then of One whole Year from thence Rent ensuing fully to be Compleat and ----?-- to the Intend and program that by Virtue of these presents and of the Statutes for transforming these into possession of the Said Samuel Brafford may be in actual possession of the premises and be thereby enabled to Accept and take a Grant and Release of the Reversions and Inheritence thereof to him and his Heirs in Witness whereof the said George Berry and Agness Berry his wife hath hereunto set their hands and seals on the Day and year first above Written.
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[Transcibers Note: the 2nd part of this Lease/Release is unreadable on the photocopies]
12 April 1779124 Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book A
Andrew Hall of Rockbridge County and George Berry of Augusta County, Executors for William Hall, deceased to William Presley of the forks of the James River for  22£, 15 acres on Buffaloe Creek, known as Todd's Spring Run. 
Signed: Andrew Hall and George Berry
Recorded: 1 June 1779 
Witnesses: William Wilson, Michael Graham, John Gray, Samuel Houston and Samuel Blackman
20 Nov. 1779124 Rockbridge County, Virginia Deed Book A
George Berry of Augusta County and Andrew Hall, executors of the estate of William Hall, deceased, to Rev. William Graham for 50£, 110 acres in the forks of the James River crossing Whisels Creek, next to Patrick ? 
Signed: George Berry, Andrew Hall 
Recorded 4 April 1780 
Witnesses: Charles Campbell, Robert Wardlaw, Maryann Campbell, Elizabeth Downey, Samuel Campbell
178121 Augusta County, Virginia 1781 Tithables, page 429
William McPheeter's list 
Capt. James Bell, Samuel Bell, Sampson Sawyers, Jeremiah Freel, Jno. Young, Geo. Rhimor, Thomas Brown, Nicholas Leek, Francis Garner, Sr., James Hamilton, Jacob Bailor, Wm. Bell, Wm. Hanley, James Peerey, David Jackson, Wm. McCutchan, Wm. Sprowl, John Ott, Jno. McCutchan, Robert McChesney, Samuel Logan, Richard McConnal, Simon Carson, Thos. Rickets, Wm. Thompson, Jno. Kirkpatrick, James McNabb, Thomas Nelson, David Steel, Richard Graves, James Ewing, David Cail, Sr., Jno. Sharp, Sr., James McCleery, John Crawford, James Bell, Jno. Moffett, Wm. Brown, Jacob Kerpenter, Wm. Sterrot, Hugh Brown, Robert Rennick, Robert Brown, Michael McClure, Joseph Gerrison, John Scott, Joseph Trotter, Jno. McPheeters, Charles Berry, Thomas Mines, Jno. Cunningham, James Sprowl, Jno. McKemey, John Logan, Henry Minger, Samuel Clark, Edward Barker, Samuel Kowan, Thomas Eger, Joseph Blair, Jno. Williams, James Gilmore, Sr., Samuel Steel, Jno. Phillips, Benj. Brown, Wm. Burges, Walter Trimble, Geo. Keller, Robt. Trimble, Samuel Gray, John Joanes, Francis Garner, Jr., Alex. McKee, Geo. Curry, Samuel Lowrey, Geo. Peerey, John Peerey, Capt. Samuel McCutchan, Robert Cooper, Joseph Alexander, Robert McKnit, Wm. Usher, George Burton, Thos. Baird, James Clark, Thomas Hinds, Samuel Rusk, Samuel McCutchan, David Cunningham, James Ford, Wm. Ledgerwood, Thomas McNutt, Wm. Springate, Geo. Palmore, Jno. Jackson, Wm. Berry, Nicholas Vininger, James Gregory, Benj. Brown, Daniel Freel, James Brown, Jacob Deford, Samuel Brown, James Riddan, Benj. Joanes, Joseph Riddenhouse, James Trimble, John Clark, Wm. Cail, Geo. Berry, Wm. McPheeters, Francis Hull, Wm. Fultain, Robert Rush, Jacob Patton, Thomas Rankin, Robert Harris, Samuel McCutchan, Wm. Woods, James Rowan, Robert Bell, Capt. Jno. Cunningham, Mathew Wilson, Jno. Workman, James Gilmore, Jr., Arthur Hamilton, John Hamilton, James Trotter, Sr., Jno. Sharp, Wm. Shields, Sr., Wm. Scott, Coonrod Slusher, Jacob Nightover, Robert Wallace, Wm. Bell, Jno. Brown, James Cunningham, Samuel Haws, Frederick Fisher, Benj. Finley, Robert Commings, Elizabeth Stuart, Wm. Hamilton, Frances Haywood, Wm. McClintock, Jno. Hanley, Michael Coulter, Jno. Trimble, Jno. Summers, Ulrick Fulwader, Isaac Mines, Jacob Fulwader, James Conningham, Geo. Jameson, Wm. Hunter, Wm. Baird, Wm. Seewright, David Buckwhannon, Jacob Cail, Philip Olinger, Sr., Joseph Nelson, Robert Patterson, James Hathorn, David Trotter, Deeter Cail, Abraham Goodpaster, Samuel McCleerey, Moses Hays, Robert Hanah, Jno. Burners, Martha Downey, Wm. Shields, Jr., Robert Clark, James Phillips, Jno. Brown, James Cunningham, Samuel Haws, Robert Wallace, Wm. Bell, Martin Dickson, James Elliott, Jno. Brown, Samuel Rennick, Valentine Joanes, Wm. Crawford, Deeter Lowrey, Wm. Allen, Jno. Tilley, Jno. Trimble, Alex. McElroy, James McKnit, James McChesney, Robert Lester, Wm. Rush, Wm. Logan, Alex. Sprowl, Patrick aul, James Ewing, Wm. Buckwhannon, David Cail, Wm. Blair, Philip Olinger, Jr., James Callison, Walter Cunningham, Thos. McGragor, Jno.Vininger, Samuel Moffett, James Trotter, Jr., James Crow.
08 Oct. 178121 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 7, page 208
Elizabeth Clark's will--To daughter, Jean Elliot's heirs: to well beloved daughter Elizabeth Breath (Reath, Reoth?) to daughter Sarah Elliot; to daughter, Anne Dounlap; to daughter Margaret Clenkaid; to son, John Gridle; to son, James; to son Alexander and to Alexanders wife; to found daughters; to son Samuel; to son William's heirs; to son Robert. 
Executors, son Robert Clark and William Reaoh. 
Teste; Charles Donnally, James McCleery, Robt. Patterson, Geo Berry
Proved, 20th November 1781 by McCleery and Berry. 
Robert Clark qualifies
1782469 Apprentice Bonds of Augusta County, Virginia 1772 - 1817 
Overseers of the Poor, 1782 - 1817
1782
William McPheeters
George Berry
John Campbell. 
1782501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Captain William McPheeters District
George Berry
1 White Tithable
1 Black
8 Horses
25 Neat Cattle
1783469 Apprentice Bonds of Augusta County, Virginia 1772 - 1817 
Overseers of the Poor, 1782 - 1817
1783
William McPheeters
George Berry
John Young
John Campbell
1783501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Captains McCutchian and Bell
George Berry
1 White Tithable
1 Black > 16
1 Black < 15
8 Horses
27 Cattle
1784501 Augusta County, Virginia Fee Books, page 101
William Berry, son to Geo
1784501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
George Berry
1 White Tithable
2 Blacks > 16
1 Black < 16
7 Horses
29 Cattle
3 June 1785469 Apprentice Bonds of Augusta County, Virginia 1772 - 1817 Apprentice: Margaret Dobbish (Dobage)
Master: George Berry
Trade: Housewifery
19 Sept. 178621 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 25, page 329
Teste: Joseph Trotter, Alex. Crawford, Charles McDonald, Robert Stuart, Wm. McPheeters, Geo. Berry, Jno. Wilson
20 Oct. 17861105 Virginia Land Office Grants No. 6, 1786, p. 406 (Reel 72)
Patrick Henry Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: Know ye, that by virtue and in consideration of part of a Land Office Treasury Warrant Number eleven thousand and eighty four issued the twenty third day of February one thousand seven hundred & eighty two there is granted by the sd Commonwealth unto George Berry a certain tract or parcel of land containing two hundred and seventy acres by survey bearing date the fourth day of November one thousand seven hundred and eighty three lying and being in the county of Montgomery on the Guyandotte River the east side thereof and bounds as followeth (to wit)
Beginning at three white oaks on the side of a hill and running thence south eighty two poles to a poplar black oak & white walnut on a high clay bank of said river thence up said the several courses of the same south forty degrees east eighty poles south eight degrees west one hundred and eight poles north fifty five degrees east one hundred and eighty eight poles north sixty seven degrees east one hundred poles to three sugar tree saplings thence leaving said river north forty five degrees west two hundred and twenty seven poles to two white oaks south sixty six degrees west one hundred and thirty three poles to the beginning
With its appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said George Berry and his heirs forever. In witness whereof the said Patrick Henry Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia hath hereunto set his hand & caused the lesser seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the twentieth day of October in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred & eighty six and of the Commonwealth the eleventh.
P Henry
1786501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1
George Berry
1 White Tithable
2 White Tithables < 21
1 Black > 16
1 Black < 16
8 Horses
25 Cattle
04 June 1787102,501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry
Person Charged with Tax: George Berry
White Male > 21: George Berry
0 white males 16 – 21
2 blacks > 16
1 black < 16
9 horses, colts & mules
29 cattle
06 Dec. 178721 Marriage Licenses, Marriage Bonds and Marriages, page 304
James Henry and John Berry surety. James Henry and Mary Berry, daughter of George Berry (consent).
2 April 1788102,501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry
Person Charged with Tax: George Berry
White Males > 21: George Berry Sr & Jr
0 white males 16 – 21
2 blacks > 16
9 horses
1789501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry
2 White Tithables
2 Blacks > 16
8 Horses
27 Mar 1790501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry
2 White Tithables
2 Blacks 12 - 16
9 Horses
24 May 1791501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry
2 White Tithables
1 Black > 16
7 Horses
21 Mar 1792501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry
2 White Tithables
1 Black > 16
6 Horses
13 Mar 1793501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry
2 White Tithables
1 Black > 16
11 Horses
09 July 1794501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry
2 White Tithables
1 Black > 16
10 Horses
1795501 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry
2 White Tithables
2 Blacks > 16
12 Horses
1 Apr 1796502 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry Sr
1 White Tithable
1 Black > 16
7 Horses
20 Jan. 1796400 Augusta County, Virginia, Deed Book 29, page 105
[Margin Notation; Berry to Berry, exam.d ; delv.d to George Berry Jr May 25th 1798] 
An artical of agreement made and concluded on this twentyeth day of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety six between George Berry Sen. and his Son George Berry junior, both of the County of Augusta and state of Virginia: Witnesseth that the said George Berry Sen. doth bargain and agree with the said George Berry Jun to give him full possession of part of the Plantation the Parties now lives on viz. the fields and woodland that lyeth on the South east side of Creek, to croop and improve on as he pleases, and shall receive the proffites of the same except the benefit of two acres of the new field one year, and one acre another year, also three fiffths the Medow and Cowpasture, and said George Jun. shall have liberty to improve and make what Medow he can on MCains run so as not to affect the fields that the stethouse now stands in, and to have the whole of the proffites of the same, also priveledge to build a dwelling house for himself to live in on the side of s.d MCains run oppiset to the ---?--- with the priveledges of the necessary appindeges thereto, also three tithes of the fruits of the orchard and the same of the Crop now in the ground except the pack ---?---- run, both parties assisting in repairing the fences that the hold in conjunction in proportion to their interests, also in building a Barn not to be of any grate sixe larger than the present, and to act in the above proportion, and in Case the s.d parties should mutually agree to sell said premises the precedes shall be divided in the above proportion Viz George Berry Jun three fifths, and George Berry Sen two fifths, neither party to be rated to sell thir Interests in the primmises without the consent of the other, and in Case the s.d George Jun continues to live on and improve s.d land untill the death of the s.d George Berry Sen the right and title of the whole of s.d land shall then become the property of the s.d George Berry Jun and his heirs forever, on the said George paying or giving his bond with good Security to pay as may be divested by the will of s.d George Sen any Sum not to exceed two fifths the value of s.d place; but if the s.d George Jun leaves s.d primmises and moves his affects without the consent of the s.d George Sen then the above Obligation shall be totaly void. 
And for the true performance of the above article or articals we the said parties do hereby bind Ourselves and each of us our heirs ex.r and adm.n unto each other in the ---?-- sum of Twenty thousand dollars. 
In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals the day and year above written. 
George Berry Sen (Seal) 
George Berry Jun (Seal) 
Signed sealed and acknowledged before us 
John Tate 
Katrin (her mark) Fox 
James Berry 
At a Court held for Augusta County September 20th 1796 
This article of agreement between George Berry and George Berry Jun was proved by the oath of John Tate one of the Witnesses thereto. 
Augusta County to wit 
This day came before me a Justice for the County aforesaid James Berry a witness to the within writing, and made oath that he saw George Berry Senr & George Berry Jun signe seal and acknowledge the same as their act and deed for the purpose therein mentioned. Given under my hand this 17th day of Nov. 1796 
A. Humphreys 
At a Court continued and held for Augusta December the 21st 1796. 
This article of agreement between George Berry & George Berry Jr having heretofore been proved by oath of John Tate a witness thereto, was further proved by the Oath of James Berry another witness thereto before Alexander Humphreys Esquire as aaffixed by his certificate and being present in Court is ordered to be recorded. 
Teste Jacob Kinney Clk.
21 July 179621 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 8, page 240
Moses Hays' will--To wife, Sarah, and her children, proceeds of sale of land in Harrison County, also of tract on mountain called the timber land; to daughter, Elizabeth Luce; to daughter, Hannah Halsey; to son, James Hayes; to daughter, Mary Stockdale; to son, Isaac; to son Richard; to son, Winsted; to son, William. Executors William McPheeters and John Tate. 
Teste: George Berry, Wm. (mark) McKane, Patrick Keenan. 
Proved, 20th September, 1796, by Berry and Kenan. Tate refuses to execute, also McPheeters. Sarah refuses to administrate. 
Administration granted John Tate, Jacob Kinney.
1797502 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry Sr
1 White Tithable
5 Horses
7 Apr 1798502 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry Sr
1 White Tithable
2 Blacks < 16
3 Horses
1799502 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry Sr
1 White Tithable
2 Blacks < 16
3 Horses
1800104,502 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry Sr
1 White Tithable
1 Blacks > 16
1 Black < 16
2 Horses
Total Tax: 1.12
Aug. 180021 Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 24, page 418
George Berry vs Joseph Gerral
180121 Augusta County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
District 1-- James Ramsey Commissioner
George Berry Sr
1 White Tithable
2 Blacks > 16
2 Horses
Total Tax: 1.12
18 April 180121 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 9, page 252
John Tate's will--To wife and children, whole estate to be kept together for their benefit. 
Executors, wife Jinney, friends Robert Tate, Samuel Finley, Isaac Tate. 
Teste: John Tate, 3d; James Henry, Wm. Fulton, Geo. Berry.
Proved 27th December 1802, Jinney, Robert and Sam. qualify.
27 Dec. 1802202 At a court held for Augusta County
This last will and testament of John Tate Esquire deceased was proved by the oaths of James Henry and George Berry two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of Jenny Tate the Executrix and Robert Tate and Samuel Fenley two of the executors therein named who made oath according to law, and together with George Berry, James Henry Adam McChesney, Matthew Wilson and Jacob Kinney their securities __ into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of twenty thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs; Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probat of said will __ __.
08 April 180321,202 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 9, page 375
In the name of God amen this eight day of April in the year of our Lord 1803 I George Berry of the County of Augusta and State of Virginia aling to mind the certainty of death my judgment the same or equal to what it is formerly thanks to God I therefore make this my last will and testament in the way and manor folowing my body to the earth my soul to God that gave it and is touching my worldly goods I devise them in the manor foling and first I give to my son George Berry the plantation that I hold in fee simple on both sides of the middle River bounded by the Glabe and Lewis' Shoes and Davy Bratons to him and his heirs forever and to my son John Berry I give and bequeath the land on gaindoint/or(?) for which I have obtained a paten the number of acres I don't remember but the contents of the paten is to him and his heirs forever and to James Henry my son in law I leave to him walnut chest and one basket the remainder of my Estate when my Debt is paid to be equaly divided to my nine children or their heirs and I appoint(?) my two friends James Berry and James Henry to be executors of this my last will and testament and I disavow all former wills made by me the day and year above mentioned Given under my hand and seal 
David Bratton    George Berry (seal) 
William Thompson 
Robert Mayes 
The articles to be devided will wrote on the other side. 
There is three slaves Sambo Rood and Lip(?), one horse one mare and fole three cows and some young cattle two beds two pots one large and --?- --?-- and two pair of fire (?) dogs and I now apint and desire that if any disputes should fall out amongst my heirs about these trifels that is shall be determined by an arbitration of three good men chosen by the partys disputing this given under my hand the day and year mentioned on the other side 
George Berry
David Bratton 
Robert Mayes 
William Thompson
25 June 1804202 At a Court continued and held for Augusta County
This last will and testament of George Berry dec.d and the codicil thereto annexed was proved by the oaths of Robert Mayes and William Thompson two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. 
Teste Chesley Kinney CC
27 Nov. 1804202 At a Court continued & held for the said (Augusta) county
On the motion of James Berry and James Henry the Executors named in this last will and testament of George Berry deceased who made oath according to Law and together with George Berry and Michael g----?-- ----?--. These securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the -------?-- of two thousand dollars conditioned as the law ---?-- certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate(?) thereof in due form.
Teste Chesley Kinney
06 Dec. 1804207 Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 10, page 6
At Augusta March Court 1805, We John Young Robert Dunlap and John Scott being ordered by Court to View and appraise the slaves and personal Estate of George Berry deceased and being first sworn before James Berry this sixth day of December 1804 we do appraise said estate as follows viz 
To one Negroe man named Sam $433.33
To one Negro woman and child (Road) $333.33
To two pair of fire irons $2.00
To two pots  $4.25
To two beds and furniture $40.00
To one steer 4 years old  $10.00
To one black cow  $9.00
To two cows $24.00
To one small steer $4.00
To three calves $5.50
To one sorrel horise $18.00
To one Black Yearling mare $36.00
To a note on John Tate due March 25th 1805 $111.35
To one bed Quilt $2.00
Reviewed and apraised by us and given under our hands this day and year above writen 
John Young 
Robert Dunlap 
John Scott
 

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