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A.2.1.a. James Berry

Timeline of James Berry, Elizabeth McCutcheon and Martha Wilson

~174012, 256

Esther (Berry) McCord Family Record

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 11, page 242
Estimated birth date of James Berry, probably in Pennsylvania

~1744

Age Approximation Based on Estimated Age of 19 in 1763
Estimated birth date of Elizabeth McCutchen

1 Feb. 175921 Augusta County, Virginia, Will Book No. 2, page 296
THE FORM OF A WILL IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. In the year of our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty Nine, February the first, I, James M. McCutchen of Augusta County and Colony of Virginia The holder, Being very sick and weak of body but perfect of mind and memory Thanks be given to God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die I do order this my last Will and Testament that is to say principaly and first of, all I give and recommend my soul unto God who gave it and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Cristian manner at discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the great Resurection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and bequeath and dispose of it in the following manner. 1st. I do will and bequeth to my well beloved wife Grisal and my youngest son James the tract of land on which I now live during her continuance single and to him and his heirs lawfully begotten forever. 2.d. I do give and bequeth to my oldest son John and my second son Patrick a tract of land containing three hundred forty three acres in the Calf Pasture to be divided equally according to quantity and quality between them and their heirs forever. 3.d. I do order my Executers to purchase a tract of land containing two hundred acres more or less at their discression for my son William if he lives to an age. 4th, I do give and bequeth to my elder daughter Sarah a Paising mare and saddle. 5th, I likewise bequeth to my second daughter Elizabeth one young mare when convenient also a saddle is to be bought for her. 6th, As for the remaining part of my movable estate, I give and bequeth it in the following manner, viz: All my stock and planishing and furniture all and every of them is to the youse and support of my well be loved wife and children for educating of them and to be distributed to them at the discression of my Executors. I likewise constitute and make and order, my only and sole Executors of this my last will and testament and singular my lands, goods and chattels Grisal my well beloved wife Patrick Campbell and Samuel McCutchen and I do hereby disalow revoack and disanul all and every other former Testaments Wills and legacys bequests and Executors by me in any wise before this time-named willed and bequethed, retify confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Day and year before written.
James McCutchen (seal)
Signed Sealed and Published and Delivered by said James McCutchen as his last will and testament in the presence of
Rob't Campbell
W. Christian
Chas Campbell
Jas. Campbell
~1762 Date approximation based on 21 June 1763 land sale
Marriage of James Berry and Elizabeth McCutchen
~1763-1766497 Record of the Family of James Berry of the 2nd Generation
Birth of Thomas Berry in Augusta County, Virginia
Note: This birthdate range is an estimate based on the fact that Thomas was the first son to appear as a taxable male (in 1787) in Washington County, Virginia. He would have been close to 21 years old at the time.
21 June 176321,256 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 11, page 242
THIS INDENTURE made the Twenty first Day of June in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Three Between Thomas Berry of Augusta County and Colony of Virginia and Esther his wife of the one part and James Berry Son to the said Thomas of the other part Witnesseth that for and in Consideration of the sum of twenty five pounds Current Money of Virginia To the said Thomas Berry and Esther in hand paid by the said James Berry at or before the Sealing and Delivery of these presents the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and thereof doth release acquit Exonerate and discharge the said James Berry his heirs Executors & Administrators by these presents They the said Thomas Berry & Esther have Given Granted Bargained Sold Enfeoffed Aliened Released and Confirmed and by these presents doth give grant Bargain Sell Enfeoff Alien Release and Confirm to the said James Berry and to his heirs and Assigns forever one Certain piece or parcel of Land containing one hundred and Sixty eight acres to the same more or less being the land which the said Thomas Berry purchased in fee Simple of Arthur Kennedys situate lying on both sides of Capt. Joseph Kennedys Mill Creek Within the bounds of a large tract of land Commonly Called and Known by the name of Burdens Tract in Said County of Augusta and more particularly Described and bounded as Follows Viz Beginning at a large white oak by a Small Dogwood on the East Edge of the Creek Corner to Robert Grays Land and runneth thence with his lines South Thirty Deg.s East five poles to a Post South four Degrees west nineteen poles to a white oak below a Spring head by a road South twenty eight Degrees West ninety two poles to McNutt’s line to two small hiccorys Corner to Robert Grays Land North fifteen Deg.s West with Said McNutts new line to the Corner Sugar tree on the s.d Creek & thence North fifteen Degrees West two Hundred and Eighty [rest of this line unreadable] with a line of McNutts old Survey to a white oak and an hiccory Saplin by a Dry Valley South Seventy five degrees East one hundred and Sixty poles to a hiccory and white oak Corner to Francis Beatey’s Land thence with his line South fifteen Degrees East Sixty poles to a black oak and hiccory South Seventy five Degrees West twenty four poles to a two white oak Saplins Growing out of one Root South fifteen Degrees East fifteen poles to a Walnutt by the fork of said Creek in Said Beatey line and thence down the Several Courses of the said Creek to the Beginning and all Houses Buildings Orchards Gardens Inclosures Improvements woods Trees Marshes Swamps Meadow Ways Waters Water Courses Easments Profits Commodities Hereditaments and Appurtenanus hereto Belonging in any wise Appurtaining and the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders Rents Issues & Profits thereof and also all the Estate Right Title Interest use trust property claim and Demand whatsoever of them the said Thomas Berry and Esther Either in law or Equity of in and to the said premises and all Deeds Records Evidences and writings touching or in any wise Concerning the Same TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Described one hundred and sixty eight acres of Land Hereditaments and Premisses be the same more or less and all and Singular other the Premises hereby Given and Released and every Part Parcel and Member thereof with their parts Priviledges Incomes Advantages and Appurtenances unto the said James Berry his heirs & Assigns forever to the only Proper use and Behoof of him the said James Berry and of his heirs and assigns forever and they the said Thomas Berry and Esther for themselves their heirs Executors and Administrators doth Covenant Promise and Grant to and unto the said James Berry and his heirs and assigns by these presents that they the s’d Thomas Berry and Esther have and done Committed or Suffered any act Matter Cause or thing whatsoever whereby the said one hundred and sixty eight acres of Land Hereditaments and Premises or any Part Parcel or Member thereof are is may or shall be Impeached Charged or Incumbred in Charge Estate or otherwise however and that the s.d Thomas Berry and Esther have good and sure power and lawfull and absolute authority to grant and convey the same to the said James Berry his heirs assigns in Manner and Form afores.d And Further that the said James Berry and his heirs and assigns Shall and may forever hereafter HAVE HOLD USE OCCUPY POSSESS and Enjoy the said Described one hundred and Sixty eight acres of Land Hereditaments and Premises without any let hindrance Disturbance or Molestation Whatsoever of them the said Thomas Berry and Esther their heirs or assigns or any other Person or Persons whatsover Lawfully Claiming from by or and him them or Either of them and that the said Premises now at the time of Sealing and Delivering of these Presents are free and clear and freely and Clearly Acquited and Discharged of and from all arrearages of Quit Rents and Incumbrances whatsoever/the Quit Rents hereafter to grow due and payable to our Sovereign Lord the King his heirs and Sucessors for and in Respect of the said premises only excepted and proposed AND LASTLY that the said Thomas Berry and Esther and their heirs all and singular for the primeses here by Granted and Released with their and every of their Appurtunances unto the said James Berry his heirs and assigns against them this said Thomas Berry and Esther and their heirs and all and Every other person and persons whatsoever Shall and will warrant and forever Defend by these presents IN WITNESS whereof the said Thomas Berry and Esther his wife have hereunto set their hands and affixed their Seals the Day month and year first above written.
Thomas Berry (L.S)
Esther Berry (L.S.)
SIGNED SEALED & DELIVERED IN PRESENCE OF
Alexander McNutt
Jas. McNut
Thomas Berry Jun.r
At a Court held for Augusta County Ju__ 21st 1763
Thomas Berry and Esther Berry his wife She being first privately examined and acknowledged this their Deed of Feoffment to James Berry which is Ordered to be Recorded.
Teste: John Madison
{Margin Notation: Examined and Delivered James Berry __ April 1765}
~1766-1767497 Family Papers of Baxter Bell Berry (1807 – 1891)
Birth of Grisal/Grizilla Berry
Note: Grisal’s husband was born about 1766 or 1767, married in 1790, and, in the 1810 census her age category places her birth date between 1765 and 1784.
10 Sept. 1770497,499 Family Papers of Baxter Bell Berry (1807 – 1891)
Birth of Mary Berry
19 Aug. 177121,257 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 17, page 309
THIS INDENTURE made the Nineteenth Day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and seventy-one Between James Berry of the County of Augusta of the one part and Jas. McKemy of the County Aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the s.d 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 James McKemy at or Before the sealing Delivery of these presents the Receipt whereof is hereby Acknowledged Hath granted Bargained & sold and by these Presents doth grant Bargain & sell unto the said Jame McKemy and to his heirs for Ever one Certain Piece or Parcel of Land Containing one Hunderd & Sixty Eight acres being the land that the s.d James Berry Purchased in fee simple of Tho.s Berry Father to the s.d James Situate and Lying on both sides Capt. Joseph Kennedys Mill Creek within the Bounds of a large tract of land Commonly Called and Known by the name of Burdens tract in s.d County of Augusta and more Particular described and Bounded as followeth, viz, BEGINNING at a large white oak by a small Dogwood in the East edge of the Creek Corner to Robt. Grays [unreadable] Runneth thence with his lines south Thirty Degrees East six Poles to a Post south four Degrees west Nineteen poles to a White oak below a spring head by a Road south Twenty Eight Degrees west Ninety Two poles to McNutts new line to two small Hiccories Corner to Robt Grays Land North fifteen Degrees west with s.d McNutts New line to the Corner a Sugar tree on the s.d Creek Thence D? North fifteen Degrees west two Hundred and Eighty Poles with a line of McNutts old survey to a white oak and an Hiccory saplin by a Dry Valley south seventy five Degrees East one Hunderd and sixty Poles to a Hiccory and a white oak Corner to Francis Beatys Land thence with his line South Fifteen Degrees East sixty Poles to a Black oak and Hiccory south seventy five Degrees west twenty four poles to two white oak saplins growing out of one Root south Fifteen Degrees East fifty Poles to a walnutt by the fork of s.d Creek in s.d Beatys Line and thence Down the Several Courses of s.d Creek to the BEGINNING and all Houses Buildings Orchards Ways waters water Courses Profits Commodities hereditaments and Appurtenances whatsoever to the s.d Primeses hereby granted or any part thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining and the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders Rents Issues and Profeits thereof TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the s.d one hunderd and sixty Eight Acres of land be the same more or lesss and all and singular other the preimeses hereby granted with the Appurtenances unto the s.d James McKemy 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 from thence next ensuing Fully to be compleat and [rest of line unreadable] Pepper Corn on Lady day Next if the same shall be Lawfully Demanded to the Intent and Purpose that by Virtue of these presents and of the Statute for Transfering uses into Possession the s.d James McKemy may be in Actual Possession of the Premises 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 s.d. James Berry hath Hereunto set his hand & Seal the Day and year first above written
James Berry (L.S.)
Elizabeth [her mark] Berry (L.S.)
SEALED AND DELIVERED In the Presents of
James Cooper
John McCutchan
John Malcom
At a court held for Augusta County August the 20th 1771
James Berry Acknowledged this his Lease for land to James McKemy which is ordered to be recorded
Test John Madison
20 Aug. 177121,257 Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 17, page 311
THIS INDENTURE made the twentieth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred Seventy one BETWEEN James Berry and Elizabeth his wife of the County of Augusta and Colony of VIRGINIA of the one part and James McKemy of the s.d County of the other part WITNESSETH that for and in Consideration of the sum of one Hunderd and Fifteen pounds Current money of Virginia to the s.d James and Elizabeth Berry in hand Paid by the said James McKemy at or before the sealing and Delivery of these Presents the Receipt whereof they Doth Hereby Acknowledged and Hereby Doth Release Aquit and Discharge the s.d James McKemy his heirs Executors and Administrators by these Presents they the s.d James & Elizabeth Berry Hath granted bargained sold Aliened Released and Confirmed and by these Presents Doth grant Bargain sell Alein Release and Confirm unto the s.d James McKemy in his Acutal Possession Now being by virtue of a bargain and sale to him thereof made by the said James and Elizabeth Berry for one whole year by indenture bearing date the Day next before the day of the date of these Presents and by force of the statute for Transfering uses into Possession and his heirs and Assigns forever one Certain Piece or Parcel of Land Containing one Hunderd and sixty eight Acres being the land which the s.d James Berry purchased in fee simple of Thomas Berry his father situate Lying on Both sides of Capt. Joseph Kennedys mill Creek within the bounds of a Large Tract of Land Commonly Called & Known by the name of Burdins Tract in s.d County of Augusta and more Particularly Described and bounded as follows, viz BEGINNING at a large white oak by a small dogwood on the east Edge of the Creek Corner to Robert Grays Land and Runeth thence with his lines south thirty Degrees East six Poles to a Post south four Degrees west Nineteen poles to a white oak Below a Spring head by a Road south twenty Eight Degrees west ninety two poles to McNutts new line to two small Hiccories corner to Robert Grays land North fifteen Degrees west with said McNutts new line to the Corner of Sugar tree on the s.d Creek thence D North Fifteen Degrees west two Hunderd and Eighty Poles with a line of McNutts old survey to a white oak ? an Hiccory Saplin by a Dry Valley south seventy five Degrees East one Hunderd and Sixty Poles to a Hiccory and a white oak Corner to Francis Beaties Land Thence with his Line south Fifteen Degrees East sixty Poles to a black oak and Hiccory south Seventy five Degrees west twenty four Poles to two white oak Saplins growing out of one Root south Fifteen Degrees East fifty Poles to Walnut by the fork of said Creek in s.d Beatys line & thence down the several Courses of the s.d Creek to the BEGINNING and all houses Buildings Orchards ways waters water Courses Profits Commodities Hereditaments and Appurtancances whatsoever to the said Primeses hereby granted or any part thereof Belonging or in any wise Appertaining and the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders Rents Issues and Profits Thereof and also all the Estate Right title Interest use Trust Property Claim and Demand whatsoever of them the s.d James & Elisabeth Berry of in and to the s.d Premeses and all deeds Evidences and Wrightings Touchings or in any wise Concerning the same TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said described one hundred and sixty Eight Acres of land be the same more or less and all singular other the premesis hereby granted and released and every part or parcell thereof with their and every of their Appurtenances unto the said James McKemy his heirs and Assigns by these presents that the said James & Elizabeth Berry now at the time of Sealing and Delivery of these presents is seised of a good sure Perfect and Indefeasable Estate of Inheratance in fee simple of and in the primeses hereby granted and released and that he hath good Power and Lawfull and Absolute Authority to grant and Convey the same to the said James McKemy in mannor and form Aforesaid and that the s.d Primeses now are and so forever hereafter shall Remain and be free and Clear of and from all former and other gifts grants Bargains & also Dower Right and title of Dower Judgments Executions titles troubles Charges and Incumbrunces whatsoever made done Committed or suffered by the said James & Elisabeth Berry [rest of this line unreadable] Hereafter to grow due and paiable to our sovereign Lord the King his Heirs and successors for and in respect of the said Primeses only Excepted and Foreprized and Lastly that the said James & Elisabeth Berry and their heirs all and singular the primeses hereby Granted and Released with their Appurtenances unto the s.d James McKemy and his Heirs and Assigns against them the said James and Elisabeth and their Heirs and all and Every other Person and Persons whatsoever shall and will warrant and for Ever Defend by these Presents IN WITNESS whereof the s.d James Berry and Elizabeth his wife hath hereunto set their Hands and Seals the day and year first above written
James Berry (L.S.)
Elizabeth [her mark] Berry (L.S.)
SEALED AND DELIVERED IN THE PRESENTS OF
James Cooper
John McCutchen
John Malcom
At a Court Held for Augusta County August the 20th 1771 James Berry and Elizabeth his wife she being first Privatly Examined Acknowledged this their Release for Land to James McKemy which is ordered to be Recorded
Test John Madison
1772162 Historical Sketches of the Campbell, Pilcher and Kindred Families
Early Settlers of Washington Co, Virginia
These families were in the county previous to 1772:
James Berry
177256,544 Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769 - 1800

The 1771 Cummings Petition, Location of the Homes of the Signers
Call to Reverend Cummings
A call from the united congregations of Ebbing and Sinking Springs, on Holston's River, Fincastle County, to be presented to the Rev. Charles Cummings, minister of the Gospel, at the Rev'd Presbytery, of Hanover, when sitting at the Tinkling Spring: Worthey and Dear Sir: We being in very destitute circumstances for want of the ordinances of Christ's house statedly administered amongst us under distressing spiritual languishment, and multitudes perishing in our sins for want of the bread of life broken among us; our Sabbaths too much profaned, or at least wasted in melancholy silence at home; our hearts and hands discouraged; our spirits broken with our mournful condition, so that human language cannot sufficiently paint. Having had the happiness, by the good Providence of God, of enjoying part of your labors, to our abundant satisfaction, and being universally well satisfied by an experience of your ministerial abilities, piety, literature, prudence, and peculiar agreeableness of your qualifications to us in particular as a gospel minister. We do, worthey and dear sir, from our very hearts, and with the most cordial affection and unanimity, agree to call, invite and entreat you to undertake the office of a pastor among us, and the care and charge of our precious souls. And upon your accepting of this, our call, we do promise that we will receive the word of God from your mouth, attend on your ministry, instructions and reproofs, in public and private, and submit to the discipline which Christ has appointed in his church administered by you while regulated by the word of God, agreeably to our confession of faith and directory. And that you may give yourself up wholly to the important work of the ministry, we do hereby promise to pay unto you annually the sum of ninety pounds from the time of your accepting this, our call; and that we shall behave ourselves toward you with all that dutiful respect and affection that becomes a people towards their minister, using all means within our power to render your life comfortable and happy. We entreat you, worthey and dear sir, to have compassion upon us in this remote part of the world, and accept this our call and invitation to the pastoral charge of our precious and immortal souls, and we shall hold ourselves bound to pray. In witness whereof, we hereunto set our hands, this 5th day of January, 1773. George Blackburn, Halbert McClure, Robert Craig, Augustas Webb, William Blackburn, Arthur Blackburn, Joseph Black, Samuel Briggs, John Vance, Nathaniel Davis, Jonathan Douglas, Westley White, John Casey, Samuel Evans, Wm. Berry, James Dorchester, Benjamin Logan, Wm. Kennerdy, John Cuzeck, James Fulkerson, Robert Edminston, Andrew McFerrin, James Piper, Stephen Jordan, Thomas Berry, Samuel Hendrey, James Harrold, Alexander McLaughlin, Robert Trimble, John Patterson, Samuel Newell, James English, Wm. Maguaghy, James Gilmore, David Wilson, Richard More, David Dryden, John Lowery, David Craig, Thomas Ramsey, Wm. McNabb, Wm. Christian, Robert Gamble, Samuel Wilson, John Davis, Andrew Colville, Andrew Martin, Joseph Vance, Wm. Laster, Wm. Poagee, Samuel Buchanan, Joseph Laster, Wm. Young, John Berry, John Boyd, Robert Buchanan, Wm. Davison, Robert Kirkman, Thomas Evans, James Young, Samuel Huston, Martin Prewitt, Wm. Marlor, John Sharp, Henry Cardwell, Nicholas Brodeston, Wm. Edmiston, John Long, George Adams, Andrew Miller, Thomas Edmiston, Robert Topp, George Buchanan, Alexander McNutt, John Beaty, John Hunt, James Dysart, Wm. Prewitt, David Beaty, Thomas Bayley, Wm. Miller, John McCutcher, George Teetor, David Gatewood, Andrew Leiper, James Berry, Michael Halfacre, Alexander Breckinridge, David Snodgrass, James Trimble, Stephen Cawood, George Clark, Daniel McCarmack, William Berry, James Gower, James Moulden, Frances Kincannon, Moses Buchanan, Robert Buchanan, Jr., Wm. Blanton, Joseph Snodgrass, David Carjon, Edward Jamison, Christopher Acklin, James Thompson, Samuel Buchanan, Richard Heggons, James Craig, Robert Denniston, Wm. Beats, John Laster, Josiah Gamble, Wm. Edmiston, Wm. McMillan, Hugh Johnson, John McNabb, Andrew Kincannon, John Kennerdy, Edward Pharis, Christopher Funkhouser, John Kelley, Robert Lamb, Samuel White, John Frankhouser, Sr., John Robinson, Thomas Rafferty, Thomas Montgomery, John Frankhouser, Jr., James Kincannon, Thomas Baker, Samuel Bell, Thomas Sharp, Margaret Edmiston, John Groce, John Campbell. We request the Rev. P. B., of Hanover, to present this, our call, to the Reverend Charles Cummings, minister of the gospel, and to concur in his acceptance of it, and we shall account ourselves happy in being your very obliged servants.

~1772497 Family Papers of Baxter Bell Berry (1807 – 1891)
Birth of Prudence Berry
Note: Prudence got married in 1798, and was listed in the 1810 census as being born between 1765 and 1784.
20 Apr. 1773497,498 Family Papers of Baxter Bell Berry (1807 – 1891)
Birth of James Berry
~1776497 Family Papers of Baxter Bell Berry (1807 – 1891)
Birth of William Berry
Note: Between 1791 and 1797, several sons of James and Elizabeth appear in the tax records as being older than 16. Since their oldest son, Thomas was already being taxed in his own household, this leaves James and William. If James is considered to be the older son, then William is younger by several years, based on their first appearances in the tax records.
27 May 177756 Washington County, Virginia Court Records
Ordered that Robert Edmondson be surveyor of the Road from Samuel Henrys to James Berrys and that William Edmondson Gent give him a list of Tithables and that James Berry be surveyor from thence to Edmondsons fort and that John Edmondson be surveyor from thence to Whitneys Mill and that Wm. Edmondson Gent give them a List of Tithables
26 Nov. 177756

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Washington County, Virginia Court Records
Ordered that Robert Edmondson, Alexander McNutt and Robert Buchanan being duly sworn view the neighest and best way for the Road from James Berry until it intersects the Wataga Road and make report to the next court.

20 May 177856

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Washington County, Virginia Court Records
Ordered that Robert Edmondson be surveyor of the road from James Berrys to the forks of the River & that he cut the road as viewed by Alexander McNutt, Robert Buchanan & Robert Edmondson and that John Berry be overseer of the road from the forks of the River to Capt. James Montgomerys & that James Montgomery Gent. give him a List of Tithables

18 Nov. 177856

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Washington County, Virginia Court Records
Present William Campbell, William Edmondson, John Coulter, Isaac Shelby & John Dunkin Gent.
The presentments of the Grand Jury returned yesterday is as followeth Viz. Martha McMahon for bearing a base born child, Jeffrey Mopey & Rachel Arbuckle she for leaving her husband without consent and he the said Mopey for living with her, Isaac Anderson & Margaret Crow for fornication, John Montgomery & Rebecca Davis for living in adultery by the information of Jacob Anderson, Alexander Vance & Jean Mathews for living in fornication by the information of Abraham Crabtree, John Leathem for selling liquors without license & above the rates, James Douglass the same, Abraham Goodpasture the same, Christopher the same, Jesse bounds the same, Henry Harkleroad the same, James Taylor & William Taylor the same, Joseph Black the same, Francis Whitney the same, John Minton the same, Zachariah Carwiles the same, Hugh Berry the same, Andrew Forgy the same, Robert Trimble the same, James Dysart the same, Adam Moyers the same, William Montgomery the same, John Edmondson for not having the road he is surveyor of in good repair, Robert Edmondson the same, James Berry & Francis Whitney the same the surveyor of the road opposite to Leathems, the same.

15 June 177956

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Washington County, Virginia Court Records
A Jury sworn to try the suit now depending between John Ickis Plantiff and Joseph Bated defendant Viz. James Fulkison, Robert Edmondson, Robert Reaugh, John Blackburn, Samuel Buchanan, James Berry, David Dryden, David Craig, James Herris, Wm. Lowry, Samuel Evans & William Montgomery returned a verdict for defendant which is ordered to be recorded.

18 August 177956

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Nicholas Brabstone Plt. against James Herris Defendant in Case.
This day came the parties by their Attorneys and thereupon came also a Jury to wit John Blackmore, David Looney, James Fulkison, James Berry, John Anderson, John Kinkead, Thomas Berry, Patrick Porter, Robert Crow, William Beatie, Abraham McClelan and Westley White who being elected tried and Sworn the truth to spake upon the Issue found upon their Oath do say that the Defendant is not guilty in manour and form as the Plantiff against him hath complained therefore it is concedered by the Court thatthe Plantiff take nothing by his Bill but for his false Clamour be in Mercy & C. and the said Defendant go hence without pay and recover against the plantiff for his Costs by him about his Defence in this behalf Expended.
Nicholas Brabstone Plaintiff against Robert Edmondson Defendant in Case.
This day came the parties by their Attorneys and thereupon came also a Jury to Wit John Blackmore, Andrew Greear, James Fulkison, James Berry, John Anderson, John Kinkead, Thomas Berry, Patrick Porter, Robert Crow, William Beatie, John Jamison and Westley White who being Elected and tried and Sworn the Truth to Spake upon the Issue Joined upon their Oath do say that the Defendant is guilty in manour and form as the Plantiff against him hath complained (therefore it is concedered by the Court) and they do assess the Plantiff Damages by occasion of the Defendants nonperformance of a certain bargain and agreement to twelve Hundred pounds and Costs therefore it is concedered by the Court that the plantiff recover against said Defendant his Damages in form aforesaid assesses and his Costs in his behalf Expended and the said Defendant in Mercy & C.

27 June 1780497 Family Papers of Baxter Bell Berry (1807 – 1891)
Birth of Samuel Berry
22 Nov. 178056

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Washington County, Virginia Court Records
This day came the parties by their Attorneys and thereupon came also a Jury (Viz) James Berry, Patrick Campbell, William Evans, Joseph Bates, William Berry, Andrew Evans, William Lewis, Robert Edmondson, Archibald Dickison, James McCutchan, Alexander McMullen and Jonathon Douglas who being elected tried and Sworn upon the Issue Joined upon their Oath do say that the Defendant is guilty in manner and form as the Plantiffs Damages by Occasion of the Defendants nonperformance of a certain agreement and they do assess the Damages to One Penny and Costs about their Suit in his behalf Expended and the Said Defendant in Mercy & C.

23 Nov. 178056

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Washington County, Virginia Court Records
On motion of Mary Henderson, Andrew Henderson & Edward Stephenson Administration is granted them on ther Estate of John Henderson Deceased whereupon they together with Andrew Russill & James Berry their Security entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the sum of Twenty Thousand pounds for the faithful Administration of the Said decedants Estate.

24 Nov. 178056

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Washington County, Virginia Court Records
Ordered that David Carson, Alexander McNutt, James Berry and James Montgomery or any three of them being first sworn appraise the Estate of Robert Edmondson Deceased and make return to next Court.

5 Feb. 178171,73 Washington County, Virginia Will Book 1, page 35
In the name of God Amen, I, William Berry of the County of Washington & Colony of Virginia being of sound & disposing mind do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in Manner and form following way. In the first place that my lawful Dues be Collected & Debts Discharged. I bequeath to my son Thomas my Land and Plantation utensials a horse & saddle. I likewise I bequeath to my Wife Mary her living on the Plantation During her Widowhood and her choice of any one of the Mares with her Saddle to be at her disposal. Likewise two cows. In like manner I Will to my two daughters each a Mare and Saddle, two Cows and Calfs and an equal divide of the household furniture. The remainder of my stock I bequeath to be Equally divided between my Wife & Youngest children and to the child my wife is now pregnant with I bequeath Fifteen Hundred pounds of the present Currency now due to me to be laid out to the best advantage for the Child if it lives. & if not , to be divided equally between the Mother and Children Likewise I leave five Hundred Pounds to be laid out for the Schooling & use of the children. The remainder I bequeath to my Wife to be at her disposal. Lastly I do make and constitute for Exectors James Trimbell, James Berry & Thomas Berry Sr. witness when of I have vision to set my hand and Seal this fifth day of February in the year of our Lord 1781.
William Berry (Seal)
Teste Hugh Fullen, James Berry
20 Mar. 178156

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Washington County, Virginia Court Records
On Motion of Mary Henderson, Andrew Henderson & Edward Stephenson Administration is granted them on the Estate of John Henderson Deceased whereupon they together with Andrew Russill & James Berry their Security entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the sum of Twenty Thousand pounds for the faithful Administration of the Said decedants Estate.

16 May 178156 Washington County, Virginia Court Records
A Jury sworn to Enquire into the Damages between Robert Stewart Plantiff and Isaac Lebo Defendant (Viz) Alexander McMullen, Robert Baker, Charles Campbell,, Samuel Vance, Robert Stephenson, John Fowler, James Berry, Westly White, Henry Dickinson, William Lowry, John McCutcan, George Buchanan Returned Verdict for Plantiff and assess the Damages at Twenty Seven Thousand five hundred pounds Damages Ordered to be Recorded.
19 June 178156

Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769 - 1800

Washington County, Virginia Court Records
The Last Will and Testament of William Berry Deceased Exhibited in Court and proven by the Oath of James Berry a Witness thereto and by the Oaths of Thomas Berry and James Trimble that the Deceased name signed to Said Will was the said William Berrys hand which Ordered to be Recorded Whereupon James Trimble, James Berry and Thomas Berry Executors therein named made Oath thereto in due form Whereupon they together with James Dysart & John Campbell entered into and Acknowledged their Bond in the Sum of Four Hundred pounds in Specie for the faithful Administration of the Said Decedants Estate.

19 June 178156

Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769 - 1800

Washington County, Virginia Court Records
The Last Will and Testament of William Berry Deceased Exhibited in Court and proven by the Oath of James Berry a Witness thereto and by the oaths of Thomas Berry and James Trimble that the Deceased name signed to Said Will was the said William Berrys hand which Ordered to be Recorded Whereupon James Trimble, James Berry and Thomas Berry Executors therein named made Oath thereto in due form Whereupon they together with James Dysart & John Campbell entered into and Acknowledged their Bond in the Sum of Four Hundred pounds in Specie for the faithful Administration of the Said Decedants Estate.

30 August 178169

Washington County, Virginia Survey Records, page 225
Surveyed for Andrew Russell 315 acres of land in Washington county by virtue of a Certificate from the Commissioners for the district of Washington and Montgomery Counties and agreeable to an act of the General Assembly of Virginia passed in May 1779, and lying on the South side of the Middle Fork of Holston River.
Beginning on two white oaks a corner to Thomas Montgomery’s land with his line;

 

S 36 E. 77 poles

to a Poplar and white oak;

S 23 E 153 poles

to a black oak and white oak corner to John Crilly’s land;

S 70 W 92 poles

crossing a branch to a white oak;

S 32 W 100 poles

to a forked white oak;

S 70 W 96 poles

to two white oaks, thence with James Trimble’s line;

S 70 E 40 poles

to a white oak corner to James Berry & Trimble;

S 81 W 54 poles

to two white oaks in a valley with James Trimble;

N 24 E 80 poles

to two white oaks on the South side of a ridge;

N 19 W 80 poles

to two large white oaks by a large rock;

N 20 E 80 poles

to a white oak on a high ridge;

N 71W 104 poles

to two small white oak saplings

N 60 E 234 poles

to the Beginning.

 

4 April 1783
David Carson, D.S.
Robt. Preston, S.W.C.
We the Commissioners for the district of Washington and Montgomery Counties do certify that Andrew Russell is entitled to four hundred acres of land in Washington County lying on the South side of the Middle Fork of Holston River to include his improvement, he having proved to the Court he was entitled to the same by actual settlement made in the year 1777. As witness our hands this 30th Augt. 1781
Teste: James Reid, C.C.C. Jas. Cabell, Harry Innes, R. Cabell, Commrs..

30 Aug. 178169

Washington County, Virginia Survey Records, page 171
Surveyed for Thomas Berry Junr. four hundred acres of land in Washington County by virtue of a Certificate from the Commissioners for the district of Washington and Montgomery Counties and agreeable to an act of the General Assembly of Virginia passed in May 1779 lying on a branch of the Middle Fork of Holstein river.
Beginning on a white oak and Poplar on the top of a ridge a corner to James Berry & Robert Houston with Houston’s line
 

S. 56 1/2 W. 306 poles

to a black oak and chestnut;

N. 60 W. 148 poles

to a white oak and hiccory a corner to Sa.l Houston’s land;

N. 5 E. 68 poles

to two white oaks by the knobs;

N. 59 E. 140 poles

to two white oaks near a creek;

N. 52 E. 214 poles

to a large white oak a corner to James Berry’s land;

S. 34 E. 88 poles

to two white oaks on the So. east side of the creek on James Berry’s line;

S. 171/2 E. 110 poles

to the Beginning with James Berry & Robt. Houson

 

12th Apl. 1782
David Carson, D.S.
Robt. Preston, S.W.C.
We the Commissioners for the district of Washington and Montgomery counties do certify that Thomas Berry legatee to William Berry dec’d, is entitled to four hundred acres of land in Washington County lying on the waters of the Middle Fork of Holstein on the south side to include his improvement he having proved to the court that he was entitled to the same by actual settlement in 1771. As witness our hands this 30th day of August 1781
Teste: James Reid, C.C.C. Jas. Cabell, Harry Innes, R. Cabell, Commrs.

2 Sept. 178169

Washington County, Virginia Survey Records, page 237
Surveyed for Robert Houston four hundred acres of land in Washington County by virtue of a Certificate from the Commissioners for the district of Washington & Montgomery Counties and agreeable to an act of the General Assembly of Virginia passed in May 1779, & lying between the Middle & South Forks of Holstein river.
Beginning on a chestnut on a ridge;
 

S.50 E. 130 poles

to a black oak & hiccory on high knob;

S.62 1/2 W. 496 poles

to two white oaks amongst some rocks;

N. 17 1/2 W. 124 poles

to a white oak & Poplar corner to James Berry’s land & Mary Berry’s;

N. 79 E. 120 poles

to the chestnut on the ridge at the Beginning;

 

11 May 1782

David Carson, D.S.
Robt. Preston, S.W.C.
We the Commissioners for the district of Washington and Montgomery Counties do certify that Robert Houston is entitled to 400 acres of land in Washington County on the waters of the South Fork Holstein river, to include his improvement he having proved to the Court that he was entitled to the same by actual settlement made in the year 1772. Witness our hands this 2nd of Sept. 1781.
Teste: James Reid, C.C.C. Jas. Cabell, Harry Innes, R. Cabell, Commrs.

1782491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Capt. Alexander Montgomery’s Precinct
James Berry
1 tithable      James (~42)
7 horses
17 cattle
13 April 178279

Washington County, Virginia Survey Book 1, page 39
Surveyed for James Berry 400 acres of land in Washington County by virtue of a certificate from the Commissioners for the district of Washington and Montgomery Counties, and agreeable to an Act of the General Assembly of Virginia passed in May 1779 and lying on the waters of the Middle fork of Holstein river.
Beginning at a large white oak on the southeast side of the knobs
 

N. 64 1/2 E. 200 poles

to a black and white oak on west side of white run

N. 10 W. 40 poles

corner with William Russell and James Trimble at 2 white oaks

N. 81 E. 74 poles

to a white oak corner with John Crilliey and Andrew Russell

S. 20 E. 280 poles

to two white oaks

S. 70 1/2 W. 40 poles

to two white oaks on a ridge

S. 46 W. 90 poles

to a chesnut on a ridge

S. 79 W. 120 poles

to a white oak and Poplar on a ridge, corner with Robert Huston & Mary Berry

N. 17 1/2 W. 110 poles

to two white oaks on the south East side of a branch on Mary Berrys line

N. 34 W. 150 poles

to the Beginning.

 

13th April 1782
David Carson, D.S.
Robt. Preston, S.W.C
We the Commissioners for the district of Washington and Montgomery counties do certify that James Berry is entitled to four hundred acres of land in Washington County lying on the waters of the Middle fork of Holston river on the south side to include his improvements he having proved to the Court that he was entitled to the same by actual settlement made in 1771. As witness our hands this 30 of Augt. 1781.
Teste: James Reid, C.C.C. Jas. Cabell, Harry Innes, R. Cabell, Commrs..

11 May 178269

Washington County, Virginia Survey Records, page 173
Surveyed for Robert Houston one hundred acres of land in Washington County by virtue of a Land Office Preemption Warrant adjoining the north east end of his settlement.
Beginning on a chestnut on a ridge corner to James Berry’s land & with Berry’s lines
 

N. 46 E 90 poles

to two white oaks on a ridge;

N. 70 1/2 E. 40 poles

to two white oaks on James Berry’s lines;

S. 67 1/2 E. 36 poles

to a Poplar on a ridge with Berry’s line;

S. 52 E. 75 poles

to an ash in a swamp on Edmonson’s Patent line;

S. 28 W. 155 poles

to a small ash & small Poplar;

S. 54 1/4 W. 60 poles

to two small white oak saplings on a ridge;

N. 5 W. 46 poles

to a black oak & hiccory on a knob;

N. 50 W. 130 poles

to the Beginning at the 2 W.O’s

 

1782 May 11th
David Carson, D.S.
Robt. Preston, S.W.C.

1783491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
J. Lowry’s Return
J. Berry
1 tithable      James (~43)
9 horses
18 cattle
1782 - 178770 List of Virginia Taxpayers 1782 - 1787
Washington County
James Berry
1 poll
0 slaves
~1783497 Family Papers of Baxter Bell Berry (1807 – 1891)
Birth of Jonathon Berry
3 Jan. 178379 Washington County, Virginia Will Book 1, page 83
Will of Moses Trimble wife (name not given) sons: Moses, Thomas & James Dau: Jain/Jane “which is due to me in Rockbridge County” land I now live on. Excs. Son Moses Trimble & George Edgar
Wit. James Berry, William Russell, Andrew Russell
Recorded 20 May 1785
21 Mar. 178356

Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769 - 1800

Washington County, Virginia Court Records
This day came the parties by their attornies and thereupon came also a Jury to wit: Jas. Campbell, David Beatie, Joseph Gray, Alex Breckenridge, Robt. Trimbell, Thos. Berry, Jas. Berry, Robert Huston, Richard Moore, Elijah Smith, Richard Poston and Jas. Carswell.
This day came the parties and by their attornies and thereupon came also a Jury (to wit) Alex. Smith, Jn. Hay, Robt. Craig, alex. M’Millin, Daniel Young, Wm. M’Millin, Alex. Reid, Andrew Colvill, William Robinson, Robt. Buchanan, Jas. Douglas and Jas.Berry.

20 May 178356

Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769 - 1800

Washington County, Virginia Court Records
The last Will and Testament of Moses Trimble deceased was exhibited in Court and proved by the oaths of James Berry and William Russell witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded.
And on the motion of George Edgar and Moses Trimble the Executor therein named who made the Oath thereto in due form certificate therefore is granted them whereupon they together with Samuel Evans and Jonathon Langdon their securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the sum of five hundred pounds for the faithful Executorship of the said Decedants Estate. Ordered that James Berry, David Carson, John McCutchen and Alexander McNutt or any three of them being first sworn appraise the Estate of Moses Trimble Deceased and make return to Court.

20 Aug. 178375 Washington County, Virginia Will Book 1, page 65
Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of Moses Trimble, decd., on 18 July 1783 by James Berry, David Carson, John McCutchen. Listed among the items were: Sundry books on Religion. Recorded 20 August 1783
21 Aug. 178356

Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769 - 1800

Washington County, Virginia Court Records
Christopher Acklin Plaintiff against David Getgood Defendant
In Debt
THIS day came the parties by their Attornies and thereupon came also To wit David Beatie, John Berry, William Edmondson, James Herrald, James Berry, Samuel Hamilton, William Greer, David Dryden, Andrew Willoughby, William Davison, Patrick Savage and James Crow who being elected tried and the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their Oaths do say that the defendant is guilty in manner and form as the Plaintiff agaunst him hath declared and that they do assess the plaintiff’s damages by the occassion thereof to twelve pounds Eight shillings and ten pence with Interest thereon from the fourth day of August 1783 besides his Costs, Therefore it is considered by the Court that the Plaintiff recover against the said defendant his Debt aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and his Costs by him in this behalf Expended and the defendant in Mercy.

29 Aug. 178369 Washington County, Virginia Survey Records, page 219
Surveyed for John Crilly 350 acres of land in Washington County by virtue of a Certificate from the Commissioners for the district of Washington & Montgomery Counties and agreeable to an act of the Assembly of Virginia passed in May 1779, and lying on a branch of the Middle Fork of Holstein River.
Beginning on a large white oak corner to Andrew Russell & thence with a line of James Berry’s land;
 
S.70 E. 264 poles to a large White oak and Beech;
S. 48 E. 52 poles to two white oaks near a branch thence crossing said branch;
S. 77 E 12 poles to three Beech saplings a corner to William Edmonson’s land;
N. 43 W 16 poles to a Beech on the North side of a branch;
N. 51 E 152 poles to a large white oak corner to Collin Crilly’s land;
N. 50 W. 246 poles to two white oaks and a Dogwood and a white oak on Thomas Montgomery’s line;
N. 54 W. 62 poles to a black oak and white oak corner to Andrew Russell’s land;
S. 70 W. 92 poles crossing a spring branch to a white oak;
S. 32 W. 100 poles to a forked white oak;
S. 26 W 64 poles to the Beginning.

19 March 1783
David Carson, D.S.
Robt. Preston, S.W.C.
We the Commissioners for the district of Washington and Montgomery Counties do certify that John Creely who was assignee of Samuel Bell is entitled to four hundred acres of land lying in Washington County on the waters of the Middle Fork of Holstein River on the South side adjoining Thomas Montgomery to include his improvement he having proved to the Court he was entitled to the same by actual settlement made in the year 1772. As witness our hands this 29th day of August 1781
Teste: James Reid, C.C.C. Jas. Cabell, Harry Innes, R. Cabell, Commrs..

16 Dec. 178356

Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769 - 1800

Washington County, Virginia Court Records
Samuel Ingram Plaintiff against Jacob Young & Joseph Gray Defts. In Debt. This day came the Parties by their Attornies and thereupon came also a Jury to-wit Mathew Willioughby , David Gatgood, Jas. Bradley, David Evans, Saml. Henry, Jn. Sharp, Jn. Bradley, Wm. Lowrey, Gilbert Watson, Jas. Berry, Jn. Walker and James Glenn. Jn. Reaugh Administrator of Robt. Reaugh Plaintiff against William Tredway & the Executors of William Edmondson Defendants In Debt. This day came in the parties by their attornies and thereupon came also a Jury To-wit, Mathew Willoughby, David Gatgood, Jas. Bradley, David Evans, Saml. Henry, Jn. Sharp, Jn. Bradley, Wm. Lowrey, Gilbert Watson, Jas. Berry, Jn. Walker and James Glenn.

1784491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
John Lowry’s Return
James Berry
1 tithable      James (~44)
8 horses
22 cattle
Tax paid: £1.11.6
1785497 Family Papers of Baxter Bell Berry (1807 – 1891)
Birth of Sarah (Polly) Berry in Washington County, Virginia
1 Aug. 178569

Washington County, Virginia Survey Records, page 285
Surveyed for James Berry two hundred acres of land in Washington County by virtue of a Preemption Warrant No. 174-4 from the Commissioners for the district of Washington & Montgomery Counties lying on a branch of the Middle Fork of Holstein River.
Beginning at a poplar tree thence
 

N. 24 W. 294 poles

to a white oak a corner to John Creely’s land & with his line;

S.70 E. 228 poles

to two white oaks & a Beech;

S. 48 E. 52 poles

to two white oaks on a branch;

S. 77 E. 12 poles

to two beeches;

S.48 E. 18 poles

to two poplars;

S.22 1/2 W. 50 poles

to a beech & poplar

S.50 1/2 W. 66 poles

to a large white oak & black oak

S. 34 W. 102 poles

to a white oak a corner to Robt. Houston’s land and with his line;

N. 46 W. 40 poles to the Beginning.

 

Augt. 1st 1785
David Carson, D.S.
Robt. Preston, S.W.C.

24 April 178680 Washington County, Virginia Will Book 1, page 114
Will of Samuel Henry 24 April 1786 Wife Elizabeth, the thirds of the plantation I live on and a third of the plantation I bought from George Berry. The land I bought from Archibald Maginnis to be sold. Sons: Robert, Charles and James Daus: Mary, Sarah and Jean Excs: James Henry, my brother; James Berry, Robert Kinkhead & wife, Elizabeth Henry.
Wit: Adam Hope, Thomas Berry, Mary Berry, Samuel Henry (seal)
1786491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
A List of Tithables and Taxable property taken within the bounds of Captain Edmondsons old Company and Captain Lowrey’s Company for the year 1786, by John Lowrey Gent.
James Berry
1 tithable      James (~46)
6 horses
15 cattle
1 June 1787491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
John Lathim’s District
Person Charged with Tax: James Berry
Names of White Male Tithables > 21: James Berry (~47)
5 horses
10 cattle
2 Mar 1788497,500 Family Papers of Baxter Bell Berry (1807 – 1891)
Birth of John McCutchen Berry
12 April 178882 Washington County Will Book, page 132
Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of John Berry, decd., returned 14 August 1787 by James Berry, Alexander Doran, Adam Hope Recorded 12 April 1788
25 Apr. 1788491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
John Lathim’s District
James Berry
1 white male > 21      James (~48)
6 horses
17 Aug. 178882 Washington County, Virginia Will Book, page 138
Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of Robert Faires. decd., taken 19 June 1788 by James Berry, Andrew Buchanan, Mathew Buchanan Recorded 17 August 1788
14 Oct. 1788492 Washington County, Virginia, Deed Book 1, Part 1, page 97
THIS INDENTURE made the fourteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight between James Berry of the one part and Dominick Morin of the other part both in the County of Washington and Commonwealth of Virginia WITNESSETH that the said James Berry for and in consideration of the sum of thirty three pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby Acknowledged the said James Berry hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant grant bargain and sell unto the said Dominick Morin and his heirs one certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and forty four acres to the same more or less lying and being in the County of Washington and on a branch of the Middle fork of Holston [insert ‘river’] and granted to the said James Berry by patent bearing date the first of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eight seven and is bounded as followeth to wit: BEGINNING at two white oaks a corner to the said James Berrys line and with is line South fifty degrees west one hundred and fourteen poles to a poplar and a Chestnut on a North west hill side, South five degrees west ninety two poles to a Stake, thence leaving Berrys line, South sixty seven and a half degrees East thirty six poles to a poplar on a path, South forty six degrees East forty poles to a white oak North thirty four degrees East one hundred and two poles to two white oaks and a black oak North fifty and a half degrees east sixty six poles to a beech and a poplar tree North twenty two and a half degrees East fifty poles to two poplars North forty four [could be seven] degrees west, eighteen poles to two beeches, North twenty seven (?) degrees west twelve poles to two white oaks on a branch, North forty eight degrees west fifty two poles to two white oaks and a beech, North Seventy degrees west twenty eight poles to the BEGINNING together with its appurtenances thereto belonging TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract of land with its appurtenances unto the said Dominick Morrin and his heirs forever, and the said James Berry and his heirs will forever warrant and defend the said tract of land its appurtenances unto the said Dominick Morrin and his heirs against the Claims of all persons whatsoever. In witness whereof the said James Berry hath hereunto subscribed his name & affixed his seal the day and year above written.
James Berry (seal)
At a Court held for Washington County October the fourteenth day 1788
This Indenture of Bargain and sale from James Berry to Dominick Morin exhibited in Court and Acknowledged by the said James Berry, Elizabeth his wife being first privately examined and relinquishing her right of Dower in the said land and ordered to be recorded.
Test And.w Russell C.D.W
10 Feb. 178956

Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769 - 1800

Washington County, Virginia Court Records
Washington County, Record of Deeds No. 1, page 123
James Berry, John Cole and James Kincannon to Anne Patterson. Assignment of dower in the lands of her late husband.

12 May 178983 Washington County, Virginia Will Book 1
Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of William Edmondson, decd., taken 20 February 1789 by Andrew Buchanan, James Berry, John Kay, Appraisers
Recorded 12 May 1789
2 Apr. 1789491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
Walter Preston’s District
James Berry
1 white male > 16      James (~49)
1 horse
15 Apr. 1790491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
Walter Preston’s District
James Berry
2 white males > 16      James (~50), James (17)
5 horses
24 Jan. 1790491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
Walter Preston’s District
Martha Wilson
2 horses
12 Nov. 1790499 Samuel Redus & Martha Wilson Hutton Family Bible
Elizabeth (McCutchen) Berry died in Washington County, Virginia
6 Oct. 1791493 Marriages of Washington County, Virginia 1781-1853
James Berry marries Martha Wilson in Washington Co, VA. Rev. Charles Cummins, minister
10 June 1791491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
Walter Preston’s List
James Berry
2 white males > 16      James (~51), James (18)
5 horses
1792491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
Walter Preston’s List
James Berry
3 white males > 16      James (~52), James (19), William (~16?)
3 horses
13 Apr. 179356,492 Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 1, page 294
Robert Campbell, James Armstrong, Robert Craig, Trustees of the Town of Abingdon to Jas. Berry. 10 pounds. Lot No. 67 in Abingdon, Virginia.
1 Apr. 1793491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
Walter Preston’s List
James Berry
3 white males > 16      James (~53), James (19), William (~17?)
1 horses
30 July 1794491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
Walter Preston’s List
James Berry & sons
3 white males > 16      James (~54), James (20), William (~18?)
7 horses
30 Mar. 1797491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
James Berry & sons
2 white males > 16      James (~57), William (~19?)
3 horses
20 Mar. 1798492 Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 2, page 49, 50
THIS INDENTURE made this twentieth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety 8 between James Berry and Martha his wife of the one part and Welcome Martin of the other part both of the County of Washington and State of Virginia. WITNESSETH that the the said James Berry and Martha his wife for and in consideration of the sum four hundred and twenty five pounds current money of the State aforesaid the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge the said James Berry and Martha his wife hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said Welcome Martin and his heirs one certain tract or parcel of Land containing two hundred and twenty five acres be the same more or less lying and being in the said County of Washington on a branch of the middle ford and is the plantation the said Berry now lives on by patent issued on the second day of May 1787 bounded as followeth to wit, BEGINNING at a large white oak on the South side of a know thence North sixty four and a half degrees East two hundred poles to a black oak and white oak on the West side of a white --?- North ten[?] degrees West forty poles corner to William Russell and James Trimbles Land at two white oaks North eighty one degrees East forteen poles to two sourwoods and a maple in James Trimbles line thence for a line between Berry and the said Martin S. 6 E. two hundred and seventy five poles to a chesnut black oak and white oak on a ridge corner to Robert Hustons Land and with a line thereof S. 79 W. 120 poles to a white oak and poplar corner to the said Huston and Mary Berrys Land and with her line N. 17 [?] degrees West 108 poles to two white oaks on the South side of a branch thence North thirty four degres West 90 poles to the BEGINNING with its appurtenances TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract or parcel of Lands with its appurtenances to the said Welcom Martin and his heirs forever and the said James Berry and Martha his wife for themselves and their heirs do covenant with the said Welcome Martin and his heirs that they the said James Berry and Martha his wife and their heirs the tract or parcels of Lands with its appurtenances to the said Welcom Martin and his heirs against all persons whosoever will forever warrant & defend. In witness whereof the said James Berry and Martha his wife hereunto subscribed their names and affixed their seals the day and year first above written.
James Berry S.S.
Martha Berry S.S.
At a Court held for Washington County this 20th day of March 1798. This Indenture of bargain and sale was acknowledged in court by the above named James Berry and Martha his wife she having been fist privily examined as the Law directs and ordered to be recorded.
Test. And.w Russell D.C.
20 Mar. 1798492 Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 2, page 50
THIS INDENTURE made this twentieth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight between James Berry and Martha his wife of the County of Washington of the one part and William Greenaway of the County aforesaid of the other part WITNESSETH that the said James Berry for and in consideration of the sum of forty dollars current money of the United States to him in hand paid do bargain and sell unto the said William Greenaway and his heirs one certain Lott of ground in the said Town of Abingdon lying on the South side of Office Street distinguished in a plan of the said Town by the No. 67 (sixty seven) containing one quarter of an acre TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Lott of ground with its appurtenances unto the said William Greenaway and his heirs to the sole use and behoof of him the said William Greenaway and his heirs forever and the said James Berry and Martha his wife for themselves and their heirs do covenant with the said William Greenaway and his heirs that they the said James Berry and Martha his wife the said Lott of Ground with its appurtenances unto said William Greenaway and his heirs against all persons whatsoever shall warrant and will forever defend. In witness whereof the said James Berry and Martha his wife have hereunto subscribed their names and affixed their seals the day and year first above written.
James Berry (SS)
Martha Berry (SS)
At a Court held for Washington County the 20th day of March 1798. This Indenture of bargain and sale was acknowledged in court by the above named James Berry and Martha his wife she having been first privily examined as the Law directs and ordered to be recorded.
Test. And.w Russell D.C
20 Mar. 1798492 Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 2, pages 54, 55
KNOW all men by these presents that we James & Hugh McCutchen heir at Law of John McCutcheon, deceased and Elizabeth McCutchen, deceased widow and relict of the said John McCutchen, deceased, all of Davidson County and ceeded Teritory South of the river Ohio have nominated constituted and appointed James Berry of Washington County and State of Virginia our true and Lawful attorney for us and in our names to make sign seal and deliver to Philip catrine of Washington county and State of Virginia a good and Lawful Deed in fee simple to a certain tract of Land lying and being in the County of Washington which Land said Catrine now lives on to do perform and execute the same in our names all things necessary thereunto as we the said James & Hugh McCutchen might or could do were we personally present: As do I the above named Elizabeth doth authorise the above names James Berry to acknowledge away my right of Dower the same as I might or could do were I personally present, and we do ratify and confirm whatsoever our said attorney shall Lawfully do or cause to be done in our names in and about the said Land In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals this 20th day of December 1794.
James McCutchan S.S.
Hugh McCutchan S.S.
Elizabeth (her mark) McCutchan S.S.
December 20th 1794 Came before us the subscribed two of the justices of the peace for the County of davidson the above named James and Hugh McCutchan & Elizabeth McCutchan and acknowledged the above power to be their act and deed for the uses and purposes therein contained.
Lardner Clark J.A
James Means
Territory of the United States of America South of the river Ohio Davidson County
I Andrew Ewing clerk of the said county court do certify to who it may concern that Lardner Clark and James Means who appear to have taken the acknowledgment of the within Letter of Attorney are and were at the time of taking the same two of the justices of the peace in & for the county Davidson duly commissioned & qualififed and that as such full faith and credit is and ought to be given to these acts in court of justice & this court. In Testimony whereof I hereunto subscribe my name and seal of this County this 14th day of March 1795.
Andrew Ewing
Davidson County Ts
Is Samuel Barton presiding justice in the said county court do certify that Andrw Eqing whose name is marked to the above certificate is clerk of the said County Court duly commissioned and qualified and that full faith and credit is due to his official acts as such. Witness my hand and seal this 14th day of March 1795.
Sam.l Barton S.S.
At a Court held for Washington county the 20th day of March 1798. This power of attorney with the certificates of authentication thereof were exhibited into court and ordered to be recorded.
Test And.w Russell D.C.
20 Mar. 1798492 Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 2, pages 55 - 56
THIS INDENTURE made this twentieth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight between James McCutchan and Hugh McCutchan heirs at Law of John McCutchan, deceased, and Elizabeth McCutchan, widow and relict of the said John McCutchan, deceased, all of the county of Davidson in the State of Tenessee of the one part and Philip Ketrine of the county of Washington in the State of Virginia of the other part WITNESETH that the said James, Hugh & Elizabeth McCutchan for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred dollars current money of the United States of America to their Testator John McCutchan in his life time in hand paid the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge they do bargain and sell unto the said Philip Ketrine and his heirs one certain tract or parcel of Land containing two hundred and ninety seven acres lying and being in the County of Washington on the South fork of Holston river and bounded as followeth, to wit, BEGINNING at the end of a rocky knob at two white oaks near the South fork North 164(?) East eighty two poles to a white oak corner on Alexander McNutts Land North 68 W 58 poles to two white oaks corner on Alexander McNutts Land N. 18 W 14 poles to two white oaks with McNutts Land N. 45 W 42 poles to a black oak ditto, ditto N 39 W 72 poles to two white oaks on the pattented line S 47 W 170 poles to a black oak and chesnut with Robert Stevens Land S 52 W 72 polse to a white oak S 35 E 64 polse to two white oaks in a draft S. 60 E 84 poles to a mullberry and hiccory S 31 E 32 poles to an oak Southeast side of the South fork four poles from the river in a Gully E 100 poles to a hiccory white oak and maple S 35 E 84 poles to a large poplar on Thomas Wrights Land [above line insert: N 65 E 22 poles to a black oakd and white oak with Wrights Land], N 3 E 82 poles to a black oak North 63 W 150 poles to the Beginning with all its appurtenances TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract or parcel of Land with all its appurtenances unto the said Philip Ketrine and his heirs to the sole use and behoof of him the said Philip Ketrine and his heirs forever. And the said James McCutchan Hugh McCutchan and Elizabeth McCutchan for themselves and their heirs do covenant with the said Philip Ketrine and his heirs that they the said James Hugh and Elizabeth McCutchan and their heirs the said tract or parcel of Land with all its appurtenances unto the said Philip Ketrine and his heirs against all persons whosoever shall warrant and will forever defend. In Witness whereof the said James Hugh & Elizabeth McCutcan by James Berry their attorney in fact have hereunto subscribed their names and affixed their seals the day and year first above written.
James McCutchan S.S.
Hugh McCutchan S.S.
Elizabeth McCutchan S.S.
At a Court held for Washington County the 20th day of March 1798. This Indenture of bargain and sale was acknowledged in court by the above named James, Hugh & Elizabeth McCutchan by James Berry their attorney in fact and ordered to be subscribed.
Test And.w Russell
2 June 1798491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
James Berry (~58)
4 horses
1 slave levy
225 acres of land worth $153.13
Land Tax, Total Amount: 59
Total of Tax, Dol Cts: 76
21 Aug. 1798492 Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 2, page 109
State of Tennessee, Blount County
December Session 1797
Know all men by these presents that I, Jonathan Weir, of Blount County and State aforesaid for divers reasons inducing thereto do constitute and appoint James Berry of Washington County State of Virginia my lawful attorney to acknowledge a Deed of Conveyance in my behalf to Thomas Berry for two hundred and eighteen acres of Land more or less laying on the South fork of Holstein joining Gideon Faires on the east Robert Houston on the north Robert Houston again on theSouth and James Weirs old place on the north east & I do hereby invest the said James Berry with as ample power & authority to convey the aforesaid Land to the aforesaid Thomas Berry as if I myself was personally present. In Testimony wherof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 11th day of September A.D. 1797 & XXII year of our Independance.
Jonathan Wier S.S
Acknowledged in open court
James Houston C.B.C
State of Tennessee, Blount County
Sept. Session 1797
I James Houston Clerk of Blount County do hereby certify that Mary Wier wife to Jonathan Wier being examined agreeable to Law consenteth to the within Power & that the within Power is on record in said Court. Given under my hand and private seal not having a seal of office this 14th day of September 1797 and XXII year of our independance.
James Houston C.D.C
At a Court held for Washington County the 21st day of August 1798.
The above power of attorney with a certificate of the acknowledgement in Blount county State of Tennessee was exhibited into Court and ordered to be recorded.
Test And.w Russell D.C.
21 Aug. 1798492 Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 2, pages 109, 110
THIS INDENTURE made the twenty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight, between Jonathan Weir and Mary his wife of the County of Blount and State of Tennessee of the one part and Thomas Berry late of the County of Washington and State of Virginia of the other part. WITNESSETH that the said Jonathan Wier for and in consideraton of the sum of 200 pounds current money of Virginia the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged the said Jonathan Wier hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth Grant and sell unto the said Thomas Berry and his heirs one certain tzact or parcel of Land containing two hundred acres to the same more or less lying and being in the said County and State áforesaid on a branch of the South fork of Holston river and is part of a larger tract contaiîing four hundred acres Grantmd to the said Jonathan Weir by Đatent bearing date on the tenth day of July 1786 bounded as follows BEGINNING a white oak ‰on the South side of the knob a corner to John McQuowns part and with a line of the same S. 59 [39?] E. 100 poles to a white oak South 39 East 56 poles to a white oak and two sourwoods South 64 West 44 poles to a black oak on Faires’s Survey and with a line of the same South 35 West 40 poles to a white oak South 11 West 36 poles to a white oak and beech South 32 West 110 poles to a white oak and beech on a branch South 40 Š West 110 poles to a dogwood N® 81.5 W. 84 poles to a double aîd single poplar N. 56 W 74 poles to a white oak & hiccory on the head of a spring N. 52 E. 310 to the Beginning with its appurtenances thereto belonging TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract or parcel of Land with its appurenances to the said Thomas Berry and his heirs forever. And the said Jonathan Wier and Mary his wife for themselves and their heirs will forever warrant and defend the said tract or parcel of Land with all its appurtenances unto the said Thomas Berry and his heirs against the claims of all persons whatsoever. In witness whereof the said Jonathan Wier and Mary his wife hath subscribed their names and affixed their seals the day and year above written.
Jonathan Wier S.S.
Mary Wier S.S.
By James Berry their attorney in fact,
At a Court held for Washington County the 21st day of August 1798.
This Indenture of bargain and Sale was acknowledged in Court by the above named Jonathan Wier by James Berry his attorney in fact and ordered to be recorded.
Test And.w Russell D.C.
16 Dec. 179856,120 Washington County, Virginia Will Book 2, pages 209 - 210
In the name of god amen, the sixteenth of December one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight. I, Thomas Berry, of the County of Washington and State of Virginia, being weak in body but sound in mind and knowing that all flesh must yield to death when it shall please god to call, I do hereby make constitute and ordain and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following revolking and anuling by these present all and every testement or testaments will or wills heretofore by me made and declare either by word or writing and this to be taken only for my last will and testament and none other and now for the settling my temperate estate and such goods and chattals and debts as it pleased god for above my deserts to bestow on me. I do order, give and dispose the same in manner and form following, And first I do will that all my just debts be paid within convenient time after my decease by my executors hereafter named and seconded, I do give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Esther the third part of all the moveable Estate except the negros as I have left her the third part of the price of my land already. I do leave to my son George a negro named Adam and all my wearing apparel and George is to give to my daughter Rebeckah fifty dollars. I do also leave to my daughter Esther a negro girl named Phili to her and her heirs and if the girl has any children they are to go to Esther and her heirs, also my negro woman named Tawney I do allow her to be free and I leave her a milch cow. I also leave to my son John, four dollars. I also leave the rest of my estate to my children hereafter named, son James, son Thomas, my daughter in law Mary Berry, wife to son William deceased, my daughter Mary, my daughter Barbara, daughter Rebeckah, my daughter Elizabeth, my daughter Susannah, my son Francis to be equally divided among them. I also leave to my grandson Thomas Dryden my best saddle. I also will that David Dryden and Samuel McChesney and David Lowry shall be my Executors given under my hand and seal this sixteenth of December 1798.
Thomas Berry LS (?)
Witnesses present
Jonathan Dryden
William Palmer
28 Jan. 1799496 Montgomery County, Tennessee  Deed Book A, pages 374 - 375
James Berry
Conveyance from Allen Gract for 219 1/2 acres of Land
This Indenture made this Twenty eighth day of January One thousand seven hundred and ninety nine Between Allen Grace of the State of Tennessee & County of Montgomery of the one part and James Berry of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said Allen Grace for and in consideration of the sum of Five hundred Dollars to him in hand well and truly paid by the said James Berry at or before the sealing or delivering of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby fully acknowledged and himself therewith fully contented satisfied and paid hath granted bargained & Sold and By these presents grant bargain sell alien enfeoff convey and confirm unto the said James Berry a certain tract or parcel of Land situate lying and being in the State & County aforegoing on Spring Creek the Waters of the West fork of Red River BEGINNING at A. Whitfields Corner & Running East two hundred & twenty poles to a Hickory thence North Sixty poles to a White Oak thence West fifty polse to a Black Oak thence North twenty four poles to a White Oak thence West Forty four poles to a stake thence North one hundred & forty two pols to a stake thence West one hundred and twenty six poles thence South two hundred & twenty twenty [sic] six poles to the BEGINNING Containing by Estimation Two hundred & nineteen & one half acres of land. Being part of a tract of Land Granted by patent to David Laws by the State of North Carolina & by him Deeded to the same Allen Grace and now by said Grace to the aforesaid James Berry Together with all woods waters mines minerals hereditaments and appurtenances to the said land belonging or appertaining as its all the right title and claim property and demand unto him the said James Berry his heirs & assigns forever. And the said Allen Grace doth Covenant and agree for himself his heirs Executors administrators or assigns To Warrant and defend the Land & premises to be free and clear from the lawfull claim and demand of any person or persons Whatsoever. In Testimony whereof the said Allen Grace hath herewith set his hand and seal the day and year first above Written. Sealed and delivered in the presence of William Ross John Keithly.
The above deed was acknowledged October Term 1800
Registered January 23 1801 Francis Prince C.R.
13 Mar. 1799491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Book 2
James Berry (~59)
225 acres of land worth $153.13
Rates per acre: 4 - 1
Land Tax: 13
Tax: 73
Total: 73
6 Dec. 1800496 Montgomery County, Tennessee Deed Book B, pages 381 - 382
Morgan Brown Conveyance from James Berry for 40 acres Land
Be it know to all whom it may concern that James Berry of Montgomery County in the State of Tennessee for a full and ample consideration to me given and paid by Morgan Brown of Palmyra have given granted bargained Sold released & by these presents do give grant bargain & sell release forever quit claim unto the said Morgan Brown his heirs & assigns forever of in and to all that pieces or parcel of land Situate in the County of Montgomery on the South Side of Cumberland River BEGINNING at a white Oak in the River and Running South about one hundred & thirty poles to a Mulberry and Dogwood thence West about fifty poles to a Red Oak & Dogwood thence north one hundred and thirty poles to a White Oak and two Sugar trees on the River Bank being the lower corner of a tract of one hundred acres of land which the said Brown purchased of Samuel Dean--?- whereon the town of Palmyra now is there up the Riven the ---?-- corner to the BEGINNING to containing about forty acres more or less together with the appurtenances & I the said James Berry for myself my heirs Executors & administrators, the afresaid Land and premises shall & will Warrant and forever defend against me & my heirs or any of them. In Witness whereof I the said James Berry hath hereunto set my hand and Seal this 6th day of December 1800.
Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of
Samuel Berry
Benjamin Davis
The above Deed was acknowledged in open court January Term 1801
Registered April the 2d 1801
Francis Prince C. R.
15 July 1802496 Montgomery County, Tennessee Deed Book B, pages 516 - 517
Bryant Whitfield Conveyance from James Berry for 3 1/4 acres of Land
This Indenture made this fifteenth day of July Eighteen hundred & two Between James Berry of the State of Tennessee and County of Montgomery of the one part and Bryant Whitfield of the State & County aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of Thirteen dollars to him in hand paid at the sealing and delivering of these presents to the receipt thereof, is hereby acknowledged by the said James Berry & himself therewith fully contented satisfied & paid hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents bargain grant, sell alien enfeoff convey and confirm unto the said Bryant Whitfield one certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the County and State aforesaid & on Spring Creek the waters of the West fork of Red River. BEGINNING at a Post Oak on the North Side of the Creek on said Whitfields line & Runs east three poles to the Post Oak thence South thirty two East thirty eight poles to a Mulberry and Dogwood thence South Sixty five West twenty two & a half poles to a Hickory & Chestnut on said Whitfields Line thence North forty one & a half poles to the BEGINNING Containing by Estimation three aces & a quarter of Land being part of a tract of Land granted by the State of North Carolina to David Laws & by him surveyed to Allen Grace & from Grace to James Berry and Now by Said Berry to the aforesaid Bryant Whitfield references being had to the records may more fully appear together with all woods waters mines ---?-- minerals improvements emoluments easements and advantages to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining as also all the right title claim property and demand to the said Land belonging unto him the said Bryand Whitfield his heirs & assigns forever. And the said James Berry doth Covenant and agree for himself his heirs Executors administrators or assigns to Warrant Secure & defend the aforesaid three & a Quarter Acres of Land to be free and clear from the lawfull claims or demand, of any person or persons whatsoever unto the said Bryant Whitfield his heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns . In Witness whereof the said James Berry hath hereunto Set his hand & Seal the day and year first above Written. Sealed and delivered in presence of Wm. Berry and Samuel Berry.
The above Deed was proved in open Court July term 1802 by the oath of Samuel Berry who was a subscribing Witness thereto.
Registered October 22d 1802
Francis Prince
28 July 1803532 Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 3, pages 216, 217, 218
THIS INDENTURE made this 28th July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & three Between James Berry of the one hand and William Berry of the other part WITNESSETH that the said James Berry for in consideration of the sum of eight hundred dollars to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath bargained sold transferd & convey’d unto the s.d William Berry all that tract or parcel of land containing two hundred & twenty five acres lying & being in the County of Washington & State of Virginia about nine miles from Abingdon upon the south fork road on the waters of the middle fork at Holstein river it being a part of s.d James Berry old survey upon which he formerly lived TO HAVE & TO HOLD all & singular the aforesaid tract or parcel of land in fee simple to him & his heirs & assigns forever with all & singular the rents profits --?- watercourses hereditaments & appurtenances thereunto belonging. And the s.d James Berry for himself doth Warrant & forever defend the aforesaid tract or parcel of land from the claim or claims of all & every of his heirs executors administrators & assigns & from the claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever unto the s.d William Berry his heirs or assigns. In Testimony whereof he the s.d James Berry hath hereunto set his hand & seal the day & year first above written.
James Berry (seal)
Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of
G. Killeborn. Jas M. Zarrell Robt. Coleman
State of Tennessee, Montgomery County
July Session 1803
The within Deed of Conveyance James Berry to William Berry was acknowledged in open court.
Test. W. C. Jamison CMC
State of Tennessee, Montgomery County
July Session 1803
The within Indenture of bargain and sale between James Berry of the one part and William Berry of the other part was acknowledged in open court by the said James Berry as his act and deed which was ordered to be certified by the Court of said County have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of the said County this 27th day of September 1804.
W. C. Jamison CMC
I Morgan Brown presiding Magistrate of the County of Montgomery in the state of Tennessee do certify that the foregoing attestation of William C Jamison Clerk of the Court of said County is in due form Given under my hand this twenty seventh day of September 1804.
Morgan Brown
At a Court held for Washington County the 19th day of February 1805
This Indenture of bargain and sale was produced in Court and together with the certificates of acknowledgment and authentication ordered to be recorded.
Attest D. Campbell D.C.
28 July 1803406 Washington County, Virginia Will Book 2, pages 421, 422
State of Tennessee, Montgomery County
Know all men by these presents that Wm. Berry of the State & County afores.d hath made constituted ordained & apointed & by these presents do make ordain constitute & appoint Leonard Hutton of the State of Virginia & County of Washington my true and lawful attorney for me & in my name But to my use to sell transfer Convey & Give a Deed in fee simple To any person who may purchase the same a Certain tract or parcel of land containing 225 acres lying being in the County of Washington & State of Virginia 9 miles from Abbington upon the South fork Road waters of the middle fork of Holsteen River, it Being part of James Berrys old survey upon which s.d Berry formerly lived, which s.d land has been sold and conveyed to me By the afores.d James Berry. And moreover I do also further empower my attorney in fact aforesaid to to receive any money or property in payment which may be made by the purchaser or purchasers of the afores.d land & for non payment of any Debts or Demands o sue in my name & proceed in all respects according to Law for the Recovery of all Debts or Dues arising from the afores.d sale of s.d Lands & upon payment being made to Give Receipts acquitances & Discharges for me & in my name for the same, & further to Do & execute all & every Lawful act or acts needful for the selling & conveying By Deed of Bargain & Sale the afores.d Tract of Land & receiving the purchase money as fully & effectually to all intents & purposes as if I were personally present hereby ratifying & confirming whatsoever my said attorney shall Lawfully Do or cause to be Done in & about the premises.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this 28th July 1803.
William Berry (seal)
Test
G. Hillburn
Jas. M. Carrel
Robt. Coleman
State of Tennessee, Montgomery County to wit
We do hereby certify that the within mentioned William Berry personally appeared before us two of the acting magistrates of the State & County aforesaid & acknowledged that he voluntarily signed & sealed the within power of attorney to Leonard Hutton for the purposes therein mentioned. Given under our hands & seals this 28th July 1803
State of Tennessee Montgomery County
Sam.l Thornton (seal)
James Stewart (seal)
We whose names are herewith subscribed being two of the acting justices of the peace for the State & County afores.d do certify that Nancy Berry wife of the within named Wm. Berry Being privily examined by us Did Voluntarily & without compulsion relinquish her rights of Dower to the land within mentioned & Doth & Did agree never to Claim it of any purchaser or purchasers of the within mentioned land. Given under our hands & seals this 11 Eleventh day of August Eighteen Hundred & three.
Nancy Berry James Stewart (seal)
State of Tennessee Charles Stewart (seal)
Montgomery County
I William Caldwell Jamison Clerk of Montgomery County do certify that Samuel Thornton and James Stewart esquires Justices of the peace appears by commission from under hand & Seal of this State have been duly Commissioned & as such and all due faith and Credit ought to be given to their signatures as such have acted as Justices of the Peace in the County of Montgomery. Given under my hand & seal of said County this 10th day of (Aug or Sept) 1803.
Wm. C. Jamison CMC
At a Court held for Washinton County this 15th day of Nov 1803
This letter of Attorney together with the certificates of acknowledgement & authentication thereto annexed were exhibited to Court and ordered to be recorded. Attest D. Campbell DC
17 Feb. 1804499 Samuel Redus & Martha Wilson Hutton Family Bible
Death of James Berry
1 Feb. 1805532 Washington County, Virginia, Deed Book 3, pages 218, 219
THIS INDENTURE made the first day of February one thousand eight hundred & five Between William Berry of Montgomery County and State of Tennessee and Nancy his wife of the one part and Isaac McKewan of Washington County & State of Virginia of the other part WITNESSETH that the said William Berry and Nancy his wife for & in consideration of the sum of five hundred & forty two dollars current Money of the united states to him in hand paid hath granted bargain’d sold & by these presents doth grant bargain & sell or do the said Isaac McCowen a certain tract or parcel of land containing two hundred & twenty five acres be the same more or less lying & being in Washington County on the waters of the middle fork of Holstein river BEGINNING at two sourwoods & Maple a corner to Nathaniel Martin’s land thence North fifty deg. East fifty seven poles to a white oak and South sixty eight deg. East two hundred & thirty eight poles with a line of Mic-?--- land to two white oaks corner to Britains land & with Britains lines South forty seven & a half deg. West one hundred & forty two poles to a popler & thence South five deg. West ninety six poles to a poplar dogwood & live white oaks South seventy-four & a half deg. West forty four poles to a white oak & black oak corner to Nathaniel Martins and with his line to the BEGINNING, with all its appurtenances to have & to hold the said tract or parcel of land with all its appurtenances to the sole use and behoof of him the said Isaac McKewen & his heirs forever, and the said William Berry do covenant for himself & his heirs with the said Isaac McKewan & his heirs that he the said William Berry & his heirs the said tract or parcel of land with all its appurtenances unto the said Isaac McKewan & his heirs against the claims of all persons whosoeer shall warrant & will forever defend. IN WITNESS whereof the said William Berry by Leonard Hatton his Attorney in fact hath hereunto set his hand & seal the day & year first above written.
William Berry (seal)
Leonard Hatton his Attorney in fact
The words “and Nancy his wife” interlined in the 4th and 7th lines from the top of the 1st page and the words “by Leonard Hatton his attorney in fact” interlined in 11th line 2nd page before signing.
The Court held for Washington County the 19th day of February 1805
This Indenture of bargain and sale was acknowledged in court by the within named William Berry by Leonard Hatton his attorney in fact and ordered to be recorded.
Attest C Cambell DC
30 Dec. 1806495 Montgomery County, Tennessee, Deed Book D, pages 67 - 69
Heirs of James Berry, Dec’d to Bryan Whitfield
214 Acres on Spring Creek
This Indenture made this 30th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred & six between Jonathan Berry, Samuel Berry, James Berry, Joseph Williams, Sarah Williams and John Berry now and of State of the County of Montgomery in the State of Tennessee of the one part and Brian Whitfield of aforesaid County and State of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Jonathan, Samuel, James, Joseph, Sarah and John for and in consideration of the sum of one thousand Dollars to them in hand paid at and before the executiong of these presents the receipt whereof they doth hereby acknowledge and themselves therewith fully satisfied & paid the the said Bryan Whitfield hath given granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth gargain sell alien enfeoff convey and confirm unto the said Bryan Whitefield his heirs and assigns a certain peice or parcel of Land containing two hundred and fourteen Acres situate lying and being in the County of Montgomery aforesaid and on both sides of Spring Creek a branch of the West fork of Red River and bounded as follows: BEGINNING at a Poplar said Bryans South East corner of the Land he now occupies (and being a part originally of the same tract of Land of which the herein bargained premises were & is) running thence East two hundred and twenty poles to a Hickory, thence North sixty pols to a White Oak, then --?-- fifty poles to a Black Oak then North twenty four poles to a ---?-- oak, then West forty four poles to a Stake. Then West one hundred & Twenty six poles to a Stake. then south two hundred and twenty six poles to the BEGINNING the Poplar aforesaid -- Excepting within said bounds five and one fourth Acres three and one fouth whereof has been been conveyed to said Bryan by the late James Berry father of the aforesaid Berrys & the other two by aforesaid Jonathan for a place of Public Worship. To have and to hold the aforesaid Land and premises the said Brian Whitfield his heirs to the only proper use benefit and behoof of him the said Bryan Whitfield his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Jonathan Berry, Samuel Berry, James Berry, Joseph William, Sarah Williams & John Berry doth covenant and hereby agree to and with the said Bryan Whitfield that they the said Jonathan, Samuel , James, Joseph, Sarah & John their heirs Executors Administrators the aforesaid bargained Land and premises with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any ways appertaining to the said Bryan Whitfield his heirs and assigns shall and will warrant and follw defend and against the lawful claim and claims of all and every manner of Person and Persons whatever. In testimony whereof the said Jonathan Berry, Samuel Berry, James Berry, Joseph Williams, Sarah Williams and John Berry hath hereunto set their hands & affixed their Seals the day and year first before written.
Jonathan Berry (seal)
Samuel Berry (seal)
Jas. Berry (seal)
Joseph Williams (seal)
Sarah [her mark] Williams (seal)
John M.C. Berry (seal)
Note: Interlined before signing Joseph
In presence of:
Lewis Whitfield
William Kittlebrew
Eliza Perry
Wm. Whitfield
James Bailey
John Kithley
Edwin Killebrew
State of Tennessee, Montgomery County
January Term 1807
The Executing of the within Deed of conveyance was proven in open Court by the oaths of Lewis Whitfiled, William Whitfield and John Keithley, Junr. subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to Registration. Test. Wm. C. Jamison, C.C. M.C.
Registered March 11th 1807
Test. Robert Prince R.M.C.
2 Sept. 1807495 Montgomery County, Tennessee, Deed Book H, pages 566-567
Indiana Territory recorded December Term 1808
Wm. Berry
Power Attorney to Samuel Berry
Indiana Territory Knox Cty
I appoint and lawfully authorize Samuel Berry, my brother, my lawfull Attorney to make a Deed sign over my right to a certain tract of Land to Jonathan Berry on Spring Creek in Tennessee State and Montgomery County, which was the property of James Berry my father deceased. I being one of the law heirs I now authorise s.d Attorney for value received to make over my right according to law as witness my hand and seal this 2d of September 1807.
Wm. Berry (seal)
Test
Robt. Houston
John Houston
Sept. 2d. The above Power sworn to be acknowledged before me. Robt. Gill (seal) J.P.
Indiana Territory) I, Robert Bunting, Clerk fo the Court of common pleas in and for the s.d Knox County) County of Knox do certify that Robert Gill whose name is subscribed to the proof of the acknowledgement of the within Power of Attorney is a Justice of the Peace in & for the s.d County & that due faith & credit is to be given to all his official transactions. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of the s.d County, this second of September in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & seven.
R. Bunting, Clerk
I.T. - K.C.
State of Tennessee, Montgomery County
December Term 1808
The enecuting of the within Power of Attorney is admitted to Record by virtue of the Clerks hand & Seal of Knox County in Indiana Territory & order to Registration.
William Caldwell Jamison, Clerk, Montgomery County
20 Jan. 1808495 Montgomery County, Tennessee, Deed Book H, pages 566-567
Washington County December Term 1808
Maxwells, Hutton & Steels Power of Attorney
Washington County, Virginia
Know all men by these presents that in James & Griszy Maxwell, Leonard and Mary Hutton, William & Prudence Steel, all of the County and State aforesaid have constituted made and appointed our trusty friend James Berry of the County of Christian, and State of Kentucky our true and lawful Attorney for the purpose of making or conveying our right as Legatees to a certain tract of parcel of Land lying and being on Spring Creek in Montgomery County State of Tennessee giving and granting unto our said Attorney by these presents out full and whole poer strength and authority and in our names to execue and perform as fully and largely as one might or could if we were personally present out selves. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals this twentieth day of January 1809.*
James Maxwell (seal)
Grizy Maxwell (seal)
Leonard Hutton (seal)
Mary Hutton (seal)
William Steel (seal)
Prudence Steel (seal)
This day James & Grisy Maxwell, Leonard & Mary Hutton, William & Prudence Steel came before me and acknowledged this before going letter of Attorney to be their act and deed for the purpose of the within mentioned day and year as above.
John McCulloch (seal)
Virginia to wit
Washington County) Be it remembered that I John Campbell, Clerk of the County aforesaid do hereby certify attest and make known that John McCulloch, Gent., is a Justice of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid duly commissioned and qualified. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the Seal of the s.d County this 28th day of January 1808.
John Campbell
State of Tennessee, Montgomery County
December Term 1808
The executing of the within Power of Attorney by the virtue of the Probate from John Campbell Clerk of Washington County State of Virginia under hand and Seal of the s.d County the within Power of Attorney is admitted in open Court and ordered to Registration.
Test. William C. Jamison
Clerk Montgomery County
Registered Feb. 18th 1809
Robt. Prince R.M.C
20 Dec. 1808495 Montgomery County, Tennessee, Deed Book H, pages 573-574
Jonathan Berry Deed to Bryant Whitfield 2 acres on Spring Creek
This Indenture made the twentieth day of December Eighteen hundred & Eight - between Jonathan Berry of the State of Tennessee and County of Bedford of the one part and Bryan Whitfield of the State & County of Montgomery of the other part. Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of nine dollars to him hand paid at the sealing and delivering of these presents -- the receipt whereof is hereby fully satisfied therewith fully contented satisfied and paid had granted bargaind and sold and do by these presents grant bargain sell alien enfeoff convey and confirm unto the s.d Bryan Whitfield one certain tract or parcel of Land situate lying and being in the State aforesaid & County of Montgomery and on Spring Creek the waters of the West fork of the Red River BEGINNING at a large Spring running up the various courses of Spring Creek to John Dickers line -- East to the corner of s.d Dickers field -- thence a straight direction to the Spring to include two acres where the Meeting House formerly stood on the bottom of two hundred and fourteen acres that was Deeded to James Berry Deceased -- the father of s.d Jonathan and now s.d Jonathan Berry to s.d Bryand Whitfield containing by estimate two Acres of Land being of the tract that was Deeded to James Berry by Allen Grace - reference being had to the Records may more fully and at largely appear. Together with all woods waters mines minerals improvements to estimate and advantages to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining as also all the right title Interest claim property and demand to the said Land belonging unto him the s.d Bryant Whitfield his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Jonathan Berry doth covenant and agree for himself his heirs Executors Administrators or assigns to warrant and secure and forever defend the aforesaid two Aces of Land to be free and clear from the lawful claim or demand of any person or persons whatsoever unto the said Bryant Whitfield his heirs Executors Administrators or assigns. In Witness whereof the s.d Jonathan Berry hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Jonathan Berry (seal)
Sealed & delivered
in presence of
Saml Berry
James Berry
State of Tennessee, Montgomery County
December Term 1808
The executing of the within Deed of Conveyance was duly acknowledged in open Court and ordered to Registration.
Test. William C. Jamison
Clerk, Montgomery County
Registered Feb. 18th 1809
Robt. Prince R.A.C.
1812164 Williamson County Tennessee, Will Book 1, page 307
Will of Parick McCutchen
In the name of GOD Amen I, Patrick McCutchen of Williamson County, Tennessee, having all the faculties of my mind in their usual vigor, and preparing for that even which is the common lot of all human beings, in order that no disputes may arise about what it has pleased the Almighty to grant my industry and in order to make such a disposition of all my worldly affairs as shall be consistant with my feelings so make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all others heretofore made:In the first place it is my will and desire that my executors hereafter mentioned shall pay all my just debts with the greatest punctuality as I have hitherto endeavored to do myself, that no one can tax me with injustice.
Secondly, I will and bequeath to my brother James McCutchen, to my brother Samuel McCutchen, to the legal heirs of my brother John McCutchen deceased, to the legal heir of my sister Sarah McNutt deceased, to the legal heirs of my sister Margaret Buchanan deceased, the several sums following (to wit) : To my brother James three dollars, to my brother Samuel three dollars, to the heirs of my brother John deceased, jointly two dollars, to the heirs of my brother William deceased, jointly one dollar and fifty cents, to the heirs of my sister Sarah deceased, jointly one dollar, to the heirs of my sister Elizabeth deceased, jointly one dollar, to be paid by my executors whenever called for after twelve months from the time of my decease.
Thirdly, I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah during her natural life the Tract of Land on which I now live, with all its appurtenances together with all the residue of my Personal property of every kind, including the slaves which remain after the payment of my just debts mentioned in the first article and the several legatees mentioned in the second amounting to twelve and fifty cents and a contingency which shall hereafter mentioned to be used as she may think proper, the slaves never-the-less to be subject to the arrangement to be made in a subsequent article of this Testament
Fourthly, I will and bequeath to Patrick McCutchen, fourth son of my brother Samuel all my right, interest, and claim to an undivided part of a Tract of Land for which Mathew Talbot gave his obligation to James McCutchen and to which I have together with the said James and Samuel McCutchen a claim for a certain portion now recollected to be expended and laid out by Samuel McCutchen on the education of the said Patrick but if the claim which is now litigating in the Law shall not amount to two hundred dollars it is my will that the same shall be made equal to the sum to two hundred dollars out of my personal (p? inert-) which is the contingency mentioned in the third article.
Fifthly, I will and bequeath to the said Patrick McCutchen fo son of my brother Samuel McCutchen and to Elizabeth Larkins daughter of John Larkins by his first wife Margaret jointly and equally the land on which I now live with all its appurtenance together with a the residue of my personal property (slaves excepted) which shall remain after the payment of my just debts and the several legacies mentioned in the second article, and making good the deficiency hundred dollars mentioned as a contingency in the fourth article to Patrick McCutchen or severally, to take effect at the death of my beloved wife Hannah to whom the property is given during her natural life as mentioned in the third article.
Witness: John Hardeman William Marshall
29 Sept. 1832494 Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files
Revolutionary Pension Statement S-2813
McSPADDEN, Thomas (1748-1833)
Born: Augusta County, VA 12 Mar 1748
Died: Wilson Co, Tenn. 11 May 1833
Summer, 1777 - To Sandy River & Richlands Station (Capt. Edmondson)
Summer, 1778 - Col. Danl. Smith’s station on Clinch
Summer, 1780 - Torry hunting on forks of New River
Sept-Oct, 1780 - To King’s Mt., but retd with det from Yellow Mt under James Berry
Spring 1781 - Whitsell’s Mill (Capt Jas. Montgomery) Wm. Berry killed
General Service Administration
Washington 25, D.C.
Official Business
File Number of Pension or Bounty Land Record: S 2813
Receipt No: 50280
Declaration.
In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress, passed 7th June 1832
State of Tennessee
Wilson County
On this 29th day of September 1832, personally apeared in open Court before the worshipful David C. Hibbetts, Benj. H. Billings & James Foster, Esquire, justices of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for said County of Wilson, now sitting, Thomas McSpaddin of the County of Wilson & State of Tennessee, aged Eight four years, who being first duly Sworn according to law, doth on his Oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Acto of Congress, passed June 7th 1832.
1st. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated. Col. William Cambell of Virginia commanded the Regiment of the Virginia Militia to which he belonged, does not recollect the major; William Edmondson, Captin of the Company & thinks that John Lowry was Lieutenant of the Company to which he belonged. His best recollection is that Col. Cambell commanded a detachment of the Militia what was ordered out against the Shawnee Indians on Clinch River -- at which time, to wit:
in the Summer of the year 1777 he served a tour of two months in the militia under the officers above named -- they did not have a fight with the Indians that Camaign, Capt. Edmundson & his company pursued them as far as Sandy River, and judging from their trail & the freshess of the signs we had nearly overtaken the Indians & was prevented further pursuit after them in consequence of the sickess of George Teter whom we could not leave, & had not sufficient force to divide, for previous to his sicness the detachment had been divided & sent in different directions after the enemy; They then returned home having served a tour of two months that summer. The Indians had been for sometime annoying the frontiers of Virginia; the same Summer 1777, the Indians crossed over the Clinch River & killed a family called Beck he had but just returned home from Richland Station as one of the quard & was at home only two or three days, when the depredation & murder of the Beck family occured & he then was called upon immediately to turn out & pursue them as above stated.
2nd. In the Summer of the year 1778 he was required to serve a tour in the militia, which he accordingly did by serving one month where Col. Smith of Clinch River was stationed -- ten men was allowed to each station.
3rd. He cannot recollect that he was in service in the 1779 -- He believes it was in the Summer 1780, he served a tour of 1 month on an expedition to the three forks of New River against the Tories - it may have been in the year 1779, but his best recollection & belief is that it was in the year 1780, he know well that he served a tour of one month on that expedition -- Col. Wm. Campbell commanding officer of the Holston troops -- Wm. Edmondson Capt. -- does not recollect the Lietitenant. The Tories did not stand to give us battle, we took one prisoner and he was hanged.
4th. In the fall season of the year 1780 Col. Campbell required all his effective men to furnish themselves with horses to go upon an expedition against the tories & British who were embodying in North & South Carolina intending as he understood to bring the Noth Carolinians under subjection -- he started with the troops who fought & conquered at Kings Mountain, but did not go far before it occured to Col. Campbell & the other officers that the Holston settlements had been left in a most helpless & defenceless situation, it was therefore considered advisable that some of them should return to guard the families thus left against the attacks of the Tories or Indians, but most danger was apprehended from the Tories; and Col. Campbell ordered James Berry he thinks to take back twelve men for the guard -- he was one of the men sent back and they continued on duty in this service for one month or more, until after the Battle at Kings Mountain & the return of Col. Campbell;
5th. His next & last tour of service was performed in the spring of the year 1781, when Lord Corwallis with his army, was traversing that part of North Carolina near Guilford -- he went out again under Col. Campbell in that company commanded by Capt. James Montgomery for Capt. Edmondson his former Capt. was killed at the battle of Kings Mountain -- he was in a skirmish with the British at Whitsels Mills on the waters of the Haw River. We had not sufficient strength to give the enemy a battle, but as we retreated we fired upon our pursuers, some men were killed, William Berry of his company was killed -- we retreated until we joined the main army, under Gen.l Green, if he recollects rightly. We lost nearly all our horses -- he’d served one month and was discharge & returned home. Col. Campbell went on with the main army & never returned.
He was born in Augusta County in the State of Virginia about the 12th March 1748. He had a Record of his age from his fathers family record but it has been lost and he has depended upon his memory for many years past for his age. He was living on the laurel fork of Holston River, in Edmondsons settlement when he first entered the service of the United States -- lived there till the fall 1785, then moved to Davidson County Tennessee, where he resided until about the year 1809 or 1810, when he removed to Wilson County Tennessee, where he has resided ever since.
He never rec.d but one discharge in writing that he can recollect & that was a discharge from Capt. Montgomery -- he has lost that -- and he has no documentary evidence & knows of no person within his reach who has a personal knowledge of his services. He is well acquainted with the Rev.d Thomas Calhour & Rev. George Donnell, Alexander Aston, John S. Davis, David McMurry, John Provine, Alexander Provine, & many other of the olest respectible citizens of the county who he believes would willingly testify as to his character for veracity & their belief of his Services as a Soldier of the Revolution.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the Agency of any State.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
Test. Josiah S. McClain, Clerk
Thomas (his mark) McSpeddin of Wilson County Court
We George Donnell a clergyman, residing in the County of Wilson and Alexander Aston residing in the same county, hereby certify, that we are well acquainted with Thomas McSpeddin who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration. That we believe him to be Eighty four years of age; that he is reputed and believed, int he neighbourhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that Opinion.
Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid
Test Josiah S. McClain Clerk
George Donnell of Wilson County Court
Alex. Aston
And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier, and served as he states. And the Court further certifies that it appears to them that George Donnell who has signed the preceeding certificate, is a Clergyman resident in the County of Wilson ant that,
Alexander Aston who has also signed the same is a [unreadable] resident of the same County & is a credible person, and that their Statement is entitled to credit
D. C.
Benjm. Billings
James Foster

 

 

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