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A.2.2d. Rebecca Berry

 

Timeline of Rebecca Berry, Caleb Litton and Mary ? (Unknown Last Name)

 

April 1768694

Family Files and Research Papers of Caroline DeBiasi
Birth date of Caleb Litton in Virginia

~176812

Esther (Berry) McCord Family Record
Estimated birth date of Rebecca Berry in Augusta County, Virginia

1779695

The Kings Mountain Men
Captain Shelby’s Militia Roster, Chickamauga Campaign
Catel Litton
1 blanket
2 leggings
1 moccasins
1 tomahawk
1 gunsack

~1790/9112,491

Esther McCord Family Bible

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Estimated marriage date of Rebecca Berry and Caleb Litton based on Washington County Tax List. He first appears in the tax lists when he is about 22.

21 Aug. 1790491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Caleb Litton
1 White Tithable      Caleb (22)
3 Horses

23 August 1791491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Caleb Litton
1 White Tithable      Caleb (23)
3 Horses

9 June 1792491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Caleb Litton
1 White Tithable      Caleb (24)
3 Horses

11 April 1793491

Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
Caleb Litton
1 White Tithable      Caleb (25)
5 Horses

~1794694,696,697

Family Files and Research Papers of Caroline DeBiasi
Caleb Litton Will, 7 Dec. 1823 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Will Book ?
1820 Federal Census Livingston County, Kentucky, Robinsons Parish, M33_26, page 16

Birth of Thomas Litton

~1795/96699

Hopkins County, Kentucky Minute Book
Birth of George Litton
Estimated date presumes age of 15 or 16 in 1811 at Battle of Tippecanoe

~1797/98697,700

Caleb Litton Will, 7 Dec. 1823 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Will Book ?
1850 US Census Livingston County, Kentucky
Birth of Rebecca Litton

16 Dec. 1798120

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

~1800697

Caleb Litton Will, 7 Dec. 1823 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Will Book ?
Birth of Caleb Litton, Jr.

~1804697,701

Caleb Litton Will, 7 Dec. 1823 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Will Book ?
1850 Federal Census Massac, Illinois, Roll: M432_12053 of 88
Birth of Solomon Litton in Kentucky

1 Mar. 1806702

The Kentucky Land Grants 1806-1910
Caleb Litton, 200 acres; Bk 23 pg 50, Mar 1 1806, Hopkins, Richland Cr

~1808697

Caleb Litton Will, 7 Dec. 1823 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Will Book ?
Birth of Susanna Litton

~1810697

Caleb Litton Will, 7 Dec. 1823 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Will Book ?
Birth of Hester Litton

~1813697,698

Caleb Litton Will, 7 Dec. 1823 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Will Book ?
1850 US Census Pope County, Illinois, M432_124, page 292
Birth of Cynthia Litton in Kentucky

~1813703

Rev. John Bourland Marriages
Death of Rebecca (Berry) Litton

15 July 1813703

Rev. John Bourland Marriages
Caleb Litton married Mary ‘Polly’ Hankins in Hopkins County, Kentucky

1816699

Hopkins County, Kentucky Minute Book
On the motion of Caleb Litton and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court, that the said Caleb is the Father and heir-at-law of George Litton, deceased, who was in the battle at Tippecanoe in the year 1811; which is, thereupon, ordered to be certified accordingly.

1820704

Federal Census Hopkins County, Kentucky
Caleb Leyten

2 males < 10 Burton (~6), John (~2)
1 male 10 - 15 Solomon (~16)
1 male > 45 Caleb (~52)
3 females < 10 Cynthia (~7), Elizabeth R. (~4), Mary (~1)
2 females 10 - 15 Susanna (~12), Hester (~10)
1 female 16 - 26 Polly (Hankins) Litton (2nd wife)

7 Dec. 1823694,697

Family Files and Research Papers of Caroline DeBiasi
Caleb Litton Will, 7 Dec. 1823 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Will Book ?
In the name of God amen. I Caleb Litten of the State of Kentucky and Hopkins County being sick and weak in body and of perfect mind, thanks be to God, and knowing that its apointed for all men once to die, do make and write this my last Will and Testament that is to firmly and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the almighty God that give it. As touching such worldly estate ----- ---- it has ---- to help me in this and give and dispose of in the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary Litton all my ---- and personal estate being in Hopkins County, during her lifetime or her widowhood. At her death or marrige,I give and bequeath unto John & Burton the tract of land whereon I now live and the tract of land I purchased of Arthur Bab and my tracts of land being in Calwell County
I give to my son Sollomon one half of said land, the balance to be equally divided between Rebecca Fox and Susannah Stevenson and Hester Litton and if said land is lost it is thus lost,as for Thomas and Caleb I give them one dollar each having being amply rewarded them heretofore, at my wifes death or marriage an equal division between them be given Rebecka, Susanah, Hester, Sollomon, Sinthy, Burton, John, Mary & Elizabeth Rachel of all my personal estate. In ---- --- where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this the 7th December 1823.
Caleb Litton Esq.
N.B. I do apoint James Stevenson and Sollomon Litton as Executors, this given in my hand on the date above written. Caleb Litton Esq.
Witnesses
Arthur Babbs
George Wright
Ricth Laffoon

January 1824705

Hopkins County, Kentucky January County Court 1824
This Instrument of writing was produced in Court.
Att Sam Woodson
Inventory of Estate of Caleb Litton
Agreeable to an order from the county court of Hopkins to us directed, being first sworn we proceeded to value the property of Caleb Litton Deceased as followeth

75 Head of Hoggs $ 80.
2 Head of Horses 150.
1 Sythe and Cradle 3.
19 Head of Cattle 99.
2 Ploughs 5.
21 Head of Sheap 30.50
1 Man's Saddle 7.
27 Head of Gease 14.
2 Pair Harnes & brayes & Collars 2 Bridles 6.75
1 Traw 1 Mattock 1 Augar 4.25
2 Weading Hoes 2.
6 Bells 6.50
1 Logno ---- 3 Aogs 8.
2 Small ????????? 3.
2 Ovens and leads 3.50
1 Scillet and pot and 2 pot hooks 3.
25 Small Kettles 2.
2 Iron Wedges 1.50
4 Chives and 2.
1 Pair of double trees & log chain 7.50
1 Rifle gun 22.
1 Cupboard 16.
2 Square table 4.50
1 Chest 5.
1 Side Saddle 15.
2 Cotton Wheals 5.
1 Silver Watch 15.
1 Tea Board 1.25
1 Lot of Shealf furniture 4.50
1 Flat iron and Shovel 1.50
1 Pistol & Dirk and pair of Shear Sheep 2.50
1 Lot Cupboard furniture 3.50
3 Books 1.50
3 Looking glasses 9.
6 Feather and steads of furniture 100.
1 Negro Boy 400.
1 Ditto Girl 300.
  1348.25

This Inventory contains the truth as the property was shown to us. Given under our hands this 21st of January 1824. (signed)

Howard Tinley
James Stevenson }Executors D. Hessl
Solomon Litton Sam Downey

 

Analysis of the Timeline

 

     The birth date of Rebecca Berry is not known with certainty, but a reasonably accurate estimate can be made based on the known birth date of the siblings she was born between and a re-evaluation of the birth order sequence of all her siblings, as relayed through her youngest sister’s family records. A family record that can, most likely, be traced to Rebecca’s next youngest sibling, Esther (Berry) McCord, contains the birth order sequence for all of the children of Thomas Berry, Sr. from both of his marriages. Rebecca Berry was listed as one of the younger children of Thomas Berry’s second wife, Esther Ward, and, specifically, was identified as their fifth child, followed, in order, by Esther and Francis. Critical to this analysis is a reevaluation of the birth order for Francis Berry. The Esther (Berry) McCord family record listed him as the last child, thus inferring his birth occurred sometime after 1770, which was Esther’s birth date. In his federal pension application, however, Francis Berry clearly noted that he was born in 1762. Either the Esther (Berry) McCord birth order is incorrect on this point or the birth date that Francis Berry provided in his pension application is incorrect. In his pension application narrative, Francis Berry stated that his military service took place from 1779 through 1781. If he had been born after his sister Esther, who was born in 1770, he would have been as young as 8 years old in 1779 when he was drafted, which is clearly completely implausible. Using his stated birth date of 1762, however, he would have been 17 years old in 1779, which is much more likely. It seems much more logical to assume that the personal information provided directly by Francis Berry is correct, which changes the birth order slightly. Fortunately, the 1762 date fits quite well into the Esther (Berry) McCord family sequence. According to the family records ultimately derived from her younger sister, Esther, Rebecca married Caleb Litton, and, according to Litton family primary source documentation, Caleb was born in 1768. If it is assumed that Rebecca was about the same age as her husband Caleb, that she was slightly older than her next sibling Esther (born in 1770), slightly younger than her brother Francis (born in 1762), then Rebecca’s birth can be reasonably interpreted to be have occurred sometime between 1763 and 1769.12,601,694

 

 

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