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Timeline of Esther Berry and David McCord

5 June 1765410,589 Family Papers of Mary Ellen (McCord Taylor)
David McCord born in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina
13 April 177012,410

McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s

Esther (Berry) McCord Family Records
Esther Berry born in Augusta County, Virginia

8 Dec. 179523 The Marriages of Washington Co, VA 1781-1853
David McCord and Esther Berry married in Washington County, Virginia
26 Oct. 1796410 McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s
John McCord born in Washington County, Virginia
1797491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (32)
2 Horses
1798491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (33)
3 Horses
Tax of Horses: .27
Total Amt of Taxes: .50
31 Aug. 1798406

Washington County, Virginia Will Book 2, page 200
This Indenture Tripartite made this Thirty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty eight between Thomas Berry Sr of the one part, Samuel McChesney of the other part, and Esther Berry, wife of said Thomas of the third part. Witnesseth that whoever the said Thomas Berry being late the proprietor of a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the County of Washington and State of Virginia and being arrived at an age when no Burgess capable of superintruding that the management of a plantation has by and with the amount of the said Esther his wife alienated and sold the same unto a certain David McCord for the consideration one thousand three hundred thirty three dollars and thirty three cents for which sum the said David McCord with Thomas Berry his security has entered into two seperate obligations, the one for eight hundred eighty eight dollars and eighty eight cents and payable to David Lowery and Samuel McChesney within six years after the death of said Thomas Berry Sr: to be applied or shall be devised by his last Will and Testament, the other for four hundred and forty four dollars thirtysix cents payable to Samuel McChesney within six years after the death of the said Thomas Berry Sr. for the use, interest and purpose hereinafter excepted. And whosoever the said Thomas Berry in consideration of his love and affection for the said Ester his wife and in consideration of her having relinquished her right Domain in the land herein before mentioned & being desireous of making provision for the said Esther his wife after his death doeth Grant covenant and agree that aforesaid sum of four hundred and fortyfour dollars and thirty six cents part of the consideration of the land be sold to David McCord and for which an obligation bearing date the twentyfourth day of August payable within six years after the death of said Thomas Berry Sr: unto Samuel McChesney shall vest in the said Samuel McChesney and that he shall have right to collect and receive the same. And the said parties agree that from and after six years after the death of the said Thomas Berry the said sum of four hundred and forty four dollars and thirtysix cents shall be the sole property and at the absolute disposal of her the said Esther and that the right to the said sum of money herein vested in Samuel McChesney is understood as a trust for the use behalf and benefit of her the said Ester Berry from and after the period aforesaid and the said Samuel McChesney consents and agrees for himself his heirs executors & administrators that from and after the period aforesaid he will relinquish all right or causes of right which he has or may have Same or equity to that said sum of money. In witness of which the parties have hereunder set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year above written.

Thomas Berry [seal]

Esther Berry [seal]

Signed and sealedin presence of
William McFarren
David Lowery
Abraham McConnell
Samuel McChesney
Recorded Washington County 16 April 1799

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.
Witnesses present
Jonathan Dryden Thomas Berry LS (?)
William Palmer
24 Jan. 1799410 McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s
Thomas McCord born in Washington County, Virginia
1799491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (34)
2 Blacks 12 - 16
4 Horses
Total Amt. of Taxes: 1.36
18 June 1799259

Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 2, page 210
This Indenture made the eighteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine between Thomas Berry senr. and Esther his wife of the one part and David McCord of the other part.Witnesseth that the said Thomas Berry and Esther his wife for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred pounds current money of Virginia the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge the said Thomas Berry and Esther his wife hath Granted bargained and sold unto the said David McCord and his heirs one certain tract or parcel of Land containing two hundred and twenty six acres be the same more or less lying and being in the County of Washington and State aforesaid and is part of four hundred acres Granted unto said Thomas Berry senr by pattent bearing date the second day of October in the year of our Lord 1786 and is the Land the said Thos Berry and Esther now lives on bounded as followeth, to wit:
Beginning at a forked walnut on the bank of Wolf Creek corner to the said David McCord and John Berry Land and with their lines South seventy degrees West four poles to a white oak in a field North fifty nine degrees West twenty four poles to a white oak sapling by a path South thirty eight degrees West twenty poles to two white oak saplings North forty eight degrees West seventy poles to a black oak on David Lowrys line and with his lines North forty six degrees East seven poles to a poplar and hiccory North sixty eight degrees East forty four poles crossing the creek below a spring to a white oak north fifty six East sixty two poles to a white oak and red oak corner to David Lowry and James Doran and with his line fifty one East fifty five poles to a white oak hiccory and three chesnuts all Grubbs North fifty six degrees East thirty two poles to a black oak near a hollow North seventy five degrees East thirty two poles to a large poplar corner to Joel Drydens land and with his line South fifteen degrees East one hundred and seventy four poles to a white oak and hiccory a corner to the said Joel Drydens Land thence down the meanders of the River South forty west eighty poles South eighty degrees West forty eight poles South fifty six degrees West forty six poles crossing at the mouth of Wolf Creek to a walnut corner to John Berrys part of the said Land thence up the meanders thereof N.29 West 176 poles to the Beginning
together with the appurtenances To Have and To Hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances unto the said David McCord and his heirs forever. The said Thomas Berry and Esther his wife and their heirs do covenant with the said McCord and his heirs will forever warrant and defend the said tract or parcel of Land with its appurtenances against all persons whosoever. In witness whereof the said Thomas Berry and Esther his wife hath subscribed their names and affixed their seals the day and year above written.

Thomas Berry S.S.

Esther Berry S.S

Alexander Doran
David Lowrey .
Wm Doran

20 Aug. 1799120,259 Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 2, page 210
At a Court held for Washington County the 20th day of August 1799
This Indenture of bargain and Sale was proved in Court by the oaths of Alexander Doran, David Lowrey and William Doran the witnesses thereto and acknowledged by the said Esther Berry she having been first privily examined as the law directs and ordered to be recorded
Teste David Russell D.C.
20 Aug 1799120 Washington County, Virginia Will Book 2, pages 239-240
At a court held for Washington County by the 20th day of August 1799. The last will and Testament of Thomas Berry deceased was exhibited into court and proved by the oaths of Jonathan Dryden and William Palmer the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of David Dryden, David Lowry and Samuel McChesney the Executors thereon named who took the oath of Executors presented by law and together with David Craig, David McCord and James Maxwell their securities entered into and acknowledged their bonds in the sum of four thousand dollars with conditions as the law directs. A certificate for the probate of the said will is therefore granted them in due form excud.
Teste Andrew Russell
20 Aug 1799407 Washington County, Virginia Unfiled Court papers, Volume 9, part 1, page 13
Know all men by these payments that we David Dryden, Saml. McChesney, David Lowery, David Craig, David McCord & James Maxwell --- Enoch McCarty, Alexander Doran, James W. Craig and John Houston, Gent. justices of this court of Washington county now sitting and their successors the sums of four Thousand Dollars To which payment will and truly to be made to the said justices and their successors we bind ourselves our heirs executors and administrators jointly & severally firmly by these presents Witness our hands and Seals this 20th day of August 1799.
The Condition of the above obligation is that if we the said David Dryden, David Lowrey & Saml. McChesney executors of the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Berry deceased, do make a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased, which has or shall come to the hands possessions or knowledge of them the said Dryden Lowrey, & McChesney or with the Lands or possessions of any other person or persons for them, and the same is made do exhibit unto the Clerk of Washington County at such times, as they shall be therefore required by the said Court, and the same goods chattels and credits, do well and truly administer according to Law, and making just and true account of their askings and doings therein when thereunto required by the said court; and futher do well and truly pay and deliver all of the Legacies contained and specified in the said Will, as far as the said goods chattels and credits wills extend, according to the value thereof and as the Law shall charge them; then this obligation to be void Otherwise to remain in full force.
David Dryden (seal)
Saml. McChesney (seal)
David Lowrey (seal)
Dav.d Craig (seal)
James Maxwell (seal)
David McCoard (seal)
1800491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (35)
2 Blacks
5 Horses
Total Tax Paid: 1.40
29 May 1801410 McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s
Hetty Mary McCord born in Washington County, Virginia
1801491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (36)
1 Black
5 Horses
Total Tax Paid: 1.40
20 Apr. 1802406 Washington County, Virginia, Will Book 2
Thomas Berry Estate Settlement
To paid George Berry a Specific legacy as per (Voucher No. 1) 320.50
To paid David McCord a Specific legacy as per (Voucher No. 2) 300.00
To paid Esther Berry a specific legacy as per (Voucher No. 3) 129.5?
To paid David Dryden a specific legacy of his son Thomas as (Per voucher No. 4) 14.75
To paid Tawny a free Negro a Specific legacy as per voucher No. 5 11."
To Cash paid by David Lowry for the decedants Revenue Taxes for 1798 & 1799 per 6 3.73
To paid David McCords proven amount no. 7 7.92
To paid John Carney D.o no. 8 1.50
To paid James Lougley for crying sale no. 9 .50
To paid Fred Hamilton for __?___ no. 10 .4?
To whiskey furnished by the execs in the administration of state no. 11 6.19
To paid for a Coffin for the funeral of the des.d no. 12 5."
To paid Wm. Doan and John McCauley for five days appraising the estate @ 50 _?_ no 13 & 14 2.50
To paid the Clerk of Washington No 15 5.59
To cash paid Alan (Alex ?) Doran for crying sale 2.11
To cash to be paid to Jane Berry for her m__?_ in spoon molds included in the sale @ 19/ 1.58
To the Executors for their personal trouble of the Administration include the collection & payment of debts allowed by Court 40.00
To Cash paid John Berry specific legacy 4.00

To ballance due the distritutees when the valuation of the stray mare vests in the Executors

300.1

 

1158.90

Reported pursuant to an order of the County Court of Washington this 20 April 1802.
John Campbell
Andrew Rubell
James Bradley
David Dryden
Samuel McChesney
David Lowry

By negro Adam $800 negro Phil 300 mans(?) Saddle Cloth and sursingle $14.75  1 cow $11 131.20
Specific legacies as appraised Sundry goods taken by the widow of the dec.d at the appraisment as her third being a specific legacy 127. ??
By the amount of the estate sold including a stray mare sold at $ : 50 the valuation of which is not yet vested in the estate 361.11
By a note on John Carney to the discharge which with the interest amounts to 20.00 1158.90

At a Court held for Washington County the 20th day of April 1802. This settlement of the estate of Thomas Berry deceased with the Executors was submitted to Court __?_ and allowed and ordered to be recorded.
Attest D. Campbell

1802491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (37)
1 Black >16
4 Horses
26 Mar. 1804410 McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s
James Hall McCord born in Washington County, Virginia
7 April 1804491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (39)
2 Blacks >16
5 Horses
7 April 1805491 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (40)
1 Black >16
5 Horses
1806530 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (43)
2 Blacks > 16
5 Horses
6 June 1806410 McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s  
David McCord born in Washington County, Virginia
12 Feb. 1809595 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Will Book E, page 10
In the name of God Amen, I John McCord snr being sick of body but of a sound disposing mind & memory, Do make, ordain & establish this to be my last will & testament.
In primis I will that all my just debts be paid by my executors hereafter to be names [sic] ,
2dly: I will and allow my beloved wife Hannah McCord to have an independent living off the plantation I now live on Including the mansion house barn out houses & all improvements occupied by me and a sufficiency of woodland to keep up the same in good repair during her natural life & I also allow her all the beds & furniture & all household & kitchen furniture of every kind for her own use & to have also my sorrel horse & young brown mare for her own use & to be at her own disposal & all the farming utensils sufficient to carry on the farm.
3dly I will & allow that my young son James Simpson McCord have my negro man George, which I allow to be left on the plantation to work for the support & education of him as long as my Executors shall think necessary, uncless said negro should prove refractory, then said negro to be hired out by my Executors & the profits arising from said hire applied to the care of my said son as above mentioned, and as it is certain that my wife is pregnant & said child when it is born, be it male or female I will and allow said child to have my negro man Manuel to be left on the plantation for the purpose of raising & education said child as long as may be thought by my executors, unless said negro should prove refractory then said negro to be hired out by my executors & said hire to be applyed [sic] to the use of said child receiving their estates, then I allow them to receive such negroes George & Manuel together with all the profits arrising [sic] from their hire to their only proper use & should either of said children die before they arrive at mature age I allow the estate of the deceased child to go entirely to the use of the other surviving child.
4th I will and allow that my negro boy Will be sold at public vendue [sic] and the money equally divided between by [sic] two sons William McCord and Thomas McCord.
5th I will and allow my son John McCord ten shillings.
6th I will and allow my son David McCord five dollars.
7th I will and allow my daughter Peggy Van Pelt ten shillings.
8th I will and allow my daughter Jane McCord twenty dollars.
9th I will and allow my daughter Martha Price five dollars and one milch cow.
10th I will and allow my grand daughter Dorcas Black my young bay horse for her use and to be at her disposal.
11th I will and allow that all my other property not willed to be put at publick sale at twelve credit and the money arising from such sale after paying off the above legacies to be equally divided between my two children to wit: James Simpson McCord and the child my wife is pregnant with.
Lastly, I also impower my Executors to be hereafter named to execute a title to an encumberance of an independent living to my said wife on said land during her Natural life for the purpose of supporting her & raising my young children. I do hereby ordain, appoint & constitute John Means, Richard McLeary & William Flinn my executors of this my last will & testament, hereby revoking & disannulling all former & other will, making & appointing this & this only my last will & Testament. Given under my hand & seal this 12th day of February, 1809. Signed, sealed & published the day & year above written in presence of us whoo [sic] all signed in presence of each other.
John McCord, Seal
Michael McLeary
John Means
William Flinn
Polly Van Pelt
1807530 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (42)
1 Black >16
3 Horses
10 May 1809410 McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s
John Newton McCord born in Washington County, Virginia
1809530 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (44)
1 Black > 16
4 Horses
1810538 Federal Census Washington County, Virginia
David McCord
3 males < 10 James (6), David (4), John N (1)
2 males 10 – 15 John (14), Thomas (11)
1 male > 45 David McCord (45)
1 female < 10 Hetty (9)
1 female 26 – 45 Esther (Berry) McCord (40)
1810530 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (45)
1 Black >16
4 Horses
1811530 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (46)
1 Black > 16
5 Horses
28 June 1812410 McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s
Martha McCord born in Washington County, Virginia
1814530 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (49)
1 Black > 16
4 Horses
1815530 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists
David McCord
1 White Tithable      David (50)
1 Black >16
6 Horses
23 Cattle
3 Feb. 1816410 McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s
Susannah McCord born in Greene County, Tennessee
26 May 1819410 McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s
William McCord born in Greene County, Tennessee
11 June 1827410 McCord Genealogy, from Scotland to Edgar County 1600s – 1900s
Death of David McCord in Greene County, Tennessee
1830591 Federal Census, Greene County, Tennessee
Esther McCord
1 male 10 - 15 William (11)
3 males 20 – 30 James (26), David (24), John N. (21)
1 female 10 – 15 Susannah (14)
1 female 15 - 20 Martha (18)
1 female 50 – 60 Esther (Berry) McCord (60)
1832592 History of Coles County, Illinois
Thomas, David and Newton McCord settle in East Oakland Township, Coles County, Illinois
1840593 Federal Census, Edgar County, Illinois
Easter McCord
1 male 20 - 30 William (21)
2 females 20 - 30 Martha (28), Susannah (24)
1 female 60 - 70 Esther (Berry) McCord (70)
27 Dec. 184212,594

Death Records of Presbyterian Church of Paris, Illinois

Esther (Berry) McCord Family Records
Death of Esther (Berry) McCord in Edgar County, Illinois

 

Analysis of the Timeline

 

     Esther Berry’s birth date is known with certainty based on a family record, the bulk of the information probably being supplied, ultimately, by Esther herself. This data, here referred to as the “Esther (Berry) McCord Family Record” was originally transcribed by a researcher in the 1880s from the McCord family bible which was owned by the youngest son of Esther and her husband David McCord. Consequently, while the authenticity of this data is considered to be quite acceptable, it is still a transcription from an original source rather than the original source itself, and the bible has not been located in “modern times”. Despite this element of uncertainty, except for one birth order item, the birth sequence of Francis Berry, this information is still considered to be an accurate representation of the basic structure of this Berry family.12

 

     The Esther (Berry) McCord family data specifies the birth date of Thomas Berry, Sr., identifies both of his wives, although the given name of the first wife was not listed, provides the birth and death dates for Esther Berry and David McCord, their marriage date and defines the birth sequence, and spouses in most cases, for all of the children from each of Thomas Berry's marriages. With a birth date of 1770, Esther was identified as the youngest daughter of Thomas Berry and his second wife, Esther Ward, and Francis Berry was listed as Thomas and Esther’s youngest child. 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 and provides support for estimating the birth date of John Berry, who occurs in the birth order sequence between Susanna, (born in 1757) and the corrected placement of Francis Berry in 1762. John Berry’s birth date is, thus, estimated to be sometime between 1758 and 1761.While there is no direct, primary source information for the birth date of Rebecca Berry, an accurate estimate can be made. 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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