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A.2. Thomas Berry {A.2.}

 

     Thomas Berry {A.2.} (1718 - 1798) was born in 1718, probably in Northern Ireland, and emigrated to the American colonies at an unknown date, probably with his father, brother and possibly other Berry family members. Indirect evidence suggests that this extended Berry family first lived in the Scotch-Irish settlements of southeastern Pennsylvania, which probably means that they entered the American colonies through Philadelphia. He married his first wife, whose last name was Buchanan, most likely while living in Pennsylvania and they soon began a family. Sometime after 1742, though, following the mass exodus of Scotch-Irish settlers, the Berry families moved southward to rich mountain basin just behind the frontal uplifts of the Appalachian Mountain chain. His father, the elder James Berry, also moved to the area, as did his brother, George Berry, and many of his Berry cousins.


     Thomas Berry and his young family settled in the northern part of the Borden Grant in Augusta County, eventually acquiring over 700 acres of land. He had five children with his first wife, and after her death, which occurred sometime between 1744 and the early 1750s, he married Esther Ward, probably about 1753 or 1754. Six children were born from this union. Eventually, he began selling portions of his land, and by 1770 he had picked up stakes again, and moved to Washington County in southwestern Virginia along the banks of the South Fork of the Holston River. He remained on this property until his death in the summer of 1799. Presumably he was buried in a local Presbyterian Cemetery. The date of his second wife’s death is not known.

 

Timeline of Thomas Berry, ? (Unknown) Buchanan and Esther Ward

 

171812

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Birth of Thomas Berry, Sr. in Ireland, probably Northern Ireland

~173012

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Birth of Esther Ward in Pennsylvania

~173812,256

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 11, page 242
Marriage of Thomas Berry and ? (Unknown First Name) Buchanan probably in Pennsylvania

~173912,256

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 11, page 242
Birth of James Berry probably in Pennsylvania

~174012,256

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 11, page 242
Birth of Barbara Berry probably in Pennsylvania

~174112,256

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 11, page 242
Birth of Thomas Berry, Jr. probably in Pennsylvania

~1742/174312

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Birth of Mollie Berry probably in Pennsylvania

~1743/174412

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Birth of William Berry probably in Pennsylvania

~1743/1744 - Early 1750s12

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Death of ? (Unknown First Name) Buchanan Berry either in Pennsylvania or Virginia

12 April 174821

Augusta Parish Vestry Book, page 16, Administrator's Bonds
John Montgomery and Francis McCown: 18th January, processioned for Patrick Hays; 12th January, processioned for Samuel Dunlap, Pat Hays present; 12th January, processioned for Wm. Lockridge, Samuel Dunlap present; 18th January, processioned for James Archer, Richard Cousor present; 18th January, processioned for Wm. Mc Canless, Robt. Dunlapp present; Jno. Lowry, Robt. Dunlapp present; Robt. Dunlapp, Robert Lowry present; 14th January, processioned for Samuel Anderson, Wm. McCanless present; Geo. Henderson, Ro. Lowry present; Wm. Mitchell, Jas. Moore present; 15th January, processioned for Wm. Cowdon, Robert Bags present; Francis McCown, John Downy present; James Moore, Alexander Walker present; James Robinson, Jas. Walker 433 present; 15th January, processioned for Alex. Walker, Jno. Walker present; 27th January, processioned for John Walker, James Walker present; processioned for James Walker, James Robinson present; processioned for Samuel McCutchen; processioned for James Shields; processioned for John Shields; processioned for Nathan Lusk; 28th January, processioned for Thomas Berry; processioned for Wm. Berry; processioned for James Trimble; processioned for James Martin; processioned for Joseph Coulton; processioned for Robert Coulton.

29 Nov. 174921,204

Augusta County Will Book 1, page 201
Know all Men by these Presents That We Elizabeth Berry Thomas Berry and Charles Berry are held and firmly bound unto John Lewis the first Justice in the Commission of the Peace for Augusta County for and in Behalf to the sole Use and Behoof of the Justices of the said County, and and their Successors in the sum of five hundred pounds Cur Money To be paid to the said Jn Lewis his Executors, Administrators and Assigns: To the which Payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and every of us our and every of our Heirs, Executors and Administrators jointly and severally, firmly by these Presents. Sealed with our Seals. Dated this 29th Day of Nov. 1749 The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above-bound Eliz. Berry Adm of all the Goods, Chattels and Credits of James Berry deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of her the said Elizabeth Berry or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for her and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the County Court of Augusta at such Time as she shall be thereunto required by the said Court and the same Goods Chattels and Credits and all other the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased at the time of his Death, which at any time after shall come to the hands or Possession of the said Berry or into the hands and possession of any other Person or Persons for her do well and truly Administer according to Law:And further do make a just and true account of her Actings and Doings therein, when thereto required by the said Court and all the rest and residue of the said Goods Chattels and Credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Admn. Account, the same being first Examined and allowed by the Justices of the Court for the time being Shall deliver and pay unto such Person or Persons respectively, as the said Justices by their Order, or Judgement shall direct pursuant to the Laws in that case made and provided And if it shall hereafter appear that any Last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased and the Executor or Executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said Court making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Eliz Berry being thereunto required do render and deliver up her Letters of Administration, Approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the said Court Then this Obligation to be void and of none Effect or else to remain in full Force and Virtue 
Sealed and Delivered 
In the Presence of 
Eliz. E. Berry 
Thomas Berry
Charles Berry

29 Nov. 1749204

Augusta County Will Book 1, page 202
At a Court continued and held for Augusta County 
Eliz Berry Tho Berry & Charles Berry in open court acknowledged that their bond for ? Eliz Berry trust and faith full Admin of the Estate of James Berry decd which bond is ordered to be recorded. 
Rec. 29th Nov 1749

15 Nov. 175221

Augusta County Deed Book 4, page 533
Borden & Co. to William Berry, 130 acres of 92,100; James Trimble's line, near Moffet's Creek; Thomas Berry's line; David Hay's run 
Delivered: Wm. Martin July 1760.

1753/175412

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Marriage of Thomas Berry and Esther Ward in Augusta County, Virginia

01 Mar. 175321

Augusta County Deed Book 5, page 125
William Berry and Jane to Thomas Berry, 65 acres Moffet's Creek; corner David Hays; part of 145 acres conveyed by Borden to Wm., 23d June 1746.

Aug. 1753369,402

Congregations of New Providence and Timber Ridge Presbyterian Churches
Petition Signers for Reverend John Brown
Archibald Alexander, Francis Allison, Robert Allison, Francis Beaty, Charles Berry, Thomas Berry, William Berry, Magdalena Borden, Samuel Buchanan, William Caruthers, James Coulter, Robert Coulton, Samuel Davis, William Davis, John Davison, John Douglass, David Dryden, Thomas Dryden, Samuel Dunlap, James Eakin, Walter Eakin, John Edmiston, James Edmiston, William Edmiston, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Robert Gamble, Edward Gaor, Jacob Gray, Samuel Gray, William Gray, James Greenlee, William Hamilton, John Hawely, John Handley, Joseph Hay, Samuel Hay(s), Edmund Hearken, George Henderson, Robert Henry, Thomas Hill, John Houston Sr., John Houston Jr., Matthew Houston, Robert Houston, Samuel Houston, Joseph Kennedy, John Kerr, John Keys, Rodger Keys, Robert Kirkpatrick, William Lockridge, John Logan, John Lowry, John Lusk, James Lusk, William Lusk, Daniel Lyle, John Lyle, Matthew Lyle, Samuel Lyle, John Macky, Agnes Martin, Charles McAnelly, Edward McColgan, James McClung, James McClung Jr., widow McClung, Alexander McCluer, Nathaniel McCluer, Halbert McCluer, John McCrosky Sr., John McCrosky Jr., Alexander McCrosky, Samuel McCutchen, Samuel McDowell, Neal McGlister, Thomas McMurry, Baptist McNabb, John McNabb, Thomas McSpeden, Alexander Miller, John Mitchell, John Montgomery, Alexander Moore, John Moore, James Moore, John Patton, Samuel Paxton, Thomas Paxton, Nathan Peoples, Patrick Porter, Robert Reagh, William Reagh, Robert Robertson, James Robinson John, Robinson, Matthew Robinson, William Robinson, John Roseman, David Sayer, John Shields, John Smiley, William Smith, Widow Smith, John Sprowl, Andrew Steele, Samuel Steele, John Stuart, James Thompson, James Trimble, Moses Trimble, Alexander Walker, Alexander Walker, James Walker, John Walker, John Wardlaw, William Wardlaw, Robert Weir, Moses Whiteside, William Whiteside, Ann Wilson, John Winiston

15 Mar. 175421,397

Augusta County Deed Book 6, page 1
THIS INDENTURE made the Fifteenth Day of March in the year of Our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and fifty four BETWEEN Robert Robinson & Isabella his Wife of the County of Augusta in the Colony of Virginia of the one part and Thomas Berry of the s.d County in the same Colony of the other Part WITNESSETH that they the s.d Robert Robinson & Isabella for and In Consideration of the sum of fifty five pounds Current Money of Virginia to them in hand Paid by the s.d Thomas Berry at or before the sealing and Delivering of these presents the Receipt whereof they do hereby Acknowledge And thereof and therefrom do Ex---?-- Release against and forever discharge the s.d Thomas Berry his heirs Executors & Administrators by these Presents they the s.d Robert Robinson and Isabella have given granted bargained & sold Enfeoffed Aliened Released and Confirmed and by these presents do give grant bargain Sell Enfeoff Alein Release and Confirm unto the s.d Thomas Berry his heirs and assigns forever Two certain Tracts or Parcels of Land Situate Lying and being Joyning together and Joining on the line of Beverley manner of Bordens Great Tract in the s.d County of Augusta and more Particulary Discribed & Bounded as followeth that is to say the first of said Tracts Contained Eighty two acres & lieth in Beverly Manour and was Conveyed by Deeds of Lease and Release for the Consideration therein mentioned by William Beverley Esq unto the s.d Robert Robinson --?-- of Record amongst the Records of the County Court of Augusta and is bounded as followeth BEGINNING At a stake in the Patent line Corner to James Loosk & runneth thence with his line North forty Degrees East Seventy two Poles to a stake thence North forty Degrees west twelve Poles to a white Oak thence North forty Degrees East one hundred and two Poles to a black oak Corner to the Land belonging to the heirs of Patrick Cook Deceased thence with a line of said Land North Twenty five Degrees west one hundred & sixty eight poles to a white Oak thence South Twenty five Degrees West forty Poles to three white Oaks Corner to s.d Bordens Great Tract & Beverly Manour thence with a line of s.d Tract & manour being a line of the following Tract Due South two hundred & forty Poles to the beginning the second said Tracts Lyeth within the bounds of the Tract of Ninty two Thousand one hundred acres Commonly Called & Known by the Name of Bordens Great Tract & Contained two hundred eighteen acres which s.d two hundred eighteen acres of Land was Conveyed by Benjamin Borden Gentleman Deceased Unto James Shields Cordwainer Deceased and afterwards by virtue of a decree of the Court of Augusta in Chancery & the sundry Reasons of Interrogatories therein Set fourth one John Shields Guardian of John Shields Son and burial Law and Orphan Child of the s.d James Shields under the age of Twenty one ---?--- Compelled Conveyed the s.d Two hundred & Eighteen acres of Land & premises as in Fee Simple unto the s.d Robert Robinson as by the s.d Proceedings Decree and Convey ---?- of Record amongst the s.d Records of Augusta County Court -----?---- being thereunto had may more fully and at Large appear and is bounded as followeth BEGINNING at two white oak Saplins in s.d James Loosk line & Runeth thence with the s.d line north Eight five Degrees East one hundred & ---?-- two Poles to s.d Loosks Corner a stake In the Patent line of s.d Beverley Mannor & Bordens Tract thence with s.d line being a line of Part of s.d Eighty two acres North one hundred & Ninety Poles to a hiccory Corner Corner to Samuel McCutchon thence with his line South Eight two Degrees West two hundred Poles to two Black Oaks Corner to s.d Shields & Land that is to say the s.d Orphans Land thence with his land South Six Degrees East one hundred & sevety Eight Poles to the begining being added on both Tracts Included being three hundred acres and all houses buildings Orchards & Gardens Meadows Woods Trees Swamps Marshes Ways Waters Water courses Easements Profits Improvements Heredertaments Profits Commodities & appurtenances thereunto belonging or in Anywise appertaining & the reversions Remainers or Rents Issues & Profits --?--- or to --?-- of the same and also all the Estate Right Title Interest Use Trust Property Claim and Domain Whatsoever of them the s.d Robert Robinson and Isabella of in or to the s.d two Tracts including three Hundred acres of Land & all Deeds Reveived Concerning the same TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the s.d two Tracts being three hundred Acres of Land as above ---?-- & bounded be the same more or Less and al & Singular other the ---?-- hereby Granted and Released and every Part Parcel & member thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the s.d Thomas Berry his heirs and assigns forever to the only Proper use and behoof of him the s.d Thomas Berry and of his heirs and assigns forever and they the s.d Robert Robinson & Isabella for themselves & their heris Executors & administrators do Covenant promise & ----?--- with the s.d Thomas Berry his heirs and assigns by the s.d presents that they the s.d Robert Robinson & Isabella have not heretofore done committed or Suffered any Act Matter Course or thing whatsoever whereby the Premises hereby Granted Bargained & Sold or mentioned or Intended to be granted bargained & sold or any Part parcel or member thereof are is or shall or may be Impeached Changed or Incumbred in title Charge Estate or otherwise however and further that the said two Tract including three hundred acres of Land and Premises with the appurtenances Now are free and Clear & Freely and Clearly Acquited and Discharged of and from all and all manner of former Gifts Grants Bargains Sales Dower Judgments Exc---?--- Dues Duties Exceptions Limitations Arrearages of Quit Rents prior to the Date of the s.d Presents and also free and Clear of and from all Kinds of Incumbrances Whatsoever the Quit Rents hereafter to grow Due and Paiable to our Sovereign Lord the King his heirs and Successors for and in Respect of the said Premises only Excepted and foreprized and Lastly It is further Covenanted of & agreed by and between the Parties to these presents that they the s.d Robert Robinson & Isabella his wife & their heirs all and Singular the s.d Two Tracts of Land the first whereof is Lying in Beverley mannor Joining on the Patent line Containing Eighty two acres and also the other Lying within the bounds of Bordens said Tract Joining s.d Eight two acres Containing two hundred & eighteen acres as fores.d added together being three hundred acres of Land be the same more or Less and all & singular the Premises hereby Granted & Released with their and every of their appurtenances unto the s.d Thomas Berry and his heirs and assigns against them the s.d Robert Robinson & Isabella and their heirs and all & every other Person and Persons whatsoever Shall & will Wattant and forever Defend by these presents IN WITNESS whereof the said Robert Robinson & Isabella his wife have hereunto Set their hands & affixed their seals the Day month and year first within written
Signed Sealed & Delivered Robert Robinson (seal)
in the Presence of Isabella (her mark) Robinson (seal)
John Shields
James Welch
Thomas Branan
BE IT REMEMBERED that on the Day of the Date of this Present Indenture Levery of ---?-- of the Lands of the Two Tracts Within Mentioned was performed by the said Robinson & Isabella his wife by Delivering Possession of the same by a branch of an oak & a handfull of Earth on Each of the s.d Tracts on the Premises within Mentioned to the with In named Thomas Berry in the name of the whole IN WITNESS whereof the s.d Robert Robinson & Isabella his wife have hereunto set their hands the Day month & year first within Written 
In the Presence of Robert Robinson (seal)
John Shields Isabella (her mark) Robinson (seal)
James Welch
Thomas Branan
At a Court held for Augusta County the -?- day of March 1754
Robert Robinson & Isabella his wife she being first Privately Examined in open Court Acknowledged this there Deed of Levery & S--?--- thereon Endorsed for Land Indented to Thomas Berry where on his motion is admitted to Record.
Test John Madison CC 
Margin Notation: No. 7, Ex.d and Delivered Tho.s Berry the 26th day of October

1754/175512

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Birth of Elizabeth "Betsy" Berry in Augusta County, Virginia

175521

Augusta County Fee Books, page 154
John Risk and John Shields processioned as follows, viz: For Robert Campbell, for James Hunter, for James Trotter, for John Shields, for James McCutchion, for Widow Campbell, for Widow Campbell, for Wm. Hunter, for Saml. McCutchen, for Thos. Berry, for John McCutchion, for David Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for Wm. Ledgerwood. for James Moffet, for Nathl. Davies, for Nichs. Leeper, for Danl. Downey, for George Peny, for Saml. Sprowl, for Thos. Kirkpatrick, for Jno. Kirkpatrick, for Jno. Risk, for Jno. Risk, for Jno. Risk, for James Clark, for John Shields, Jr., for David Cunningham, for Chas. Berry, for James Callison, for James Marten, for Josiah Richarts, for David Hays, for Alex. McFeeters, for James Gilmore, for James Lockhart, for Alex. Richey, for Jacob Lockhart, for John Peny, for Mathew Willson, for John Willson, for Widow Patterson, for John McCillery, for James McCillery, for Arter Hamilton, for Wm. Buntin, for Robert Gamel, for Jno. Buchanan, for Patrick Cooks (deceased), for David Richey; Wm. Brown (said he was going to leave his land and didn't care about it).

03 May 175521

Augusta County Deed Book 7, page 87
Arthur Kennedy and Jane, taylor, to Thomas Berry, 56.12.6, 168 acres purchased by Arthur from David Kerr on Capt. Joseph Kennedy's Mill Creek, part of Borden's tract; corner of Robert Gray's line; McNut's new line; corner of Francis Beatey. Jeane (mark) Kennedy. Livery by a rail in the fence.

28 June 175612,685,1177

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Birth of George Berry in Augusta County, Virginia

16 Mar. 175721

Augusta County Deed Book 7, page 398
Thomas Berry and Esther ( ) to James Trotter 60, two tracts adjoining each other and the line of Beverly Manor and Borden's Tract. 
1st: 82 acres in Beverly Manor, cor. James Loosk's patent line; corner of Patrick Cook, cor. Borden's tract and Beverly Manor. 
2nd: 218 acres in James Loosks line; Beverly Manor patent line and Borden's tract, cor. Samuel McCutcheon, cor. James Shields both conveyed to Thomas 15 Mar 1754, by Ro. Robinson and Isabella. 
Teste: Wm. Frame, James Bell, Jno. McPheeters. 
Delivered: Jno. Davis, 1758.

175712,585

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record

High on a Windy Hill
Birth of Susanna Berry in Augusta County, Virginia

1758 - 176112

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Birth of John Berry in Augusta County, Virginia

175921

Augusta Parish Vestry Book, Administrator's Bonds, page 260
Processioned by James Gilmore and Samuel McCutcheon, viz: For David Cunningham, for Mathew Wilson, for John Buchanan, for Charles Berry, for Robert Gaml, for Thos. Berry, for David Hays, for James Bower, for Alex. Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for James Moffett, for Arthur Hamilton, for Samuel Downey, for James Callison, for Alex. McFeeters, for David Campbell, for James McCutcheon, for John McCutcheon, for Wm. McCutcheon, for Wm. Sprowl, for Wm. Martin, for James Trotter, for Samuel McCutcheon, for Wm. McCutcheon, Jr., for James Hunter, for Robert Campbell, for John Risk, for James Gilmore, for Francis Donalay, for Wm. Ledgerwood, for Capt. James Lockhart, for Wm.Hunter.

18 Nov. 176021

Augusta County Deed Book 15, page 241
Robert Gray, of Rowan County, North Carolina, by John Tate, attorney, to James Craige, 5 shillings, 200 acres in Borden's tract; corner to tract sold by Francis Beaty on Flat Spring Run; corner Thomas Berry; conveyed by Borden, Jr., to David Kerr and by David and Katherine to Robert. 
Teste: Gabriel Madison, John Frogg, Luke Bowyer.

176212,601

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record

Revolutionary War Pension Application of Francis Berry
Birth of Francis Berry in Augusta County, Virginia

21 June176321,256

Augusta County 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. 
SIGNED SEALED & DELIVERED 
IN PRESENCE OF 
Alexander McNutt 
Jas. McNut 
Thomas Berry Jun.r 
Thomas Berry (L.S) 
Esther Berry (L.S.) 
At a Court held for Augusta County Ju__ 21st 1763 
Thomas Berry and Esther Berry his wife She being first privately examined a 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}

176421

Augusta County Fee Books, page 377
Processioners appointed as follows, viz (1764): William Robinson and James Robinson, from Heads of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. William Bryan and James Neilly, from Fort Lewis on Waters of Roan Oke. James Rowland and Joseph Montgomery, Thomas Ramsey and James Lawderdale, on Waters of Catawbo and James River on the South Side. James McGayvock, James Gilmore, John Poage, John Thompson, between Buffalo and James River. John Paxton, Abraham Brown, Andrew Miscampbell, Alex. Collier, between Buffalo and the North River to the North Mountain. Wm. Taylor, Thos. Paxton, Moses Whitesides, Jno. McClung, from North River to Beverley's line between the Great Road to the Court House and South Mountain. Andrew Hall, James Buchanan (son of William), Thos. Berry, James Trotter, from North River to Beverley's line between the Great Road to the Court House, by Cap. Bowyers and the North Mountain.

15 June176421,256

Augusta County Deed Book 11, page 596 
THIS INDENTURE made the fifteenth Day of June in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and Sixty four BETWEEN William Berry of the County of Augusta Planter and Jane his wife of the one part and John Trotter of the same county and in the same Colony Planter of the other part WITNESSETH that for and in Consideration of the sum of Current Money of Virginia to the said William Berry and Jane in hand paid by the said John Trotter at or before the Sealing and Delivering of these presents the Receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and thereof do E_? acquit and discharge the said John Trotter his heirs Executors Administrators by these presents they the said William Berry and Jane his wife have Given Granted Bargained Sold Enfeoffed Aliened Released and Confirmed and by these presents do Grant Bargain Sell Enfeoff Alien Release and Confirm unto the said John Trotter and to his heirs and assigns forever one Certain tract or parcel of Land Containing two hundred and ten acres be the same more or less Situate lying on both sides of Moffets Creek being part of a Large tract of Land Commonly known by the name of Bordins Tract in said County of Augusta and is more particularly Discribed and Bounded as followeth Viz BEGINNING at a hiccory Saplin twenty twenty poles from Moffets Creek in William Clarks line running thence with said line south Seventy Degrees East two hundred and ninety one poles to two black oaks thence north twenty Degrees East one hundred and three poles to two hiccories thence North Seventy Degrees West twenty three poles to two Chesnuts a Chesnut oak and a white oak thence West one hundred and four poles with Thomas Berry's line to a hiccory thence North fifty Degrees West Sixty poles Crossing the Creek to a post on the North edge of said Creek in a line Corner to Thomas Berry's land Running thence with his line North Eighteen Degrees East Six poles to a hiccory Saplin thence North fifty Degrees East fifty four poles to a black gum and black oak thence South twenty three Degrees West one hundred and Eight Six poles to a post between a Spanish oak and a hiccory thence South ten Degrees East Sixteen poles crossing the Creek to a hiccory Saplin thence South Sixty three Degrees West thirty six poles to the BEGINNING And al houses Building Orchards Gardens ----?---- Improvement Woods ---?-- Marshes Swampts Meadows Ways Waters Watercourses Easements Profits Commodities Hereditaments thereto belonging or in anywise appurtaining and the Reversions and Remainders Rents Issues and profits thereof and also all the Estate Right Title Interest Use Trust property to Claim or demand whatsoever of the said William Berry and Jane either in Law or Equity of in or to the said premises and all Deeds Records evidences and Writings touching or in anywise Concerning the same TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the described two hundred and ten acres of Land hereditaments and premises to the Same more less and all and Singular other the premises hereby Granted and Released and Every part parcel and Member thereof with their parts privileges Incomes Advantages and Appurtenances unto the s.d John Trotter his heris and assigns forever To the only proper use and Behoof of him the s.d John Trotter and of his heirs and assigns forever and they the said William Berry and Jane for themselves thier heirs Executors and Administrators Doth Covenant promise and Grant to and with the said John Trotter and his heirs and assigns by these presents that the said William Berry and Jane have not Done Committed or Suffered any act matters Causes or thing whatsoever whereby the said two hundred and Ten acres of Land Hereditaments and premises or any part Parsal or member thereof are is shall or may be Impreached Charged.
Margin Notation: Delivered to Jno _uningham _ 11th Augt. 1781
(Transcriber's note: The deed does not continue on to the next page in this Deed Book 11. Careful checking did not find it on subsequent pages.) 

19 Nov. 176621

Augusta County Will Book 3, page 478
William Clark's appraisement of Thomas Berry, Robert Gay, Saml. McCutchen, recorded -- One smoothing iron, 2 boxes of silver and other bullion and cash. James Ward, Dr.; Jno. Cowarden; David William, debtor.

1763 - 176912,694

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record

Family Files and Research Papers of Caroline DiBiasi
Birth of Rebecca Berry in Augusta County, Virginia

177012

Transcription from Esther Berry McCord Family Record
Birth of Esther Berry in Augusta County or Fincastle County, Virginia

21 Aug. 177021

Augusta County Will Book 4, page 320
Jane Martin's renunciation of right to administer in favor of George and Andrew Martin. 
Teste: John Pettrson, Michael Harra, David Hays, Thomas Berry.

28 Aug. 177021

Augusta County Will Book 4, page 375
Patrick Martin's estate appraised by Thomas Berry, Saml. McCutchen, Geo. Jameson.

19 Aug. 177121,257

Augusta County 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 
SEALED AND DELIVERED 
In the Presents of 
James Cooper 
John McCutchan 
John Malcom 
James Berry (L.S.) 
Elizabeth [her mark] Berry (L.S.) 
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 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 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 
SEALED AND DELIVERED 
IN THE PRESENTS OF 
James Cooper James Berry (L.S.) 
John McCutchen 
John Malcom 
James Berry (L.S.) 
Elizabeth [her mark] Berry (L.S.) 
At a Court Held for Augusta County August the 20th 1771 James Berry and Elizabeth his wife she being first Privately Examined Acknowledged this their Release for Land to James McKemy which is ordered to be Recorded 
Test John Madison

5 Jan. 177356,544

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.

02 Mar. 177456

At a court held for Fincastle County 
Ordered that Thomas Berry and Andrew Miller who being first Sworn view the nighest and Best way from Thomas Berry's past William Kennedy's Mill into the Great Road and make report of the Convenience and Inconveniences thereof at the next Court.

15 Aug. 1775401

Deed Book 21, Augusta County, Virginia, page 71
[Margin notation: Berry to McChesney, Delivered to McChesney ---?--- 1789]
THIS INDENTURE made on the fifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred seventy five between Thomas Berry and Esther Berry his wife of the County of Augusta of the one part and James McChesney of the County aforesaid of the other part WITNESSETH that the said Thomas Berry and Esther Berry his wife for and in consideration of the sum of five shillins Current Money of Virginia to them in had paid by the said James McChesney at or before the sealing and delivering of these presents ------?----- whereof is hereby Acknowledged hath Granted bargained or sold and by these presents do grant bargain & sell unto the James McChesney one Certain tract or parcel of Land Containing two hundred and fifty three acres lying & being upon Moffett Creek in Augusta County and is more particularly bounded as followeth

BEGINNING at a white oakd and hiccory on Moffetts Creek thence south fifty degrees east seventy poles to a hiccory thence east one hundred and four poles to two Chestnuts and a white oak one high hill thence north thirty degrees one hundred and eighty two poles to a stake a corner ---?--- to Humphrey Rush thence with his line north thirty five degrees west one hundred and four poles to the afor--?-- Creek and Crossing said Creek down the several Courses of said Creek to --------?----- to a white Thorn & Elm north fifty five degrees west one hundred & twenty four poles to a Chestnut oak on a hill thence south fifty six degrees thirty three poles to David Hayes Corner thence with a line south fifty five degrees west twenty poles thence s----?--- twenty degrees west twenty poles to a black oak & ----?--- on the side of a hill Corner to William Berry thence on his line south Thirty eight degrees east one hundred & thirty poles to a white oak sapplin thence with his line south f--?- degrees west fifty four poles to a hiccory sapplin thence f--?-- Eighteen degrees west six poles to a post on the side of the Creek acres & all & singular other the premises hereby granted with the appurtenances unto the said James McChesney his Executors Administrators and Assigns from the day before the date hereof for and during the full Term & time of one whole year fully to be completed and made & yielding and paying therefore the rent of one pepper corn on lady day next if the same shall be lawfully ---?- to the Intent and Purpose and by Virtue of these presents ---?-- a statute for Transferring uses into Possession the said James McChesney may be in actual possession of the premises & be thereby enabled to accept and take a grant and release of the reversion and Inheritance to him and his heirs IN WITNESS whereof the said Thomas Berry and his wife Ester Berry hath hereunto set their hands & Seals the day & year first above 
Written Signed Sealed & Delivered in presence of 
Thomas Berry (LS)
Esther Berry (LS)
[no witness names appear on document]
At a Court held for Augusta County August the 15th 1775. Thomas Berry acknowledged this his Lease for land to James McChesney which is ordered to be Recorded.
Test J. Lyle DC
2nd Test. 1789
THIS INDENTURE made the fifteenth day of August in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred seventy five Between Thomas Berry and his Wife Esther Berry of the County of Augusta of the one part and James McChesney of the County aforesaid of the other part WITNESSETH that for and in Consideration of the sum of two hundred & pounds to them in hand paid by the said James McChesney on before the sealing or delivering of these presents the receipt whereof they do hereby Acknowledge and thereof do ---?-- acquit and discharge the said Thomas Berry & his Wife Ester Berry their Executors and Administation by these presents they the said Thomas Berry and his Wife Esther Berry have granted bargained sold aliened released and
[rest of document not copied]

26 Feb. 177756

At a court continued and held for Washington County
Ordered that William Montgomery be surveyor of the Wataga Road from the forks to Wm. Berrys being part of the district formerly alloted to Thomas Berry.

27 Aug. 177756

At a court continued and held for Washington County 
Ordered that a certificate be given to Thomas Berry representing his receiving a wound in his Breast Sept. 4th 1776 by a shot from the Indians when in the service of his country and continued ill to the first of June 1777. 
On a motion for a Road to be cut from the Court House to the Wataga Road near Phillips Mill. It is ordered that Thomas Berry, Adam Kerr & Josiah Gamble being the first sworn as the Law directs do view the lands whereon the said Road is proposed to go and make report to next Court of the convenience of said Road.

30 Sept. 177756

At a court continued and held for Washington County 
The report of Thomas Berry, Adam Kerr & Josiah Gamble of a Road to viewed from the Court House through the great Knobbs to intersect the Wataga Road opposite Phillips Mill find there can be a wagon Road got on the said proposed way.

21 May 177856

At a court continued and held for Washington County
William Frazier vs Isaac Riddle Paid to the Sheriff, Commonwealth vs William Huston continued, Same vs Jeremiah Slaughter the same, the same vs Jacob Anderson dismissed, Same vs Amos Eaton, Judgement for 15/, Same vs. Thomas Berry dis.

18 Nov. 177856

At a court continued and held for Washington County 
The last Will and Testament of Benjamin Gray exhibited in Court and proved by the oaths of Joseph Lusk, William Davison and Thomas Berry witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

16 Feb. 177972

Records of Washington County, Va, page 18
Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of Michael Montgomery, decd., 20 July 1777 by Adam Harr, William McGaughy, Thomas Berry. Among his personal property ...Gorman's bond...his waring aparel ... 
Recorded 16 February 1779

17 Aug. 177956

At a court held at the Court House of Washington County
On the motion of Ann Berry, William McCormack & Thomas Berry administration is granted them on the Estate of James Berry Deceased who made Oath thereto and give Bond with Daniel McCormack & Robert Brown their Securities in the Sum of two Thousand pounds for the faithful Administration of the said Decendants Estate.

18 Aug. 177956

At a court continued and held for Washington County
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 that the 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. 
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.

21 Mar. 178056

At a court continued and held for Washington County 
Ordered that Thomas Berry, James Doran, Joseph Allexander and James Allexander being first Sworn Appraise part of the Estate of Robert Lowry Deceased and make Return to the next Court.

23 Nov. 178056

At a court continued and held for Washington County 
Ordered that Robert Edmonson Gent. be recommended to his Excellency the Governor as a fit and proper person for Captain of the Militia of the County of Washington and that James Huston, Alexander Montgomery & Patrick Campbell be recommended for Lieutenants and Samuel Buchanan, Thomas Berry, Henry Smith, Robert McFarland, William Greer & John Kennedy be recommended for Ensigns.

17 Feb. 178173

Washington County Will Book 1, page 35 
Will of William Berry 
Wife, Mary 
two daughters (not named) "to the child my wife is now pregnant with" son Thomas ... my land & plantation James Trimbell, James Berry, Thomas Berry Excs. 
Teste: Hugh Fulten, James Berry 
William Berry (seal) 
Proved and Recorded 19 June 1781

15 May 178156

At a court held for Washington County 
Josiah Gamble, Thomas Berry and Adam Kerr being duly sworn have viewed the Road from the Great Knobb to the Court House and find that a good Road can be had from Mr. Acklands along the main cross Street by William Davisons field from thence a sleight Course to Josiah Gambles and from thence to the Great Knobbs.

19 June 178156

Brief of Wills Washington County, Virginia, page 35
William Berry - His estate to his wife and children 
Executors: James Berry, Thomas Berry
Witnesses: Hugh Fulton, James Berry 
Probated: June 19, 1781

06 Aug. 178169

Washington County, Virginia
Surveys & Commissioners Certificates 1781-1797, page 374 
Samuel Duff - 139 ac - on both sides of Woolf Creek, a branch of Holstein River Commissioners Certificate - by the great road - December 21, 1787...Samuel Duff, assignee of John Berry, assignee of Thomas Berry, assignee of Andrew Colvin, assignee of William McMullan - 139 ac - on Woolf Creek surveyed February 11, 1774, actual settlement made in 1772

11 Aug. 178169

Washington County, Virginia
Surveys & Commissioners Certificates 1781-1797, page 272
Alexander Montgomery...400 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on both sides of Holstein River...Beginning on the north bank of the river...crossing the river and an Island...on Thomas Berrys line and with it down the river...passing Lowreys corner...on the bank of the river at the mouth of a branch...June 5, 1784 - Alexander Montgomery...400 ac...by settlement made in 1773...on Holstein River, the place whereon he now lives...

15 Aug. 178169

Washington County, Virginia
Surveys & Commissioners Certificates 1781-1797, page 284
Surveyed for Thomas Berry Senr. four hundred acres of land in Washington County by virture of a Certificate from the Commissioners for Washington & Montgomery Counties and agreeable to an act of Assembly & lying on the North side of Holstein River and on both sides of Wolf Creek. 
Beginning at a white oak & hickory near the bank of the river and running down the meanders thereof 393 poles to a hiccory and black oak corner to Alexander Montgomery's land & with the lines thereof; 
N.49 W.45 poles to a large forked white oak in a hollow; 
N.35W.86 poles to a black oak & white oak sapling corner to David Lowrey's land & with his lines thereof; 
N.46E. 176 poles to a poplar & hickory; 
N. 68 E.44 poles crossing Wolf Creek to a white oak near the bank a little below a small spring; 
N.56 E.62 poles to a white oak & red oak corner to Lowrey & James Doran and with Dorens lines; 
N.51 E.55 poles to a white oak, a hiccory & three chesnuts all grubs; 
N.56 E 32 poles to a black oak nar a hollow; 
N. 75 E.32 poles to a large poplar corner to Joel Dryden's land & with a line thereof; 
S.15 E. 174 poles to the Beginning. 
Augt. 25th 1785 
Robt. Preston S.W.C. 
We the Commissioners for the district of Washington & Montgomery Counties do certify that Thomas Berry assignee of John Owens is entitled to four hundred acres of land lying in Washington County or Holstein River adjoining Alex. Montgomery & Tho.s McCaley to include his improvement, he having proved to the Court that he was entitled to the same by actual settlement made in the year 1770. As witness our hands, this 15th day of August 1781: 
Teste, James Reid, C.C.C 
Jas. Cabell, Harry Innes, N. 
Cabell, Comr.s

24 Aug. 178169

Washington County, Virginia
Surveys & Commissioners Certificates 1781-1797, page 36
Joel Dryden...200 ac...commissioners certificate...on both sides of Holstein River...Beginning with James Doran & David Drydens land...corner to Thomas Berry, Sr...June 16, 1782 - Joel Dryden, heir of Nathaniel Dryden, decd, assignee of Benjamin Grag, assignee of William McNab, assignee of Thomas Stubbs...200 ac on Holstein River adjoining Thomas Berry, includes the place whereon Dryden now lives, actual settlement made in 1771...

20 Nov. 178156

At a court continued and held for Washington County
A Grand Jury Sworn (Viz) William Scott foreman, John Berry, Thomas Berry, Alexander Breckenridge, George Edger, Andrew Davis, David Gatgood, James Logan, James Herrald, Robert Preston, William McMullen, James Craig, Samuel Duff, James Carswell, George Finley, William Gilmore, Charles Hays, Samuel Edmondson, Simeon Cotrell, John Diskins.

07 Mar. 178276

Washington County Will Book 1, page 77
Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of Thomas Hill, decd. Taken 7 March 1782. Appraised by John Lowry, Thomas Berry, Sam. Evans Recorded: no date given

20 Mar. 178256

At a court continued and held for Washington County
Ordered that John Lowery, Thomas Berry, Alexander Breckenridge and Samuel Evans or any three of them being first sworn appraise the Estate of Thomas Hill Deceased and make Return to the Court. 

16 June 178278

Washington County Survey Book 1, page 36
Surveyed for Joel Dryden 
200 acres by certificate from the Commissioners for the District of Washington and Montgomery Counties by Act passed in May 1779 lying on both sides of the Holston River. Beginning at the corner with James Doran & David Dryden's land ... on the bank of the river with Thomas Berry Senior's line.

178270,147,470

List of Tithables, Washington County, Virginia
Captain James Montgomery's Precinct
Thomas Berry
1 Tithable
2 Slaves: Ned, Flora
25 Horses
18 Cattle
Thomas Berry
1 tithe/9 cattle/16 horses/1 slave - name: Tony

1783470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Capt. J. Montgomery's Return
T. Berry Sr
1 Tithable
1 Slave
9 Horses
16 Cattle

May 178374

Washington County Judgement Book 1, page 14
John Ried for the Commissioners of the Kings Mountain Plunder Dr. 
Writ vs Johnston & Berry 
suit against Thomas Berry
suit against John Berry 
suit against Samuel McChesney 
suit against McCauley 
suit against McFerren 
suit against Billingsley Gibson 
suit against William Willox 
suit against James Gilleland

20 May 178356

At a court held for Washington County
Thomas Berry Eight diets and the service of two horses for the use of the British prisoners and fourteen pounds of Bacon and one bushel of meal for the same use, twenty Eight Rations for the use of the Greenbriar militia on their March to Kentucky under the command of Major Hamilton, five diets furnished William Springster the Cherokee interpreter and ninety seven pounds Ten shillings paper Money of a Balance due for furnishing the Cherokee prisoners provisions

1784470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Alexander Montgomery's Return
Thos. Berry Senr.
1 Tithable
2 Slaves
9 Horses
20 Cattle
Total Tax:. 2.13

1785470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Unreadable

26 Aug. 178569

Washington County, Virginia
Surveys & Commissioners Certificates 1781-1797, page 294 
James Doren - 400 ac - Commissioners Certificate - on both sides of Woolf Creek, a north branch of Holstein River - beginning on a path at the foot of a knob corner to James Montgomery's land - on the bank of a branch corner to David Lowrey - crossing Wolf Creek by a cabbon - corner to Thomas Berry - corner to Joel Dryden - corner to David Dryden - crossing the creek to the side of the first mentioned knobb - August 26, 1785...James Doren, assignee of Westley White, assignee of James Dorchester - 400 ac 
- by settlement made in 1769 - on Wolf Creek adjoining William Lowrey, Thomas Berry, David Dryden, Alexander Doren - 268 ac surveyed for James Doren on January 29, 1774 

26 Aug. 178569

Washington County, Virginia
Surveys & Commissioners Certificates 1781-1797, page 317
David Lowrey - 130 ac - treasury warrant dated December 20,1781 on both sides of Woolf Creek a branch of Holstein River - corner to Thomas Berry - a little below a spring at the bank of the creek - corner to James Doren's land - by an old cabbon corner to James Doren - corner to Lowrey's settlement.

1786470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Robert Craig Gentleman's return of Tithables and Taxable property within the bounds of Alexander Montgomery's Company for the year 1786
Thomas Berry Sen
1 Tithable
1 Negroe > 16
2 Negroes < 16
0 Stud Horses
3 Horses
17 Cattle

24 April 178656,80

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) 
Probated: Aug 17, 1786

6 June 1787470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Washington County Personal Property and Land Book
List of Taxable Property within the District of John Lathim, Commissioner
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry
Names of White Males > 21: Thomas Berry
1 Black > 16
2 Blacks < 16
4 Horses, Mares, Colts & Mules
21 Cattle

12 Mar. 178882

Washington County Will Book 1, page 131 
Inventory and Appraisement of the goods and chattels of Michael Montgomery by John Berry, Adam Kerr, Thomas Berry. "In the year 1783 NC paper money. In the year 1783 SC paper money." 
Recorded 12 March 1788

8 April 1788470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
List of Taxable Property within the District of John Lathim, Commissioner,
[Book 1]
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry
1 White > 16
4 Blacks > 12

2 July 1789470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
List of Taxable Property within the District of Walter Preston, Commissioner, (Book 1)
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry Sen
12 Horses, Mares, Colts & Mules

21 Aug. 1790470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Washington County Personal Property and Land Book 1790
List of Taxable Property within the District of Walter Preston, Commissioner, (Book 1)
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry
1 White > 16
1 Black > 12
5 Horses, Mares, Colts & Mules

25 July 1791470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Washington County Personal Property and Land Book, (Book 1)
Walter Preston, Commissioner
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry (Sen)
1 White > 16
1 Black > 12
4 Horses, Mares, Colts & Mules

20 Mar. 179256,258

Washington County Deed Book 1, page 243
THIS INDENTURE made the twenteth day of March One thousand Seven hundred and ninety two Between Thomas Berry Sen.r and Esther his wife of the county of Washington, of the one part, and John Berry of said County of the other part, Witnesseth, that the said Thomas Berry and Esther his wife for and in consideration of the sum of fifty pounds current money of Virginia to them in hand paid, doth bargain and sell unto the said John Berry and his, a certain tract or parcel of Land in the said county of Washington containing two hundred acres lying on the north side of Holston river and Joining the mouth of Wolf Creek, it being part of a Tract granted to the said Thomas Berry by Patent bearing date the second day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Eighty six and bounded as followeth to wit, 
Beginning at a black Oak and White Oak corner to Lowrey and Montgomery and with Montgomery's lines South thirty five degrees East eighty six poles to a large forked white oak 
South forty nine degrees East forty five poles to a black Oak and hiccory on the bank of the river, and up the Meanders of the same One hundred and niney four poles to a Walnut Saplin by the mouth of the creek and up the several courses of the same One hundred and seventy six poles to a forked Walnut, thence leaving said creek south seventy degrees west four poles to a white Oak in a field, North fifty nine west twenty poles to a white Oak sapling by a path, South thirty eight degrees west twenty poles to a hiccory and two white Oak Saplings North forty six degrees west seventy poles to a black oak sapling thence south, forty five west one hundred and seventy eight poles to the Beginning Together with all it appurtenances to the said John Berry and his heirs, to the sole use and behoof of him the said John Berry and his heirs forever and the said Thomas Berry and Esther his wife for themselves, and their heirs do the covenant with the said John Berry and his heirs that they the said Thomas Berry and Esther his wife and their heirs the said land with all the appurtenances unto the said John Berry and his heirs against all persons whatever will forever warrant and defend, in Witness whereof the said Thomas Berry and Esther his wife hath hereunto subscribed their names and affixed their Seals the day and year above written. 
Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of 
Thomas Berry (LS) 
Ester Berry (LS) 
Adam Hope 
John Wilson 
Samuel Magee

20 Mar 179256,85,258

Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 1, page 243
At a Court held for Washington County March the 20th 1792. 
This Indenture of Bargain and sale between Thomas Berry and Esther his wife of the one part, and John Berry of the other part was "proven" above (unreadable scratched out words) in Court by the [unreadable scratch out] Oath of Adam Hope John Wilson and Samuel McGee subscribing Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be recorded. 
Test. Andrew Russell

8 June 1792470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Washington County Personal Property and Land Book, (Book 1)
Walter Preston, Commissioner
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry Sr
1 White > 16
1 Black > 12
4 Horses, Mares, Colts & Mules

1793470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Washington County Personal Property and Land Book, (Book 1)
Walter Preston's returns
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry Sr
1 White > 16
1 Black > 12
1 Horse, Mare, Colt & Mule

1794470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Washington County Personal Property and Land Book, (Book 1)
Walter Preston's returns
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry Sen
1 White > 16
1 Black > 16
5 Horses, Mares, Colts & Mules

10 March 179569

Washington County, Virginia
Surveys & Commissioners Certificates 1781-1797, page 461
Thomas Berry, assignee of Jonathan Weir, 50 ac - treasury warrant #19218 dated September 8, 1782 - on a branch of the south fork of Holstein River - by the head of a spring corner to Houston & the Berrys land - in a gap of the knobs 

28 April 1795470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Washington County Personal Property and Land Book, (Book 1)
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry Sr
1 White > 16
1 Black > 16
3 Horses, Mares, Colts & Mules

1796470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Unreadable

1797470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Washington County Personal Property and Land Book, (Book 1)
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry Sen
1 White > 16
1 Black > 16
3 Horses, Mares, Colts & Mules

21 Feb. 179756

Record of Deeds, page 190
James Fulkerson the younger to James Fulkerson the elder. $200.00. 260 acres in the forks of Cove Creek and Catherine Fork, waters of the North Fork of Holston River. Witnesses: C. Watkins, Robert Craig, Thomas Berry, John Fulkerson.

1798470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Washington County Personal Property and Land Book, (Book 1)
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry Sr
1 White > 16
3 Horses
Tax on Horses: 0.3
Total Tax: 0.6

16 Dec. 179856,120

Washington County 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 
William Palmer 
Thomas Berry LS (?)

31 Aug. 1798406

Washington County Will Book 2, pages 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. 
Signed and sealed 
in presence of 
William McFarren 
David Lowery 
Abraham McConnell 
Samuel McChesney 
Thomas Berry [seal] 
Esther Berry [seal] 
Recorded Washington County 16 April 1799

1799470

Personal Property Tax List, Washington County, Virginia
Washington County Personal Property and Land Book, (Book 1)
Person Charged with Tax: Thomas Berry Sr
1 White Tithable

18 June 1799259

Washington County 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 
North 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. 
Alexander Doran 
David Lowrey 
Wm Doran 
Thomas Berry S.S. 
Esther Berry S.S.

20 Aug. 1799120,259

At a Court held for Washington County
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 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

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)

05 Sept. 1799406

Will Book 2, Washington County, Virginia, page 239
An Inventory and appraisment of the estate of Thomas Berry dec.d taken and made the 5th day of September 1799

1 black horse $75 6 sheep $8.75

83.75

1 plough compleat $5.00 1 ditto shears $1.37

6.37 1/2

1 Fore .75 one old waggon $9.50

10.25

1 lock chain $1.50 1 pr. sleetyards 2.25

3.75

1 trumpet .25 1 currying knife .50

..75

Half sett of spoonmoles $1.00 2 iron hoops .33

1.33

1 sett of Dog irons $3.00 1 lanthorn .50

3.50

1 Pewter Dish 4 plates, 6 spoons & earthern plates

3.12 1/2

1 pr. tongs .62 1/2 5 knives & 3 forks

..95

1 kittle & oven $2.35 1 large kittle $4.25 1 pot .75

7.25

1 chair .25 3 ditto $1.00 1 table $2.00

3.25

1 pot rack $1.00 1 shovel 41 , 1 looking glass 37  

1.79

1 churn .25 1 X cutt saw $2.50

2.75

1 spinning wheel $1.50 

1.50

1 grape .32 1/2 1 sythe & auger .25 

..57 1/2

1 drawing knife .25 

..25

2 riddles & wight .33 1 sifter .50 

..83

2 men's saddles $13.50 2 woman's ditto $9.00 

22.50

1 axe, pitch fork & sythe 

1.50

4 hoes & 1 wedge $1.25

1.25

1 bedstead & furniture $15.75 

15.75

1 ditto ditto $20.00 

20.00

4 sickles .50 1 bridle .33, 3 casks $1.00

1.83

A quanity of Rye $8.50 

8.50

2 staw baskets & Reg. wool, 40 bushels rye @ 41 

17.60

1 chest .75 6 waggon boxes $1.29

2.04

Wearing apparel $24.50

24.50

A quanity of corn 

12.00

14 pigs 6 at $6.00, 3 at $3.00, 5 at $5.75 

14.75

(subtotal)

274.19

2 soitted sows $2.50 6 hogs $10.00 

12.50

1 cow $9.00 1 ditto $10.00 1 do $9.00 1 ditto
& bell $10.00 1 ditto $11.00 

49.00

1 red heifer $6 1 ditto $4.50,1 ditto $3.00 
ditto $4.25 

17.00

1 ditto 41.75 1 bull $5.00, 1 steer $4.50 

11.25

2 calves $3.50

3.50

Hames chains & bridle $1.75 1 graining knife .50 

2.25

Old iron .25, 1 fifth chain 62  

.87 1/2

A quantity of flax 

4.00

1 grind stone .50, 5 geese $1.50, 1 candlestick .25 

2.25

1 pot rack $1.00, 1 sad iron .25, 1 book $1.50 

2.75

1 saddle cloth & sirsingle 

2.75

Negro Adam $300.00, Negro Fillis $300.00

600.00

 1 bay mare $40.00 

40.00

John McCauley William McFerson
William Doran James Hope Appr.

 

24 Jan. 1800406

Washington County, Virginia, Will Book 2, page 239
At a court held for Washington County the 24th day of January 1800. This inventory and appraisment was returned to Court and ordered to be recorded
Attest And.w Russell D.C.

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

Reported pursuant to an order of the County Court of Washington this 20 April 1802. 

1158.90

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

 

 

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