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B.2.b. James Berry {B.2.b.}

 

Timeline of James Berry

 

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Rockbridge County, Virginia Tax Lists
Approximate birth date of James Berry, base don first appearance in Rockbridge County tax records in his father’s household.

10 May 1787659

Rockbridge County, Virginia Tax Lists
William Berry Sr
2 White Tithables      William Sr, James (~16)
2 Blacks > 16
4 Horses
15 Cattle

10 April 1788659

Rockbridge County, Virginia Tax Lists
District A, District of John Eakkin
James Berry
1 White Tithable > 16      James (~17)
1 Horse

16 Feb. 1791122

Rockbridge County Will Book 1, pages 429-430
In the Name of God Amen I William Berry Sr of Rockbridge County and State of Virginia Being weak in body But of perfect Memory thanks be Given to the almighty God for the same and Calling to mind the Mo[rta]lity of my Body an knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die Mak[e and] Ordain this my last will and testament in the manner and form following first I Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body to the [ground] to be Buried in a Christian and desent Manner at the Diseration of my Exec[cutor] and as tutching Such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in th[e] I Give and Dispose of the Same in Manner and form following Im promist I Give [and] Bequeath to my son James Berry the one half of this Plantation thu and my s[on] William Berry now lives on to him his heirs & assigns forever and the other half of s[aid] to my son William Berry & his heirs and assigns forever orterwies my son William Berry is to have it at his Choice to pay sd James Berry the just sum of one hundred fifty pounds after my just Debts is paid and retain the whole of sd lands for Ever also my Negrow man Namd Ralph after my Death is to be Valued By sd James and William Berry or Some other fit persons chosen for that Purpose and the price of s[aid] Negrow to be Equally Divided Betwixt the sd James and William Berry or their he[irs] still referring to William Berry his choice like the of the land I also Beq[ueath] to my son John Berrys heirs the Just sum of five Pounds I required that my s[ons] James and William Berry Each is to pay fifty shillings to the heirs of s[on] John Berry now Deceased I Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Berry my W[earing] Coat and her Coalt and a Saddle and two cows and two heifers those to [have] her Choice with her Bed and furniture and the rest of my houshold furnitu[re] such as puter and pots I allow to be Divided between my wo Daughters Mary and Jane Berry My Negrow wench named Ann I Leave to my Daughter Mary Berry to be hers and her Assigns forever the rest of Moveble Estate I allow to be Divided Between my two sons James and William Berry Excepting one Mare Named Trim that I allow to Become the property of my Son James Berry at my Decease Likewise to my Daughter Jane Berry I Bequeath five shillings sterling in Room of her Birthright and to my Daughter Nancy McCampble I bequeath five shillings sterling in Room of her Burthright Likewise my Daughter Mary is to have her Mentainence off the planatation and I Do Constitute and appoint my two Sons James & William Berry Executors of this my last will and testament in Witness whereof I Have Set my hand and Seal this sixteenth Day of February in the Year of our lord one thousand seven hundred & Ninety one.
Signd Seald Published Pronounced and William Berry (X his mark)
Delivered by the sd
William Berry Senr to be his
last will and Testament in Presents of
John Berry
Chs Berry

5 April 1791659

Rockbridge County, Virginia Tax Lists
District A, District of Joseph Lyle
James Berry
1 White Tithable > 16      James (~20)
1 Horse

1 May 1792659

Rockbridge County, Virginia Tax Lists
District A, District of John Eakkin
James Berry
2 White Tithable > 16      William Sr, James (~21)
2 Blacks >16
3 Horses

5 Feb. 1793122

Rockbridge County Will Book 1, pages 431-433
At a Court held for the County of Rockbridge the fifth day of February 1793 This Writing purporting the last will & Testament of William Berry deceased was presented in Court by James Berry & William Berry Executors herein named and proved by John Berry & Charles Berry subscribing witnesses and Ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of said Executors who made Oath according to Law Certificate is granted them for obtaining Probate thereof in due form they having together with James McCampbell & John Tedford their securities entered into & acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of 1000 Conditioned according to Law
Teste A. Reid Cl

5 Feb 1793655

Rockbridge County, Virginia, Order Book #3 1787-1794, page 506
A Writing purporting the last Will & Testament of William Berry deceased was presented in Court by James Berry & William Berry Executors therein named and proved by John Berry & Charles Berry, subscribing Witnesses And ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of said Executors who made Oath according to law certificate is granted them for Obtaining probate thereof in due form they having together with James McCampbell & Jn Telford their Securities entered into and Acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of 1000 Conditioned according to law.
Ordered that James Buckanary James Tedford, Robert Stuart and Robert McChesnay or any Three of them being first sworn do appraise in Current money the Slaves and personal Estate of William Berry deceased and return an Inventory & appraisement thereof to Court.

10 March 1793659

Rockbridge County, Virginia Tax Lists
District A, District of Joseph Lyle
James Berry
1 White Tithable >16      James (~22)

4 Feb. 1794660

Rockbridge County, Virginia, Deed Book C, pages 11, 12
This Indenture made the fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred & ninety four between James Berry & William Berry of Rockbridge County & State of Virginia of the one part and Alexander Porter of the same County and State of the other part.

 

Witnesseth that the said James Berry and William Berry and Nancy, s.d Williams wife, for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred & thirty pounds to them in hand paid by the said Alexander Porter the Receipt whereof the said James Berry & William Berry & Nancy, William’s wife, do hereby acknowledge have Bargained & Sold & do by these presents Bargain & sell to the said Alex.r Porter a certain Tract of Land containing four hundred & twenty seven acres lying in Rockbridge County being the Land bequeath.d to the said James & William Berry by the Last Will of William Berry deceased and bounded as follows (viz)

 

BEGINNING at three Elms corner to James Telford and running thence South Seventy three degrees west sixty five poles to a large White oak by a branch thence North ten Degrees West two hundred & Sixty poles to a White Oak Thence South eighty two Degrees East one hundred and thirty six poles to a Chesnut Thence North Fifty degrees East Seventy four poles to a white oak North forty Degrees west twenty poles to a black --?-- thence north fifty Degrees East sixty three poles for a Black & Spanish Oak Thence South [insert “thirty”] nine Degrees East three hundred & five poles to a large white oak on a hill South fifty degrees West seventy eight poles to a White oak and Stony hill -- Thence North forty three & half degrees west one hundred & Seventeen poles to a white oak -- thence South forty nine degrees west one hundred & fifty one poles to a hickory and white oak Splins -- North forty one degrees west twenty seven poles to a hickory by a branch -- South forty nine degrees west fifty poles to a hickory saplin grub -- Thence South twenty nine degrees East fourteen poles to the BEGINNING
 

and now in possession of the said Alexander Porter with all appurtenances and advantages to the s.d Land & premises belonging and also all the estate little claim and demand whatsoever of the said James & William Berry and Nancy, William’s wife, of in & to the same Have & To Hold the said Land & premises with the appurtenances and the said Alexander Porter his heirs and assigns forever & the s.d James Berry & William Berry & Nancy, Williams wife, to their heirs the s.d Land & premises to the s.d Alexander Porter his heirs & assigns against them the said James & William Berry & and their heirs and all other persons will warrant & forever defend by these presents in Wittness whereof the said James & William Berry and Nancy, William’s wife, have hereunto set their hands and Seals the day and year first above written.
 

Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of
Wm. McKee James Berry {Seal}
John Houston William Berry {Seal}
Jn.o Wilson Nancy Berry {Seal}
At a Court held for the County of Rockbridge the 4th Day of february 1794 -- James Berry,William Berry & Nancy Berry wife of said William acknowledged this their Indenture of Bargain & Sale for Land to Alexander Porter and is ordered to be Recorded the said Nancy Having been first priviely Examined Voluntarilry Relinquished her dower in the Land Conveyed hereby according to Law. Teste A. Reid C.C.

1 April 1794659

Rockbridge County, Virginia Tax Lists
District A,  District of Joseph Lyle
James Berry
1 White Tithable > 16      James (~23)
1 Horse

17 Aug. 17991094

Harrison County Kentucky Deed Book 1, page 455

This indenture made this seventeenth day of August one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine Between Jacob Zumwalt & Catherine his wife of the County of Harrison and the Commonwealth of Kentucky of the one part and James Berry & John Berry of the County of Scott & Commonwealth aforesaid of the other part

Witnesseth that the said Jacob Zumwalt and Catherine his wife for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred and fifty two pounds ten shillings in hand paid at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained & sold & by these presents do grant bargain sell alien and confirm unto the said James Berry & John Berry and their heirs and assigns a certain tract of land containing by survey four hundred and fifty acres lying on the south fork of Licking in the County of Harrison & bounded as follows

To wit Beginning at a beech and small sugar trees standing on the bank of said south fork thence from the river south thirty seven west eighty four poles to a black gum at the foot of the hill thence south fifty seven west three hundred and seventy eight (?) poles to a hickory & white oak near the old trace thence north twenty seven west two hundred and forty five poles to a sugar tree & two white oaks in the head of a hollow thence north fifty seven east two hundred and fifty poles to a sugar tree and black ash under a clift on the south bank of Licking thence up the same with the meanders to the beginning which said bounds includes six hundred acres and it is understood between the two contracting parties that one hundred fifty acres within the bounds aforesaid and laid off as follows
To wit Beginning at a white oak thence north 57E 250 poles to a dogwood & hickory thence north 32 W (?) 96 poles to a hickory and beech thence south 57W 250 poles to a stake in the back line thence with the fence to the beginning and sold by said Zumwalt to John Rowland is excepted out of the six hundred acres aforesaid

To have and to hold the balance t (?) four hundred and fifty acres of land with its appurtenances to the said James & John Berry and their heirs and assigns forever and to their only proper use and behoos of the said Jacob Zumwalt & Catherine his wife for themselves and their heirs shall forever warrant and defend the said tract of land containing four hundred and fifty acres as aforesaid with its appurtenances to the said James & John Berry & their heirs & assigns against the claim of them the said Jacob & Catherine his wife and their heirs and every person or persons whatsoever

In witness whereof the said Jacob Zumwalt & Catherine his wife have hereunto set their hands & seals the day and year first written
Jacob Z Zumwalt LS
His mark
Harrison County Court August 17th 1799
This indenture of bargain and sale from Jacob Zumwalt & Catherine his wife to James Berry & John Berry was acknowledged before me by the said Jacob Zumwalt and caused to be recorded.
Teste W (?) Moore CHC

10 June 18151093

Harrison County Kentucky Deed Book 4, page 356
This indenture made this tenth day of June 1815 between William Berry of the County of Miami and state of Ohio of the one part and John Berry of Harrison County & state of Kentucky of the other part

Witnesseth that the said William Berry for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds current of Kentucky in hand paid at & before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained sold & confirmed & by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien convey & confirm unto the said John Berry and to his heirs and assigns forever one equal undivided moiety of a certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the county of Harrison on the south fork of Licking containing four hundred & fifty acres being the land and farm whereon the said John Berry now lives & bounded as follows

To wit Beginning at a beach & small sugar trees standing on the bank of the south fork, thence from sd fork So 37 West 84 poles to a black gum at the foot of the hill thence So 57 West 370 poles to a hickory & white oak near the old trace thence No 27 W 245 poles to a sugar tree & two white oaks in the head of the hollow thence north 57 E 250 poles to a sugar tree & black ash under a clift on the south bank of sd fork thence up the same with the several meanders thereof to the beginning which said bounds includes 600 acres 150 acres of which now belongs to the heirs and representatives of John Roland decd & laid off as follows (viz) Beginning at a white oak thence No 57 E 250 poles to a dogwood & hickory thence N 32 W 96 poles to a hickory & beach thence S 57 W 250 poles to a stake in the back line & with the same to the beginning

Sold by Jacob Zumwalt to the sd John Rowland decd in his lifetime which said tract of land of 450 acres as described was conveyed to John Berry & James Berry by Jacob Zumwalt by deed bearing date the 17th day of August 1799 And the said James Berry having since departed this life and the said William Berry being the heir at law of the sd James Berry doth hereby forever warrant and defend the title of the said moiety of 450 acres of land to the said John Berry & to his heirs, assigns forever against the claims and demands of himself and his heirs & all persons claiming under them against the claim or claims of Solomon McCampbell & his heirs or any person claiming under them but not from the claim or demand of any other person or persons whatsoever. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my deal the date above written.
William Berry LS

Ack before me
W Moore CHC
June 10th 1815
Harrison County Clerks Office June 10th 1815 Sct
This deed of conveyance from William Berry to John Berry was acknowledged before me by the said William Berry and ordered to be recorded.
Att W Moore C H C(?)

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