Fayette County, Alabama
~ Elizabeth F. Farquhar
ELIZABETH F. FARQUHAR, the daughter of James FARQUHAR and his
wife (name unknown), was born ca. 1843 in Fayette County, Alabama
. She was always known as Lizzie. After the death of her
father in 1859, Lizzie and her older sister, Pop FARQUHAR, went to live
with their older half-sister, Katie BERRY .
Lizzie FARQUHAR married Henry T.
BERRY on September 11, 1866, at the
home of George and Katie BERRY in Fayette County, Alabama .
Henry T. BERRY was born August 12, 1843, in Fayette
County and was the son of William C. BERRY (1803–1878) and Massa Ann
TOMPKINS BERRY (1819–1903) . Henry's older
half-brother, George R. BERRY, was married to Lizzie's older
half-sister, Katie FARQUHAR BERRY. During the War Between The
States, Henry served in the Confederate army in Company H, 41st Alabama
Henry and Lizzie BERRY moved to
Texas in 1867 with George and Katie
BERRY and other friends and relatives. They settled in Burnet
County, Texas, and homesteaded 160 acres of land in the Sunny Lane
Community . Lizzie's older half-brother, Anderson
FARQUHAR, and her older sister, Sarah TRAWEEK, had settled in Burnet
County in 1853.
Lizzie BERRY made at least one
trip back to Fayette County in
the early 1880s to visit relatives and friends, and she may have gone
back more than once. An old letter, dated April 4, 1884, and sent
from Frances LONG BERRY in Fayette, Alabama, to her son, W.L. LONG, in
Burnet County, Texas, mentions Lizzie and indicates she may have been
somewhat contrary. Part of it reads:
often sing on the hundredth page but can't
get the right tune for it. I
tried to get
Lizy BERRY to sing the tune of that
was here. She would not sing
a word for me."
Another interesting fact about
Lizzie is that she apparently suffered
from some sort of mental illness and would periodically have a
"spell." During one of her "spells," she would talk about a man
she was supposed to marry back in Alabama but who was killed (perhaps a
beau who was killed during the War Between The States) .
Lizzie FARQUHAR BERRY died
within a year after she was enumerated on
the 1900 U.S. Census of Burnet County, Texas, which was taken in June
of 1900. She is buried next to Katie BERRY in Cauble
Burnet County. A small fieldstone marks her burial site.
After Lizzie's death, Henry
BERRY married Miss Mary BROWN on June 11,
1901, in Lampasas County, Texas. Mary BROWN BERRY died in
childbirth about 1903. Henry BERRY sold his land in Burnet
County and returned to Fayette County, Alabama, in about
1911. He later adopted a boy who was known as Arlie BERRY .
Henry BERRY died in Fayette
County on November 22, 1935, several days
after participating in the Armistice Day Parade. At the time of
his death, he was one of only four living Confederate veterans in
Fayette County. He was buried in Oak Grove Methodist Church
Cemetery near Stough in
Fayette County .
Excerpted from The Family and
Descendants of Capt. James Farquhar, Revolutionary War Patriot, and
Selected Allied Families,
by Rick Herring, ©1991. Used by permission.
1. 1860 U.S. Census, Fayette
County, Alabama, p. 351.
2. Fayette County, AL, Marriage
Records, 1866–1878, p. 45.
3. Glenn Berry, Wagons South,
Wagons West, William Clarence Berry
Ancestors and Descendants
(1987), p. 98.
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