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July 2011


Henry T. (Tart) Berry


One of our longtime members, Linda Dail, joined Anne Poole at the genealogy conference on June 4th, and shared with her a photograph of her ancestor.  If the family story is true, you may be about to see a descendant of a Lost Colonist.  This particular Berry family carries with it the oral history that they are descended from the two colonists, Henry and Richard Berry. 


Pricilla Berry, daughter of Henry O. Berry, and reputed to be the granddaughter of one of the male Berry colonists, married James Lowery.  Another version of the story says she was 1/8th Tuscarora and was descended from Henry Berry, the colonist.  The math on this is a bit off, but the essence of the story remains.  James Lowery and Henry O. Berry shared a land grant in 1730/1732, land that is today located on the Lumber River.  These men were two of the Lumbee Indian progenitors.  You can read more about the actual grant and see a copy in our December 2010 Newsletter at:


This grant would allow us to presume both men were of age, so therefore born in 1700 or before.  Priscilla would be about the same age as James Lowery, presumable here the son-in-law of Henry O. Berry, so Henry Berry would have been about 40 or 50 years old, or maybe older, so born 1690 if Priscilla was born when he was young, or born earlier if not.  Given that the colonists were lost in 1590, if we do the math, we see that Priscilla potentially could be the granddaughter of Henry the colonist.  If Henry the colonists were 25 in 1790, and he had a child when he was 50 (late in life, for purposes of argument), so in 1615, and that child had a child between the ages of 25 and 40, so between 1640 and 1655, that child could have been Henry O. Berry.  Or perhaps Priscilla was a great-granddaughter. 

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In any event, some of Henry O. Berry's family moved across the NC border to SC and that is exactly where we find this family.


The photo is of Henry T. (Tart) Berry, whose daughter Nancy married Franklin Monroe Haselden whose family provided this photo. 


There are several contributed genealogies for this family, and none of these have been confirmed.  The information about the later generations all agrees, but the earlier ones diverge. 


Henry Tart Berry was born in 1845 and died in 1914 in Marion County, SC.  He married Nancy Jackson and later, two additional wives.  Henry Tart Berry was the son of Andrew Stephen Berry born in 1802 and Elizabeth Tart.  Andrew was the son of Stephen Berry who died in 1860 in Marion County, SC and Sarah Dew.  At this point, the various genealogies diverge.  Some claim that Stephen is the son of Andrew Berry born in 1735 and Nancy Smith and that Andrew (1735) is the son of Henry O. Berry who had the 1730 land grant with James Lowery. 


Another version claims that Stephen is the son of Hudson born in 1752 and died in 1840 in Greenville, SC.  Hudson was from Prince William County, Va. and was married to Sarah Anthony.  If this is true, this probably is NOT the colonist Berry line.  We know the Henry O. Berry line was on the Lumber River by 1730. 


The DNA of this family line is provided by kit 107994.  This participant matches other folks in the Berry surname project.  Jim Berry, the administrator provides us with the following information from his Berry website.


Take a look here at the English Colony Berrys.  'Hover' over the ID# to see names and kit numbers.


You can see the ancestries of the various members of this family here:    They are called the English Colony Berrys because the earliest known ancestor of one of the earlier testers, "Andrew Berry is estimated to have been born about 1720. By 1735, Andrew was identified as part of the 'English Colony' at Sandy Bluff on Big Pee Dee in South Carolina (present day Marion County, but originally Liberty in the old Georgetown District). Known sons were Henry Berry, Stephen Berry, John Berry, Andrew Berry and Samuel Berry. Andrew Berry also had four daughters. Descendants of Andrew Berry remained in Marion County, South Carolina for many generations."


It's interesting to note that there was a significant group of mixed race individuals who had formed a community at Sandy Bluff at a relatively early date.  A group of Welsh settled there in the 1730s, and by 1739 they had filed a petition complaining "That several Out Laws and Fugitives from the Colonies of Virginia and North Carolina most of whom are Mullatoes or of a Mixed Blood" had thrust themselves among them, paying no taxes nor quit rents, "and are a Pest and Nuisance to the adjacent Inhabitants,"  and that they were "a part of a band of robbers sought by the Virginia government, and have the sympathy of some of their neighbors."


You can read more about this family at this website:


Thanks to Linda for this most interesting photo and sharing your family history with us!



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