Henry T. (Tart) Berry
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.
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: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~molcgdrg/nl/nl12-02-10a.htm
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.
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.
photo is of Henry T. (Tart) Berry, whose daughter Nancy married Franklin
Monroe Haselden whose family provided this photo.
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
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.
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.
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
a look here http://tinyurl.com/6hgr94z
at the English Colony Berrys. 'Hover'
over the ID# to see names and kit numbers.
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."
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
can read more about this family at this website:
to Linda for this most interesting photo and sharing your family history
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