From the 1887 History
of Vernon County, Missouri, p. 587
He whose name heads
this sketch is one of the oldest living residents of Vernon County, and
though past the age of 85 years is well preserved in mind and body, and
more active than many who have not yet reached half of his years. He was
born in Washington County, Pa., February 22, 1801, of Pennsylvania
parentage, his father, Samuel Berry, and his mother, formerly Hannah
Litton, also being natives of that state. The former was a farmer by
calling but took part in the famous whisky insurrection of 1794. Lucian
was one of a family of nine children, only three of whom now survive.
When young he moved to Hamilton County, O., from whence in 1825 he went
to Scott County, Ill., there engaging in the practice of medicine, which
profession he had previously studied, though he was brought up a
farmer. In 1870 he engaged in mercantile pursuits and carried on a
successful business for some time, but of late years he has been
somewhat retired from the active and laborious duties of every-day life,
being in a position to enjoy the fruits of his industry. His place
embraces 60 acres adjoining the town site, on which is now being erected
an excellent dwelling; but in addition to this he is the owner of 300 or
400 acres of land, none of which is over three miles from Nevada. In
1825 Mr. Berry was married to Miss Emma Lucy Kelly, originally from
Rutherford County, N.C. This union was blessed with the following
children: Mary A., wife of George Ritchey, of Illinois; Julia, now Mrs.
Calvin Bennett, of Fort Scott; Martha, who married Alonzo Bennett;
Lillie, wife of James M. Riggs, now in congress; Belle, wife of Dr. C.
A. Rockwood; and William C. Two children are deceased.