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Letter from

Robert B. F. Berry, Fayette County Alabama

c. after 1873

Source: "Marcheta Jones" <marc2 @>, Dec 2002

Original in possession of Kathryn Smith, a great granddaughter of John H. Berry.

Note from contributor:  

We think this was written by
Robert B.F. Berry in Fayette County, Alabama to his brother, John H. Berry, who lived inBurnet County.
Robert is telling his brother of the death of their father,
David Berry, of Fayette County, Alabama.
David was living in 1873, so this was sometime after that. A black border has been drawn around the edges of the letter signifying a death notice.

May the 10 (no year)
Dear brother   I sete my self to let you know our sad miss fortune  owr good old foth is desest this life    he was
struck all most sudden    he lived a bout a hour after he was struck    we all think he ..................died pollsy    he
never spok but two words and that was he sad he had a mity bad pane in the back of his neck and he belevd it wold
kill him and shure a nof it did    he dide just at day brake on the 7 of May    I got to him a half hour or more before he
dide    he did not speke aftr I got thar    he never moovd hand nor foot    he looked at me as if he want to spek but he
did not
    he ete his super harty and went to bed well and sleped and resed as far as we know    he awoke a bout fiftene
minuts before he was struck and was well and a ......... and all at onst ............... good lord cold for him and he had to
go in spit of all we cod do.   His funel was preached bye McDanel and then he was lad in the grave    McDanel was
his favorite of all he had evr sene    he was struck five days before with the same deses but only lasted a half day   
he sade he felt that the good lord had cold for him    he got yore kind letter and was glad to get it    he shode it to
me    he never got to anser it    he was buried on the hill rite above wher the rode turn of the big road to go to
the mis Henry place
for fother information rite RBF to JH


Photo of John and Eliza Berry

Letter from David Berry to son, John

Photo of A.N. Berry, son of John and Eliza Berry


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