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 in Burnet 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 .....st 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