Descendants of James Berry

Generation 2

2.     Thomas Berry Sr.

-          Private soldier in the French and Indian War

-          “Thomas” namesake

      Generation 3

3.     Thomas Berry II

-          Private soldier on Revolutionary War

-          Shot and wounded by Cherokee Indian

-          “Thomas” namesake

      Generation 4

4.     James Enfield Berry Sr.

-          First Mayor of Chattanooga Tennessee

-          His son James Enfield Berry Jr. served in the Confederate Army as 1st Lt.

       Generation 5

5.     Thomas Berry III

-          Captain in Confederate Army

-          “Thomas” namesake

6.     John Marshall Berry

-          Captain in C.S.A.

-          Lost two fingers in Battle of Manassas

-          Successful businessman

-          Buried at Myrtle hill with his first and second wife

         Generation 6

7.     George Bell Russell Berry

-          Later disinherited by his father

-          His son Austin Hawkins “Bose” Berry was murdered and robbed in Norfolk, Va. His son was a gambler and had his fingers cut off and was killed on a riverboat.

8.     John Marshall Berry Jr.

-          Owned Rome Hosiery Mills with his brother Henry, “Roy”

           Generation 7

9.     Russell Bryant Berry

-          Owned Berry & Co., Grocers (112 Broad St. Rome, GA 1919)

-          Owned Berry Grocery Co. and residence (5 Main St. 1922-23)

-          Family Legends: alcoholic, gambler, spendthrift, store was a failure because he did not have the heart to refuse credit to  people in need, huge sums of money he never collected when the store was forced to close

-          Buried at Myrtle Hill, isolated from family members

-          His son, Russell Bryant Berry Jr., served as an officer in U.S Army Air Corp flying bombers in WWII. His son took over Berry Floral Company.

-          His son William “Bud” Gordon Berry joined the U.S. Navy during WWII. He died of a brain hemorrhage caused by chugging a fifth of gin on a dare. Before he died, he wrote a poem that now Martha Jane’s son, David Gordon Archer, has.

Generation 8

11. Martha Jane Berry

-          Loved politics. Supported Adlai Stevenson in his unsuccessful bid for U.S presidency

-          Her husband Simeon Lanier Archer Jr. worked at a Bell Bomber Plant during WWII. His tombstone states; “He Never Gave Up”

13. Maebelle Russell Berry

-          Passion for politics was on the conservative, Republican side and she paid close, constant attention to current world events. Did not care for Bill Clinton and it is certain she would not have voted Hilary.

               Generation 9

22. Gordon Douglas Whitener

-          Married Georgeann Nigh, daughter of Gov. George Patterson Nigh and Donna Faye Skinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ancestors of Russell Bryant Berry

Generation 1

1.     Russell Bryant Berry

-          Owned Berry & Co., Grocers (112 Broad St. Rome, GA 1919)

-          Owned Berry Grocery Co. and residence (5 Main St. 1922-23)

-          Family Legends:  he was an alcoholic, gambler, spendthrift, store was a failure because he did not have the heart to refuse credit to  people in need, huge sums of money he never collected when the store was forced to close

-          Buried at Myrtle Hill, isolated from family members

-          His wife started a florist shop called “Berry Floral Company” after he died

Generation 2

2.     George Bell Russell Berry

-          Later disinherited by his father

-          Worked as a mail carrier and became a mailman

-          His son Austin Hawkins “Bose” Berry was murdered and robbed in Norfolk, Va. His son was a gambler and had his fingers cut off and was killed on a riverboat.

-          His son George Russell Berry ran a service station on South Broad Street in Rome, GA

Generation 3

5.      John Marshall Berry

-          Captain in C.S.A, joined Miller Rifles and lost two fingers in the Battle of Manassas

-          Buried at Myrtle Hill next to his first and second wife

                    Generation 4

8.     James Enfield Berry Sr.

-          First Mayor of Chattanooga Tennessee; portrait hung in the Mayor’s office in Chattanooga as of 1961

-          His son Thomas Berry III (“Thomas” namesake) was a Captain in the Confederate Army and he built Oak Hill

-          His son James Enfield Berry Jr. served in the Confederate Army as 1st Lt.

11.  Jane Alexander

-          IV. Her daughter Mary V Russell married John Joseph Eagan (Board of Trustee)

15.  Julia Ann Harris

-          Her son Robert V. J. Bryant was a Confederate soldier and was wounded slightly

-          Her son Theodoric F.E. was a Confederate soldier

                    Generation 5

16.  Thomas Berry II

-          Private soldier in the Revolutionary Army; first a Corporal and later a Sergeant

-          Was shot and wounded by a Cherokee Indian

-          “Thomas” namesake

24.  Col. John Hawkins

-          Of his five sons, two sons were Generals in the N.C Militia, four served in the N.C House of Commons, and one served in the U.S Congress

Generation 6

32.  Thomas Berry Sr.

-          “Thomas” namesake

-          Private soldier in French and Indian War

34.  William Walker

-          Soldier in the American Revolution

-           Married his 2nd cousin Mary Stuart and had 7 children

44.  Hezekiah South Alexander

-          He and his brother were signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration that predated the Declaration of Independence

48.  Col. Philemon Hawkins

-          An aide to General Tryon in the Battle of Alamance

-          Served as a Colonel in the American Army during the Revolution

-          Was a member of the N.C Convention that ratified the Federal Constitution and of the Convention that framed the N.C Constitution

49.  Delia Martin

-          Her son Col. Philemon Hawkins Jr.:

  • His son William Hawkins was Governor of North Carolina.
  • His daughter Sarah married col. William Polk and was a mother of Confederate Lieut. General Philemon Leonidas Polk who was killed when struck by a cannon ball

-          Her son Col. Benjamin Hawkins served as a commercial agent of N.C in the state legislature and in the Continental Congress. After war, he served another term in Congress and then as Commissioner in Indian negotiations. Served as N.C Senator. Founded and named Macon, GA after his uncle Sen. Nathanial Macon. Hawkinsville is named after Benjamin.

-          Her son Col. Joseph Hawkins joined in Continental Army and was killed in the U.S – Canadian border during American Revolution

50.  Gideon Hunt Macon

-          Was written about in the book “Benjamin Hawkins, Indian Agent” by Merritt B. Pound

-          His son John Macon joined the Continental Army

-          His son Sen. Nathanial Macon joined as a Private in Continental Army. Elected to U.S Congress 1791-1815; elected U.S Senator in 1814; served 1826-1828 as President Pro Tempore; ran for Vice President in 1825 on ballot with John Calhoun and received 24 electoral votes; president of N.C Constitutional Convention in 1835; was Democratic Presidential Elector from N.C for Van Buren-Johnson ticket in 1836; had a nephew (Willis Alston) that served in U.S. Congress from N.C from 1799-1831

56.  William Bryant

-          Murdered by a slave. Trial of the slave convicted of his murder in 1773 is on record in Granville Co., N.C.

Generation 7

70.  John Stuart II

-          Officer during American Revolution and fought at battle at Guilford Courthouse

100.  Gideon Macon

- Is written about in “Burgesses And Other Important Persons In Colonial Virginia”; pages 281-2

- His daughter Martha Macon:

  • had a daughter named Martha and was Martha Washington; wife of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America

-  His son William Macon served in the House of Burgesses from New Kent County, Virginia from 1736-47

104.   John Alston

- served as Justice of the Peace in 1724 and the Sheriff of the County in 1746

- served as a Captain in the N.C Militia until 1725, when promoted to Major until 1729 and after that served as Colonel

- His great grandson was Willis Alston who was elected to the House of Commons from Halifax County, N.C, 1790-93; State Senator, 1803-15; was again elected to the State House of Commons, 1819-21; was again elected to serve in U.S Congress in the House of Representatives, 1825-31. Willis Alston was the nephew of the U.S Senator and close personal friend of Thomas Jefferson and Senator Nathaniel Macon

Generation 9

285.   Katherine Rutherford

- Her son, John Walker III, served in the French and Indian War in 1742 and was later appointed Constable for Augusta Co., VA

Generation 12

3072.   William Hawkins

- Had a son, John Hawkins, who died in 1592 at sea off the coast of Puerto Rico