Patrick Berry of Stone County, Missouri

A local history relates that Francis P. Berry came with his mother and brothers David, Joseph and Alexander to Stone County. Their mother, reported to be Hattie Day, a native of Illinois, died in Stone County.[1]

A Bible record was submitted to the Kansas State Historical Society. A loose leaf was stuck within that record that did not appear to pertain to it. It was sent to the Tennessee Genealogical Society who published it. “Francis Berry and Esther Day were married 29 January 1812 by Tidence Lane, J.P. in East Tennessee.”[2] Tidence Lane was, in 1812, living in Jefferson County. In 1800 he was captain of the militia district that included Jesse and Levi Day, said to be Esther’s brothers.[3]

Tennessee Connections?

Hawkins Co. Deeds Book 14 p. 510  David Berry married Elizabeth Kenner, daughter of Houston Kenner.and they sold the land to Willie B. Kenner.  

Deed Book 15 p. 52 Thomas Berry to John Berry On 24 Dec. 1829 for $225.00  100 acres granted by the state of Tennessee on south side of Holston River on waters of Dorson's Creek joining the lines of John Berry and Catharine Partin. Recorded May Session 1834.

            William Berry left a will in Hawkins County dated 13 September 1823. This was a series of wills re-recorded in alphabetical order after the Civil War. William Berry gave $1.00 each to his daughter Elizabeth Walker, daughter Rachel, daughter Sarah Michel?, to sons John, Thomas, William, Francis, and to daughters Mary and Hannah. Wife Irene shall have all household and kitchen furniture for to do with as she thinks proper. Benoni Morlan shall have any land[4] for taking care of him and his wife as long as they lived. Irene was to have use of farming tools and all stock for as long as she lives. Benoni Morlan was to be sole Executor. Wit: Benjamin Morlan, Even C. Morlan. No proving date.[5] 

            i.          Elizabeth Berry m. Walker

            ii.         Rachel Berry

            iii.        Sarah Berry m. ? Michel

            iv.        John Berry

            v.         Thomas Berry m. 3 November 1806 in Jefferson County Tennessee Hannah Day. He owed the estate of Stephen Day on 11 December 1811 in Jefferson. (Will Book 2:1)

            vi.        William Berry

            vii.       Mary Berry

            viii.      Francis [Patrick] Berry m. Esther Day

            ix.        Hannah Berry

            The only members of the Berry family, other than possibly Thomas, who left deeds in Hawkins County were not the sons of William Berry. David Berry sold land in Poor Valley in 1832 that he received from his wife's family. A James and George Berry were involved in selling and mortgaging land in Hawkins. No records for the potential father of F.P. Berry (said to be Francis, were found). It seems peculiar that William Berry would leave his land to a possible son-in-law if his sons were still in the area.

Most of the information appears to have come from descendants who provided no documentation. The author states that Hannah Day m. Thomas Berry on 11 March 1806 in Jefferson County Missouri, but the marriage actually took place in Jefferson County Tennessee in 3 November 1806. Jesse and Levi Day [said to be Hannah's brothers] were in Jefferson County as early as 1800 when they appeared on the tax list there. The author then gives an accounting of Esther Day, but his numbering system does not make it clear with which family group she belongs. Hannah is supposed to be Esther's sister.

“Easter Mehettibelle (Hettie)” Day was b. before 1796 and married (1) 1812 in Tennessee Francis Patrick Berry; moved after 1823 to vicinity of Alton, Madison County, Illinois; her first husband died there; moved prior to 1840 to southwest Missouri later Stone County; during Civil War moved to Troy Kansas; married (2) Thomas Vogin (3) James [should be Isham] Belcher (4) Talcutt Messenger. Her children were listed as (a) Joseph Berry b. 1814; living Swan township Taney County in 1850; moved to Berryville, Arkansas (b) Patrick C. “Pad” Berry b. 1817 in Tennessee (details) (c) Alexander Berry b. 4 November 1820 in Tennessee m. 1 July 1841 Phoebe Birchfield. He became a farmer in Stone County until 1857 when he moved to Troy, Doniphan County, Kansas, where he served in County A of the 13th Kansas Volunteer Infantry. He d. 13 April 1865.[6]

 A search was conducted among the records of Madison County, Illinois. However, no evidence was found for Patrick Berry between 1828-1836. He is not on the 1830 census nor did he purchase land there from the public land office. John Berry was the only one of the name listed on the 1830 Madison County Illinois census on p. 172. His family consisted of 1 male under 5, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 30-40, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 30-40. Same page as Aaron Ruyle, but probably coincidence. He left a will at his death in 1834 and did not name any of the children below.

However, one of Esther's sons did later live near Alton in Madison County, Illinois. He was enumerated there both in 1840 and 1850. In 1840, p. 146 his household was located in Upper Alton and consisted of 1 male under 5, 1 male 15-20, 2 males 20-30; 1 female under 5, 1 female 20-30, 2 females 50-60. In 1845 D.D. Berry is shown owning the S½ of NW¼ of township 5, range 9W. In 1850 David Berry was in Alton twp 5N range 9W. His dwelling #33 consisted of David, age 27, b. TN, Margaret age 33, b. IL, Esther, age 12, b. IL, Joseph, age 11, b. IL, James, age 8, b. IL, Sarah age 6, b. IL, John, age 4, b. IL and John Crawford, age 24, b. MO, Rebecca Wood, age 18, b. IL. Daughter Esther was said to have married on the old home place. Nothing in Madison County History.

David D. Berry m. 20 Oct. 1836 in Madison County Illinois Margaret Stockton. They were married by W. Jones. The 1892 Atlas of Madison County shows that Frank H. Berry owned 40 acres in 20-5-9 in the Wood River area. This supports the tradition that David returned to the old home place in Illinois.

            Esther [Day] b. ca. 1797 in Tennessee m. ca. 1812 (1) Francis Patrick Berry.  m. (2) 30 March 1837 Isham Belcher. He died ca. 1848. She may have married (3) [-?-] (Talcutt?) Messenger who appears to have died before 1860. She is said to have died in Stone County.


            i.          Joseph D. Berry b. ca. 1814

            ii.         Francis Patrick Berry b. 1817 in Hawkins County Tennessee

            iii.        Alexander Berry b. ca. 1821

            iv.        David D. Berry b. ca. 1823 in Tennessee; lived in Madison County, Illinois


[1] A Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region, 47.

 [2] “Genealogy is Where You Find It,” An’Searchin’ 19 (July–September 1972): 118.

 [3] Creekmore, Early East Tennessee Taxpayers, 129 and J. Edward Day, The Descendants of Christopher Day of Bucks County, Pennsylvania (n.p., the author, 1959), located at the Family History Library.

[4] Hawkins Co. Deed Book 14:24 & 25 5 October 1830 Benoni Moreland of Hawkins sold to Isaac Phillips for $183.50 beginning at a white oak running with said Phillips line to Spanish oak to a hickory between David Mason and William McCollough...then to persimmon bush to Berry's land near spring then with Berry's land to beginning. Wit: Nathan Ward, William Phillips, Jacob Smiley. On the same day Benoni sold to Isaac Phillips for $150.00 thirty acres on the south side of the Holston River on the waters of Bent Creek. The land joined Phillips land.

[5] Hawkins County, Tennessee Will Book 1:39.

[6] D J. Edward Day, The Descendants of Christopher Day of Bucks County, Pennsylvania (n.p., the author, 1959), pp. 12-14, located at the Family History Library.