Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Berry

Male 1742 - 1784  (42 years)


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  • Name William Berry 
    Born 29 May 1742  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Aug 1784  Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11973  Tree1
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2022 

    Father Jeremiah Berry,   b. 1712, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1769, Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Clagett,   b. Abt 1710, Croome, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1792, Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1732  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7155  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Warman,   b. Bef 1751, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Berry Warman,   b. Jul 1769, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1807  (Age ~ 39 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F8291  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller

      Captain Berry's Will
      Debauchery, Miscegenation, & Family Strife
      Among 18th Century Gentry
      Captain Berry's Last Will and Testament

      In the name of God Amen. I, William Berry, of Prince George's County in the State of Maryland, being weak of body but of sound memory and understanding, make this my last will and testament. In the first place I bequeath my body to the ground and my soul to God, who gave it, and in the next place I do devise and order that all my debts shall be punctually and regularly paid. In the next place I dispose of my fortune in the following manner, vizt.
      I give and bequeath to Richard Berry the five following negroes. vizt. negro Sybert, negro Toby, a negro wench called Pegg with her offspring consisting of two boys, Edenburg and Herry.
      To Jeremiah Berry, son of Richard, [I] bequeath five hundred acres of land which I hold in joint tenancy with Thos Contee and Rezin Beall laying in the County of Greenbrier and State of Virginia.
      Likewise to Jeremiah Berry, son of the late Reverend Jeremiah Berry, the same quantity of the same land, that is to say, five hundred acres.
      To William Berry, youngest son of the late Reverend Jeremiah Berry, five hundred acres of the same land.
      To Mildred Berry, Jemima Berry, & Polly Berry one hundred pounds each.
      To Letty Marshall a negro wench named Verlinda and her daughter Lucy.
      And with regard to the remainder of the estate that God hath blessed me with I devise and bequeath it, both real and personal, to a natural son by a certain Ann Warman, now by marriage Ann Benson[Vinson], who was regularly baptized by the name of William Berry Warman. Whereas there are three thousand acres of land belonging to me on the Ohio River & I have disposed of fifteen hundred acres of the same & I intend one thousand for my son above mentioned, my desire and intention is that the remaining five hundred acres shall go and be given to Walter Story Chandler and his heirs forever. Wm Berry

      Signed, sealed, published, and delivered as the last will and testament of William Berry before the following witnesses this 2d June 1784.

      John Steuart, John F. A. Priggs, Arch'd Boyd, Thomas Marshall.

      On the back of which was thus written: Prince George's County, August 30th, 1784, then came John Steuart, John F.A. Priggs, Archibald Boyd, and Thomas Marshall, the four subscribing witnesses to the within last will and testament of William Berry, late of Prince George's County, deceased, in their proper persons here in court and severally made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will and that they heard him publish, pronounce, and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of his apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding, and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.

      Hugh Lyon, DRW PG Coty

      Source: Prince George’s County Register of Wills (Wills) 1770-1793, T#1:197. MSA C 1326-3
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      http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/ecp/10/214/html/00310001.html
      Transcript of Proceedings Relating to the Probate of Captain William Berry's Will

      Text transcribed from Maryland State Archives PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orphan's Court Proceedings) 1777-1790. MSA C 1275-1, by Dr. Carson Gibb and keyboarded by Shirley Bodziak & Theresa Boston.

      To the Worshipful Justices of the Orphans' Court of Prince George's County: Richard Berry, heir at law [and brother] to William Berry, late of said County dec'd; Benjamin Berry, Zachariah Berry, Elisha Berry, brothers to the said William; Thomas Owen Williams and Mary his wife, which Mary is sister to the said William Berry; and Mary Berry, mother of the said William Berry, humbly show that the paper now exhibited in this Court dated the twenty-third [sic] day of June in the year seventeen hundred and eighty-four as the will of the said William Berry ought not to be received and taken as the testament of the said William Berry for that the said William Berry at the time when the said paper is alleged to have been by him signed was not of sound and disposing mind and memory; that the said William Berry was, at the time when the said paper is said to have been signed, in a state of inebriation so as to be deprived of his usual and common understanding and recollection; that the said William Berry about a year before the said paper is said to have been signed, when he was perfectly in his senses and had his full recollection and understanding, made and regularly executed a last will and testament whereby he disposed of his estate, real and personal, among his brothers and sister, your petitioners, except five hundred acres of back land and fifty pounds sterling left to William, an illegitimate son of a certain Ann Warman, who is in the said paper said to be baptized by the name of "William Berry," and appointed Thomas Owen Williams and Zachariah executors, which said testament, so regularly executed, your libellants always understood was by the said William Berry intended to be his last will and testament; that the said testament so regularly executed has been taken from the said William Berry's house, and what has been done with it your petitioners are not informed, but the same was never cancelled by the said William Berry; that your libellants know not by what means the said paper now exhibited was procured to be signed, if signed at all by the said William Berry. Your libellants further show that to their knowledge there was no cause or reason which could have operated with the said William Berry, if he had been in his usual senses, to have altered the will so, as aforesaid, about a year ago regularly executed, as he & your libellants always lived in perfect friendship and affection; that the said paper now exhibited was not executed by the said William Berry according to law; and that the said William Berry, at the time when the said paper is said to have been signed and long before, was by a course of drinking strong liquor and bodily and mental infirmities in consequence thereof in a state unfit to dispose of his estate by a testament or last will. For these causes, or some of them, your libellants object to the said paper aforesaid being taken and received here as the last will and testament of the said William Berry, and pray that the Court here will enquire into the same, and that if upon inquiry and examination the Court here should be satisfied that the said paper should not be taken and received as the last will and testament of the said William for the causes aforesaid or any other causes or reasons which may appear in the course of the inquiry , that the said paper may not be received, adjudged, or taken by the Court as the last will and testament of the said William Berry, and that letters testamentary be granted to the said Thomas Owen Williams and Zachariah Berry, executors of the said testament named, or that letters of administration be granted on the estate of the said William Berry to his next of kin or legal representatives, the said William having died about the first day of July in the year 1784 without any lawful issue, the said William Berry never having been married, and that your petitioner Richard Berry is his heir at law, & the said Richard Berry and your other libellants are his only legal representatives.

      T. Stone for Libellants

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      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND WILLS; Liber T No. #1; 1784-1789;
      Folio 197 WILLIAM BERRY 06/02/1784 08/30/1784
      "being sick and Weak of Body"
      Bequeaths to;
      1. Richard Berry --
      -to have Negroes: "Sybert" "Toby" "Pegg," with her offspring being two boys "Edinburgh" and "Harry"
      2. Jeremiah Berry -son of Richard to have 500 acres of land which testator holds in joint tenancy with Thomas Contee
      and Rezen Beall lying in the county of Greenbrier, Virginia
      3. Jeremiah Berry --son of Rev. Jeremiah Berry, deceased
      -to have 500 acres of land
      4., William Berry --youngest son of the late Rev. Jeremiah Berry
      -to have 500 acres of the same land
      5. Mildred Berry
      Jemima Berry
      Polly Berry
      -to have 100 pounds each
      6. Letty Marshall
      -to have Negro wench -Verlinda" and her daughter "Lucy"
      7, William Berry Warman --"a natural son which was by a certain Ann Warman, now by marriage
      Ann Benson who was regularly Baptised"
      -to have the remainder of the estate both real and personal
      -whereas testator has 3000 acres of land belonging to him lying on the Ohio River and whereas testator has disposed of 1500 acres thereof --to have 1000 acres
      8. Walter Story Chandler
      -to have the remaining 500 acres of land lying on the Ohio River
      Witnesses: John Steuart
      John F. A. Prigg
      Archibald Boyd
      Thomas Marshall
      Then came: the above named subscribers to the will Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
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      BERRY, NICHOLAS L B f 402 8 Feb 1780
      31 Mar 1788
      Sell "Charles and Benjamin", it being the land where testator now lives,
      which fell to him by the death of his father Rev. Mr. Jeremiah Berry
      Wife: Eleanor Berry - remainder of land
      Brothers: Jeremiah and William Berry - land at death of wife
      Ex: Wife Eleanor
      Wit: Samuel White, Samuel Brooke, Jeffrey Magruder
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      Josiah Marshall 123.226 PG 385.17.7 Aug 31 1775 Nov 21 1775
      Appraisers: John Hill, Thomas H. Williams
      Creditors: William Berry, Ross & Steuart.
      Next of Kin: Benjamin Marshall, Lucy Berry.
      Executrix: Mary Marshall.
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      WILL of JEREMIAH BERRY, Prince George's Co.; written 2 Apr 1769; probate 3 May 1769
      Wife: Mary
      Children: Jeremiah, Benj., Wm., Zachariah, Elisha, Mary, Amelia, and Richard
      Tracts of land; Marlboro Plaines, Charles and Benjamin in Frederick County, Rover's Content alias Good Luck, Good Will on Hanson's Branch
      Wit.: David Crawford, James Drane, John Berry (MCW XIV.85;; Wills, 37.167)
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1763-1767; Liber TT {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 412. At the request of William Berry the following Deed was recorded May 18, 1765
      Indenture made May 17, 1765; James Mayhew in consideration of 60 pounds sterling paid by William Berry has sold part of three tracts containing 200 acres, Mayhews West Inclosure" half the hundred acres given by John Cole and the other vacancy and beginning at a bounded white oak standing on a hill side on the east side of the Deep Branch the said tree being the beginning tree of Joseph Pope's land called "Stoney Hill" and the 3rd boundary of "Good Luck" now in possession of William Berry as also the 5th boundary of "The Inclosure". Signed James Mahew in the presence of and acknowledged before John Hepburn and at the same time Jemima Mahew wife of James Mahew relinquished her right of dower {05/20/1765, Mayhews West and East Inclosures, 287 acres}
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1763-1767; Liber TT {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 658. At the request of William Berry the following Deed was recorded December 10, 1766
      Indenture made June 4, 1766; John Foster in consideration of 17 pounds currency paid by William Berry has sold a tract called "Oxen Hill" containing 70 acres and beginning at a bounded white oak standing near the land of John James called "Chance" and near the side of Oxen Branch. Signed John Foster in the presence of John Hepburn, Christopher Richardson and acknowledged before John Hepburn and at the same time Assenah Foster wife of John Foster relinquished her right of dower
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1772-1774; Liber BB 3 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 217. At the request of William Berry the following Deed was recorded May 14, 1773
      Indenture made December 16, 1772; Elizabeth Butler, widow of Thomas Butler late of Frederick County, Maryland, deceased in consideration of 12 pounds currency paid by William Berry of PGCo has sold all her right of dower to part of a tract called "Good Luck" that was purchased by James Butler {PGCo land Records, recorded 14 June 1699, Vol. A, Page 163} of William Stone and Theodosia Stone his wife. Signed Elizabeth Butler in the presence of John Hepburn, Sarah Richards
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1774-1780; Liber CC 2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 446. At the request of William Berry the following Deed was recorded April 8, 1778
      Indenture made March 31, 1778; George Hamilton son and heir of Andrew Hamilton, deceased in consideration of 504 pounds currency paid by William Berry has sold part of a tract called "Attwoods Purchase" lying on the Eastern Branch of Potomack River containing 192 acres and bounded by the division line between George Hamilton and Andrew Hamilton; also a tract called "Hamilton" lying on the south side of the Eastern Branch of Potomack River containing 75 acres and bounded by the division line between George Hamilton and Andrew Hamilton, and a small branch that divides the lands between Tannihill and Hamilton. Signed George Hamilton in the presence of and acknowledged before Joshua Beall, Christopher Lowndes and at the same time Mary Hamilton, widow of Andrew Hamilton has relinquished her right of dower
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1780-1784; Liber FF 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 206. At the request of William Berry the following Release was enrolled March 29, 1782
      Indenture made March 29, 1782; whereas Ninian Hamilton, Gentleman by his bond bearing date January 12, 1759 did oblige himself to convey and make over a good and sufficient deed or conveyance in fee simple unto Andrew Hamilton for two tracts called "Atwood's Purchase" and "Hamilton" containing 673 acres; and whereas George Hamilton son and heir at law of Andrew Hamilton did by his conveyance dated August 21, 1779 convey unto William Berry the two tracts. Now this indenture witness that Ninian Hamilton in consideration of 20 pounds sterling money paid by William Berry has sold and released all his right title interest and claim to the two tracts. Signed Ninian Hamilton in the presence of and acknowledged before Joshua Beall, Samuel Hepburn
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1780-1784; Liber FF 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 353. At the request of William Berry the following Deed was enrolled August 27, 1783
      Indenture made June 28, 1783; John Ferguson in consideration of 383 pounds current money of the state paid by William Berry has sold all that tract called "Ferguson's Gain" containing 280 acres by patent granted October 24, 1765; also all that tract called "Hamilton's Venture" included within the lines of two deeds, one a deed of conveyance made by Ninian Hamilton unto Duncan Ferguson (father of the said John Ferguson) bearing date June 9, 1747 and recorded in Liber EE, folio 231 and 233; and the other deed of conveyance made by Thomas Hamilton unto John Ferguson bearing date April 25, 1760 and recorded in Liber RR, folio 56, both parts containing clear of "Atwood's Purchase" 103 acres. Signed John Ferguson in the presence of and acknowledged before Christopher Lowndes, Abraham Boyd and at the same time Barthaba [sic Bathsheba] Ferguson wife of John Ferguson relinquished her right of dower
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1780-1784; Liber FF 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 377. At the request of William Tannehill the following Supersedes was enrolled November 29, 1783
      You Abraham Boyd, Hugh Lyon and William Berry do confess judgment to William Tannehill for the sums of 1106 pounds current money and 349 pounds tobacco which sums were recovered on August 7, 1783 to be levied on your goods chattles lands or tenements for the use of William Tannehill in case William Berry shall not pay and satisfy the said sum and costs thereon on February 10th next. Joshua Beall, Samuel Hepburn
      ===
      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1780-1784; Liber FF 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 398. At the request of William Berry the following Deed was enrolled February 25, 1784
      January 31, 1784; William Tannahill, planter son and sole executer of the will of James Tannahill, deceased bearing date September 4, 1780 in consideration of 553 pounds specie current money of Maryland paid by William Berry, Gentleman has sold three tracts; "AEkenhead" [recorded as "Elkenhead"] lying on the east side of Eastern Branch of Potomac River containing 500 acres; and part of "Hamilton" and part of "Atwood's Purchase" containing 122 acres and beginning at the beginning tree of "AEkenhead" and running with the channel of the Pasture Branch. Signed William Tannahill in the presence of and acknowledged before Abraham Boyd, Christopher Lowndes
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1787-1789; Liber HH-2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 407. At the request of John Baptist Kirby the following Lease was recorded September 4, 1788
      Indenture made September 4, 1788; Whereas William Berry Warman is possessed of tract formerly in the possession of James Tannyhill adjoining the plantation now in occupied by Archibald Boyd, Esquire. Now this indenture witnesseth that William Berry Warman in consideration of the yearly rents and the covenants to be performed by John Baptist Kirby and 87 pounds 10 shillings current money hath demised and to farm let that part of the plantation which was formerly occupied by the said Kirby as tenant to William Berry, Esquire, deceased for the term of 7 years commencing January 1st next paying yearly 12 pounds 10 shillings. And whereas a convienent dwelling house and tobacco house are required and William Berry Warman doth covenant to deduct and allow from the rent the necessary expenses. Signed William B. Warman, J. Baptist Kirby in the presence of and acknowledged before Frank Leeke, Samuel Hepburn

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