30 October 2016

Individual Facts Report for Jarrett L. Berry, Son of Nancy Lincecum

Individual Report - JLBerryJarrett L. was born about 1805 in Georgia to Nancy Lincecum and William Green Berry.  Jarrett married twice.  First to Susannah T. Smith, 19 May 1827 in Bibb County, Alabama.  She was a niece to the two Tabor sisters who married Berry brothers.  Nancy Tabor married Simeon Berry, and Malinda Tabor married Uriah Berry.  Simeon and Uriah were brothers of Jarrett, and Susannah's mother was Mary Tabor.

Jarrett and Susannah had at least eight children:  Reason, Mary, Burton Litton, Thomas, Columbus, Serena, Nancy, and James Madison.  Susannah Smith Berry possibly died in 1853 in Mississippi.

Jarrett's second marriage was to Almeda Tippah, 18 July 1854 in Pontotoc County, Mississippi.  I do not know of any children born to this union.

Jarrett possibly died about 1865 in Arkansas.

Individual Facts:

  • Occupation:  November 1850 / Farmer at Pontotoc County, Mississippi
  • Census:  7 November 1850 / Pontotoc County, Mississippi
  • Occupation:  August 1860 / Farmer at Jackson County, Arkansas
  • Census:  22 August 1860 / Jackson County, Arkansas

Sources available upon request.

29 October 2016

Individual Report for Matilda Berry, Daughter of Nancy Lincecum

Individual Report - MBerryMatilda Berry was born between 1798 and 1807 in either Mississippi or Georgia.  She was one of at least eight children born to William Green Berry and Nancy Lincecum.  Matilda died 12 December 1871 in Pickens County, Alabama.

Individual Fact:

  • Census:  3 September 1860 / Gordo, Pickens County, Alabama


- Matilda BERRY was listed with sister Nancy in the 1860 Pickens County, Alabama Federal census.

- Transcription of image of obituary attached to FindAGrave memorial #87251028 for Matilda Berry (source not listed -- http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=87251028):

Miss MATILDA BERRY departed this life at the residence of her niece, Mrs. S. M. Pannell, in Pickens county, Ala., on the 12th of December, 1871, aged 73 years 7 months and 22 days.  Miss Berry was born in Natchez, Miss., April 20th, 1798.  In the Fall of 1828 she professed religion and joined the Baptist church, of which she remained a consistent and pious member to the day of her death.  Two older sisters, and many relatives survive her.

*W. C. Daniel created FindAGrave memorial in 2012.  States there is "no surviving marker.  Believed to be buried here as membership rolls show her a member of this church at the time of her death." -- Mount Pleasant Church & Cemetery at Gordo, Pickens County, Alabama

Take all mistakes as good wishes.

27 October 2016

Individual Report for Nancy Berry Barrett, Daughter of Nancy Lincecum

Individual Report - NBBarrettNancy Berry was born between 1795 and 1799 in Georgia to Nancy Lincecum and William Green Berry.  She married William Barrett 12 October 1825 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

Nancy Berry and William Barrett had at least seven children:  Green Berry Barrett, Prudence W. "Prudy" Barrett, Susan Barret, Francis M. Barrett, Gideon L. (Lincecum?) Barret, Ophelia V. Barret, and William R. Barrett.  Nancy Berry Barrett died some time after the taking of the 1870 U.S. Federal census.

Individual Facts:

  • Census:  18 November 1850 / Pickens County, Alabama
  • Occupation:  September 1860 / Farmer at Pickens County, Alabama
  • Census:  3 September 1860 / Gordo, Pickens County, Alabama
  • Census:  16 August 1870 / Gordo, Pickens County, Alabama

Sources available upon request.


- According to 1870 Pickens County, Alabama Federal census records, Nancy Berry Barrett was living among three of her children.  She was listed with her daughter Ophelia.  They were next door to son Gideon, and very close to son Green.

Take all mistakes as good wishes.

26 October 2016

Individual Facts Report for Susan Berry Daniel, Daughter of Nancy Lincecum

Individual Report - SWBDanielSusan W. Berry was born, according to the gravestone placed for her, 18 August 1793.  Census records suggest she was born between 1800 and 1802.  Born in Georgia, she was a daughter of Nancy Lincecum and William Green Berry.

Susan married Obediah Echols Daniel in Alabama, the year of 1818.  They had at least two sons, Echols Berry Daniel and Zachariah Lincecum Daniel (I don't have proof for those full names). Susan died 31 August 1873, and was laid to rest at Center Springs Cemetery in Gordo, Pickens County, Alabama.

Individual Facts:

  • Census:  19 September 1850 / Talbot County, Georgia
  • Census:  15 August 1860 / Red Bone, Talbot County, Georgia
  • Census:  12 August 1870 / Raleigh, Pickens County, Alabama

Sources available upon request.

Gravestone transcription:

Susan W. Berry
Wife Of
Obediah E. Daniel
August 18, 1793
August 31, 1873

09 October 2016

Individual Report for Gideon Berry, Son of Nancy Lincecum

Gideon Berry, born about 1790 in Georgia, was a son of William Green Berry and Nancy Lincecum.  While still in Georgia (Putnam County), Gideon married Sarah "Sally" Whatl(e)y 28 February 1813.  Gideon died about or after 1855.


Image from "Georgia County Marriages, 1785-1950" via FamilySearch.org
(retrieved 1 October 2016).

The children I attribute to Gideon and Sarah (Whatley) Berry are as follows:  Elizabeth Ann, William G., Henrietta, and Thomas Jefferson.

Individual Report -GBerryIndividual Facts:

  • Census:  1840 / Pickens County, Alabama
  • Occupation:  November 1850 / Farmer in Pickens County, Alabama
  • Census:  15 November 1850 / Pickens County, Alabama
  • Census:  1855 / Pickens County, Alabama


- Gideon fought in the war of 1812 - BRODNAX'S DETACHMENT, GEORGIA MILITIA.  He enlisted as 3 LIEUTENANT and was discharged as the same.  [Direct Data Capture, comp. War of 1812 Service Records. [database on-line] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1999-. Original data: National Archives and Records Administration. Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 M602, 234 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.]

- Per U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 via Ancestry - Gideon Berry 1 April 1837 160.85 acres at Pickens County, Alabama Township 21-S, Range 13-W, Section 2

- According to the 1850 Pickens County, Alabama Federal census (slave schedule), Gideon owned 11 slaves, ranging in age from 1 to 60 years.


08 October 2016

Individual Report for Simeon Berry, Son of Nancy Lincecum

Individual Report -SBerrySimeon Berry was a son of William Green Berry and Nancy Lincecum.  He was born between 1789 and 1804 in Georgia.  Simeon married Nancy Tabor about 1817 in Alabama.  He married again, 5 October 1848 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Martha Hendrix.  Simeon died some time after 1859, possibly before the 1860 census.

I attribute nine children to Simeon and Nancy (Tabor) Berry:  William Green, Jane Caroline, Susan, George W., Oliver, Cary, Mary, Richard, and Malinda.

Individual Facts:

  • Census:  1837 / Winston County, Mississippi
  • Census:  1840 / Winston County, Mississippi
  • Occupation:  October 1850 / Farmer in Winston County, Mississippi
  • Census:  2 October 1850 / Winston County, Mississippi
  • Census:  1853 / Winston County, Mississippi


- Simeon, prior to 1841, owned 158+ acres of land in (today's) Lowndes County, Mississippi.  [Bureau of Land Management -- http://www.glorecords.blm.gov

- According to the 1837 Winston County, Mississippi State census, Simeon and family cultivated 25 acres of land in 1836.

- Simeon received a patent for 40+ acres of land in Winston County, Mississippi (section 10, issued 27 February 1841).  [Certificate No. 12879 -- Bureau of Land Management]

- Simeon received a patent for 40+ acres of land in Winston County, Mississippi (section 8, issued 15 March 1854).  [Certificate No. 35354 -- Bureau of Land Management]

- Simeon received a patent for 40+ acres of land in Winston County, Mississippi (section 8, issued 1 April 1856).  [Certificate No. 35751 -- Bureau of Land Management]

- Simeon received a patent for 40+ acres of land in Winston County, Mississippi (section 8, issued 1 October 1859).  This appears (in total) to give Simeon a single 160+ acre tract of land.  A second certificate issued same date, gives Simeon 84 more acres.  Second tract (section 5) not in same section as first.  [Certificates No. 37424 & No. 38640 -- Bureau of Land Management]

07 October 2016

Family Group Report for Nancy Lincecum & William Berry

Family Group Report - NLBerryNancy Lincecum is my 6th great grand aunt.  She was a daughter of Gideon Lincecum and Miriam Bowie, born about 1769 in either North Carolina or Georgia.  About 1788, in Georgia, Nancy was married to William Green Berry.  He was born about 1762 in Virginia.

The widow Nancy (Lincecum) Berry died September 1849 in Winston County, Mississippi.  Her death was noted on the 1850 U.S. Census Mortality Schedule for that place.

The following from Lois Burkhalter's 1965 biography of Gideon Lincecum, Nancy's nephew:

Shortly after the end of the American Revolution there appeared in a frontier settlement in Warren County, Georgia, an Englishman named Thomas Roberts, who  had deserted from the British Army and had served the last three years of the war with the Revolutionary forces.  He found Widow [Miriam] Lincecum struggling to restore her farm from war ravages and to support her three daughters with the help of only her strapping thirteen-year-old son, Hezekiah, the sole male Lincecum spared by the British.

Roberts was educated, charming, bold, and given to profanity.  When he came courting among the Lincecum girls they sent him on his way.

Nancy was one of those "Lincecum girls."

Children of Nancy Lincecum and William Berry:

  • Simeon Berry, b. 1789-1804 in Georgia, m. (1) Nancy Tabor abt 1817 in Alabama, (2) Martha Hendrix 1848 in Alabama, d. aft. 1853 in (possibly) Mississippi.
  • Gideon Berry, b. abt 1790 in Georgia, m. Sarah "Sally" Whatley 1813 in Georgia, d. abt or aft. 1855 in (possibly) Alabama.
  • Green Berry, b. abt 1792 in Georgia, m. Mary "Polly" Coleman 1813 in Georgia, d. aft. 1813 in (possibly) Georgia.
  • Susan W. Berry, b. 18 August 1793 in Georgia, m. Obediah Echols Daniel 1818 in Alabama, d. 31 August 1873 in (likely) Alabama.
  • Nancy Berry, b. 1795-1799 in Georgia, m. William Barrett 1825 in Alabama, d. aft. 1870 in (possibly) Alabama.
  • Matilda Berry, b. April 1798 in Mississippi or Georgia, d. 12 December 1871 in Alabama.
  • Uriah Berry, b. 31 March 1801 in (likely) Alabama, m. Malinda Tabor 1819 in Alabama, d. 25 January 1866 in (likely) Mississippi.
  • Jarrett L. Berry, b. abt 1805 in (possibly) Georgia, m. (1) Susannah Tabor Smith 1827 in Alabama, (2) Almeda Tippah 1854 in Mississippi, d. aft. 1860 in (possibly) Arkansas.

Sources available upon request.  Take all mistakes as good wishes.

03 October 2016

Marriage Bond, License & Celebration for Uriah & Malinda Tabor Berry

I've seen marriage bonds before, I've seen licenses, and I've seen confirmations of the marriage ceremony actually being performed.  I just don't know if I've seen all documents pertaining to a particular marriage at once.  All neatly organized, revealed with a simple point and click.

Thanks to FamilySearch.org, I was blessed with just that.  Images of three handwritten documents from 1819, all pertaining to the marriage of Uriah Berry/Barry and Malinda Tabor/Taber in Alabama Territory.

[As I mentioned in yesterday's post about the Agreement with Freedmen of Uriah Berry/Barry, he is a son of Nancy Lincecum and William Green Berry.  He's also brother to Gideon Berry.]


It could be important to note, Alabama Territory was carved from Mississippi Territory August 1817.  Alabama achieved statehood December 1819, eleven months after the marriage of Uriah and Malinda.  Also, the couple was married in Cahawba County, which was renamed Bibb almost two years later.

Transcriptions of portions of each of the documents follow.  Though incomplete, I'm confident the "pertinent" information comes through.  As mentioned, images of the original documents may be viewed at FamilySearch.

BOND dated 25 January 1819

Alabama Territory }
Cahawba County } Know all men by these presents, that we Uriah Berry and Nathan Taber of said county are held and firmly bound unto William W. Bibb Governor of the Territory aforesaid or his successors in office in the sum of Two [Five?] hundred dollars to which payment will and [illegible] to be made to the said Governor for the time being or his successors in office...

...The condition of this obligation is such that where as...a marriage is shortly intended to be celebrated between the above bound Uriah Berry and Malinda Taber.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then this obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and effect.
[signed & sealed] Uriah Berry
[signed & sealed] Nathan Taber


The Alabama Territory of the United States
By the Register of the Orphans Court of Cahawba County

To any Judge, Minister or Justice lawfully authorised to celebrate the rites of Matrimony

You are hereby licensed to celebrate the rites of matrimony between Uriah Berry and Malinda Tabor of said county and for so doing this shall be your warrant.

[Signed by Registrar in Centreville, 26 January 1819.]


Alabama Territory }
Cahawba County } I certify that I have executed the within license agreeable to the within warrant 27th January 1819.

Wm Taber JP

02 October 2016

Uriah Barry's (Ex?) Slaves - An 1865 Freedmen Agreement

Even though Mississippi's infamous "Black Code" would not be passed for a few more months, this labor contract between Uriah Barry and thirteen recently freed slaves shows that life was not much different for them in the months (and years) immediately following the Civil War.

ubarry-freedmencontractThis Agreement with Freedmen was especially interesting to me because it was created so soon after the end of the Civil War.  All the men, women, and children who signed on to be laborers on the Barry Plantation in Holmes County, Mississippi carried (likely without choice) the surname of BARRY.  And the number of freedmen in the document (13) is the same number of individuals counted as slaves of Uriah Barry for the 1860 U.S. Federal census.  Their pay under this "new" contract? Board, Clothing & Medical Attention.

The names of those who were (possibly, probably) slaves owned by Uriah Barry just months before:

  • Charles Barry, age 28
  • Louisa Barry, age 24
  • Luis Barry, age 70
  • Ritter Barry, age 50
  • Rachel [see dependents list below]
  • Jackson Barry, age 22
  • Lucy Barry, age 15
  • Isaac Barry, age 9
  • Mary Barry, age 8
  • Amanda Barry, age 6

Those aged 15 and above, of course signed with a mark of X.  A list of "Dependents" follows:

  • Rachael Barry, age 40 – Decrepit
  • Daniel Barry, age 5
  • Alis Barry, age 4
  • Luis Barry, age 2

Uriah Berry/Barry was my 1st cousin, 7x removed.  He was a son of Nancy Lincecum and William Green Berry.  A transcription of the agreement follows, but note images of this document may be viewed online at FamilySearch.org.

Agreement with Freedmen.

This Agreement, made this 12th day of August A.D., 1865, by and between Uriah Barry of the County of Holmes and State of Mississippi, of the first part, and the person hereinafter named and undersigned, Freedmen of the same place, part hereto of the second part, --------

Witnesseth, That for the purpose of cultivating the plantation known as the Barry Plantation in the County & State aforesaid, during the year commencing on the 12th day of August A.D., 1865, and terminating on the 1st day of January, 1866.  The said Uriah Barry party of the first part, in consideration of the promises and conditions hereafter mentioned on the part of the second part, agrees to furnish to the said laborers and those rightfully dependent upon them, free of charge, clothing and food of good quality and sufficient quantity; good and sufficient quarters; medical attendance when necessary, and kind and humane treatment; to allot from the lands of said plantation, for garden purposes, one acre to each family; such allotment to include a reasonable use of tools and animals for the cultivation of the same; to exact only one half a day's labor on Saturdays, and non whatever on Sundays.

And it is further agreed, That in case the said Uriah Barry shall fail, neglect, or refuse to fulfil any of the obligations assumed by ________, or shall furnish said part of the second part with insufficient food or clothing, or be guilty of cruelty to, he shall, besides the legal recourse left to the party or parties aggrieved, render this contract liable to annulment by the Provost Marshal of Freedmen.  And it is agreed on the part of the part of the second part that will each well and faithfully perform such labor as the said Uriah Barry may require of them for the time aforesaid, not exceeding ten hours per day in summer and nine hours in winter, and in case any laborer shall voluntarily absent himself from, or shall neglect, or refuse to perform the labor herein promised, and the fact shall be proven in such manner as the Provost Marshal of Freedmen shall deem proper.

IT IS FURTHER AGREED, That any wages or share of profits due the said laborers under this agreement, shall constitute a first lien upon all crops or parts of crops produced on said plantation or tract of land by their labor.  And no shipments or products shall be made until the Provost Marshal of Freedmen shall certify that all dues to said laborers are paid or satisfactorily arranged.

[signed] Uriah Barry

Go here for a specific example of a southern state's Black Code.

01 October 2016

Which Lincecum is Listed on the Marriage Record for Gideon Berry & Sally Whatley?

Gideon Berry, son of William Green Berry and Nancy Lincecum, married Sally Whatl(e)y 28 February 1813 in Putnam County, Georgia.  Here is the record image retrieved just this morning from FamilySearch.org :

gberry-swhatleymarriageGeorgia County Marriages, 1785-1950 

In addition to the primary information gleaned from this record regarding Gideon and Sally, I am interested in the Lincecum listed toward the bottom.

Given under my hand at office this 27th of Febuary 1813 ----
for C Pendleton clk

[G?] Lincecum

Here it is again, perhaps a touch bigger:


The Gideon Lincecum and Miriam Bowie family was purported to be in Putnam County, Georgia at this time.  Hezekiah, only remaining son of the couple after the American Revolution, was the "head of household," since his father had died some years earlier.  (Judy Jacobson's Alabama & Mississippi Connections* states Hezekiah was in Putnam County about 1806, and specifically states he was on a tax roll for Capt. William Minton's District of said county in 1813.)

Hezekiah was a sister of Nancy Lincecum Berry, and therefore uncle to Gideon Berry.  Hezekiah and wife Sally Hickman had seven sons.  The only one, in my opinion, who was "of age" at the time of Gideon (Berry) and Sally's marriage, was Gideon Lincecum II.

An item in the 3 August 1814 Georgia Journal (Milledgeville newspaper) provides Gideon "Linsecum" was tax collector for Putnam County.  Judy Jacobson also notes he married wife Sarah Bryan that same year in Putnam county.

So that name is likely G. Lincecum, right? The problem I have is that particular G (if that's what it is) is not written like any other G in the document.  Thoughts, anyone?

The Lincecums moved on from Putnam County within a few years of this marriage between Gideon Berry and Sally Whatl(e)y.  Hezekiah, along with his son Gideon, was in Mississippi by 1818.  Even Gideon Berry's mother, Nancy (Lincecum), went on to Mississippi at some point.  She died there about 1849.

Gideon and Sarah Whatl(e)y Berry moved on from Georgia, as well.  They settled in Pickens County, Alabama by 1840.

*Links to book for sale at Amazon.  If you have an Ancestry membership, you already have access to the book through their database.

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