Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Enoch BERRY

Residences & events:

1786 Nelson Co, KY. The first time he showed up on tax records his residence was in the tax district of "from where the county road crosses Salt River on the north side of the road including all waters of Coxes Creek." Nearby were in-laws, James and John McMahan.

1787 Nelson Co, KY. Living within the bounds of "Cap. Cox's Company", he and brothers, William and John were listed in tax records that year. In the same area were the "McMachan" families of James and John. Enoch had 1 tithable, specifics unknown.

1788 Nelson Co, KY. Apparently tax lines shifted leaving Enoch the only Berry and no McMahans in the area to be taxed. Enoch's tax was still 1 tithable.

1790 Enoch; brothers, George, and William; and Richard and James "McMachen" then lived within the "Bounds of Capt. McDonals & Capt. McFauls Companies. Enoch's assets had grown to 2 tithables.

1792 At tax time Enoch's family included only 1 male over 21 (himself), he had 100 acres, 5 horses and 18 cattle. George and William lived in the same district as did Enoch's in-laws, Richard and John McMahan.

1793 His estate included 115 acres, 5 horses and 15 cattle. He was still the only male over age 21. George and Williams were still in the area.

1818 White Co, IL. The census taker recorded Enoch there but isolated from other verified family. Son, Enoch Jr, was also there but living among the Shipleys and "Mahan" families.

1820 White Co, IL. He was still there and the family included 2 males over 21 and 8 other whites. He and brother, Joel, who lived 3 doors down, were the only Berrys left but the Ooleys, relatives of the remarried widow of son Enoch, were still in the same county but were not close neighbors.

He must have been moved back to KY to be nearer family who would care for him in his last days.

His will read: State of KY Butler County, 21 January, 1822

"In the name of God Amen, I Enoch Berry of Butler County and State of KY considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory Blessed be to Almighty God for the Savior do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner for form following -

That is to say first I give my soul to God who gave it

2. I give to my oldest son George Berry all my stock of Cattle which has been in his care for some years past that being his part that I a lot him.

3. I give to the heirs Enoch Berry Ten Dollars

4. I give to my daughter Nancy Covington Seventy-five Dollars

5. I give to my son Francis Berry Seventy-five Dollars

6. I give to my daughter Jean Thomaz Seventy-five Dollars

7. I give to my daughter Betsy Womack Ten Dollars

8. I give to my daughter Franky Bunch Seventy five Dollars

9. I give to my daughter Peggy Womack Ten Dollars and to said Peggy’s oldest daughter Manerva my bed furniture all belonging to it.

10. I give to my four youngest sons (towit) Richard Berry, James Berry, John Berry and Presly Berry my plantation which I now claim lying on Big Muddy Creek, joining Thomas Barns William Carson the land to be equally divided between the four boys when the youngest comes of age. The plantation to be rented to the best advantage till the money is made from the rent to pay the other legatees

And what other property I have to be equally divided amongst all my children. In (?) where of I herein do set my hand and seal this twenty first day of January 1822, I appoint my son in law Nathen Thomaz my son Richard Berry executors to this my will. (This next sentence is very hard to read and makes no sense) The words son berry and bunch are underlined before signed.
Enoch Berry (seal)
Witness present
William Carson
John Ferguson

Butler County – At a County Court began and held at the Courthouse in Morgantown. On Monday the (blank or did not copy) day of Nov 1822 The last will of Enoch Berry dec was Exibited into Court and part proven by the Oath of William Carson and afterward at a Court held (illeg. word) On Monday the 13th day of January 1823 was fully proven by the Oath of John Ferguson An order to be recorded. Att (what appears to be Ron or Rob) Morrison CBC "

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