Only 4 of his and Margaret's children survived them (per William's will) but it is hard to believe that all 6 children died the same year unless there was an epidemic.
Residences & events:
Hanover Parish, Richmond Co, VA. William and Margaret settled on the north side of the Rappahannock River. He became a large land owner, of eventually over 4000 acres, through inheriting extensive property from both his father and father-in-law, Enoch Doughty. He owned land in both Essex and King George counties, his name appearing frequently in the county records of both.
William Stone aged twenty three years of thereabouts being duely sworne and Examined sayes that he came a Sunday morning some time in March and Wanted to go over to Church and so sent downe to the Hop yard Landing and there he see Jn'o Newdall Lye not dead as the depo't thinks and the wife of John Newdall came down after me but he cant tell whether the said wife touched him or no I went back againe up to the said John Newdalls house (the Cannoa not being there) and borrowed Abraham Hannisons Mare and went to one Wm Berrys when he had beene there about the space of three hours a messenger came and told me that the said John Newdall was dead and so sent the mans mare to go to Mr Doniphans he being Coronor to the best of the Depo'ts knowledge and further sayth not but that when your depo't went by the said Newdalls house there was no body in the house but the said Newdalls wife and the said Abraham Hannison.
Sworne in open Court
JH Note: no date but another deposition on the same page reguarding same dated May 6, 1702.
9 and 10 April 1712. William Berry and Margarett his wife of Richmond Co., planter, sells Samuel Short of Essex Co., planter, 310 acres in Essex, being part of a patent granted to Enoch Doughty for 4763 acres, and bounded by land of Joseph Callay and that of ffrancis Browning, thi line running to an oak and a pine standing nigh the head of a branch of Matapony.
Wit: Edward Coleman
Recorded 10 April 1712.
Lease and Release. 11 and 12 March 1712/13. William Berry and Margret his wife one of the Daughters and Co-heirs of Enock Doughty deceased of the parish of St Maries in the County of Richmond, planter, sell to Honour Powell of St Anns Par. in Essex Co., planter, 296 acres, part of a patent of 4763 acres granted to Enock Cou'ty on 15 June 1675.
Rec. 12 March 1713/13
1721 King George Co. Rather than moving, county lines changed and the family found themselves in the new county.
Berry Plain, a beautiful home in VA, was built by the Berry family, in 1721. It has only been owned by 3 families since the beginning; the Berrys, the Dickenson family, and the current owners, who have returned it to its former beauty. The boxwood planted by the Berrys at Berry Plain were sold to Colonial Williamsburg and their sale brought in enough money to "save the farm" for the Dickensons....it's exciting to visit Williamsburg and see some of their very large and very old boxwood, knowing that they had been started by your own family over 250 years ago.
William's will, dated 2/5/1720, was the first to be recorded in Will Book 1 of King George County. It stated:
"In the name of God Amen I, William Berry, of Richmond County in the Parish of Hanover being indisposed in body but of perfect memory blessed be Almighty God for the same, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, do make ordain and constitute this to be my last will and testament, revoking and disannulling all former wills and this to be my true last Will in manner and form following:
First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ my saviour to have a Joyful resurrection and full pardon and remission of all my sins, and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as for what worldly good it hath pleased God to bestow upon and bless me with, I shall dispose and leave them as followeth.
Item: I give and bequeath to my two sons Joseph and Enoch Berry all the land I now stand possessed with in Essex County being nine hundred and fifty acres more or less to be equally divided between them allowing my eldest son Joseph to have the first choice and if my son Joseph shall see cause before his brother come to age to dispose or make sale of the whole or any part of the said land either in his own or his brother's behalf, that then he shall do as he sees fit and convenient, and if my son Enoch or Joseph shall die without heir then shall the said land return to the other brother, and if they shall both die without heirs, then it shall fall to my two daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth.
Item: I give to my two sons Joseph and Enoch Berry my Mill with that parcel of land adjacent to the Millswamp, binding upon Andrew Harrison and James Key, to each an equal part to be at the dispose of my eldest son Joseph to see or make use of until his brother comes to age.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Enoch Berry the plantation I now live on with all the land joining it hereto now in my possession being the third part of a certain patent granted to Enoch Doughty by computation five hundred acres to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body and for want of such heirs to fall to my son Joseph Berry and to his heirs lawfully begotten of his body.
Item: I give to my daughters Margarett Rogers and Elizabeth Strother a certain tract of land known and distinguished by the name of the forest land binding upon Henry Berry, Mr. Fitzhugh & William Pannell, divided between them by a path and marked trees, my daughter Margaret to have her part where she now liveth to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her own body and the other part to my daughter Elizabeth to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her own body.
Item: I give to my son Enoch Berry two beds and furniture, two cows and calves and one thousand pounds of Tobacco to be paid to him when he shall come to age.
Item: I give to my daughter Margaret Rogers one bed and furniture, one cow and calf and seal skin trunk.
Item: I give to my daughter Elizabeth Strother one bed and furniture, a chest of drawers and a cow and calf.
Item: I give to my son Joseph berry one bed and furniture, and all my carpenters and coopers tools and broad-cloth linen and trimming for a suit of clothes, viz: coat, vest and Breaches.
Item: And it is my desire that all my other moveable estate be equally divided between my four children.
Item: And Lastly I do constitute ordain and appoint my son Joseph Berry to be whole and sole executor of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this fifth day of February, 1720.
Teste: William Munford, Thomas Apperson, Anthony Seals, Senr.
6/2/1721 King George County Court: "The last Will and Testament of William Berry, dec'd, was presented into court by Joseph Berry his Executor who made oath thereto and being proved by the oaths of William Munford and Thomas Apperson, witnesses thereto, is admitted to records.