Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Benjamin BERRY

Benjamin Berry was born on Oct. 16, 1758 (1728?), and his birth is recorded in the parish records. Benjamin married Elizabeth Thornley, the daughter of John Thornley and wife Ann Woffendale, and had the following chilfren; Benjamin, who married Jane Bell, John Berry who married Elizabeth, Reuben Berry, who married Dinah, William Berry, Thomas Berry, Dullabella, who married James Benson and Sarah Berry who married John Humphreys. Benjamin was a lieutenant in the Frederick co militia, in 1758 through at least 1761. He also shopped at the same store in Winchester, as did his brother, and his purchases are recorded for the christmas season of 1761. His name appears in many land deals of the area, in personal property tax lists, and in 1792, Benjamin was sworn in as Deputy Sheriff. Benjamin laid out the town of Berryville, in Frederick (now Clarke) county, Virginia with a land purchase on 1798, and laid out a town covering 20 acres, lying on both sides of the great road leading from Snicker Gap to Winchester, and originally surveyed by George Washington. His town was established by an Act of the General Assembly of Virginia, on January 1. 1798, and there is still one building in Berryville that was built by Benjamin.

Posted by Michael at

"There are separate deeds of land in King George County from Joseph Berry, Jr., to Benjamin Berry, to Charles Carter, under the date of 1758. These tracts adjoin that of each other and land of Enoch Berry. They lie on the north side of the Rappahannock River. These deeds show that this land was inherited from their father, Joseph Berry, Sr., by will, 1749, who inherited it from his father, William Berry, and wife, Margaret Doughty; who inherited it from Margaret's father Enoch Doughty, who inherited it from his father, Rev. Francis Doughty.

In 1758, Joseph Berry and Benjamin Berry arrived in the Shenandoah and established Berry's Ferry. This later became Berryville. Capt. Thomas Berry's descendants (he lived in the Shenandoah) state that he was their youngest brother, and that their family seat had been "Berry Plain," King George County, Virginia. There is no definite record of the last names of the wives of Capt. Joseph Berry, Sr.; Joseph Berry, Jr.; or Benjamin Berry."

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