|Death: ||Oct. 21, 1877|
James F. Berry's tombstone [when it was new] apparently read "James F. Berry Killed by H. Glascock".
H. Glascock was Audrain County, Missouri, Sheriff Henry Glascock. Newspaper accounts quoted the findings of the inquest jury as follows: "The deceased came to his death by gunshot wounds, eight in number, inflicted on the left leg, by a shot-gun in the hands of H. Glascock, on the morning of October 14th, 1877, as we believe, a necessary act in the discharge of his duty."
According to newspaper accounts of events, James F. Berry's name had often been mentioned in connection with his being a member of an outlaw gang along with Sam Bass and others collectively known as the Black Hills Bandits. The gang had supposedly robbed six or seven stage coaches before deciding to turn to robbing trains. Their very first train robbery was a daring September 18, 1877 holdup of a Union Pacific train at Big Springs, Nebraska [about 160 miles east of Cheyenne, Wyoming]. Dividing their estimated $65,000 loot, the individual gang members split. Berry fled with his part of the take, heading in the direction of his family's Callaway County, Missouri, farm. But first, Berry decided he would stop for supplies on the way, in Mexico, Missouri, where he also had the three banks there convert into paper money the $9,000 worth of gold coins which had been weighing down his saddlebags. Mission accomplished, Berry then took off for the family farm near Shamrock about 20 miles southeast of Mexico.
The Mexico banks shipped the coins to St. Louis, where railroad detectives were alerted and dispatched to Mexico, where they consulted with Sheriff Glascock. Glascock and three other men formed a posse, which headed for the Berry farm. Berry wasn't there, but he was located hiding in a wooded area near the farm. There are differing versions about what happened next, but it is generally agreed that Glascock fired at least one shotgun blast at Berry resulting in several buckshot being lodged in his leg(s).
Sheriff Glascock then took Berry back to Mexico, with the intention of getting his seemingly non-fatal wounds medical attention after which Berry was to be sent on to authorities in Omaha, Nebraska. But, Berry died in Mexico, Missouri, as a result of gangrene which had developed in his wounded leg(s).
Caleb Ewing Berry (1801 - 1883)
Virginia Fulkerson Berry (1805 - 1877)
Mary Price Houser (1845 - 1927)*
Mary B Berry Hays (1823 - 1901)*
Richard Berry (1835 - 1884)*
Catherine Virginia Berry Rodgers (1836 - 1920)*
James Fulkerson Berry (1838 - 1877)
Martha Elizabeth Berry Buchanan (1844 - 1927)*
Plot: Tier 16 Lot 42
Created by: Gordon Pasley
Record added: Nov 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80922777