|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1825|
|Death: ||Sep. 28, 1898|
Brief History of Andrew Berry
by Gerald Berry McGee Jr. (3rd Great Nephew)
Andrew's parents are Reubin Berry (died in 1828) and Jane (Jenny) Robeson NeSmith. (17 Mar 1802 – Feb 1900). Both are buried next to Andrew in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Highway 24 between Waco and Newburg, Alabama. (Found in the north west corner behind the church cemetery). Andrew had a sister named Lenora ( 24 Sep 1826 - 7 Jan 1889) (buried in Furgeson Cemetery) and a brother named Robert (4 Sep 1821 – 4 Dec 1883) who is buried in LaGrange Cemetery .
Records indicate that Andrew Berry's mother Jane was the daughter of William NeSmith (2 Dec 1772 – 4 Mar 1822) whose father (Jenny's grandfather) Thomas NeSmith ( 22 Nov 1741 – 7 Oct 1814) was a private in the Continental Army from South Carolina ( reference South Carolina Archives, for War Record: AA 5486 PP1 VV-4VV)
Andrew Berry is shown in 1850 and 1860 Lawrence Country census as being a farmer with 150 real estate value and 500 real estate value, respectfully. In 1870 census he is shown as living in Mt. Hope and in 1880 census he is shown with address of Landersville Post Office.
Andrew Berry was mustered in as Private Andy Berry at Pin Hook Springs on 18 August 1862 into Company A (Roddys) 4th Alabama Calvary. (Compiled Roll by Robert C. Montgomery from Alabama State Archives Confederate Military Record). APPLICATION FOR THE RELIEF OF NEEDY CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS, RESIDENTS OF ALABAMA, WHO FROM WOUNDS OR OTHER CAUSE, ARE NOW UNABLE TO EARN A LIVELIHOOD BY LABOR, UNDER ACT APPROVED FEBRUARY 13TH, 1891 (H.B. 969), AND AS AMENDED FEBRUARY 18TH, 1895 (S.B. 825) was filed by Andrew in Franklin and Colbert County: on 4 May, 1897 in Franklin County; 7 February 1896 in Franklin County; 25 May 1894 in Colbert County; due:
"That, while in the military and naval service of this State, or Confederate States: That, while he was a private in company A of 4th Regiment of Alabama Calvary, and, that he did not desert the services of this State, or Confederate States: That, while in the discharge of his duties as such, on the ____ day of ___1863 at Wayne County, in the State of Tennessee he was thrown on the horn of his saddle which produced veraccile [I am not sure about that last word. I have had a couple of nurses look at the copy of the document and they are not sure the nature of the injury. Gbm] and in consequence of such loss of limb, wound or wounds, sickness or old age, he is physically unable to earn a livelihood by labor: That he is now a bona fide resident of Alabama, and has been such for at least one year prior to this date:
Post office is: Russellvile Alabama
That he is engaged in the business of: nothing
That is taxable property consists of : nothing
And is not worth in the aggregate more than five hundered dollars: That his salary or gross income does not amount to five hundred dollars per year; and that his wife does not own a separate estate of more than five hundred dollars. And hereby makes application for relief under said Act.
Signed by A. A Berry
Andrew married Elizabeth Beavers (born ? 1830 – d. Mar 1890) 17 July 1851 (she was daughter of Rigdon & Glathy Beavers) . There were five children born to them: (a) Reuben Michael; (b) Frances Elizabeth (1 Jan 1860 – 1 Jun 1933), (c) Tom Berry (b – 1857 – d May 1926) (ran away to Texas following argument with sister Frances), (d) James Alexander ( 8 Apr 1864 – 12 Dec 1906), (e) William David (12 Sep 1866 – 27 Aug 1910)
Elizabeth died in 1890 and Andrew married Martha Jane (Britnell) Russell on 31 Oct 1891. Martha's first husband was killed in the Civil War as he was the son of Major William Russell who founded Russellville, Alabama. Martha Jane applied for Relief as a Widow of Deceased Soldiers Or Sailors Of the Armies of The Confederate States or The States of Alabama on 11 July 1902 as she did not have anything other than a total value of $25. (which included household and kitchen furniture).
It would seem to me that Andrew had given his "whole self" to the Confederate cause.
Sources: Photo copies of relief request and muster from Alabama Archives; "Olden Times of Franklin and Colbert Counties in Ala." Complied by Joyce Dawson Mitchell (Volume 1); credits to Kate Crowell Reese for Berry Family line into this volume.
Elizabeth Beavers Berry (1830 - 1890)*
Frances Elizabeth Berry Lisby (1860 - 1933)*
Thomas A. Berry (1862 - 1926)*
James Alexander Berry (1864 - 1906)*
Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery
Maintained by: Paula Berry Nelson
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Jan 07, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10287675