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Samuel Ward Berry, Sr
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Birth: Sep. 10, 1841
DeKalb County
Alabama, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1901
Etowah County
Alabama, USA

Samuel Berry was born into a DeKalb Co., AL farming family and grew up working on his father's (Andrew Jackson Berry) large acreage until the American Civil War intervened into his life.

He enlisted at Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL at the age of 22 as a private on 01 Mar 1862 into Company I, Alabama 10th Infantry Regiment and mustered out on 09 Apr 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA as a POW after the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee, C.S.A., Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, commanding Armies of the United States.

Samuel Berry's regiment participated in the following battles after his enlistment (he was there unless otherwise noted):

Fought on April 1862 at Siege of Yorktown, VA.
Fought on 05 May 1862 at Williamsburg, VA.
Fought on 31 May 1862 at Seven Pines, Henrico Co., VA
Fought on 27 Jun 1862 Battles before Richmond, VA.
Absent (sick) on 30 Jun 1862 Battles before Richmond, VA.
Fought on 30 Aug 1862 Battle of 2nd. Manassas, VA.
Fought on 13-15 Sep 1862 Siege at Harper's Ferry, W. VA
Severely wounded on 17 Sep 1862 at Antietam, Sharpsburg, MD.
Absent wounded 13 Dec 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg, VA to 02 Dec 1863 Battle of Mine Run (aka Payne's farm), inclusive.
Absent wounded on 03 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA.
Absent wounded on 02 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 06 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 06 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Absent (Sick) 23 Jun 1864 to 29 Jun 1864 Ream's Station, inclusive.
Fought on 30 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 30 Jul 1864 at the Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, VA.
Absent (Detail) 25 Aug 1864 Petersburg, VA.
Absent (Residence Van Buren, Alabama) on 27 Oct 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 13 Mar 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Surrendered and mustered out on 09 Apr 1865 at Appomattox, VA.
Editorial: What a military record!!

His military record shows him on wounded furlough in Oct. 1862. He was severely wounded on 17 Sept 1962 during the Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, MD., the bloodiest day in American military history. Records show he was paid $69 for his service and clothing from 30 Apr 1862 thru 31 Aug 1862 (see accompanying record).

He married Mary Ann Wilson at Gadsden, AL on 12 June 1863 while on wounded leave. She was the daughter of Joseph Wilson and Celia Edwards of N.C. Samuel returned to duty shortly after his marriage.

Post-war, by 1870, he had his own farm adjacent to his father's in Collinsville, DeKalb Co., AL. By 1880 he had moved to Play Ball and Turkeytown, Etowah Co., Al and was a miller/farmer until his death.

Mary Ann (Wilson) Berry, his widow, applied for his Civil War pension on 02 Apr 1925. She died on 23 Feb 1937 at Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL at the ripe old age of 91 and is buried near him.

The children of Samuel Ward and Mary (Wilson) Berry were:
1) Ada Viola Berry, b. 13 Nov 1868, d. 08 Sep 1897(FAG memorial #16343999), bur. Turkeytown United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hokes Bluff, Etowah Co., AL
2) Edwin Walker Berry, b. 23 Apr 1871, d. 05 Nov 1948 Wilcox Co., AL, m. Mary Gaston Goode.
3) Joseph Wilson Berry (See below)
4) Andrew Jackson Berry, b. 10 Jun 1876 Alabama, d. 14 Aug 1878 Alabama (FAG #84415197)
5) Josephine "Josie" Brindley Berry, b. 01 Feb 1878, d. 09 Sep 1919, m. Rev. Samuel Lee Prickett (Methodist)
6) Mary W. Berry, b. 28 Sep 1880 Turkeytown, Etowah Co., AL, d. 15 Jun 1882 Turkeytown, Etowah Co., AL (FAG #84415704)
7) Bonney (Bonnie) Edward Berry, b. 27 Dec 1882 Turkeytown, Etowah Co., AL, d. 25 Apr 1916, m. Roselle Bandy Burns on 26 Jul 1911 at Pratt City, Jefferson Co., AL. (FAG #16344005)
8) Samuel Ward Berry, Jr., b. 23 Aug 1885 Turkeytown, Etowah Co., AL, d. 01 May 1968 Fairfield, Jefferson Co., AL, m. Georgia Ruth Thornton on 25 Oct 1921 at Attalla, Etowah Co., AL. Georgia Ruth (Thornton) Berry was born on 20 Aug 1901 at Dixon, Cherokee Co., AL and died March 1992 at Trussville, Jefferson Co., AL. She was the daughter of Daniel Webster Thornton and his first wife, Sarah Ella Thornton.
9) There is a mix-up concerning this child of Samuel Ward Berry and his Wife, Mary Ann (Wilson) Berry. Their actual daughter was:
Dana B. Berry, b. 25 Feb 1888 Turkeytown, Etowah Co., AL, d. 24 Jul 1969 Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa Co., AL, m. 24 Dec 1914 Etowah Co., AL to David Alonzo Gramling.

The 1900 US Census of Turkeytown, Etowah Co., AL enumerated 13 Y/O Dena (Dana) B. Berry in the household of her father, Samuel Ward Berry, Sr. The 1910 US Census of Turkeytown, Etowah Co., Al enumerated 22 Y/O Danna (Dana) B. Berry living in the household of her widowed mother, Mary Ann (Wilson) Berry.
There is an extant one cent post card dated 03 May 1911 addressed to Miss Dana Berry at Wheeler Business College, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL. The 1913 Birmingham, AL City Directory recorded Miss Dana B. Berry as a stenographer. The 1914 Gadsden, Alabama City Directory recorded Miss Dana Berry as a clerk for the Gadsden Hardware Company. David A. Gramling married Dana B. Berry on 25 Dec 1914 in Etowah Co., AL (Alabama Marriage Indexes 1814-1935). In 1916 the Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL City Directory recorded David A. Gramling (a clerk) and his wife, Dana.

The 1920 US Census of Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL enumerated the household of 32 Y/O David Alonzo Gramling and his 31 Y/O wife, Dana B. Gramling. Their first child in the family was 3 1/2 Y/O David Alonzo Gramling, Jr. Proof from this census that she was Dana B. Berry, daughter of Samuel Ward Berry, Sr. and his wife, Mary Ann (Wilson) Berry is two fold. First, she named her 2 Y/O son Bonney L. Gramling after her brother, Bonney Edward Berry. Secondly, also living in the household is 34 Y/O Sam Berry, Jr., her brother. The 1927 Gadsden, AL City Directory recorded David and Dana Gramling.

Thus, the Dena (Dana) Bertha Berry attached to this memorial is not a daughter of Samuel Ward Berry, Sr and his wife, Mary Ann (Wilson) Berry.
10) Dena Bertha Berry, b. 22 Mar 1889 Alabama, d. 01 Jun 1981 Alabama, m. Peter Ola Sublett on 25 Jan 1914 at Madison Co., AL. (FAG #17024374)

Bio by Gresham Farrar. 
Family links: 
  Andrew Jackson Berry (1815 - 1888)
  Winnifred Ward Berry (1811 - 1892)
  Mary Ann Wilson Berry (1845 - 1937)*
  Willie Berry (1866 - 1866)*
  Ada Viola Berry (1868 - 1897)*
  Edwin Walker Berry (1871 - 1948)*
  Joseph Wilson Berry (1874 - 1938)*
  Josephine Brindley Berry Prickett (1878 - 1919)*
  Andrew Jackson Berry (1878 - 1878)*
  Mary W Berry (1880 - 1882)*
  Bonney Edward Berry (1882 - 1916)*
  Dena Bertha Berry Sublett (1889 - 1981)*
  Susanna E Berry (1836 - 1838)*
  Sarah J Berry (1837 - 1838)*
  Samuel Ward Berry (1841 - 1901)
  Infant Son Berry (1849 - 1849)*
  Andrew Jackson Berry (1850 - 1918)*
  Charlsie A Berry (1852 - 1858)*
*Calculated relationship
Turkeytown United Methodist Church Cemetery
Hokes Bluff
Etowah County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: Gresham Farrar
Originally Created by: Ellen Manuel
Record added: Oct 27, 2006
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Samuel Ward Berry, Sr
Added by: Gresham Farrar
Samuel Ward Berry, Sr
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