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James Allen Berry
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Birth: Aug. 6, 1854
Bristol, England
Death: Apr. 13, 1927
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Married Elizabeth Grace Doul 12 Jun 1876 in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah. Resided in Newton, Cache County, Utah. They were the parents of three children. Elizabeth died 26 Nov 1880.

Married Jane Elizabeth Christie 26 Oct 1882 in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City. They were the parents of eight children.


(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H. Hawley 1920)

James A. Berry, probate judge of Madison county, was born in Bristol, England. August 6, 1854, and is a son of James B. and Julia E. (Allen) Berry, who were natives of England. The father was foreman of a basket manufacturing plant in that country and continued in the business throughout his entire life, there passing away December 25, 1870. His wife died in Salt Lake City in 1914.

James A. Berry was reared and educated in England, but when only nine years of age started out to provide for his own support, for his father was in ill health and it was necessary that he earn something and contribute to the family. He came to America when a youth of fifteen years, in company with his mother, four sisters and brother, the family home being established at Ogden, Utah, where James A. Berry took up railroad work. He acted as foreman of construction and also in the early days worked on the section. In 1879 he came to Idaho and was section foreman for the Oregon Short Line Railroad at different places for many years. He filed on land on which now stands the town of Dubois, but on account of the hostility of the Indians in that section he gave up the land and removed to Rexburg, filing on another claim, which he developed and improved, continuing to carry on that farm for about thirty-five years, ahd it is still occupied and cultivated by his son.

In 1914 Mr. Berry removed to Rexburg and was appointed by Governor Haines to the position of probate judge of Madison county, in which capacity he is still acceptably serving, his duties being discharged with marked promptness, fidelity and ability. He is the first and only probate judge that Madison county has had. He is likewise very active in support of irrigation projects and is the secretary of the Teton Island Canal Company, a position which he has filled for more than twenty years. At the same time he has been the incumbent in other offices, serving as justice of the peace and as notary public for a long time, while at present he is police judge as well as probate judge. In the probate court he has had twelve hundred and forty-four cases and has also been called upon to try criminal cases. He has always supported the republican party and is a stalwart champion of its principles. Aside from his active public service he is identified with business interests of importance in his community, being now a stockholder in the Rexburg Furniture Company, also in the Beet Growers Sugar Company of Rigby and in the United Mercantile Company of Rexburg. The farm upon which he resided for many years is still in his possession.

Judge Berry was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Doul and to them were born three children, two of whom have passed away, the living daughter being Jane, the wife of Robert Widdeson, who follows farming near Newdale, Idaho. Mrs. Berry passed away In 1874. and Judge Berry afterward wedded Jane Elizabeth Christy, by whom he has six children: Arthur, a resident farmer of Madison county; Charles C., who follows farming at Hibbard, Idaho; May, the wife of Rex Latham, living at Herbert, Idaho; Ruby Pearl, the wife of Ira O. Spencer, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Earl C., who is operating his father's farm; and Lucille, at home.

In religious faith Judge Berry is connected with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He filled a two years' mission to England, from 1905 until 1907, and is now ward clerk of the second ward of Rexburg and is also high priest. His has been an active life, contributing in marked measure to the material development and to the political and moral progress of the community in which he makes his home.

Contributed by Amanda Fox
Family links: 
  James Bragg Berry (1832 - 1870)
  Julia V. Allen Berry (1831 - 1908)
  Elizabeth Grace Doul Berry (1854 - 1880)
  Jane Elizabeth Christie Berry Swift (1867 - 1952)*
  James T. Berry (1877 - 1878)*
  Elizabeth Jane Berry Widdison (1879 - 1962)*
  Albert Doul Berry (1880 - 1880)*
  Arthur Francis Berry (1884 - 1970)*
  Julia May Berry Leatham (1886 - 1955)*
  Charles Christy Berry (1888 - 1932)*
  Rose Ellen Berry Spencer (1891 - 1975)*
  Earl Christie Berry (1899 - 1959)*
  Farl Berry (1899 - 1959)*
  Ruby Lucille Berry Ellison (1905 - 1981)*
  James Allen Berry (1854 - 1927)
  Julia Elizabeth Berry West (1856 - 1937)*
  Ellen Selina Berry (1857 - 1911)*
  Emily Berry Bean (1860 - 1939)*
  Rosina Berry West (1862 - 1952)*
  Charles Lewis Berry (1867 - 1936)*
  Albert Thomas Berry (1870 - 1871)*
*Calculated relationship
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: R-22-11-1-NW4
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Record added: Jun 13, 2009
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