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Pvt Benjamin Berry
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Birth: unknown
Death: Dec. 14, 1834
Rockingham County
Virginia, USA

SOLDIER: American Revolution, supplemental application for the SAR by Christos Christou, Jr. #130571. also heir to his uncle Capt. Benjamin Kinley's land. see copy of Benjamin Kinley will in Kinley's pension file. original will burned in Rockingham Co, VA. Benjamin Berry served in both Monmouth NJ age 16-20 and in Rockingham Co, VA age 22-23. Pension file for Benjamin Kinley names Benjamin Berry's children. Pension file for Benjamin Berry gives his death date.

PENSION: Benjamin Berry of Rockingham Co private under Regt. of Col. Noll in VA for 17 months.

PENSION: Benjamin Berry pension application. To receive $56.66 per annum commencing Mar 4, 1831. Cert. of Pension issued Mar. 20, 1833 and sent to H.J. Gambill, Harrisonburgh. Arrears $113.32 and allowance ending 4 Sep. $28.33. On Aug 21, 1832 appeared before Joseph Cravens, David Waxter, George Clark and Augustus Waterman justices, Benjamin Berry a resident of Rockingham Co age 74 stated that he entered the service of the US as follows. He was born in 1758 and he believes in New Jersey near Monmouth Courthouse but has no record of his age. When he was 16 he was drafted in the militia service in New Jersey and served one month under Capt. Walton principally in Freehold Co, NJ and a month later called out again in the neighborhood of Shrewsbury NJ under Capt Walton, brother of the first named Capt, he having been advanced to Major. They were to keep Tories in subjection and had no engagement. late in fall of 1776 after the battle of Long Island he was drafted in militia service under Capt. Hunn and marched to Sandy Hook and was in the engagement there when the militia were nearly all taken prisoners but he escaped and joined another party of militia near Middletown, NJ and was sick and returned home and was out about 2 months. He was called again in spring of 1777 under draft. He has no written documents to refer to and has forgotten the captains names and marched to Princeton and then to Sourland Mountain and then to Middlebrook Mountain at General Washington's Headquarters. Gen. Washington then made an attempt to bring the enemy to an engagement at New Brunswick but failed and pursued them to Amboy. Here they were discharged. He thinks this term was about a month. In the same year in the fall was drafted again and marched to Germantown, PA and joined Gen. Washington's headquarters served this tour under Capt Walton and was in the battle of Germantown and marched home and was discharged. About 6 weeks between his next tour in the winter. About the last of May or first of July 1778 another draft of NJ Militia and was marched to Delaware River and was under Gen. Morgan at the battle of Monmouth of June 28 and was discharged on 29th. This tour about a month. After the battle of Monmouth in the same year he was called in the NJ militia from 2 to 3 months at different periods under the command of Gen. Farman to prevent depredations by the Tories. Late in the fall of 1778 he removed to Virginia and in the fall of 1780 was drafted in Rockingham Co and marched to Richmond under Capt. Harrison and remained a short time, the British having left and he was discharged at Richmond. He was absent from home 26 days during this tour. In the winter and spring of 1781 he served a 3 month tour as a drafted militia under Capt. Baxter, Major Hamilton, Col. Nolle and Gen. Muhlenburg. He marched from Rockingham to Richmond and then to Norfolk then to the lower part of Virginia and to the N.C. line and was discharged in April. He never received a written discharge during all his services. He relies on the deposition of his brother John Berry submitted as proof of his service in NJ, and for VA on the testimony of Rev. William Bryan who was in the same campaign. He has resided in Rockingham Co ever since the close of the war and for his character he refers to Capt. David Rolston, Mr. Joseph Henton, Joseph Baxter, Esq., Mr. Wm Ewin and the neighbors generally. Before a J.P. of Hardy Co, John Berry who made oath that his age and infirmities prevent him from attending court in Rockingham makes oath that Benjamin Berry was engaged in the militia service during the Rev. War and that Benjamin was one of the Jersey militia that was engaged at the battle of Sandy Hooks, in which the American forces were defeated. Benjamin was a solder in the army which caused the British to evacuate New Brunswick in 1776 and in the same service at the battle of Germantown and commanded by Gen. David Furman. The above are from his personal knowledge and common tradition of the neighborhood in which he resided and from other circumstances that he was engaged in the battle of Monmouth under Col. Morgan of VA. date Dec. 29, 1832 Amended declaration Benjamin Berry states due to old age and consequent loss of memory is unable to swear positively to dates but he served not less than the periods given for one year and 5 months as private. Date Jan 8, 1833. #S6627 
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  Johanna Berry Berry (1765 - 1810)*
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Peaked Mountain Cemetery
Rockingham County
Virginia, USA
Maintained by: Christos Christou
Originally Created by: Beverly Davis Valcovic
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21066270
Pvt Benjamin Berry
Added by: Beverly Davis Valcovic
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