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 Joseph Hooper Berry

Joseph Hooper Berry

Birth
Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, USA
Death 22 May 1907 (aged 68)
Grosse Pointe Farms, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Plot A-2 Lot 31 Grave 5
Memorial ID 36798387 · View Source
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Joseph H. Berry was born in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey of British immigrants John and Cathrinia on March 10,1839. He moved with his family from Richmond, Virginia to Detroit in 1855. At sixteen years of age he began working for Theodore H. Eaton in a wholesale chemical house. He quickly realized a need for better varnish and began experimenting.
Family legend states that Mr. Berry perfected his varnish on his mother's kitchen stove. In 1858 he leased a small building southwest of Detroit in Springwells and began manufacturing his own brand of varnish. In 1860, he partnered with his brother Thomas and began Berry Brothers Varnish, Inc.

Joseph Berry became one of the first fulltime residents of Grosse Pointe in 1882 when he began construction at 50 Lake Shore Drive. He had 15 acres of extensive gardens and greenhouses.

The Berry Estate was the largest estate ever probated in Wayne County after Mr. Berry's sudden death in 1907. A broken ankle sustained when getting out of his carriage 3 months prior, caused his unexpected death. The injury developed into inflammatory rheumatism. Eventually an infection reached his heart and he passed away at 1:30 in the morning of May 22, 1907. It is believed by many that he possessed more property than any other individual Michigan resident at the time.

He married Charlotte Eugena Dwight on 22 Oct 1868



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  • Created by: Sharon M. Bledsoe
  • Added: 6 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36798387
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Hooper Berry (18 Mar 1839–22 May 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36798387, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Sharon M. Bledsoe (contributor 46957219) .