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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John D. Berry, postmaster of Ozark, was born in DeKalb County, Ala., March 18, 1839. His father, John Berry, was born in Virginia, but was reared in Alabama, where he married Jane Orr, a native of Tennessee. In 1849 he moved to Arkansas and located at Carrollton, in Carroll County, engaged in the mercantile business there until 1869. He then pursued the same business in Berryville, of that county, until the war. He lost his wife at Carrollton and his death occurred at Clarksville, at the residence of a daughter. John D. grew to manhood in Carroll County, working in his father’s store, and engaged in the stock business with him. He joined the State troops in 1861, and enlisted in the regular Confederate army in 1862. After serving a year in Col. Gordon’s Cavalry, he was transferred to Harrell’s battalion of cavalry, and made adjutant, which office he held until the close of the war, although his regiment was afterward consolidated with Col. Crawford’s. He participated in a number of minor engagements, besides the battles at Prairie View, Fayetteville, Poison Springs, Boonsville and Mark’s Mills. Since 1865 Mr. Berry has resided in Ozark, where he has held several official positions. He was appointed deputy sheriff and constable of White Oak Township, and in 1868 was elected town marshal, holding that office fifteen years. Until 1887 he was engaged in the transfer business. In August 1884, he was appointed postmaster, and is still efficiently performing the duties of that office. He is a prosperous business man, and a brother of James H. Berry, United States Senator. March 24, 1860, he was married, in Carrollton, to Mary P. Winn, a native of Missouri, who was reared in Carroll County, and is a daughter of Dr. R. M. Winn (deceased), formerly of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Berry have four daughters and two sons: Myrtle, Magnolia, Carl J., Richard, Mary E. and Euna. Mrs. Berry belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Berry has been superintendent of the Presbyterian Sunday-school for a number of years. He has filled all the chairs of the I. O. O. F. lodge, and has represented his lodge in the Grand Lodge. He also belongs to the K. of H., and has served his lodge as treasurer.

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This family biography is one of 163 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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