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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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Hon. T. D. Berry was born in Jackson County, Ala., at Belfast, September 24, 1827, and is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (McFerrin) Berry. The father was born and reared in Virginia, and was a soldier in one of the Indian wars. He was a planter, and died in Alabama. The maternal grandfather was James D. McFerrin. T. D. Berry grew to manhood in Alabama, and upon coming to Arkansas located in Madison County, where he served as sheriff four years. In 1861 he enlisted in the army under Col. David Walker, as a private, but was afterward elected lieutenant, and served until the close of the war in that capacity. He was in a number of skirmishes with the Indians, and participated in the fights at Oak Hill and Elk Horn. The company being disbanded in Texas at the close of the war, he located at Ozark, and engaged in planting. In 1866 he served one term in the Legislature, and ten years later served another. Since 1874 he has successfully practiced law in Ozark and the adjoining country. He is one of the prominent citizens of the town, and for five consecutive years served as mayor of Ozark. In August, 1844, he married Jemima Boatright, daughter of William Boatwright, and a native of Tennessee, who was reared in Arkansas. Mr. and Mrs. Berry have a family of four sons and four daughters: Nancy J. (wife of Henry Richardson), Mary A. (wife of F. M. Elsey), A. H. Berry, A. W. Berry, Dusey K. (wife of A. L. Eichenberger), W. T. Berry, Mattie H. and Frank M. Mr. Berry is a Royal Arch Mason, K. of H., and has represented all the orders in the Grand Lodge of the I. O. O. F.

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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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