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Below is a family biography included in The History of Madison 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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Gunter T. Berry was born November 30, 1847, in Madison County, and is a son of William M. and Margaret (Stovall) Berry. The father was born in June, 1802, in Virginia, but was reared and educated in Tennessee. He was first married to Mary Procter, who bore him three children, one of whom died in the Mexican War, one was killed during the later war, and one died at Hindsville in 1872. He was left a widower about 1829 and in 1830 married the mother of our subject. In 1840 he located in Madison County, became a leading man, and served as county assessor one term and as internal improvement commissioner one term. He was not at first in favor of secession, but finally joined his State in that movement. He was killed January 10, 1863, on account of political views. Mrs. Berry was born in Bedford County, Tenn., December 25, 1808, and was the mother of nine children, five now living. Five sons served in the Confederate army, and one Capt. Hugh Berry, died on the day his father was killed, while home on a furlough. Mrs. Berry died in 1874. Our subject received a common-school education during his youth, and took charge of the farm during the war. In 1867 he entered the store of Bruren & Honey, at Huntsville, afterward coming to Hindsville, and working in the store of Peel & Berry. In 1869 he married Fanny Johnson, and went in to the mercantile business with S. W. Peel at Berryville, Ark. In 1871 he sold out and went into business with two brothers at Huntsville, but returning to Hindsville, clerked for F. G. Berry & Co. Mrs. Berry, who was born in this county in 1850, was a daughter of James Johnson; she bore one child, Felix O., and died in 1873. Mr. Berry then married Mary Harrell, daughter of Judge E. Harrell, who was born in 1848, and is the mother of five children: Elfie E., Ollie E., Alice, Jessie and Willie G. In 1882 Mr. Berry bought his present farm, which contains sixty acres of good land, situated one-half mile from Hindsville, and is well improved. He was appointed United States Store-keeper and Gauger of the District of Arkansas, and assigned to the distillery at Hindsville in 1886. He is Worshipful Master of the Little Spring Lodge of A. F. & A. M., and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In politics he is a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Madison County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Madison County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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