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Below is a family biography included in History of Lee County, Iowa published by Western Historical Company in 1879.  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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BERRY, GEORGE, far., Sec. 8; P. O. West Point; the fourth son of John and Jenny Berry, natives of Bath Co., Va., where he was born Jan. 16, 1805; at 12 years of age, having lost both his parents, he made his home with his elder brothers and sisters, until 18 years of age, and having acquired a good common-school education with a few terms at a select school, he engaged in teaching; this he engaged in for seven years, when, his health having failed, he traveled. Nov. 18, 1834, he married Isabel, daughter of James and Elizabeth Given, nee Graham; she was born in Nicholas Co., Va., Jan. 8, 1816; in the fall of 1836, they removed to Peoria, ILL., and in the spring of 1837 became pioneers of Lee Co., Iowa; poor in purse, he rented what was then the Edson farm, and, at the land-sales of 1838, purchased his present property, consisting of 165 acres of land, now valued at $40 per acre. In 1846, Mr. Berry was a Delegate to the Convention for the purpose of reframing the Constitution made that year; in 1849, he was made Deputy United States Surveyor, and the same year, had ten townships assigned him west of Dubuque for surveying, and held the office of County Surveyor for fifteen years; he was one of three members who organized the townships into school districts. Mr. and Mrs. Berry have had ten children, seven of whom are living — Elizabeth J., born Feb. 5, 1836, died Sept. 22, 1840; Christopher A., June 6, 1838, an attorney at law at Casey, Iowa; Rachel L., June 13, 1840, the wife of Thomas Anderson, a farmer of Harrison Tp.; James G., Nov. 4, 1842, an attorney at law at Casey, Iowa; Rebecca J., Jan. 5, 1845, died Aug. 21, 1871; Arthur G., Oct. 6, 1847, died Jan. 17, 1851; Thomas G., June 25, 1850, at home, managing the affairs of the farm; Mary E., May 17, 1852, a teacher at Fort Madison; Maggie J., Feb. 16, 1857, and Charles E., March 13, 1859. Democratic; Mr. and Mrs. Berry have, for nearly fifty years, been members of the M. E. Church, in which he holds the offices of Steward and Class-Leader.

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This family biography is one of 668 biographies included in The History of Lee County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Lee County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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