Robert Berry and Mary Williamson Berry from Princess Ann County, Virgina
Mary Williamson’s Ancestors:
Maternal Grandparents: George and Ann Kempe
Paternal Grandparents: Roger and Ann Foster Williamson
Parents: Richard and Mary Kempe Williamson
- Bartolomeu Williamson
- Mary Williamson married Robert Berry (PAC)
- Sarah Williamson married Mathew Mathias
After Roger Williamson Ann Foster Williamson married he husbands Good friend John Carroway.
- John and Ann Foster Williamson Carraway’s Children:
- Mary Carroway married Lancaster Lovett
- Elizabet Carroway married a Nichols
- John Carroway Jr. married Ann Kemp, Mary Kempe Williamson’s. sister.
Robert Berry(PAC) (South Norfolk County, Virginia) married Mary Williamson and established a home in Princess Ann County, Virginia, which is now known as Virginia Beach, Virginia. Robert and Mary had two sons. The oldest was Richard Berry and the baby was Robert Berry “Orange County, NC” (OC) who was born about 1729. Robert Berry (PAC) wrote his will in 1730 and died shortly after Robert Berry (Orange County, NC) was born.
A transcription of Robert Berry’s (PAC) 1730 Will.
The two witnesses to this will were Bartho (Bartholomew) Williamson and Sarah S Mathias. Bartho was Mary Williamsons brother and Sarah S Mathias was her sister.Robert Berry (PAC) names his wife Mary, his two sons Richard Berry and Robert Berry (OC), and in the 12th line he states “all my children in the estate”.
After Robert Berry (PAC) died his wife apparently lived until 1746 because that is when Robert Berry (OC) indentured himself to Samuel Hollowell. Robert Berry (OC) appeared in the court of Princess Ann County Virginia on the 19th day of August 1746 to ask the court to indenture him to Samuel Hollowell to learn the carpenter trade. I think Robert had to be at least 17 years old in order to do that. Samuel Hollowell is believed to have been married into the Berry family and was most likely Robert Berry’s (OC) brother-in-law.
For proof of the relationship of Mary Williamson Berry’s family View the will of her Father Richard Williamson.
At this time it is uncertain who Robert Berry’s (PAC) parents were but most likely Robert (PAC) was born in England. This is supported by the fact that most of the early settlers in and around Jamestown Virginia came from England. Most of the Scot Irish came into Maryland and into central North Carolina through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Robert Berry (oc) traveled from Princess Anne County Virginia up the James River and to Petersburg Virginia. This is where he followed the old indian trail that ran form Virginia into Georgia. When Robert Berry (OC) crossed the Flatt River he headed north until he reached the west branch which traversed into the area that is now in Person County near the Orange County Line. Robert Berry’s Granville Land Grant is about a mile south of this boundary line.
Robert Berry’s (oc) paternal grandmother, Ann Foster, was born in England in 1620 and died in Princess Ann County Virginia in 1692. His maternal grandfather Roger Williamson also came from England.
After Robert Berry (OC) granted his Granville Land Grant, he named his new plantation “Fiddleton”. There is a Fittleton in Wiltshire County England.
Children or Robert and Mary Williamson Berry (PAC):
- Richard Berry – Remained in Virginia but his son may haee come to North Carolina
- Robert Berry OC – B. 1729 d. 1814 m. Elizabeth Cate
- None of the daughters names are known at this time.