John Robert Berry’s Family History

John Roberjohnrobertberrypicturet Berry enlisted in the CSA in Orange County on October 6th 1861. He was captured in the battle of Coal Harbor while serving in the 31st Regiment Co. E on May 3 1864. He spent the rest of the war in a Union Prison Camp in Elmira New York. When the war was over he had to take an oath of allegiance to the USA. After he was paroled he was returned to Hillsborough North Carolina by train.  After walking all night he arrived at his families home before day break. Being very tired he lay down and went to sleep on a log bench across the road from his home. John Robert Berry married Elizabeth Francis Bowling on the 30th of Nov 1865. and they built a  home  on land that his father, Thomas Person Berjrbhousery, sold to him on April 15th 1869 for $1:00. John Robert  became a Farmer and then a Merchant.  He built and operated the store (shown below) to add to his income from his farming operation. He also managed to get the US Postal Service to operate the Meredith Post Office out of this Store for 16 years. The post Office was commissioned in February 1890 and closed on December 4th 1906. John Roberts land was across the road from the Original Granville Grant property.

The store building is still standing in Orange County,North Carolina near the Person County, North Carolina, line. This building was moved about one hundred yards to the east of it’s original location when the State Highway 157 was improved .


John and Elizabeth Berry donated the land for Berrys Grove Baptist Church on April 16th 1888 . This is a picture of   the Church that was taken about 1940. In the picture you  the original church with a brick veneer. There have been several additions added to the church since the first building was built.

Children of John Robert and and Elizabeth Berry:

  • Emma Greenwood Berry 31 Oct 1866-12 Feb 1945 age 79

    John Robert Berry and Elizabeth F. Bowling Berry's Headstone

    John Robert Berry and Elizabeth F. Bowling Berry’s Headstone

  • Cora D. Berry 14 Jan 1868-18 Sept 1947 age 79
  • Wiley P. Berry 08 Sept 1869-08 May 1965 age 96
  • John W. Berry 02 Feb 1871-22 Dec 1923 age 52
  • Mary A. Berry 18 May 1873-23 May 1963 age 90
  • Ada Lee Ann Berry 11 Jul 1875-22 Nov 1968 age 93
  • Willie Adolphus Berry 03 Jun 1877-08 Jan 1964 age 87
  • Thomas Ewart Berry 25 Jan 1880-15 Dec 1960 age 80
  • Pattie S Berry 08 Aug 1886-12 Dec 1915 age 29

Fiddleton Map

Left to Right: Wiley P. Bjrberrychildren640largeerry, Ada Lee Berry Rogers, Mary Berry Webb, Willie A Berry, and Thomas Ewart Berry.

This picture was taken before 1963 at Berrys Grove Baptist Church These were five of the nine children of John  Robert and Elizabeth Frances Bowling Berry.

Wiley P Berry was married to Ida Ann Wilson and are my grandparents. Grandma was struct and killed on May 4th 1941 In Alamance County near her son’s home.

Grandpa never remarried.

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