Biography of W. L. Berryman
Tipton County, IN Biographies





W. L. BERRYMAN, proprietor of the saw and tiling mill, also dealer in hard and soft lumber, is a native of Marion County, Ind., where he was born March 28, 1840. His father, Sampson Berryman, was born in Fauquier County, Va., March 22, 1812, while his father, James Berryman, subject's grandfather, was fighting the battles of his country in the war of 1812. Sampson Berryman's parents moved to Fayette County, Ky., where he grew to manhood. Afterward he removed to Marion County, Ind., and was there married in 1831 to Miss Virginia Royster. He, in 1844, removed to Cass County, where he followed farming until his death February 3, 1870, leaving a wife and nine children living. His widow, born in 1817, is still living, and makes her home with her son, and is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Berryman, the subject of this sketch, was reared on his father's farm in Cass County. On attaining his majority, he began life as a chopper of cord wood and making ties, which he followed for four years. In 1865, he was employed as sawyer in a mill at $3 a day. He spent eighteen months at this, when he bought the mill and has continued in that business with satisfactory success for seventeen years, excepting the years 1873 and 1874. The first of these years he had a contract to grade twenty three miles of road bed for the St. Louis & Toledo Railroad; he graded about seven miles of said bed, when the company broke up, and left Mr. Berryman the loser of about $5,000. The second of the above mentioned years he engaged in grading and graveling Jefferson street, in the town of Tipton, and in that venture he lost $2,000. He then resumed the saw mill, and in 1875 located, a mill at Tipton, and has been doing a good business ever since. He is one of the managers of the Kleyla Theater, having it leased with another party for one year. The Tipton Fire Company, recently organized, chose him as their Captain. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., in which order he has filled all the offices, both in the subordinate lodge and in the encampment. He is also a member of the Red Men. He is a Democrat, and has filled the offices of Town Trustee and Town Marshal. He was married in Cass County, November 21, 1867, to Miss Catherine Diller, who departed this life August 23, 1882. They had two children, viz.: Winnie M. and Sampson. deceased.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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