Biography of Col. John Berry
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Berry, Col. John, was born in Berlin, Rensselaer county, October 11, 1812, and descended on the paternal side from Rhode Island Quakers, on the maternal side from Gen. Nathaniel Green, of Revolutionary fame. Colonel Berry came to Orleans county in 1834, and in 1837 to Holley, where for over fifty years he carried on the grain and produce business. He was especially interested in educational matters, serving as school trustee, and it was largely through his efforts that the old and insufficient school house was done away with and the fine stone building erected in its place. He was also prominent in the building of the academy in 1848. He was a strong Republican, and served in many positions of honor and trnst, supervisor, etc., and was elected member of Assembly in 1870, and again in 1871. He was also a member of the 215th Regiment, State Militia, serving as captain, adjutant and colonel. In 1837 he married Rhoda A. Williams of Tully, who died in 1892. They had four children: Mrs. W. L'Hommedieu of Shelby; Mrs. D. H. Partridge and Mrs. F. A. Milliken of Holley, and Mrs. C. W. Hatch of Lockport Colonel Berry died November 7, 1892.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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