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Andrew Jackson Berry

Also Known As: "Jack"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Monroe County, Indiana, United States
Death: Died in Baird, Callahan County, Texas, United States
Cause of death: Thrown from wagon
Place of Burial: Baird, Callahan County, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Berry and Betsy Berry
Husband of Rhoda Jane Berry and Mary Catherine Berry
Father of Martha Ann Pope; Rhoda Jane Berry; Eunice L. Berry; Harry Myers Berry; Spec1 Grover Cleveland Berry and 6 others
Brother of Joseph Berry and John Bate Berry
Half brother of Elizabeth Bradberry; Hannah Hughes; Margaret Chadwick; Polly Mary Compton; Emmanual Berry and 10 others

Occupation: Ranger, soldier, rancher
Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
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About Andrew Jackson Berry

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Served in the Battle of San Jacinto, the Plum Creek Fight, and the Civil War, enlisted several times until the war ended. After the Battle of the Alamo Jack served under Sam Houston, fought against Santa Anna and held him captive. He assisted his and other families in the Runaway Scrape when Santa Anna burned Bastrop to the ground. Jack received Donation Certificate number 39 for 640 acre s for his service at San Jacinto.

Jack enjoyed telling the time when Davy Crockett was a guest of the Berry Family at Mina. He recounted the time when Crockett was on his way to the Alamo to "fight for my freedom". After John Berry finished repairing Crockett's rifle, Jack liked to tell how he and Crockett tested their rifles on an improvised rifle range near John's gun shop.

He served on the first grand jury with his father in Williamson County. After the Civil War he returned to help his father with the ranch, gristmill and blacksmith shop.

Marker Title: Captain Andrew Jackson Berry City: Baird Year Marker Erected: 1936 Marker Location: Ross Cemetery, US 283 North, Baird. (marker in lefthand section as one enters cemetery). Marker Text: Born in Indiana May 16, 1816. Died at Baird, Texas July 31, 1899. Veteran of San Jacinto. Officer in the Confederate Army. ---------------------------------------- Birth: May 16, 1816 Monroe County Indiana, USA Death: Jul. 31, 1899 Baird Callahan County Texas, USA

Andrew Jackson ("Jack") Berry, ranger, soldier, and rancher, the son of Betsy (Smothers) and John Berry, was born in Monroe County, Indiana, on May 16, 1816. The family moved to Texas in late 1826 and settled in the Atascosito District. In 1834 Andrew moved with the family to Mina, later named Bastrop. He enlisted as a private in the Mina Volunteers on February 28, 1836, and fought at San Jacinto as a member of Company C, First Regiment, commanded by Capt. Jesse Billingsley. After the victory he extended his service until June. He was living in Houston when the town was first laid out. In 1838 he was living in what later became Caldwell, Burleson County, where the Berry family had moved after San Jacinto. With his brothers Joseph and Bate Berry he fought in the battle of Plum Creek on August 12, 1840, under the command of Col. Edward Burleson. In 1843 he enlisted in Capt. Jack (John C.) Hays's Texas Rangersqv, and in 1846 he served at Goliad under Lt. John T. Price. Berry moved his family in 1847 to the future Williamson County, where the family was gathering on the Berry league on Berry Creek and the San Gabriel River. He served as a member of the first grand jury after that county was organized. He enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army and later served as captain in Archie Hart's company, Twenty-seventh Brigade. He joined the Texas Veterans Association when it was organized at Houston in 1873. He left Williamson County and was ranching in Lampasas County in 1876, but moved in 1881 to a ranch he purchased south of Baird in Callahan County, where he spent the rest of his life. Jack Berry married Rhoda Jane Hughes (1824-ca. 1866) on July 29, 1839; they had nine children. He married Mary Catherine Sloan on September 3, 1872; eight children were born of this marriage. In 1936 Mary Catherine was honored at the Texas Centennial celebration in Dallas as the last surviving widow of a San Jacinto veteran. Berry died on July 31, 1899, in Baird when his team of mules, frightened by a train, ran away and he was thrown from his wagon. He is buried in the Ross Cemetery at Baird, where the state of Texas placed a marker for him as a veteran of San Jacinto.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones Press, 1932). William Moses Jones, Texas History Carved in Stone (Houston: Monument, 1958). W. K. Makemson, Historical Sketch of First Settlement and Organization of Williamson County (Georgetown, Texas, 1904). Jack Pope, ed., John Berry and His Children (Austin, 1988). Clara Stearns Scarbrough, Land of Good Water: A Williamson County History (Georgetown, Texas: Williamson County Sun Publishers, 1973).


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Parents:
 John Berry (1786 - 1866)
 Betsy Smeathers Berry (1791 - 1818)

Spouse:
 Mary Catherine Sloan Berry (1853 - 1943)

Children:
 Mary E. Berry Martin (1850 - 1943)*
 George Washington Berry (1873 - 1947)*
 Frances Ellen Berry Murphy (1874 - 1961)*
 Robert Lee Berry (1876 - 1948)*
 Hattie Pearl Berry Gaines (1880 - 1979)*
 Harry Myers Berry (1883 - 1959)*
 Grover Cleveland Berry (1888 - 1975)*
 Ode Powell Berry (1889 - 1969)*

Siblings:
 John Bate Berry (1813 - 1891)*
 Andrew Jackson Berry (1816 - 1899)
 Joseph Berry (1818 - 1842)*
 Elizabeth Berry Bradberry (1820 - 1859)**
 Hannah Berry Hughes (1823 - 1863)**
 Margaret Berry Chadwick (1825 - 1866)**
 Polly Mary Berry Compton (1832 - 1902)**
 John Berry (1836 - 1921)**
 Jane Berry Rumsey (1839 - 1883)**
 Catherine Ann Berry Jackson (1842 - 1929)**
 Virginia Devore Berry Murphy (1855 - 1906)**
 Patrick Henry Berry (1855 - 1860)**
 George Washington Berry (1857 - ____)**
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Burial: Ross Cemetery Baird Callahan County Texas, USA Plot: Magnolia Street, Blk 8, Lot 24, Space 6


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Created by: A.E. Collins Record added: Oct 21, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 16267334 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16267334

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Andrew Jackson Berry's Timeline

1816
May 16, 1816
Monroe County, Indiana, United States
1856
1856
Age 39
TX, USA
1858
May 5, 1858
Age 41
Williamson County, Texas, United States
1861
1861
Age 44
TX, USA
1865
1865
Age 48
TX, USA
1873
July 14, 1873
Age 57
Williamson County, Texas, United States
1874
September 29, 1874
Age 58
Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas, United States
1876
February 25, 1876
Age 59
Baird, Callahan County, Texas, United States