Elizabeth Berry, Rev. War Hero

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Elizabeth Berry (Gilmore), Rev. War Hero

Birthplace: Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death: August 21, 1824 (66-67)
Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: McDonald, Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Gilmore and Agnes Gilmore
Wife of John Berry, Rev. War Vet.
Mother of William Gilmore Berry; John Berry, Jr.; Elizabeth Carson; Nancy Carson; James Berry and 3 others
Sister of Isabella Carson; Ann Boyle, Rev. War Hero; Private and Agnes Gilmore

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About Elizabeth Berry, Rev. War Hero

Elizabeth Gilmore, along with her sister Ann, were nurses at the winter camp of General George Washington at Valley Forge, west of Philadelphia (December 19 1777 to June 19 1778). She is also recorded as a soldier (private) in the Continental Army. She is recognised as a patriot by the "Daughters of the American Revolution", having served during the revolutionary wars (1775-1783). DAR# A045194

"Little is known about the women but there were women at Valley Forge. Junior officers' wives probably remained in the homes of their husbands and socialized among themselves. The enlisted men's wives lived and labored among the troops, some working as housekeepers for the officers; others as cooks. The most common positions were nurse and laundress. A washerwoman might work for wages or charge by the piece."

(Reference: http://americanrevwar.homestead.com/files/VALLEY.HTM)

Elizabeth Gilmore met and fell in love with John Berry on a ship from Ireland in 1775. Newspaper article says she enlisted as a private in Pennsylvania's Rangers. John served under Col. Daniel Brodhead's Penn. Regiment of Riflemen. They spent the winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge. They married in 1780....moved to Washington Co., PA. in 1794 and settled on land purchased from George Washington (in 1796). They are buried in Robinson Run Cemetery.

Elizabeth had a sister Ann who came on the ship with her.

Info taken from article "History Records Heroic Deeds" in the Observer-Reporter, Washington, PA.

Sept. 24, 1975.

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Elizabeth Berry, Rev. War Hero's Timeline

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
December 2, 1781
Colerain Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
May 28, 1784
Pennsylvania, United States
June 30, 1786
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
October 3, 1789
McDonald, Washington,Pennsylvania
February 27, 1793
September 2, 1797
Pennsylvania, United States
August 21, 1824
Age 67
Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States