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View Tree for Richard Berry Sr.Richard Berry Sr. (b. 20 Jul 1734, d. Dec 1798)

Richard Berry Sr. (son of Jeremiah Berry and Mary Claggett) was born 20 Jul 1734 in Rappahannock County, Virginia, and died Dec 1798 in Washington County, Kentucky. He married Rachael (Berry) Shipley on Abt. 1769, daughter of Robert Shipley and Sarah Rachel (Shipley) Dorsey.

 Includes NotesNotes for Richard Berry Sr.:
He participated in the establishment of American Independence during the War of the Revolution. His name appears on the roster Virginia Militia under Col. William Byrd in 1753. He signed Cape Petition in 1771. He is listed with Bedford Ct., Virginia Troups. Following his services, he received land in Kentucky for his services as listed in Kentucky Land Entries, Frankford, KY. In 1779 Richard Berry of Virginia 600 acres. Warrant #1432 on Beech's Fork (Big Cane Bottom).

Into that part of Kentucky which is now Washington Co.,came the families of Richard Berry Sr., Abraham Lincoln Sr., (grandfather of the 16th President of the USA), and James Brumfield. These families related by marriage reached Sandusky's Station in the fall of 1782 after a long and wearisome journey from their native VA.

The Key to the Berry/Lincoln Riddle

Richard Berry Sr. went to the Land Grant in Kentucky to reside and it is said he encouraged his brother-in-law, the grandfather of President Lincoln, namely Abraham Lincoln also, to situate himself temporarily with his family on the Berry Land. It's also known that Richard Berry Jr., signed the bond of marriage with Thomas Lincoln on June 10, 1806, so that he could marry Nancy Hanks. It is said that the proposal of marriage and the actual wedding took place at the Richard Berry Home in Kentucky. Springfield, Kentucky has a Lincoln Trail Memorial Park where the Richard Berry Home has been relocated from Beechland, Kentucky a mile away.

The connection to Lincoln is stronger than the fact of the marriage at the Berry Household, though that marriage is reflective of the family connection. The key of the whole riddle relates to the five Shipley women: Mary Shipley, Rachel Shipley, Ann Shipley, Naomi Shipley and Lucy Shipley. Richard Berry Sr. married Rachel Shipley. Her parents were Robert Shipley and Sara Rachel Dorsey. Her sister, Naomi Shipley married Robert Mitchell. Her sister, Mary Shipley, married Abraham Lincoln, grandfather of the President. It is to be noted that upon her death Lincoln married Bethsheba Herring. Another sister, Lucy Shipley, married James Hanks. Viewing this from the next generation of the Hanks marriage was born Nancy Hanks who married Thomas Lincoln and they were respectively the mother and father of President Abraham Lincoln. Naomi and Robert Mitchell had a daughter named Sarah Mitchell and a son, Daniel Mitchell, who married his cousin Jane Berry, sister of Richard Berry. Naomi Shipley was killed by Indians on the Wilderness Road of the Crab Orchard Area of Kentucky in 1790, and her daughter, Sarah Mitchell was taken by Patawatames. Robert Mitchell was killed while searching for his daughter. Subsequently, at the Battle of Fallentimbers, Gen. Anthony Wayne defeated the Indians on August 20, 1794. Thereafter the various tribes signed the treaty of Greenville and within 90 days were required to release all captives and Sarah Mitchell came home with some trappers to the Richard Berry residence and resided with Nancy Hanks as both were the nieces of Rachel Shipley Berry. Thus, at one point President Lincoln's grandfather, Abraham Lincoln also was in fact the brother-in-law of Richard Berry Sr. and the Berrys who descended from the union of Richard Berry Sr. and Rachel Shipley and Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President and his descendants are all directly related to the Shipley Line. Ann Shipley married David McCord.

It is also apparent from the way the family used the name Robert Mitchell Berry that they were carrying forward that strong history associated with the attack above stated by Indians at Crab Orchard.
Richard Berry Jr. inherited the depicted cabin. This was the place Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks married in 1806. Under attractions this can be viewed in the Lincoln memorial park Springfield Kentucky. Their web site is :

More About Richard Berry Sr. and Rachael (Berry) Shipley:
Marriage: Abt. 1769

Children of Richard Berry Sr. and Rachael (Berry) Shipley are:
  1. Joanna Berry, b. Abt. 1756, d. date unknown.
  2. Sarah Berry, b. Abt. 1758, Washington County, Kentucky, d. date unknown.
  3. John Berry, b. Abt. 1759, d. Oct 1795, Mercer County, Kentucky.
  4. Rachel Berry, b. 1763, Washington County, Kentucky, d. 27 Apr 1838.
  5. Frances Berry "Frank", b. Abt. 1767, d. 17 Mar 1835.
  6. +Richard Berry Jr., b. 02 Sep 1769, Mercer County, Kentucky, d. 16 Apr 1843, Grand Prairie, Callaway County, MO..
  7. Edward Berry, b. Abt. 1772, Washington County, Kentucky751, 752, d. 11 Jul 1643, Van Buren County (Cass) MO.753, 754.
  8. Jane Berry, b. 03 Nov 1774, Washington County, Kentucky, d. 06 Aug 1833, Washington County, Kentucky.
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