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Moses Berry (1820-1901) was born in Mason County, Kentucky. His mother was named Juda(h). I found a LaRue County, KY, death record for Juda Williams, 78, wife of George Williams, born in 1800, mulatto. Juda's parents were James and Phebe Bayne.

Moses married Mariah Prior, (1838-1896), who also was born in Kentucky, in 1854, by a free black minister named Rev. Henry Markham, who was freed in Mason County in the 1820s. Her parents were Seymour and Parmitia Pryor. In 1838, Joanna Berry of Mason Co., KY, emancipated Seymour Pryor, 41.

Moses and Mariah had three children, Alexander, Arthur (my great-grandfather) and Belle.

Moses was a slave of Robert H. Baldwin, and was listed along with his son Alexander among Baldwin's inventory of property after he died.

Moses and Alexander were sold to Milton Daugherty, who presumably bought him from Baldwin's estate -- Daugherty's father-in-law, Jacob Drake, did the inventory of the estate, which was filed in Mason County Court April 8, 1863.

Moses enlisted as a private in the Union Army (U.S. Colored Troops) in Maysville, Ky., on April 30, 1865, and was honorably discharged on Nov. 18, 1865. He was sent to Camp Nelson, near Louisville.

If you have documented information connecting Moses and his family to the BERRY, PRIOR, DAUGHERTY, and BALDWIN surnames in Mason County, (white or African-American), please let me know. I also have research info to share.

I am also researching:
NATHANIEL LONG and his wife LUCRETIA EVANS of Caswell and Alamance counties, North Carolina. They migrated to Springfield, OH after 1900.

Nathaniel and Lucretia's son ALEXANDER married MINNIE WALKER, and their son DAVID married Minnie's sister BERTHA WALKER.
Minnie's mother SARAH and her husband ISSAC WALKER had moved to Springfield after 1900, also from Alamance Co., NC. Issac was the stepfather of Minnie and her siblings. Her mother Sarah married GEORGE WALKER JR. when he was 27 and she was 15.
Alexander's younger sister LUGENIA married Sarah's nephew LUCIAN ENOCH, son of Sarah's sister MARGARET. The couple moved to OH in 1900. Lucian died in 1902 and is buried in Cherry Grove Cemetery in Xenia.
By 1910, Sarah's parents, BEDFORD and TENER ENOCH, moved to OH too. Tener was short for Christena Bowe. Her death certificate says her father was Andy Bowe, but doesn't name her mother.

Charles Brown and his wife Amanda Howard of East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes, Louisiana. I've traced Charles to the 1870 Census in East Feliciana Parish. He was lynched in Wilkinson County, MS, in 1879. I want to find out who killed him.

Amanda's mother Polly was taken from Maryland to Louisiana. I want to know who Amanda's father is and to find out the names of her siblings; the U.S. Census says Polly had 11 children. Charles' family may have come from VA to LA.

Moses' son Arthur married Adelia Bowman, daughter of Elizabeth Cowen and Thomas Bowman. Elizabeth died in childbirth in 1870. Adelia (Ada) was raised by her mother's sister ELIZA EMMONS, wife of WILLIAM EMMONS, a veteran of the U.S. Colored Troops. He was from Nicolas County, KY.

Several of Ada's aunts and uncle are missing from the U.S. Census after 1870 -- JULIA, FRANKLIN, AMANDA and MARY. Ada's maternal grandfather WILSON COWEN was married to ELIZA BUCHANAN; they migrated from TN around 1842-43 to OH. Eliza died around 1853-55. Wilson got remarried, to MILHALY HIGHWARDEN of Brown Co., and they were probably the parents of two children, FRANCES and W.W. Cowen, who died before age 10.

Ada's uncle JAMES COWEN (1850-1894) married an Irish woman, ELLEN MALONEY (1850-1921), and they lived in Cincinnati.
Moses Berry: A Kentucky Soldier's Journey to Freedom
Updated December 12, 2011

K. D. Berry

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  • Descendants of Harriet Long and Major Curry (91 KB)
    Harriet Long and Major Curry lived in Caswell County, North Carolina. Their son Nathaniel moved with his wife Lucretia (nee Evans) and their family to Xenia, Ohio, in the late 1890s or 1900. Two Long sons, Alexander and David, married two Walker daughters, Minnie Viola and Bertha. The Walker daughters' grandparents, Bedford Enoch and Christena (Tena) Bowe moved from NC to OH after 1900. The Long and Enoch descendants live in OH, NC, MD, DC and across the nation.
  • Descendants of Charles Brown and Amanda Howard (130 KB)
    Charles Brown and Amanda Howard lived in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Charles was murdered by a lynch mob in September, 1879 in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Wilkinson Co., MS. Amanda's mother Polly Howard was brought from MD to LA.
  • Descendants of Wilson Cowan and Eliza Buchanan (114 KB)
    Wilson Cowen and Eliza Buchanan migrated to Brown County, Ohio, from Tennessee in the early 1840s. Their granddaughter was Adelia "Ada" Bowman Berry (my great-grandmother), who married Arthur Berry, a former slave from Mason County, KY. They had 12 children; one child died a week after he was born. Ada died in 1914. Their descendants live all over Ohio and throughout the U.S.

Family Photos

  • Mary Long Brown and Clifford C. Bass (196 KB)
    Mary Long Brown married Clifford C. Bass on Sept. 25, 1920 in Cuyahoga County, OH. She was a daughter of Nathaniel and Lucretia Long.
  • Arthur Berry, Moses' youngest son (85 KB)
    This is an undated photo of Arthur Berry, my great-grandfather, who was born in 1855 in Mason County, Kentucky. He married Adelia Bowman on Jan. 5, 1889, in Brown County, Ohio. Their son John is my grandfather.
  • Theodore Roosevelt and Clara Leona Brown, ca. 1932 (33 KB)
    Theodore R. Brown and his wife Clara (nee) McGee took this photo around 1932 in St. Louis, shortly after they arrived from Louisiana. They are my maternal grandparents.
  • Inventory of John Enochs estate (74 KB)
    Bedford Enoch was the slave of John Enochs in Caswell County, North Carolina.
  • Bedford and Christena (Baines or Bowe) Enoch (273 KB)
    Bedford and Tena Enoch were from Caswell or Alamance counties, NC. Bedford was a slave of John S. Enochs of Caswell Co., and appears in the inventory of Enochs' estate. The couple migrated to Springfield, OH around 1900 and are buried in Cherry Grove Cemetery in Xenia.
  • Mary Enoch McBroome and her husband Alexander (81 KB)
    Mary was the oldest daughter of Bedford and Tena Enoch. She married Alexander in 1880 stayed in North Carolina as the rest of her sisters moved to OH.
  • Rosa Long, daughter of Nathaniel and Lucretia Long (236 KB)
    Rosa was the younger sister of Alex Long. She was nicknamed "Annie" by her great-grandnephews and nieces. She was imprisoned in the 1920s in the murder of her first husband in Columbus, OH.
  • Rosa Walker & 2nd husband John Sylas Walker (49 KB)
    Rosa Walker married John Sylas Walker. She is the sister of my great-grandfather Alex Long and a daughter of Nathaniel and Lucretia Long.
  • Long brothers and sisters (34 KB)
    These are children of Nathaniel and Lucretia Long (left-right): Cora-Long Miller, Robert Long, Edward Nathaniel "Pink" Long, Alex Long and Mary Long Brown Bass.
  • Mary Julia Long (153 KB)
    Mary Julia Long was a daughter of Nathaniel and Lucretia Long.

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