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The Berry, Griffin, Jackson Families in Augusta County, VA

Updated March 14, 2011

I wrote this on the front page of a blank book that I have:

Saturday, October 12, 1991 11:20 p.m.

This book has set on a shelf, unused and unopened, for going on ten years. It dawned on me yesterday what it could finally be put to use for...besides being a very good book end. I realized that I have been collecting scraps of my life for a very long time. Whether it is scavenging the house where I lived as a child and finding that special charm that makes the memories---good and bad---flood back, or drilling a distant cousin for family history, I am constantly reweaving the fabric of my past. I compare my auburn-haired, brown-eyed angel to the faded black and white photos of great grandparents long gone on. I wonder how the blonde hair and blue eyes with that certain glint of orneriness that my baby possesses filtered down through two brunette parents. I wonder over the names and the miles but mostly the years. I know where the color of my hair comes from, the shape of my fingers. I know why I can drink liquor straight and why my temper is as quick and as deadly as flash of lightening in a late summer storm. I will try to recreate the memories here. I will try to faithfully record what I have learned. This is for you, my little ones. This is for when you have grown and look at my hands, though they are old and wrinkled, so you will know where you have come from. This is for the grandchildren as yet unborn, I hope someday to meet. Even though we haven't met, I love you already. I'm sure there are dark secrets that we will find here together. Some we won't be proud of, but that is a part of the journey we are about to embark on---the journey that some of us have already finished.

12:00 midnight---a new day

That blank book and my Grandmother, Mary Norma Berry Griffin started me on this unending journey. I have received help along the way, but the sense of belonging to the larger family of our community and the knowledge that we are all related--maybe not by blood--was her gift to me. She was known to everyone in our community as "Mom". She raised more than her own four children and she pulled a family history together with only a fifth-grade education. If anyone can fit a piece of their puzzle together because of this page, it is because my Grandmother's spirit is behind the journey. Good luck on your journey.

On this site you will find cousins including Jackson, Berry, Griffin, Sprouse, Fridley, and other related families. All of the information is gleaned from the Augusta County marriage, birth and death records and from spending many a warm evening in abandoned graveyards. I will be adding more information as time goes on. I hope you find information here that will help you while digging at your roots. If at any time you have information you would like to share or need to correct me please let me know.

I would like to thank Pat Helmick Sheppard and Lydia Huffer for the Redifer information. They have done quite a job and are faithful keepers of the history. I also would like to thank Wanda Kennedy for her contributions on our West Virginia Jacksons. Thanks to Tadd and Todd and their mother, Darlene for making sure the Griffin history was recorded. A special thank you goes to Pat Collins for giving me the incentive to dig as deep as I have. I'm still bound and determined to make us cousins!

I have removed the Berry family from this page. If you wish information, please email me.

Shelby Jackson Berry
178 Desper Hollow Road
Staunton, VA 24401
United States

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Family Photos

  • Mary Jane Adams Berry (7 KB)
    Mary Jane is the wife of George Cameron Berry and the daughter of Christina Berry and Charlie Adams. This photo was taken on "F" Street in Staunton, VA in the 1950s.
  • Norma & Fred (9 KB)
    Mary Norma Berry and Fred Charles Griffin. Norma is the daughter of Mary Jane Adams and George Cameron Berry. Fred is the son of Rattie Hamilton and Henry Griffin. I'm guessing this photo was taken back when they were courtin' in the late 1930s.
  • Rattie Anis Hamilton and Henry Griffin (7 KB)
    Rattie & Henry are Fred Griffin's parents. Photo taken at their home on "Bull Crik" (Moffett's Branch) in Augusta Co., VA about 1940s or '50s
  • Mamma and Daddy and me (22 KB)
    Nancy Jean Griffin (daughter of Mary Norma Berry & Fred Charles Griffin) and Keith Allen Jackson (son of Mildred Loraine Jackson) and me--Shelby Jackson Berry. (I'm the little one) Photo taken late 1961 or early 1962.
  • Daddy's Family (26 KB)
    Mildred Jackson, John Elmer Knight, Keith Allen Jackson and his half brothers and sisters, all still living. Photo taken mid 1950's. Daddy's youngest half-sister is not included, so I'm guessing she wasn't born yet.
  • My Orb (113 KB)
    I snapped this photo in the Glebe Cemetery in Augusta County, VA. I had the flash on, but there was nothing in this cemetery to flash off of. The deaf dalmation I usually take with me refused to go inside the fenced graveyard. It was an overcast day. Notice the suggestion of movement toward me. When I returned with the same dog a few days later, he went eagerly inside the fence and played among the stones. I took more pictures of the same grave from the same angle, but didn't get the same results.
  • Catherine Swink Berry (7 KB)
    Catherine Swink was married to George F. Berry. She is the daughter of Erasmus Swink.
  • Christina Berry Adams (4 KB)
    Christina Berry was married to Charlie Adams. She is the sister of George F. Berry
  • George Cameron Berry (14 KB)
    George Cameron "Cam" Berry is the son of Catherine Swink and George F. Berry. This photo was taken on "F" Street in Staunton, VA in the 1950s.

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Related Files

  • Some Berry Families (5 KB)
    Here are some families I have put together from census information, marriage records and obituaries. Maybe someone will find a link to their Berrys
  • Marriage Files (243 KB)
    Transcriptions from the Augusta County Marriage records by book, line, and page. I hope to add more in the future. Please forgive my editing. I have these transcribed in Excel and will be happy to provide that file. However, it did not convert to plain text quite like I thought.

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