Biographical Sketch of Joel Berry

Joel Berry, farmer, Section 34, Township 19, Range 5 west, P. O. St. Edward, was born in Rockingham County, Va., June 24, 1810. On account of slavery, his parents moved to Fairfield County, Ohio, when he was quite young. He lived there about twenty years. He then married, September 2, 1830, Miss Mary Befler, who died December 25, 1879, leaving seven children–Joshua, Elizabeth, Magdalena, Emily, Isabella, Mary and Samuel. In 1823, he moved to Seneca County, Ohio, remaining there sixteen years. He then moved to Noble County, Ind., where he resided until 1855, when he moved to Richland County, Wis. In 1871, he moved to Nebraska, settling in Boone County, where he has since resided. His farm, now consisting of seventy acres, is all in cultivation, has good improvements, and adjoins the town of St. Edward. Mr. Berry is a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is Trustee. He takes great interest in religious matters. In his younger days he was a great hunter, having killed over seven hundred deer, several bears and large numbers of turkeys and other game. Mr. Berry was married a second time, September 15, 1881, to Mrs. Mary A. Borton.



Boone County NE,

Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography Of Nebraska. Chicago: Alden Publishing Company. 1912.

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