Wednesday, June 24, 2020

William Jefferson Berry, M. D.

William Jefferson Berry, M. D., the son of Major Edward Berry and Mary Polly Brazelton, was born 9 Jul 1816 in Beech Fork, Washington County, KY and died in Florida 17 Dec 1893.  He is buried in the Fort White City Cemetery, Fort White, Columbia County, Florida, where he moved for health reasons.  Fort White is a small town of about 500 people located west of Jacksonville, between Gainesville and Lake City.

Dr. Berry came to Ohio County in 1838 and married Sarah Ann Martha “Sallie” Walker 26 Jul 1838 in Hartford.  Sallie was born 8 Nov 1822, the daughter of R. L. Walker, a merchant in Hartford.  Sallie died 5 Aug 1894 in Florida and is buried next to her husband.

Dr. Berry practiced general medicine and surgery in Hartford and Beaver Dam from 1838 until about 1885, when he and Sallie moved to Florida.  He also served several terms in the Kentucky State Legislature.

Dr. Berry and Sallie had eleven children: Richard G. Berry; Elijah Berry; Zelma Berry (Gregory); Dr. Samuel Logan Berry; Dr. Lavega Berry; Harris Walker Berry; Mary Lelia Berry (Ellison); Mattie S. Berry (Murrell); Dr. John Morgan Berry; William Jefferson Berry, Jr.; and Edward Berry. 

Hartford Republican - Obituary, August 17, 1894

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