John Berryman/Berreman, immigrant, came to Virginia, as a headright of Major Miles Carey of Westmoreland Co, VA by 1654.
John's first wife and the mother of his children died around 1677/78. The only surviving child of this marriage was:
John was a farmer and raised tabacco. He apparently owned and operated a mill located near the head of the Upper Machodoc Creek in Westmoreland County, VA.
He married Jane BUTLER, the widow of Thomas BUTLER, in 1678. There were no children by this marriage. Jane married John Harvey before Benjamin came of age.
Part of the inventory account of John's estate included burial charges for "Mr Berriman and two sons." John and his sons must have died about the same time in 1679/1680 in Westmoreland County, VA.
Benjamin BERRYMAN was born on 7 Dec 1670 at Westmoreland Co, VA. His father died while he was yet a boy. When his step-mother remarried, it was not a pleasant experience for Benjamin. He had lots of difficulties with John Harvey who did not want to give him the property he had inherited from his father. The matter stayed in the courts for several years and it was 1794 before the the dispute was settled and Benjamin received his estate.
He married Sarah BUTLER, daughter of John BUTLER and Anne BAYNHAM. Children of this marriage are:
Benjamin married Elizabeth NEWTON, born about 1685 in VA, daughter of John NEWTON and Rose (--?--) TUCKER GERRARD, in 1707/8. Elizabeth was first married to Thomas GILSON - He had children but there were no proven children by Elizabeth .
Children of Benjamin BERRYMAN and Elizabeth NEWTON were as follows:
Rose BERRYMAN TALIAFERRO, the oldest child of Benjamin and Elizabeth, makes note that she was raised among 22 children which leads us to believe that several children died and some may have been from other families.
In 1714 Benjamin served as Justice of the Peace and Coroner in Westmoreland County, VA. He was a tobacco farmer and owned many slaves as evidenced in his will. He also operated a Water Grist Mill on Machodoc Creeek. A great deal of land was purchased as evidenced in the deeds and he was able to leave all of his children with good inheritances. He left the distribution of the Slaves to Elizabeth who, at her death, left instructions in her will to distribute them among the children.
It is believed that Benjamin and Elizabeth are buried at the Ivy Point/White Hall property which is now located in Kingl George County, Virginia.
Elizabeth's will was proved 22 day of February 1763 in Westmoreland Co, VA.
Maximilian Berryman was born into the home of Benjamin BERRYMAN and Elizabeth NEWTON sometime before 1729 when Benjamin signed his will. It is believed that he was one of the youngest of the large family of children of Benjamin and Elizabeth. The Berrymans who lived in Westmoreland County, Virginia were quite wealthy in land and slaves as evidenced in Benjamin's will. The property that Maximilian inherited from his father was in King George County, Virginia at a "place called the Marsh." This land is located just southwest of the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport on Route 602. Although we do not know exactly when he went to Fauquier County, we believe it was quite early. The county was organized in 1759 and we feel sure that he was there at that time.
He married Mary TALIAFERRO, the daughter of Robert TALIAFERRO and Elizabeth MATHEWS and had at least one son old enough to serve in the Revolutionary War. Robert died in 1777 and his father was appointed administrator for his estate. In Maximilian's will he named one group of children who "has received their full part and proportion of my estate both real and personally".
I believe that this group of children were by his first wife Mary Taliferro.
The first time that we have evidence of Maximilian's marriage to Hannah is a deed conveying land to Fielding Battaley in1792. It is believed that the last five named children in his will were the children of this marriage.
Maximilian was the appraiser for many of the estates in Fauquier County which makes us believe that he was a businessman with a good sense of value. Maximilian died sometime between 22 May 1812 when he signed his will and 22 June 1812 when it was proved. The executor for his will was his grandson William, obviously the son of one of Maximilian's older sons.
Zachariah died before 17 May when His brother filed administration for him. Hannah died before August 1815 when William Berryman filed administration for her estate.
Charles BERRYMAN was born in Fauquier Co, Virginia, about 1760, the son of Maximilian BERRYMAN and Mary TALIFERRO. Charles married Nancy TATE, 13 November 1787, Surry County, NC. Perhaps she is the mother of two of the children Charles named in his will:
Charles married Nancy Moore Settle BRAGG, born 8 Jun 1789 in Virginia, the daughter of William BRAGG (1755-1834) and Ruthy (1760-1844). We do not know when or where they were married.
In May 1804 Charles posted a notice that he was leaving Fauquier Co and that he would pay anyone what he owed them and expected anyone who owed him to pay him. This instrument and one of recommendation signed by many of the leading citizens of Fauquier Co, Virginia was filed in Elbert County, Georgia.
In 1807 Charles was a resident of Elbert Co and drew Lot No 198 in the 7th District of Wilkinson Co in the Land Lottery. He received land grants in Elbert Co and acquired a great deal of land in the Harrison District of Madison Co, Georgia.
Charles and Nancy Bragg Berryman were the parents of eight children:
The will of Charles Berryman was recorded on the 25th of January 1832. Family tradition is that he is buried in the old Berryman Cemetery located on the Abercrombie Farm in Madison Co, Georgia, very close to the Mill Shoal Baptist Church where many of the family attended church. No marker is there for him but two of his sons, Charles Tabor and Wilson Penn, are buried in this cemetery.
After Charles died, Nancy married William Ballinger, the father-in-law of her daughter Betsy Caroline. Nancy died after 1860 but it is unknown exactly when she died or where she is buried.
Wilson Penn Berryman
Wilson Penn BERRYMAN was born 12 Mar 1817 in Madison County, GA to Charles BERRYMAN and Nancy Moore Settle BRAGG.
He was first married to Nancy SMITH, born 1818, on 14 May 1840. The children by this marriage are:
The second marriage of Wilson Penn was to Susan GLORE, born 1825. They were married 2 Feb 1854 in Madison Co, GA and divorced 5 Sep 1862 in Madison Co, GA. Susan was the daughter of Abner GLORE. There was one child by this marriage.
Wilson Penn was married to Elizabeth Jane (Betty Jane) DEAN, born 14 Jul 1843, the daughter of Jeptha DEAN (1812-) and Melinda MERCER (1814-). The children of this marriage are:
Family tradition is that Wilson Penn was a Bee Man. He was blind and one day went out to rob the beehives. The bees swarmed him and stung him to death. He died in June of 1871 and is buried in the Berryman-Bragg cemetery on the Abercrombie farm in Madison County, GA.
Two more children were born to Elizabeth Jane after Wilson Penn died.
Elizabeth Jane Berryman died 8 Dec 1898 and is buried in the Mill Shoal Cemetery, Madison County, GA.
Jasper Lawyer BERRYMAN was born 14 June 1868 in Madison County, GA, The son of Wilson Penn BERRYMAN and Elizabeth Jane DEAN. He had a twin brother named Doctor Newton. He was married 10 December 1893 to Alice Melinda Frances GUEST in Madison County, GA. Fannie was born 8 April 1868 to James M. GUEST and Mary M. BOND in Elbert County, GA. Jasper was a farmer and they lived in Madison Springs, GA where he worked for the Honeycutts.
They were the parents of:
Jasper died of a heart attack 1 Oct 1909 while loading cotton. Cleo was helping her father when it happened. Gordon Hill was working with Jasper at the time he died - he later married the oldest daughter, Clara Bell. According to daughter Eva, the children went to Bond School while they were living in Madison Springs.
Life was very difficult for Fannie and the children after Jasper died. Fannie took in washing and made a living the best way she could. For a while the family lived in a little log house behind John A. Berryman's house in the Harrison District. After only a few years they moved back to Madison Springs and the area where Fannie's family lived. Many people helped her but none more than Uncle Rufus and Aunt Dora Berryman. Aunt Dora made clothes for the children and helped take care of them. The family has also mentioned that the Honeycutts were very good to Fannie and the children, too.
Fannie died 7 December 1939 in the Bluestone Community of Madison County, GA, where she was living with her son Taft. Both Fannie and Jasper are buried at Jones Chapel Cemetery, Madison Co, GA. The tombstone was erected several years after Jasper's death. Hervin, a son, said that the tombstone is wrong and the census records support this. We have given what we believe to be the correct dates here.
Jasper and Fannie had 43 grandchildren who with their children are scattered around the world. PICTURES
Special thanks to these who shared much information about the Berryman family with me. Also to the cousins in Georgia who answered my numerous questions about relationships.
Jeanne Arguelles, Rockwall, TX; Joe Berryman, Conroe, TX; Marvin Berryman, Denver, CO; Corrie Brown, Royston, GA; Rita Hand, Atlanta, GA, Richie Mae Jarrett, Richmond, Va; Ann Langford, Houston, TX - Web Page; Bob McAlear, CA; Judy Winn, Bowman, GA
Tombstone inscriptions copied and photographed by Mary Love Berryman
Adventures of Purse and Persons, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, Revised and Edited by Virginia M. Meyer (1974-1981), John Frederick Dorman, F.A.S.G. (1981-1987), Published by Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5, third edition 1987.
Wills and Deeds - Westmoreland Co, VA
ELBERT COUNTY, GEORGIA, RECORDS:
Instrument of Recommendation - GA Archives, Drawer 81, Box 16, Elbert Co Mixed Records and Deeds, Book J, pp 79-80 on both sides.
MADISON COUNTY, GEORGIA, RECORDS
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