Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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BERRY, ANDREW JACKSON -- Born in Indiana May 16, 1816. He came to Texas with his parents in 1828. The date of his arrival in Texas is shown in the Headright Certificate issued to him for one third of a league of land by the Washington County Board.

In Service Record No. 1041 it is certified that Mr. Berry served in the army from February 28 to June 1, 1836. He was a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company of "Mine (Bastrop) Volunteers" and on July 29, 1847 was issued Donation Certificate No. 39 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle.

Mr. Berry was twice married. In 1878 he was living with his wife Mrs. Nancy A. Berry in Angelina County. The date of the death of Mrs. Berry has not been ascertained by the compiler. Mr. Berry died at Baird, Callahan County, Texas, July 31, 1899 from injuries sustained when a team of horses ran away with the wagon in which he was riding. He was a member the Texas Veterans Association.

Mrs. Berry, widow of Andrew J. Berry, was born in Hempstead County Arkansas August 29, 1853 and came to Texas with her parents when two years old and settled in Robertson County. At the age of eighteen while visiting in Williamson County, she met Mr. Berry and they were married.

Served full 4 years confederate army and became a Captain

Son of John Berry who came Texas 1828 and settled in Williamson County on Berry Creek

After marrying 2nd time lived in Williamson County 4 years. Move to Callahan County May 25, 1881.

Mr. Berry enlisted in Captain R. C. Hart's company for Williamson County, 27th Brigade, General E. S. C. Robertson, commanding, Texas Militia, Confederate Army in 1861. On August 7, 1863 he enrolled as Captain of Company A, 2d Regiment, 27th Brigade at Willow Springs, Bell County.

Captain Berry died July 31, 1899 from injuries sustained when a team of horses ran away with the wagon in which he was riding. He was buried in the cemetery at Bell Plain, Callahan County. Bell Plain was the first seat of the county.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. Jesse Billingsley

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1816 May 16
  • Birthplace: Indiana, Monroe County
  • Came to Texas: 1828? 1826?
  • Date of Death: 1899 July 31
  • Burial Place: Ross Cemetery at Baird, Texas, or Bell Plain cemetery, Callahan Co., Texas
  • Comments: Civil War, Confederate Army; wife was last surviving widow of a SJ vet
  • Donation Certificate: 39
  • Profession: Farmer, rancher
  • Wife: 1. Rhoda Jane Hughes; 2. Mary Catherine Sloan
  • Children: Fannie Berry Murphy; Robert Berry; Ode Berry; Harry Berry; Pearl Berry Gaines; George Berry; Grover Berry; others' names not known