David J. (1819-1864) and Margaret Moore Berry (1823-1880) of Hamilton Co., Ill. had four children: Willis, Elijah Lee who died in the Civil War, Mary E. and William Thomas Berry who was in Clay County by 1900. David, who served on the Union side with Company L, 13th Illinois Calvary Regiment, died in the Civil War on Sept. 26, 1864 and was buried in the Little Rock (ark.) National Cemetery. Margaret Moore Berry who died in 1880 in Hamilton Co., Ill. received his pension. Margaret was living with her son Thomas and his family friend in 1880 at the time of her death.
William Thomas Berry (Jan. 1847-Feb. 9, 1930) was born in Hamilton Co., Ill. to David J. and Margaret Moore Berry, and was found dead in his bed in Clay Co., Ark. He was first found listed on the 1900 Clay Co. Census with his wife, three children and a granddaughter, Elsie Irby, a child by his deceased daughter, Margaret A. and James Irby. William Thomas was a Baptist by faith and a mason. He was married in Hamilton Co, Ill. in 1868 to Martha E. Culley, daughter of Richard C. and Elizabeth J. Martin Culley, and they had these children: David Henry, Elijah (Lige), Burf, Margaret A. Berry, Richard Nelson, and William Larkin Berry.
David Henry Berry (1870- ) at age 50 was still living with his father in 1920. After his father died in 1930 he lived with his brother, William L., and his family in Flint, Mich. and worked in an automobile factory. His death date has not been found.
Elijah (Lige) Berry (1879-1952), son of William Thomas and Margaret, was born in Hamilton, Co., Ill. and died in Detroit, Mich., age 72. He moved to Arkansas as a boy with his parents and lived in the Piggott-St. Francis area until he moved to Detroit sometime in the late 1940’s. He is buried in Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit. On Feb. 10, 1907 he married Minnie Harris (1882-1976) in Clay County, the daughter of Pinkman D., a Civil War Veteran, and Emma E. Harris. Minnie and Elijah both died in Detroit. They had two infants die young, David Carl, Clyde B., and Harold J. Berry who played football with the Piggott Mohawks.
Burf Ledbetter Berry, Sr. (1883-1930), son of William Thomas and Martha, married Lennie May Boyd (1889-1929). She left her husband and three children after giving birth to twin girls and dying within a week of their birth. Her husband died within a year. The children: Ina Berry (1915-1989) married Doyle Jackson Hardin; Sanford W. Berry died in Camden, Ark. In 1966; B. L. Berry, Jr. (1950-1961) died in Ann Arbor, Mich.; twin Audie Juanita Berry (1929- ) married Harry Niewald; and twin Audra Onito Berry (1929- ) married Joe Ray Luff. The three girls were reared by their grandparents, Arch B. and Beulah Boyd of St. Francis.
Margaret A. Berry (1874-before 1900), daughter of William Thomas, married James Irby and had a daughter Elsie Irby (June 1895-Sept. 1949), born in Missouri. Elsie came to Clay County with her grandparents in 1900 and lived with them until she married John Howard Glidewell in Jan., 1927 and had three children: James Clifford (1927-2004) is buried in the Caraway Cemetery I Craighead County; Ira Dean (1935-1949) who died at age thirteen and is buried in Gravel Hill beside his parents, and Shirley Mae Glidewell.
Richard Nelson Berry (1876-before 1922), son of William Thomas, was born in Hamilton Co., Ill., and came to Clay County with his parents. HE married Gertrude (Gertie) Luff and had Gyneth who married Guy William Boradway in 1924. Gertrude later married James Ramsey in Feb. 1922 and she is buried in Kennett. Richard also left two sons, Thomas O., and Cornelious Berry.
William Larkin Berry (1881-1942), son of William Thomas Berry, was born in Illinois, married in St. Francis to Tina Jane Smith in 1902, and died in Flint, Mich. in Feb., 1942. The couple had ten children, five boys and five girls: (1) Opal Emma Berry (1903-1993) married Floyd Jesse York and had Joe, Betty, Floyd Jesse, Jr., and Carmon Ann Jaques, and raised a granddaughter, Carolyn Huber. (2) Bruf Berry. (3) Carmon Estelle Berry (1909-1998) married Leonard E. (Jack) Knox and Roy Thompson and they both preceded her. She is buried in Campbell. (4) Cullen Berry (1913- ). (5) Clinton Berry (1917- ). (6) Nadean Berry (1919- ). (7) Margaret Berry (1921- ). (8) Mary Ruth Berry (1925- ). (9) Twin Billy Faye Berry (1927-1933) died in Flint. (10) Twin Bobby R. Berry (192701955) attended school in Piggott, married Alma, and worked in a furniture store in Flint.