Saturday, November 14, 2015

Surname Saturday ~ BERRY of Rye, New Hampshire

A mini reunion of BERRY descendants in Kittery, Maine 2014


William Berry was sent to New Hampshire around 1631 by Captain John Mason.  He must not have been a permanent settler until later because he does not show up in Anderson’s Great Migration series of books. By 25 May 1640 he was living at Strawberry Bank.  He was a freeman on 18 May 1642 in Newbury, Massachusetts, where he was a proprietor on 7 December 1642.  At the town meeting in January 1648/9 it was “granted that Wm Berry shall have a lot upon the neck of land upon the South side of the Little River at Sandy Beach.”  He was granted another lot of land on 13 January 1652 at Sandy Beach, which is now Rye, New Hampshire.

He must have died before 28 June 1654 when his widow, Jane was granted administration of his estate.  Two sons, James and John Berry, and a grandson, Joshua Foss agreed to a division of his land on 13 June 1717.

The Berry Family Cemetery in Rye Is located about a quarter mile from  Route 1 (Lafayette Road) on Breakfast Hill Road.

Some BERRY resources:

Descendants of William Berry of Rockingham County, NH for Four Generations, by June Berry, Kearns, UT, 1993

The Berrys by the Beach, by Sylvia Fitts Getchell, Newmarket, NH: Newmarket Press, 1980

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, by James Savage, 1909

Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, by Charles Henry Pope, 1908       
History of the Town of Rye, NH from Its Discovery and Settlement to December 31, 1903, by Langdon B. Parsons, 1905.

"Descendants of William Berry of Strawberry Bank - Rye, NH" Facebook Group    

My BERRY lineage:

Generation 1:  William Berry, born about 1610 in England, died before 28 June 1654 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; married before 1634 to Jane Unknown. Seven children, and I descend from three of them.  His widow Jane remarried to Nathaniel Drake.

Lineage A:

Generation 2:  Elizabeth Berry, born about 1636 and died after 1708; married about 1652 to John Locke.  He was born about 1627 in England and died 26 August 1696 in Rye, New Hampshire.  Eleven children.

Generation 3:  John Locke m. Elizabeth Unknown
Generation 4: John Locke m. Sarah Unknown
Generation 5: Richard Locke m. Elizabeth Garland
Generation 6: Simon Locke m. Abigail Mace
Generation 7: Richard Locke m. Margaret Welch
Generation 8: Abigail M. Locke m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder, Jr. m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage B:

Generation 2:  Mary Berry, born about 1634, died between 1706 and 1710 in Rye, New Hampshire; married John Foss.  He was baptized 25 November 1633 in Paignton, Devonshire, England, and died 17 December 1699 in New Castle, New Hampshire. Eleven children.

Generation 3: Elizabeth Foss m. Nathaniel Batchelder
Generation 4:  Josiah Batchelder m. Sarah Page
Generation 5:  David Batchelder m. Elizabeth Swett
Generation 6: Elisha Batchelder m. Sarah Lane
Generation 7:  Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8:  George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke (see above)

Lineage C:

Generation 2:  James Berry, born between 1650 and 1652 in Strawbery Banke or New Castle, New Hampshire, died after 1712; married about 1673 to Eleanor Wallis, daughter of George Wallis and Eleanor.  She was born about 1652 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Five children.

Generation 3: Samuel Berry, born between 1660 and 1680, died 19 June 1750; married to Abigail Webster, daughter of Stephen Webster and Hannah Ayer.  Four children.

Generation 4: Jotham Berry. Born about 1711, died after 1790; married on 11 November 1731 in Rye, New Hampshire to Mary Bates, daughter of William Bates.  She was born about 1712.  Two children. Jotham married second on 16 April 1780 to Tryphene Philbrick, widow of John Saunders.

Generation 5:  Rachel Berry, baptized on 3 July 1743 in Rye, died 9 November 1806 in Rye; married on 6 December 1764 in Rye to Ithamar Mace, son of John Mace and Sarah Frost. He was born about 1729 on the Isles of Shoals and died before 9 November 1806. Three children.  Rachel married second to Joseph Hall about 1781 in Rye.

Generation 6: Abigail Mace m. Simon Locke (see above)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ BERRY of Rye, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted November 14, 2015 ( accessed [access date]).


  1. Another cousin connection! My line goes through his daughter, Rachel.

  2. Pam,
    There is a Facebook group page entitled "The Descendants of William Berry of Sandy Beach" which you might be interested in joining. You'll find a lot of Berry cousins there.