Guide to the Berry Family Papers1813-1913MG 1627

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Access Points

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Correspondence and other personal documents 1813-1913 (bulk 1813-1867)

Guide to the Berry Family Papers1813-1913MG 1627Inventory prepared by Nick Cream.

Guide to the Berry Family Papers
1813-1913

MG 1627



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Inventory prepared by Nick Cream.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. December 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Berry Family
Title: Berry Family Papers
Dates 1813-1913 (Bulk 1813-1867)
Abstract: Consists of correspondence between members of the Berry family, who emigrated from Great Britain to the United States.
Quantity: 0.17 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 1627

Biographical Note

This collection is mainly about the Berry Family and its travels to America from Great Britain. The tale of the Berry family starts with Thomas Berry (1750-1830) and Elizabeth Adams (1770-1930). Their son, John (1798-1867), and his wife, Catherine Mercy Hooper (1794-1865), immigrated to Elizabethtown, New Jersey in 1835, it took them 42 days to travel from Sussex, England to New Jersey. John worked as a tanner upon arrival to America. They traveled back to England in 1847 but returned to America the next year. They moved around the country first to Richmond, Virginia and finally ending up in what would become Detroit, Michigan. They were against the abolitionist 'Yankees' that surrounded them in Detroit. John and Catherine had two sons that are known, John and Joseph. These two men started the Berry Brothers Paint and Varnish Company in 1860 out of Detroit. One of their daughters lived in Louisiana and married a man who eventually became an officer in the Confederate Army. The family lived through the Civil War and consisted of both Southern and Northern sympathizers as well as apathetic family members still living in England, such as Thomas Berry. Because there are many names the following will can be used to clarify the names of the family members in this collection. Thomas Berry (1750-1830) and Elizabeth Adams (1770-1830) had 5 children, 2 of which are known: John Jr. (1798-1867) and Thomas (1801-1866). John and his wife Catherine Mercy Hooper (1794-1865) are the two main characters in this collection. These are the two people that came to America in 1835. Thomas Berry stayed in England. Catherine was the daughter of Cleeve Hooper and Mary Woodward who are not very significant in this collection (Catherine and her parents wrote a few letters to each other which can be found in the collection). The other significant figure in this collection is Cleeve Hooper (1816-1910) who is the nephew of John and Catherine. Also mentioned is George Hooper (1786-1862) who is Catherine's brother.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters and other papers relating to information about both the Hooper and Berry families. Folder six includes a section written by Morris Martin, the donor, and certain excerpts from selected letters describing different aspects of the family's life. Some of the letters include a description of the voyage back to London in 1847 and then coming to New York a year later. There are also some descriptions in the letters about sentiment toward the Civil War. There over 50 letters many of them involving John Berry and his wife Catherine Mercy Hooper (she would later take the name Berry). Included in the collection are the memoirs of Cleeve Hooper who was John and Catherine's nephew. Also, most of the original letters are not in this collection or are not dated so it is hard to tell which transcribed letter it is. The transcribed letters are all located in folder one while the originals are in folders two and three.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Berry, Catherine Mercy, 1794-1865.
Berry, John, 1798-1867.
Berry family.
Hooper family.
Subject Topics:
Emigration and immigration--Great Britain.
Immigrants--English.
Subject Places:
Elizabeth Town (N.J.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Foreign public opinion, British.
Document Types:
Birth certificates.
Letters (correspondence).

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 219, City of Newark Records, 1714 / John Ogden, Jr. (1743-1815) Journal, 1787-1791 /Stone Carting Records, 1804-1813, The New Jersey Historical Society.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1627, Guide to the Berry Family Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the New Jersey Historical Society by Morris Martin in June 2004.

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Container List

 

Correspondence and other personal documents1813-1913 (bulk 1813-1867)

Scope and Content:

These letters are arranged in the order in which they are arranged in folder 1. Folder 1 contains all transcribed letters. Some of the originals can be found in folders 2 and 3.*Original letter is available, located in folder 2. #Original letter is available, located in folder 3.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Letter from M. Woodward Hooper to daughter Catherine* 1812
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her mother* 1814
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her mother 1815
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her mother 1816
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her mother 1818
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her parents 1818
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her parents* 1819
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her parents 1819
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her parents 1820
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her parents 1823
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her father Cleeve 1823
1 1 Letter from Catherine and John Berry to Cleeve 1823
1 1 Letter from Catherine Mercy Hooper to her father 1824
1 1 Letter from John Berry to Catherine Mercy Berry 1828
1 1 Letter from Cleeve Hooper to his Aunt Catherine Berry* 1829
1 1 Letter from Catherine to her nephew Cleeve Hooper 1837
1 1 Letter from John Berry to his nephew Cleeve Hooper 1837
1 1 Letter from John and Catherine Barry to Cleeve Hooper* 1838
1 1 Letter from Catherine Berry to her sister 1838
1 1 Letter from John Berry to Cleeve Hooper 1838
1 1 Letter from John to Catherine Berry 1838
1 1 Letter from George Hooper to his sister Catherine* 1847
1 1 Letter from S.M. Hooper to her sister Catherine 1847
1 1 Diary of John Berry during trip from New York to London* 1847
1 1 Diary of John Berry during voyage from London to New York 1848
1 1 Unidentifiable item 1848
1 1 Letter from George Hooper to his sister Catherine* 1848
1 1 Letter from S.M. Hooper to her sister Catherine 1848
1 1 Unidentifiable item 1896
1 1 Letter from John Berry to his sister Elizabeth Maria 1851
1 1 Letter from C.B. Hooper to John Berry# 1851
1 1 Letter from John Berry to his sister Elizabeth Maria* 1853
1 1 Letter from John Berry to his sister Elizabeth Maria 1853
1 1 Letter from John Berry to his daughters 1860
1 1 Letter from Cleeve to his Aunt Catherine# 1862
1 1 Letter from Cleeve to his Uncle John* 1863
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John# 1863
1 1 Letter from Cleeve to his Uncle John* 1863
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John# 1864
1 1 Letter from Cleeve to his Aunt Catherine and Uncle John* 1864
1 1 Letter from John Berry to his brother Thomas# 1864
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John# 1864
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John# 1864
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John# 1864
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John# 1864
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John 1864
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John 1864
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John 1864
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John 1865
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John# 1865
1 1 Letter from John Berry to his son John# 1865
1 1 Letter from Cleeve to his Uncle John* 1865
1 1 Letter from Thomas Berry to his brother John# 1865
1 1 Letter from Cleeve to his Uncle John 1867
1 1 Journal of voyage from London to New York* 1868
1 1 Letter from Edith Hooper to Adelaide 1906
1 1 Letter from Edith Hooper to Adelaide 1906
1 1 Letter from Edith Hooper to Adelaide 1913
1 1 Letter from Edith Hooper to Adelaide 1913
1 2 Original correspondence, note some dates are missing 1812-1865
1 3 Original correspondence, note some dates are missing 1852-1866
1 4 Memoirs of Cleeve Hooper 1836
1 4 Birth Certificate of John Berry and Catherine Berry 1898
1 4 Biographical Sketch of John Berry by Edward Gilbert n.d.
1 4 Obituary of Cleeve Hooper 1910
1 5 Presentation by donor summarizing entire correspondence n.d.
Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Postcards from Theydon Bois (The farm of George Hooper) & photographs ca. 1906-1911
2 2 Genealogical information concerning the Berry Family 1881-1926
2 3 Correspondence: including letters from the Hooper Family 1864-1885
2 4 Correspondence: majority of letters sent by John Berry 1854-1891
2 5 Correspondence: majority of letters sent by Catharine Mercy Berry 1819-1896
2 6 Correspondence: miscellaneous letters 1844-1865
2 7 Correspondence: majority of letters sent by Catherine Mercy Berry and John Berry to Mr. Hooper 1815-1865
2 8 Correspondence: letters sent by Catherine Mercy Berry, John Berry and various members of the Hooper family 1828-1830
Box Folder Title Date
OS (map case) Original correspondence concerning a bequest from the estate of George Hooper n.d.

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