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By Joseph Wallace, M. A.
of the Springfield Bar
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, IL

S. GEORGE BERRY. - S. George Berry, a successful and well-to-do farmer residing on section 27, Williams township, is a native of England, born in Hampshire, September 12, 1835. His father, Peter Berry, was born in the same shire about 1798, and on reaching manhood married Amy Hopkins, an English lady, by whom he had seven children, our subject being the second in order of birth. James, the oldest, came to the new world and settled in Sangamon County, Illinois. In 1862, during the dark days of the Civil war, he enlisted in Vaughan's Battery and remained in the service until hostilities ceased. After his return to Sangamon county he was married and subsequently removed to Texas, where both he and his wife died. David and Joseph both died in England. Ann is still a resident of that country. Charles came to America in 1884, and now makes his home with our subject, while Emma, who crossed the Atlantic in 1888, is keeping house for her brother. The parents both died in England.

Mr. Berry, of this review, was reared and educated in Hampshire, England, and was a young man on his emigration to America in 1857. Locating in Kendall county, Illinois, he soon obtained employment as a farm hand, but the first month met with an accident, having his leg broken by a kick from a horse. After spending th summer there he went to Livingston County, where he engaged in breaking prairie one summer with four yoke of oxen, and remained there until January, 1860, when he came to Sangamon county and worked on a farm by the month for two years.

In August, 1862, mr. Berry married Mrs. Mary Ann Ramey, a widow who owned a farm, of which he then took charge, and has since successfully engaged in its operation. He has made many improvements upon the place, and being a good, practical farmer, has steadily prospered in his work. He has been called upon to mourn the loss of his estimable wife, who was a consistent and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church and died in that faith in 1894. By her first marriage she had five children, of whom one son died in the army during the Civil war. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Berry, but David died at the age of twelve years and Emma at the age of eight.

Politically Mr. Berry is a stanch Democrat, and for two terms filled the office of school director. Although reared an Episcopalian, he now holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. Upright and honorable in all things, he has the confidence and respect of his fellow citizens, and is held in high regard by all who know him.

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